Palawan International Circuit (Go Kart Racing) | Things to do in Puerto Princesa City-Palawan
|Open:||Tue - Sun, 9am - 6pm|
|Address:||Employee Village, Brgy. Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan|
|Fee:||P250/5 laps and P500/10 laps for the fun kart; P1,500/20 laps on the racing kart.|
One of the oldest and highly esteemed traditions in Palawan is crafting colorfully designed hand-loomed products. Over the centuries, the tradition has been passed on from one generation to another, and can be witnessed firsthand in this workshop. Local craftsmen are happy to teach visitors how to manually loom indigenous fibers such as abaca, tikog, and vetiver grass as part of continuous rolls of mats, which are later shaped into useful products. Visitors can also try out weaving themselves using the foot-treadle floor loom. It's a physically and mentally engaging experience that requires coordination of the eyes, hands, and feet. Next to the workshop is a souvenir shop selling various handwoven products such as handbags, laptop bags, purses, sleeping mats, slippers, and folders. Other unique products sold here include civet coffee, which is considered the world's most flavorful coffee, and rice coffee and turmeric tea.
It is called “GREEN CITY HALL” because of its sustainable and environmentally-friendly design. The entire complex has a 3,000-capacity convention center and a four-storey City Hall w/ its own waste water treatment facility, solar panels, roof garden, generator, and power supplies accessories. The design allows for the use of natural light and ventilation which makes it more energy efficient. The design also follows the natural topography and contour of the hill, reducing the negative impact on the environment. The complex was designed by Jose Danilo Silvestre, the Dean of UP Diliman's College of Architecture.
The butterfly garden is designed to broaden travelers' appreciation and knowledge on the most beautiful insects there are, the butterflies. It houses a wide range of butterfly species, as well as other interesting and rare insects such as the stag beetles and stick insects. Other animals such as scorpions, geckos, and millepedes, as well as endemic ones such as the Palawan bear cat, Philippine saltwater crocodile, Palawan peacock pheasant, can also be sighted here. At the back part of the garden is a special area dedicated to one of the oldest inhabitants of the island of Palawan, the Palaw'an indigenous people. In this man-made village, travelers are educated about this group's ancient language (Palaw'an paleograph), traditional musicology, and modes of hunting animals in the forest—their accuracy in using poisoned blow darts is very interesting. A souvenir shop nearby allows them to sell some of the local handicrafts they make such as baskets, mats, and other woodworks.
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!
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.
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.
Where to stay
Unwind and get close to nature at this lodge in Puerto Princesa. This place invites you to take a breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still offering you the basic amenities you need. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure, in a new town or a quiet respite from your busy schedule, this relaxing getaway has you covered.
Unwind and get close to nature at this resort in Puerto Princesa City. This place invites you to take a breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still offering you the basic amenities you need. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure, in a new town or a quiet respite from your busy schedule, this relaxing getaway has you covered.
Balay Tuko Garden Inn has a modern Zen design with a touch of colonial style and Balinese shingles on the roof. The garden is landscaped with local flora to enhance the tropical feel of the place. If you wake up early then you could see squirrels, butterflies and a variety of birds from the acacia and tamarind trees on the property.
Getting there and around
Employee Village, Brgy. Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City, PalawanGet directions