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Getting to Batad is not for the faint-hearted.

This remote Filipino village, famed for having arguably the most beautiful rice terraces in the world, is not accessible by motorized vehicle. First, you get to Banaue, a remove village in Northern Luzon, accessible by bus from Manila. Then, you set out towards Batad, and go as far as paved road will take you. (If you hire a trike — a little motorcycle with a sidecar attached — they can take you as far as the Batad Junction, and it will set you back about 350 pesos. A jeepney can go the additional steep 4km up to the Batad Saddle, but that will 1000 pesos to charter.) Then, from there it’s as steep hike down a dirt path on the hillside into Batad, where you’ll be off the grid entirely — far from phone or internet access. Those that make the journey are greatly rewarded with stunning rice terraces and a village relatively unaffected by the outside world.

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Batad was one of the places I was most excited about while planning my trip to the Philippines, but my excitement had been tempered by apprehension. Information about the area was confusing in the guidebook and scarce online. As a woman traveling alone, I was also anxious about finding another traveler to partner up with. I was surprised by how few fellow backpackers I found in the Philippines, and after reading a horrific cautionary tale of a woman being , I decided it wouldn’t be wise to hike alone. Luckily by the morning of my departure I had partnered up with my travel buddy from the day before, the appropriately nicknamed G.I. Joe, and while we were both equally confused about logistics, at least there was safety in numbers.

I was still watching my budget closely, but after a hearty breakfast (70 php/1.72 usd) and buying snacks for the journey ahead (128 php/3.15 usd) I had no choice really but to fork over the money for a trike to the Batad Junction. No way were we splurging for a jeepney to the saddle, but with a good negotiating face on I was able to get a trike for less than what the tourism office had quoted me (150 php/3.69 each). Of course this meant that both G.I. Joe and I had to share a space that he alone would have been slightly cramped in, but hey — budget win!

During the 12km trike ride, it started to drizzle, and I wondered about the wisdom in making absolutely zero effort to waterproof my bags. Suddenly, the trike stopped in what seemed to be the middle of the road — then I followed the driver’s gaze to a nearly fully vertical path leading up the mountain range on the left. The road was desolate and abandoned, and I once again wondered how we would find our way back to Banaue the next day with little to no cell phone service in Batad (and our driver didn’t have a phone number anyway — I did ask, just in case).

I took a deep breath, made my peace with the rain and the uncertainty, and off we went. In spite of the rain and the vertical incline, it wasn’t that bad — getting to the saddle only took an hour. I long ago learned to ignore guidebook estimates for things like this, which told me it would take two. Our hour included a stop to rest when we saw three little kids huddled under a shelter. As we dolled out our sticky bun bakery rations, they told us about their lives. These kids, ranging from 7-10, go to school in Banaue but return home to Batad every weekend. All that way twice a week — and to think some parents in the US debate whether or not to allow their ten year olds to walk unsupervised to the bus stop down the block.

At the saddle, which is meant to hold stunning views over the terraces, we found a blanket of fog wrapped around a few shacks selling pineapples, walking sticks and coffee, and a bunch of jeepney drivers waiting for their charges. Once we forged on and were hiking down into the terraces, the rain lightened and we caught occasional glimpses of the terraces themselves, and I was much more motivated. After nearly an hour of passing no one on the trail, we encountered what I can only describe as a walking ambulance — a large group of men carrying a thick bamboo pole with a hammock drooping from it, and a sickly old man hanging out the side. Two thoughts ran in parallel through my mind — an excitement filled where am I?, and a cautious warning of better be careful down there.

I love this photo because it looks like I’m posing but really I’m grasping at my cramping abdominal muscles

Then, suddenly, we turned a corner and we were in Batad, and my mind was shuffling through all the phenomenal and stunningly beautiful sites I’ve seen in my life and trying to find something that matched up to this — and it was coming up empty. I couldn’t help but feel like I was in a scene from a movie as we entered the small village — dogs chased chickens across the dirt roads, kids sang on mud bleachers outside the one room schoolhouse, and hunched-over old ladies turned slowly to see the white faces walking by. Cinematic undertones aside, one thought overwhelmed me — this is travel.

