Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines

HOW TO GET THERE: MANILA TO BANAUE Bus with Bookaway

7/22/2019

Banaue Rice Terraces
With no doubt, Philippines has one of the best views in South East Asia. One of the places the Philippines is proud to showcase to the world is the Banaue Rice Terraces. Did you know that the Banaue Rice Terraces is shown in the 20 PESO BILL? It is also considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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We decided to spend the weekend in Banaue to relax and enjoy the view. This would be our second time visiting Banaue and Batad and we wanted to have a stress-free experience. We planned the trip a few days in advance to secure our accommodation and transportation.

WHY TRAVEL TO BANAUE
Banaue is one of the Philippine provinces that has a rich culture and beautiful scenery. It is the home of world famous terraces of Banaue, Batad, and so much more. Tourists from all over the world visit this location to hike along the terraces and visit the Tappiya Falls. Travelers can also learn about the culture of the locals and stay in their traditional Ifugao houses.

ACTIVITIES:
Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Village
Try the Kalinga Coffee

Stay in a Traditional Ifugao House
Hike the Batad Rice Terraces
Wear the Ifugao Traditional Clothes
See and swim at Tappiya Waterfalls

BOOKING WITH BOOKAWAY
We searched Bookaway for transportation options from Manila to Banaue. Three options were available:
- Tourist Bus by Ohayami Trans (Cheapest)
- Tourist Bus by Coda Lines (Fastest)
- Standard Minivan for 6 Pax by Flyeast (Private Transfer)
We booked the first option, Ohayami Trans, since it was the bus company we booked in our Banaue trip in 2015 and it was the cheapest. It was a trusty option.
Ohayami Bus Schedules taken from Bookaway.com
Ohayami Tourist Bus detailed description is shown on Bookaway.com

We booked the Ohayami Tourist Bus with schedule of July 19, 2019 21:00AM departure time with a 7:00AM arrival time and a return schedule of July 21 19:00AM with a 5:00AM arrival time in Manila. Don't forget to take advantage of the 20% discount and book your return tickets in advance! 
We instantly receive a confirmation of our booking and within a few hours, we got the Bookaway bus voucher.
Ohayami Bus Terminal, Sampaloc, Manila
Ohayami Trans Terminal
In the Bookaway website, it was easier to pick my ideal transfer since they display a brief description about the bus company. This made me feel secure knowing that the bus company was in service for a long time. They also included the pick up and drop off location (with Google Maps) which for me is essential to avoid going to the wrong destination. Useful information like indicating the travel time, number of stopovers, and travel tip like bringing something to make me warm was a plus to make our experience comfortable. Free cancellation details are also shown. 
Ohayami Booking Office
Ohayami Trans Schedule
MANILA TO BANAUE VIA OHAYAMI TRANS
We headed to the Ohayami Terminal in Sampaloc, Manila an hour before our scheduled departure. The terminal was located in the corner of A.H. Lacson Avenue and Fajardo Street and it was easy to spot with all the buses. We headed to the booking office and exchanged our voucher to receive our tickets. At 8:30PM, they started letting people in the bus and at exactly 9 in the evening, we headed to Banaue.


Bus Tickets
The bus was just like any typical provincial bus in the Philippines. It has an adequate leg spacing, an overhead bin for smaller bags, and a larger compartment for luggage. The bus was equipped with WiFi which was a plus! Although, I think the connection was not that great since we are heading to the remote mountains of Ifugao.
The useful information was accurate. We had 3 bus stops where we can go to the restrooms or have some snacks. They always check if everyone was on board before leaving. 


We arrived at Banaue at 6:00AM, one hour earlier than expected. 


Ohayami Terminal, Banaue, Ifugao
Ohayami Terminal, Banaue, Ifugao
WHAT TO BRING ON THE BUS TRIP:
1. Jacket
2. Neck pillow
3. Earphones
4. Power bank

TRAVEL TIPS FOR THE BUS TRIP:
1. Arrive at the terminal an hour earlier so you won't miss the bus. They usually leave on time.
2. I really suggest using Bookaway to secure a comfortable seat in the bus. Only a few bus companies offer direct routes to Banaue and tickets run out fast especially on the weekends. 
3. Book a return ticket. On our travel back to Manila, we noticed a lot of travelers didn't reserve tickets and they were given the aisle/center seats which for me were uncomfortable. They also prioritized people with tickets.
4. It is a 10-hour bus ride and to make the journey comfortable, bring a jacket and neck pillow. 
5. Bring earphones and a power bank so you can listen to music or watch a movie while on the road.
6. Once the sun rises, open your curtains and enjoy the stunning views of the mountains!

TRAVEL TIPS ON YOUR BANAUE TRIP:
1. Be sure to have enough cash. ATMs are only available in Banaue Poblacion.
2. There is no signal and internet in Batad. It is only available at Banaue Poblacion.
3. Pre-book your accommodation online. I suggest booking it in Banaue Poblacion and have a day tour in Batad. 
4.There are more places to visit aside from Batad and Banaue. Tricycle can take you on these tours. 

Read: BATAD, IFUGAO: TRAVEL GUIDE (DIY ITINERARY + BUDGET)

ABOUT BOOKAWAY:
Manila to Banaue and vice versa are just some of the routes you can book with Bookaway. We already used Bookaway on our Puerto Galera trip and the experience was smooth and hassle-free. Bookaway is an online booking site which lets you book land and sea transfers worldwide. Travelers can book their trips in advance to avoid the hassle of missed buses and going to the terminal in advance just to book tickets.
Whether your trip is planned or spontaneous, Bookaway got you covered!
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FOOTNOTES:

Credits to Rae Argallon and Cheloi Marasigan | Banaue, Ifugao | July 2019

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