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Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Written on: Thursday January 18th, 2007

A journal entry from: Southeast Asia

We have had a wonderful eight day ?footstop? on this tranquil and unspoiled island south of Cambodia but claimed and governed by Vietnam. Beautiful beaches line the island, with some tourist development on the western shore.  The pictures will speak better than words? Our days were set by a rhythm of  breakfast delivered to our porch, swimming, snorkeling, eating and walking.  Some scootering was done to explore the island?s pepper farms, fishing villages and deserted beaches. A perfect ?vacation? from the work of traveling.  ?What work?? one might ask.  But for those romantics, like myself, everyday in paradise has its challenges.  A bamboo hut on the beach is far from a 5-star resort.  We survived the middle of the night plumbing problems caused by a sudden burst in the water pipe. (Yes, we had running water ? cold, not hot). Greg put his spontaneous skills of problem solving to work not once, but three times in the middle of the night.  At one point he created an irrigation canal/stream/waterfall with plastic sheeting across the floor of the hut. Another night we arrived home to water flowing out from under the cabin?s door.  I survived a plague of bites ? sea mites, sand fleas, red ants, bed bugs?? I succumbed to the daily pleas of the conical hat ladies on the beach, ?Allo, allo mama. Massage, massage.? Greg, on the other hand, was less eager to have them remove every hair on his body with a piece of dental floss. ?Number one job for you, papa. No pain.?