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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
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Air travel into the Philippines is your only option now because the last ferry route from Malaysia was recently suspended. You will enter the Philippines at one of four international airports:

Davao (Airport code: DVO)
Davao City is in the far southeast corner of the nation and on its largest island, Mindanao.

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At present its international flights are limited to those of Silk Air with flights from Singapore. Other airlines may soon offer service from Malaysia and Indonesia. One of Davao's attractions is nearby Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines and which can be hiked even by those of moderate physical condition.


Cebu (Airport code: CEB)
Cebu City is in the central group of islands called the Visayas and has many international flights from all around Asia.

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It was the first capital of the nation and remains a vibrant hub of transport to other areas via air, sea, and land. It is in fact the logical capital of the nation due to its central location and ease of transport compared to Manila. There is some history to be appreciated here because it's the site where the Filipinos killed Magellan (Hey, in spite of what your teacher told you Magellan was NOT the first to circumnavigate the earth! His portion of the trip ended here and so only a remnant of his crew finished the voyage to Spain). He also left a cross and a statue of the Holy Child Jesus, both of which are now revered icons to Cebuanos and many other Filipinos. Take some time to see these relics of history before going north to see the Banaue Rice Terraces. Cebu's airport is an attractive option to enter the Philippines because it also has regular service directly to Clark via Cebu Pacific and Air Phil Express and that allows you to bypass Manila with all its chaotic traffic and general disorder.


Manila (Airport code: MNL)
Manila is of course on the same northern island, Luzon, as is Banaue so that makes it a gateway to see the Rice Terraces.

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If you arrive in the Philippines at Manila's airport you might want to take a day or two to see Rizal Park (also called Luneta), the old Spanish-era central park with its large grassy areas, statue of Lapu-Lapu (the Filipino who killed Magellan), statue of Jose Rizal who's the national hero. Manila also has the Walled City (Intramuros) built by the Spanish as a fortress to protect themselves from Moro pirates and rebellious Chinese traders. The National Museum, alongside Luneta, is also worth a visit. See the section below about Manila's airport and its four terminals for dealing with local travel.


Clark (Airport code: CRK)
Clark is about 80 km north of Manila and is also a growing and vibrant air gateway into the Philippines with more international flights added each year.

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This is of course the old American air base that was abandoned after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991. This airport is near Angeles City where the famous bar zone exists on Fields Avenue. If you arrive in the Philippines at this airport you can spend a day or so experiencing the bar scene or doing some historical tours like the nearby Capas Shrine, site of the former concentration camp where the Death March survivors were held by the Japanese in World War II.

ON ARRIVAL AT CLARK:
Destination Manila?:
As you exit the terminal you'll see the booth of a bus company that can take you directly into Manila for a modest fee.

Destination Angeles?:
Exit the terminal and continue walking along the sidewalk on your right. Within about 50 meters you'll see an air-conditioned jeepney that will take you for a mere 50 pesos to (1) SM Clark, (2) the Jollibee near Fields Avenue (in the Balibago zone of Angeles City), and (3) the bus terminal in Dau.

DEPARTING FROM CLARK:
If you are departing on a flight out of Clark and arrive in Dau via bus from Manila or other destinations, you can easily take that same air-con jeepney from the bus terminal to the Clark terminal. They have a stop nearby and the jeepney leaves when it has a minimum of six passengers. Again, it's only 50 pesos to the Clark air terminal.

LODGING IN THE ANGELES AREA:
An excellent lodging option is the Sogo Hotel which is adjacent to the Dau bus terminal. It's a travelers' hotel so if you check in at 8 PM your room expires at 8 PM the next day. And you have other options like a 3, 6, or 12-hour stay. This offers you the chance, unlike traditional hotels that won't allow you to check in until 2 PM, to get a room immediately upon arrival in the city, even if it's 7 AM. And the hotel is right on the highway (just 1 KM) from Balibago and transport is easily obtained.

MORE INFORMATION:
Learn more about lodging and current events in Angeles City at:
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MANILA AIRPORT
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Manila's airport is on the south side of the Metro area while the highway to Banaue is on the north side of the Metro area. There is no crosstown expressway so expect delays; at 3 AM it might take you an hour by any form of transport while at 3 PM it might take two hours. All traffic will go on EDSA, which is a partial ring road (it's a street, not a highway) around the Metro area.

TERMINAL 1
T1 is served by most foreign carriers.

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This is the terminal which has gotten the recent bad press as one of the world's worst. It's not as bad as the press would have us believe but it's true that it's not the most comfortable place to hang out.
GOING TO T1:
Many buses on EDSA, marked either MIA (the old name for Manila International Airport) or NAIA (the new name, Ninoy Aquino International Airport) serve this terminal.
LEAVING T1:
Those same buses can get you back to Metro Manila via EDSA. The buses pass frequently and there are stops just outside the terminal and across the road. The buses leaving T1 will say Cubao.


TERMINAL 2
T2 is served by Philippine Airlines (PAL) for both their international and domestic flights.

