Phu Quoc was the final stop on my North to South jaunt through Vietnam and the point at which I realized the futility of my attempts to pick up bits of the language. I decided to pass along my bootlegged Lonely Planet phrasebook, purchased for $2 in Sa Pa, to Anh and Fong, my Phu Quoc masseuses. Able to speak only the little bit of English they'd picked up from their "English for Hairdressers" guide, these two sisters took to their language studies immediately after receiving the new phrasebook. Don't be surprised if you come across them when you visit Phu Quoc and they speak fluent English.
English is not common among the inhabitants of Phu Quoc, but that doesn't quash their eagerness to learn. So, if you go to Phu Quoc, perhaps bring along a few things to help them out.
Favorite thing: This photo is of the section of Long Beach outside the Saigon Phu Quoc Resort (see the accommodation tip on this page). The beach is actually a cooler place to lie down with your discman or book, than beside the pool, because there's more of a breeze here.
Bai Sao is a stunning beach on the eastern side of Phu Quoc. There are a few very low key beach 'cottage' places there. My Lan is one. You can see it's very simple. I forgot to ask how much it was! Doh. I only visited Bai Sao for a day. There is a restaurant here. It looks like a great place to park up on a beautiful beach with a good book and escape from the world for a few days!
To contact My Lan in Phu Quoc, ring 990 779. From the mainland dial 077 first.
Phu Quoc is a great place for some pure relaxation. The beach is generally very clean although if you are at all phobic about dogs, your stay won't be so relaxing!
The Phu Quoc hunting dogs are everywhere you go. The longer you are there, the less barking you will hear as they seem to get to know you very quickly.