Monday, September 16, 2013

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Explore the City of the Last Frontier

"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us."


One of my travel must-do is to strike out Palawan from my bucket list. This year, I'll have a back-to-back trip to the renowned beautiful island of Palawan. First off from the list is the island's capital city, PUERTO PRINCESA. My sister and I had a super duper busy schedule at work. Nevertheless, we didn't cuckoo nor back out at the last minute, but instead we excitedly hopped on to the plane despite that we only had 4-hours sleep on the night before our morning flight.

GETTING THERE
It's not difficult to get there to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Airliners in the Philippines offer frequent flights to Palawan. Upon arriving at the airport, you may take a motor cab or hire a van. Be sure to inquire too from the hotel/guest house, where you are staying, whether they offer a pick-up/drop-off service to the airport. 
ACCOMODATION
Puerto Princesa is a tourist hub, as such finding a good accomodation is easy breezy. There's a lot of hotels and guest houses in this city. In our case, we have booked our stay at Ysabelle Mansion
Address: 214 Abad Santos Extension, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Phone: (048) 723-0992
This is very near the airport, but far away from the city's main road. I find the guest house a bit far for comfort to go back after a late night out. 
GOOD EATS
If you are looking for a dining experience in Puerto Princesa; then, there's Kalui and Itoy's Specialty Coffee Shop. These shops have a wonderful ambiance, but if you are looking for  a really good food; then, this is not the place to be in my opinion. If you are on a budget, just head on over to the regular and known fast food shops like Jollibee or Chowking. 

Until now, I can still distinctly remember the delicious baguette from my Vietnam-Cambodia travel. So when I hear that Puerto Princesa also have "hole-in-the-wall" restaurants run by Vietnamese-Filipino nationals, my Palawan trip cannot end without having a good fill of Vietnamese noodles and baguette. One that is quite near to the place we stayed is Bona's Chaolong. It is a "carenderia" style restaurant that is neatly tucked in the middle of the city's residential area. The baguette cannot be at par from the authentic one in Vietnam, but it is not that bad either. To get there, just hire a motor cab and tell "manong" driver to take you to Manalo Street. 
INSIDER TIP
Many say Palawan can be conquered at least in 3 individual trips: Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron. After my Puerto Princesa trip, I think Puerto Princesa and El Nido can be hit in one travel for 5 days. 
RETAIL THERAPY
Don't forget to get yourself some cashew nuts. Yum at affordable prices. 
WHERE AND WHAT TO DO
City tour: Baker Hill, Crocolandia, Mitra Farm, local shops, etc. 
Bay Walk at night 

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