Rene's Saigon | Things to do in Puerto Princesa City-Palawan
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|Address:||Rizal Avenue Extension, Brgy. Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan|
Visitors of all ages are bound to learn something new about one of our country's darkest moments once they set foot in the Special Battalion World War II Memorial Museum along Rizal Avenue. It was established in memory of Dr. Higinio Mendoza, the local hero that sparked the first guerilla warfare against Japanese forces. Inside, various war memorabilia such as uniforms, artillery, and even vehicles are on display alongside markers that honor the brave men who died while in action.
A trip to Puerto Princesa wouldn't be complete without tasting the Tamilok. This worm-looking creature is actually a mollusk that thrives on rotten mangrove wood. It is usually eaten as a ceviche—soaked fresh in vinegar and lime juice. Those with stronger stomachs can opt to eat it raw, however. It can also be grilled or dipped in batter and deep-fried. Its texture can be described as soft, slimy, and very chewy. Most restaurants have this in their menu, but for travelers who want it newly harvested, the people behind the Mangrove Paddleboat Tour can find one for you. Just let them know a day in advance.
These delicious, hearty nuts can be found in either roasted, salted, or chili flavor in the local market and souvenir shops. You can get a glimpse on how these are manually produced in the backyard of humble and cheerful women in Barangay San Jose. The best time to buy cashews are when they are in season, between May and June.
Things to do nearby
Make the most of your trip to wonderful Puerto Princesa, and go on an adventure before heading to one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Explore its rich city with an airdonditioned service and a trusty tour gruide. Eat delicious homey food from local restaurants. Go island-hopping at Honda Bay and enjoy the colors of the ocean at sunset. Then, go kayaking to the wondrous Underground River. Here in Explora, our partner travel and tours are screened to deliver the top services we can find in the Philippines. Secure your slots in advance for these can soon become fully-booked!
WILD Expeditions in Palawan is a local tour operator that specializes in nature-themed activities from simple trekking tour to more complex expeditions trips and wildlife documentaries including birdwatching, marine mammals search, herpwatch, wildlife photography (macro, birds, mammals, etc.), remote wildlife expedition trips and more.
Midsummer Night’s Dream is Palawan’s biggest outdoor dance music festival, taking place during Puerto Princesa’s annual Pangalipay sa Baybay Celebration. it is the highlight event in Palawan every summer and comes built in with travel packages to further promote tourism.
Where to stay
Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa offers an exceptional escape into the Philippine’s last frontier. The 4-hectare oceanfront property is perfectly located approximately 5-minutes away from Puerto Princesa International Airport. Here, detached from the places of bustling activity, one can completely break away from all their stresses and take that well-deserved luxury. It is ideally located for both leisure and business travelers who want a taste of what Palawan has to offer, while taking pleasure from a variety of accommodations and services. Choose from our suites or water villas and indulge yourself.
The 78 room resort centers on its Asian-themed architecture infused with a native touch, which blends in completely with the foliage surrounding the resort. Immaculate, powdery white sand; crystalline blue waters; the crisp, salty tang in the air can be experienced at the tranquil ambiance at the sandbar. At Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa, getting away isn’t just a journey; it’s a beautiful escape.
Quick facts about Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa:
• 4 hectare oceanfront property
• Located 5 minutes away from Puerto Princesa International Airport
• 68 rooms and suites
• 10 water villas
• 4 restaurants and bars
• 1,640 sqm chlorine free swimming pool
• White sand at the sandbar
• Grand pillar-less ballroom that can sit up to 500 persons (banquet style)
• Function rooms that can sit up to 170 persons (banquet style)
• Chapel that can sit up to100 personsHilot Spa with 9 treatment
rooms with private shower. Treatments are inclusive of the use of
Sauna, steam and Jacuzzi
• Complimentary Recreational facilities for all guests: Kayak and stand- up paddle, biking, gym, billiards, darts, soccer table, seaside volleyball, jumbo chess, 9-hole mini golf, day-care center, art center
Situated in a 1,072 sqm of land. Ipil Suites Puerto Princesa comprises of four storey building with adjacent swimming pool and open garden at the 3rd floor.Comprises of forty rooms ranging from Standard to an exclusive Penthouse to suit different requirements. With Conference Hall and Gym so cater different needs.Is three minutes walk from the airport. Walking distance to the shops, bars and restaurants
Getting there and around
Rizal Avenue Extension, Brgy. Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa City, PalawanGet directions