Phu Quoc

 

This is just a quick posting to let everyone know that all is well and that I have not been affected by the awful devastation that has been caused by Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines recently; I am on the island of Phu Quoc with Chris (Snells, Neph, or whatever you know him as)……..

Although Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in Vietnam a few days ago, it was in the far north east of the country, north of Hanoi, near the border with China; Phu Quoc is an island off of the south west coast, sitting in the gulf of Thailand, and as such is thousands of miles away and is protected by the land mass of the country……….. we have been here for 5 days and  the weather here has been great, hot sunshine with a few clouds and the welcome respite of an occasional thirty minute downpour………

We have just booked flights to leave here on Tuesday and fly via Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang, from where we have the choice of visiting either Hue or Hoi An, or both………………..stay tuned !!

 

 

 

 

 

I took a scooter ride the other day to Cape Ganh Dua, which is on the north western tip of the island, while Chris decided to laze on the beach; I took the main road north from where we are staying at long beach and on the fairly decent surface of tarmac, I got there in under an hour………

 

Coming back I decided to take the coastal route, which turned out to be approximately 15 kilometers of unsurfaced clay, which had been heavily doused by recent rain and its uneven surface was consequently littered with puddles and pools of mud; a trail bike would have been ideal, but the small wheels of a scooter did not make for a comfortable journey…………I managed to avoid falling off, but I was relieved that Chris had his backside on a sun-bed and not on the pillion of the scooter………………

Above…………a couple of shots from the main road north, and below, the mud track that is called the coastal road

Above and below, take away chicken, but not as you or I know it…………….

Above, most people take them away, alive and clucking……….but as you can see below, they also offer an abattoir service…………

 

2 thoughts on “Phu Quoc

  1. Hi! Thanks for that quick posting! Glad the nephew and you met up okay! It looks like life is very much for living over there! Nothing seems to stop them getting to where they need to be or setting there stalls up!
    It’s good that part has escaped the the typhoon, but your heart goes out to those affected in the Philippines, and there friends and family’s in England.
    Enjoy your trip on its next leg! Lots of love x

    • Yes Liz, they certainly are very resourceful, nothing stops them, they just get delayed sometimes; they repair things, all broken things get mended, in the hope that they will last forever……I know that it is born from necessity, but it strikes you as a stark contrast to our disposable consumerism…

      and yes, the typhoon in the Philippines has caused unimaginable grief and sadness, it is difficult to visualise the magnitude of it….