A. Landmarks and Attractions Around Laoag International Airport
The municipality of Adams is 117 km away from Laoag International Airport. The town lies at the massive Cordillera Central Mountain Range. The town is very rich in natural resources and consists of river valleys, hills, mountains and waterfalls. To mention, they also produce tropical wines from fruits like, bugnay, and passion fruit.
- Anuplig Falls
The most popular waterfall in Adams is about 20 feet of natural waterfalls with two basins.1
- Bulu River
The popular Bulu river starts in Adams, much to the delight of avid kayakers and white-water rafters. Riding a motorcycle across the numerous hanging bridges would be a heart-stopping experience for swashbucklers.2
- Adam’s Winery
The municipality of Pagudpud is 85.7 km away from Laoag International Airport.
Pagudpud’s main attractions are of course its beautiful beaches, and unlike other pretenders to Boracay’s throne, Pagudpud has every reason to believe that it does rival Boracay’s spectacular sceneries. So much so, that international travelers started to sit up and take notice. Sunday Herald Sun of Australia ranked Saud Beach as Number 1 on its list of the top ten best, lesser-known beaches of Asia besting Thailand’s Ko Adang, Sri Lanka’s Bentota, and Cambodia’s Ochheuteal among others.3
- Saud Beach
Named as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by Travel+Leisure, it is famous for its white sand that pitches gradually into the clear-as-glass water. Swim in the peaceful waves, chill under the palms, or hire a boat for a tour around the cove. Sunbathe, relax and savor your fresh coconut juice while enjoying the view of the Bangui Windmills from afar. Nearby is Caparispisan, ideal for windsurfing, kite surfing and other water activities.4
- Blue Lagoon
This white sand beach is a favorite for water sports. Want some adrenaline rush? Try jet skiing and surfing the waves.5
- Patapat Viaduct
It is a winding viaduct found at the foot of the cliff of the North Cordillera Mountain Ranges. It connects Barangay Balaoi and Barangay Pancian and is around 1.2 kilometers long. The viaduct is often referred to as the French Riviera of the North. If you’re afraid of heights, never ever look down. Watch out for the humpback whales in nearby Pasaleng.6
- Kabigan Falls
The falls is a very popular place to visit when in Pagudpud. The cool waters cascade some 87 feet into a natural concave basin. Your 45- minute trek won’t be a bore thanks to manong tour guide and the scenic landscape.7
- Macagutugot Rock and Caves
From Sitio Cabaruan East of Barangay Pasaleng, one takes a boat ride to Macagutugot and enjoy a panoramic view of rocky mountains outlining the shoreline and rock formations scattered within the waters of Pasaleng Bay. Several Cave openings are seen at the foot of the mountains adding to the magnificent scenic view.8
The municipality of Bangui is 69.5 km away from Laoag International Airport.
It is a wind power generation plant consisting of 20 units of Vestas NM82 wind turbines. This project is the first of its kind in the country and the whole of Southeast Asia. International pro-surfers say that Ilocos Norte is the future of wind sports and the beach at the Bangui Windmills provide a dynamic backdrop for kiteboarding.9
The municipality of Burgos is 63.9 km away from Laoag International Airport. The town is frequently visited due to the presence of the magnificent Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
- Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
One of the man-made natural wonders of Burgos frequented by 286,998 tourists in 2019, it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Ilocos.
- Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Declared as a National Cultural Treasure, it is the tallest of its kind in the country. It was first lit on March 31, 1892 it served as a signal to ships passing by the Cape along the South China Sea. Up to this day, the lighthouse remains functional. If you’re up for some suspense, try visiting it when night falls.10
Laoag City is the gateway to the North Luzon Tourism Hub. It is where the Laoag International Airport is located, and serves as the international gateway of the North.
