Baguio Warnings and Dangers
Your trip to Baguio should bring you memories of a lifetime. Unfortunately, there are some elements in the city that can ruin your trip – here’s what you should know.
Pickpocketing is a common occurrence in Baguio; some of the thieves are pretty bold. Always watch your bags closely and hold tight (won’t stop them from trying but you can better protect your possessions). Additionally, when visiting the Baguio Market watch out for pickpockets here too. Beware if you choose a boy or a girl out of a crowd of youngsters offering help to carry your bags, the children not chosen sometimes switch their talents to pickpocketing. Be attentive at all times!
Have you ever been fooled into staying at lodging inn or hotel because of a nice-looking website or a bogus review planted by the owner? Be careful, because some people have fallen victim to false advertising in Baguio and ended up being shown into dusty, rundown, dimly-it and odorous accommodations – with bugs! Thoroughly check out any place you are thinking of staying. Additionally, if you plan to visit during peak season, make your reservations well in advance. Hotels are fully booked during the popular months and you don’t want to end up at one of the aforementioned places.
Being at a high elevation, Baguio is generally foggy. Add to that the winding road on a steep side of the mountain (with sometimes falling boulders), visitors should take extra precaution when driving. Blowing the horn every now and then helps. Try to arrive and depart during daylight, especially during the months of May to late January. During these months the fog makes your vision so hazy you could hardly see the car just ahead of you. As an alternative, you can take one of the reliable public buses.
When walking on streets or in local parks, be careful of the slippery surfaces.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Baguio.