Exploring Phu Quoc – Part 3

Long Beach Sunset, Phu Quoc

Long Beach Sunset, Phu Quoc

I came to Phu Quoc for two or three days.  Oh….I’ve been here for a week (and would happily stay longer).

I love this place, but know, this rock in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand has a fuse on it.  In two years, this place will be overrun with tourists (largely from Russia), criminals, and drug peddlers, and a whole lot of people acting badly; it will be nothing like the island I’ve fallen in love with on this journey.

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Exploring Phu Quoc – Part 2

Suoi Tranh, Phu Quoc

Suoi Tranh, Phu Quoc

TodayI am out exploring the island some more.  There’s a tentative list of things I’d like to see and do on the island while I am here.  So I set off to see if I could find any of them.  First stop was Suoi Tranh Waterfall in the middle of the island.

This was a lovely waterfall and pool of cool mountain water in which to swim.  I sat under the falls and let nature massage my shoulders for 30 minutes.  It was nice, but the much better waterfall experience was just around the corner.

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Exploring Phu Quoc

Beachfront, Phu Quoc

Beachfront, Phu Quoc

I’ve arrived on Phu Quoc, the largest and southernmost island of Vietnam.  I’d been looking at this island every time I’ve been in Kampot or Kep as Phu Quoc is closer to Cambodia (12km) than to Vietnam (40km).  I’ve heard positive reviews of the island from fellow travelers, so I was excited to go.  I hopped on a 8am ferry from Ha Tien and arrived at this tropical paradise for 10:30.

Phu Quoc is an important island in the recent history of Vietnam.  It served as a prison camp for captured North Vietnamese soldiers during the American War.  It was historically part of Cambodia, but French Colonists put it under control of the Vietnam Governor, creating what today remains a dispute over whether or not the island belongs to Vietnam or Cambodia.  And the Khmer Rouge attacked the island killing thousands, an event that directly lead to Vietnam going to war against Pol Pot’s regime.  Continue reading