This is IT: The Very Last Post on Vietnam!

The last post of Vietnam - capturing 12 days on Phu Quoc Island and a few days in Saigon before we headed back to San Francisco

I’m going to be honest with you: I wasn’t going to post this.

I wasn’t going to go back and post any of the Phu Quoc Island photos or of the last weekend in Saigon. I kind of felt like that moment was over,┬ábut then Mikey has had some pretty bad insomnia recently and is totally loving re-visiting the old travel posts (he wanted me to tell you that if you like travel posts, go to the sidebar and select “travel” under “categories” and only the travel posts pop up). So I’m really posting this for my beloved.

And for you, too! If you dig it.

So, I left you last in Phu Quoc Island, the paradise grove in southern Vietnam. We flew there for a song, and were pretty surprised by some of the growing pains that the island is experiencing in its transition from sleepy small-town island to Big Time Tourist Destination.

The place is GORGEOUS. The beaches are soft and white. The water is warm and oh! so lovely. Hermit crabs hide in the sand and you can see fish swimming around you. The people are warm and friendly. The pepper is fresh and delicious – pepper farms are all around. The fish sauce is absurdly delicious. The taxi drivers are polite, honorable and efficient.

We really warmed up to the island, and got to laughing over the ditches that we’d mince over while walking someplace or another. We also laughed over all the construction going on. It’s like, the good things there are so GOOD that the eyebrow-raising stuff pales in comparison, you know what I mean?

Let’s get started with the photos:

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This is pepper! We went to a pepper farm!

Meriah Nichols Phu Quoc Island Vietnam-46 Meriah Nichols Phu Quoc Island Vietnam-48 Meriah Nichols Phu Quoc Island Vietnam-49And a fish sauce factory:

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Walking around in the street, drinking passionfruit juice in the market:

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Meriah Nichols Phu Quoc Island Vietnam-22 Meriah Nichols Phu Quoc Island Vietnam-21 Meriah Nichols Phu Quoc Island Vietnam-20– In our propeller plane!!

Meriah Nichols Phu Quoc Island Vietnam-19We had our last Pho (in Vietnam)

Meriah Nichols Phu Quoc Island Vietnam-18 Meriah Nichols Phu Quoc Island Vietnam-17Trip to a regular supermarket to gawk at varieties of fish sauce

Meriah Nichols Phu Quoc Island Vietnam-16Last trip to a playground

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Meriah Nichols Phu Quoc Island Vietnam-4We had a blast.

Thank you, Vietnam.

We love you.

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