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Exploring Vietnam: Our Last Days in Vietnam

Jedva sam čekala. Čiste bijele plaže, svjetloplavo more, palmice, bikini i sunce. Svi su hvalili plaže Phu Quoca. Dobili smo dojam da idemo na rajski otok. Ali, Vijetnam je i u raju pokazao svoje zube.

Stigli smo u Phu Quoc. Odsjeli smo u jednom super resortu s drvenim kućicama okruženi stablima manga. Mango nam je nerijetko padao na krov kućice pa bismo se često splašili tijekom noći.
Prvi dan dočekala nas je kiša pa smo većinu dana proveli u kućici kraj prozora ispijajući kavu i radeći na laptopu. Kraj prozora su izvirala drveća i zelenilo na koje se slijevala kiša te je sve stvaralo idilu i ugodu dok držiš toplu šalicu kave.  

In Phu Quoc in Vietnam, resting in the house surrounded with mango trees
Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Predvečer smo istraživali otok, koji je btw bio pun Rusa. Većina trgovina, restorana, putničkih agencija je upravo od njih. Bome su “navalili” u taj Vijetnam.
Jedva smo dočekali i da pogledamo tu rajsku plažu, udaljenu svega 5 minuta od resorta.

Šetali smo tako po plaži i bilo je malo čudno jer nije baš izgledalo kao na slikama. Bilo je prepuno turista, unatoč vremenu, i sve je pomalo izgledalo neuredno. Tražila sam dobre strane plaže no “najbolji” dio je tek uslijedio. Svakih 15 metara, po sredini plaže, nalazila se ogromna cijev. Cijev za kanalizaciju. Smrdilo je, iz nje je “svašta” izlazilo, a ljudi su okolo nje ležali kao da leže kraj palme a ne cijevi. Seriously Vijetnam?
Ahhhhh. Koja muka! Što se dogodilo s bijelom, čistom plažom i palmicama? Ja na ovu plažu neću zakoračiti u bikiniju a kamoli se okupati.

I tako razočarani počeli smo mozgati da li napustiti Phu Quoc ili ostati? Sve se činilo bezveze. Počeli smo istraživati otok i otkrili na internetu kako postoji bijela plaža ali na drugoj strani otoka. Nismo bili sigurni je li to opet neka fejk bijela plaža, a do tamo nam je trebalo više od pola sata vožnje.

Odluka je pala da ostajemo pa kud puklo.
Sljedeći dan vrijeme je bilo sunčano, ustvari, bilo je prevruće. Rentali smo skuter. Savršeno da te malo vjetra opali dok se voziš. Iako smo svaki put bar malo izgorjeli od sunca vozeći se na skuteru, nije nam smetalo, bilo je prezabavno pogotovo uz poglede koje cijeli Vijetnam nudi.

U centru grada nalazio se ogromni market koji je radio samo noću. Na njemu je bilo apsolunto sve, ulična hrana, restorani, odjeća, kokteli, nakiti… Probali smo neke Vijatnamske specijalitete koje ćemo sigurno probati i sami jednom napraviti. Hrana je bila preukusna i cijelo vrijeme smo nešto jeli.

I onda smo došli na plažu, Bai Sao plažu. Plažu sa slike. Bijelu plažu. Palmice. Sunce. Svjetloplavo more. I ja u bikiniju. Wuhuu. Napokon. Izgledalo je kao da smo na filmskom setu gdje snimaju Žal. Odmor za tijelo, dušu i oči.

On Bai Sao Beach in Vietnam, Phu Quoc
Bai Sao Beach
in Bai Sao Beach in Vietnam- Phu Quoc

Da ne ispada da smo se samo kupali, u Phu Quocu smo i jeli. I to punooo zanimljive hrane.
Blizu plaže nalazio se mali market na kojem se uglavnom prodavalo voće, banane i mango najviše, i proizvodi slični pecivima i fritulama. Teta sa štanda nagovorila nas je da probamo pržene banane u umaku od luka. Uzbuđeno i sumnjičavo smo pristali, ali… Da, možete pretpostaviti zašto taj “ali”. Usput smo odlučili kupiti i normalne banane od druge tete na štandu, no ona si je taman legla na ležaljku pa nas je otjerala jer joj se nije dalo dizati da nam proda banane. Oh, well.

Večer smo završili koktelom i malim mangom za laku noć, a ujedno je to bila i zadnja večer na Phu Quocu ali i zadnja večer u Vijetnamu.

