VIETNAMESE VILLAGE IN PUERTO PRINCESA CITY
During the fall of South Vietnam from the Viet Congs in 1975 , thousands of Vietnamese refugees fled to the neighboring countries in Asia.
Thousands of refugees came and arrived in Palawan to take shelter. But it was in 1996 that the refugees were allowed to go back to Vietnam where many of them migrated to the United States and other western countries. Almost 2,000 refugees were left in Palawan after that.
It was through the effort of the Roman Catholic Church that this village was built in 1997. This 13-hectare “Viet Ville” housed almost 2,000 Viet refugees. The village originally contained 200 cottages, a vast playground for the kids, complete with a basketball court, a Roman Catholic Chapel and a Buddhist temple.
As time went by many of the refugees left the village and the place started getting emptier. Now hardly anyone is living there anymore and people that visit the place call the village a ghost town. The houses are deteriorating and although they are trying to maintain it a little. It has had its best time. There is not a lot of things going on there except with Viet Ville Restaurant. That seems to be doing a good business. The restaurant is busiest during the weekends.
Eventually, Vietnamese started to settle and started to mix with community. Some of them started their own business outside Others got married and started their own family with a Filipino spouse.
Today you can still find some influences of Vietnamese people settling in Palawan. Their dishes have become part of the Palawan snack or meal time. There are many Vietnamese noodle houses scattered across Puerto Princesa and Palawan bearing their trademark. These restaurants are know as Chaolong. In these restaurants they serve things like Vietnamese soups, rolls, French Bread sandwiches and other Vietnamese dishes that is very popular in Puerto Princesa and in Palawan.
Location: Barangay Sta. Lourdes
Travel Time: About 50-60 minutes from Puerto Princesa Downtown
Fare: Php25- Php35 (Jeepney/Multicab) from the City proper
Taken from www.travelinpalawan.com