Banaue Travel Guide

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  • Banaue Hotel
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  • Banaue Hotel
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Banaue Things to Do

  • Having picture with the hill tribes

    Is always nice if you have a picture together with the hill tribes, this elderly women are dressed for a photo. After our trekking from Bangaan we ask our guide where we can have a picture with the hill tribes, and he said is in View pointThere are other places in Banaue where visitors able to have picture with hill tribes, because we haven't much...

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  • The View Point Rice Terraces in Banaue

    After our Bangaan tour we wanted to have a picture of the hill tribes, our guide said, it is in Viewpoint. It was raining a lots when we return to town but it didn't stop us from going back there. When we arrive at the Viewpoint were so disappointing, the weather is so bad the fog plays around the terrace, we took photos but is not very impressive...

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  • The village has become an historic sight

    Before coming to Banaue one of our main goal to this trip is taking a trek to the rice terraces, and there were two of our list. Batad and Bangaan because of my incorrect trip planner, we can't do Batad but we really like to experience the trek, thanks to our guesthouse host we're able can do Bangaan. Despite to bad weather we went to Bangaan, is...

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Banaue Hotels

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Banaue Restaurants

  • The resturant is convenient and serve...

    The restaurant is the only one in Bangaan, so it is never been missed, you'll pass through before going down to the village. It stand on the top of the village. The choice is yours if you want to have the meal before or after the trekking. This restaurant is overlooking to the rice terraces in Bangaan. Apparently is an restaurant and inn. For...

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  • Simple hotel breakfast at Banaue

    The breakfast at this accommodation is superb and so tasty and delicious. It is something different but this is the taste of a local breakfast here. This breakfast is included in our hotel reservation as we opted to pay extra 50 pesos a day to include a breakfast and the accommodation is about 400 pesos per day. The current rate at that time is...

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  • Eat at Las Vegas

    The Las Vegas restaurant was recommended to us by our tour guide. This restaurant is a favorite among the foreigners in the area. The ambiance is low key and the decorations are a mixture of native Ifugao and typical American pub We ordered their special "Las Vegas Rice" which is composed of pork/chicken adobo, veggies, fried egg and brown rice.

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Banaue Nightlife

  • Escape from busy city life

    No nightlife in Banaue as all the stores are already close by around 9pm. Though I heard a videoke place nearby but we did not attempt to go inside. Well, you can spend the night at Sanafe Lodge Veranda, of course if you are staying there. You can relax and sit at the veranda. Hope you can tolerate the cool breeze : ) Wear your thermal jacket. Its...

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  • Have an early night instead

    There is not much to do in this sleepy town during night time. By 8pm everyone settles down for an early night. There will be one or two karaoke bars open but it mostly caters to the regular local bums who incidentally might be your guide for a trip the next day.

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  • Banaue: Nightlife

    Sadly, there are not much to do in Banaue during nightimes.. even if you stay within town's center. The place gets very dark as there are few street lamps available.. We played card games @ the People's Lodge and Resto's terrace. Dont expect any views, all that you will see are the house lights. But the cool breeze and the sound of the river gives...

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Banaue Transportation

  • This small thing called tricycle

    Banaue is very easy to get around by trike, even a good fit traveler can easily get around by foot. If one have plenty of time in Banaue, no need to use those trike, but if one prefer not to walk then there are dozens of tricycle in town. They are easy to catch everywhere. Hired them is possible but always talk the price first before you get in....

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  • Dangwa night bus to Manila and vice...

    Starting our trip from Ilocos and ended up in Banaue, it was quiet an adventure after all the traveling time. But all the hassles are well worth! exhausted but exciting. After staying two nights in Sagada, we wanted to go to Banaue but there is no direct transfer from Sagada we have to go via Bontoc and then Banaue. We've booked all our...

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  • Getting to Banaue

    Updated : 15-Apr-2014Airconditioned buses depart from Manila every night. Departure times between 9-11PM and arrives in Banaue around 6-7AM the next day. There are no advance reservations so you get seats as you pay. Note that these buses can be freezingly cold *cough* Autobus *cough* so bring a jacket (you can complain to no avail). *Ohayami Bus...

