Ilocos Trip Day 1: Bangui Windmills

Ilocos Tour - Bangui Windmills
They remind me of picket fences (Tom would have a hard time painting these)

Sometimes I go to places that so resembles something I’ve read in a book that I feel like I’m in that book and someone’s reading about me. When we went to see the Bangui Windmills, I felt a little like that. For so long, I’ve enviously viewed so many photos of friends (both online and IRL) who went that place that visiting it myself and seeing the humongous, white, fan-like structures against the brilliant blue sky was almost surreal. I couldn’t quite believe that I was there.

Ilocos Trip - Bangui Windmills
Alfalfa and co. would have made this into a clubhouse

Bangui Windmills are about 15-20 minutes away from Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. It’s our second stop, and as we walked on the beach, wiggling our toes through the hot sand, I kept thinking: “It’s majestic”. And it was. There really were no other words to describe it. It’s not just the size (though that’s certainly part of it), it also how beautiful the row of snow-white windmills look against the sea. The beach is dotted with old logs and a few stalls selling souvenirs, and it looked dry, deserted, almost dismal–but all that just put the windmill’s beauty in stark relief.

Ilocos Tour - Bangui Windmills
Handmade trinkets to bring home
Ilocos Tour - Bangui Windmills
Minature windmills for your garden (in our case, for our lovebirds)

Shirts and souvenirs are sold from the stalls along the shore. The prices are reasonable (20 PHP – 300 PHP, depending on the material), and vendors sometimes allow you to haggle. I bought a mother of pearl necklace for my mom, and a couple of windmill keychains for myself.

Ilocos Trip - Bangui Windmills
Improv! Used my sunglasses as a makeshift filter

TRAVELER’S TIP: If you’re DIY-ing your itinerary like we did, you can ask the locals here for directions to your next destinations. We asked them the order that the tourist spots will be from Bangui to Pagudpud, and they very kindly accommodated our touristy questions.

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27 thoughts on “Ilocos Trip Day 1: Bangui Windmills

  1. I’ve never been to Ilocos but someday hope to go. your photos are great .They tell so much the beauty of the place.:)

  2. Ang ganda tingnan ng windmill .I took some pictures of windmill in one of our road trip in the US and i can’t find t now. The light house on the pic is like a vacation house ,ganda nya and of course trip or vacation is not complete without those pasalubong.
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    1. Miss Tess ang ganda talaga tignan :D When we got there parang di ako makapaniwala na andun ako, it’s so beautiful. :)

  3. I’ve always wanted to visit Vigan Ilocos and do some sidetrip to this infamous windmills of Bangui. Someday I will…it’s still in my places to visit list. :) Ohh how I love those windmill souvenirs! Very unique! Thanks for sharing all your photos…great shots.
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    1. Kaye, we went to Vigan din. It’s our last stop before going to Baguio hehe. I’ll blog about it in a separate post :D

  4. Went to Vigan last Holy Week but only for an overnight stay, we really want to see this place too but never had the chance. ;( Driving 13 hours from Subic under the scorching heat already drained our energy.. I would come back to this place soon.. but will take the plane instead.. hehe ;)
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    1. That would be the wiser course. If you have the money to spare, why not? :) It’s worth it naman, Ilocos is very beautiful :)

    1. It’s affordable lalo na kung madami kayo! DIY na lang mga destinations at magluto na lang ng food like we did. :)

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