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Caution! Some of PAL's domestic flights are actually operated by their subsidiary budget airline, AirPhilExpress, so some of those flights may leave and arrive at T3. Check your ticket carefully to avoid a mixup.
GOING TO T2:
Many buses on EDSA, marked either MIA (the old name for Manila International Airport) or NAIA (the new name, Ninoy Aquino International Airport) serve this terminal.
LEAVING T2:
Those same buses can get you back to Metro Manila via EDSA. The buses pass frequently and there are stops just outside the terminal and across the road. The buses leaving T2 will say Cubao.


TERMINAL 3
Used by Cebu Pacific and Air Phil Express.

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GOING TO T3:
The MIA / NAIA buses along EDSA do not go to T3 but only to T1 and T2. The fastest and easiest way to get to T3 is to go to the Pasay Rotonda, at the intersection of EDSA and Taft Avenues (it's also where trains of the LRT and MRT meet). At the intersection's southeast corner you'll see a SOGO Hotel. Just next to that hotel is a McDonald's restaurant. Follow a passagway to a bus terminal that's behind that complex of buildings. Go to the bus terminal (no more than 50 meters from the McDonalds) and board the white HM Bus. For a mere 20 pesos it departs every 20 minutes for T3.
LEAVING T3:
As you exit T3 cross the road and walk to your right and you'll see a bus stop where you'll find the white HM bus company's buses that go to the Pasay Rotonda. They leave every 20 minutes or so and only charge 20 pesos. Once you arrive at the Pasay Rotonda you will have easy access to all forms of transport in Metro Manila: LRT, MRT, buses on EDSA, and jeepneys to various locations in the Metro area. If you are planning to get out of the Metro area and go north just walk 300 meters east on EDSA, then 200 meters south on Tramo (that's where you'll see the Winston Hotel) and you'll find the Five Star Bus Company's terminal. They have frequent departures to locations north of Manila such as Dau, the bus terminal that serves Angeles City and Clark Airport.


TERMINAL 4 (also called Old Domestic)
Used only by Air Asia/Zest and Sea Air.

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GOING TO T4:
This terminal does not have easy access although it's the closest terminal to the Pasay Rotonda. No buses or jeepneys go to the terminial. A taxi may be your best option.
LEAVING T4:
One way into Manila from T4 is to go out the terminal and walk 300 meters north (to your right) to the gasoline station, cross the street and catch any jeepney that says MRT. Cost is only 8 pesos.


COMMENTS ABOUT TAXIS
Access to and from any terminal is of course available with taxis. Bear in mind however that Manila's taxi drivers are among the most shameless and exploitive on the planet (and quite possibly this entire sector of our galaxy!). For more detailed information please read these cautions about taxis.

AIRLINE LINKS
Domestic Airlines: Philippine Airlines , Air Asia/Zest , Air Phil Express , Seair , Cebu Pacific
Regional Carriers: Tiger Airways , Air Asia , Jet Star Asia , Silk Air
TRAVEL THE PHILIPPINES VIA FERRYBOAT
Manila is of course the nearest port to Banaue and so that final portion must be done overland. But getting to Manila from the other island groups via ferry remains a relaxing and pleasant option with various levels of service, from dormitory berths to comfortable cabins with dining service.
DO YOU USE GPS?
Waypoints.ph has produced this route map if you drive your own auto or a rental car. Their website has other GPS-generated information that you may find useful.
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THREE-DAY TOUR!
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PRONUNCIATION: Most Malay languages give stress to the second syllable so Banaue is pronounced "Bah NOW way". Similarly Batad is "Bah TAHD"; Hungduan is "Hung DEW an"; Mayoyao is "Mah YO ya oh".
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DOMESTIC TRAVEL: HOW TO GET TO BANAUE
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The Banaue rice terraces are located in the mountainous north central region of Luzon island on very good roads all the way from Manila to Banaue if you take the Eastern Highway. While Banaue is only 350 km from Manila, this drive takes about nine hours because it's a two-lane highway with many switchbacks in the mountains. Caution! Do not confuse this route with the Baguio route. The Central Cordillera mountains divide north Luzon Island with Baguio, Sagada, and Bontoc on the west side of that mountain chain while Banaue is on the east side. If your primary destination is Banaue then you should take the eastern highway from Manila, via San Jose. That's about a nine-hour trip.

A CIRCLE TRIP is possible if you wish to include other Cordillera destinations in your travel plans. Here are some estimated travel times (Depending of course on weather, form of transport, time of day, and road conditions. Manila-Banaue: 9 hours / Banaue-Bontoc: 2 hours / Bontoc-Sagada: 1 hour / Sagada-Baguio: 8 hours / Baguio-Manila: 7 hours.

