30 HOURS IN BAGUIO, yay or nay? For people who came all the way from Davao City, spending just one day in Baguio sounds insane. Who does that?
*coughs* We do.
Me and my best friends like to go on long trips and spend few hours at the destination. We’ve done it a couple of times already. The first one was when we traveled for more or less five hours to Kwebang Lampas and Puting Buhangin in Pagbilao, Quezon only to spend four hours there. It was followed by a trip to Vigan, Ilocos Sur where we immersed in a 10-hour bus ride only to spend a day there. The travel was longer than our actual stay. We don’t know why we do it, but we like it that way. Also, we are so tired of people judging our plans and itineraries. We couldn’t rent a car because people were like, “Isang araw lang sa Baguio? Anong klaseng trip yan?!” Hello? Your business sucks because you can’t provide the kind of service we want.
If ever you are like us who are okay with long travels and short stays, this post is for you.
30 HOURS IN BAGUIO
How to get there?
1. If you are coming from Manila, proceed to step 2. If you come from other places, fly/swim/teleport/find a portkey from your origin to Manila.
2. Take the bus from Manila to Baguio. Victory Liner and Genesis are two of the popular bus lines traveling to and from Baguio. Victory Liner terminals are in Cubao and Pasay. Their regular air-conditioned bus fare from Pasay costs 460PHP per head. For more information about bus fares and schedules, visit their website here. Travel time from Manila to Baguio depends on the kind of bus you book. Travel time for the 11PM regular air-conditioned bus trip we took was approximately 5 hours and 30 mins.
How to get out?
1. As soon as you arrive in Baguio, book tickets for your return trip especially when you are traveling on peak season or you have to catch a flight in Manila.
2. Take the bus from Baguio to Manila. Bus fare is also at 460PHP per head from Baguio to Pasay. Travel time for the 10:30am regular air-conditioned bus trip we took was approximately 7 hours. You have to factor in Manila traffic when calculating your travel time because, f*ck Manila. JK. 😂
NOTE: Be at the terminal earlier than your scheduled trip because the bus won’t wait for you. They leave on time. Quite impressive, right?
3. Fly out of Manila.
Where to stay?
We stayed at Inn Rocio. We booked it via Booking.com at a reasonable price with free breakfast. The place was okay. It was decent and you get what you pay for. Nothing less, nothing more. The only plus point was they allowed us to check-in at 5:30am instead of 2pm. Minus points for the hidden charge (VAT). There’s a huge selection of accommodations in Baguio. It totally depends on your style and need for comfort.
What to do in Baguio?
Try to Google “what to do in Baguio” and the results will always mention Mines View Park, Burnham Park, Wright Park, etc. For first timers, you have to pay respect to these tourist spots. For repeat customers like us, dig deeper in your Google search to find places in Baguio worthy of your visit. The best way to find out is by asking a local. Here are the places we visited and the things we did in our short stay in Baguio.
1. Arca’s Yard. It is a café, museum and library in one, located at 777, Ambuklao Road. This is a charming place to dine, catch up or be quiet with friends. One thing we noticed when we got there was the peace and silence despite the place being almost occupied. Food and drinks were also reasonably priced. Plus points- the stunning view.
Note: It is slightly difficult to grab a cab to get home.
2. Burnham Park. It was my son’s first time in Baguio so he deserved a trip to the ever famous Burnham Park. We rented a “padyak” (bicycle with side car?) for 50PHP per hour. It was a fun experience, I must say.
3. Catch some Zzzzs. Because sleeping in Baguio is not equal to sleeping in Davao.
4. Eat. Because eating in Jollibee Baguio is not equal to eating in Jollibee Davao and eating at a Korean restaurant in Baguio is not equal to eating at a Korean restaurant in Davao.
5. Record videos and take OOTD photos. Self-explanatory.
Every travel is memorable. For me, it doesn’t matter where I go or how long I stay, what matters is the emotion that ignites within me while I travel. Baguio is one of my favorite cities to visit. It never fails to touch my core- whether I stay for a couple of days, or just for 30 hours. I can say I’ve been to different places in the Philippines and no other city gives me the same feeling I get when I am in Baguio. It’s a feeling of being reminded that bright days are ahead and the world is still a good place despite the negativities around. I can’t explain it much but I very well know the feeling. I can’t wait to be back.
Thanks for your time!😊