Phu Quoc Island . Impressions
Phu Quoc Island . Impressions
The flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc was the shortest flight I’ve ever had with roughly 15min being in the air, and the rest of the time is spent for take-off or landing. I exchanged the rainy weather in HCMC for a good amount of sun and beach. On my first evening already, I could feel a pretty nice sunburn on my shpulders and my nose-in my opinion, the perfect start to two weeks of beachin around in Vietnam and Cambodia. I had heard that Phu Quoc’s tourism is on the rise and so I wanted to take a glimpse at it’s laidback vibe and empty beaches.
Best Banh Mi
My boyfriend and I took a PADI Open Water Diving course and we asked our instructor if he had some “restaurants” to recommend to us. We were desperately trying to find the best Banh Mi on pur travels in Vietnam and our diving istructor’s first recommendation was a bakery who make the sandwiches themselves. Right after our first diving sessions we headed to the bakery and arrived just on time when the woman took out the super crunchy baguettes out of the oven-the smell was incredible! We bought two Banh Mis filled with fresh ingredients and sat down right next to the bakery to eat them. The first bite already was an explosion of sp many different flavors in our mouths, we just looked at each other and immediately knew what the other one thought-we’ll buy two more of these! There was nothing to complain about except for the two slices of chili that made our heads turn all red and even made us cry becaus it was so spicy. 20,000 VND for one Banh Mi was just rediculous and the longer we stayed, the more people arrived to buy fresh Banh Mis themselves-more locals than tourists! To me, that’s always a good sign if locals eat a place too, it proves that it’s good food and also at a reasonable price. The next morning, we headed there again – to save money but also to unsere geschmacksnerven zu verwöhnen. We have tried out a Banh Mi shop in HCMC but weren’t that happy since the amount of meat just made it taste very greasy. On Phu Quoc however, her Banh Mi just had the right balance of meat, sausage, vegetables and spices-plus, her baguettes are super soft. Make sure to check this place out if you’re lookimg for really good Banh Mi!
In our hostel, we had Pho, a traditional soup, for breakfast twice and even prdered the soup once for dinner. This soup is very similar to my favorite Thai soup called Gyteaw.
On my researches I came across a very popular small restaurant located not too far away from my hostel, so I really wanted to go check it out. I was a bit suspicious because we were the first guests (remember what I just told you when I wrote about those Banh Mis?), but I trusted all those reviews on tripadvisor. The menu is small and übersichtlich: we ordered almost everything that was listed on the menu under SMALL-sort of Asian version of tapas. We reordered our favorites once again and we had actually planned on ordering desert too, but there was just not enough space left in our tummies! Their polenta chips, chicken wings and filled bread dumplings were oh so tasty, I couldn’t even deal… Of course, we went back the next evening too since we had troubles finding something else after we had been disappointed twice-the local night market and another restaurant. The girl, I even think she’s the owner of this cute restaurant, immediately recognized us and welcomed us back. Her English is amazing and she’s trying her best to make everyone enjoy their dinner. The menu stays the same for lunch, but we prefer to skip lunch when we’re traveling in Asia.
We rented a motorbike for four days but were only able to explore a few beaches since our dives took up the most time of our stay on the island. Bai (Vietnamese word for beach) Sao is the most commercialized beach of the whole island so we obviously wanted to see this beach for ourselves. It’s a pretty stretch of white sand in the South of the island, but the Hüpfburg they put up in the water just destroys the look and the atmosphere of the beach. I have found beautiful empty beaches in the North of the island next to Chez Carole.