The ride to Rach Gia was a continuation of following a series of canals and waterways that although very interesting,had a series of twists and turns that turned out much longer than I anticipated. I arrived at the Palace Hotel just as it was getting dark. After checking in I walked down the road to the Super Dong ferry office and bought a ticket for Phu Quoc Island for the next day.
Back at the hotel I had a shower and proceeded to get ready to go out for supper. In the meantime the music started up downstairs and my tired body was telling me that this is not good news. I headed down to the lobby and it turns out what was getting started was the hotel staff Tet party. I proceeded to leave for dinner and before I was out the door got invited to join in..
What proceeded was a glass of beer was placed in front of me and throughout the night it was continually filled up and I don't think it ever got below half. Lots of clinking of glasses. Lots of prawns and fish and other food placed in front. Lots of hugging both males and females. The music was extremely loud, most people taking turns singing. The mike was passed to me and I tried to explain that I don't sing. I don't think they got that, so in the end I asked one of the women to dance. Things got more interesting then. She made it her job to make sure I had more beer and food. I think my picture must be on every cell phone in the room. I never did go out for supper. I would recommend the Palace Hotel.
The next morning I caught the Super Dong Ferry to Phu Quoc Island. It is a 3hr trip to the Island. I had reserved a room at the Mango Resort which is on Long Beach on the other side of the Island. Phu Quoc is quite a large island. In my usual way I put the walking route into Google maps and proceeded to follow the route to the resort. Well on this Island it doesn't work. I started down this one road, which turned into a trail, across a few streams. When it became apparent that to proceed I would have to get out a machete I retreated and followed the driving route.
In contrast to what I have seen so far there is quite a few international travellers here. The Mango Resort is quite nice,not expensive (35 per night) and like most places in Vietnam include breakfast. At breakfast yesterday I met a woman from Denmark. She was going on a snorkeling tour for the day but suggested we get together for supper. Coincidentally she met a young woman on the snorkeling trip from Victoria who had just graduated and was working as a teacher in China and here for a holiday. The three of us went out for dinner on the beach. Nice to have a break from sign language. I decided to stay an extra day here and will head back to the mainland tomorrow, then into Cambodia.