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5 Places to Motorcycle to on a Weekend

May 15, 2011

My article Weekend Easy Riders on places you can motorcycle to from Manila on a weekend is out in today’s issue of SIM.

A lot of these are in the Rizal/Laguna area since it’s easy enough to drive to via the Marilaque route. Below are a few more photos of the places featured that didn’t make it to the magazine due to space constraints. Take note that travel times really vary on the routes you take, traffic and your speed.

Daranak and Batlag Falls

  • Location: Tanay, Rizal
  • Travel time: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Good for: swimming, picnics, sightseeing

Daranak Falls

Batlag Falls

Trivia: Daranak Falls has been featured in several local movies and TV shows, including OK Ka Fairy Ko! and Encantadia.

Kawayan Farm

  • Location: Km 63 East Road, Brgy. Halahayin, Pilila, Rizal
  • Travel time: 2 hours
  • Good for: sightseeing, dining, massage

Kawayan Farm

Sisig, Crispy Fried Hito and Kawayan Farm’s pet monkey

Trivia: House specialties in Kawayan Farm’s restaurant include labong (a spicy Bicol express Dish using bamboo shoots) and lumpia (an egg roll filled with lettuce and bamboo shoots.)

Paete, Laguna

  • Travel time: 2 hours
  • Good for: sightseeing, buying handicrafts, snacks
Ang Buhay at Hugis sa Paete , a shop selling papier-mache products

Figurine of a saint, Paete Church and a woodrcaft artist at work

Trivia: Artisans from Paete have produced sculptures, pulpits, murals and bas reliefs that are found in churches, palaces and museums all over the world including St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Caliraya Lake

  • Location: Cavinti, Laguna
  • Travel time: 2.5 hours
  • Good for: boating, fishing, overnight camping

The Alamat Crewsers on their way to CaliRana resort

Trivia: Caliraya lake’s surroundings have been compared to North American resorts because of the number of pine trees which were introduced by early developers to replace coconut trees, as well as the cool climate in the area. 

Pagsanjan Falls, Cavinti, Laguna

  • Travel time: 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Good for: sightseeing, boating
A small waterfall on the way to Pagsanjan, the gorge, and snacks for sale at a midway point 
Trivia: The last part of the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now directed by Francis Ford Copolla and set during the Vietnam War was shot in Pagsanjan Falls.

 If there are any riders out there who have suggestions on other destinations that would be great to visit via motorcycle, let me know!
6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 17, 2011 8:34 am

    i like this post. i just bought my scooter and im planning to travel around the country with it. Right now im still looking for places over the web to go to and this article is really helpful for me. Thank you for writing this informative article.

    • May 17, 2011 8:50 am

      hi joms! thanks for the comment. we also want to travel all around the country via motorcycle :p will be sure to post more of our motorcycle adventures soon🙂 enjoy your ride!

  2. June 8, 2011 2:14 am

    Wish I can get my butt on that machine. But am too old for that now. Armchair traveler here, riding with you. Keep going, keep cycling, keep writing!

    • June 8, 2011 2:41 am

      hi, thanks for dropping by the site!🙂 looks like you’ve already traveled all over based on your blog🙂

  3. August 14, 2011 11:26 am

    maganda pala ang Daranak kapag malakas ang tubig. nung pumunta ako dyan mahina na…ang lungkot

    • August 14, 2011 4:35 pm

      Hi Supertikoy. Will check when the best time to go to Daranak is. I’ve been to other falls that aren’t so great depending on the season and if it’s rainy, the water turns muddy. Batlag falls is really nice though.🙂

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