Turning Vietnamese ang peg ko without even leaving the country. How?
This happened during our Puerto Princesa tour couple of months ago. We visited Viet Ville (French for Viet Town) in Puerto Princesa Palawan.
Now why a sudden French'ing? Vietnam was once under by French Colonialism so there's some chunk of France's culture among the lifestyle of some Vietnamese people. You'll see what I mean later part of this post ... :)
Viet Ville, short for Vietnamese Village?! Pwede!
But Actually, it's a French word for Viet Town.
History Told: Viet Ville Palawan became the home away from home of the Vietnamese people during 1975, after the Fall of Saigon.
Many Vietnamese boat refugees who crossed the South China Sea landed in the Philippines after the fall of South Vietnam in 1975. These refugees established a community called Viet-Ville (French for "Viet-Town") in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. At the time, it became the centre of Vietnamese commerce and culture, complete with Vietnamese restaurants, shops, and Catholic churches and Buddhist temples. In the decades that followed however, the Vietnamese population dwindled greatly, with many having emigrated to the United States, Canada, Australia, or Western Europe. Viet-Ville today remains a popular destination for local tourists. - from Wikepedia
Simple yet old housing for the Vietnamese people was still present at Viet Ville. Today, there's just a small population of Vietnamese family living in the village. Some of them left a long time ago, some migrated to Canada, U.S.A and even France. Yet some found their new home still in Puerto Princesa Palawan but not inside Viet Ville. Having their own business around town.
What's left for Viet Ville and Traces of its Rich Culture.
And a taste of its Culture remains at Viet Ville Restaurant.
Viet Ville Restaurant
Located just in front of the Village. Actually, the restaurant will come greeting you first before the old houses and temples.
I was in full awe upon entering the Resto. Having that earthy homey feeling with the hand-made chairs and bamboo floorings and walls too. Sarap ng feeling!
Look here too, Sawali walls and ceiling, Very Asian ang ambiance.
FoodTrip Starts now!
Viet Ville Sampler
This set is specially made for us, to sample Viet Ville Restaurant's best selling dishes. Platter in sets of Viet Ville Vegetarian Fresh Lumpia, Chicken with LemonGrass and Plain Kangkong.
Viet Ville Spring Roll Php170.00
Chicken Noodle Soup Vietnamese Style
Lapu - Lapu Vietnamese Style Php135/100grams
French Bread Banh MI | Vietnamese Baguette
Viet Ville Restaurant is located at Location: Km 13. Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa City.
Vietnamese Costume for Rent to complete that Vietnamese Feeling (^.^,)
I must confess, I'm having a hard time pose'ing.
Taking OOTD photos are really not my thing.
So whenever there's a chance and it is really needed, this
Giggles here, there and everywhere :P