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Ilocos Norte: La Paz Sand Dunes

Located near Laoag City, the capital of Ilocos Norte, La Paz Sand Dunes is widely known as the Desert of the North.
La Paz Sand Dunes
La Paz Sand Dunes covers an area of approximately 85 square kilometers. It is locally known as Bantay Bimmaboy. With an elevation that ranges 10 to 30 meters, La Paz Sand Dunes has a very appealing panoramic view of the West Philippine Sea.
Some part of the West Philippine Sea as seen from the Sand Dunes.
With its unique landscape, typical to those in the Middle Eastern countries, La Paz Sand Dunes has become a popular site for shooting local and foreign films. This might be due to the cheaper production cost compared to those of the Middle Eastern counterparts.
Great place to do some modelling
Some of the local films shot in the area are: Panday, Himala, and Temptation Island. Portions of the Hollywood films like Born in the Fourth of July and Mad Max were also shot in the sand dunes.
Our own version of Panday
Don't forget to bring water for hydration!
Today, La Paz Sand Dunes is gaining a new form of popularity because of the newly introduced sport of sand boarding.

My wife and i decided to join the fray but the heat of the sun quickly zapped our will to do so. We decided to have a photoshoot instead.

Here are some photos that we took that day:

Looks like:
The Sahara Desert
The camels.

Getting there:

From Manila board a bus heading to Laoag City. From there La Paz Sand Dunes could be reached by tricycle or jeepney.

If you want, you could rent a 4-wheel-drive to tour you around the sand dunes.

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  1. I've been there but Doesn't have enough time to enter La Paz sand dunes. I arrived there around 5pm. Hopefully I can make it someday.

    1. Awwww You should have tried visiting it. Don't forget your sunblock though!


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