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Banaue Shopping

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    There are various shops that sells items that I think can be found in all the stores that carries native products in the country. They're just cheaper. I don't know who really make all those stuff, or if they do it, they need imagination to improve their products. It's the same mundane things you see everywhere. You can go for jewelries or bags....

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  • Souvenir Items at Banaue Hotel

    From the lobby of Banaue Hotel up to the 2nd floor, you can select a lot of native souvenir items from the kiosks. You can even ask for a cheaper price from the salesclerk if you know how to negotiate. You can shop for native bags, native accessories like necklace, bracelet and earrings, wood curving display, key chain, knitted jacket and souvenir...

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  • Wood carvings, weaving and handicrafts

    Little shops lined the area around the Viewpoint station. Most of the vendors are residents around that area.See another picture attached 1) Wood carvings2) Necklaces and Bracelets3) T-shirts4) Bags, shawls and hats5) Keychains and magnets6) Weaved products reasonable price. If you negotiate, you can usually get a small discount

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Banaue Local Customs

  • Ifugao Kids is not much different than...

    The Ifugao children is the same as other Filipino kids. They look as normal children in Philippines, happy as a normal kid. Those children are used to see foreign visitors daily in the area, unliked in some places in the Philippines, that hardly visited by white tourist and the childrens out look is never the same. But here in Banaue the kids never...

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  • The way people living in the village

    Bangaan village is another beautiful place for trekking in Banaue, the beautiful rice terraces can also be admire, walking from the main road to the village is about 1 to 1.30 minutes depend how fit you are. The Bangaan village has no luxury of life people are all farmers, the income came from the rice. Wandering around I really feel pity for those...

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  • Ask permission before taking picture...

    During our wandering in Bangaan was so nice that we're able to see this Ifugao house, I was curious to see how the space inside because outside it looks very tiny. We're lucky there were one house open and we can take a photo inside but we ask a permission to our guide if it's okay to take some picture inside and he said yes, go aheadWhen I was...

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Banaue Warnings and Dangers

  • Go to the Tourist Information Center

    This should be the first thing you have to do when you arrive in Banaue.I think going here will prevent you of paying high on a specific tour or the tricycle fare. They will tell you the right information on this.They will even get you a trike or a guide if you like.

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  • Road to Bang A'an

    There is one place in particular that you must take care because of falling rocks. About half way between Banaue and Bang A'an there is a cliff with an overhang, and occasionally rocks will become dislodged and drop down. A few years ago i was on my mountain bike returning from a visit to my friend who lived in the lodge by the side of the road...

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  • climbing the terraces

    Be careful climbing the rice terraces especially in the rainy season as some of the terraces are 3m high and walking along the side of them can be very difficult, as the stones at the edge can be muddy and extremely slippery, and more than one person has fallen over the side and suffered serious injuries.

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Banaue Tourist Traps

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    by asianbelle Written Jul 5, 2004

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    You see "authentic" Ifugaos (man, woman, and child) dressed in native costumes at Viewpoint. While taking scenic shots, they will approach you and offer to have your picture taken with them. Of course, you will oblige not knowing that there is a minimal fee (normally P30-40) per pose. Well, you will know it after when they extend their hand for the payment.

    Before taking pictures, especially of locals in native costume, ask for permission. Some are camera-shy, while others do it for a minimal fee, around P30 per pose. The latter can be encountered at Viewpoint.

    Unique Suggestions: Since the deed was done, pay and just laugh it off. Charge to experience, you have your souvenir shot, anyway.

    Fun Alternatives: Well, before taking a picture where people is the subject, ask for permission first. Or, if someone approaches you offering their services, decline politely.

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Banaue What to Pack

  • If you are the trekking kind...

    Bring comfortable shorts or capris. And proper trekking shoes. It would be good if your camera had the option for getting panorama shots - where you can lay one picture next to the other and make it one huge shot... The terraces are awesome.

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  • Your Usual Mountain Packing List..

    The backpack is always the most reliable and convenient piece of portable storage when visiting mountainous regions like the Cordillera. A water-proof belt bag is also advisable so you can bring your essential stuffs like wallet and digicam any weather you go. Clothing: It's a must to bring warm but light clothings in Banaue. Like Sagada, Banaue...

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  • Day pack will do!

