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One Day Solo Trip Itinerary To Baguio City, Philippines


Hazirah Hakeem •  Nov 16, 2023

This article is written by HHWT Explorer Muhammad Saajidh.

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Welcome to Baguio, a city nestled in the heart of the Philippines, known for its scenic beauty, rich cultural heritage, and the captivating Igorot Stone Kingdom. As a solo traveler who travels for pleasure, I embarked on this journey in the middle of my journey around the Philippines, to explore the unique charm of Baguio and share my experiences with fellow travelers.

Man standing in front of Baguio sign

Baguio City

Day 1: Angeles, Pampanga

I arrived at Clark International Airport, Angeles, Philippines. Clark Airport is relatively new and isn’t as busy most of the time. I then took a taxi to Dau City and it cost me around 400 pesos. Before you travel out, get your traveller’s cheques or foreign currency exchanged at the airport - I felt that this was safer.

Take note: English is widely spoken in The Philippines, so you don’t need to be worried!


Breakfast: Hotel Restaurant

I stayed at the Hotel Red Planet for one night and had breakfast at the hotel restaurant. This restaurant was also open to the public, and was a nice and cozy place on the ground floor of the hotel with a coffee shop.

Man eating breakfast from a hotel buffet

Halal status: Not halal-certified, so Saajidh stuck to the fruits section for his breakfast! You can, however, ask for your food to be prepared in a separate pan. Do dine at your own discretion.

Address: Don Juico Avenue, Malabanias , Pampanga, Angeles City 2009 , Philippines


I visited Ghoshen Hotel and Resorts for coffee after!

View from Ghoshen Hotel and Resorts

It was just a 15-minute drive from Clark International Airport in Clarfield, Pampanga, Goshen Resort and Chalet stands out as a top-notch campground and resort. The architecture draws inspiration from Roman culture, giving it a clean and elegant vibe. It feels calm and classic, like a place you'll want to go back to!

Address: Barangay Lourdes, Sitio Gumain, Bamban, 2317 Tarlac, Philippines


Igorot Stone Kingdom (2 hours)

Top view of Igorot Stone Kingdom

Note: Igorot Stone Kingdom may not be considered as a museum but it represents the heritage of the Igorot community living in Baguio for thousands of years.

In the middle of Baguio City, you'll find the Igorot Stone Kingdom, showcasing the cool culture of the region. I saw unique stone structures, heard lively gongs, rhythmic drum music, and even saw traditional dances.

The place gives you a real cultural experience beyond just looking nice. The gongs make it feel authentic, echoing the culture of the Cordilleran people. The drum music connects you to their traditions and stories.

Igorot Stone Kingdom Performers

The traditional dances at the Igorot Stone Kingdom are captivating. Each move tells a story that's been passed down for generations. The bright colors, precise steps, and lively energy make it a fascinating show.

This place isn't just a regular attraction; it's a sensory adventure. The echoes of gongs, drum beats, dance moves, and local food all come together to create a memorable cultural experience. It's a spot where old traditions and new ideas mix well, inviting you not just to watch but to be a part of Cordilleran heritage.

Selfie of a man at the top of Igorot Stone Kingdom

Admission Fee: 100 Pesos

Address: Long Long Benguet Rd, Baguio, Benguet, Philippines

Opening Hours: 6am - 6pm daily




There are plenty of places to eat but if you’re looking for halal restaurants, there are several places in Baguio. Here are two restaurants I tried during my day there!

  • Ali House of Shawarma (both shawarma and biryani are amazingly delicious and cheap)
    • Address: 183 Upper Bonifacio St, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines
    • Opening Hours: 9am - 10pm, Mon - Sat
  • Kashmir Biriyani Café and Restaurant at Abanao Square Abanao. It was the most delicious briyani that I enjoyed in Baguio.
    • Address: Abanao St, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines
    • Opening Hours: 9am - 8pm daily

Tam-Awan Village, Baguio (2 Hours)

Tam Awan Village Brochure

After a tasty meal, I was ready for my next adventure in the afternoon. Tam-Awan Village in Pinsao Proper, Baguio City, is an interesting place for art and culture. Created by the Chanum Foundation, Inc. in 1998, it's not just Ifugao houses; it's a living example of the mix of local style and artistic vision.

As you step in, you'll see the awesome work of the Cordilleran people. Each house tells a story of tradition and strength. Tam-Awan, designed for Baguio, gives you a peek into Ifugao architecture. It's like a cultural haven where every spot is full of the Cordillera spirit.

Selfie of a man in front of Tam Awan

Tam-Awan Village is more than just a sightseeing spot; it's a celebration of culture. It lets visitors connect with the Cordilleran people's artistic side. Whether you're checking out traditional crafts, joining cultural activities, or just enjoying the peaceful surroundings, Tam-Awan Village is a deep dive into Cordillera's rich culture. And don't miss the chance to watch a mesmerizing dance performance by talented cultural dancers.


