The next morning, we started a few steps from my hotel and behind the night market. We visited the nearby Buddhist temples near the mouth of the Duong Dong river including the Cua temple at the Dinh Cau Rock. This temple is a dedication to the goddess of the sea. All the fisherman stop here prior to their journeys. We climbed rocks and watched as fisherman reeled in their catch of the morning.
Next was a visit to a plantation which grows Phu Quoc’s other biggest export aside from fish sauce—black pepper. The plants were high and the taste was something fresher than I’ve had anywhere.
After a few black pepper purchases, we toured the Hung Long Tu or Su Muon Pagoda. It was a bit of a hike uphill to the pagoda, and once you reached, you’re greeted by a big Buddha statue surrounded by children.
You follow the paths and visit the numerous temples around the property as well as all the natural beauty it’s encased in.
Reaching the top you get amazing views of Phu Quoc.
Upon leaving this sanctuary, the monks provided us fresh fruit grown on the land including papaya and longan.
This was a great snack just before our trek through the beautiful Tranh Stream.
The water flowing over the rocks created these peaceful sounds that you wish you can just capture.
This trek was my last adventure in Phu Quoc, an Island I’m glad I was able to see before the tourists take over.