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Vietnam, Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is a small island just off the coast of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand. We had done some research before setting off travelling and the idea of a small island with pristine beaches obviously sounded appealing but we realised after speaking to various people on our trip it isn't an overly popular destination. Not many people had heard of it so we had no recommendations to go by which made me a little concerned from the beginning.

When we arrived we were a little annoyed to see how far our hotel was from the city centre and the beach. It was at least a fifteen minute taxi journey and it would mean getting a minimum of four taxis a day to get out and do things and to go out for dinner. We decided to give the hotel a chance anyway as the room was lovely and the staff were pleasant and in the end we stayed put. 

On our first night we hit the night market for dinner and to try and get a feel for the place. The night market would have been brilliant if either of us liked sea food as there was a huge variety of fresh seafood available, but as neither of us eat it we had to make do. It turned out that for the duration of the trip we never really had an amazing meal as it was clear seafood was the islands specialty and it seemed to be that if you ordered anything other than that the standard just wasn't as high.

As well as struggling to find food we both enjoyed we could not find any decent nightlife. There were a few bars and restaurants along the main beach which were open relatively late but generally it was pretty quiet. In fairness it is winter in Vietnam at the moment so it may be busier in the summer, we just couldn't find much to do of a night on our trip.

As our hotel was so far out we decided to rent a motorbike for a couple of days and make our own way around the island rather than keep getting taxis. This may have been one of the scariest things I've ever done but it was so much fun. Thank god Abi agreed to do the driving as I couldn't get the hang of it and after a two minute lesson from someone who barely spoke English we were on our way! We had such fun driving around through small villages and dirt roads on the edge of the rainforest. We managed to find a quiet beach as well which was gorgeous, if it wasn't for the weather we could have stayed longer.

Asides from roaming free on the bike for a couple of days we didn't seem to get up to much while in Phu Quoc. Obviously we made the most of the beach but there were a few other things we missed out on. We did pay a visit to some of the waterfalls on the island which was lovely, it was like visiting fairy pools! I personally don't think I would visit again as I get bored easily and it's more of a resort area with a lot of couples. We made the most of our time there but I will admit it hasn't been one of my favourite places. 

I would love to know if any of you guys have visited and what you got up to, even while travelling through the rest of Vietnam we haven't come across anyone else who's been! Let me know in the comments below. 


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