Bai Truong Beach

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Long beach
Long beach

Phu Quoc’s longest beach is Bai Truong (far better known as Long Beach). In excess of 20km, north to south, Long Beach runs down Phu Quoc’s west coast and its grainy yellow sands, aside from the very occasional fishing hamlet, are utterly deserted. Utterly deserted that is except for the 20-plus resorts and guesthouses that are plugged into the northern end of the beach.

Kid swimming on beach
Kid swimming on beach

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The downside of the beach being deserted is that the vast majority of it is covered in refuse — not garbage so much (except for plastic water bottles) as flotsam — coconut husks, driftwood and so on. In high season the resorts mostly clean the beach in front of their plot, but most of the beach is left as it is. It’s not a huge deal, but does take away from the attractiveness of the beach.

Unwind in Phu Quoc
Unwind in Phu Quoc

The Vietnamese government has huge plans for the beach, including all manner of mega-hotels, resorts and what not. Thankfully the only evidence of any of these plans are a bunch of billboards declaring their existence  don’t hold your breath.

Bai Truong is lined for almost its entire length by a grassy stretch and coconut palms, meaning it’s easy to ride down as far as you want, pull over and go for a swim. It has great potential for picnics.