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  • Writer's pictureAndi Dela Torre Griffiths

La Paz Sand Dunes in Laoag, Ilocos Norte: A Guide

Ilocos Norte is known for many things. They offer scenic views, delicious local cuisine, Spanish colonial architecture, and windmills. But for today, I am going to share with you our experience with their dunes.


Here’s what you need to know before you enjoy the 85-square kilometer desert beach in Ilocos Norte.

Going to Laoag, Ilocos Norte

If you’re from Manila, go to Partas Cubao or Pasay then ride a bus heading to Laoag. Since it’s going to be a long trip, it would be best if you take the Luxury bus for total comfort. It has a movable bus tablet with 1 USB charger slot, two earphone slots, and enough leg room for you cause it has lesser seats. To skip long lines, you can book online via Biyaheroes.


For those who will be coming from other places, all you have to do is to look for the nearest Partas station and do the same.

Partas Luxury Bus | Buses going to Ilocos Region | Laoag Sand Dunes Philippines

Alight at Partas Laoag (the last stop). From there, you can ride a tricycle going to your hotel.

Looking for a Place to Stay


For accommodation, I suggest that you stay at Hotel Asuncion Laoag. It’s located near different establishments and is accessible for commuting travelers (only 7 minutes away from Partas Laoag station). That is where we stayed, and we were happy with the experience. I was not able to take photos anymore because we were so tired. Below are pros and cons of staying at the hotel:

Pros:

  • Rate is inclusive of breakfast (your choice of Filipino or Continental breakfast + 1 drink);

  • Food tastes good, you’ll love the coffee too!;

  • You’re literally a few steps away from the supermarket (it’s right beside the hotel);

  • Good service; employees are cheerful, polite, and helpful;

  • Beds are comfortable and the linens smell good;

  • Many cable channels (some have limited so I’ve included this in the pros).



Cons:

  • No elevator (can be tiring to walk up after a long day);

  • No internet during our stay (had to rely on mobile data, which was also slow because of the signal). If you're doing business while on vacation, maybe pick a better hotel. Surrounding area is not safe for strolling


Book your Sand Dunes Adventure

Klook La Paz sand dunes adventure

Going to La Paz Sand Dunes, “The Desert of the North”


The best way to get there is to rent a tricycle. We rented ours for only Php 250.00 (back and forth). If you’re staying near the provincial capitol, it will only take you 20-30 minutes going to La Paz.

Once you’re in the vicinity, all you have to do is go to the registration booth and sign the waiver to start your sand dunes adventure! Rate is 2,500 (per 4x4 car) for seven kilometers of fun, sun, and sand.

Filipino couple enjoying their Sand Dunes adventure in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Wear sunscreen and drink lots of water. It gets very hot as you go along =)

It was definitely one for the books! You’ll surely love it! Remember to keep a tight grip on the handle though, the ride's quite fast and it's always best to be cautious.


La Paz Sand Dunes in Ilocos Norte | The Experience


For me, it was worth the travel and every cent because we enjoyed the ride on our own and had a lot of space. Supposedly, those who wish to have the buggies on their own should pay extra, but for whatever reason, they waived the fee. So it was us, the driver, and his friend.

Let me know how your adventure went! Thanks for reading! La Paz Sand Dunes in Ilocos Norte ♥ Andi


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