Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Power of Laoag

After our 27 hours in Vigan, we are off to Laoag.  We took the same bus (Partas) since their bus terminal is accessible and is just right in front of the public market.  The bus fare was Php 133.00 per head.  The trip took 2 hours drive.

We arrived in Laoag around 11 in the morning.  The bus station was packed with tricycle drivers and calling out to arriving passengers.  One driver approached us and asked us if we have an arranged tour of Laoag.  His name is Julius, and he quoted us Php 600.00 for all the sites to visit in the area.  We closed the deal and agreed to meet around 1 pm.    He dropped us off at Laoag Renzo Hotel.

Laoag Renzo Hotel was a cozy accommodation located within the city area of Laoag.  The only room left was the superior type which costs Php 1,800.00 per night with buffet breakfast and wifi inside the room.  The room was spacious and clean.  The bathroom is also nice.

It was not hard to look for fastfood and restaurants in the area, everything is just walking distance.  But in case you don't want to tire your feet, you can always take a tricycle to take you around or the kalesa.  The horse-drawn carriages are still being used in this part of the country, which I think is nice.  Very colonial.

So here are our pit stops:

Malacanang of the North:

Paoay Church

Paoay Lake National Park

Sinking Bell Tower

Marcos Mausoleum and Museum

Laoag is an eclectic mix of the past and present.  Though they still have the small town feel, the opening of shops and fastfoods on every corner is a sign that the present is already gaining popularity.  Laoag is home of plenty of famous politicians.  This is the perfect place to know them more closely. (more pictures here)

Laoag Renzo Hotel
Rizal St., cor Guerrero ST., Laoag City
Mobile: +63 009082144488
Phone:  +63 077 770 4898+63 077 770 4898
Email:  laoagrenzohotel@yahoo.com
Wesbite: www.laoagrenzohotel.com

more pictures here...

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