Things to Know

Getting around
The most convenient way of going around the province is by booking a tour van through a registered travel agent or your hotel. Average price is P3, 500.00 for the whole day, inclusive of a private chauffeur. If you’re more adventurous, you can commute by bus for approximately P25.00-P60.00 per passenger. Jeeps that ply the common routes have an average fee of P11.00 per kilometre. Tricycles offer the easiest way to get around town, especially if short distance are involved. A P11.00 payment is charged for the first kilometer, after which it is negotiable. If you have time to spare, we recommend a calesa ride around the city. Minimum charge is P15.00 for the first kilometer.

Where to stay
The kind of accommodations you get differ from an area to another. Laoag, Pagudpud, San Nicolas and Currimao have the greater concentration of hotels. Higher class hotels can be found outside Laoag while budget and business hotels are within the city proper. Pagudpud resorts range from laid-back to activity-filled options. If a homestay is more of what you’ve looking for, make sure to check if they’re registered or reserve thru trusted booking sites.

Quick facts

GEOGRAPHY Ilocos Norte has a land of 3,662 sq.km., bordered by Ilocos Sur (south), Abra (southeast), Cagayan (east), and South China Sea (west). CITIES 2 ( Laoag & Batac)

TOWNS 21 (Adams, Bacarra, Badoc, Bangui, Banna, Burgos, Carasi, Currimao, Dingras, Dumalneg, Marcos, Nueva Era, Pagudpud, Paoay, Pasuquin, Piddig, Pinili, San Nicolas, Sarrat, Solsona & Vintar)

PROXIMITY By air: 45 minutes from Manila; 55 minutes from Kaoshiung; 80 minutes from Guangzhou, Hongkong & Taipei; and 2.15 hours from Shanghai. By land: 8 hours from Manila; 4 hours from Baguio

FLIGHTS Domestic: Manila (daily) International: Guangdong (chartered)

SEASONS Dry (November to April) and wet (May to October)

CLIMATE Average temperature is 26.8C

POPULATION 568, 017 (2010)

LANGUAGE Iloko (Ilocano) is the common language, although English and Filipino are widely used.

RELIGION Roman Catholic: 54.20%; Aglipay: 28.82%; Evangelicals: 5.12%; Iglesia ni Cristo: 4.37%; Others: 7.49% (end 2007)

CLOTHING Thin clothing is recommended, although a jacket may be necessary in the evenings during the cooler months (November – February)

ELECTRICITY 220 volts, 60 cycles.

WATER Drink only bottled or boiled water.

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