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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.
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.