A two hour ferry ride later and we arrived on the island of Phu Quoc, the sun was shining and the sea was calm and full of colourful fishing boats. Paradise! We did plan to look at a few different places to stay but the first one we arrived at won us over with a bungalow 50m from the beach and our own hammocks for lazing around in. We had a met a lovely Irish girl named Abby and decided to share a bungalow with her for $25 a night!
Luckily there was a group of us decided to stay at the same place and with a representative from countries all over Europe we were in a for a good few days. The first thing I wanted to do (well after a beer obviously) was go for a swim, we decided to swim out to the furthest buoy, however half way there my entire body was stinging, turns out the sea was full of stinging plankton. Ahhh well it seemed we'd just have to sit and watch the sunset while having a few more drinks. It was a Saturday so the group decided we should go out and get drunkard. We started off with dinner at the local fish market, you could basically choose any fish or seafood to be cooked the the BBQ. Luckily Martin the Austrian representative was a chef, we decided to let him pick everything and share a massive seafood banquet between the 10 of us. It was amazing, we had everything from squid to massive prawns to red snapper and a million other things in-between. I even tried sea snail, I'm not going to lie and say it was amazing but I did manage to swallow it; just! The rest of the night was spent drinking a few bottles of watered down local vodka, ahh well it was cheap and after enough of it we were well on our way.
The next day we decided to rent scooters to do a bit of exploring. We turned up at the rental place and they happily gave us a scooter, no license or anything needed, just a couple of dollars. We were shown the accelerator and brake and off we went. Luckily it's a pretty quite island, doesn't compare to the roads in Saigon. All was good until Abby needed to stop for petrol, we turned around for a second and her scooter was on the floor after going straight into a van. A few strange looks from the locals but luckily nobody said a thing so off we drove.
We had booked on to do our PADI open water qualification the next day so a couple of beers and a chilled out evening in the hammocks it was.