Experience Vietnam - Viet Ville

23 June 2016 Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

On our second day in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, we had the chance to experience Vietnam and try out some Vietnamese cuisine at Viet Ville before heading to Nagtabon Beach. We arrived at 12 noon, and while waiting for our lunch to be served, we took this opportunity to tour the village.

Before roaming around the village, we first notified the restaurant management. We were told to be careful when going around because there are dogs that might attack us. Nonetheless, we went on to brave the dogs. YOLO!

The 13-hectare village was built in 1997 with more than 200 villas, a Catholic chapel, a temple, a playground, and a restaurant (famously known as Viet Ville Restaurant) with the help of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines for Vietnam refugees.


The existence of a Catholic church in front and a Buddhist temple at the back of the resto signifies that two different religions can co-exist together.


The Vietnam village looks more like a ghost town, but some of the buildings are still functional today, like the Buddhist temple and the chapel.

The bulk of the Vietnamese refugees who used to live there already migrated to the United States. Only two original refugees decided to stay in the Philippines because they already married Filipinos and have their own families. The villas were left to rot over the years with only a few units remaining which houses a two or three Filipino families who resettled there with the help of the local government.

The village has now turned virtually into a woodland as many trees planted by the refugees have grown.


The continuing existence of the Vietnamese village is to share the Vietnamese culture with Filipinos and foreign tourists who visit Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

According to the management, Viet Ville will continue to assist arrested Vietnamese fisherman and they would help them regarding legal matters until eventually they can go back to their homes in Vietnam.


We headed back to the restaurant. The whole restaurant is made up of bamboo from its flooring to the windows, and everything. It felt so Vietnamese.

We were the only ones who's there that time. They disclosed to us that they're not getting a lot of customers these days due to the increasing number of competitions.


The restaurant specifically offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine such as rice noodles, spring rolls, and hotpot dishes. The manager revealed that most of the ingredients came from Vietnam.

We were treated to Bo Kho (Vietnamese stew), lapu-lapu Vietnamese style, spring rolls, Vietnamese sapin-sapin, and jasmine tea. The Vietnamese sapin-sapin is my favorite of all.


I always wanted to go to Vietnam but I don't have the money yet to go there. I never knew I'll get the chance to experience Vietnam without the hassle of spending too much money, and the best part is, I don't need to leave the country.


My fellow bloggers, Rona and Aci trying out the traditional Vietnam outfit. Yes, they're renting out their outfits for just PhP 25.


If you want to experience Vietnamese culture without leaving the comforts of the Philippines, head to Barangay Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Viet Ville is near Honday Bay and Sta. Lucia Hot Spring. For inquiry and/or reservations contact (0977) 456 7599.

23 comments

  1. Nice le the place. So much great traveling place . should bookmark them down

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  2. Have not visited Vietnam before but I do like their food. Sure plan to have a trip there in the future

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  3. Wow... Now I feel like looking for some Vietnamese cuisine to eat. =)

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  4. vietname is very historical. they have come out so far after the war... to let people come and experience their culture is so overwhelming. i love their vegetables menu.

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  5. The food looks very delicious!

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  6. I have only been Danang in central Vietnam. I guess it's time to plan for another visit to other parts of Vietnam. :D

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  7. i have booked tickets going to vietnam aug, can't wait to have this delicious foods. thanks for the information

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  8. The food look yummy..! such a historical place...I am glad you had the chance to explore it while still being in your comfort area..

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  9. Vietnam is one of the places I would want to visit with my friend. We would want to see rice fields and old houses and of course, sample some authentic vietnamese noodles.

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  10. Aaa~ I wish to visit there 1 day
    it's so relaxing and I love visiting temples :)

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  11. i love vietname cuisine as well. it does look very special - the decoration and the food!

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  12. What a beautiful idea it is to experience Vietnam right in the Philippines. I've not been to either country so maybe this is where I kill two birds with one stone?

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  13. Overall the place is quite peaceful and quiet! Is a best place to visit if you want to enjoy the peace and authentic food in Vietnam =D

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  14. This is a really nice and peaceful place to enjoy your trip! Plus you can enjoy authentic Vietnam food here too!

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  15. wow...the place is so nice and beautiful!!! The food also looks so yummy!!

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  16. vietnam! i haven't been there yet.. looks so beautiful, to explore all the places

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  17. The view of the place is nice. Any recommend place for shopping in Vietnam?

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  18. This is a nice hideout and I love Vietnamese food too.

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  19. Haven't been to Vietnam before, will bookmark this post for my travel reference :)

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  20. Have not visit Vietnam but maybe soon? Heard some tourists said their foods quite nice.

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  21. Vietnam is such a beautiful country! Hope one day i can visit the country too

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  22. The vietnam village looks very tranquil and wish to Palawan one day ..

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  23. This is really cool! awesome information

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