Having lived in B City for 5 years, I always make it a point to come back every once in a while and experience the cold breeze of my second home.
Tuba, Benguet – ON THE ROAD TO BAGUIO!
And since it’s just a few hours away from my “home beach”(you know, like in basketball, the home court haha!) San Juan, La Union, I also try to swing by for a visit there as well.
Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union – one of the famous surfing spots in La Union
Chilly Baguio Weather + Beach Bumming and Surfing in La Union = PERFECT SUMMER GETAWAY!
HOW TO GET TO BAGUIO CITY:
Victory Liner buses have trips heading to Baguio every day, every hour. Rates for a Regular air-conditioned bus is around Php 450. That has 2 stop overs and travel time usually takes 5 to 7 hrs. (TIP: We usually travel around 1am or 2am since the travel time is way faster because of the lack of traffic and we just sleep through the whole trip.) They also have a Deluxe bus but with limited trips. It’s around Php 750 pesos, without stop overs and a restroom inside.
WHERE TO STAY:
For the past 3 years, whenever we visit we always stay at COSFORT SUITES. It’s right in front of the Victory Liner Terminal and it’s within the city proper so it’s really convenient. AND it’s cheap! It’s just your typical transient room with Cable TV, WiFi and your own bathroom. But who needs a fancy schmancy place to stay in when you’re gonna be out roaming around B City anyway right? Rates for a Room for 2 is at Php 900 a night and Php 1200 for a room for 4.
Cosfort Suites located at #14 Upper Engineer’s Hill, Baguio City
So if you traveled around midnight like we did you’d probably arrive around 8am and since check-in is not until 12nn, we dropped by my all-time favorite place to eat breakfast, Pizza Volante! They have a few branches all over the city but we prefer their Ayala Technohub, Camp John Hay branch. It’s a 24-hour Italian restaurant which offers a wide variety of meals to choose from.
Volante’s Grilled Pork 100g for Php 89 (Vegetables are really really fresh!)
Another food place I’d recommend is the KETCHUP FOOD COMMUNITY! I especially love Canto’s Baby Back Ribs and Rancho Norte’s Sinigang na Bagnet. (Now I’m drooling just thinking about it!)
All these food from Rancho Norte – Sinigang na Bagnet, Sisig Bagnet, Tortang Talong and Binagoongang Bagnet!
PLACES TO VISIT IN BAGUIO:
There’s the usual, MINES VIEW PARK, STRAWBERRY FARM, BOTANICAL GARDEN, BURNHAM PARK AND WRIGHT PARK.
Museo Kordilyera located inside University of the Philippines Baguio
But for me, the best places to visit in Baguio are the COFFEE SHOPS! One of my all time fave is located around Legarda area, KAFFEEKLATSCH.
They open around 5pm and it’s the perfect place to chill, reminisce with friends and feel all sentimental. They have different bands playing every night. I don’t know what is but this place has a way dictating your mood and feels depending on what’s song is playing. Our Baguio visit wouldn’t be complete without having cup of coffee at Kaffeeklatsch!
Best view in the house is on the second floor where you sit in bean bags, sipping your coffee and listening to good music
HOW TO GET TO SAN JUAN, LA UNION:
On our second day, we pack our things and head to Partas Terminal at Governor Pack Road and ride a bus going to Laoag. We just tell the conductor to drop us off at Kahuna Resort (But that’s not where we’re gonna stay LOL. It doesn’t fit this DIY trip’s budget). The two-hour bus ride from Baguio to La Union costs around Php 100.
The beach is just a five-minute walk from where the bus will drop you off. For an overnight stay we usually just find a transient room around the area.We were able to get a transient room for Php 1000 overnight stay. Just ask the locals and they will happily point you to your preferred accommodation. But during summer and surf break season, you definitely need a reservation since San Juan really gets packed during these times.
San Juan, La Union – Surfing Capital of the North
Sometimes, what we do is just visit La Union for just a few hours. Travel first thing in the morning, spend the whole day under the sun and wait for the beautiful sunset before heading back to Baguio City.
Admiring the sunset (and each other) with the boyfriend
SOME PLACES & RESTAURANTS TO VISIT IN LA UNION:
If you want some kind of adventure, you can visit TANGADAN FALLS. Just ask the tricycle drivers and they’ll bring you there. Be ready because it’s a 1 hour trek before you reach the falls.
Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
Some restaurants worth trying are the SEBAY RESTAURANT and SEA NYMPH SURF CAFE which have perfect views of the sea!
Ice cold beer while watching the sunset at SEBAY RESTAURANT
At Tagpuan sa San Juan
Packed on a Saturday night. They have bands playing all night long!
We’ve been doing this Baguio – La Union getaway for three years now and we just shuffle up our itinerary every time.With this trip we spent 3 Days and 2 Nights in Baguio and La Union. The whole trip costs around Php 4,000 each (for two people) but it could definitely be cheaper depending on where you eat and how you go around place by place. (TIP: It’s waaay cheaper if you go in groups!)
Round trip bus (Manila – Baguio) – Php 450
Baguio Accommodation – Php 900 (Php450 each)
Round trip bus (Baguio – La Union) – Php 200
La Union Accommodation – Php 1,000 (Php 500 each)
Food and other Transpo – Php 2,500 each