    As usual you will carry all your luggage or bagpack. But bare in mind that when you do want to go to Batad Village and dont have any intention to overnight there, so I would suggest you to bring only few tracking stuffs. No need any extra cloths unless if you want to have a swim in Tappa-ya waterfall with your t-shirt on. This is better to bring...

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Banaue Off The Beaten Path

  • Only for the brave and crazy...

    OK, you're now in Banaue and after you've checked into your hotel, you want to see the terraces so what do you do next? Well, the terraces are quite extensive and a bit far from town so you obviously need transportation. Unfortunately, there are no cabs or rental cars in the area. Private jeepneys with local drivers can be hired through the hotel...

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  • What a Ride! (and an experience!)

    We boarded the Von-Von Liner at Bontoc bound for Banaue. It was really an old looking, rickety bus. It is non-aircond and the seats were worn off. The bus was really packed not only with passengers but with loads of "cargoes" - inside the bus and on top of the bus. Well, after traveling for an hour (the journey from Bontoc to Banaue is about 2hours...

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  • "Walk Like An Ifugao"

    Garb in an Ifugao attire plus the accessories and feel like one of them. The souvenir stores rent out their displays at a minimal fee. Me and my son did this and we must have been too authentic-looking considering that some stranger tourists asked us for a picture-op. We made the locals who charge a fee for a picture-op a run for their money. Lol!

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Banaue Sports & Outdoors

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    by cachaseiro Written Dec 22, 2008

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    There are many trails around the rice terraces at Banaue and you can easily spend a few days hiking new trails every day.
    They are generally of a good standard and have hand rails a lot of the time, wgich is a really good thing as the trails can be very slippery at times.

    Equipment: Yuo should preferably bring a good pair of hiking boots or hiking shoes.

    Hiking trail at Banaue.
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  • Tip for a Solo traveller

    I think that the best thing a solo traveller would do is to be more friendly....for it can save you a lot of money...trust me.....because you can find other groups to share the tour expenses especially the Battad trekking activity (this cost for about Php 3,500.00 good for 13 person)....like I did.....at the same time you can gain some new friends....

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  • Additional tips

    No problem. We went to Banaue last December 20, 2008. Its a peak season because of the Holidays. Yup. Its a tiring hike. Lots of cemented stairs. Each stairs are really high. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Rubber shoes is ok and strap outdoor sandals like tribo. Either shorts or pants will do. The way is clear. You will not have problems with...

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  • Helpful tourist information.

    There is a small tourist information up by the bus station next to the Banaue hotel.The place did not have much in the way of brochures when i was there, but the guy at the office was very helpful and pointed out some very good hiking trails for me, so paying a visit there was certainly a good idea.

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Explore Deeper into Banaue
It’s picturesque... there is no other word for it
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Approaching to Bangaan Village
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Is just planted.... but still nice to see
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Trekking to Bangaan
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Typical house in Banaue.........some unusual thing
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Bangaan Village....a typical village of the Ifugao
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Here are the rice terraces....... .truly beautiful
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AN EYESORE
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HIKE TO BANGA'AN
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VISIT BANGA'AN
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TREK TO THE VIEWPOINT
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PEOPLE WATCHING & ADMIRE THE SCENERY
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Talk to tribe members
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Dianarra Viewpoint
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Aguian Viewpoint
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Stop by other Rice terreces
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Picture-Picture at the Rice Terreces viewing deck
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Experience Battad Trekking
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Banaue Hotel & Youth Hostel Restaurant
Restaurants
Ohayami Bus Terminal
Transportation
Buy wooden souvenir
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Have your picture with the Igorot Elders
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Visit the different viewpoints of Banaue Terraces
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TRy the Igorot's Wooden Scooter
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A private car over travel agencies
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TOURIST INFORMATION
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READ THE PLAQUE
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walk to the waterfall
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BUS TO BONTOC
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VIEW THE SCENE BELOW
Restaurants
Rice Terraces
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Transport from Banaue to Batad
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Transport from Banaue to Sagada
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Direct bus transport from Manila to Banaue
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Best Bus to Banaue
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Great Food with a Great View of Rice Terraces - 1
Restaurants
Great Food with a Great View of Rice Terraces -2
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Pancakes and Sandwiches
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Enjoy rice terraces while you eat - People's Lodge
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Bus from Manila to Banaue
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Map of Banaue

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