Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Philippines: Tagaytay

Tagaytay is another mountain town that draws people with its cool temperatures. Another draw is the view of Taal Lake and Taal volcano down below.

Overall all, it is a pleasant city. Although saying it is "probably the most pleasant city in Asia" (as per the link above) is a tad too much hyperbole. The biggest drawback for the backpacker/budget traveler is that the town is stretched out along the top of a mountain ridge. So from one end to the other is probably 10-15 kilometers. So unless you know where you are going, it is difficult to just wander around checking out the sites. Also, as it is a big tourist destination, the hotel prices are quite a bit higher. I was able to find a room for 1200 Pesos after several hours of looking around. Most of the hotels are 2000 Pesos and up.

There are a lot of good restaurants in town, but again, they're pretty much spread all along the ridge. Near one end of town is Picnic Grove Nature's Park. The view is worth the 50 Peso admission price. And check out the modest zip line which crosses over a small valley. There is also a hostel at the park, but I'm not sure what the price is. Probably cheaper than elsewhere in town.

If you want to a quick escape from the heat of Manila, Tagaytay is a good choice. Personally, I prefer Baguio, and the Mountain Province. But those are a little further than Tagaytay.

A view of the ridge

A view of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano

The zip line and gondola at Picnic Grove

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