|After spending close to 100 hours on a bus in the last 6 weeks, we decided we deserved a treat, and booked a flight from Ho Chi Mihn City to Phu Quoc Island. A quick 50 minute plane ride, and we arrived on the island, which is the only island in Vietnam situated in the Gulf of Thailand.
The island itself is huge, but is home to only 60 000 people...which means most of the island consists of miles of completely deserted, untouched, white sand beaches...after the craziness of Ho Chi Mihn, Phu Quoc was exactly what we needed. At the airport, a guy quickly grabbed us and convinced us to follow him to a bungalow / guesthouse right on the beach...a great location, only downside was the crazy, tiny old woman who lived there...everytime we walked by her, she would grumble and moan unintelligibly, and glare at us like we had killed her dog...we tried to steer clear of her as best we could!
First day we got there, we couldn't believe how undeveloped the island was. After being in Thailand and Vietnam's other beaches, it was amazing to see a place that was yet to be taken over by huge tourist resorts and hotels...at night time the place was pitch dark, and the only sound was the frogs chirping and the waves lapping at the shore. We both felt super lucky to see Phu Quoc now, because in 2008 the Vietnamese government is implementing a huge tourist development plan, starting with a 120 million dollar airport...
We spent our time on Phu Quoc snorkelling, exploring the island via scooter and watching the amazing sunsets...one of the nights we went to Eden Bar beside our place and watched from inside as a huge storm descended on the island...the lightning lit up the sky and it rained harder than we've seen in months...it felt good to have rain though, in tropical places it makes everything feel clean and new again...I guess that's the Vancouver in us coming out...
After three nights, it was time to move on, and make our way to the Cambodian border...time for more boats and buses!