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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Batad, Banaue, Ifugao: Every Traveler's Bucketlist - Part 3

To complete my list of reasons why I love Batad, I have here my last four reasons to establish my thoughts. From Manila, travel time going to Ifugao Province may be a pain as it takes roughly 10 to 11 hours of bus ride from Sampaloc Terminal, through the Ohayami Bus Line.

Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue, Philippines
Batad Rice Terraces
There are only few trips per night bound for Banaue, Ifugao so be sure to book your tickets prior to your scheduled trip to avoid any inconvenience. Ohayami Bus leaves Sampaloc, Manila at around 9 - 10 PM and will arrive Banaue at around 7 - 8 AM. Tourists flock Banaue during sunny seasons, January to May, as the rice terraces are dry and luscious greens.

<> Commodities are on the high side. <>

I guess this should be an accepted fact because transporting goods and supplies to Batad is quite a task to do, so locals need to compensate all the expenses they shelled out and thus selling the supplies on a higher price.

Food Transport in Batad, Banaue, Philippines
Transporting Supplies from Banaue to Batad

TRAVEL TIP: Going in and out of Batad is not as convenient as one may wish so prepare your trip beforehand and list down all the supplies that you may need during your trip. When in Banaue Public Market, you can make your purchases before you ride up Batad. Just a comparison, chips cost at least PHP 50 and a liter of water roughly cost PHP 50 as well.

<> Foot and back massages are priceless. <>

Aaah that foot and back massage! I want to go back in Batad again just for this. Foot massage suited well after a long trek in the rice terraces and Tappiya Falls. Foot and back massage cost from PHP 150 to PHP 250 per person, depending on the length of massage. Probably I enjoyed it more because my feet and body we're tired due to a day's trekking activity. That Tappiya Falls really put a challenge ahead of me!

trek to Tappiya Falls, Batad, Banaue, Philippines
Those sore feet... Worth the trek though!

<> Room for rent is not a concern. <>

There is no decent and regular mobile phone signal in Batad Village because it is far from the city proper and is enveloped by rice terraces and mountain ranges. Contacting local homestay and inn onwers may be a challenge sometimes. I've had a discussion with Mang Ramon, owner of Ramon's Homestay, on as to how he manages the bookings and reservations of thier visitors, and he mentioned that his mobile phone is hanging somewhere above the tree practically just to get a signal!

Samson Inn, Batad, Banaue, Philippines
Samson Inn, Batad

Well, thanks to his hospitality, as he really tried his best to offer a room even though the booking we made was just on walk-in basis. He even offered one of the slightly bigger Ifugao hut that can accommodate a huge group, as it was available on the day we visited Batad. They surely know how to value their visitors and providing a memorable stay is always on the top of their business. Room rates are just cheap so don't worry - roughly PHP 200 to PHP 400 per person per night.

<> It really is MORE FUN in Batad! <>

Going to Batad has been my lifelong dream, and touching base and personally experiencing its beauty is more than enough for me. That euphoric feeling of accomplishing something you wanted the most - that's what I felt when I finally went to Batad, Ifugao.

Yes, travel time may take a while, but the picturesque scene it offers is a satisfaction not only in the eyes, but as well as in the mind and soul. Having my coffee, facing the rice terraces "hand-crafted" by the locals, was the best lazy time I had in my life.

Batad, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines Terraces
Need More Proof about The Philippines? :)

Philippines has a lot to offer to travelers, may it from beaches such as in Coron, Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Camiguin, and Boracay, or to other nearby friendly destinations such as Baguio, Cebu, and Davao, visiting Ifugao Province in the northern part of the country is surely a breath of fresh air and fresh views.

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