- Sinking Bell Tower
Laoag City is also famous for its “Sinking Bell Tower”, which sinks into the ground at a rate of an inch a year. It has survived several minor earthquakes since its construction, causing scholars to label it an Earthquake Baroque style structure. The tower, built presumably after the 1707 earthquake, has a foundation of 90 meters (300 ft).11
- La Paz Sand Dunes
The Laoag Sand dunes is only 12.8km away from the Laoag International Airport. The Laoag Sand Dunes forms part of the Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes (INDS), which stretches from the town of Curimao, north of Laoag, to Pasuquin, south of Laoag.12 This is one of the most visited places in Ilocos Norte, especially for those who wanted to experience offroad adventure.
The San Augustine Church or notoriously known as Paoay Church is only 21.5 km away from the Laoag International Airport. The church is a Roman Catholic church in the Municipality of Paoay, Ilocos Norte and a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the collective group of Baroque Churches of the Philippines in 1993.13
Aside from the historic view of the area, there are tiangges near the site where tourists can buy pasalubongs such as Ilocos Chichacorn, Inabel, etc.
- Malacañang of the North
The Malacañang of the North is only 13.8km away from the Laoag International Airport. The Malacañang of the North is a presidential museum. Another place to visit within the vicinity is the Chinese Garden. The Chinese Garden symbolizes the long-lasting friendship and cooperation between the Province of Ilocos Norte and the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China.
To complete the tour, visit the Paoay Lake Water Park. It is beside the Malacañang of the North. Paoay Lake Water Park is the first ever floating playground in the north.
- Chinese Garden
- Paoay Lake Water Park
The first ever floating playground in the north with 4,200 sq.m of inflatable fun is floating on open water with over 30 obstacles for an ultimate experience. It is floating on the waters of Paoay Lake, located in Barangay Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte.14
Pangil beach is bordered by an extensive coral rock formation, fascinating for marine enthusiasts. The shallow and calm beaches of Currimao in general make it perfect for family outings and snorkeling. Make your imagination run wild and appreciate the weird patterns and shapes formed by the waves.15
- Solsona-Apayao Road
Newly-opened highway linking the two province, where a view deck and campsite at the top offers them a picturesque sight of surrounding areas with rich flora and fauna, amid a sea of clouds.16
Some of the photos used were provided by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN)-Tourism Office. For further details about Ilocos Norte Tourism please visit their website: https://ilocosnorte.ph/ or their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TourIlocosNorte/
B. Location of Laoag International Airport
C. Available Transportation Accessible to Passengers Around Laoag International Airport
The Laoag International Airport is serviced by tricycles and rental vans, which are readily available to serve the traveling public during scheduled flights. Outside the airport are multiple options for public and private transport such as taxis, jeepneys, buses.
PRIVATE CARS & VANS – May be booked through the van association, your hotel or through a tour operator. Average price is P4,500.00 for the whole day, inclusive of a private chauffeur.
JEEPNEY – Colorful utility vehicles that ply the common routes. Average fee is P30.00 per kilometer.
TRICYCLE – The easiest way to get around town, especially if short distances are involved. A 20.00 payment is charged for the first kilometer, after which it is negotiable. Higher rates are charged for outer limits. To avoid any misunderstanding, we recommend that you and the driver agree on the fare before embarking on the journey.
Other Transportation Available in Ilocos Norte
BUS – Prices vary, although bus owners usually collect a fee of approximately P45.00 per passenger for an ordinary bus depending on the destination and a minimum of P100.00 for airconditioned buses.
CALESA – If you have time to spare, we recommend a calesa ride around the city. Minimum charge is P20.00 per pax for the first kilometer.17
D. Contact Numbers for Laoag International Airport
|RONALD V. ESTABILLO|
Civil Aviation Area Manager, Area I
|Administrative Office||(077) 670-8446|
|Finance Office||(077) 774-5512|
|Laoag Control Tower||(077) 670-8393|
|Laoag ANS Facility||(077) 670-8437|
|Passenger Terminal Building||(077) 677-3649|
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