First of all I have to say our trip didn't start great in Phu Quoc. We thought we'd arrive in Phu Quoc early to look around so we didn't make reservation. But the ferry we took from Ha Tien to Phu Quoc was almost 5 hours late (later I learned it happens quite regularly).
This late at night the only option we had was to follow other foreigners. We all jumped into a mini van. The driver stopped at every hotel and told us to get out to see if we like it. We didn't want any of them because they were expensive ($50-80 USD) and far away from the downtown area. We were tired and frustrated.
After seeing 6 or 7 of them, we finally gave up looking. We picked a clean/basic room at Nhat Lan and bargained with two men from $40/night down to $35 USD for four nights. The next day we found out from a lady receptionist (also the only person there who has no trouble communicating in English) that $35 is actually the regular high season rate (usually $15-20 during low seasons). Not the best first impession.
We didn't pick a bungalow, rather a room with a/c on the second floor of the main building. The room was basic but comfortable enough. The refrigerator in the room we stayed sometimes made a loud vibrating sound. We didn't tell Nhat Lan or to request a room change because it was the end of our trip in Vietnam we just didn't want to bother so it's certainly not their fault.
We wanted to be near the downtown area, nevertheless, Nhat Lan's location right on the Long Beach turned out to be the best experience for us. We loved to swim or to hang out on the beach anytime we felt like it. We enjoyed riding on a motorbike (about 15-20 minutes to the downtown area), which was rented from Nhat Lan (can't remember the exact price, should be around $6-8USD/day). We loved to have breakfast in the restaurant where you can put your feet in the soft sand and enjoy the beautiful view.
Nhat Lan, from my understanding, is operated by a family. Sure they are not professional and there can be some improvement (e.g. service or English communication skill) but that doesn't bother us. If they're important to you and you don't mind paying more, look somewhere else. Nevertheless Phu Quoc itself is worth a vist. We've been to some of the best beaches all over the world (e.g. Bali, Thailand, Philippines and Mexico) we love Phu Quoc for the fact that it's convenient enough for tourists and at the same time not too overly developed and not too pricey. Definitely return here!
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