Located in the northern part of Luzon, Baguio City also know as the city of pines and the summer capital of the Philippines. It mostly visited by Filipinos to escape the chaotic urban life and heat of Manila and other southern areas.
Baguio offers plenty of attractions that showcase its rich history & heritage, indigenous culture and thriving flora and fauna. But how do you make your Baguio Trip without fuzz and frills. Watch the video below for more details: Enjoy!
English Video Translation
Hello Everyone! You are watching the Bored Rome and in this episode we will explore a beautiful place in Northern Luzon.
Since this is my first episode, I will bring you to a place which maybe distant but is so close to my heart. And this is BAGUIO. Baguio, is one of the top destinations in Luzon which is tagged as the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Because of its cool weather all year round.
Aside from its cool weather, Baguio is also known for its affordable vegetables, tourist spots, and ultimate foodie destinations.
From Pasay City, the travel time takes about 5-6 hours to reach Baguio of course depending the traffic you’ll encounter and the route you’ll take. It’s faster if you take the SCTEX & TPLEX route which will shorten your travel time by at least 4 hours. For this trip, we took a Victory Liner Bus. The fare for a regular air conditioned bus is 455/passenger one way!
TIP#1 BUY YOUR RETURN TICKET UPON ARRIVAL IN BAGUIO.
Tip #1 When you reached Baguio Terminal, it’s better to buy your return ticket to avoid the long lines to ticket counter on your return trip. Usually we take the 1pm or 2pm trip to arrive in Manila not so late.
TIP#2 LEAVE YOUR BAGGAGE IN YOUR HOTEL AND BRING ONLY WHAT YOU NEED.
Tip # 2 You may go to your accommodation as some hotels and inns allow early check in. If not, you may request to leave your other baggage to start your tour without carrying a lot. If your hotel is near Session Road, you may start your walking tour in Burnham Park, then Session Road, Baguio Cathedral Church going to SM Baguio.
One of the most things I really love having in SM Baguio is Chef’s Nuts Cronuts, It’s a kind of pastry which combined croissant and doughnut, that’s why it’s called CRONUTS.
It’s only 45 pesos per piece but when you buy a box with 6 pieces you can save 40 pesos. By the time you finished your walking tour from Burnham Park, Session Road, Baguio Cathedral and SM Baguio. I’m sure you’re already hungry. Thus, here are my recommended restaurants around Session Road.
Ole Fusion Restaurant
Cuisines: Korean Dishes
Must Try: Samgyupsal, Bimbimbab, Ramen
Budget: 300-400 for 2pax.
Cuisines: Italian, Western
Must Try: Kenny George Pizza, Pesto Pasta w/Chicken
(400-500 for 2pax)
Sizzling Plate Session
Cuisines: Western, Steak
Must Try: Australian Porter House, Tenderloin Steak, T-Bone Steak
(600-700 for 2 Pax)
After lunch, you may go now to your accommodation to have your check in and rest for a while.
Our next stop, Good Shepherd Convent. Good Shepherd is famous for their creamy delicious UBE JAM, as well as their Strawberry Jam, and other sweets.
Beside it is the Mines View Park, Botanical Garden, The Mansion, and Wright Park which are relatively close to each other.
TIP#3 VISIT CAMP JOHN HAY AROUND 4PM FOR AN AFTERNOON TEA OR COFFEE. RELAX & ENJOY THE NATURE.
Tip # 3 In the afternoon, you may visit Camp John Hay for an afternoon tea or coffee while enjoying the fresh air and verdant view of pine trees.
You may also walk around the area for the usual instagram photo opportunity which is timing for the golden hour.
And if you got tired, you may have an early dinner at Good Taste Restaurant for Filipino & Chinese food trip, 50’s Dinner for American dishes or Korean Palace Garden for unlimited Samgyeupsal and other Korean dishes.
You can visit La Trinidad for Strawberry picking, BenCab Museum for arts and gallery, or go to Sitio La Presa for the sea of clouds experience. Going and exploring these places will consume at least half of your day. Have your lunch here to save time then proceed with the other tourist spots in the afternoon.
*end of Day II
If on a budget and you want to visit a bar, have a cheap dinner so you can have drinks and acoustic night along Session Road. You can also go the the Night Market in Harrison Road which is located near the Melvin Jones Grandstand for thrift shop finds and street foods.
On your last day, never forget to visit Baguio City Public Market for pasalubong, souvenirs and vegetables shopping. Here you can find different kinds of jam, handicrafts, fruits and other whatnots for pasalubong.
TIP#4 VEGETABLES ARE CHEAPER IN THE OLD PUBLIC MARKET THAN IN THE NEW CITY MARKET
Tip # 4 If buying vegetables, I would recommend buying them in the Old City Market which is beside the wet market. If you can’t find it don’t hesitate to ask.
It also helps to bring you large size eco-bag like this so it won’t be burdensome to bring your items. If you’re not picky on buying vegetables, you can buy Chopseuy Pack which costs around 100 to 120 pesos only. However, if you really want to choose you can do so just be mindful of the time so you can still have lunch and pack your baggage well before going to the bus terminal.
So there you have it guys, how about you where do you usually go in Baguio and why? Don’t forget to comment down below your thoughts or experiences and I will try to feature it in my upcoming episodes.
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