"Comfortable Cold Weather, Fresh Mountain Air. Veggies."
uncomfortable bus to Banaue
worth the travelling
In one souvenir shop in Banaue, you can find the Ifugao tribe members wearing their traditional dress. I asked one of them how old they are and she said 'I do not know'. Apparently, they are too old to remember their age. Anyway, most of the tribe members was not able to go to school but you will be amazed how fluent they are in English!more
Place was large and staff were highly accomodating. It is a hotel which is accredited by the...more
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
The best thing is that it is elevated on the street which i think is its great advantage....away...more
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.more
I think the best place to eat here in the morning is the one located in the Banaue hotel. Why I said this is that....its nice having your breakfast seeing the sunrise and the mountains in the cordillera rerqion as your main menu.I tried their Pamigat Breakfast for about Php 240.00 and its really a heavy breakfast....just right for the hectic...more
There are a few small cafes in the monstrous 3 storey building. It is quite pleasant to spend some time there having a coffee watching the comings and going across the road. Good for photography if you have a zoom lens. Unfortunately the building sticks out like a soar thumb and ruins the picturesque village centre.more
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...more
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...more
The only bus which go straight from Manila to Banaue is the Ohayami bus . Their terminal (in Manila) is located at the back of the Florida bus terminal along Sampaloc and Lacson Avenue.Three things you have to know:1. There is no reservation you have to go to the terminal yourself to buy the ticket. 2. Price is Php 450.00 (single journey).3. It...more
Thanks for all the travel sites and forums out there for making my search so much easier and successful. I was in need of a private car for me and my boss and thank god I found Arnold. He was cheaper than philsite and Filipino travel but provide the same quality of service.We had the most fantastic trip with in July 3 to 7, 2012! From the first...more
If you are catching the bus to Bontoc for onward travel to Sagada it normally stops at the highest point just near mount Police. Here everyone clambers off the bus to buy snacks or fresh vegetables at the numerous stalls that are there. There is one stall in particular selling veg spring rolls- they are enormous and very good, two would be enough.more
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....more
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...more
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 discountmore
Ifugaos have long regarded this conspicuously odd health practice, chewing Nga-nga as a way of life. This entails chewing of Moma - a melange of scraped portion of oblong nuts called betel nut (pronounced: bee-tel) with lime paste, sometimes with a piece of cured tobacco and wrapped in heart-shaped leaf. This is then perpetually chewed (oh yeah) at...more
Where in the Philippines can you find a tribe that speaks English? Answer… only in Banaue. Yes, although Ilocano (a Philippine dialect) is widely spoken, it was hilariously unbelievable to find yourself talking to a deceivingly clad native who speaks English in the remotest part of the Cordillera highlands. Not only that, if you say ‘thank you’, be...more
The Ifugaos have a lot of rituals and cultural practices. The rituals would mostly involve invoking of spirits of their ancestors or nature gods. Some of these rituals are done privately but if you are invited to witness one, by all means go and observe. Ask permission before snapping your camera. On more common Christian occasions like weddings,...more
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.more
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...more
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.more
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!more
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.
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....more
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...more
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.more