It seems like Phú Quốc is two islands. There are the fancy resorts, restaurants, and beaches that the tourists confine themselves to. But there is also the Vietnamese city of Dương Đông that the locals live in.

Dương Đông is quite a large, congested, noisy, dirty, and sprawling place. It has a harbor full of fishing boats and temples dedicated to fishermen. There is an overpriced tourist night market selling expensive seafood, but there are also restaurants for Vietnamese people selling good, cheap seafood.

Beaches are boring and all sort of look the same, so in some ways I found Dương Đông to be the most interesting part of the island.

Inside one of Dương Đông's new neon temples.
Inside one of Dương Đông’s new neon temples.
Peering through the trees and over the garbage at the fishing fleet.
Peering through the trees and over the garbage at the fishing fleet.
People were already swimming at 6 am.
People were already swimming at 6 am.
Fishing boats in the harbor.
Fishing boats in the harbor.
Lighthouse temple in the harbor.
Lighthouse temple in the harbor.
Temple dedicated to fishermen.
Temple dedicated to fishermen.
Morning at the beach.
Morning at the beach.
A boat coming back.
A boat coming back.
A burned out husk of a truck in the road.
A burned out husk of a truck in the road.
Sunset on the road.
Sunset on the road.
Vietnamese tacos at the night market.
Vietnamese tacos at the night market.
Vietnamese desserts at the night market.
Vietnamese desserts at the night market.
Terry
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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