The first time I went there was two years ago but I still remember my trip like it was just yesterday. Baguio City was where the travel bug bit me. It was our first ever backpack adventure, AJ and I. My very first DIY backpacking trip. We never actually planned on going to Baguio. The idea kicked in when we got invited to a wedding that will be held in Pampanga. So I suggested that we go to Baguio afterwards thinking Baguio is already nearby. But I was wrong of course, it was still hours away hahaha. The moment we stepped out of the bus, I fell in love with Baguio immediately, like I didn't want to go home anytime soon, I wanted to stay. Here's 7 good reasons why you should visit Baguio, ASAP!
1. It's sweater-weather all year round!
We didn't expect to arrive at Baguio City at 4:30 in the morning, we thought we'll reach the city by at least 6AM. But it was still dark and cold, I was shivering as soon I stepped out off the bus. I can actually see my breath for the first time and it amazed me, of course! Haha. The climate is on the top of the list because it's the perfect weather for layers! And layering clothes is the style goal, because we can never wear to much clothes in the Philippines, being a tropical country and all.
2. Strawberry everything!
The Benguet province has the largest strawberry farms in the country so it's safe to say that they make anything they can from their strawberries. There are Strawberry wines, jam, ice creams, even taho! You can also pick some fresh strawberries in La Trinidad, Benguet.
3. Panagbenga Festival
We were quite lucky to have witnessed the Panagbenga Festival os the "Baguio Flower Festival" which they celebrate during the last day of February. It's a parade of floats decorated with flowers of different kinds and colors. You'll be awestruck indeed!
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4. Haunted Mansions
Haunted houses and buildings are on the Baguio tourist map. They have a number them in the map but we opted to go on only one that was nearer. It's the Laperal White House. It's very old and historical and that's all I gotta say. I wasn't quite creeped out as I have expected. One thing I regret is we didn't go to the Diplomat Hotel, it's probably the scariest building in the province.
5. Parks of Every Kind
There's the Treetop Adventure Park which offers cool extreme activities, you can check their website here. There's also Camp John Hay, which is my favorite, but the place is quite pricey. Burnham Park which is in the heart of the city, Mines View Park, Wright Park, where you can meet the most famous St. Bernard in the Philippines.
6. Mountain Views
Mines View Park has the best view in town. But apparently due to civilization almost half of the mountain view is now full of structures and houses.
7. Night Market + Super Nice People
Night market in Baguio is insane! It stretches out to most of the Session Road. It's like no other, Manila is a no match I must say. Hahaha. Especially their ukay-ukays (thriftshops). They sell food, clothes, accessories, and anything you can think of! Sort of. Also, people there are probably used to having tourists all the time, so they are extra nice and friendly! It will be easy to get around, you can just ask the locals for directions. It's perfectly safe for solo travelers!
How about you, have you been to Baguio City? Tell us about your trip on the comment box below.
And if not, what are you waiting for? Come visit Baguio, now!
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