And so we’ve landed at the Philippines’ greenest and cleanest city, Puerto Princesa Palawan.
A very delayed post that I still want to share with you guys. I’ve been busy lately with writing about food, so it’s time to turn the clock arrow on my travel posts. To begin with, let me share with you my first time in Palawan with my favorite people, my family.

The Hotel

We arrived late in the afternoon at around 5pm. As soon as our plane landed, we proceeded to the baggage counter to grab our luggages. There wasn’t any waiting time for us since the van from Aziza Paradise Hotel was ready to pick us up.
In about 15 minutes from Palawan airport, we reached our lovely hotel destination. Went out of the van and my face was filled with excited emotions. Wow! Magnificent view of Aziza Paradise Hotel. My sister, O and I were adored our hotel in an instant!


Our room was located on the first floor facing the swimming area, which has immediate window door access to the pool. While in Palawan, this image was how our morning looked like.
Mom asked for the 2-bedroom Family Suite to fit in all 5 of us. Both bedrooms had a queen-sized bed but only 1 room had the view of the garden and swimming pool.
Outside 2 bedrooms was a neat dining table and a small living room with a couch.
A single restroom wasn’t ideal for all 5 of us but we survived taking turns to get a shower.
The hotel has practically everything we needed like vanity kits, bath towel, beach towel, toothbrush and toothpaste, hotel slippers, a mini bar, a fridge, hair dryer, daily newspaper and the most important companion for us, free Wi-Fi internet access!
The kids, I’m speaking about my sister Reine, O and myself, were torn between swimming or eating dinner. Parents set the next schedule to dinner instead and go on a dip if there’s still time at night.

Pho Saigon

Pho Saigon, the nearest Vietnamese cuisine near the hotel. Vietnamese cuisine in Palawan started from the Vietnamese who temporarily stayed in Palawan Refugee Camp, funded by the United Nations. Some of them moved back to Vietnam, some migrated to the USA and some Vietnamese chose to stay in the Philippines for the have fallen in love not only with the country but built their families here. Their influences were very strong, which resulted to numbers of Vietnamese restaurants in Palawan. One of them is Pho Saigon.
Pho Saigon welcomed our first night in Palawan with their healthy menu with a hint of sweetness and sourness.
Goi Cuon Thit Bo / Beef Fresh Roll (Php 80)
Rate: 4/5
Like in any other Vietnamese restaurants, I get myself a taste of freshness and the perfect symbol for Vietnamese cuisine is any of their Fresh Rolls. Beef and veggies wrapped and embraced by chewy rice paper. A memorable peanut sauce was given, a thick and sticky sauce for the fresh roll.
Pho Bo Kho / Beef Stew Noodles (Php 80)
Rate: 4/5
Tasted a little bit sour because of the lime we added. A lightweight bowl of chewy noodles and easy to chew beef slices.
Com Chien / Vietnamese Fried Rice (Php 50)
Rate: 4/5
Comparable to Chinese Yang Chow Fried Rice with its mixture of vegetables, egg sand meat. The rice turned out to be out of the place due to the line up of flavorful and savory dishes we ordered. Seemed like plain white rice was sufficient.
Ga Chien Mam / Fried Chicken in Special Sauce (Php 100)
Rate: 3/5
 A separate Vietnamese sauce was given to dress up the plain fried chicken. Sauce lied on the garlicky, sweet yet spicy blend. Practically gave the dull looking chicken a touch of Vietnamese.
Ga Xao Xa Ot / Chicken Lemon Grass (Php 80)
Rate: 4/5
A tangy lemongrass sauce that we all loved. The sauce alone gave us a sharp stab on our tongues. With the chicken and rice, the combination was a complete set of tasty Viet experience.
This private area was separated from the rows of tables and chairs in one big room.
*Travel TIP*
When you’re in Palawan, be sure to include a mosquito repellent spray or lotion in your bag. Mosquitoes are everywhere, flying around your legs and arms. To be sure of your safety, guard your health with a mosquito repellent product you trust.
We actually forgot to bring one for the family. Staying in a hotel near Robinsons Palawan became convenient for us.
As always, O cranks up my laughing mood! 🙂
A night of food and relaxation was just the start of our Palawan adventure.
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Aziza Paradise Hotel
Location: BM Road, Brgy. San Manuel, Puerto Princesa City 5300, Palawan, Philippines
Contact: (+63 48) 434-2405

E-mail: [email protected]

Budget: PHP3,000++
Pho Saigon
Location: North National Highway, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Budget: PHP100++

Food 9/10
Ambiance 8/10
Service 8/10
Cost 9/10
Overall 8.5/10