The tropical weather in the parts of south east Asia can be grueling for its people, considering that temperatures may rise to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. For those of you who haven’t experienced that kind of heat, I’m pretty sure you’re going to feel a little uneasy while doing your roundabouts. Then again, this kind of weather is what makes the country like the Philippines a paradise distinguished from the rest of the world.Not only does it have a distinct tropical weather, it also boasts of spots that surely complements its temperate feel. As I have experienced living in these parts, I can attest that you will be craving for that refreshing, cold weather once you take your first step. One of the most popular tourist spots in all the country is Baguio City. A 6-8 bus trip from Manila, Baguio is a mainstay as one of the most progressive cities in terms of its tourism.
Seating in the northern part of the country, the highly-urbanized city locally known as the “City of Pines” is without a doubt, one of the most welcoming places of the archipelago. With its cold breeze accompanying you throughout your stay, I’m certain that you will only feel energized to roam around its grandeur. Join me as I take you to a joy ride to the Philippines’ Summer Capital!
Lush at The Mansion
The Mansion in Baguio City is the official summer dwelling of the President of the Philippines. It is one of the most picturesque spots in the city mainly because of its imperial architecture which came from western impression. Destroyed in the war in the 1940’s, this building has been rebuilt and reinforced to transform it back to its glorious stage. The palace is further adorned by a replica of the gate of the Buckingham Palace which adds to its royalty, one which I’m sure you won’t want to miss.
Inside the Palace itself, you will be greeted by a small museum which showcases belongings and memorabilia of the past presidents who stayed there. These things are curated over so many years, and you could really get a sense of what the walls of the majestic place have witnessed. And you won’t have to take a long route on the way there as visiting this place is a piece of cake. Baguio City cabbies are known for their honesty and respect for their riders. Just tell them that you want to go to The Mansion and they’ll take you there fast.
In fact, all of the places in Baguio and even going as far as La Trinidad are accessible via Taxi. This is a good thing because even if you have just a very strict time table, you can go anywhere you want fast and easy because cabs are very abundant in the place. Plus, the flag rate is just $0.70. How nice is that?
A Perfect Stroll at Burnham Park
Located at the heart of the City, Burnham Park is an iconic area which is loved by its people for its lush vibe and activities it offers. Named after urban planner and architect David H. Burnham, the park isn’t one you should miss when staying in Baguio. It has 12 cluster areas accessible for the travel-hungry soul. But the highlight of this grandiose spot is its manmade lake where you can rent a rowboat and paddle on the length of the glorious Burnham Lagoon. Boat rentals cost just $2 for 5 persons in 30 minutes. If you’re travelling with more, you can also get a bigger boat for $3!
Likewise, you have an option to rent a bike to take a nice stroll. There are a lot of bike varieties to choose from for only a dollar per hour. After reveling in the gorgeous vicinity, you would think that it’s never going to get any better than that. Fortunately for you, Burnham Park offers so much more.
The city prides itself for being a green city, so it’s no wonder why they have a couple of gardens dedicated for its protection. The Rose Garden, Orchidarium, Pine Trees of the World and Sunshine Park should entice the environment-loving person inside of you. Once you take a look on these parts of Burnham, I’m sure you’re going to appreciate the environment and the gifts of Mother Earth.
Take a Peak at Mines View
Named after the bustling mining industry in the area, Mines View Park is another most visited place in the city. Even with the challenge of the uphill walk, the Park is continually buzzing with visitors for its unique view of the Cordilleras. As it is an elevated area, be wary when you descend the stairs to the viewing area! I’m pretty sure you’re going to enjoy it with the challenge because you can actually get a view not everyone has the chance to see.
Aside from the view, you can also take back home souvenirs and other goods from shops spread across the location. From carved artifacts to silverworks, Mine’s View offers a lot of things that can remind you of this wondrous trip once you get back home! Not only that, you can also take advantage of the goodies sold at Good Shepherd Merchandise.
Besides, there is a local saying that a trip to Baguio City will never be complete without bringing home Ube Jam, Strawberry Jam or Peanut Brittle from that famous shop.
Baguio City always has a nice serving for its visitors. Be it the magnificence of the Mansion, or the profusion of Burnham Park, this place is not one to miss when you’re taking a trip to South East Asia. Its rich history just adds to its allure, and its cool weather breeds of a breathtaking adventure. I’ve listed some of the places I enjoyed the most, but there are actually a lot of places that you can visit. The Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Ben Cab museum in the city proper are just some of the other hospots there. Come down to Baguio City for yourself! Let me know how your trip went down. Until our next adventure.
Keep on traveling.