The Philippines is one of the famous holiday destinations among the tourist. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines is Laoag. Laoag is a third class component city and capital of the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It is well-known as the “Sunshine City” and “City of Lights and becomes the heart and capital city of Ilocos Norte. This city is bordered by numerous municipalities such as San Nicolas, Paoay, Sarrat, Vintar, and Bacarra. The foothills of the Cordillera Central Mountain range to the east and the West Philippine Sea to the west acts as its physical boundaries. Plus, Laoag is the province's political, commercial, and industrial hub and the location of the Ilocos Region's busiest commercial airport.
The climate in Laoag is tropical year-round with an average temperature of 29-35 degrees Celsius. Laoag or Philippines has only two seasons which is wet and dry seasons where rainfall can be heavy during the wet or monsoon season and humidity during the hotter months can be high. The best time to visit Laoag would be between December to February when the weather is warmer with occasional showers. During this season, the sun shines bright resulting clear skies with the winds blow gently suitable for outdoor activities. The off-peak season is between July to September where the climate during that season is unpredictable and typhoons can sometimes occur anytime. It is advisable for visitors to check the weather reports before going to this town. During this season you will find better flight tickets and hotel deals.
1. Bacolod – Silay Airport
It is the main airport that serves the general area of the Bacolod Metropolitan Area. It is just 15 kilometres northeast of Bacolod city. Since it is an international airport, Bacolod – Silay Airport is the busiest airport serving the Negros Island area. The airlines that operate in this airport is Cebu Pacific and Philippines Airlines, with the later provide an international route to Seoul, South Korea as its seasonal flights. Bacolod – Silay Airport has many interesting shops and eateries within the airport so you can shop or dine in while waiting for the plane to arrive or depart. To go in and out of the airport is easy because there are many types of transportation available in Bacolod – Silay Airport for the visitors.
2. Laoag International Airport
Located in Ilocos Norte, Laoag International Airport is the main airport serving the general area of Laoag, the capital city of the province of Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. Americans built it before World War II as Gabu Airfield. Then, the Japanese occupied the base in December 1941 and subsequently used it as their base. The airfield was converted into a civilian airport after the major war. The main airlines that operated at the airport are Etihad Airways, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air. Laoag International Airport has many interesting shops and eateries within the airport so you can shop or dine in while waiting for the plane to arrive or depart. To go in and out of the airport is easy because there are many types of transportation available in Laoag International Airport for the visitors.
Laoag’s climate is under the hot sun for most of the time. Usually, it will be warm and sunny throughout the years with little rains except for typhoon season which the weather can be unpredictable with heavy rains and thunderstorm. The average maximum temperature in Laoag is around 27 and 33 degree Celsius while the average minimum is about 20 and 24 degree Celsius. While around December to February will be the peak of seasons because it will be the warm and pleasant season of the year. If you plan to visit Laoag during this season make sure you book your flight and hotel early as both fill up quickly.
1. La Paz Sand Dunes – The La Paz Sand Dunes forms a part of the Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes which stretches from the town of Currimao, north of Laoag, to Pasuquin, south of Laoag The dunes are a protected sandy coastal desert in Laoag which offers a heart-racing ride on a buggy or a 4×4 and a sandboarding activity. The best time to visit the dunes is in the afternoon to avoid the scorching heat of the sun and to catch the fascinating sunset at the desert after the activities. The standard rate for activities is 2,500 pesos for 3-5 persons, 2,000 pesos for the buggy ride and 500 pesos for sandboarding.
2. Malacanang of the North – This attraction was built by the Philippine Tourism Authority and currently, referred to as the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority or TIEZA in 1977 for Marcos's 60th birthday. It served as an official residence for the president's family. This museum is rich with culture and heritage and can be seen through each piece of memorabilia and architecture there. The entrance fee to the museum is 30 pesos and it opens from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm from Tuesdays to Sundays.
3. The Sinking Bell Tower - A notable attraction at the heart of Laoag city, the 90-meter high Sinking Bell Tower has been drifting further into the earth each year due to its heavy weight digging slowly into the soft soil to where it was built since 1612. For safety, you are not permitted to enter the tower, but there are many beautiful spots around the tower for you to take many beautiful pictures.