This tiny town of 800 — which bloats to 1,300 in the holidays when people head home from the cities — relies completely on subsistence rice farming and tourism. For those who live here, life is strikingly similar to the way it was lived one hundred years ago. Sure, Batad got electricity in 2008, but there’s certainly no internet, and barely any phone signal — though I first thought that someone was joking when they told me this, I soon saw it with my own two eyes —Β  in order to communicate with the outside world, locals hang their phones from trees or clotheslines and wait for a signal to pass through.

A wooden lean-to served as the village’s welcome office, where we paid a fee (50 php/1.23 usd) towards protecting the rice terraces, and were guided to a sweet and simple guesthouse where a cheerful private room overlooking the terraces was an absolute bargain (200 php/4.92 usd).

Though I was entering the first stages of internet withdrawal (oh, how I would have loved to Instagram this!), I was already regretting only staying one night.

I loved my guesthouse — minus their poor pet monkey

After settling into the guest house, a guide — with a laminated license to prove it — appeared and offered his services to take us across the terraces and to the nearby waterfall for a small fee (250 php/6.15 usd). I hesitated because of my dwindling peso reserves, but G.I. Joe agreed before I had the chance to object. I was momentarily annoyed, though I’d soon be grateful. My trainers were soaking wet and muddy from the rain so against everyone’s objections I set off in flip flops. And we were off!

The path to the waterfall brought us directly through the heart of the rice terraces at the perfect golden light hour. I was having one of those moments — I felt like an over-caffeinated child, unable to stop jumping around, flailing my arms and exclaiming to no one how beautiful it all was. I actually felt like I was high — it’s the only sensation my mood could be compared to.

I couldn’t believe we were able to clamber over the rice terraces — ones that have been in existence for over 2,000 years — as we pleased. I remembered the medical evacuation I’d seen earlier in the day and tried to step gingerly, though there was no keeping up with our guide, who had spent his entire life traversing the terraces and seemed to float above them.

A not so graceful foreshadowing of a scary moment the next day…

After passing over top the opposite side of the rice terrace “bowl,” we descended into a deep river valley that would wind around to a massive waterfall. It was quite the sight, but this was a clear case of the journey being the destination.

Also, it started raining as soon as we arrived, leaving us to huddle under cover and take turns speculating on whether the weather was getting better or worse.

See tiny little G.I. Joe on the banks of the waterfall? It was huge!

While the hike to the waterfall had been unbelievable, while trekking back in the rain once again the hours of hiking began to take a toll. My calves we started to kill me — like, close-my-eyes-and-try-not-to-cry-while-wincing-with-each-step kind of kill me. It made me a bit nervous for the next day, when my only way back to civilization was my own two feet.

When we made it back to the guesthouse, it was already dark and thanks to rolling blackouts we had a simple dinner by candlelight (200 php/4.92 usd). I was sleeping soundly by 9pm — and I noted that even in this remote village, the beds in the Philippines are more comfortable than any I ever stayed in in Thailand. Perhaps one silver lining of the US occupation of the country was that we were able to pass on the blessing of non-cement bedding.

In the second day of my Cordillera trip, I had spent a total of 1108 pesos, or $27.26 dollars. I had the equivalent of less than $40 to get me from Batad to Banaue to Sagada, where hopefully the local ATMs would have cash and accept my card.

But I could barely bother to worry about money. I was in one of the most amazing places I had ever been — I truly felt awed by Batad and so incredibly lucky to be there. I couldn’t wait to wake up again and explore more.

Have you ever been somewhere that felt so much like a different world it took your breath away? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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  • this is INCREDIBLE, alex! every post i read of yours, i grow even more desperate to buy a ticket to SOMEWHERE!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 17 2013

      Wow, what a compliment for a travel blogger Meghan! I have been so excited about this post… how happy I am that your enthusiasm matches mine! πŸ™‚

  • Steffi
    May 16 2013

    Simply amazing photographs!!! Love it!!!

  • Ashley
    May 16 2013

    this is so beautiful. I commend you for being able to hike all that way and see so much! Amazing!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 17 2013

      Actually, this was nothing compared to the next day! Just wait… it was quite the journey!

  • Annie of TravelShus
    May 16 2013

    these photos are beautiful! I feel like your eye and skills are getting better and better the more you push yourself on this trip. Im really impressed. Cant wait to see more!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 17 2013

      Thanks Annie! Some weeks I definitely feel like I’m phoning it in, but overall I agree, it’s been an inspiring project. I really appreciate your feedback!

