Get away from the crowds
This family-run homestay will give you a taste of what Phu Quoc was like 10 years ago.
From Rach Ham, travel a bumpy seven kilometres up the eastern coast on dirt road to an isolated slice of beach where electricity is intermittent and amenities are limited but peace and quiet are in great abundance. Here you can get away from it all – though unfortunately when we visited in December 2015, someone was building bungalows down the road. Still, it is an isolated beachfront spot and with just three bungalows, you are guaranteed a low-key, intimate and relaxing stay. Lie back in one of their hammocks with a beer and you’ll wonder what the fuss about Long Beach is.
The bungalows are adorned with terracotta-tile roof and cheerful green paint, while the inside is more understated. Rooms have terracotta tile floors and creamy white walls livened up with colourful artwork. Furnishings are simple and there’s a mosquito net, a thoughtful bedside electric outlet and table. You also get a fan and ensuite modern bathroom. Not to be forgotten is the fact that your bungalow is right on the palm-lined beach, which you will likely have all to yourself. Not a bad spot to take in a great sunrise. There are no other restaurants for a few kilometres so expect to eat Vietnamese fare at their on-site restaurant. They also rent motorbikes. Keep in mind that the “road” definitely feels more like off-roading and it is extremely difficult to traverse after rain.
Address: Cay Sao Hamlet, 7 km north of fishing village, Nam Hinh village, Phu Quoc Island
T: (098) 800 2562;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º4'28.65" E, 10º13'40.25" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you'll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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