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Postcard from Phu Quoc

Postcard from Phu Quoc

Here’s something I never expected to say: my absolute favorite beach in the world is in Vietnam.

Long Beach on Pho Quoc, island in South Vietnam

I headed to Phu Quoc with a few guy friends from home on a whim: they were working in Taiwan, I was in Chiang Mai (with less than a week left on my visa), and we all wanted  a proper holiday, complete with sun, sand and umbrella drinks. Phu Quoc was our answer, and boy, it didn’t disappoint.

We walked about 200 feet from our bungalow to a restaurant ON the beach, where we ate breakfast, lunch and dinner with our toes in the sand. We broke up huddling over our laptops (thank goodness for beachfront wifi) with swims in the sea: no waves made it perfect to float in. Once the afternoon rolled around, we ordered pina coladas and sipped while reading our books on our beach, or maybe paid a few dollars for a massage. Other than the one day we rented motorbikes and headed over to hammocks on the other side of the island, we had three days of beachside bliss.

Road through the Pho Quoc National Park, island in South Vietnam

We spent a day on motorbikes riding through Phu Quoc National Park on the other side of the island. Super glad I decided to hop on the back and let the boys drive: I would have been extra slow and cautious on the rocky roads and precarious bridges, but the boys (being boys) had a ball and I was more than happy to just let the wind whistle through my hair.

Boy waves hello on bike in Pho Quoc, island in South Vietnam

Phu Quoc definitely still retains that friendly island mentality: the locals were all super helpful and friendly, quick with a smile.

Beach in Pho Quoc National Park, island in South Vietnam

Fishing village on Pho Quoc, island in South Vietnam

Coconut Beach in Pho Quoc National Park, island in South Vietnam

Pina Colada at sunset on Pho Quoc, island in South Vietnam

 

  • Wow, beautiful indeed! I love the last shot 🙂

  • camorose

    Thanks–that was my favorite time of day in pho quoc 🙂

  • My goodness, that water….

  • Maggie High

    Looks like perfection for the sun lover in you! 

  • I guess I have another beach to add to my list

  • It looks amazing! I’m a sucker for beaches of any kind, warm or cold, but this one does look especially inviting…

  • camorose

    INCREDIBLE. And no waves, so perfect for swimming!

  • camorose

    It really was 🙂

  • camorose

    So worth it, especially if you’re exploring Vietnam!

  • camorose

    It was incredible–I was more than happy to not leave our little beach bungalow setup for a few days 🙂

  • Oh how I love Phu Quoc! Not so much the ferry over though…

  • camorose

    We flew from Saigon–took less than an hour, super easy!

  • All of your posts on Vietnam are making me want to go back so badly! I unfortunately didn’t visit Phu Quoc, but I will definitely check it out whenever I head back to Asia. 

    I just wrote about cao lau over on my blog – what was your favourite food in Vietnam?

  • camorose

    Such a hard question! I found this incredible banh mi stand in Hoi An, and I’m pretty sure I could have eaten it every day. No other banh mi can compare!

  • camorose

    Such a hard question! I found this incredible banh mi stand in Hoi An, and I’m pretty sure I could have eaten it every day. No other banh mi can compare!

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  • Chris

    Hey! Looks like you had a great time there! Where did you stay?

  • Chris

    Reason I ask is because I’m going next month and I’m looking for suggestions. thanks.

  • camorose

    We stayed at Viet Thanh bungalows–totally recommend!

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