January 26, 2013 by brasiersarah
First and foremost let me take the opportunity to apologise for our lack of blogging. I’d like to say we’ve been busy, but I think a more appropriate descriptor would be slack. Anyhoo, Rhidian and I have put aside some time today to catch up on all our goin ons.
This was the beautiful Island of Phu Quoc. This was to be our last leg of our Vietnam trip and we were both very glad that we chose this heavenly oasis to finish our first month of travels.
We hired a bike and spent a day cruising around the Island riding through tree lined forest roads, electric blue skies, rice paddys, stopping occasionally for coffee or a swim. It was great. and Rhidian did well riding too for someone with very little experience on the bike.
Our humble abode for 4 nights. Despite looking somewhat primitive the beds were soft as clouds and we were well accommodated in this little hut of luxury.
Wooden bridges and paths were fashioned hap hazardously all around Freedomland connecting the huts to the main area. Our paths to the dining area were lit up when we were finally ready to get out the hammock and prepare to gorge ourselves on the dinner to come.
The place was beautiful in the day time, but at night was when it really came to life. The communal dinners were the place for all guests to come together at the end of the day and share their travel stories, itineraries and general thoughts and experiences. It was the night time’s bustling hub of conversation, with many native tongues heard as you walk along the table it was truly a lovely experience. We met some great people here too (a special mention goes out to Candy and Eddy, our backgammon coaches)
The first night’s meal started with over 10 different varieties of tapas. All crafted individually on toasted mini brushettas, and each was like a little flavour explosion when it landed in your mouth. Marinated eggplant, creamy garlic prawn, tomato bruschetta, Squid, Italian Sausage, Quiche, Samosas, Spring rolls, just to name a few all topped off with a homemade fruity Sangria. Rhidian sampled all 10, and doubled up on a couple (which would explain his later predicament). I tried all the ones that tickled my fancy but I had a feeling there was more to come…. and there was. After that proceeded a 3 course meal. I won’t begin to try and describe it all… but it was brilliant. We both went to bed in pain from how full we were. Then Rhidian awoke in the middle of the night and power spewed it back up. Perhaps the first time hes ever thrown up purely from over eating. He missed the toilet. It was grotesque, not to mention a horrible waste of food. I didn’t take a picture of that.
Just some of the examples of the 5 star quality food they served up to us here at Freedomland. It was a 5 course meal every night for the mere price of $12.
Whenever we decided to walk down to the beach to watch the sunset or have a dip there would always be a local little friend to accompany us all the way, running ahead of us and stopping for us to catch up. Its funny that anytime during the day the dogs could walk down to the beach whenever they pleased but they almost always chose to walk down when one of the guests was going. A lovely little reminder of the bond we share with these animals, there’s a reason they call them man’s best friend.