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This is about my unforgettable Baguio experience. 


It wasn't my first time to Baguio. Yet, I was still excited to go back. Baguio is the city I love the most. I even imagined myself living a life there. I love the cold weather, the city-on-a-mountain vibe and its culture. That's why if you are going to ask me to come with you to Baguio, my answer will always be, "yes".

Here, I will just narrate what happened on my second visit to Baguio City (plus some important details, budget spent and itinerary) in 2012.

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WHAT TO BRING FOR BAGUIO

Here are some things you might consider bringing with you for your day tour / adventure:

Shopee is my go-to app for things I needed like the ones above. If you'd like discounts and vouchers, you may get the best offers here:

First Day in Baguio

It all started with a bus ride from Cubao. Me and my girlfriend hopped on to a Victory Liner bus at around 6am on a Friday. The bus fare was P445 way back then. We planned to spent 2 nights in Baguio.

The trip took about more than 6 hours with 2-3 stops along the way. We reached Baguio at noon time, just the right time for us to have our first meal in Baguio. We ate a food stall (canteen) on the second level of Victory Liner terminal near SM City Baguio.

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First meal in Baguio

After we had our lunch, we took a taxi ride to our lodging located in Gibraltar. We booked a 2-night stay a month prior to our visit. I did it online. After checking in, we rested a little then went out for a walk at 4pm.


We both decided to take a jeepney ride bound to SM City Baguio. We dropped off a nearby road in SM City Baguio then took a walk headed to Session Road. We went straight to Burnham Park for a stroll.

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Afternoon stroll

Stroll to Burnham Park

At Burnham Park, we found this bazaar or tiangge where a line of stalls were selling merchandise, souvenirs and food. We were caught of this iced strawberry in a cup, so we bought one. It wasn't too cold that day but we were both wearing jackets.

Dinner at Jim's Retro Diner

Before the sun hides out, we took a walk around Burnham Park until we reached Session Road back. We were looking for a place to eat dinner and we found Jim's Retro Diner.

We ordered their Giant Burger and fries at P199 and drinks. The burger was literally huge as we sliced it into 4 pieces. It was heavy enough that we did not try to order more food.

It was still early when we left the restaurant. At 8pm, we had a short time to buy some groceries in SM City Baguio. We stayed their until the mall is closed.

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Second Day in Baguio

On our second day, we didn't rush to wake up early, instead we got up at 9am and headed back to Session Road and visited the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral or mostly known as Baguio Cathedral

Baguio Cathedral in the morning

Along our way to the church, we had our Strawberry Taho, a snack food made of fresh soft/silken tofu, arnibal, and sago pearl you can only have (usually) in Baguio. After a few minutes, we took the church's 100+ steps down back to Session Road.

At this time, we strolled all the way to lower Session Road until we reach the Malcolm Square (People's Park). We asked the locals where to get a jeepney ride to La Trinidad since we planned to go to Strawberry Farm. They directed us to the jeepney terminal near the "slaughter house" along Magsaysay Ave.

Traveling to La Trinidad

We get in to the jeepney with mostly locals riding with us. Didn't know where to drop off, we missed the Strawberry Farm's entrance. We almost reach the upland area of La Trinidad before we asked other passengers where should we stop for the farm.

Although the farm can be viewed from where we dropped off, the locals recommended us to take another ride back to go to Strawberry Farm's entrance. It was another lesson learned experience.

Strawberry Farm

Entering the farm at (almost) noon time was bit challenging. Good thing, the mountain weather in Benguet helps a little to ease the heat. During our visit, the Strawberry Farm wasn't that crowded compare to our second visit in 2019 where their parking area was almost full and people are scattered around it.

In 2012, all we had to do is sign a log before we enter the farm (different farms in the area). Since it was summer time, there were only a few fruits can be noticed. Despite of this, a few people still took advantage of strawberry picking. For us, we just took photos and bought freshly picked ones at the counter before we exited.



Bell Church

Along Magsaysay Ave., there's another tourist spots located near the boundary of Baguio and La Trinidad. After our quick visit to La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, we took another jeepney ride to Bell Church. Learning from our trip earlier, we made sure to drop off the entrance to Bell Church. 

Though it is still better for you to ask the driver to drop you off, Bell Church's entrance is easy to see because of its Chinese-style structures. From the road, we followed the signages going up the church. Along the way, you will see Chinese exteriors and more dragons.

