I posted some questions a few days ago asking for advice on spending one week in the mountains in Northern Luzon. Thanks to those who replied. However, as much as I'd like to spend some time roaming around the cool high areas - particularly Sagada- I now realise that with only one week, this is fairly impractical. Given that it would take two days on the bus to get there (6-7 hours to Baguio and another similar journey to Sagada) and then would take another day to get to Vigan, the whole thing looks like it's too much for such a short stay even if I didn't include Vigan. So,alternatively, if I arrived in Manila and spent a couple of days there, would it be practical to spend the rest of the time somewhere like Taal or Tagaytay and use that for a base to do some walking and exploring? I looked at the possibility of just taking daytrips out of Manila, but from what I've read of the traffic, it seems that I might just spend most of my time in a car or bus leaving and returning to a Manila base. I'd be glad of some help in deciding whether it's even worth going for such a short time. I have only one week and live in Brisbane Australia - and am trying to avoid the monsoon season of south east Asia and so am looking for somewhere with some cool highlands and walking opportunities. I've already travelled to Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China and India - and am looking for a new desitination. Any help is appreicated. Hope to hear some good ideas - thanks in anticipation.