Year-End Trip: Baguio 2022

Unlike my packed vacation three years ago, I left for Baguio on a Friday, hoping to have a chill, relaxing getaway from the city. I planned a fewer places to visit, and my purpose was more to unwind and take aesthetic photographs rather than to tour around the city.

You can also watch my full Baguio vlog on my YouTube channel.

How to Go to Baguio

To avoid the hassle, I already bought my ticket online on Victory Liner’s website. The ticket was worth PhP 630.00, excluding a convenience fee of PhP 50.00. The price of the ticket went up by more than a hundred pesos since my last Baguio trip, sadly.

Where to Stay in Baguio

It has been my dream to stay at Kamiseta Hotel because of the pastel aesthetic, but as per my experience, they’re fully-booked already by September, so I booked a deluxe room on Agoda last July to secure my spot.

Their reception area was more elegant in personal. This room is only exclusive for Kamiseta Hotel lodgers, however. Cafe visitors aren’t allowed.

The receptionist was happy to assist and assign me to room no. 1, which surprised me since it was rare to be assigned to the first room of any hotel.

There were chipped paint on several walls, and the cabinet wasn’t fully cleaned. The towels were also weren’t replaced every day, which I wasn’t used to in 4-star and higher hotels. For travelers, I would still recommend transients rather than hotels during Baguio travels since the purpose was to visit tourist spots, but I still enjoyed the pastel aesthetic nonetheless.

Sample Baguio Itinerary

Day 1

6:00 a.m. Departure at Victory Liner, Pasay

12:30 p.m. Arrival at Victory Liner, Baguio

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Travel to Arca’s Yard + Waiting Time for Taxi

1:00 p.m. -1:45 p.m. Lunch at Arca’s Yard

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Travel to Kamiseta Hotel + Waiting Time for Taxi

2:!5 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Check-in and Rest

4:15 p.m – 5:00 p.m. Travel to Baguio Christmas Village + Waiting Time for Taxi

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Baguio Christmas Village

6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Walk to Choco-late de Batirol

6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner at Choco-late de Batirol

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Travel to Kamiseta Hotel + Waiting Time for Taxi

8:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m. Chill Time

11:00 p.m. Bedtime

Day 2

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Preparation

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel Room

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Travel to Bamboo Sanctuary + Waiting Time for Taxi

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Bamboo Sanctuary

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Travel to Botanical Garden + Waiting Time for Jeep

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Botanical Garden

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Travel to Ili-Likha Artists Wateringhole

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch at Ili-Likha Artists Wateringhole

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Travel to Mirador Hill and Eco Park + Waiting Time for Taxi

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mirador Hill and Eco Park

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m Travel to Sizzling Plate + Waiting Time for Taxi

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner at Sizzling Plate

7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Walk to Starbucks at Session Road

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Chill at Starbucks

9:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Travel to Kamiseta Hotel + Waiting Time for Taxi

9:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Chill Time

11:00 p.m. Bedtime

Day 3

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Preparation

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel Room

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Chill Time at Vanilla Cafe

11:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. Preparation for Checkout

12:00 p.m. Checkout

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Travel to Victory Liner, Baguio

1:00 p.m. Departure at Victory Liner, Baguio

8:00 p.m. Arrival at Victory Liner, Pasay

Estimated Expenses

This is for 1 pax only, excluding hotel booking with free breakfast.

Food: ≈PhP 2,000

Transportation: ≈PhP 2,500 (including bus back and forth and taxis)

Entrance Fees: ≈PhP 300

  • PhP 125 for Baguio Christmas Village
  • Donation for Bamboo Sanctuary
  • PhP 10 for Botanical Garden
  • PhP 100 for Mirador Hill and Eco Park

The total will vary depending on your spending habits. You could save a lot if you walk, but I wanted to preserve my energy, so I rode taxis instead.

Places to Visit in Baguio

Baguio Christmas Village

I was able to visit Baguio Christmas Village in 2019, but the 2022 version was different since it had a Japanese winter theme. I advise going at around quarter to five to avoid long lines. Entrance fee was worth PhP 125.00 for adults.

Bamboo Sanctuary

This bamboo sanctuary at St. Francis Xavier Seminary is a new tourist spot in Baguio. There’s no entrance fee, but you can donate any amount to help maintain the sanctuary. It was closed some time before because some tourists decided to vandalize on the poor bamboos.

When I learned it was reopened, I instantly included it in my itinerary. Do not be as stupid as me to wear fashion boots; save your shoes by wearing hike-safe footwear.

Botanical Garden

Even though I had been to Baguio twice before, it was my first time to visit Baguio Botanical Garden, one of the popular tourist spots in Baguio. Good thing there was a jeep from the bamboo sanctuary. There’s an entrance fee worth PhP 10.00 per pax.

