Thursday, January 19, 2017

All Eyes On Ilocos!

Aaaaaaaaaand I'm ILOCOS bound this February. ๐Ÿ‘Š

I'm excited af since I haven't been on that side of the far north. I've been in Tuguegarao and Isabela though. Here's how the planned trip will go.

Manila to Laoag
I'm going to take the Feb. 17, 10:15PM trip of the GV Florida Sleeper Bus.  Its the one with the bed provision and comfort room. Departure is at the Sampaloc Terminal,  ETA in Laoag is at Feb. 18, 7:15AM. Bus Fare is PhP800. ๐ŸšŒ


You can book your bus seats online here.

The site will initially send you a confirmation that they received your booking request via your registered email and via SMS.  They will confirm again if you can proceed payment.

Via e-mail

Booking Request Confirmation Via SMS

Once the bus company confirms, you will get a message to confirm booking and process payment, and will also send a message once you've completed the process.


Payment instructions will be sent.




Be ready with the full names of the passengers because it will be asked.



I decided to pay via online banking because the service fee is slightly lower than paying via credit card.




If payment is successful, you have to validate it by clicking on the link sent via email.




Lastly, once payment is confirmed and verified, a travel voucher will be emailed to you.  It must be printed and presented to at the booth at the bus station.




Laoag to Manila
I'm doing this via plane to maximize the time. Currently, Cebu Pacific has pulled out its flights for this route so the only choice is Philippine Airlines. It will be a one hour flight. Airfare is at PhP3,374 with the standard inclusions of PAL like 10kg check-in baggage. ๐Ÿ›ฌ



You can book your PAL airline tickets here.


Accommodations

We booked via Agoda.com.  We choose a 3 star rated hotel called Ilocos Rosewell Hotel and Restaurant. Hotel room costs PhP1,496.50/night for 2pax with breakfast. ๐Ÿจ


Ilocos Rosewell Hotel has 7.1 Very Good Rating based on 58 reviews.



Itinerary
This is our working itinerary as of today (obviously bound to change)

Day 1 - Feb. 18 Saturday
Laoag City Downtown
Plaza
Capitol
City Hall
Museo Ilocos Norte
Singking Bell Tower
Laoag Cathedral

Day 2 - Feb. 19 Sunday
Pagudpud
Patapat Bridge
Blue Lagoon
Saud White Beach
Windmills
Cape Bojidor Lighthouse
Bacarra Church

Day 3 - Feb. 20 Monday
Sand Dunes
Fort Ilocandia
Malacaรฑang of the North
Paoay Lake
Paoay Church
Marcos Mausoleum
Batac Empanada and Miki
Curimao Beach
Juan Luna House

All major details are set and I'm ready to go. I'm working on the van rental rates and will update here soonest, and I guess I just need to tweak the itinerary just a little bit. I hope there's no big language barrier because I totally can't speak or understand Ilocano. 

Any suggestions?

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