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Van Son's Adventure: Kien Giang Phu Quoc Island Phu Quoc has a total area nearly 600 square kilometres.
Duong Dong is in the center, then Southern island at the south, and Northen island at the north.
Southern island has some famous beaches, like Sao Beach, meaning star beach.
At the north is Genh Dau beach, standing from Genh Dau, we can see our neighboring country.
About 3 – 4km away from here.
Jokingly, you can cross by to the land when tide is low.
This is the nearest point we can see Cambodia.
Amazing right? Finally arrived! I chose Seashell hotel for my stay in Phu Quoc.
The reason why is, it has convenient position, and especially excellent service.
Let's check in.
I stay on the 4th floor? Okay, thank you.
The elevator over there? Help me carry my luggage.
Entering my room now.
See you then.
Rach Vem is a memorable place.
Besides its wild beauty, it's also famous for starfishes.
All over the beach.
The forein tourists really like it because when diving into clear ocean water, they can see the starfishes.
Starfish is just an animal.
Some Vietnamese caught them to make medicinal liquor.
They think it's good for their health.
Actually starfish is beautiful, and useless.
When going by speedboat from Rach Vem, throush Rach Cham river.
OMG Entering the river gate, is a stunning view.
We are familiar with shrimps, shrimp paste, or dried shrimp but we may not see fresh shrimps.
Freshly caught! They start drying them, then ground them, or dry one more time, to make dried shrimp, or garnish on top a dish, or put into the soup, very good.
I'm at Rach Vem right now.
Rach Vem is now a popular place to tourists.
It is a floating village, with clear water that we can see lots of starfishes under sea.
So stunning! We will follow the river, to discover beautiful view, like U Minh forest in Ca Mau.
There're also rare plants.
Can't miss the fishing part, then cooking.
Let's go! Is that fresh shrimp? Can I have a look? Totally fresh? They are a little bit dry after 3-4 hours under the sun.
Full on the boat.
Oh, here they are.
Wow, incredible! Can I have a question? Is this its maximum size? or even bigger? This is.
No more bigger.
Ok, I see.
Not like the prawns? Just in the same familia? They keep living in this size and don't grow up? You can find them seasonal or year-round? It's seasonal.
Roughlly from May-June to October-November.
How many tons of shrimps can you catch a day? It depends.
Sometimes 2-3 tons a day.
2-3 tons? So how much for 1kg? Also depend on the size.
I mean this size.
At my town, they sell at 40.
000 – 50.
Oh really? Bigger size is 60.
000 – 70.
Then how much you can earn a day? It's not a small amount.
You must be rich.
This happens in short time.
A few days.
About 2-3 months.
Can I eat it directly? But it's dirty.
Put in your mouth.
So let's get on boat, and travel around to see the forest, then stop to go fishing.
I will use about 1 kg, mix with lime, roll it and dip into the fish sauce.
Find any fish, then I'll cook it.
What a nice day! Awesome, like I'm flying on the water.
This is high-speed boat.
Speedy and express.
Now we're traveling to the river, and see mangrove forest.
The rare plants located inside.
Let's discover deeper.
When visiting the island, you have to travel offshore.
Don't stay on the land.
Go to Phu Quoc and explore every places! This is Rach Cham fishing village.
We just visited Rach Vem, and now we're here after 5-7 minutes on boat.
Finally arrive at Rach Cham.
And we're heading to the river gate of Rach Cham.
To go sightseeing.
Phu Quoc is so big.
I have to admit that.
It is a long, large land from the sea view.
Phu Quoc also has beautiful rivers.
I'm amazed by this.
You'll see mangrove forests soon.
There is a plant called Lumnitzera .
One of the plant in Red Book list of the world.
Only existed in a few places.
and Phu Quoc.
Especially, rocks are under the river.
The driver must know clearly the terrain to avoid rocks.
Amazing! Is it Phu Quoc for real? I think it's more than that.
It's beyond than just only sea.
With beautiful rivers.
Look! Gorgeous! The boats anchored 2 shore sides.
The local people live on those boats.
Wow, can you see the curtain of roots over there?So beautiful! Gotta take a deep breath to calm myself down.
So i can enjoy this breathtaking scenery.
It just so beautiful that i forgot how to breath.
This is the 50 hectares land that is well-reserved.
To protect a tree called Lumnitzera littorea.
People in Phú Quốc used to use this tree to make the hull.
So the boat very sturdy.
I think it's because this tree grew in mangrove forests.
I also think this tree's even sturdier than tea tree.
Usually a tea tree never get rotten growing in the water.
But this tree's like a legend, look at its stem.
Especially, lately it became a kind of medicine.
For curing some diseases.
That's why it's very rare.
It is recognized by The international red list.
Not only in our country's Red list.
It's strictly protected.
This tree live in mangrove forests.
Which means it grew under water.
That's why its roots spread out like that.
So it can get more oxygen.
And nurture all of the subtrees.
I can't believe Phú Quốc also has this kind of forest.
I didn't expect there will be river like this.
When i visited Phú Quốc long ago, i just played on the beach and tried other stuff.
