The Cordillera: rice terraces and hanging coffins

Tired and grumpy from a ridiculously cold overnight bus (courtesy of the extreme air-con) we arrived in the small town of Banaue in the Cordillera region of North Luzon. Itself not much more than a collection of scrappy buildings tumbling down a mountainside. But, we weren’t there for the town but the surroundings. Behind the…

Q. What is the worst city we have visited?

A. Manila It didn’t start well as the taxi from the airport drove past numerous seedy bars full of old white men with young local women in very dodgy areas and when we got to the supposed ‘tourist area’, it looked like a bomb had hit it! Nevertheless, rather than move on straightaway, we elected…