From the Vigan Bus Terminal, take any bus bound for Laoag. Those buses are either coming from Manila or Baguio. It will be a 2-hour ride. Fare’s around PhP200. I negotiated with this tricycle driver to give me a city day tour for PhP700. IT’s really not a bad deal. I am also recommending this tricycle driver for your future Ilocos tour. You may reach Mr. Wawie Bartolome through his mobile 0906 972 9377. I was expecting a Laoag City Tour, but actually it turned out as a tour to neighboring municipalities! And it even had a theme: getting to know the Marcoses ! But of course, you may skip this leg if you’re not interested. But I guess any tourist going up north of the Philippines would like to see the Marcos Museum, right? So as I’ve expected, we cannot take photos there, it’s prohibited. But here’s some images from one of the museums in Batac.
Stay at the Saud Beach especially if you’re a first timer. It’s nearer the bus terminal and there are a lot of resorts you can choose from depending on your budget. Cathy’s Homestay is known for budget accommodation but unfortunately it was fully booked. I opted to stay 1 night at Britanya Resort (http://www.britanyalodge.com) with a room rate of PhP1500. But if I will have another opportunity to go back in Pagudpud, I will stay at Kapuluan Resort (http://kapuluanvistaresortandrestaurant.com) because it would be a perfect accommodation for my dramas [lol]. I cancelled my reservation there because somebody told me that it’s far from the bus terminal and I also considered that my arrival would be in the evening. The following morning I told the tricycle driver to take me there, and yes, it is indeed far, but still I will recommend the resort.
And by the way, take a 12-hr bus ride from Pagudpud Bus Terminal to Sampaloc Manila via Florida Bus Line. Or you may go back to Laoag City a one-hour plane ride bound for Manila.
And it is still always nice to travel in group so you have other people to share the expenses with. But if you’ll have some episodes of drama101 like me, then nevermind [lol].