The Two Gallivants

“Fotofit” – A week on Phu Quoc Island

After a long hiatus, our “Fotofit” series (in which the photos do most of the talking) is back! This time around we’re showcasing the length and breath of the wonderfully varied Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam.

Getting into Vietnam was way easier than entering Cambodia. A mini-van took us the short journey from Kampot to the border. The driver took our passports and 15 minutes later handed them back – exit stamps n’all. A few minutes later we were at the Vietnam crossing and there were no queues at immigration. The only annoyance was a silly woman trying to take a dollar off us for a medical check – whilst she puffed away on a cigarette! Haha, needless to say, we refused. Another mini-van then drove us from the border for about half an hour to the town of Ha Tien where we stayed one night at the decent Kim Co Hotel 2 (£9 per night). The hotel sorted out tickets for us, around £8/250,000 dong each, on the next morning’s Superdong (fast ferry) to Phu Quoc Island.

PhuQuoc1There were no issues getting to the Island, and after a short taxi ride from the pier we arrived at Hotel Sea Breeze in Duong Dong, the main town on the island. Our only fault with Sea Breeze was awful internet reception, but it was comfortable and clean with really helpful staff and it has a pretty sweet view from its roof terrace…

phuquoc3and it was a good base from which to explore the island.

We checked out the markets and the hustle and bustle of Duong Dong by day and by night…

phuquoc4phuquoc5phuquoc6…walked to Hung Vuong bridge to watch the boats come and go, and said hello to the locals…

phuquoc7phuquoc8…had a wander around the lighthouse and took in the sunset at Tran Phu on the less touristy side of Duong Dong…

phuquoc9phuquoc10…I rented a motorbike from the hotel for around 8 dollars per day and sped past some pepper farms and along empty roads…

phuquoc11phuquoc12…to hang at Bai Thom beach in the north-east of the island and jump in a natural turquoise pool in the middle of nowhere…

phuquoc13phuquoc14.explored Suoi Tranh waterfall but as it was dry season it was, well, dry! But I met a few random characters there, families having picnics beside stagnant pools, some dudes partying and my favourite, a not-so-convincing ladyboy that motioned for me, suggestively, to follow her into the undergrowth…I politely declined but I was glad of the ego boost as I wasn’t looking my best that day!

phuquoc15

phuquoc16 phuquoc17…I motorbiked through quaint villages, across rickety bridges and stumbled upon a deserted beach where I enjoyed a sunset swim…

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phuquoc19To finish off a class week, we booked a boat tour through our hotel to do some fishing, snorkelling and dare devil jumping…it was worth the 17 dollar price tag…pity though we didn’t have the underwater camera back then, as we spotted some great fish…

Phuquoc20I hope you liked my pictures and if you have any questions about our time on Phu Quoc, gimme a shout!

Declan

4 thoughts on ““Fotofit” – A week on Phu Quoc Island

  1. pmelillo1960@msn.com'Pauline melillo

    Amazing pictures Declan…..that one with the beach looks like it was dipped in gold!…….never would have thought that part of the world to be so beautiful. And I would love to get lost in those wee markets!

    1. thetwogallivants Post author

      Thanks! I did some basic editing but nothing too fancy (I’m not skilled enough!). I went over a few bridges on Phu Quoc, can’t remember if any were suspension but all were very pretty 🙂

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