Roughly about 12 years ago, we travelled to Phu Quoc island not knowing what to expect. Upon arriving, we were amazed by how stunning and un-touched the island was and we thought how nice it would be to own a home on one of these beautiful beaches. One day on the motorbike through the rugged red dirt roads of the National Park, we made our way to the village of Ganh Dau and stopped by at what is now known as "Gio Bien" for a lunch break by the beach. After a delicious and relaxing lunch, we almost forgot about our City jobs back in London and came across a friendly local. We sat in front of his home overlooking the clear blue turquoise beach, where one conversation led to another and we asked him if he knew anyone that wanted to sell their land. As it happened he mentioned that he was, and then we all smiled.
Since we arrived in Ganh Dau village we have assisted the local community with donations to expand the local primary school, provided employment to the local community, helped the poorer families with roofing materials for repairs. During the raining season where fishing is not possible (as a mean of income), we have provided rice and other stables for families who need it most.
We have always been passionate about protecting the environment and actively campaign this message with the local mayor. In playing our part, we apply eco-friendly practices in our resort by utilizing rainwater collection, solar panels and uses the most energy efficient light bulbs, fridge, air conditioning etc where possible throughout the property.
On the motorbike through the rugged red dirt roads and through the National Park, we made our way to the village of Ganh Dau.
ABOUT PHU QUOC
Phu Quoc island floats in the warm turquoise waters in the Gulf of Thailand, and is Vietnam's largest island. Located approximately 45 kms from the Vietnamese main land town of Ha Tien, and just 15 kms from Cambodia, and a 35-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
More than half the island is tropical national park. Beaches are open and unspoiled with fresh sea breezes and stunning sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters making this a true paradise. The island covers an area of 580 square kilometres (similar to that of Singapore).
Phu Quoc island is home to the best fish sauce (nước mấm) in the world, has an abundant selection of fresh seafood, farmed sea pearls and produces high quality peppercorn. Of course you will see peppercorn farms on the way to Peppercorn Beach Resort. To learn more about Phu Quoc, refer to discoverphuquoc.com.