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  1. Neal
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    Not sure how far you wanna go on the cheap but if you find them then use a medium to large as is comfortable and fill with 90 proof alcohol it kills them on contact. I have used this all over my be nd. Room apt. I tore the cover off the bottom of my box springs and literally soaked every crevice no smoking or open flames any where in the house use adequate ventilation nothing kills faster6 when I would be awakened by a bite I was quick to spray alcohol I also bought a zippered mattress cover after a good soaking in the alcohol and while still wet zipped it up forever again my lonely bed

  2. PhilLife
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    This has motivated me to go back north again, I went to Baguio last year but ran out of time, and was also a little paranoid about the bus ride to the rice fields, the ride to Baguio was crazy enough already.

  3. Nellly
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    Hey there Jo!
    thanks for the details, really helpful =)
    few questions-
    1) so they recently opened a new hostel in banaue, so I was thinking of taking a day trip to batad. how did you do it? on your own or joined some tour? i have lots of things with me (since ill be travelling in other countries and not only Philippines) and I dont want to carry them all with me, alternatively, is there a place where I can leave my stuff for a night?
    2) have you heard about the other bus company “florida” I’ve read they also do the same journy from manila to banaue…


  4. Kristin
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    Hi Jo,

    My friends and I (3 of us) are going to Batad Rice Terraces as a day trip so we will be taking the 7pm bus back. It was recommended to me that we hire private transportation in order to make the bus in the evening. What do you recommend?

    Also is it easy to find a guide once you are in Batad or should you try to find one prior to going?


  5. Sage
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    Hi there Jo,

    I stumbled upon this post while doing some research on the Philippines. I’m trying to determine how physically grading Banaue is. It seems like I could get around without doing any intense walking or trekking, especially if I opt for tricycles. I had foot surgery in December, and I don’t plan on traveling to Banaue until mid-February. My foot will be healed by then, but I still need to be cautious. Any advice would be appreciated.

  6. chinyi
    chinyi at | | Reply

    Hi Jo,

    Did you find Banaue and Batad safe to travel for a solo female?


  7. yanna
    yanna at | | Reply

    Hi Jo. Do you have Abner’s contact info?

  8. Lorna Doctor
    Lorna Doctor at | | Reply

    Thanks a lot for this informative post! Shall be following these directions next month 🙂

  9. hasan
    hasan at | | Reply

    Wow, really great explaining and describe. Thanks a lot for sharing this great experince.

  10. Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
    Miriam of Adventurous Miriam at | | Reply

    I will 🙂 Happy travels.

  11. Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
    Miriam of Adventurous Miriam at | | Reply

    Great post, Jo! It’s very informative and gave me the advice I needed. Thanks 🙂

  12. junisia
    junisia at | | Reply

    i live in Batad…just contact me if you need some accomodation and tour guides..

    1. Rose
      Rose at | | Reply

      Hi Jo, this is a helpful blog for me.. We are planning to go to rice terraces.
      If I can contact Junisia we want her service ..thank you

  13. Graes
    Graes at | | Reply

    Hi Jo. Thank you for this travelogue. It’s exactly what I am looking for – right details and inside info. 🙂 Planning to go visit but only have 2 days max. I guess I would have to plan it another time to truly get the feel without being rushed?

    Once again, thank you!

  14. JBVTours
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    Jo, you got all right for Banaue . For me the Las Vegas is the best place to eat and enjoy at least a short evening. They do some jamming there to and it can be some fun.
    I would say too, anyone going to Banaue on a short trip, do the Batad Tour, its hard but really the better.

  15. James
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    Wow!! What an informative blog! It’s sorted me right out! I’m planning on doing the exact same itinerary in March! I have two queries though and am hopeful you can help me :))
    1) You did 2 days 1 night right? (It’s what i gathered from the article) Day 1 Banuae and stayed there, Day 2 daytrip to banad!?
    2) You got the 6pm bus back to Manila with Ohyami!? It wasn’t rushed and you had enough time to get back to the bus!?

    I hope you enjoyed Kuala Lumpur! It’s a wonderful city!

  16. Benjamin Asis
    Benjamin Asis at | | Reply

    Thank you very much for an interesting, insightful and informative account of your experience. We are planning of going to Banaue also and this is a good help.

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