Coron Palawan trips are typically mostly island hopping tours simply because Coron is home to some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches and corals. Half the beauty of Coron is beneath the water’s surface. Coron Palawan is a treat to travelers who are into snorkeling, diving, and nature tripping. We joined an organized island hopping tour to explore the different islands of Coron on our first day on the island. Continue reading Coron Island Hopping Tour, Coron Palawan
On our trip to Coron, Palawan, we tried two different ways of exploring the Calamianes group of islands. First, we joined an organized tour via a tour operator. We chose to book with Calamianes Expeditions & EcoTours since it seems to offer relatively cheap island hopping tours. On the next day, we decided to try a DIY (do-it-yourself) island hopping tour of Coron’s islands. Continue reading Coron Do-It-Yourself Island Hopping Tour
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.