Sometimes I get paid to go to the Philippines; this is always a good day at the office. This particular trip had me taking a family on an amended version of our ‘Extreme Philippines Tour’ and thus had some crap cities to review.
Here’s my guide to Sagada.
How to get to Sagada
Sagada is way in the middle of nowhere. It will involve 6-7 hours of winding mountain roads no matter how you get there. There’s public buses from Baguio, which is the nearest major city, or you will need your own vehicle and driving level 10.
Accommodation in Sagada
There’s a few hotels in Sagada, but mainly it’s all about the homestay! They vary greatly in quality, but it’s an authentic opportunity to stay in someone’s home in Sagada..
What to see in Sagada
The main reason to visit Sagada is to see the hanging coffins, But there’s much more to visiting Sagada than that. It’s very quiet, the coldest place in the Philippines, and slap-bang on top of a mountain. If you want off the beaten track in the Philippines, Sagada is the place to be.
- Hanging coffins – The hanging coffins of Sagada are the main reason to come here, but in many ways they are a bit of an anticlimax. Read my article on them here;
- Caves – you can get a local guide and explore the caves in Sagada;
- Hang out in the town – Sagada is just a really cool place to hang out;
- Rice terraces of Sagada – the rice terraces as you drive in and out of Sagada are really quite the spectacle;
- The sunrise in Sagada is well worth getting up for.
What to eat in Sagada?
There’s one main street in Sagada, and it’s full of restaurants. We usually eat at the Yoghurt House, which thankfully has more than just yoghurt. Your homestay can do you a good breakfast in Sagada.
Nightlife of Sagada
There’s an 11pm curfew in Sagada, so there really isn’t much of a nightlife to it. Best bet is to buy some of the locally-made strawberry wine and get drunk in your homestay.
Is it worth visiting Sagada?
It’s a 7-8 hour drive to get in and out of here, so you really do need to be committed if you want to travel to Sagada, but in my mind it’s such a contrast to the rest of the Philippines that it is well worth a visit.
Getting out of Sagada
If you have arrived from Baguio you can get down to Vigan in about 6 hours, which is the nearest major settlement, or you can continue south to Angeles, or San Fernando if you want to get back towards Manila.