Blogs from Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines, Asia


Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa March 1st 2017

Bad bugs = sand flies. These tiny little evil black dots can barely be seen but they suck your blood and leave itchy welts. We read that the female can burrow under your skin and lay its eggs. Lovely! Good bugs = fireflies. These little flying bugs don't bite or sting. They hang out after dark, lighting up the trees like Christmas lights. We ran into both kinds within a day of each other. We booked two nights at the Astoria hotel, four hours South along the coast from El Nido. At $100 a night, it was by far the fanciest place we'd stayed on the entire trip, but we just did it for the kids as a special treat. They couldn't care less about an expensive hotel room (and frankly neither could I) but the ... read more
The water playground that closed as we arrived! 😡
Water park
Looking wistfully at the forbidden slides!

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa January 14th 2017

13-15 th Jan My heart skipped a little beat when I woke up and realised I didn't have to do another boat trip - those that know me know, and we were returning to a lovely room where I could get clean and dry! That aside it was up to the Terminal to catch the mini van at 10.30 am for PP. We arrived in plenty of time and were joined by a young Canadian lass and an older English man, we were told to get on board but the first row of seats were reserved hmm????? Anyway we piled in and waited and soon a group of 5 Americans arrived, 2 couples where both wives were originally from the Philippines and one son. One couple got the first row seats, ok..... Then all hell broke ... read more
Road back from El Nido
Puerto Princessa
Puerto Princessa - Board Walk

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa January 11th 2017

Suzanne here... I could easily have spent one more night in El Nido. But most of the hotels were booked up and we couldn't face slogging around looking for a room. Alhough there isn't that much to do in Puerto Princesa, the hotels are better value. So we decided to go back and treat ourselves to a nicer hotel there. The van from El Nido dropped us off directly at our hotel. This always makes a huge difference, saving loads of time and hassle, so we were grateful. We pulled up into a wide driveway, next to a little fountain. Behind us we could hear mutterings of "well this definitely isn't ours" and "ooh, this is really nice". This was gratifiying as it's usually us who says this about other people's hotels, while we're the ones ... read more
Puerto Princesa - Rizal Avenue
Puerto Princesa - Cathedral
Puerto Princesa - Cathedral

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa January 5th 2017

Flew in to Peurto Princessa in Palawan Island from Manila stopover late afternoon. Picked up at airport and taken to our little home in the burbs. Helpful and kind people. Everyone calls you "sir' and Ma'am" with every comment. I guess an American influence. Walked the 15mins to town and so witnessed PP as the sun went down: Chaotic, bustling, madly busy with motorbikes, motorbike taxis (motorbikes with a carriage seat attached on the side for passengers) kids playing basketball in the court right on the main street; lots of banks; fast food joints like Jollibees and McDonalds (high up above the other stores on the street); and dogs, dogs, dogs...and cats. Saw some pretty horrible sights which aren't worth mentioning but nothing compared to what I have seen in other SEAsian countries concerning dogs. Generally, ... read more
PP main street
PP Night Market promenade set up fro Christmas

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa January 4th 2017

After a short flight from Macau we arrived in Manila, the scary city, late at night and the airport was bedlam with a few well dodgy characters hanging about. Still we found an ATM to get some pesos out and thankfully our lift (arranged through the flat we had booked) was waiting at the appointed place, we were then bundled into a minibus and driven off at high speed, me feeling rather uncomfortable about this, we were whisked away down back streets, across train tracks, through a garage and had absolutely no idea where we were as it was pitch black. The van suddenly turned into a block of flats and drove 2 floors up a ramp and stopped. We were then handed over to two children and taken up in a lift. It was all ... read more
Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour
Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour
Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa May 16th 2016

*waiting to hear back from support on fixing the picture uploader. Sorry.* That small van might have been crammed but I am thankful we did it. After 2 stops in Puerto Princesa it was down to Calvin and I and the 2 Swedish ladies. The driver was having a hell of a time trying to find our hostel, Banwa Art House. After stopping 3 different times someone finally informed him that it burned down. Another Lonely Planet fail. We ended up staying at Your Space with the Swedish girls for 250 pesos each, a night. We were in the dorms the first night, but were asked to move to a private room so "you and your husband can have private time." I asked her if it would still be 500 pesos, she said "no, 700 pesos." ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa November 8th 2015

I flew into Manila, Philippines yesterday. An early morning flight this morning brought me to the island of Palawan in the Philippines. Palawan was just named for the second year in a row as the best island in the world by Conde Nast so my expectations are high. My Gadventures group and I walked through a local market where locals were selling all sorts of fruit, vegetables and raw meat including chicken, pork and loads of fresh fish. We went to the Iwahig Penal Colony where the prisoners have a lot of freedom to wander outside of the prison grounds, farm the land, and have jobs. They had minimum to maximum security prisoners housed there. On the way there our guide said 'you cannot take pictures of the inmates but you can take pictures of the ... read more
Dancing inmates

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