We spent our final week in Vietnam relaxing on a beautiful island in the gulf of Thailand named Phu Quoc. We rented an excellent bungalow at Thanh Kim Nga for just $15 a night. It was in a lovely garden setting with tropical flowers and an abundance of Geckos! It was just a short walk from the peaceful beach, which was quiet due to it being the end of the season.
Sian spent a day having some one to one dive tuition with Rainbow Divers, at a pool then doing a beach dive. The following day we took a trip out diving, both enjoying the fun dive experience. We saw plenty of colourful coral, some of which changed colour in front of our eyes. We swam between large shoals of fish, which appeared like a wall of colour as if from nowhere. The full day on the boat with three dives and lunch costed around $125, and we can recommend Rainbow Divers who have excellent English speaking instructors and offer all the PADI courses you would expect.
We spent most of our days relaxing on the gorgeous beach, we picked a good quiet spot to stay, five minutes from the beach but with enough going on to keep us occupied. Rory’s beach bar has great loungers and chilled out music, plus the best burgers we’ve found so far in SE Asia.
In the four years since Sian last visited the island, the amount of resorts, bars and infrastructure has dramatically increased. The island currently has it all; plenty to occupy tourists, without losing its small island charm. Hopefully the resorts will quit while they’re ahead and not allow this beautiful island to be developed beyond recognition, as has been the case in Thailand and many other countries.
Visiting the island was an excellent way for us to relax after a busy three weeks touring Vietnam, now we will continue our travels on to Cambodia.