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The sea is rough, the winds are strong and you may find yourself hanging out in your cheap bungalow more than you thought. But there are good things about Phu Quoc’s rainy season besides the low season prices. Tranh Stream (Suoi Tranh) is full of water, creating impressive rapids and waterfalls. The journey to the falls is a tough one, but a good way to stretch your legs, so here is a quick guide if you find yourself on Phu Quoc between May and October
To get to Tranh Stream from Duong Dong, get a taxi or rent a motorbike and head south east on DT47. Stay on the road for roughly five kilometres until you reach what looks like an entrance to Jurassic Park. It is a large, ivy covered gate. Head back to the small carport filled with motorbikes. Pay the entrance fee of 5,000 dong and for parking and up the path you go.
The stone path is well maintained and follows alongside the stream. There are several stops along the way on the trail. Immediately upon your start there are some food and souvenir stands. Here you can grab a quick snack of corn on the cob, potatoes or deep fried bananas for your trip. Many Vietnamese families pack their own meal and eat it along the way, so be prepared to dodge the occasional family picnic. About half way up the path, a 15-minute walk, there is a seven-metre high fall that is a little hard to see from the trail. There is a small path down an embankment that provides a good view.
The final stop on the trail is a large waterfall and the pool it spills into where the adventurous can take a quick dip and go under the falls. The water is still pretty warm here and if you stay toward the path side of the waterfall, fairly gentle.
Tranh Stream is only worth a visit from May to October/November -- outside of rainy season it is dry. This, of course, won’t stop the man at the door from collecting the entrance and parking fee from the unwitting. But if you find yourself in Phu Quoc in the low season, Tranh Stream may be one of your highlights.
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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