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Puerto Princesa City Tour, Palawan

On our Puerto Princesa trip, we allocated one day to tour around the city. Travel agencies usually offer Puerto Princesa City tours, which include air-conditioned transport service. We felt it better to do a city tour aboard a tricycle, which is much cheaper and simpler.

Puerto Princesa city tour

Tricycle drivers usually offer tourists their own version of Puerto Princesa city tours. One advantage is you have full control of the time you can spend at a certain tourist spot you are fancy,  not like when you join a group of tourists on a day tour where time spent at tourist spots are limited.

We also did our island hopping tour from Honda Bay via tricycle, which made the trip way cheaper. For a half-day city tour, tricycles charge 500. Beyond that time, it’s 700 pesos.

The usual city tour of Puerto Princesa takes tourists to Mitra’s Farm, Baker’s Hill, Crocodile Farm, Viet Ville, and a trip to the souvenir shops in the city.

Mitra's Farm, Puerto Princesa city tour
View of the city from Mitra's Farm

Mitra’s Farm is located on a hill, thus giving visitors a great view of the city. We didn’t linger much at Mitra’s Farm, instead, we spent more time at Baker’s Hill, which was a very relaxing, restful place. Baker’s Hill offers great-tasting hopia and other baked products. Read more about Baker’s Hills.

Hopia and pizza from Baker's Hill, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Crocodile Farm is also part of typical Puerto Princesa City tours. At the crocodile farm, visitors learn about crocodiles in general, what they eat and how they behave. Tourists also learn about the processes involved in breeding crocodiles for commercial use. At the end of the crocodile farm tour, visitors can take pictures of themselves with baby crocodiles. More on Crocodile Farm in Puerto Princesa.

Crocodile Farm, Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa City tours also include a visit to Viet Ville, a community of Vietnamese people, mostly second-generation of those who came to Palawan during the Vietnam War in the 1970s. We didn’t get to visit Viet Ville, but we still got good Vietnamese food treat courtesy of Rene’s Saigon Restaurant, which is in the Puerto Princes city proper.

Rene's Saigon Restaurant, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Rene's Saigon Restaurant in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

We ended the day with a visit to souvenir shops in the city. The shops have everything a tourist would look for: affordable souvenir shirts and other clothes, Palawan delicacies, pearls and jewelries.

Island Hopping Via Honda Bay

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

On Baker’s Hill, We Chill — Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Baker's Hill, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Hopia and pizza from Baker's Hill, Puerto Princesa, Palawan 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

Sample Vietnamese Food in 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.

Rene's Saigon Restaurant, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Rene's Saigon Restaurant in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

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.