Day 38: Phu Quoc Island

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May 4th 2018
Published: May 4th 2018
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We’ve landed on a little bit of Vietnamese heaven. Phu Quoc is an isolated island, home to the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. We bagged a gorgeous little room with Cosy Bungalows for a bargain. A boat trip was first of our priorities on the island. The tour took us to Dam Ngang island and finished at May Rut island, where we snorkelled and sipped on coconut cocktails by the crystal clear sea. It was absolute paradise. Sadly the coral has been abandoned by sea life. Some tourists were actually standing on the coral which made it clear that people are killing the reef. It was disheartening beyond belief to see marine life being destroyed by tourists.
We headed down to the night market and came to ‘Number 1 bar’, where all the backpackers gather. With it being low season there was only a small group of us so we all got to know eachother quick. After paying £7 for unlimited drinks for 2 hours and a heavy game of ‘ring of fire’, I ended up carrying Dean and hitch hiking a ride back to the hostel. It was messy to say the least but one of the best nights we’ve had out here.
We’ve loved staying on this tranquil island. It’s come to the dreaded expiry date of our visas so we took a boat to Ha Tien then bused across the boarder to Kampot in Cambodia.
Vietnam has been an experience of a lifetime. The versatility of the country stunned us; each city, town and district was unique with different cultures. We are humbled by Vietnam’s heroic history, and the people’s upmost kindness and compassion for us backpackers from around the world who are slowly helping to boost the economy. The Vietnamese have a disadvantaged lifestyle; most are unable to leave Vietnam due to expense and political restrictions. But despite this, there is a strong ‘Vietnamese and proud’ aura shared by the locals which is dignified and impactful.
Until next time, beautiful Vietnam.

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