This was my first time booking a travel package tour so even though my friend referred me to J2F Ilocos Travel & Tours, I was a bit apprehensive. Paranoid questions like, "What if this is a scam?" would of course pop up. But they only asked for a P1,500 downpayment (for the whole group tour) and no scammer would go for that small an amount, right?
So book the tour I did and I'm soooo glad I chose to book with them. The package tour was both extremely convenient and budget friendly, I totally recommend.
Our driver slash tour guide picked us up from the airport (we had an evening flight), and we checked in at the hotel. The next morning, the guide picked us up at 7:30 AM and off we went for adventure Day 1. Our first stop: FORT ILOCANDIA.
|Top - Forever 21, Skort - Vetus Shop, Shoes - Cotton On, Bag - Pull & Bear|
According to Kuya John (our driver/guide), Fort Ilocandia is the most expensive place to stay in in Laoag City. It appears to be old and rich in history, similar to the feel you get from Laoag's museums, except so much more luxurious. But we got to peak into one of the rooms which looked completely modern inside, of course.
Going for archery also allowed us to go beyond the "exclusive" point. Yey, free tour!
But we could not resist sneaking in one more activity - shooting. It was P800 for 10 bullets. Coming from Cebu, we found that rate incredibly cheap so we had to go for it!
I've always wanted to try this out. It was a bit scary. Guns are not toys, kids. So one bullet was enough for me - even though I shot the target above the shoulder - which means I did not hit a thing. Lol.
Personally, the hotel's set-up, it being old and rich in history, and wide and vast and quiet, is a tiny bit creepy for me - as I imagined staying there at night and roaming around the resort and dimly lighted hallways.. but there's no denying its beauty and luxury too. This place is definitely worth a visit - and don't settle for quick 10-minute tours either!