This peaceful tropical paradise, floats in the warm turquoise waters in the Gulf of Thailand, 50kms from the Vietnamese mainland and a 50 minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City.
Bai Dai, set on the north-west coast of Phu Quoc, is 26km by road (motorbike only) from Duong Dong, and it takes about 30 minutes to get here by boat. To the south of Bai Dai Beach, on the headland, is the Mai Phuong Beach Resort. The sea here is generally calm (outside of monsoon season) and there are none of the wild and choppy swells of the South China Sea. The water here is crystal clear, the sand virgin yellow/white, and there are coral islands only 10 minutes by canoe from the shore. Heading up the coast here from Duong Dong, look out for the anchovies and squid drying on racks on the side of the road. The anchovies are used to make nuoc mam, Phu Quoc’s most famous (and pungent) product. Just offshore rises Turtle Island (Doi Moi), a snorkeler’s delight with coral reefs and tropical fish galore. Look at it from the shore and decide if it really looks like a turtle.