Bell Church is a Taoist temple that is known to be one of the most peaceful places in the city. A striking pagoda and beautifully landscaped gardens soothe the soul even before you enter the temple. The whole area is elevated and you have to take stairs to access other spots that will give you a spectacular view of Quirino Hill in Baguio. Plus, it's entrance free!

It was already 12nn when we decided to leave the place for lunch.

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Afternoon tour

Still our on our second day, we took a rest for 2 hours at our accommodation before we headed out for another tour in Baguio. This time we went to Wright Park which was near our stay. Here, we only took a quick stroll (we loved walking back then, haha), took some photos then walked straight to The Mansion which is located adjacent to the park.

At The Mansion, we were allowed to enter the huge gate and were advised by the guard to stay in the front area since it is prohibited for guests to go near the mansion itself. So we took selfies as usual then leave the place.

Exploring Camp John Hay

It was already 4pm and it was a bit early to end our day so we decided to go Camp John Hay via taxi. At Camp John Hay, we only wanted to visit the Historical Core, where we tour the following:
  • Liberty Loop
  • Panagbenga Flower and Totem Pole
  • Bell Amphitheater
  • Bell House
  • Cemetery of Negativism

Snacks at Chocolate de Batirol

After touring around the tourist spots in Camp John Hay, we took a long walk (more cardio for us, haha) to end our day at a cafe located inside CJH. It wasn't yet dark when we arrived at Chocolate de Batirol. Here, we tried their bestselling hot choco and Pinoy snacks.

Back to Burnham Park

After we had a light snack, we decided not to go back to our accommodation yet. The night was still young and we had a lot to do. So we came back to Burnham Park and had another food trip along Harrison Road until we brought ourselves to a bar along Session Road at 8:30pm.

Night life in Baguio

We stayed at the restobar for a bottle of beer while listening to a live band playing acoustic songs. After roughly 2 hours, we took our feet back to Harrison Road to get to experience Baguio Night Market. Ending our night, we took a taxi ride back to our homestay accommodation, tipsy and sleepy. 

It was a jampacked day for both of us.

ACTIVITIES AND TOURS IN MANILA


Third Day in Baguio

Woke up almost noon time, we agreed not to visit Mines View Park anymore. Instead, we headed to Good Shepherd Convent to buy our pasalubong. Of course, ube jam was first off the list. We bought other products from the convent and more souvenirs outside near the road towards Mines View.

We already reached the bus terminal before the clock hits 12 o'clock to head back home.

Baguio for me is an ideal travel destination in the Philippines, not only for couples, but for any type of travelers: solo, family, barkada, etc. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How to get to Baguio?
    There is a few ways getting to Baguio (from Manila and other places in the Philippines) but the most commonly used is by bus (land travel). Read my complete bus guide to Baguio for details.

  • How long is Manila to Baguio?
    Baguio is only 4-6 hours away from Manila, depending on which part of Manila you're coming from, which route the bus takes, and whether or not it makes a stop along the way. Regular buses usually take Dau Exit (NLEX) or Concepcion Exit (SCTEX) and make at least one stop. Travel time is around 6 hours. For those who are planning to bring own vehicle to Baguio, you may opt to take TPLEX for faster travel.

  • How much budget you need for Baguio trip?
    The estimated budget for an overnight stay in Baguio City for 2 people is around Php5,000.00 per person. This is on the assumption that: the accommodation is Php2,000.00 per night or lesser, 6 meals with Php200.00 per person per meal budget and commute around Baguio City.

    For our 2 night stay, we spent Php8,000.00 including food, transportation, entrance fees, and accommodation. Read our sample Baguio 3D2N itinerary for details.

  • Where to eat in Baguio?
    Just like any other cities, not only the Philippines, but in the whole world, finding a place to eat is not a problem! For us, we went to restaurants near the places or tourist spots we visited. Most of them are located in the city center (Session Road, Burnham Park and SM City Baguio)

WHERE TO STAY IN BAGUIO

Here are some of the many top hotels with Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) from the Department of Tourism in Baguio:

For a list of Baguio hotels that have certificate of authorization to operate, check out this post: LIST OF DOT-ACCREDITED HOTELS IN BAGUIO!

You may also check the full list of hotels and lodging in Baguio. I also wrote Top10 hotels in Baguio on a separate blog.


IMPORTANT NOTE: The rates, contact details and other information indicated in this post are accurate from the time of writing but may change without IMFWJ's notice. Should you know the updated information, please message us on Facebook.

WHERE TO STAY IN BAGUIO:

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BAGUIO ITINERARY FOR COUPLE: Where to Go, Where to Eat, Where to Stay (with Directions & Budget)

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This is about my unforgettable Baguio experience. 


