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We took the 830am ferry to Phu Quoc, which took about 2.5 hours. Once on the island, we were immediately swarmed by taxi touts, saying that our hotel was 45km away. We guessed this was a bit of an exaggeration to justify the high taxi prices. They wanted $10 or 320,000 dong to take us in a shared minibus with 6 others. We did the pretend walking away thing and sure enough the driver came after us. After a bit of harsh negotiating, we got the price down to 100,000 dong for both of us, while the other tourists in the mini bus all paid their 160,000 dong each.
Our accommodation of a simple bungalow with mossie net, cold water bathroom and a hammock on the porch was very good value and the english run bar and restaurant helped with our few days of utter laziness. We spent a few days chilling out, reading, visiting the beach, enjoying good food and cheap beer.
We also took a day trip out on a boat that was advertised as a snorkel trip. We were crammed into a minibus at 830am and took about an hour to drive across to the port. From here we got onboard a boat with about 25 others (the trip was advertised as 12 max) and set off along the coastline. The scenery was very pretty and we saw plenty of the Vietnamese fisherman's life out on their boats. Through the day we stopped 3 times for a snorkel, but there really wasn't much to see. The last stop was the best but was very limited. It was nice to be in the warm sea for a swim and Simon had fun jumping off the top of the boat but it definately wasn't a trip to see marine life. The water was very murky too. A seafood lunch and plenty of rice was served and then back to land after the third swim. Once back in the minibus, we drove to a beach that is said to be one of the best in Vietnam but with the sea particularly choppy and plenty of rubbish lying about it didn't look anything special at all. We instead made a fuss of some beautiful little puppies that were hanging about.