Over the years I have used the services of the excellent Arnold Sanchez (Tourist Driver Manila) many times for visiting places such as Pagsanjan Falls, Tagaytay and more. I've been so happy with his services that I keep booking his services when visiting Manila.
Most recently I asked Arnold to organise a short tour of the Banaue Rice Terraces region. This has been on my bucket list for some time
This tour was 5D 4N in a comfortable and roomy Toyota Innova. As there was only two of us we had plenty of room to stretch out. Although the drive was around 10 hours, we were very comfortable and the time flew as we had regular sightseeing stops to keep us interested as well as regular toilet and meal breaks.
I liked that Arnold is friendly and a good safe driver which at times can be a lottery in the Philippines with some speeding and driving recklessly and overtaking on blind corners.
Our 5D 4N tour started in Banaue for 2N then on to Sagada for 1N and then Baguio for 1N. What I liked is that the return to Manila via Baguio encompasses a different route with different scenery and allowed us to visit Baguio a place we haven't visited for over 30 years.
Arnold found us excellent accomodation in each location.
The Banaue Hotel was where we stayed in Banaue. It was the best on offer and had cultural dancing in the lobby. Don't expect any luxury accomodation in Banaue however the accomodation was basic but it was totally acceptable.
The Sagada Log Cabin was our excellent accomodation in Sagada and only had one room . We were only able to secure this room as Arnold had an excellent relationship with them.
In Baguio as we arrived late and were there only to sleep and sightsee on the way home in the morning I asked Arnold to recommend budget accomodation. He chose Holiday Park which was a gem for budget accomodation and was under 2000Php per night including breakfast.
All our dinner options chosen by Arnold were excellent with the standouts were Sagada Log Cabin, Yoghurt House and Hill Station in Baguio where I had an amazing "tender" steak which is a rarity in the Philippines.
We also visited the amazing Batad Rice Terraces and spent time in Bontoc.
I see from Tourist Driver's website he has now expanded his services to Palawan and Cebu/Bohol regions.
He is extremely knowledgeable and honest and you really can't go wrong with his services. Most importantly he always has his customers interests at heart.
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