It wasn't my first time to Baguio. Yet, I was still excited to go back. Baguio is the city I love the most. I even imagined myself living a life there. I love the cold weather, the city-on-a-mountain vibe and its culture. That's why if you are going to ask me to come with you to Baguio, my answer will always be, "yes".

Here, I will just narrate what happened on my second visit to Baguio City (plus some important details, budget spent and itinerary) in 2012.

Loading...

WHAT TO BRING FOR BAGUIO

Here are some things you might consider bringing with you for your day tour / adventure:

Shopee is my go-to app for things I needed like the ones above. If you'd like discounts and vouchers, you may get the best offers here:

First Day in Baguio

It all started with a bus ride from Cubao. Me and my girlfriend hopped on to a Victory Liner bus at around 6am on a Friday. The bus fare was P445 way back then. We planned to spent 2 nights in Baguio.

The trip took about more than 6 hours with 2-3 stops along the way. We reached Baguio at noon time, just the right time for us to have our first meal in Baguio. We ate a food stall (canteen) on the second level of Victory Liner terminal near SM City Baguio.

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First meal in Baguio

After we had our lunch, we took a taxi ride to our lodging located in Gibraltar. We booked a 2-night stay a month prior to our visit. I did it online. After checking in, we rested a little then went out for a walk at 4pm.


We both decided to take a jeepney ride bound to SM City Baguio. We dropped off a nearby road in SM City Baguio then took a walk headed to Session Road. We went straight to Burnham Park for a stroll.

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Afternoon stroll

Stroll to Burnham Park

At Burnham Park, we found this bazaar or tiangge where a line of stalls were selling merchandise, souvenirs and food. We were caught of this iced strawberry in a cup, so we bought one. It wasn't too cold that day but we were both wearing jackets.

Dinner at Jim's Retro Diner

Before the sun hides out, we took a walk around Burnham Park until we reached Session Road back. We were looking for a place to eat dinner and we found Jim's Retro Diner.

We ordered their Giant Burger and fries at P199 and drinks. The burger was literally huge as we sliced it into 4 pieces. It was heavy enough that we did not try to order more food.

It was still early when we left the restaurant. At 8pm, we had a short time to buy some groceries in SM City Baguio. We stayed their until the mall is closed.

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Second Day in Baguio

On our second day, we didn't rush to wake up early, instead we got up at 9am and headed back to Session Road and visited the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral or mostly known as Baguio Cathedral

Baguio Cathedral in the morning

Along our way to the church, we had our Strawberry Taho, a snack food made of fresh soft/silken tofu, arnibal, and sago pearl you can only have (usually) in Baguio. After a few minutes, we took the church's 100+ steps down back to Session Road.

At this time, we strolled all the way to lower Session Road until we reach the Malcolm Square (People's Park). We asked the locals where to get a jeepney ride to La Trinidad since we planned to go to Strawberry Farm. They directed us to the jeepney terminal near the "slaughter house" along Magsaysay Ave.

Traveling to La Trinidad

We get in to the jeepney with mostly locals riding with us. Didn't know where to drop off, we missed the Strawberry Farm's entrance. We almost reach the upland area of La Trinidad before we asked other passengers where should we stop for the farm.

Although the farm can be viewed from where we dropped off, the locals recommended us to take another ride back to go to Strawberry Farm's entrance. It was another lesson learned experience.

Strawberry Farm

Entering the farm at (almost) noon time was bit challenging. Good thing, the mountain weather in Benguet helps a little to ease the heat. During our visit, the Strawberry Farm wasn't that crowded compare to our second visit in 2019 where their parking area was almost full and people are scattered around it.

In 2012, all we had to do is sign a log before we enter the farm (different farms in the area). Since it was summer time, there were only a few fruits can be noticed. Despite of this, a few people still took advantage of strawberry picking. For us, we just took photos and bought freshly picked ones at the counter before we exited.



Bell Church

Along Magsaysay Ave., there's another tourist spots located near the boundary of Baguio and La Trinidad. After our quick visit to La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, we took another jeepney ride to Bell Church. Learning from our trip earlier, we made sure to drop off the entrance to Bell Church. 

Though it is still better for you to ask the driver to drop you off, Bell Church's entrance is easy to see because of its Chinese-style structures. From the road, we followed the signages going up the church. Along the way, you will see Chinese exteriors and more dragons.

