Travel and Acommodation in Banaue Batad Sagada
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 11, 2012 11:00 AM Last Post By: dutchpickle
Oct 9, 2012 2:37 AM
We will be landing in Manila from Hong Kong on the 11th of Jan 2013.
We plan on heading up to Banaue and onto Batad to see the rice terraces, stay there a couple of days and head out to Sagada before returning to Manila. Havent really got any time constraints, we will be heading onto probably palawan after that or down to the Visayas
Just a few questions if anyone could be so kind to help out.
1) The overnight bus to Banaue, does this need to be booked in advance, if so where from?
2) Would we need to book our hotel in advance in Batad and Sagada? If so any recommendations.
3) Is there an overnight bus from Sagada back to Manila?
4) Best area to stay in Manila? (We will be staying for 2 nights).
5) What are the key things to do/see in Sagada? I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie so was wondering if there was any white water rafting or rock climbing in the area?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Not long now!!!!!!
Oct 9, 2012 4:13 AM
Oct 9, 2012 1:59 PM
2Hotels in Sagada only need advance bookings in peak season, like Holy Week, All Saints weekend, Christmas/New Year.
There's no direct bus from Sagada to Manila. Buses from Sagada to Baguio run from 6AM to 1PM, and Baguio to Manila runs 24/7. There is a daily direct bus from Bontoc to Manila (3PM) via Banaue, but if you come up via Banaue it makes sense to go back via Baguio, little variety. The stop in Baguio is not bad, chance to stretch a bit and there are good places to eat.
There's good rafting near Sagada but Jan 11 will be the tail end of the season, water will be low if it's running at all and the best section will be closed out. Might sort something out downstream in Kalinga, those runs hold up later in the season. Kalinga's also well worth the effort, much more in the raw tribal vein than Banaue or Sagada.
There's rock climbing in Sagada. It's all limestone karst and the usual route is top rope and not that difficult. There are other possibilities and the guides might be willing to set something up on them.
You'll want to do either the cave connection or the more difficult crystal cave/sumaging link. There's a lot of good trekking and the mt biking is top notch if you indulge, though rental equipment is limited.
Oct 9, 2012 4:46 PM
Oct 10, 2012 2:00 PM
4...possibly a variation to #2 Pikayakers itinerary
after Banaue, Sagada, go to Bontoc and catch the early morning bus the following day to Tinglayan on the Chico River in Kalinga country - beautiful area with great trekking
after spending time in the mountains - Chico river (possible rafting)
carry on to Tabuk and go back to Manila that way
suggested accommodation in Sagada - Sagada Homestay
Oct 10, 2012 2:24 PM
5...since you don't have any time constraints
stick around and enjoy the mountains a bit
Oct 11, 2012 2:02 AM
Oct 11, 2012 11:00 AM
7Batad - put the wrong one in above - oops sorry
If you have time you might want to consider using Batad as a jumping of point for trekking
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