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5 refreshing campsites that are worth the drive from Manila

By Hannah Mallorca Published Apr 28, 2022 6:57 pm Updated Apr 28, 2022 6:57 pm

Close your eyes—picture the warm sunlight hitting your skin, breathing in the morning breeze, and inhaling the scent of fresh plants. Perhaps, this could be the sign you’re looking for to go camping. 

Camping with your loved one or friends is a fun yet peaceful way to get away from the city. It offers a change of scene, while still maintaining the excitement of activities from setting up a tent to hiking.

So, whether you love exploring the outdoors or you’re seeking a temporary moment of “entertaining” solitude from the Metro, these five campsites are a must-visit. Plus, they’re only a drive away from the metro. 

Bulod Campsite

Tanay, Rizal

Located within the Sierra Madre Mountain Range and Tinipak River, Bulod Campsite is a popular camping site for celebrities and those who are in the mood for adventure. The campsite is known for its picturesque hiking trail, coconut trees, and friendly tour guides.

The campsite also includes a mess hall for those who want to grab a bite before their morning hikes. Fun fact: It includes unlimited coffee for an all-around energy boost. If you’re looking to spend the night outside, you can buy a glamping tent for four that costs P6,000 per night. 

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Still not convinced? The camping site has been a favorite of notable celebrities like Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati. 

WK Forest Reserve and Campgrounds

Tanay, Rizal

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An old-school but goodie campsite, WK Forest Reserve and Campgrounds allows visitors to savor the night sky. What makes this spot unique is that it doesn’t offer fancy amenities—just a shower and a restroom. 

Be careful in driving to WK Forest Reserve, though, since you’ll pass through bumpy roads and rivers to get to the location. So, make sure to bring a heavy-duty vehicle like a 4x4 or a pick-up. 

Reserve a slot by sending a message to their official Facebook page.

Kampo Ni Juan

Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan

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Bali, Indonesia? Nope, it’s just Kampo Ni Juan located in Bulacan.

If you’re a camper who’s lazy to set up a tent, Kampo Ni Juan is a perfect place for you. The site offers a combination of old-school camping due to its limited facilities and updated fun due to its fun activities. Plus, it’s located near eye-catching tourist destinations like Gulod Paradise and Talon Pari Falls.

Interested? You can make a reservation through their Facebook page.

Kuta Bungliw Eco-Lodge and Campsite

General Nakar, Quezon Province

A campsite and eco-lodge in one, Kuta Bungliw is located in a remote area within the boundary of Quezon Province and Tanay, Rizal. The spot offers a breathtaking view of the nearby mountains and river—whether you’re relaxing in your tent or hiking with your friends.

Kuta Bungliw is heaven on earth for campers who love outdoor activities since it offers spots for trekking, hiking, and even bird-watching. Tents are available for rent, but you’re free to bring your own tents to the site. 

Reserve a slot by contacting 0977-399-6151 or reaching out to its Facebook page

Lambingan Hills

Taytay, Rizal

Another camping spot located in Rizal, Lambingan Hills is a secluded campsite that’s worth the hike. For starters, you need to walk about 10 to 15 minutes away from the parking area to reach the actual spot.

If you’re not fond of hiking, you can also bring your mountain bikes for a peaceful stroll around the area. Make sure to steer clear from rocky patches and big boulders along the way, though.

Message their Facebook page to reserve a slot and rent your own tent.