I love visiting Vietnam. It is probably my favourite place I have been to so far. The birthplace of my parents and sister, I didn’t realize how much of a connection I would feel to the country given that I was born in Canada. There is something special about visiting a country where everyone speaks a language that is not English, but that you understand. You immediately feel a sense of belonging. On one of my work trips to Vietnam I was able to sneak in a couple days to visit the island of Phu Quoc.
Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam. About an hour flight west of Saigon, I found Phu Quoc to be a beautiful and peaceful escape from the city, a place that was not crowded with tourists and honking motorbikes. If you’re looking for a little getaway that isn’t teeming with people, this is it.
Clean, sandy beaches and gorgeous blue ocean. What more could you ask for? This dog was living the life. Can’t you see how relaxed he is? Along the beach, you can find little cafés and restaurants that dish up the most fresh seafood and local greens…yum! There are also lovely ladies selling fresh coconuts and other types fresh fruit along the beach.
I’ve always preferred exploring rather than lying on a beach all day. There was plenty to see and do in Phu Quoc. You can go scuba diving and snorkeling (I chose snorkeling due to the simple fear of scuba diving). This was my first time snorkeling and it was amazing to see the tropical fish in the clear blue water. I borrowed a bike from the hotel and pedaled around town through the local markets. You can also rent a scooter from a local guy (basically a guy hanging out across the street who wants to make a couple bucks) and explore the island further. Phu Quoc is famous for two products: fish sauce and black pepper. You can visit the factories and pick up some items to take home. There are also a couple pearl factories that you can visit if you want some more shopping. Other places to see on the island includes Ham Ninh waterfall and the local night market for more fresh seafood dishes.
On the east side of Phu Quoc are some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Sao beach was one of them. It is a little more isolated but worth going to check out. The water was much rougher here, so it was nice to just walk along the beach rather than dive in.
Taking in the beautiful sunset. Nothing beats this. If you’re planning to be in Saigon, take a couple days and fly over to Phu Quoc. It’s the perfect little getaway!
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