Breaking Away

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Island sunset
 

I only intended to stay on Phu Quoc Island long enough to catch up with old friends and to enjoy a few days of quality time on Vietnam's finest beaches before moving to Nha Trang and settling in for the winter. But something about tropical islands make them very difficult to leave. Aqua-blue waters lapping warm sands lined with swaying palms, beachside barbeques, sagging hammocks, doing nothing, and ice cold beers while watching dazzling sunsets all contributed to the lure. Each and every traveler that I met had also been drawn in by the island charm. Some managed to leave after just a few days, vowing to return, while others lingered for weeks or months. A few even made it their foreign home. After two weeks, I managed to break away from the island spell.

 

I booked the flights last Wednesday.

Arriving flight at Phu Quoc
Vietnam Airlines had several a day to Ho Chi Minh City with connections to points beyond; international or domestic.  My 10:50 a.m. departure allowed plenty of time for a late sleep and leisure breakfast before heading to the airport an hour before boarding. The new international airport is under construction and won't open for several years yet. Meanwhile, the airport serving Phu Quoc is right in Duong Dong - about ten minutes from the beach resorts and bungalows.

 

Being first to check in, I requested a window seat on the left side, hoping to get a photo of the tropical paradise from the sky. The usual departure pattern swings wide over the Gulf of Thailand in a climbing left turn before crossing the island and taking a heading toward the mainland. But winds were from the east and our ATR-72 took off inland. Perhaps next time.

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Island sunset
Island sunset
Arriving flight at Phu Quoc
Arriving flight at Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc Airport
Phu Quoc Airport
Artwork at Phu Quoc Airport
Artwork at Phu Quoc Airport
Tail of the ATR 72
Tail of the ATR 72
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photo by: rotorhead85