Los Baños

Named after the Spanish word for "bath,’ Los Baños is a popular weekend getaway for locals living in the Metro Manila area because of its close proximity, its hot springs, and its generally cleaner environment. The town is home to many natural sights, like the Dampalit Falls and Mount Makiling.

The Dampalit Falls are surrounded by lush greenery and rock formations, as well as a variety of picnic tables that visitors can rent for a fee. You can submerge yourself here, but be careful as the terrain can be quite rocky.

Los Baños is also home to the majestic Mount Makiling. The mountain, actually a dormant volcano, is said to have been named after Maria Makiling, a guardian spirit. The mountain is found within a forest reserve, currently being looked after by the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños and the area is a good place for hiking, bird watching, and camping.

The highest point of Mount Makiling is called Peak II and the easiest route is via a trail in UP Los Baños. This route will take you around five hours to complete and allows you to see the various natural sights that Makiling has to offer, like the Mud Springs and the Flat Rocks.

Also found in the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve is the Makiling Botanic Gardens. The gardens serve both as a research facility and a recreational area. Here you can find the various flora and fauna that Laguna has to offer. You can also have picnics here with your family and friends.

Another place of significance in the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve is the National Arts Center, whose main theatre, the Tanghalang Maria Makiling, offers a panoramic view of Los Baños and the rest of Laguna.

There are a number of research facilities at UP Los Baños that also serve as museums. There’s the International Rice Research Institute, which is the largest and most comprehensive museum in the world on the subject of rice. There’s also the Museum of Natural History, which houses more than 200,000 biological and zoological specimens.

Los Baños is also known for its sweets. There’s the tasty buko pie, a pastry made out of young coconuts, and espasol, a sticky rice cake dusted with coconut powder. You can easily find these anywhere in Los Baños, from the small sari-sari stores on the side of the road to the groceries in the malls.

With its rich natural resources, Los Baños definitely is an oasis for those hoping to get away from the busy city life.

Top Rated Restaurants in Los Baños Browse All

  1. Bonitos
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    21 Reviews View
  2. Mer-Nel's Place
    4.5 Stars
    Bakery
    15 Reviews View
  3. Gastronomeats
    4.5 Stars
    Diner
    7 Reviews View
  4. The Original Buko Pie Bakeshop
    4.5 Stars
    Bakery
    10 Reviews View
  5. Anyummmet Bagnet
    5.0 Stars
    Deli
    5 Reviews View
  6. Yigo's Dough Box
    4.5 Stars
    Frozen Yogurt
    5 Reviews View
  7. Joe's Italian Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    5 Reviews View
  8. Faustina’s
    4.0 Stars
    International
    12 Reviews View
  9. Mio Cantina
    5.0 Stars
    Asian
    3 Reviews View
  10. Bugong Roast Chicken
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    9 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Los Baños Browse All

  1. 88 Hotspring Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    14 Reviews View
  2. R&R Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  3. Splash Mountain Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  4. Splash Suites Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  5. Maria's Edge Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  6. Forest Club Eco Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  7. Laresio Lakeside Resort & Spa
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  8. La Roca De Trinidad Hot Spring Resort
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  9. Doña Jovita Garden Resort
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  10. Duplex Plus Hot Spring Resort
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View

Top Rated Places in Los Baños Browse All

  1. Bonitos
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    21 Reviews View
  2. Mer-Nel's Place
    4.5 Stars
    Bakery
    15 Reviews View
  3. 88 Hotspring Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    14 Reviews View
  4. Gastronomeats
    4.5 Stars
    Diner
    7 Reviews View
  5. The Original Buko Pie Bakeshop
    4.5 Stars
    Bakery
    10 Reviews View
  6. Anyummmet Bagnet
    5.0 Stars
    Deli
    5 Reviews View
  7. Yigo's Dough Box
    4.5 Stars
    Frozen Yogurt
    5 Reviews View
  8. Joe's Italian Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    5 Reviews View
  9. Faustina’s
    4.0 Stars
    International
    12 Reviews View
  10. R&R Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View