“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” Mark Twain
Phu Quoc is a gorgeous little Vietnamese island, which is actually located just off the coast of Cambodia. With the main draws being the glorious beaches and the friendly people, it becomes easy to get lost in paradise here and just chill for a while. For me, this was the last leg of three months in southeast Asia and my last stop in Vietnam. After spending a few days in chaotic Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), I chose Phu Quoc because of the ease in traveling there vs the more complex situation getting to and across the border with Cambodia.
From the moment I landed on the island, I realized I had chosen the perfect ending to my trip. I was treated very well by the friendly locals, who went out of their way to make my stay memorable. What’s more, the little resort where I stayed is just steps from the beach and comes with a fully stocked restaurant and bar, which provided for many relaxing days spent on the beach and in the open air restaurant.
During my stay, not only was the local staff at the resort generous, but I encountered and met many natives of the island who went out of their way to make me feel at home. Moreover, I had the good fortune to make a few new friends, who took me on a private tour of the island via moped, to out-of-the-way dining spots, to a mussel roast on a hidden beach and to a free ocean-side massage.
The mainstays for the island are fishing and fish sauce, which is widely evident to the nose in certain parts of the island. Overall, it still has the feeling of being undeveloped and thus unspoiled by huge resort developments. This is something that, I fear, will change in the near future, as more people begin to discover the charms of the island.