A Baguio City tour would usually cost you thousands of pesos even if you travel alone as a backpacker. Knowing your way around before embarking on a bus trip schedule from Manila to the City of Pines is definitely a must for all bypassers and tourists. This page, therefore is dedicated to all who are looking to find valuable information about your dream vacation of a package tour up and about this majestic cold place in the far North of the Philippines.a perfect summer capital destination.
To come up with most beautiful pictures of the province and list down accurate hotel rates and accommodation options for a transient house or for your bus terminal ticket reservation buy, we took the challenge to go on a trip this summer year 2013
All these just to provide you with the latest, cheapest and affordable options so you know how much it will cost you on your pocket for a travel to Baguio and compare it with tour packages available out there. Our family's journey itinerary as well as yours starts here at MyPilipinas.Com. It's more fun in the Philippines... Welcome and Mabuhay!
Every journey starts with a plan. No travel would ever come up with an effective plan especially that which will take you to a 4-hour bus ride just to taste the cool morning breeze and early afternoon fog in the first ever mall in the Philippines that has no aircondition without an itinerary. This is our family's own but you and anybody else is welcome to make theirs based from this list. After all, we've got different tastes and preferences in life and these 2 factors will strongly influence the places and tourist spots you want to visit when you come to the highlands.
How to Come Up with A Good Itinerary
Basically, an itinerary would consist of places you would be excited to visit and the top things you want to do during your stay. My Nanay Ana and Tatay Sam had been there last year while I was in Japan so we have the edge.
To start off with a list, you have to know first available tourist spots and travelers experiences like the Panagbenga Festival which is celebrated during the whole month of February where the flowers bloom and are plenty of harvest in Bontoc and Bahong mountains where production and flower producers are plenty. That time, we did not have a list yet so what I did was to use Google's online search.
I Googled for top restaurants and places to visit in Baguio. Read blogs and online reviews from Tripadvisor, Agoda and other authority websites. I took time to see pictures both from Picasa, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare and more but I ended up with most useful of all - Google Images. If you know how to use this, you'll definitely find a good review about any place in the City of Pines as well as see very interesting diversity of photos about any place on earth and Baguio city is not an exemption.
So far, we've come up with these places on top of our list below:
We have numbered the top places posted above so you know and have an idea of how we spent and maximized time to prepare and do our itinerary in swift schedules so we won't be wasting any time on a place. After all, we only have 3 days 2 nights for the whole tour we have packaged for our trip.
Hangar Market had to be on top because we rented a transient with a small kitchen and we want to buy and cook our own food so a market visit and buy is necessary. It took us just 30 minutes or so to do everything here plus the taxi ride back and forth our hotel.
Please note that we have started our journey by visiting the farthest spot on our list first (except for the Hangar Market) and down to the nearest in town from our transient house where we got accommodation at Php 1,800.00 per day for 3 people. Our original choice was the cheapest we found online at Php 1,000.00 per day but the arrangements did not materialize due to our change of schedule.
The second day was spent trying to buy stuff that we didn't and can't find in the places we visited for pasalubong and out of town travel to La Trinidad Strawberry Farm in Benguet. We weren't able to see the flower farm in Bahong and the vegetable trading post at La Trinidad Public Market due to lack of time but next year will be a different story for sure. Another thing we weren't able to do is to go food tripping in some of the best restaurants in Baguio for which is part of our itinerary.
It turned out that we were only able to visit 12 amazingly astounding tourist places in Baguio as listed above for our 3 days 2 nights stay in the City of Pines. The reason for which is because our 3rd and last day was spent going back to the Strawberry Fields to buy pasalubong of fresh strawberries, jam and a planting material - the mother berry plant to take home to Manila.
As a tip, we did this because if you buy berries during your first day or 2nd day of stay, it's guaranteed 100% that you'll be going home with rotten fruits on your plastic bags. It is best to go back and buy on your last minute. That's what we did because hotels only allow checkout after lunch.
Arriving in Victory Liner bus terminal did not make us notice that back in the early 90's, the Baguio earthquake had badly stricken the city.
It's because we didn't see a trace which gave me the feeling of visiting the Diplomat Hotel ruins.
Anyway, here's a list for your choices of hotels and cheap transient houses to stay for a room accommodation in the city.
To come up with the cheapest cost with where to stay in Baguio, again, I had to go online and use my skills to search with the help of a Globe, Smart and Sun postpaid cellphone from Tatay Sam. Facebook is a major tool if you know how to use it though. A 20-peso load will go a long long way if you want to make an inquiry.
Although many hotels and transient houses are affordable enough for your pocket, it is a fact that most of the caretakers and owners would give priority to entertain your call if it came via cell phone especially during peak season like December, February (celebration of Panagbenga Festival) and summer months from March to May which happened to be our trip schedule. We have it to our advantage in this case and we hope you learned a tip from this one. Believe me, it's easier this way than sending an email... and fast turnout too with respect to room rates information exchange.
Most of the small restaurants is where you will also find an inn to stay for the night although most online reviews I have read so far do not recommend staying there especially if you have valuables to keep and leave while you travel around.
On the other hand, if you are a food tripper, your taste buds will surely love the City of Pines as it is filled not just with nightlife but also of cozy and uniquely designed restaurants that serve authentic dishes you can only find and experience in Baguio City. We have a couple on our list and we hope to grow more as we visit the highlands each year during summer.
Please do also check our Philippines Travel page as well as for your guide, we strongly suggest to go take a look at the different places using our own version of the Philippines maps.