Travelers wax poetic about foreign lands teeming with unfamiliar cultures, musical languages that may as well be gibberish to your ears, and curious-tasting cuisines, but before heading off to some strange country, you must know: it really is more fun in the Philippines. Here’s an advice: pack your bags with your most comfortable clothes, grab a map of the Northern Philippines, particularly one that’s headed straight to Ilocos Norte, and tag along your family and friends – it’s time to know why it’s more fun in Ilocandia with this Ensogo treat.
This is not just going to be one of your usual vacation trips. With this treat, you get to choose your own adventure. In it for the photo ops? Choose the Paoay Kumakaway Tour which will take you on a 3-hour guided tour of some of Paoay’s best sights, including the hauntingly beautiful Paoay Church. Get goose bumps on the history of the town with a trip to Malacanang of the North which houses a Ferdinand Marcos exhibit that’s detailed and frank.
Looking for adventure? Unbeknownst to many, Paoay is home to magnificent rolling sand dunes that simply invite. But don’t dive into the sands just yet. Sand-board instead! Do it standing up like a pro, or on your backside like a kid. Sand-boarding is pretty much like surfing, only you don’t even have to know how to swim, and there are no crashing waves to fear. Just mounds of golden sand that stretch for miles. This one includes a 4x4 ride which you will need to get to the sight, which is one to behold.
While you’re at it, have a taste of the famous Pinakbet Pizza, bagnet and tupig, all famous Ilocandia food stuff not to be missed. Though not included in this package, these are other worthwhile sights to take a trek towards while in the north: take a long but rewarding walk towards the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation or marvel at the Bangui Windmills.
Included in this treat is a three days and two nights’ accommodation at North View Hotel. Daily breakfast will be served. Stay connected with the free Wi-Fi Internet access and enjoy royal treatment because room service is available all day long from 7 in the morning until 10PM.
You can get to Laoag City in less than an hour on board a plane. There are also daily bus trips to Laoag; travel time will be about 8 to 10 hours. Don’t miss the chance to witness and personally experience the North and enjoy the adventure that’s in store for you via this Ensogo treat.