Bell Church is a Taoist temple that is known to be one of the most peaceful places in the city. A striking pagoda and beautifully landscaped gardens soothe the soul even before you enter the temple. The whole area is elevated and you have to take stairs to access other spots that will give you a spectacular view of Quirino Hill in Baguio. Plus, it's entrance free!

It was already 12nn when we decided to leave the place for lunch.

ATTRACTIONS TO SEE IN MANILA 

Klook.com

Afternoon tour

Still our on our second day, we took a rest for 2 hours at our accommodation before we headed out for another tour in Baguio. This time we went to Wright Park which was near our stay. Here, we only took a quick stroll (we loved walking back then, haha), took some photos then walked straight to The Mansion which is located adjacent to the park.

At The Mansion, we were allowed to enter the huge gate and were advised by the guard to stay in the front area since it is prohibited for guests to go near the mansion itself. So we took selfies as usual then leave the place.

Exploring Camp John Hay

It was already 4pm and it was a bit early to end our day so we decided to go Camp John Hay via taxi. At Camp John Hay, we only wanted to visit the Historical Core, where we tour the following:
  • Liberty Loop
  • Panagbenga Flower and Totem Pole
  • Bell Amphitheater
  • Bell House
  • Cemetery of Negativism

Snacks at Chocolate de Batirol

After touring around the tourist spots in Camp John Hay, we took a long walk (more cardio for us, haha) to end our day at a cafe located inside CJH. It wasn't yet dark when we arrived at Chocolate de Batirol. Here, we tried their bestselling hot choco and Pinoy snacks.

Back to Burnham Park

After we had a light snack, we decided not to go back to our accommodation yet. The night was still young and we had a lot to do. So we came back to Burnham Park and had another food trip along Harrison Road until we brought ourselves to a bar along Session Road at 8:30pm.

Night life in Baguio

We stayed at the restobar for a bottle of beer while listening to a live band playing acoustic songs. After roughly 2 hours, we took our feet back to Harrison Road to get to experience Baguio Night Market. Ending our night, we took a taxi ride back to our homestay accommodation, tipsy and sleepy. 

It was a jampacked day for both of us.

ACTIVITIES AND TOURS IN MANILA


Third Day in Baguio

Woke up almost noon time, we agreed not to visit Mines View Park anymore. Instead, we headed to Good Shepherd Convent to buy our pasalubong. Of course, ube jam was first off the list. We bought other products from the convent and more souvenirs outside near the road towards Mines View.

We already reached the bus terminal before the clock hits 12 o'clock to head back home.

Baguio for me is an ideal travel destination in the Philippines, not only for couples, but for any type of travelers: solo, family, barkada, etc. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How to get to Baguio?
    There is a few ways getting to Baguio (from Manila and other places in the Philippines) but the most commonly used is by bus (land travel). Read my complete bus guide to Baguio for details.

  • How long is Manila to Baguio?
    Baguio is only 4-6 hours away from Manila, depending on which part of Manila you're coming from, which route the bus takes, and whether or not it makes a stop along the way. Regular buses usually take Dau Exit (NLEX) or Concepcion Exit (SCTEX) and make at least one stop. Travel time is around 6 hours. For those who are planning to bring own vehicle to Baguio, you may opt to take TPLEX for faster travel.

  • How much budget you need for Baguio trip?
    The estimated budget for an overnight stay in Baguio City for 2 people is around Php5,000.00 per person. This is on the assumption that: the accommodation is Php2,000.00 per night or lesser, 6 meals with Php200.00 per person per meal budget and commute around Baguio City.

    For our 2 night stay, we spent Php8,000.00 including food, transportation, entrance fees, and accommodation. Read our sample Baguio 3D2N itinerary for details.

  • Where to eat in Baguio?
    Just like any other cities, not only the Philippines, but in the whole world, finding a place to eat is not a problem! For us, we went to restaurants near the places or tourist spots we visited. Most of them are located in the city center (Session Road, Burnham Park and SM City Baguio)

WHERE TO STAY IN BAGUIO

Here are some of the many top hotels with Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) from the Department of Tourism in Baguio:

For a list of Baguio hotels that have certificate of authorization to operate, check out this post: LIST OF DOT-ACCREDITED HOTELS IN BAGUIO!

You may also check the full list of hotels and lodging in Baguio. I also wrote Top10 hotels in Baguio on a separate blog.


IMPORTANT NOTE: The rates, contact details and other information indicated in this post are accurate from the time of writing but may change without IMFWJ's notice. Should you know the updated information, please message us on Facebook.

WHERE TO STAY IN BAGUIO:

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