Sabangan is one of the less-famous places in the Philippines. I, for one, only learned about its existence when we were looking for a couchsurfer host in or near Sagada, who could show us the beautiful art that we were too sure the Mountain Province has. We found Russell, who, upon reading his profile, made both Tara and me didn’t want to pass the chance of meeting. And, Russell, Sabangan, and the other places Russell brought us to proved to be a lovely eye-opener for us.
There are a couple of ways to go to Sabangan from Manila. The easiest, based on our research would be to:
- Take a bus to Bontoc. You can take the Cable Tours bus (+63.918.521.6790), which would get you to Bontoc in 12 hours. The bus ride would cost you Php 600.00. I suggest that you buy your tickets a few days before your trip to be sure that you have a seat on the date of your departure.
- Take a bus to Sabangan. You can find the terminal near the highway. This would cost you Php 20.00.
If you wish to follow how we did it and perhaps experience the things we had the honor of experiencing, here’s how we got to Sabangan:
- Take a bus to Tabuk. We chose to ride Victory Liner Kamias and paid Php 569.00 per person. We took the 7 PM trip and arrived in Tabuk at around 5:30 AM the following day. There are two bus lines that can get you to Tabuk, Cable Tours and Victory Liner Kamias. But, because I’m used to taking Victory Liner whenever I go to Baguio or Manaoag, Tara and I chose the latter. To ensure, as much as possible, that our trip would go as planned, we bought the tickets the night before. This turned out to be a good thing because, upon arrival in Tinglayan, we found out that there were three (3) others who were also planning to go to Kalinga that day but were not able to buy tickets to Tabuk.
- Take a jeepney to Tinglayan. From what I understand, there are a couple of jeepneys that would take you to Tinglayan, which leaves at between 8 AM and 10 AM. Since trips to Tinglayan are limited, the drivers would usually wait for the jeepneys to be full, complete with top load. We paid Php 120.00 each for the fare.
- Stay in Tinglayan for a night or a couple of days to visit IP communities and/or Fang-od!
- Take a jeepney to Bontoc. There are about three (3) trips from Tinglayan to Bontoc in a day. Based on experience, though, there’s no specific time of departure so to be more realistic when planning, I suggest that you confirm with your guide or the hotel or the local you’re staying with the schedule of the trips to Bontoc, at least a day before your departure. We paid Php 20.00 each.
- Take a bus to Sabangan. You can tell the driver of your jeepney to Bontoc that you would want to alight at the bus terminal going to Sabangan. Buses to Sabangan leave every hour until about 3 PM. We paid Php 20.00 each.
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