I was very fortunate to have 4 months in-between my TEFL course in Cambodia and starting my new teaching position in Tokyo. I have used this time to travel across South East Asia, which is partly why my finances are so depleted now!
One of my favourite destinations was Phú Quốc, a Vietnamese Island off the Gulf of Thailand. It was slightly out of the way, but it isn’t a very expensive flight from Ho Chi Minh city. All of our flights were delayed, but thats South East Asia for you! I haven’t had a single flight that wasn’t delayed by an hour so far. Phú Quốc was worth the wait in the airport, it is truly one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. Miles of white sandy beaches and clear blue water.
I spent most of my time on Phú Quốc drinking dark rum mojitos and relaxing on the beach. I also found an INCREDIBLE breakfast stop, where I was able to indulge in homemade granola and yogurt. A real treat after 12 weeks travelling South East Asia! One of my favourite days on Phú Quốc was a boat trip around the smaller islands where I snorkelled, caught fresh fish and met some other fun travellers.
The boat trip also included visiting a floating fresh fish market, which was a pretty incredible sight. The market consisted of 4 wooden structures with netted gaps in the water where different fish swam. As we walked around the market, other boats moored up to the structure to collect their fish for lunch. The market featured sea urchins, which I had never seen before. The market tenders would hack off the spikes from the outside of the urchin with a machete and eat the round centre. It was pretty insane. I would 100% recommend spending the extra money on a boat trip around the smaller islands. Not only was it a really exciting day, but it was a great way to explore the local area and meet some new people.
My absolute favourite experience on the island was swimming in the Suối Tranh waterfalls. I can not overhype this enough. It was such a fun day! I visited in the dry season, so the waterfalls were not as big as we had hoped, but it was still the most amazing experience. There were no other tourists, so me and my boyfriend had the entire waterfall to ourselves. It’s quite a trek from the entrance and a taxi from the popular hostels and hotels is quite expensive, but it is worth the effort. Sunlight filters through the dense jungle and all you can hear is the rush of the waterfall. We brought a picnic and spent all afternoon swimming in the cool waters of the waterfall.
Thank you so much for reading! Phú Quốc is definitely worth a visit!