So to answer the question: we rode a jeepney from Laoag to Bangui because we brought balloons in this trip. Most backpackers would usually take the trike in getting around Burgos, Bangui and Pagudpud.
But we only got to roam around Laoag city during our final day in Ilocos. When we arrived from Pagudpud in Day 4, we had extra 2 hours before our afternoon flight leaves for Manila. So what happened next was a spontaneous walking tour.
Paoay in Ilocos Norte has an earthquake baroque church, sand dunes and a famous restaurant. But there are two more sites in this municipality that is also worth mentioning - a presidential mansion and the serene lake that it overlooks.
The Ozymandias sonnet crossed my mind while I was watching the body from a distance. I thought to myself that inside the glass coffin was an intelligent man who wielded power, reshaped society and sparked an infrastructure boom that is yet unrivalled by any successor.
The Church of San Agustin, or more popularly known as Paoay Church, is one of the four Baroque Churches in the Philippines inscribed to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1993.
Even if it was first lit in March 30, 1892, the 65 ft. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Ilocos Norte is actually not the oldest nor the tallest lighthouse in the Philippines.
If the beaches at Saud is not secluded enough for you, then you should travel a few kilometers more for the Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud.
Pagudpud is said to be the “Boracay of the North,” a tagline which I could never refute or agree on. The reason for that is that I’ve never been to that world-famous tourist spot in the first place.
The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos is located between two popular tourist destinations: the Cape Bojeador lighthouse and the Bangui windmills. It is easily missed because it is sandwiched between these more ‘popular’ tourist spots.
The best ride in getting to and around the Paoay sand dunes is via a rugged, 4x4 vehicle. This would ensure adequate traction especially at loose spots and in going up and down the sand hills. Stay away from the tricycles or your family sedan when you can help it.