The place is good but it needs plenty of improvement. The place is labeled “village” and “garden in the sky” which can be both misleading. I hope the management will add more elements for it to have an authentic village feel. For the garden part, I hope to see more flowers or perhaps even strawberries and vegetables along the trails. Nevertheless, I and my daughter enjoyed the place.
Here are 10 activities to enjoy if you are planning to visit Tam-awan Village
1. Trek your way up– I have read some reviews and some were disappointed because of the “unexpected trekking”. If you are a fun of trekking, this place is for you. It is best to go there during a week of sunny weather because the trail gets slippery when it rains. Wear rubber shoes and don’t bring heavy stuff.
2. Enter some of the huts– They allow you to go inside the huts to experience what it feels like to be inside a dwelling place of the Igorots in the past.
3. Watch Swimming Koi Fish in the pond. – Just a few meters from the entrance is a pond full of gigantic colorful koi fish.
4. Look at (or buy) art exhibits made by Cordilleran artists- Tam-awan is home to several forms of artistic masterpieces made by local artists.
5. Watch cultural dances– At various times, I’m not sure if there is a definite schedule, performers dance some of the traditional dances in the Cordillera.
6. Join the cultural dance. – At the end of the presentation, guests are invited to join the dance. You can even try to play the traditional instruments.
7. Have a portrait sketch as your souvenir. You can have your portrait drawn by an artist at the rate of 100 for black and white solo portrait and 150 for a colored solo portrait. A couple black and white portrait costs 300 while colored costs 350.
8. “Dwell” inside the nipa hut. You can fully experience it for a day at a rate of 500 per day.
9. Enjoy a bonfire inside the village. Between 6-11 pm, you can go ahead and warm yourself up with a bonfire. You just have to pay 120.
10. Eat at the Nearby Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant\. While you are there, do not miss the chance to try this diner. It was my husband’s favorite part of the Tam-awan trip. Their menu consists of authentic Ibaloi dishes. I tried their mix-mix, grilled pork, and pinikpikan; I loved them all. Their watercress salad and pak-pako salad are also delightful. A bonus to the appealing food experience is the exquisite ambiance of the restaurant.
Have you been to Tam-awan Village? Tell me about your experience in the comment section.