TRAVELBOOK.PH’S GUIDE TO BAGUIO

TravelBook.ph’s Guide to Baguio


Embrace the cool weather at the country’s summer capital and try these activities.

By Mathew S. Chan
February 20, 2015


Baguio is the Summer Capital of the Philippines, which sees its fair share of tourists all year round. With its cold climate, great food, and amazing sites, Baguio is a must-go for any traveler. Not sure how to get there and what to do? TravelBook.ph presents a useful guide below.


HOW TO GET TO BAGUIO


BY LAND

  • Baguio is reachable by car or by bus.
  • It takes about 4-6 hours to get to Baguio by car because of the newly constructed highways that have made it easier to reach the city.
  • If you take the bus, it will take you about 4-8 hours depending on the type of bus you take.
    • A Regular Bus costs around PHP 450 one-way. It will take you around 6-8 hours to get to Baguio with at least 3 stopovers.
    • A Deluxe Bus costs around PHP 750 one-way. It will take you around 4-6 hours to get to Baguio with no stopovers.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Did you know that it was once possible to fly to Baguio? Before, when the roads to Baguio weren’t as developed and it would take you about 10-12 hours to get there by car, it was possible to just fly there.
  • Sky Pasada used to offer flights from Metro Manila to Baguio, landing at Loakan Airport.
  • The flight took approximately 45 minutes, and there was at least one per day.
  • As of October 2012, Sky Pasada has stopped offering flights to Baguio.


WHERE TO STAY

Baguio has hotels for every kind of traveler
, no matter what budget you have. Check out these hotel suggestions on TravelBook.ph.

For more Baguio hotels, click here.

WHAT TO DO

There are plenty of things to do in Baguio from shopping to eating to exploring. Here are some of them:

  • One of the most popular tourist sites in Baguio is Burnham Park. Here you can experience riding a rowboat, going biking, or simply walking around to appreciate the nice and cool weather.
  • If you love shopping, head to the Night Market at Harrison Road. It is open daily from 9PM to 12MN. Here you can buy a selection of clothing, both new and vintage, as well as souvenirs and knickknacks. In between, you can snack on some scrumptious street food. Another good place to shop for pasalubong is Mines View Park.
  • If you are a foodie, one of the best places to eat is the Ketchup Food Community at Romulo Drive near Wright Park. It is composed of 5 restaurants. You can stay at any of the 5 places and order from the other restaurants. Make sure you try the ribs from Canto. Price range is about PHP 200-PHP 400 per person.
  • Other notable places to eat in Baguio are:
    • Oh Mai Khan (Mongolian BBQ). Price Range: PHP150-PHP 300
    • Pizza Volante (Pizza and pasta). Price Range: PHP 200-PHP 400
    • 50’s Diner (Vintage American cuisine). Price Range: PHP150-PHP 250
    •  Café by the Ruins (Various cuisine). Price Range: PHP 200-PHP 300
    • Forest House (Filipino cuisine). Price Range: PHP 300-PHP 400
    • Hill Station (Various cuisine). Price Range: PHP 300-PHP 500
  • Still need more activities to add to your itinerary? Visit Camp John Hay, where they have an assortment of eateries and stores. You can go on a picnic here as well. For something unique and interesting, consider going to the Butterfly Sanctuary or Treetop Adventure. You can also try horseback riding.
  • Other notable places to visit in Baguio are:
    • Strawberry Farm
    • Philippine Military Academy
    •  Teacher’s Village
    • La Preza (as made popular by the TVseries Forevermore)
    • BenCab Museum


BASIC TIPS

  • It can get very cold at night in Baguio, so depending on when you will visit, it is advisable to pack thick clothes to make sure you’re warm and avoid getting sick.
  • In case of emergencies, also pack cold medicine.
  • There are only a limited number of areas where you are allowed to smoke in Baguio. If caught smoking in an unauthorized area, you can face a fine of PHP 500-PHP 5,000 based on a city ordinance.
  • Convenience stores are limited and close early (around 9PM-10PM).