It’s the time of the Year again that me and my whole family were reunited and this time we’re having a weekend vacation in one of the Wonderful Provinces of Philippines, Ilocos. We made it just on time to Ilocos for our Father’s Birthday, we drove for almost 10 hours from NAIA Terminal 3 to La Union to Ilocos Sur and our final destination Ilocos Norte. It is a 500+ km drive from Manila to Ilocos Province. The travel was really tiring but the view is really worth it as Ilocos is well known for its famous Landmarks like old Bridges, different Towns, Mountains and Beaches.
After 10 hours of travelling by Land we finally reached Pagudpud wherein you will be welcomed by White Sand Beaches and as they say it’s the Boracay of the North. Well it didn’t disappoint me as the View is really Nice, Water is clear and the Sand is White. On our way to Pagudpud we had our stop over at the Famous Bangui Windmills, they use this to generate power for a lot of Small Towns in Ilocos especially those towns in Bangui. It stretches along the Beach and over the mountains in Pagudpud and you’ll feel like you’re in New Zealand as Green pastures also awaits you when you visit those mills.
Our Next stop is Saud Beach, a long stretch of white sand shore and crystal clear Water. We stayed in one of the Beach Resorts along Saud named Terra Rika Beach & Dive Resort. The rooms are well equipped with amenities such as Bathroom with Towels, Small Refrigerator, air conditioner and a comfortable bed. We booked 2 rooms wherein one of the rooms is equipped with 3 Queen Sized Beds and the other is 2 Queen sized bed, just nice to accommodate all of us since we were 9 in our Group. The prices for the rooms are cheap and worth your stay and we are lucky that only our group was there for that day and they allowed us to bring in our Cooked food and Drinks. They even cooked our food for only P100 pesos per Viand, That’s really cheap.
The Service and hospitality of the Staffs are really awesome as they make sure that we are having a comfortable stay. You can also have your meal served on one of their tables along the white sand shore of Saud and there are a lot of activities to do like Beach Volleyball, Snorkelling, Skim Boarding, Sun Bathing and swimming on the Beach or on their own Roof Deck Swimming Pool. You can even get a Henna Tattoo or if you’re brave enough you can get a real Tattoo.
We spent the day on the beach and before sunset we went to the “Plaza” to grab some snacks like the Empanada, Isaw and Balut. Everything was really fun in Pagudpud.
The Next day March 06, our Dad’s birthday, we woke up early to get ready for our Vigan Tour and as we drove to Vigan we had a lot of Stop overs like the Light House or also known as Cape Bojeador, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Marcos Museum. We reached Vigan just on time for Lunch and to celebrate dad’s Birthday at Café Leona (One of the Famous Restaurants in Vigan) along Calle Crisologo. After having lunch we strolled at Calle Crisologo to buy some Souvenirs and Snacks and then right after we went o Baluarte ni Singson wherein you can a lot of Animals from Parrots to Ostriches, Mini Horses to Deers, Red Kangaroos to Tigers. It’s a small zoo in the heart of Vigan.
After the short tour we drove home and on our way we had the chance to try the Zip line in Santa Ilocos where you will be crossing a River, it’s fun and exciting as you can see a great view of the river, bridge and the mountain. After that we had dinner in one of the Famous Restaurants in the Philippines “Mang Inasal” where they serve Grilled Chicken with unlimited serving of Rice.
Our Ilocos escapade was really memorable as we are complete again and few of our Friends are with us during this trip. The feeling was really awesome to Relax and unwind with the people you love and to see the beauty that the World has to offer. Until next time guys..
“To Travel is to Live” -Hans Christian Andersen