But when you explore more about Phú Quốc, you will realize all of this place's wonders.
An island with freshwater lake.
And this kind of forest too.
Don't need to mention about the island, Ngọc Island, as true as the Pearl Island.
The bait's still intact.
It nibbled half of my bait.
It means there're fish down here.
But the fish are too small that it can't eat all the bait but to nibble.
See?A big one! The biggest one that i've ever caught.
Actually if you want to catch the big one, you have to go far away.
Here, even spreading the net can't catch a big one, We just stay around the reef, you can see a lot of corals under the water.
There are just small fish eating seaweeds.
If you want to eat quality food, you have to go far.
But we don't have the time to go out there to catch some big fishes, How about going to the restaurant on boat over there? They raise a lot of big fishes that are caught by people working at the restaurant.
After catching them, they put them in the lake and raise for selling.
Let's go there, choose one and eat.
For instance, groper, crab, shrimps, oyster and lots more than that.
And let's release this one.
Be free! Back to our mother! Don't go stray! Go back to the sea.
I love you! We didn't catch a big groper.
The gropers do live there, But they all swim in the large scale and space, we can't catch them.
People here did catch them and raise the fish here.
If we can't even manage to catch them in this net, just die then.
My god, this one is big.
God! Is this groper? Or a dinosaur? Is this a groper?Or a dinosaur? I thought.
huh? God, i thought i caught a dinosaur! How can it be this big? Oh!This one must weigh from 5 to 6 kg! This groper weigh 6, 1 kg.
I never see any big groper like this.
Actually, there are other groper with the weight of 10 kg and above, But it's rare to see them.
Just this 6 kg one is already rare to see.
This one is caught by other off-shore boats, after catching the fishes, they bring them here for selling, That's why it's rare to see a groper like this.
We can make hotpot with this one.
Or stew them.
Or eat them raw like sashimi.
Or even steam it.
Gosh! Hello everyone! Now is the time i enjoy the 6, 1 kg fish.
Now, we have a hotpot on the table.
Here is sashimi, slice raw fish.
We also have other dishes, but this table is small.
And the fish weighs 6, 1 kg, the dishes we got won't fit this table.
We also have the steam and fried dish.
So, let's enjoy it first! First, let's try the sashimi.
Gosh! I look ugly when i eat real good food.
So good! The flesh is chewy and crispy.
Also sweet and soft in each fibers.
I can feel in each fibers.
It still tastes so good.
One more! So tasty! Cheer! There's nothing better in life.
Than enjoy good food, drink good beer and have your friend by your side.
Wonderful! Your face is nice too! Look at its gut, this is its liver.
See?This's its liver! Its liver!My gosh! So big!And it's just half of the liver, and this is the other half.
We still have another half.
See?Look at its liver! It will be so greasy! Put it inside! And the gut! Oh my god!And there's still another half of its lover.
It just 1 kg, for its tail.
This fish is so big! Thắng is the one who drive me on a high speed canoe.
That canoe is owned by Thắng.
And Út is the one who drive me from Dương Đông to Rạch Vẹm.
And Quốc is my tour guid and director for today.
Thanks to Quốc, I went here and.
Catch this groper.
Without Quốc, I won't have the chance to catch this.
The beer is good, it's Kiên Giang beer.
It's Kiên Giang's beer.
I think the liver's cooked.
The liver will take time to be cooked.
Eat some guts! So good! You think so?It's so tasty! The taste is just wonderful! I don't even have words to express my feeling! So good that i got silenced.
Its gut is crispy, chewy.
And when i chew, it melts inside my mouth.
And make the chewy sound.
And its gravy pours into my mouth.
The fish have to be 6 kg that the gut be this big and thick.
Usually other fish's gut is small and not tasty.
But this one is so thick and tasty.
It's cooked, everyone! It's good!Masterpiece, not joke! So greasy that my head can even taste that.
So gently melt inside my mouth.
It's so good!Right? This liver is so good! I can't even talk right now! He won't even dare to say the word “tasty”.
If you say that, then people in this table will eat all of them.
It's tasteless, so don't touch it.
There's a piece left! The gut is good, and so too the liver.
Now, let's try the fillet.
Let's eat its fillet, its flesh first! My gosh, look at its skin, so thick! This skin fish is more delicious than meat fish.
Right! All of you look at this skin.
Give it a try! So amazing! Can you see my mouth? So cute!Haha.
Look at this! Its skin looks like chicken's skin.
Its skin is thick and meat is white and tough like chickens.
its vertical fibers.
with this size.
When we take a bite this melts in our mouth.
And its skin is so thick and crunchy.
So delicious! The taste of Groupers with 0, 5 kg and 1 kg are different.
The 6 kg one is perfect! Tasty on every centimeter!Unlike normal fishes! All of parts are so delicious!From inside to outside, from top to bottom.
The inside, outside, center and tail of that fish are so delicious! The middle part, the stomach also are great! The lower and the top ones are so good! The middle part.
is the best!Haha.
