City centre, the best area to stay in Baguio
Baguio city is quite a unique place, from its location to its charm and people, there is certainly something vastly different about it than most of the country. The city centre is definitely the best place to stay in for tourists as it is the safest area of the city and has the best transport links including the central bus station. This area also has the most amount of tourist amenities and for that fact, it means competitive prices so it is a relatively cheap city.
One of the main tourist sites in the city centre is Burnham Park, which was named after the American architect who had originally planned the city, Daniel H. Burnham. This park is the oldest in the city and forms the heart of Baguio, which has many features with the main one being the man-made lake and is where you will see many romantic couples and families taking in the gorgeous vista. Other things to do in the park include playing tennis or basketball as well as cycling and having a picnic on one of the many benches that are supplied. There is also a garden that is home to various plants and flowers and the park is equipped with a diverse range of restaurants that are positioned in prime locations. The Leonard Wood Road is where you will find the Mansion House, which is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines with some of it open to the public like a fascinating museum that houses various pieces of art collected over the years by previous presidents. Close by to the President’s residence is the Botanical Gardens, which is an open-air museum that displays a wonderful collection of flowers and plants as well as showcasing a traditional tribe called the Igorats, who dress in their native attire and is where you can buy souvenirs. Another popular tourist attraction is Camp John Hay, which was used by the American military during their occupation and was named after President Roosevelt’s Secretary of State. It is a very peaceful place and today is used for golf, hotels, bowling, tennis, basketball, volleyball, horseback riding, a butterfly sanctuary, a museum as well as being used for camping.
The best area to shop is around Session Road as there a great amount of stores dotted along it, which sell many traditional handmade crafts made from jewellery, textiles, weaving, silverware and wood. There are also markets on at the weekend, where you can get locally produced products like vegetables, meats, fruits and various other items. Session Road also has a good selection of cuisines to try as does Loakan Road and these include traditional foods, Chinese, Japanese and some European places. The city has a fine collection of hotels, which are budget friendly, generally spacious and great customer service with some of the best places found along Leonard Wood Road and around Burnham Park.