First couple of days in Phu Quoc
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We were up at a ridiculous 3.30am to get our taxi to the airport for our flight out of Ho Chi Minh City airport. The drive to the airport at that time of day was a rare pleasure, with traffic free roads which the driver took full advantage of, going through every single red light at full pelt with just a beep of the horn as he approached them. Not for those of a nervous disposition. The flight itself was short and sweeet and no sooner were we in the air than we were landing! The view of the island from the plane was beautiful and the promised tropical paradise we had hoped for was before our eyes at last.
Being ever cautious and hating the prospect of trudging around with our backpacks on looking for accomodation, we had booked our first two nights in Phu Quoc from Ho Chi Minh City.
The beach though is a different story. We had read some mixed reviews of Long Beach so were careful not to expect too much but it is beautiful.
We took a stroll along the beach and went into several resorts to investigate moving on after our first two days.
Eating there gave us the opportuinty of beautiful starlight strolls back along the beach to Kim Hoa. One thing to be aware of there are lots of sand fleas or ticks which at night will devour your feet (at least they did ours) so be aware that laying on the sand or beach beds or even sitting in the many deck chairs is likely to leave you well and truly bitten.
Our second day we hired a moped as we wanted to check out the south of the island and a beach we heard was the best on the island called Bai Sao. The trip was about 30km and on the way we decided to drive down the entire length of long beach. Once you about 6km out of Doung Dong there is nothing but a few locals houses and empty beaches. Very beautiful indeed. The road on the other hand is very bumpy, unpaved and covers you with a film of red dust (best not to wear white clothes!!). Once we got to Bai Sao (about 1hr) it lived up to it's billing. Pure white sands and currently only one place to stay called My Lan which allows them to charge US$15 for a wooden shack which should really only be half of that as they're not the best beach huts (More of that in the next blog). The beach was pretty much deserted and there are only two places to eat which to be honest are lacking in much in the way of veggie options which giving that before tourism, fishing and making fish sauce are the primary industry on the island isn't too surprising. We decided that we'd give it a try though and made arrangements to be picked up the next day.