When we arrived in Vietnam on November 17th, we stayed four nights in busy Ho Chi Minh City before we went south to Phu Quoc Island.
Phu Quoc is Vietnams largest island and lies close to Cambodia and Vietnam’s south-west-coast.
We stayed in a cute little bungalow style resort just 10 minutes away from Long Beach.
During the eight days on that island we spent a lot of time relaxing at our resort’s pool, but also rented a scooter for three days and bikes for another one.
So, we checked out Phu Quoc’s “capital” Duong Dong with its little night market, An Thoi harbor in the south, where local fishermen dried their freshly catched squids and the National Park’s forest in the north.
Staying on a tropical island, of course, means spending some time on the beach. Most hotels are close to Long Beach, which is actually quite nice. It’s kind of narrow, but white sanded, clean and the water is not wavy.
With our scooters we went further up north to Vung Bao beach, which we really liked. We found it completely empty with us as the only people visiting. The fine sand is white and the water turquoise and warm. It would have been perfect, if there weren’t all the rubbish left by former visitors. But for Vietnamese conditions is was still very clean.
If you hear of Phu Quoc, you will also hear, that Bai Soi (a beach on the south-east-coast) is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Maybe it was some time ago. Now this beach was full of trash. It was crazy and really sad to see how humans are able to destroy this beautiful nature. We wouldn’t recommend visiting that beach anymore, better take a look at the beaches in the north.
Puh Quoc overall is kind of a strange place. It used to be a beautiful, tropical island. But some time ago it was decided that there should be a lot of development and investment into infrastructure for tourists. They built a brand new four lane road along the island, barely used by any vehicles. There are a lot of huge hotel developments, amusement parks as well as the world’s longest cable car to a former paradise island close to An Thoi harbor opening in December 2017. You can imagine, that there is a lot of construction going on and there wasn’t a place where you couldn’t find a sign of new constructions (i.e. you could hear building noises at any time, there were big construction vehicles on the streets and there was dust and dirt everywhere). But the tourists awaited weren’t there. At least yet… But we are pretty sure that it will change soon, so better hurry up.