Bai Sao, Phu Quoc

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Bai Sao (Star Beach)

Having made the arrangements for two guys from My Lan guesthouse in Bai Sao beach to collect us around 11am from Long Beach, we were a little caught off guard when as we walked out from eating our breakfast at about 9am, they turned up to collect us!! We hadn't even begun to pack yet!! We found out later that the reason they came early was that the ferry arrives at about 10.45 and they wanted to meet it to mop up any travellers without accomodation bookings!! A heads up would've been nice.

You tell yourself not to hurry as it's their mistake but you can't really help it. So we both rushed around doing the worst packing job ever and working up a lovely sweat ready for the dust to stick to on the bike ride. We should have said that our 'ride' was to be another motorbike.

Our shack
for the taxi journey to Bai Sao they wanted 300,000 which is about GBP10 whereas two mopeds with a driver each came to 120,000. We also managed to persuade them to let us drive on one bike and the two of them plus our two huge bags on the other which made our lives a lot easier. We followed them down the other side of the island from long beach which is fortunately a paved road and the trip only takes about 30 minutes, or at least it does when you're following a pair of Vietnamese with your bags on their bike going full throttle!!

On arrival we got shown to our hut which is not really the best accommodation in the world. The thatched roof looked as if it had seen better days and gave the inside a nice musty odour mixed in with the smell of wood and damp from our outside bathroom.

Our shack's frog
We had a liberal sprinkling of cobwebs and assorted insects which lets face it you have to expect in beach hut accomodation!!

What we didn't expect was the assortment of wildlife we were to see living with us over the next few days!! It started with the usual gheckos which are sweet and we usually love having in our rooms as they eat tons of mossies and insects. The gheckos here though seemed a little more menacing, they were bigger and darker and there were a few other lizards calling out which we couldn't see but heard crashing through the thatched roof. The first night we found a bright orange frog living in our outside toilet/bathroom area which gave Steph quite a fright as she lifted up the toilet seat (not sure what the frog saw but he may or may not have had quite a fright too!).

Our shack's snake
The next day we came back for a snooze and as we opened up the toilet door there was a huge snake slithering along the wall (about 3 or 4 feet long). It made its way along the wall and into a tree away from the hut so we thought nothing of it. Next thing we know there's a bit of a commotion going on in our roof and the snake pops its head through a gap and has a long hard look at us before darting back into the layers of our roof. Our attempts to speak to the staff elicited various responses from "I've lived with snakes for years, there's no problem" to "was its head small and pointy? they're the poisonous ones.". Every hut was taken so we had little choice but to spend the night in the hut but you've never seen such a well tucked in mossie net! That night we had our final visitors 'mice'.
One of the noisey trouble makers (very cute during the day though)
Now it's not often that your happy to see mice in your hut but we figured that as a dining option for the snake they were a lot easier to digest than we were!!

Another issue in Phu Quoc are the indiginous once wild dogs which have now been domesticated but still seem to run pretty wild. During the day they are cute as buttons but at night they seem to have a real issue with the moon and spend the whole night howling. They make an unbelievable racket howling out their solos, working in choruses as well as having competitions to see who can howl longest and sound in the most pain!! Not only that but their vocal range has to be heard to be believed. So if you are visiting Phu Quoc and intend staying at Bai Sao then definately visit the local pharmacy and buy the strongest sleeping pills you can.

Having intended to stay for six nights we'd reached the end of our tether with it after three so we arranged another pair of motorbikes to ferry us back to Long Beach for a well earned rest.

maniishay says:
This is really helping me decide what to do in Phu Quoc, I am not really sure what to expect and I am about to book my flight to Phu Quoc. Thanks for writing both the blogs.
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012
Virginiagoodings says:
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOh! You are definitely braver than I am...snakes, lizards, mice...glad you were not eaten by the snake!
Looking forward to hearing more and of course all about Cambodia!
Love
Mum/Virginia xxxooo
Posted on: Jan 30, 2008
barrieandann says:
Great to har from you again, was getting a bit worried. Apart from all the reptiles, sounds as though you are having a great time.
Posted on: Jan 30, 2008
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Bai Sao (Star Beach)
Bai Sao (Star Beach)
Our shack
Our shack
Our shacks frog
Our shack's frog
Our shacks snake
Our shack's snake
One of the noisey trouble makers (…
One of the noisey trouble makers …
Adam into the surf
Adam into the surf
Steph entering the water
Steph entering the water
Steph floating in the clear waters…
Steph floating in the clear water…
Adam floating in the clear waters …
Adam floating in the clear waters…
The incredibly clear water of Bai …
The incredibly clear water of Bai…
Us in the water at Bai Sao
Us in the water at Bai Sao
Our shacks massive ghecko
Our shack's massive ghecko
Two more playful trouble makers
Two more playful trouble makers
Disgruntled Adam, the morning afte…
Disgruntled Adam, the morning aft…
Steph getting in some hammock time
Steph getting in some hammock time
Bai Sao (Star Beach)
Bai Sao (Star Beach)
Bai Sao (Star Beach)
Bai Sao (Star Beach)
Phu Quoc
photo by: Yasuo