View of Banaue City

Banaue Rice Terraces: Story of the Ancient Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces, a must-visit place in Philippines. The time I found this place on internet, I knew that this place shall not be missed during my trip in Philippines. Located in the province of Ifugao around 8 hours drive from Manila, a small city with those surreal rice terraces carved on the mountain appeals to whoever visits this place.

How to Go to Banaue Rice Terraces

Ohayami Bus and Florida Bus have daily schedule from Manila direct to Banaue. Ohayami Bus departs at 10 p.m. and 10.15 p.m. (PHP 450). If you wish to get day bus, you can take day bus to Baguio and from Baguio to Banaue. Both terminals are located in corner of Fajardo and Lacson Street, Sampaloc.

Trip to Hapao Rice Terraces

First thing we did upon our arrival in Banaue was looking for a place to eat. Taking a night bus especially with narrow seat somehow drained my energy. We went to tourist information center, right in front where the bus stopped and paid PHP 20 each person for the conservation fee.

A short walk to the main area and we found a restaurant with a very nice view of the town. There were some guides offering their services but we denied them all. Our first plan was just walking to Banaue view point which is about an hour walk from the city and we thought we could do it by ourselves. Then a guide came by and offered us a trip to Hapao Rice Terraces. We looked at the picture and it’s pretty nice, so why not. The guide agreed PHP 700 for round trip to Hapao and Banaue View Point by tricycle.

Hapao Rice Terraces
Hapao Rice Terraces
View of Hapao Rice Terraces
The view of Hapao Rice Terraces

For about an hour, we suffered from the road condition which was mostly still unpaved yet. Apparently the road was under construction, even some parts of the road was muddy. Hapao Rice Terraces is under different village called Hungduan. It’s about an hour ride by tricycle.

Visitors have to pay again for PHP 10 each person. Some viewpoints of the rice terraces are good enough to capture the beauty. For me Hapao Rice Terrace is not as impressive as the picture. Banaue Rice Terraces and Batad Rice Terraces are more captivating. There’s a hotspring near Hapao Rice Terraces but we skipped that.

Next, our driver took us to Banaue View Point. Banaue Rice Terraces were there for about 2000 years, showing the high skill of ancient Ifugaos building the rice terrace on the mountain. No wonder it’s listed by UNESCO as one of the world heritage site. There are still some elders of Ifugaos wearing traditional clothes in the view point. You may take their pictures and give some donations to them.
Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Viewpoint
The viewpoint

Where to Stay in Banaue

-Randy’s Brookside Inn (PHP 400/room) : +63 917-577-2010, email:

Banaue Homestay (PHP 500/room): +63 92 02787 328, email:

There is a culture show held every night around 7 p.m. in the public market. You shouldn’t miss it!

ifugao people in banaue 

Traveled in 7-10 February 2014

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2 responses to “Banaue Rice Terraces: Story of the Ancient Rice Terraces”

  1. doYoucalm Avatar

    Wow, you have a great taste of choosing travel destination. Never thought to go to Philippines before. Keep Walking!

  2. Velysia Zhang Avatar

    Philippines is amazing. One of my favorite country. You should check it out!

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