  • Kristie
    May 16 2013

    This may be my favorite post so far. I love the pictures. I WILL go to the Philippines, one day!!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 17 2013

      Thanks Kristie! This is one of my favorite posts in a long time as well… so glad you love it!

  • Melanie Fontaine
    May 16 2013

    This is just an incredibly beautiful place! You must have felt so blessed to witness it with your own eyes! πŸ™‚ I imagine it was quite an adventure to get there πŸ˜‰

    xx
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    • Meihoukai
      May 17 2013

      Melanie, I really struggled with this post because I couldn’t figure out HOW to possibly express how inspired and lucky and awed I was by this journey! It was amazing! Glad I was able to convey some of that πŸ™‚

  • The Guy
    May 16 2013

    I think that you’ve actually found a little piece of heaven on earth. That place is so beautiful I’m almost lost for words, and also very jealous.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 17 2013

      That’s what made this post a difficult one to write… I was speechless!

  • One of your most jealousy-invoking posts ever.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 17 2013

      Ha, thanks Ashley! … I think? πŸ˜‰

  • Zoe
    May 16 2013

    Sometimes I just can’t believe you were actually IN the places I see on the blog! Those rice paddies!!!!!!

    • Meihoukai
      May 17 2013

      Actually… I feel the exact same way when I look at these photos. Was I there? Does this exist? Some places are just too beautiful to believe not in person!

  • Breanna
    May 16 2013

    Wow! Just wow, This place looks absolutely beautiful!

    • Meihoukai
      May 17 2013

      It was amazing, Breanna… I’ve been so excited to share with you guys, so glad the day has finally come!

  • SkΓΊli
    May 16 2013

    That view from the Guesthouse, WOW! Absolutely beautiful!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 17 2013

      And for the bargain price of $5 a night! Couldn’t get over it!

      • Alieke
        July 26 2016

        Hi Meihoukai,
        Can you tell me the name of the guesthouse? My friend and I are planning to visit Batad in November!

        Another question: did you also visit Banaue or only Batad?

        • Meihoukai
          July 26 2016

          Hey Alieke! I don’t know the name of the guesthouse — when I stayed there, they didn’t even have a sign! We just showed up and were directed there. I did visit Banaue, which you can read about here. You can always find out if I’ve been somewhere by visiting my destinations page!

  • Sally
    May 17 2013

    This is one of the most inspiring blog posts I think I’ve read in a while, I’ve never read of someone going so far off the beaten track just to see and experience something. Not something I’m sure I’d be up to doing!
    I felt that level of stunningness when I was in Tonga last month, deserted beach, crystal clear waters and just myself sitting in the low waves. Quite stunning considering I’m from Leeds, England!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 17 2013

      Wow, Sally… that is such an amazing compliment! I really appreciate it… this was one of my greatest travel adventures to date, loved it πŸ™‚ Tonga sounds like a trip, how beautiful!

  • Jade
    May 17 2013

    That is travel. Wow.
    The pictures and your storytelling… this is a seriously inspiring post!
    And I completely know what you mean by the sentiment ‘this is travel’- when you have worked hard to get somewhere, when you’ve even had to do it cheaper than you should, and you are rewarded by the awe of nature and man and everything in between… that is what travelling is all about.
    I felt it when I was in the Simien mountains in Ehtiopia. The landscape is miles and miles of rolling, bright green peaks and valleys, often mist covered and with the occasional lone wanderer walking up from nowhere to nowhere, or so it would seem. We had gone to hike but the weather was just too awful, yet we didn’t care- we had already been inspired by what we had seen.
    I hope that we both get to have many, many more ‘this is travel’ moments πŸ™‚
    Thank you for this amazing post!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 17 2013

      Jade, thank you so much! The comments on this post have been so rewarding for me to read! Wow, Ethiopia sounds exotic… I think just having the stamp in my passport would make me quite proud!

      • Jade
        May 17 2013

        It deserves the great comments!
        Ethiopia has got to be the most surprising and fascinating county I have ever visited- I would recommend it to anyone!

  • Olivia Baackes
    May 17 2013

    This reminds me of the trip we took to Atlantis In the Bahamas…

    Kidding!! Amazing amazing amazing… What an experience! Can’t wait to see the next post.

    • Meihoukai
      May 18 2013

      Ha. I remember that trip well…. water slides!

  • Kristen Noelle
    May 17 2013

    I can’t even imagine attempting to capture the beauty of this place through words and photos, but you are doing a fantastic job! I know what you mean about being in a place that seems so surreal…Ahh the beauty of travel.