TRAVEL TO BANAUE BY AIR?
Air travel to Banaue is just not a viable option because neither Banaue nor any nearby city has an airport with commercial service. The nearest airport is Cauayan served by Cebu Pacific. To reach Banaue from Cauayan you would have to take a three-hour bus or van ride south to Bagabag and then you'd have to ride a jeep or bus another three hours to Banaue. If you have your own aircraft, however, Bagabag does have a private airport for fixed-wing aircraft. And on the entrance to Banaue there is a helipad (on a point just above the Banaue Hotel) but before you arrive we suggest you contact local authorities so that they can clear it of trash and illegally parked vehicles.
BUS SERVICE
Manila, night buses
While various companies offered night service on this route in the past, there are now only two, Ohayami and Florida, both of which have terminals in the UST (University of Saint Thomas) area, also called Sampaloc, of Manila. Ohayami is at the corner of Lacson and Fajardo, 200 meters south of the intersection of Lacson and España; Florida is nearby. Buses depart Manila 9 and 10PM daily (extra buses are added on holidays and other high traffic days) and arrives in Banaue about 7AM. Departure from Banaue is 7PM and 8PM daily and arrive in the Sampaloc terminal of Manila about 4AM. Ohayami fare is 450 pesos; Florida has deluxe service with bath on board and costs 530 pesos. Both comapanies allow advance reservations. Ohayami also serves Baguio, Lagawe, and Kiangan.

Manila, day buses
If you are a person who simply cannot sleep on buses or for other reasons prefers to travel in the daytime, it can be done. Florida offers day service with many departures to Bagabag Junction (Nueva Vizcaya province) from both their Sampaloc and Cubao terminals. Victory Liner does as well from their Kamias/Cubao terminal (note that Victory has two terminals in the Cubao area; you need the one at Kamias, opposite the GMA TV studios). Other bus companies , Baliwag, and others) in the Cubao area of Metro Manila have many departures daily to Tuguegarao in Cagayan province. Purchase fare only to Bagabag Junction (Nueva Vizcaya province). At the junction there are frequent jeepneys to Banaue. All the buses that travel the Baguio-Banaue route (Ohayami and KMS Lines) pass through that point as well so you could wait for one, although they are not as frequent as jeepneys. Manila-Bagabag travel takes 6-7 hours. Bagabag-Banaue travel time is about 2 1/2 hours.

Angeles City, day buses
If you're in the Angeles City area (especially convenient if you arrive in the Philippines via Clark instead of Manila) you can very easily take a Victory Liner bus from the Dau terminal with several departures daily beginning at 8:20 AM (look for the bus saying Tuguegarao as the final destination). Buy a ticket only to Bagabag Junction and then at that intersection you can take the next available jeepney or bus to Banaue. If you take the first daily bus you should arrive at Bagabag by 4PM and Banaue by 6PM. The last bus departing Dau is at 11PM so that too is a good option (this service only available on Friday and Saturday); you'll arrive at Bagabag around 5AM and then the next leg of your journey will get you into Banaue before 8AM. Remember however that these buses originate in Manila and already have passengers on board. On heavy traffic days like weekends and holidays the bus may not have seats available when it reaches Dau. On ordinary days, however, seats are easily obtained in Dau. If demand for seats is heavy the Victory Liner dispatcher will make a list of those waiting for the Tuguegarao bus; when it arrives he will board those on the list in order of entry. On arrival at the terminal be sure to ask the dispatcher to add your name to the list.

Angeles City, night buses
While there are no night buses from Angeles you can easily take Ohayami or the Florida overnight bus from Manila. First, go to the Dau, Mabalacat bus terminal near Angeles and take the Philippine Rabbit bus which has "Avenida" as its destination (there is one every 10 or 15 minutes). Fare is 150 pesos and tell the conductor you will get out in Manila on España Avenue. From there you can walk (or take an eastbound bus or taxi) about 1 km east to Lacson Avenue and then the 200 meters south to Fajardo where you'll find the Ohayami bus terminal. The Florida terminal is nearby.

North Luzon
Many buses and vans offer service between Baguio and Banaue, either via Sagada or Solano/Bagabag. Many others travel between Dagupan (Pangasinan province) and Bagabag junction.

NOTE: If you're new to bus travel in this country, we advise you to always carry a jacket or sweater. Filipino bus drivers really love to keep the aircon on its coldest setting!

AUTO AND VAN RENTAL
These auto rental companies offer cars and vans throughout the Philippines. Drive yourself or hire a driver:

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Inns and Lodges:
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Peoples
Stairway
Sanafe
Fairview
Banaueview
Greenview
Spring Village Inn
Banaue Homestay
Terraceville Inn
Halfway Lodge


Resorts:
Banaue Ethnic Village & Pine Forest Resort


Hotels:
Banaue Hotel / Youth Hostel


Native House Lodging:
Ramon's Homestay (in Batad)
Native Village Inn (in Uhaj)
Native House Viewdeck (in Hiwang)

General Information Pages:
What To See And Do
How To Get Here
Batad
Jappan's Tours
Downtown Banaue
Cordillera Sculpture Museum
Banaue Museum
Sagada
Hungduan
Kiangan
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