I wasn’t able to take a lot of pictures because I was enamored by the beautiful flowers. I was so tempted to buy, but then I remembered I had to commute back to Manila.

To replenish my thirst, I ordered a cold caramel macchiato (PhP 139.00) at Cafe Fleur, which was nearby the entrance.

Mirador Hill and Eco Park

Again, make wise decisions and wear hike-safe footwear.

Mirador Hill and Eco Park is one of the newest tourist spots in Baguio as well. I had to pay PhP 100.00 for the entrance fee. It’s only a thirty-minute hike (or less for advanced hikers) back and forth, but it took me three hours because I rested and took pictures in several spots of the park.

One of my highlights of my Baguio trip was to see and experience thick fog coming closer to where I was seated.

Story time. Tagalog para mas feel.

I was in line to have my photo at the peak of Mirador. There was a group of three before my turn, and then another trio after. But several minutes later, three or more people followed the trio behind me. Siguro friends sila. Naintindihan ko naman ‘yon, especially kung magkakasama sila.

Ang nainis lang ako ay kung pa’no nila i-pressure ‘yung mga nasa harap nila na magmadali mag-picture. Like, look, if they weren’t able to have a picture at the peak during their desired time (sunset), it wasn’t the fault of those before them. Pumila nang maaga ‘yung mga bago sila. If there was lesser light during our time, it was our fault kasi hindi kami pumila nang mas maaga. It’s the right of the people na nakapunta nang mas maaga to take beautiful pictures. May consideration naman sila, e. It wasn’t as if they took a long time. ‘Yung iba nga, tig-iisang picture na lang.

I was just sad para doon sa trio before me. Nagparinig na kasi ‘yung isang babae sa likod ko (na mas late dumating) doon sa tatlo bago ako, “Ano ba ‘yan, isa pang picture?” So the Aquarius (cheret) with a deep sense of justice in me e napasabi na lang ng “Lahat naman tayo pumila. Let them take their time” na lang ako. Imagine how condescening the tone of this girl was that the introvert me had the guts to speak!

E, sobrang bait pa ng nasa harap ko. Nag-sorry kahit wala silang kasalanan. I was so irritated that I told my photographer companions that one picture was enough and I didn’t care anymore. Before I left, I said, “Okay na ‘yan. May nagmamadali kasi.”

Picture at the left was taken 30 minutes before my time. No’ng ako na, wala na ‘yung sun, pero okay lang. It was my fault na di ko na-anticipate na may pila. Lightroom na lang ‘yan. Doon sa ate na nagmamadali na parang walang pakialam na may mga nauna sa kanya, sana maganda picture mo sa peak.

Where to Eat in Baguio

Arca’s Yard

I went straight to Arca’s Yard to experience this infamous cafe. It had three dining areas: one outside, one on the first floor, another on the second floor. We decided to eat in the outdoor dining area because of the fresh air.

The first floor had a wide area, recommended for family gatherings. I wasn’t able to check out the area beyond the framed ethnic clothes since the staff was practicing a dance number.

The second floor was also spacious, with around three tables to dine. If you wanted to be nearer to the comfort room, then eat in the second floor.

Since I was craving for pasta, I ordered their basil pesto pasta worth PhP 240.00, in which the extract from the olives created a unique taste. A 3.5 out of 5.

Choco-late De Batirol

After a fun time at Baguio Christmas Village, I walked to Choco-late De Batirol for an early dinner. This time, I ordered their best-selling champorado (PhP 150.00) and their traditional blend hot chocolate (PhP 175.00). A 5 out 5 dinner, I must say.

Ili-Likha Artist Wateringhole

I fell in love in this food hub, hence the second visit. I just loved the chaos and the asymmetry of Ili-Likha Artist Wateringhole, the effort of the architects and interior designers to materialize the idea of Kidlat Tahimik.

I ordered Cafe Cueva’s banofee smoothie (PhP 100.00) and grilled pork with salsa (PhP 190.00) for lunch. A 3.5 out of 5. Maybe for my next visit, I’d go here for a snack.

This was also where I bought my Baguio 2022 souvenir, a beautiful amethyst stone (my birthstone) from Living Room by Highland Plants Co.

Sizzling Plate

After the exhausting hike to Mirador Hill and Eco Park, I went to Sizzling Plate, another one of Baguio’s popular restaurants. I loved the mushroom they served for appetizer, but not much on my main dish. Maybe there was just too much butter on the gravy. A 3 out of 5.

Vanilla Cafe

Too bad I wasn’t able to try the recommended dishes in Vanille Cafe since I thought I had spent too much on the lodging with free breakfast, but I loved my complimentary breakfast accompanied with hot chocolate. A 4 out of 5.

I was also able to try their oreo chocolate milkshake before checking out the hotel.

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