Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Phu Quoc

Crossing back into Vietnam was no problem at all. Nobody cared about our motorbikes on the Cambodian side and the Vietnamese only asked about the Blue Card.

Right after the border we took the ferry to Phu Quoc, which took about 2.5-3h. The island has many beaches but most of it by now is (over) developed. With huge (sometimes unfinished) hotels. Nevertheless we enjoyed an (overpriced) sundowner by the beach.

Way too expensive but we weren’t back into calculating Vietnamese Dong to Swiss Francs ๐Ÿ™ˆ

The next day we drove to the south of the island, after fixing a flat tire on my bike… We had planned to take the cable car to some further south lying island and enjoy the view from above. Didn’t realized until we were there that this more or less the ride to the water park ๐Ÿ˜† But before reaching the cable car we drove through some ghost towns… The first was just a „normal“ looking one, where as the one around the cable car is in the style of the Italian Amalfi coast ๐Ÿคจ Sooo weird ๐Ÿคท‍♂️

Rows and rows of empty buildings

Sun Set Town

Wonder how many people take the stairs, there is an escalator right next door

Including fake well and fake clock tower 

Including painted on decay ๐Ÿ˜‚

The cable car obviously is built by Doppelmeyer ๐Ÿ˜‰ The ride was nice and gave a great (over) view of the area.

Where the locals live 

Pearl and fish farms

More farms

Had the gondola for ourselves on the ride back 

The empty high rises in the back are breaking with the theme ๐Ÿ˜‰

The water park was nice, sadly I wasn’t allowed on some rides as my hybrid shorts had zippers in the back and a button on the front ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ข So Aaron had to do the free fall one by himself even though he didn’t want to ๐Ÿ˜„ There were some cool ones on rings and in one we were even airborne before going up a quarterpipe, Quite exciting but also exhausting ๐Ÿ˜…


Lazy river crossing through the whole park 

The free fall one where the floor would drop away

I lost that race ๐Ÿ˜”

Climbing the towers in the heat ๐Ÿฅต


Ice cream to go

That evening turned out quite late…. ๐Ÿซข 

Aaron in his new look
So the next day it was rather late until we finally left for the north of the island. And guess what, there is also an Italian themed ghost town! ๐Ÿ˜‚ This time it’s motto is Venice ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Including gondolas and everything 

This town at least had some shops open and more visitors

Right outside was a nice bamboo pavilion displaying some art. Didn’t care about the art but the bamboo structure was awesome! ๐Ÿ˜

All made out of bamboo 

The interior 

Right next to it was a fake Chinese town

Here they have some artistic shows

And further north is also a German looking row of houses. Empty and already decaying…

Our goal for the day was Starfish Beach. Famous for its many, you guessed it, star fish. Sadly the water was really murky and the sun started to set. Also only Aaron took a picture, more about this later…

Nice sunset

Piers with fish nets and platforms for eating 

Oddly there was a star fish on the road one the way back?!

So it was dark on our ride home and rather  bumpy. Not a problem until Aaron’s phone bounced out of its holder on the moto and directly got run over by the car behind him ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿคฆ‍♂️๐Ÿคฏ So no star fish pictures…

Just a scratch!

Almost back at the hotel I realized my tire was loosing air fast, again! ๐Ÿ˜ค
Pushing my bike in the general direction of the next mechanic a guy stopped and offered help. When he saw Aaron’s phone he first brought him to a phone repair shop, but sadly they didn’t have any iPhone Mini screens on stock.
Then he showed me the way to his mechanic friend. We would never have found that guy, squeezed in between a hotel entrance and a little shop he does his work. With just s small set of tools and an air compressor. When I told him that I had a flat tire the day before, he meticulously searched the tire and found a pice of thin wire stuck in it. He then cut open my old tube and used it as an additional protection inside the wheel. Great work!

All the tools he needs and probably has ๐Ÿ˜€

So we were ready for the 8 o’clock ferry the next morning ๐Ÿฅฑ