While Phu Quoc Island is developing at a breakneck pace, the islands nearby remain untouched. Two of the better known places in Phu Quoc's vicinity are Nam Du and Hon Son.
Our trip to Hon Son was spontaneous. The boat had stopped there on our ferry trip from Rach Gia to Nam Du in the Gulf of Thailand, and we decided to pay a visit before heading back to the mainland.
Compared to its sister island Nam Du, Hon Son is more peaceful and there are few tourists. As we started looking for a hostel, stares followed us in our wake.
“It’s not the high season right now,” said a café owner, giving us a ca phe sua da. “It’s the stormy season. People are scared of that.”
The island is more charming than Nam Du. Take the road that rings the island. On one side is jungle, on the other, sea. In one short section, trees and bushes from both sides grow over the road, making you feel like you’re driving through a tunnel constructed not by man, but by nature.
Yet finding the paradise beach we’d been told about, meant many a wrong turn. On Google Maps, Bai Bang is a white strip lying next to the ring road. As we discovered, it is hidden at the foot of the island. I know you’re free, but… Thanks, Google. It was an old-fashioned, semi-hidden signpost that eventually pointed us in the right direction.
Leaving our bike above the beach, we clambered down some rocks towards the sand. As the beach appeared, we stopped, stunned. This place was something else; the sand, perfectly white, the sea, completely clear. We were alone.
Exhilarated we started running, jumping and screaming. This place was ours. Only ours. As we progressed down the sand, under some layered big stones we found a freshwater stream. The water was transparent.
Yet later on we found out that at the moment, the water in Hon Son is not so clear. “You guys should come here from October to February,” we were told.
Before going to Hon Son, I had promised some local friends in Nam Du that I would be coming back. But it’s Hon Son I want to return to. Not Nam Du. — Vu Ha Kim Vy
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