Give me the simple life
Pepper plantations dot the island and they’ve become a quick stop for organised tours and tourists exploring on their own.
Those seeking a rural retreat can stay in one of Pepper Farm Phu Quoc’s simple rustic bungalows surrounded by pepper plants and trees.
This family-owned plantation has been growing pepper for five years, along with vegetables and fruit for their own meals. Despite the natural appearance, the wood bungalows feel very clean and well taken care of. In addition to a front porch, guests get a big curtained window, bed with mosquito net, vanity and a simple but charming ensuite open-air bathroom. Walls of rattan give you privacy and the Western toilet, sink, shelf, hooks, tap and terracotta pot for refreshing bucket showers is all you need really. Linens, towels and bottled water is provided. There is electricity but no air-con or WiFi in the rooms. If a farm homestay sounds like heaven, this is it.
Some of the family speak English and there is a restaurant with WiFi (in addition to plenty of jars of pepper for sale). Order dinner in advance if you want a homegrown feast. For trips outside the farm, you’ll definitely want your own motorbike or bicycle (ideal if you rent them in town first) as it is quite a distance from anything. Pepper Farm Phu Quoc is located in the northwest, about 18 kilometres north of Duong Dong town. Relatively speaking it is some distance to a beach. As the bird flies mediocre Rach Vem beach is six kilometres via a difficult dirt track. The better option is to travel six kilometres to the main west coastal road along fresh pavement, with either attractive Vung Bau or Ong Lang beach an additional few kilometres away. But really, Pepper Farm Phu Quoc is a nice complement to beach time and is only for those who enjoy nature.
Address: Xom Moi Village, Bai Thom Commune, Phu Quoc Island
T: (0127) 876 2897; (091) 808 6129;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º57'18.47" E, 10º19'41.23" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$16||US$16|
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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