Tam Hai Island (The Most Amazing Place On Earth!)
Trip Start Mar 08, 2008
51Trip End Sep 06, 2008
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If there's only one thing you learn from reading our blog, dear readers, it must be that you make your reservations for this resort. And soon, before anyone else discovers it. Let me be very clear: IT WILL BE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF YOUR LIFE NOT TO COME TO THIS RESORT.
The manager of the resort arranged to have a private car pick us up in Hoi An and then take us by their speedboat across to the island. Upon arrival, the French-Vietnamese manager met us at the dock and escorted us to the resort. He had a fantastic French accent and when he called me "madam", my regard for the French went up one extra notch
We were the only guests at the resort for most of the trip, so it felt like we had the island to ourselves. The service at the resort was impeccable. In addition to our charming French manager, there were people constantly looking out for all of our needs. Like if we went swimming in the infinity pool and brought a bottle of water with us, they'd bring us extra towels and two glasses of ice when we weren't even looking.
Meals were ridiculous. It was a French restaurant, but with a lot of Asian influence in it. We had the most amazing tiger prawns you'd ever tasted. They had this seafood platter that was probably close to 10 pounds of tiger prawns, calamari, clams, mussels, crabs, shrimp, and seas snails cooked in European and Asian styles
The island is very peaceful and quiet, but we still had plenty to do. But we did get a private boat ride around the island where we saw fisherman catching all sorts of fish. We tried paddling a traditional fishing basket boat, which was a lot trickier than it looked. And we took a bike tour around the island, during which little kids would run out of their houses to chase after our bikes and yell "hello!" at us. We saw villagers collecting seaweed and drying them on the beach to sell later in Saigon. And we climbed some volcanic rocks where there were goats hanging out in the cracks.
If you're looking to go to the most romantic place on earth and get pampered to death, this is the place to visit. But what am I going to do for Jeremy's birthday next year?