The place is strange. Each day it is inundated with national tourists, but they only stay for one night and then leave. The national tourists stay inside between the hours of 10am - 4pm as they are terrified of catching the sun. Therefore you have a fabulous pool and beautiful beach all to yourself. It's simply wonderful, yet slightly unnerving.
There are loads of terrible reviews about the staff being dreadful. But they're not. The ladies who work on reception in the day time are incredibly cold and unhelpful, but everyone else is simply wonderful - if you drop them a smile, they'll be so kind to you for your whole stay. Unlike everywhere else in Vietnam, this place does not want to sell you any tours or any bus tickets or any other expensive tourist rubbish - therefore, unlike everywhere else, they don't need to be fake nice to you.
Avoid the weekend for goodness sake. While we were there, there was up to 25 people staying in one room (counted the shoes outside), drinking heavily and singing loudly into the night. As a westerner, it's unbearable, and the staff are unable to control it.
The week days are simply serene though.
I personally find the poor reviews unfounded. It's perfect, paradise on your doorstep, away from all the disgusting 'travellers' wearing saggy vests and storming through the country on motorbikes.
Avoid the hotel restaurant though. It's not delicious and it's very overpriced. £7 for a (sweet bread) sandwich. There is a delicious sea food restaurant, less than 10 minutes walk away, on the lake. I forget the name, but it's the one with the shortest pier to walk down. The two with the longer piers out onto the lake aren't so pleasant.
There are jellyfish in the sea, we only saw them around midday though. Not sure if they're dangerous or not - but keep an eye out while your floating around.
Enjoy this untouched paradise. Before it becomes developed and disgusting.
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