    • Meihoukai
      May 18 2013

      Thanks Kristen! Yes indeed…. this is what travel is all about πŸ™‚

  • Amy
    May 18 2013

    This looks amazing, thanks for writing about it – we’re going to have to check it out when we get to the Philippines in July; it’s good to see how much it all cost too.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 18 2013

      No problem, Amy! I found there was little useful information about traveling in the Philippines online, and the guidebook was often totally off. So I’m trying to provide as much useful info as possible in these posts!

  • memographer
    May 18 2013

    Such a beautiful series, Meihoukai!
    Love your private room/box πŸ™‚ that’s a type of room I book for my escape-vacations πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      May 18 2013

      Thanks so much! And yes, I loved that little room… it’s all you need, right?

  • Wow, the Day1_028 photo compostion really gives you an idea of the size of these terraces. Very cool.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 20 2013

      Thanks Pete! That’s one of my favorite photos from the trip. I would love to make a photo wall someday, and if I do… that’s going on it!

  • Kaitie
    May 20 2013

    The photos of the rice terraces are stunning! Can’t imagine how beautiful it was to see in real life.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 20 2013

      I hope this post inspires everyone to go find out for themselves πŸ™‚ It was a lovely place, I want all my readers to experience it!

  • Cherryl
    May 21 2013

    I just found your blog – I too am planning a trip to philippines and you are right. Finding travel information is very difficult. I am glad to have found your blog – very helpful and great insite. PS- this is a beautifully written and photgraphed post!

    • Meihoukai
      May 23 2013

      Cherryl, thank you so much! I also have posts coming up on Donsol, Malapascue, and Bohol, so hopefully some of those can be helpful to you in planning!

  • Erica
    May 21 2013

    This place is GORGEOUS. OMG. Serious inspiration for some photography. I love little towns like this.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 23 2013

      Yup, this was one of the most inspiring places I visited in my (most recent) five months in Southeast Asia. Absolutely amazing!

  • TammyOnTheMove
    May 23 2013

    This place looks so beautiful Meihoukai. I can’t believe how lush and green everything is.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 23 2013

      That was one benefit of coming at the tail end of the rainy season… of course, we got a bit wet, but it was worth the trade for the lush greens!

      • Terracentric
        October 31 2015

        What month did you go?

  • Juno
    May 27 2013

    This is one of the only reasons why I want to go back to the Philippines. So beautiful!

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2013

      And so cheap — which is a great bonus! I definitely think this is a must-do for travelers to the Philippines!

  • Maria
    May 27 2013

    Talk about being Knee Deep In It! Kudos!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2013

      Thanks Maria! And yes, I really was πŸ™‚

  • Federico
    May 27 2013

    Some beautiful shots here Meihoukai, and a wonderful place too. It kind of reminds me of Sapa in Vietnam…
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2013

      I’ve never been there, but I heard a few people make the comparison! Now I have to go back to Vietnam…

  • Briana
    July 8 2013

    What a nice blog, you really capture the beauty of Batad thru your words and pictures. Hope you try Mt.Pulag, it is also one of the famous place in the cordillera region πŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      July 9 2013

      Thanks Briana for the tip — I’ll have to check it out on a return trip!

  • Jay arr
    September 17 2013

    Its really more fun in the philippines

    • Meihoukai
      September 19 2013

      I agree πŸ™‚ Great slogan they came up with there!

  • Jassem
    November 28 2013

    Nice blog alex. We were inspired to go visit Batad. We’ve been there last week but we haven’t seen some views like the bridge you posted on your part2. We stayed at hillside inn. By the way, we tried capturing the beauty of the Eighth Wonder through video. You may check our video here:

    • Meihoukai
      November 28 2013

      Hey Jassem, your comments got caught in my spam filter as my commenting system doesn’t like people pasting links into the comments. In the future please put the URL into the “website” field. Thanks!

      • Jassem
        November 28 2013

        Right, got it haha. sorry! πŸ™‚

  • primus
    February 28 2014

    Hi Meihoukai,

    Been there just yesterday and I have to admit that I feel the same way as You!
    Just with one differnce I’ve done the same path(with +4kms to the saddle) in just a day, because of time scehedule. Right now I’m sittinig in the lodge in Panglao/Bohol and reading thougts of travellers being in Batad. Great experience.

