Batad

Batad is a very tiny village only accessible by foot. We started the journey to Batad in Banaue with a stop in Bangaan. After several pit stops we hopped out of our Jeepney and began trekking in the misty rain up the Batad where we were staying for the night at a local homestay. 

While the hike isn't too long (around 45 min) it was a bit slippery in the wet weather conditions so we took our time and slowly made it to Ramon's Homestay - a special place in the middle of the rice terrace amphitheater known as Batad. 

We had quite a unique experience as Ramon's sister had just recently passed away - and following the Ifugao Tribe traditions - the whole family had come from near and far to celebrate her life together in the small village. 

Our group chatted over local cuisine (and rice wine!), observed funeral traditions, and took in the stunning rice terrace surroundings of Batad. 

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The Country Side of Sagada

The little one lane village of Sagada is visited by tourists as a launching point to the surrounding country side - most specifically to see the hanging coffins. This landmark is an unusual sight - coffins nailed into boulders - an ancient tradition practiced by the Igorot Tribe in the Norther Philippines. 

We took off in the morning, and after a visit to the large cathedral like church, we headed into the jungle path towards the hanging coffins and a series of waterfalls and rice fields. After our day we relaxed with a glass of local rice wine in a small restaurant. 

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Bago

On our way back from Golden Rock we explored the city of Bago - the Pagodas, the Royal Palace, and everything in between. 

...but before we reached Bago we stopped off at a local Pamelo Farm where farmers were growing and harvesting large grapefruit like fruits - which by the way were super yummy and beautiful in color! We also made a pit stop into a local village situated on the side of the river where we wandered over a rickety bamboo bridge to join in on village life. Many of the villagers were mingling about over conversation and the sale of piles and piles of small dried fish. 

After several other small detours we reached the city of Bago, about an hour outside of Yangon, for an afternoon of exploration! From golden stupas to larger than life buddha sculptures, and stunning royal architecture we took in many sights over the course of several hours. Before heading back to Yangon we stopped for our first truly local lunch experience - half of which we didn't know quite what we were consuming! 

 

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