If someone would ask me about the longest travel time I spent on the road, indisputably I would say it happened during my tour at the equally stupefying provinces of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. Longer and exhausting it may seemed but experiencing the wonders of these two provinces is truly electrifying. This is Byaheng Ilocos Sur, Lakbay Ilocos Norte, the first ever Travel Series of the Travel Teller for 2012.

From Davao City to these two provinces of Ilocos Region, The Travel Teller spent three fun-packed days of adventures and excitements going around the must-see, must-experience destinations in this part Ilocandia. Touristy as it may seem but these places define the Wealth and Wonders of this part of the Philippines, a country of fun and excitement.

Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte are two significant provinces belonging to the Ilocos Region located in the northwest of Luzon. These two provinces offer a number of popular destinations for tourists, local and foreign alike. They are famous for their cultural heritage and natural wonders. They have various natural attractions that guarantee unparalleled adventures. Both are exceptional destinations best for those who quest for fun, culture, heritage and nature.

For beach lovers and sun worshippers, these two provinces are equally paradise to consider. Their proximity to the South China Sea now called West Philippine Sea lures tourists to come and enjoy the heat and waves of Ilocos’ sea and sands. Speaking of sands, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte are both homes of the famous Ilocos Sand Dunes, favorite location for local and international film. Beyond that, there are many spectacular and inviting places to see in these two provinces.

Join me as I chronicle this exciting adventure from my home in Davao City to the sparkling white sand beaches of Pagudpud, to the majestic Windmills of Bangui, to the amazing Kapurpurawan Rock of Burgos, to the vintage street of Calle Crisologo in Vigan and many many more. To date, this is the longest travel time I spent on the road but every bit of it is worth it. This is the longest trip I surely will never forget.


TRAVEL SERIES: Byaheng Ilocos Sur, Lakbay Ilocos Norte

  1. PAGUDPUD: The Charming Tropical Paradise of the North
  2. The Humongous Windmills of Bangui
  3. KAPURPURAWAN ROCKS: The Prized Gem of Burgos, Ilocos Norte
  4. Sunset at the Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte
  5. Visiting Malacañang of the North
(From L-R) Christopher, Tina, Ariel, Arthur, Ophelia, Mary Ann, Hannah, Me, Sarah, Mario, special thanks to Kier Ashley Lim for this group photo

A grateful shout out to my RTOUR friends, my travel soulmates on this memorable trip.

35 Replies to “BYAHENG ILOCOS SUR, LAKBAY ILOCOS NORTE: The Travel Series”

  1. I SO love this Olan, can’t wait for the series. I’ve been to Vigan but not with Pagudpud and etc. But this would be my trail after my Palawan. So it’s too timely because the travel stories that you will be telling through this series would surely be a great help for me and my travel buddies. 😉

    Keep your trails going,
    Dave ^_^

  2. NICE COLLAGE, Sir Olan very cool and in chronological order of CAPTURED series of DESTINATIONS titled “Byaheng Ilocos Sur, Lakbay Ilocos Norte” and likewise the SNAPSHOT of Sir Kang… Can I call this a photography personal expression with striking effects? It is when the photographer chooses to push beyond the point of just documenting the subject that the power of photography as a medium for personal expression begins to emerge. Call them winners, call them keepers or just call them great subjects – they are all the images that photographers strive to produce appealing at the very least, if not fascinating or even emotionally moving. MADAYAW!

  3. That place is so amazing!!!! 3days lang kaming nag tour dyan kaya ngarag ngarag 1st day at Laoag, 2nd Day Pagudpod, 3rd day Vigan then back to Manila haha! u missed ata the Kabigan falls in Pagudpod it almost 30minutes trekking… and dun ko naisip kung bakit Pagudpod —- Pagud at pudpud sa tsinelas sa layo ng nilakad namin.. =) . and Lucky un bayawa ko taga dyan kaya nkakapag pabalik balik ako. =0

    1. Hi Chareen – Natawa ako dun sa pagud and pudpud! 🙂 Taga davao ako kaya mas matagal pa ang byahe namin. Hahaha. Worth it naman. 🙂 Yeah, we missed that Falls, kahus na masyado sa oras. 🙂

  4. Hello po, I’m a tour guide here in Ilocos. Thank you so much po for visiting our province and sharing our treasures to everyone. We appreciate our province more when we see it in the eyes of the tourists. Intayon Ilocos. PAOAY KUMAKAWAY!

    1. Hi I’m juvy may favor po ako baka matulungan nyo po ako need po nmin ng tour guide and accomodation sa Oct 12, this friday sa ilocos 2days and 1 night…


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