Batad as the Backpacker’s Mecca


Walk through narrow paths along the terraces, over hills, and across streams to see the stunning view of the Batad Rice Terrace Clusters – a National Cultural Treasure inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. You may even have to get off your jeepney to allow it to properly maneuver the very rough and wild road.





Despite its remoteness (9 hours from Manila to Banaue, 1.5 hours from Banaue to the Saddle by jeepney, plus 1 hour hike to view its splendor), it is a favorite destination of international as well as local backpackers. As a result, there are now a number of hostels that has mushroomed where guests may stay. Day trips are also possible.




Shaped as an ampitheatre, Batad Rice Terraces do not need further description. It is one of those things that you just have to see in order to appreciate their sheer size and beauty, not to mention the amazing feat of ancient farming engineering of carving rice fields on the mountain ranges.

Plan your trip and be ready for a very special surprise. It will take your breath away.



Getting There:

Florida Bus Line has regular trips from Manila direct to Banaue. It leaves Sampaloc, Manila (Lacson St. cor. S. H. Loyola St.) at 9 p.m. From Baguio, KMS Bus Lines and Ohayami Trans leave for Banaue at least twice daily. You can get transportation to Batad from Banaue.


Accommodation in Banaue

Banaue View Inn (Php 900/night), read review here.
Barangay Poblacion, Banaue
• Lily Luglu
• (361) 161

Jeepney for hire

Manong Peter Ramos
• (63920) 2787558


Javes Beyer
• (63926) 2320243





~ by Happy Sole on October 1, 2011.

12 Responses to “Batad as the Backpacker’s Mecca”

  1. This is a must see place! I will bring tons of books haha! Thank you for sharing sis! 🙂

  2. korek, this place is one of the few places that the tourists visit whenever they’re in pinas. (bases on the backpackers that i met). it’s always banaue/batad + palawan. good choices! =)

  3. One of my best trips in the Philippines was in Batad. Nothing beats waking up in the morning with a view of the amphitheater 🙂

  4. hmnn….great place..I love the photos especially the view with a feels so serene..

    • the hammock was actually brought by the Swiss backpacker… perfect place to hang it. nkakatakot lang mahimbing ng tulog. medyo malalim ang huhulugan mo. 🙂

  5. Just the picture of Batad Rice Terraces is “taking my breath away”

    ‘Wish to visit this next, especially when there’s no typhoon or heavy rains…

  6. Eto ang na miss ko.. Banaue trip!

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