Great food in Phu Quoc in Vietnam
The Best Food Ever – Sweet with Coconut Cream
Great food and fruit Durian in Phu Quoc in Vietnam
Durian Fruit
Great food in Phu Quoc in Vietnam
Fried Banana in Onion Sauce

Kada se sjetim kako sam samo 3 tjedna ranije bila očajna zbog miševa i žohara i jedva čekala da izađem iz Vijetnama tako sam ga sad jednako i zavoljela.

Pitate se bih li ga opet posjetila? Vrlo vjerojatno bih, ali samo određena mjesta.
Vijetnam nije bio lagan. Zemlja je to potpuno drugačije kulture, navika i običaja. Drugačiji ljudi. Vijetnam je divlji svijet.

Bilo je suza, ljutnje, prilagođavanja, divljenja, smijeha i prihvaćanja. Ne bih to mijenjala nikada.

Vidjeli smo svašta, ali osjetili puno više.


I was so happy. Pure white beaches, the blue sea, the palms, the bikini, and the sun. Everybody praised the beaches of Phu Quoc. We felt like we’re going on the paradise island. But, Vietnam showed their “teeth” in paradise.

Finally, we arrived in Phu Quoc. We were in a super resort with little wooden houses surrounded by mango trees. Mango was falling all the time to the roof of the house, so we often get scared during the night. Our first day was rainy, so we spent most of the day in the house near the window, drinking coffee and working on the laptop. There were trees by the window, and everything was greeny covered with raindrops. Everything was so comfortable and cozy while holding a warm cup of coffee.

In Phu Quoc in Vietnam, resting in the house surrounded with mango trees
Phu Quoc, Vietnam

In the evening we explored the island, which was btw full of Russians. Most of the shops, restaurants, travel agencies are owned by Russians. Clearly, they really enjoy being in Vietnam. We went to that “paradise beach”, just 5 minutes away from the resort.

We walked by the beach, and it was a little strange because it didn’t look like on the pictures. It was crowded with tourists, despite the weather, and it all seemed a bit dirty. I was trying to look on the bright side, but the “best” part was just coming. Every 15 meters, in the middle of the beach, there was a huge pipe. Sewer pipe. It smelled really bad, and people were laying around the sewer pipe. Seriously Vietnam? Ahhhhh. So bad! What happened to a white, clean beach and palm trees? I’m not going to step into this beach to swim and laying around.

We were so disappointed and started to question whether to leave Phu Quoc or stay? Everything seemed wrong. We started exploring the island and discovered on the internet that there is a white beach but on the other side of the island. We weren’t sure if we will find there a nice white beach, and it took us more than half an hour to get there.

We decided to stay.

The next day was sunny, in fact, it was too hot. We rented a scooter. Perfect to get refreshed while driving on the sun. Although every time we burned out from the sun by riding on a scooter, it didn’t bother us, it was so fun, especially with the views that Vietnam offers.

And then we came to the beach. The beach from the picture. White beach. Palm trees. Sun. Light blue sea. Bikini. Wuhuu. Finally. It looked like we were on a movie set where they shot The Beach, the movie with Leonardo Dicaprio. Rest for body, soul, and eyes.

On a Bai Sao beach in phu quoc
Bai Sao Beach

If we didn’t go out to swim, we ate at Phu Quoc. And they have some pretty interesting food there. Near the beach was a small market where mostly was fruit, bananas and mangoes mostly, and products similar to biscuits. Women from the booth prompted us to try fried bananas in an onion sauce. Excited and suspiciously we agreed, but … Yes, you can guess why this “but”. By the way, we decided to buy normal bananas from the other booth, but the woman was just lying there on the bench and she “kicked” us off because she didn’t want to get up and sell us bananas. Oh, well.

In the center of the city, there was a huge market that worked only at night. There was absolutely everything, street food, restaurants, clothes, cocktails, and jewelry. We tried some Vietnam specialties that we will definitely try to make by ourselves once. The food was so yummy, and we wanted to try everything possible. We finished our evening with a cocktail and a small mango for a good night, and it was also the last night at Phu Quoc and last night in Vietnam.

Great food in Phu Quoc in Vietnam
One of the Most Delicious Sandwiches are in Vietnam
Visiting the night market in Phu Quoc in Vietnam
Night Market in Phu Quoc
Great food in Phu Quoc in Vietnam
Vietnamese Food

I remember, how only 3 weeks ago I was so desperate because of mice and cockroaches. I hated Vietnam and hardly wait to get out. And now, I really love Vietnam.

Wondering if I would visit Vietnam again? Very likely, but only certain places.
Vietnam wasn’t easy. It’s a completely different culture, habits, and mores. Different people. Vietnam is a wild world.

There was tears, anger, adjustment, admiration, laughter, and acceptance. I would never change it.

We’ve seen a lot of everything, but we’ve felt a lot more.

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