If you do decide to stay here or at any of the other Phu Quoc beaches, be sure to pack your sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. When the sun is shining the glare can be blinding, and your skin will quickly fry. It used to be said that only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the tropical sun but foreigners of other nationalities have committed the same offence on Phu Quoc. Go for a walk on the beach in the middle of the day in dry season and you will burn the soles off your feet. More sensible souls retreat at this time to their hammocks or deck chairs or even watch a Korean TV drama or Hong Kong kung fu movie in their rooms, or take a siesta. You will notice that the Vietnamese women forced to work on the beach in the daytime liberally wrap their heads with towels to protect themselves from the sun. They know the conditions.
It is not only mad dogs and Englishmen who frequent Bai Vong, there is the occasional mad Japanese visitor as well. Read Masaru Amano’s account of crossing Indochina by bicycle, which included a tour of Phu Quoc. After departing Bai Vong by ferry, Amano wrote: “My impression of Phu Quoc Island is pretty good. Beautiful beaches, friendly people are main attractions, but I think I will come here with someone next time. It is hard place to be alone especially if you are young enough.”
To enhance the seclusion, much of the east coast is covered by national park (known in Vietnamese as the Vuon Quoc gia Phu Quoc). It is this national park which descends on the sandy shores of Bai Vong, and wild animals may be seen descending as well, for example the flying gray fox, a bat with a wingspan of two meters. It is said to be the biggest bat in the world.