To end a perfect vacation we traveled by jeepney from Sabang and made arrangements to be dropped off at the junction to Honda Bay! After a short ride to Honda Bay we couldn’t find reasonable lodging so we decided to head toward Puerto Princesca. Our tricycle driver recommended Kim’s Hot Springs as an alternative night’s lodging … just a few kilometers from the junction!
What a great discovery! The staff was friendly and showed us two possible chalets with their own private hot springs piped into the rooms. The staff turned on the faucet and said our hot spring bath would be ready in about forty five minutes Set in a natural rock surrounding… we eased into the hot springs bath and could not believe our good luck in finding this hidden gem, with a cost of 700 pesos for the night… including the hot springs.
After banging around for nine days on many forms of transportation including: tight fitting, cramped vans, bumpy dirt roads, pumpboats, riverboats, and jeepneies with passengers hanging off the back and on top of the roof…some cluthing their animals and children in an all out survival mode. We toasted to ourselves and said: “we deserve to allow our bodies to heal!” I made the comment: “It doesn’t get any better than this…..I think we found Nirvana!”
Feeling like a million pesos we went to Kim’s Lodge Restaurant where we were told we could walk to a Vietnamese Village
a few kilometers via the main road. We went through the entrance and saw a Vietnamese church on our right along with villagers and artisans who live their permanently. On our left was one of the most uniquely landscaped and decorated rustic restaurants I have seen. In this authentic Vietnamese Restaurant, we ordered their speciality noodles and they were by far the best noodles I have ever eaten in my life. We ended our afternoon lunch with homemade Vietnamese deserts and fresh mango milkshakes.
That evening we went to Kim’s Lodge Restaurant where Perla ordered the House Special Lobster and I ordered fresh Lapu-Lapu which would be fit for a King and a Queen! The meal was absolutely delicious with the seafood expertly prepared. We are talking less than $20.00 US for the entire meal… including beverages. We raised our glasses to a wonderful vacation in Palawan and vowed to return again. Palawan is magical with wonderful natural resources and has much more to offer the adventurer than the eye can see. You could send a lifetime here and still not take in all the wonders of nature!
We walked through the trees to our chalet and filled the tub with another treatment of pure hot springs as our bodies and minds thanked us for such a great way to end a vacation and drifted off to sleep wondering where our next adventurer might take us.
QUOTE: “We are all but recent leaves on the same old tree of life and if this life has adapted itself to new functions and conditions, it uses the same old basic principles over and over again. There is no real difference between the grass and the man who mows it.” ~Albert Szent-Györgyi
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Geothermal Energy has been around for as long as the Earth has existed. “Geo” means earth, and “thermal” means heat. So, geothermal means earth-heat.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Hot Springs…. they could save your life! Many presidents, naturalists, explorers, and people searching for the fountain of youth and a cure for diseases have used hot springs throughout history… including the famous Baden-Baden hot springs in Germany..not to mention Iceland, New Zealand, Australia the United States and more!
ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Make it a point to visit a relaxing hot spring…its good for what ails you!
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