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NORTH BEACHES OF PHU QUOC

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VIETNAM by KRISS on 05 february 2017

First of all, let it be said that my main purpose for checking out the beaches around the Vietnamese Island of Phu Quoc was to check the quality of the water to take photographs underwater so I was paying attention to very few parameters besides this one and my review is obviously biased if you’re reading these lines to find out which stretch of peach has the best food options or has more shade etc…

So we took a taxi to move from Long beach where our bungalow is to Ong Lang beach which is about half an hour drive.
After a stretch of dirt road packed with construction rubbish, polystyrene, broken stuff on both sides, we arrive at Ong Lang which has a nice setting.
There are palm trees with swings and a bar restaurant and we stopped for about an hour.
The sand is yellowish white, maybe a bit clearer than on Long beach and it feels for secluded.
The quality of the water however is bad and I don’t even get 2 meters visibility.
We decide to check the next beach.

It’s called Bai Dai and Nam our driver tries to explain to me there is no Bai Dai.
But he has a map which shows it and it looks really fantastic with clearer sand and turquoise water so I want to check it out.
After long minutes and google translate I finally understand what he is telling me.
There used to be a Bai Dai beach but now Vinpearl has built and is still building hundreds or rather thousands of condos, resorts, concrete stuff all over the place, so there is no more Bai Dai.

I am disappointed and I look at the immense complexes that are being built on the left hand side of the road.
That really lives me perplex.
2 kilometers away we left an enormous open air rubbish dump, the driver had to close the windows but quite a few people were actually getting busy around it, collecting stuff and else.

So we go to Ganh Dau beach, we have a look at Cambodia which is just across a small stretch of sea and it’s a harbour so we leave.
This was a long ride, costs us about $30 and we are left very disappointed.
I can’t believe this is all Phu Quoc has to offer but communication is difficult in English and my Vietnamese is none !

Back to Long Beach we meet an Australian man who’s been on the Island for years and he tells us the only place we’ll find clearer waters and coral will be the smaller islands of the south which can be reached by boat (and soon a sling).
He warns me though that I won’t find them as clear as I wish.

As I pointed out at the beginning of this post, I was solely interested in the water and felt disappointed because of this.
Otherwise, these are nice beaches but I have to be perfectly honest and admit I have been to far greater beaches and believe there must be better stretches of sand in that part of the world (maybe neighbour Koh Rong).

#beachlife #phuquoc

NORTH BEACHES OF PHU QUOC

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