Another glorious day awaited us today. Siobh was left in bed while I devoured several mugs of tea in the hammock.
Today we decided it was time... Time to hire a scooter. The roads looked good, minimal traffic and very few large vehicles.
We had a 125cc Suzuki hired from the owners of our guesthouse. Filled up with fuel and we were off. First stop was breakfast, a fresh bakery for a selection of breads, croissants, and sweet goodies. We decided we would explore the north of the island as it was rumoured to have the best beaches. We set out a route and headed for the 30 odd Km journey north through the dense jungle. Once we left Duong Dong (the largest town situated bang in the middle of the island) it was just the two of us and our motorised hair dryer on the wide open road! The highway turned into road, the road into dirt road, and the dirt road into jungle pathway. After a few map checks we found our way to a small fishing village on the north shore of the island. We explored the town and found a spot of beach to eat our baked goods bought earlier in the morning.
After our refreshments we hopped back on the 'beast' and headed south down the north west coastline. We scooted alongside the white sand beaches and if we were hot or it looked too good not to, we would park up and jump in.
We went the wrong way a few times, each time we would find something interesting that we would never had seen had we gone the correct way.
On the way home we found a little street stall with a handful of people sat eating. Peckish and intrigued we stopped and took a look. The lady in the front had a huge pan on the boil and was making deep fried shrimp cakes!! We sat down on the plastic chairs that in most parts of the world would only be used for children under the age of 8. Looking like Gandalf at a hobbits tea party we crammed our gangly legs under the table and with no words exchanged we were dealt a huge tray of fresh mixed salad leaves, a bowl of whole red chilies, and of course a bowl of Phu Quoc fish sauce. Then, 4 deep fried shrimp cakes were chopped up and served to our table. As shown physically by the fryer lady you grab a huge salad leaf and pile in mint leafs, cucumber, a mixture of small salad leafs, a chunk of shrimp cake, a chilli, and roll it all up like a spring roll, dip it in the fish sauce and squeeze the bomb of flavour into your gob! Wow, it was amazing!! We were given enough to make a dozen packages of food heaven and we washed it down with a cold bottle of coke. Lunch today cost a little over $2.
We jumped back on the trusty stead and headed home for a siesta and much needed shower!
Later that evening after the sun had dropped we headed to the night market with the knowledge of there being a huge fresh fish market/restaurant scene. Parked up like the locals we headed in for another belly full.
After some bartering (from Siobh) we chose our restaurant of choice along with a huge fresh sea bass to be cooked on the BBQ.
It was very tasty! The meat fell off the bone and with the pepper lime sauce it was to die for!
Content but with room for desert we headed back to our now local bakery from this morning. Banana cake, lime (Swiss) roll, and a couple of muffins please and thank you!
Today has been full of incredible food, amazing views, and blistering sunshine!
Today was the best and it was all made possible by our little moped!