    Primoz, Slovenia, Europe.

    • Meihoukai
      March 3 2014

      I’m so glad you loved Batad as much as I did! It is a special, magical place. Happy travels!

  • Amy
    May 13 2014

    Hi Meihoukai, just stumbled across this post whilst planning my upcoming holiday to the Philippines. Apologies if I missed it, but what was the name of the guesthouse you stayed in Batad? That view is incredible, I want to stay there too!

    • Meihoukai
      May 15 2014

      Hey Amy, unfortunately I’m a bad blogger and never took note of it! When you register your arrival in Batad they just kind of lead you somewhere — I don’t even remember if it had a name. Honestly though I think every single one has that view. Good luck!

  • Lakbay Diwa
    May 14 2014

    Hi Meihoukai, thanks for visiting our country Philippines. Hoping to come back you again and try some other places here.

    • Lakbay Diwa
      May 14 2014

      By the way, you look adorable πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2014

      Hi Lakbay! I’d love to return to the Philippines someday. You have a beautiful country!

  • Victoria
    October 11 2014

    Great post and gorgeous pictures!!!

    • Meihoukai
      October 13 2014

      Thanks Victoria! This was one of my favorite travel adventures of all times!

  • Jann
    October 24 2014

    Meihoukai,

    Found your blog searching for Bangkok posts. Didn’t know it’ll bring me back to my own country! Love this. Went to the Cordilleras a few years back but never passed by Batad. Your post just made me wanna go! Thank you!

    • Meihoukai
      October 26 2014

      Jann, it’s still one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in all my travels! I highly encourage you to check it out πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

  • sherine
    December 2 2014

    Wow!! This is AMAZING!
    love reading your posts.

    • Meihoukai
      December 4 2014

      Thanks Sherine! Batad is still one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been!

  • Chelsea Haughton
    July 7 2015

    Hi Meihoukai, I have been reading your blog for a while – it really makes me happy to see your updates in my inbox! I was daydreaming about my time in Batad and looked this post out to see your beautiful photos.

    Keep up the good work! (I’m sure you will!)

    Chelsea πŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      July 8 2015

      Oh Chelsea, this was one of my all-time favorite travel adventures! It makes my heart happy just thinking about it. Thanks for reminding me of it this morning!

  • Jenna
    August 1 2015

    Looks great. Do you remember the name of the guest house? Sorry if I missed it – it’s 430am and I haven’t gone to bed yet.

    • Meihoukai
      August 5 2015

      Sorry Jenna, I don’t think I ever knew it! When you check in at the “tourist office” upon arriving in Batad (really a shack that you’ll be led to as soon as someone sees a white face!) they simple direct you to one of the places with rooms for rent. We just followed obediently and didn’t ask any questions!

  • Maureen Antoinette
    August 30 2015

    Hi, Meihoukai.

    Came across your blog as I am researching about Batad, planning to go there on Sept 24th.

    I read that you were hesitant to go here due to the misfortune of one lady back in 2007. Would you still recommend that I go alone? Lucky you, you had an instant partner. Im not sure if Ill bump into some backpacker too, fingers crossed!

    Hope to hear from you!

    Safe travels,
    Maureen

    • Meihoukai
      August 30 2015

      Hey Maureen! I wouldn’t say I was hesitant to go — only that I was hoping to find a hiking buddy (whereas otherwise I might have preferred my own company). If you hang out in Banaue for a few days you’re sure to find someone to trek with. Enjoy!

  • Kristel
    November 24 2015

    I’ve been there earlier this year and the view is really amazing! However, the way to the Tappiya falls has been a real struggle for me but the water is very refreshing and I just love it! I love Batad and I will surely go back there. Nice post!

    • Meihoukai
      November 25 2015

      I’d also love to go back again someday. Thanks for reading, Kristel!

  • Raissa
    December 8 2015

    Friends and I are planning our trip to the Philippines for March 2016. I’m really happy/excited that I’ve found your blog!

    A few logistic questions (and probably a thousand more lol), did the small lodge require you to call ahead (I realize that your blog says it’s difficult to make phone calls)? I’m traveling with 2 other people and am hoping we can find accommodations that’ll fit us! πŸ˜€

    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2015

      Nope, we just rocked up and got the rooms! I think you’ll be fine πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  • Carmen B
    January 5 2016

    Great post, it brought back so many memories of my time in Banaue and Batad πŸ™‚
    I backpacked around the Philippines a year ago and loved it… for more inspiration and tips, check out my blog:

    • Meihoukai
      January 7 2016

      Glad you enjoyed this area as well. It’s one of my all time favorite travel memories!

