An even better beach
03/20/2010 - 03/20/2010
Today we rented motorbikes again and returned (this time with Chop) to Sao Beach to see what its beach chairs, restaurants, and massage ladies had to offer. We took our time getting there, stopping off at a hammock restaurant for drinks and then a pearl farm for shopping (but we just weren't in the mood for haggling). We found our way back to Sao Beach easily and stopped at the Sao Beach Club. We had to pay to use the beach (actually, to use the beach chairs), but it was well worth it.
The water was deliciously warm, the beach perfectly white, and the restaurant eager to deliver Tiger beers, shrimp, and crabs to our chairs. This side of the island has many more waves than the side we are staying on, so we had a really good time being tossed gently about (although I did get a couple big mouthfuls of the Gulf of Thailand) in the shallow water.
We ate lunch and settled in to some quality reading/napping time. In the afternoon a huge tide of what turned out to be jellyfish (they are a really pretty shade of blue here, so at least you can see them) washed in close to the beach which freaked me out a little (oddly, Dan was not that concerned, and was just happy that whatever bitey thing lives in the water on the west side of the island seemed to be missing here). I actually watched a Vietnamese tourist fish one out of the water by holding onto its head, which seemed moderately insane to me, but he appeared unharmed. On the way back to our hotel we stopped off at another pearl farm for some ice cream and watched a dog and a monkey playing together. One of the odd things about Phu Quoc is it is full of feral dogs, a particular breed that has a couple of short hackle ridges running up their backs. Naturally (or rather, unnaturally I guess), these dogs have destroyed most wildlife on the island so I'm assuming the monkey was imported by the Australian or New Zealander (he wasn't much for chatting) guy who owns this particular pearl farm. It was cute anyway. We were back to the hotel beach in time for a sunset massage and Tiger beer/mango smoothie before heading off down the beach in search of our next delicious fresh seafood dinner. Why, oh why, are we not steaming crabs in coconut milk at home?