To Phu Quoc
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It cost 190,000 Vietnamese Ćong - about US$10.50 - for a one-way passage on the one o'clock fast-boat from Ha Tien out to Phu Quoc island. There was only a dozen or so passengers and just three other foreigners on board: a European couple and Brent, an electronics engineer from Alaska. He was a burly man, much younger than me, and one you would want on your side in a bar fight. An avid outdoorsman and airplane owner, we traded bush flying stories from the Last Frontier and the hour and a quarter-long crossing passed quickly on calm seas.
The usual crowd of motorbike taxis swarmed the Vong Bai Pier as we docked.
We strolled up the nearby hill to the Oasis and had a meal and a few beers with the British owner, Steph. He had turned a good year and was about to expand into a larger place just across the narrow road. Heavy rains prevented sunset beers down at the beach.