  • Thuc
    February 10 2016

    I am late to the party but WOW. Stunning photos. The fourth last one of the rice fields and the little boy in the bottom-right-hand corner is one of my favourite photos that I’ve seen in a long, long time. Just beautiful! The Philippines are climbing higher on my travel wishlist.
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    • Meihoukai
      February 11 2016

      Thanks Thuc! I loved photographing this beautiful area and it’s one of my favorite travel experiences I’ve ever had. Definitely let it get to the top of that wish list!

  • Kay Anderton
    February 11 2016

    Hello Meihoukai,

    I am enchanted by your blog, so much so that I didn’t get my planned early night last night as I was on the edge of my seat (bed) reading the posts about your Batad adventures! Batad is now firmly in my itinerary for my Phillipino adventures at the end of the year – my reward for completing my midwifery training. I also fell in love with the guest house photos you posted. I actually managed to find the place in question with some google wizardry (an image search) helped along by recognising the wonderful carved seats in the communal area. I have linked the venues trip advisor below, yes they are on tripadvisor! Only one review so far.

    Happy travels, if we are ever in the same county at the same time I would love to meet for cocktails and story swapping!

    • Meihoukai
      February 16 2016

      Hey Kay! Thanks so much for doing that searching — I get tons of questions about it but when I was there, locals simply led us to a nearby guesthouse when we checked in at the town checkpoint. There were no names, no business cards and certainly no Tripadvisor reviews πŸ™‚ Glad I have an answer now for those that ask!

  • Kristin
    March 10 2016

    Hi Meihoukai,

    I was wondering if it’s possible to find a guide or jeepney prior to getting to Banuae to get to the Batad rice terraces or whether it’s better to figure that out once you get there.

    Thanks,
    Kristin

    • Meihoukai
      March 12 2016

      Hey Kristin, it’s easy to arrange once you’re there are I think it would be almost impossible to do prior to arrival πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

  • Kenny
    March 30 2016

    Hi Meihoukai,

    I am so inspired by your post that next month I will visit Batad, I am joining a group tour. While reading your article I can hear and feel your joy, it is truly so contagious. You are an inspiration.
    God bless!

    • Meihoukai
      April 6 2016

      Thanks for the kind words, Kenny! Enjoy Batad!

  • Lauren
    August 24 2016

    I feel the same way as you did! I’ve been trying to research and having very little luck at finding information that is actually helpful. I’d like to do Sagada and Batad to but wondering with 3 days/2 nights if I should use Banaue as my home base and do a day trip to Batad and then a day trip to Sagada. What do you think?
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    • Meihoukai
      August 24 2016

      Are you trying to see Banaue, Batad and Sagada in three days and two nights? If so… I hate to be a naysayer but I think that’s going to be at best unpleasant and at worst impossible. Distances are long, infrastructure is limited and everything will take longer than you think it will! I did a night in Banaue, a night in Batad, a night back in Banaue, and then two nights in Sagada. Even that was pretty rushed!

      • Lauren
        August 24 2016

        Thanks for the tip πŸ™‚ I’m not sure what we are trying to do yet. I may skip Banaue completely, other than taking the bus there. What was your favourite out of the three?
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        • Meihoukai
          August 25 2016

          Batad! But if you’re going that far, it definitely makes sense to do all three. After the long trip from Manila I was happy to have a night in Banaue to get my bearings, do a little warm up hike and prepare for the journey to Batad!

          • Lauren
            August 29 2016

            Thanks so much Meihoukai! This is very helpful πŸ™‚
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  • Anne
    December 26 2016

    Hi Meihoukai,

    I love reading your posts on the Philippines and the beautiful pictures!

    Two friends and I are thinking about going to Batad in January. But ever since I’ve read that it’s pretty hard to get to, I wonder: did you leave your big (main) backpack in a hostel in Banaue? I figure it would be almost impossible to hike from Batad back to the saddle with your big backpack?

    • Meihoukai
      December 27 2016

      Hi Anne, I did leave the majority of my things in storage in Banaue. Definitely the way to go! The lighter you can go to Batad, the better! Enjoy!