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Vietnam - Phu Quoc Island

Take Paradise and put up a parking lot

We flew from Da Nang airport straight to Phu Quoc and stayed a couple of days near to the main town Duong Dong.
The night market was interesting. You can order snakes, toads, sea urchin, conch, baby shark. All still alive in tanks, you choose which one you want and they BBQ it for you.

Photo tanks
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The top end of Long beach was very Russian which after Thailand and also where we live in Salou that they drive the prices up and lower the quality so we were keen to avoid this plus there were jellyfish, so we moved to the south end of long beach in search of new accommodation.

We walked around asking for prices and got a nice bungalow on the beach for forty dollar a night. This was the first time EVER that the room rates in person were cheaper than quoted on Agoda.

Accommodation on Phu Quoc is really pricey and not good value for money but as it's still so underdeveloped there isn't much choice.

Our bungalow was cosy, a bit more rustic than we are used to from Thailand and twice the price. We had an actual ginger toad in the bathroom one evening, that was a bit of a shock!

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Our customary touristy boat trip excursion turned out to be disastrous for me as I got sea sick the instant the boat started it's smelly Diesel engine. Jason enjoyed the snorkeling and we did get to see several of the south islands. All uninhabitable and very pretty.

Most of life in Phu Quoc seems to still revolve around the sea and as the boat refueled out at sea we passed a strange floating village all built on boats out at sea and kind of joined together with planks of wood.

Photos from the boat trip, one of the uninhibited islands.

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Jc snorkeling, photo taken while I puked on the boat.

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The rest of the time we just chilled out swimming and resting.

I've got a bit addicted to these Vietnamese ice coffees made with condensed milk.

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Photo of long beach and our favourite chill out spot, even though we were not staying here we used the resort sun beds. The owners are cool as long as you spend money in the bar.

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Fruit lady the only hawker allowed on long beach, thankfully!

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Phu Quoc is stunning and still quite un developed, visit here soon as there are signs of construction and development all over the place. I guess in a few years it will look very different.

We have only two weeks left now and have decided to add a last minute visit to Cambodia to our itinerary so we leave Vietnam tomorrow.

Posted by Gingertoad 03:59 Archived in Vietnam Tagged vietnam phu quoc

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