Palawan to the max: Former capital of Taytay
Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
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After a 90 minute ride with the local bus from El Nido we arrived in the town of Taytay. The town itself has relatively many sights: there is a fort that was built by the Spanish colonists to protect Palawan against pirates. Furthermore there is a mysterious Hollywood like sign of "Taytay" up on the hill facing the harbor. Would be interesting to know which hollywood geek financed this...
Besides this, the town featured some weird discos which started playing loud music as soon as the electricity was available at about 6pm until (seriously) around 2pm each night when the electricity was usually shut down again. So we had two fun evenings listening to bad-taste music and some local karaoke :-)
Amazing Pavillion island
After seeing the fort from the outside we decided to quickly head out of the town by boat to one of the remote islands. When our boat arrived in the harbor we asking ourselves at first if we should really board this bangka with this crew, because they had managed to hit the pier straight forward when approaching it with quite some speed. Fortunately from there on they steered the boat much better :-)
Regarding the place to visit, the recommendation of our boatmen was Pavillion island, which turned out to be a great pick. The island featured amazing carst mountains along the shore with many caves and a secret lagoon. The later was especially great as we were able to swim in it under the cover of the cave stones, while it was raining outside. Enjoying the countless views of crazy rock formations, we took a few hours to explore the coast on foot. This was definitely another simply great experience for me here on the island of Palawan and well worth the effort to get to Taytay.
Now back to Puerto Princessa and then to Bangkok via Manila
For some (lucky) reason it feels like I have been on Palawan island and with the two Germans and the Austrian couple for a month or so. Actually it has only been about 10 days, but it was such a great relaxing time, that I feel full of energy again and ready for some new adventures somewhere else.
This said, I am now heading back to Puerto Princessa and from there on to Manila to catch a flight to Bangkok. My further travel plan is to take the plane to Rangoon, the former capital of Myanmar on January 20th. But let's first see how the visa arrangement in Bangkok works. Wish me luck! :-)
As usual I will post one more blog entry for the Philippines with my personal summary of my time here, so stay tuned.