Puerto Princesa, Palawan is popular for its gorgeous beaches, so one fun way to spend a day in Puerto Princesa is to board a boat from Honda Bay pier and hop from one island to another. Island hopping tours are available from tour operators, but tourists can also opt to hire tricycles to bring them to Honda Bay. Sometimes, the best tour guides are tricycle drivers. It’s best to start island hopping very early in the morning to see the sun rise from the horizon, and also to have more time exploring more islands. Continue reading Island Hopping Via Honda Bay
Although I’m still biased towards Eng-Bee-Tin when it comes to hopia, Baker’s Hill in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, was still a good visit for me. I was much impressed by the homey and relaxing feel of the gardens of this bakeshop. Baked products are good too. Baker’s Hill specializes in hopia, but what I liked most was their pizza. Continue reading On Baker’s Hill, We Chill — Puerto Princesa, Palawan
People craving for Vietnamese cuisine will have their fix in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. I love Vietnamese food, and I was just so happy that in Puerto Princesa, tourists can have a taste of authentic Vietnamese dishes.
Of course, Vietnamese cuisine are also available in Metro Manila, but the price is a bit too unjustified. In Puerto Princesa, you can fill your hunger for Vietnamese food for less than a hundred pesos. Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) costs around 60 pesos in Puerto Princesa Vietnamese restaurants.
What’s good about it is that the food is prepared by Vietnamese migrants or second-generation Vietnamese, children of those who came to the island of Palawan after fleeing Vietnam by boat during the Vietnam War.
Some Vietnam War migrants made Puerto Princesa their home. One of the city tour attractions in Puerto Princesa is Vietville, a community of Vietnamese migrants created by the city government to welcome the refugees. At present time, there are only a few left of the original settlers, after the United States offered them an opportunity to permanently reside in America. Some of them have fled back to their home country. Still, some of the migrants chose to stay in the Philippines as they have grown to love the Puerto Princesa community.
We didn’t get to visit Vietville due to time constraints, but we tried Rene’s Saigon Restaurant, which is located within Puerto Princesa city proper, near our hotel. Rene’s Saigon Restaurant is also only a few minutes away from Puerto Princesa airport.
Food served at these Vietnamese restaurants are comparable to the pho with herbs and spices, French baguettes, spring rolls, rice meals, and other Vietnamese cuisines that tourists enjoy when in Vietnam. In a way, this was reminiscent of my visit to Ho Chi Mihn, Vietnam, and an interesting and pleasant detail of the past friendly relationship between the Philippines and Vietnam.