Phu Quoc, A Beautiful Building Site
Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
58Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Thai Tan Tien Bungalows
30 minutes into the journey, the ferry suddenly comes to a halt and no matter how much gas they pump through it, it doesn't move. We soon discover that the ferry is stuck on the sea bed! Turns out it was on its first voyage and the Vietnamese didn't realise how big the ship was. We start to look around for an escape back to the mainland but there was only a small 10 man life boat for a few hundred people. It takes 40 minutes for them to plough through the sea bed but we are moving again and arrive on Phu Quoc 2 hours later.
Phu Quoc is Vietnam's largest island and is tipped to be the next Phuket. 60 years ago it belonged to Cambodia and no one is sure of the correct story of how it became Vietnamese
We rent motorbikes for the first time and the 4 of us (Lee and Michelle) take to the open road. As the roads are still being made it was a bumpy 30km to our destination, a beach on the southern tip. We spend the afternoon splashing about with the local kids and hanging out with their families sharing food. The sun sets into the sea as we ride the 30km back along Long Beach. The days activities make up for the hassle getting there. In the evening we ate at Les Bistrot, recommended by Lonely Planet. Supposedly cheap this blew the budget somewhat but it was worth it to finally indulge in a main and a pudding (finally!).
Yesterday we explored the south so today we planned a route through the north of the island, 70km around bays and through jungle
Chilled for most of the day on Long Beach, outside our bungalow, and ran some errands that needed to be made before leaving the island the next morning. Ate at Les Bistrot again and had an early night, waiting anxiously for the hopeful ride to the mainland.
5/2/11 33 quid
6/2/11 43 quid
7/2/11 40 quid
8/2/11 26 quid
Ran over budget nearly every day as the accommodation is expensive during high season.