Laag 42: Baguio – Benguet: My First Trip to Luzon (Part 1)

Someone told me that there is nothing to see in Baguio… that I am just wasting my money. Alright but I’ve never been to Baguio. I want to see at the same time experience how this province becomes the Summer Capital in the Philippines. It’s the only place in our country that people wears jacket even on broad daylight. ”

When time finally arrived that I got the chance to visit Baguio, I concluded that BAGUIO is worth a visit during SUMMER!

So, I encourage everyone to pack your bags and get ready to the quest of getting your ticket book at Cebu Pacific’s seat sale, which you cannot get in to their site not until after the 1,000 attempt to book that damn round trip ticket. Lol

Kidding aside, let us assume that you already got your ticket and your bags are ready. The problem is you do not have the itinerary yet. Yes, there are lots of hotels and transient houses in Baguio, but security is important next to price or it is the other way around? It is up to you, people.

Transient House

Since we are group of 15, we decided to stay on transient house as we can save more compared to staying on a hotel. We have many choices but we choose Baguio Transient House as a colleague recommended it. However, it is a bit expensive compared to the other transient houses, but it is still worth the money. If you want to inquire about Baguio Transient House of Ate Jhoie, you may contact her directly at this number – +639178075697.

Getting to Baguio

As we, all know you can reach Baguio through PUB and private vehicles. In our case, we rented an 18-seated van for only P19,900 that already includes pick up and return from Clark to Baguio City and vice versa. It also serves as our transportation in getting around Benguet.  You can contact our driver Kuya Boboy at this number +639279428633. You do not have to worry as he is not a reckless driver and he has a pleasant personality.

Itinerary

The much awaited part of the travelers – itinerary.

I would recommend that you wake up around 5am and enjoy the cool breeze outside your hotel or transient house. You may leave your hotel around 9 AM and start your “day ” tour.  Our driver highly suggest that PMA and Camp John Hay should be visited during the last day on the way back to the mainland as you can pass it along the way.

Day 1

8:00 – 8:30 AM – leave our transient house to start the day tour

8:30 – 9:15 AM – breakfast at the Hotel

9:30 – 10:30 AM – Botanical Garden

10: 30 – 11:30 AM – Wright Park

11:30 – 12:00 noon – Laperal White House – the rest house of Philippines President

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Mines View Village

1:00 – 2:30 PM – lunch at 50’s Dine

2:30 – 4:00 PM – Burham Park

4:00 – 5:00 PM – SM City Baguio

5:00 – 6:00 PM – Traveled back to our transient house and getting ready for night market

8:00 – 9:30 PM – dinner at the barbeque stall right across Burham Park

10:00 – 12:00 MN – night market

Day 2

4:00 – 6:30 AM – Breakfast

7:00 – 7:45 AM – leave the house and off to the first destination

7:45 – 8:30 AM – Bell Church

8:30 – 9:00 AM – estimated travel time going to Strawberry Fields

9:00 – 10:45 AM – strawberry picking at La Trinidad

10: 45 – 11:15 – estimated travel time going to Tam-awan Village

11: 15 – 2:00 PM – exploring Tam-awan Village at the same time we had our lunch at their restaurant

2:00 – 2:30 PM – estimated travel time going to Lourdes Grotto

2:30 – 3: 15 PM – Lourdes Grotto visit

3:15 – 3:45 PM –  estimated travel time going to Old Diplomat Hotel

3: 45 – 4:30 PM – picture taking at Old Diplomat Hotel

4:30 – 5:00 PM – SM City Baguio

Day 3

4:00 – 8:00 AM – Breakfast/preparing for the last day

8:00 – 8:45 AM – estimated travel time going to Camp John Hay

8:45 – 10:45 AM – time spent at Camp John Hay

10:45 – 11:10 – estimated travel time going to PMA

11:10 – 1:00 PM – exploring PMA and have lunch at their café

1:00 PM – 5: 45 PM – estimated travel time from Baguio to Clark airport

The next part consist of places to eat and where to buy your pasalubong in Baguio.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Kathleen says:

    Baguio is a dream destination of mine. I’d love to eat freshly picked strawberries and experience the cold weather (I’m just curious of how different their weather is 🙂 ) Sadly, I lived in Manila for 2 years, but haven’t got my feet into the city.

    1. Baguio is a must visit girl!fresh strawberries in La Trinidad are sweeter compared to the strawberries that you can buy at the supermarket. God, fogging at 12 noon is love. On the part 2, I will list down the reasons why you should visit Baguio. Hehehe

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