Phu Quoc left its indelible mark on me on our first visit in 2011. The memories of the rustic feel of the province, the fresh seafood, and the warmth of its people make me want to go back. And luckily, our office chose PQ as it’s destination for this year’s 2015 retreat. 🙂
We stayed at the newly opened Salinda Premium which was just a quick 10-minute ride away from the PQ International Airport. But more on that later.
After devoting the whole of Saturday to office events, Sunday gave us an opportunity to explore the island. And since I brought my whole family plus mom, we decided to check out what PQ is famous for — 3Ps – pearls, pepper, and pristine beaches.
Salinda helped get us a taxi with an English speaking driver, anh Xuan to take us around town. And first stop was the Ngoc Hien Pearl farm. Outside the showroom were a couple of people explaining the pearl development process.
There was a perfectly good beach out front Salinda which is Long Beach. But people visiting PQ ride to the white sands of Sao Beach. Unlike our first encounter of Sao Beach in 2011 — where the beach and waves were quiet, this weekend was the complete opposite!
I just hope the tourists would take care of this beach. I’ve seen some trash here and there, but otherwise, the place is still beautiful.
The kids — especially my youngest hates sand, so we didn’t get to spend much time at Sao Beach. Nor were we able to eat a sumptuous meal at the beach. Sigh. Kids.
The lady in the farm was sorting pepper for selling — must be an arduous process!
Phu Quoc is also famous for its fish sauce, but sadly, we didn’t get to visit the factory. Oh well, all the more reason to go back!
You can read about our PQ adventure in 2011 here.