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Sand Flees on Phu Quoc??

  • thompsonkimk

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    We were just on Koh Rong island in Cambodia and I was not able to lay on the beach because of really bad sand flee's. Does anyone know if they have them on the beaches of Phu Quoc? We are considering spending a few nights there but if we are unable to lay on the beach it might change our minds. I would appreciate anyone's feedback.
    Cheers

    #1 Posted: 13/2/2012 - 01:23

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  • caseyprich

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    May be a cyclical thing - but I was there in February a few years ago and had no problem with fleas or flies.

    #2 Posted: 13/2/2012 - 19:36

  • sayadian

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    I think it's a bad idea to lie on any S.E.Asian beach since sand flies can be anywhere and are hard to spot.I'd always use a chair or recliner.The bites from these things are just horrible, much worse than mosquitos and the swelling and itching can last for days.

    #3 Posted: 14/2/2012 - 20:39

  • busylizzy

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    It's pretty sure it's cyclic, too - but I also think it's blood type or something, too! We get there here on our beaches in NZ sometimes, too, usually in spring I've noticed. I've been on the beach with two different friends (lying on a towel, on a picnic blanket) - and the little b&#*#s are jumpting all over me. I'm covered in bites which blister up and itch the bejeezus out of me for a week. My friends? Untouched! Bah...

    #4 Posted: 15/2/2012 - 02:31

  • THEIBC

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    I had the same experience as 'busylizzy' on Phu Quoc, I was fortunate enough to be the one who remained untouched while my girlfriend got terrorised by the little buggers. Don't let it put you off Phu Quoc though, it's a great place! We especially enjoyed renting a moped and cruising the dirt tracks (and occasionally woods by mistake) all day.

    #5 Posted: 16/2/2012 - 13:28

  • sayadian

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    I concur with that. Don't let these little buggers put you off a great island.We also rented a motorbike and had a lovely time.
    The roads are very quiet and safe. There are lots of little tracks to take you to the pristine beaches.
    The nice thing is you can't get lost as there is just that one road which circuits the island.
    Enjoy it now before the big developments start.

    #6 Posted: 16/2/2012 - 19:17

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