Dinner: Makimura Ramen Bar SM City Baguio

Having a sushi dinner at SM City Baguio was a flavorful food journey. The mall was super busy with shoppers and food lovers. Picking a cozy sushi spot, I found lots of fresh and creative options. The sushi chefs did a great job making each roll just right, and the menu offered both classic and new flavors.

The first bite of the sushi was truly delightful! The fish was fresh, the avocado was creamy, and the veggies added a nice crunch. The sushi's bright colors matched the lively mall vibe. Eating each piece, I liked how the traditional Japanese taste mixed with the modern mall feel.

Plates of sushi

Having sushi at SM City Baguio wasn't just a meal; it was a delicious break during my shopping spree. The mall's food choices and the sushi chefs' talent made it a meal I won't forget from my time in Baguio.

Halal status: It is not halal-certified, but they only serve seafood. Do dine at your own discretion.

Address: CH5X+HR8, SM Baguio Rd, Baguio, Benguet, Philippines

Opening Hours: 10am - 9pm daily

Nightlife: Baguio Night market

Baguio Night Market is a lively event that lights up the streets of Baguio when the sun goes down. Stretching along the famous Harrison Road, you'll find a variety of stalls selling everything from handmade souvenirs to tasty street food. The market is full of energy, with twinkling lights and a bustling atmosphere that includes friendly haggling.

As you stroll through the market, you'll hear the lively conversations of vendors and shoppers, creating a nighttime symphony. The food options are a standout, offering both local and international flavors, from savory skewers to sweet treats and warm local brews.

View from the top of the night market

Baguio Night Market isn't just a place to shop; it's an opportunity to experience Baguio's vibrant spirit. With its mix of local culture, delicious street food, and charming night atmosphere, it's a must-visit for those wanting to enjoy the city's lively nightlife.

Stalls at the night market

Halal status: While there are some, not all the stores here are halal. Make sure to ask what they serve and look out for the halal signs at some stalls! Do dine at your own discretion.

Address: CH7W+359, Harrison Rd, Baguio, Benguet, Philippines

Opening Hours: 9pm - 12am daily

Practical Tips

Getting around:

Navigating Baguio City is an adventure in itself, and understanding the local transportation options can enhance your overall experience. Here are some practical tips for getting around Baguio City:

  1. Jeepneys:
  • Hop-On Points: Jeepneys are a popular mode of public transportation in Baguio. Look for designated jeepney stops or simply raise your hand to flag one down along the route.
  • Routes: Different jeepneys follow specific routes. Familiarise yourself with the route numbers and destinations to ensure you're heading in the right direction.
  • Payment: Jeepney fares are typically affordable and paid directly to the driver or conductor upon boarding. Have small change ready, as drivers might not always have change for larger bills.
Man inside a jeepney

2. Public Taxis:

  • Taxi Stands: Taxis are available at designated taxi stands throughout the city. You can find them near major attractions, shopping centers, or transport terminals.
  • Meter Usage: Ensure that the taxi driver activates the meter at the beginning of your journey. This ensures fair and transparent pricing.
  • Fare Estimate: It's a good idea to have a rough estimate of the fare to your destination. This can help you gauge whether the meter is running appropriately.

3. Be Mindful of Traffic:

  • Peak Hours: Be aware of peak traffic hours, especially during rush hours. Planning your travel outside these times can help you avoid congestion.

4. Walking and Exploring:

  • Pedestrian-Friendly Areas: Baguio City has pedestrian-friendly areas, especially around Session Road and Burnham Park. Enjoy the cool climate and explore the city on foot when possible.

Remember to embrace the unique charm of Baguio's transportation scene. Whether you're riding a colourful jeepney or hopping into a taxi, each journey contributes to the city's vibrant character.


Traveling to Baguio is generally safe, but like any destination, it's essential to be mindful of certain factors to ensure a smooth and secure experience. Here are some safety tips for those planning to travel to Baguio:

  1. Altitude Considerations:

Tip: Baguio is situated at a high altitude (Baguio is situated at an altitude of approximately 1,540 meters (5,050 feet) above sea level), so visitors may experience altitude-related symptoms such as dizziness or shortness of breath. Take it easy during the first day to acclimatize, stay hydrated, and avoid strenuous activities initially.

2. Respect Nature:

Tip: Baguio is known for its natural beauty. Help preserve the environment by disposing of trash properly and respecting the flora and fauna. Follow guidelines and regulations when visiting parks and protected areas.

By staying mindful of these safety tips, travelers can enjoy the enchanting beauty of Baguio while ensuring a secure and memorable experience in this charming mountain city.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author. They do not reflect the opinions or views of Have Halal, Will Travel.

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