The 'Going to Baguio' Thread (merged)

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  1. macuser101

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    Hey guys,

    What is the best road going to Baguio? One that has the least numer of potholes (lubak).
    I am planning to drive up next week, I am coming from Manila.
    Turn by turn instructions would be helpful.


    Thanks.
     
  2. Sph1nx

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    Re: Road to Baguio

    via Marcos Highway. The last time I passed it (a couple of years ago) it was pretty smooth (concrete). It's a bit longer route but probably the safest way up to Baguio. Naguillan Road is also acceptable. Don't remember passing that way that much.

    For an expert's opinion, ask Gomi :)
     
  3. Pipay

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    Take Marcos Hiway, it's the safest. Kennon Road is still passable but I'm not sure if it's safe. Take Naguilian if you want the longest route to Baguio.
     
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    Baguio, here I come!!!! I've been planning a trip to Baguio for the longest time. This thread is like a nudge!
     
  5. essay

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    Re: Road to Baguio

    Take Marcos Highway. Safest, fastest, no potholes (less, if there are)... Take Kennon, not as smooth as Marcos, and unsafe for some, but it is more scenic than Marcos and Naguilian Roads. Naguilian is the longest route as you have to go to Bauang, La Union.

    To Kennon Road, turn right at Rosario (?) Rotunda.

    To Marcos Highway, turn left at the rotunda, it's only a few kilometers away from there.

    You won't get lost, there are signs to give you directions.
     
  6. hannibal

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    was in baguio last week. came up via Kennon Road which is approximately 26kms shorter compared to the smoother Marcos Hi-way route. Kennon is passable and potholes are tolerable. came down via Marcos Hi-way as I have to pass by Dagupan via the Damortis shortcut.

    if you decide to take Kennon, from Manila, take a right turn after passing the caltex and shell stations in Rosario, La Union. you won't miss that, lots of road signs leading to it. by the way, i believe that shell station immediately before the turn is an open hotspot. you may want to drop by before going up.

    HTH.
     
  7. Gomi

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    It hasnt been raining here lately so Kennon is ok... but to be really sure just take Marcos Highway, which is longer and more vomit inducing ;)

    btw: the Petron station right in front of the Baguio General Hospital rotunda is an open hotspot, I usually go there when I get sick of working at home...
     
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    Re: Road to Baguio

    I'm going to Baguio next month. I'm pro-kennon and anti Marcos, so Kennon is my choice. Besides, Kennon has great local support. (that was a photog joke).

    I still don't know where I'll be staying. Can anyone suggest a decent, clean, semi classy and affordable hotel?

    It's been five years since my last visit, I'm looking forward.
     
  9. Gomi

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    Re: Road to Baguio

    Iggy's Place in South Drive... I could probably get you a discount, but no promises... it's peak season eh ;) just let me know the exact days so I can check if it's free...
     
  10. hannibal

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    i also recommend iggy's. great service and nice food. i think the owner is also a mac user. not sure if he is a mugger but i believe he is in our sister site, pinoymac.org. as the chairman of philmug, you might get a good discount :D
     
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    Re: Road to Baguio

    take your pick :

    mt. crest hotel - 074 4456945 ; 4439422 ; 4439271
    baguio palace hotel - 074 4427734 ; 4435716
    prince plaza hotel - 074 4425082 ; 4425093
    the golden pine - 074 4449965 up to 72, manila # 7408975 ; 7321919
    city travel - 074 4450465 ; 4470480-82
    hotel veniz - 074 4460700 to 03
    el cielito inn - 074 4428743 ; 4434846
    citylight hotel - 074 4447544
    starwood - 074 4465830

    i believe the best hotel would be :
    camp john hay manor - 074 4460231 to 50

    take marcos highway, it's the safest road. but if you want to get there pronto,
    take kennon if it's a sunny day. enjoy your stay in baguio! :)
     
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    Re: Road to Baguio

    I was there last month as well.

    South Drive Manor is pretty good as well and is only a few meters away from Iggy's. The rooms are new and quite roomy.

    For a more home like feel, PNKY on Leonard Wood is pretty good as well. The food in their cafe is excellent.

    http://pnky.allanreyes.com/home/tour.html
     
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  13. Gomi

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    Yes, he bought an iBook a few months ago, were classmates. He hangs out more at PinoyMac, I believe jasondv met him last year when he was here (that was supposed to be me!)...
     
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    Re: Road to Baguio

    I wouldn't recommend Starwood after that Tour Pilipinas incident, also it's right beside Petron BGH... read: area has dirty air and lots of noise.

    The Manor isn't all that. The smaller hotels/inns are usually better.
     
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    Re: Road to Baguio

    Can someone pm me Iggy's last name? I know a few Iggy's,

    Thanks.
     
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    i stayed at a great new hotel on upper legarda road last month--the pines view hotel. very clean, tasteful, competitive prices, great location. tel 246-3888 here in manila
     
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    I recommend Hotel Elizabeth, a new hotel. It is located just off the road on the way to Mines View. Great service.
     
  18. yagit

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    Re: Road to Baguio

    i stayed in elizabeth last month. it was ok. nothing special. i think south drive manor is better.

    marcos highway is definetly the smoothest way if you can afford the extra 30 mins of travel
     
  19. kartman

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    Re: Road to Baguio

    last holy week, i went up to baguio on holy thursday but instead of taking the national highway, i drove through the backroads of tarlac, nueva ecija then pangasinan.

    we didn't go through any big towns where traffic always bottlenecks and got to baguio in 5 hours. some officemates of my relatives left manila at the same time and took the national highway, it took them 10 hours to get to baguio! gasp!

    if anyone wants pacenotes, just pm me your email addy. i'll be glad to send them to you.
     
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  20. macuser101

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    Re: Road to Baguio

    I am really bad at geography and directions,
    can you give turn by turn instructions from north diversion road to kennon/marcos?

    there are so many ways to go up north, some goes through small towns, some goes thru plantations and still others go through heavy traffic, can anyone recommend the best routes?

    thanks for all the replies, really appreciate this group.
     

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