Phu quoc island

February 26, 2010 at 9:38 am | Posted in Vietnam | 1 Comment

Our first stop in vietnam (apart from an unavoidable overnight stay in ha tien, a border town) was phu quoc island. The west side of the island is a continuous beach with beach bungalows being the main source of accommodation. Our bungalow, of course, had a sketchy bathroom but was so close to the beach it didn’t matter. One huge problem was some random german guy next door who was hawking up some massive lugees constantly. Fun to mimic but not great when trying to sleep.

Being on the west side of the island, it was great to relax with a beer and watch the sunset

we rented a motorbike one day and travelled a few kilometres away from the main tourist scene. we had a deserted stretch of sand to ourselves. One of my favourite beaches so far.

this “private” beach we found was amazing. the water is so calm and clear, even better than where the bungalows are located. we drove right through some palms and parked the scooter on the beach.

we also explored the local part of phu quoc (see above). this river wasn’t very clean and the town wasn’t too much to see. many of the roads were dirt and a bit rough. we also went down to the southern tip, but the beach wasn’t too impressive.

there was a pearl farm on the island which had a great bar. Once kelly found the wild monkeys that hung around, i couldn’t get her away. The owners had made a pet of the monkeys – the baby just roamed free and the mom had a long rope so she couldn’t get into all the food. these little guys seemed very friendly and happy – i guess they should be since the owners told us that the locals capture these monkeys to eat their brains.

hudson and the monkey look great together. these monkeys were so funny, climbing all over us.

cutest monkey ever, the mum was really protective at first but kelly soon worked her magic.

view from our bungalow. overall phu quoc was a great island – a good compromise between total isolation and total tourist.


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  1. The beach pictures are wonderful; it made my day to see you all having so much fun with the monkeys and on the beach. If I could walk I think I could live on those deserted beaches.

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