Spending an entire night sleeping on a marble floor with people constantly walking past is not my idea of fun. But if it means you’re transiting from Manila to Palawan I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Arriving in Puerto Princesa after this sleepless night was a shock to the system. The heat and humidity overwhelmed me as I tried to get my bearings in a sleep-deprived, zombie-like state. I felt dizzy trying to find my accommodation while being constantly hit by all the new sights and sounds.
After a mid-morning siesta and a swim in the pool at our resort (don’t judge us, after a year in Korea we deserve a bit of relaxing to start our three month trip of Southeast Asia), I was ready to take a stroll into town.
Puerto Princesa is more of a jump-off point than a tourist destination itself but it was still fun to explore and get a feeling for the Philippines. The Filipinos are incredibly happy, fun-loving people. The food is delightful and fresh. And after a year of abysmal sunsets (thanks to pollution and being on the east coast), it made my day to sit and watch this beautiful sunset while chatting with friendly locals.