Thanks again! Thank everyone!So delicious! If you have chance to travel to Phu Quoc, remember this place to enjoy.
and take a try with a 6, 1 kg delicious Grouper like me today.
Okay!See you again! Van Son's in Phu Quoc night market.
It's Phu Quoc not U QuocJust because the light of P and H are out.
When I have traveled to every place of the world, I usually visit the night market of this place.
Do you know why? Because that place will gather a lot of foods and souvenirs as well as characteristics of this, which tourists want to learn about.
Phu Quoc is the one too.
It's a key destination of Vietnamese tourists as well as foreign tourists.
Can you see behind Van Son?A lot of tourists.
They come from Malaysia, Korea, Japan, the Western countries and China.
Even Vietnam is very crowded here.
Let's visit Phu Quoc night market to learn about several its characteristics.
Just outside, I heard people introduce a very famous peanut of the french people but it's a specialty of Phu Quoc.
Now I know the Frenchman is him.
So amazing! In Vietnam we usually have 'skin fish' peanuts or roasted salted peanuts.
But he comes to Phu Quoc and makes them in different recipes.
He adds a lot of flavors into them such as: caramel, chocolate, even mangoes , coconuts and durians.
Malt candies of Phu Quoc.
Where do they originate from? An Giang.
They are from An Giang?Yes! Now only you or anyone sells this food here? There are also many people sell this kind of food here.
Many people, huhOkay, let me try this one.
Is it tasty? Good! They are strange and special!Thanks! Thanks a lot! What is the most special food here? Here we have the giant clams! What is the most famous? Here are the giant clams.
We have to dive to catch them in Phu Quoc.
So delicious! I heard that selling the giant clams is not allowed.
Why not? Selling the giant clams is banned.
The giant clams are very popular here.
Popular in Phu Quoc? So popular!Okay, I got it! This one also is one of specialties of Phu Quoc.
Dive to catch them.
According to the owner, the specialties here include: The geoducks, The mantis shrimps, and lots of seafood.
The most special is The giant clams.
This is a tridacna derasa that Mr.
Nam chef has just finished.
This dish's part will eat to follow sashimi style, it means eaten raw.
And the rest of it is lip and intestines will be fried with cinnamon leaf.
Normally, we have to scuba dive to catch these tridacna derasa.
This kind of animal can never be brought up.
In the rice fields, there are many this animals.
It's white and tasty.
I will take a bite now before setting them on the table.
It's fragrant, crisp and sweet.
Like the ocean is appearing in front of our eyes.
What do we have?We have okra, cinnamon leaf and this.
Its fleshy flesh outside part is tough like tendon.
But it has the sweet taste of seafood.
It's delicious! The aroma of cinnamon leaves and served with chili.
Yummy! We should have added wasabi when we ate.
And add tomato sauce.
It's so fresh and delicious.
Eating like this, we can fully enjoy the taste of it.
There're two parts here.
The first one is its cone.
It is fragrant and crunchy like copra.
It's crisp, soft and savoury.
The second one is its flesh.
Its flesh will be a bit tougher, but still very tasty.
Tu who is the owner of this restaurant.
What's the restaurant name? – Phu Quoc Deli.
– Phu Quoc Deli.
This is a restaurant specializing in providing Phu Quoc seafood for tourists to Phu Quoc night market.
I just happened to be come here.
I don't advertise it.
Tridacna derasa is the most special dish that Van Son orders.
And more specifically, Mr.
Tu gave me some Phu Quoc specialties that I didn't order.
For example is crab.
This's mantis shrimp and salad.
It's delicous! I want to ask how long has this restaurant been opened? Nearly 3 years.
Nearly 3 years? You are very familiar with this night market, right? – Yup.
– How long has this night market been? It had about 3 years.
Still 3 years? It means that when the night market starts to open, you also are here.
Yes, maybe like that.
Tell me about the current development of Phu Quoc tourism? The number of tourists to Phu Quoc is greater.
Does it mean that your money is getting more and more? That isn't dare to say.
How many customers do you serve in a day? It depends on the season.
Now summer is the peak.
The restaurant can serve about 2 customer times.
– 2 customer times? Each customer times has about 100 people?- Yes.
About 150 customers? – Because.
– It's so good.
A special feature of the night market is that tourists come to visit and eat seafood.
And they have to come back early in order to can hang out tomorrow.
– So they rarely sit down to eat for a long time.
Most of the night market seafood is Phu Quoc's seafood, right? – Yup.
– Have you ever imported seafood from the mainland? There're some seafood like lobster imported from Binh Ba and Cam Ranh.
– Because of the special feature of Phu Quoc beach is the low salinity.
So lobster farming isn't possible.
I'm very glad and happy for Phu Quoc today.
Night market is the focus of most tourists when they want to go to that city or country.
It's the same when I travel around the country.
You should go to the night market to learn more about the cuisine and culture of that country.
The more crowded and bustling the night market means that how is the tourism industry of that city or country developed? As you can see, Phu Quoc night market is now very crowded and bustling.
This proves that Phu Quoc is developing very well in tourism.
Van Son hopes that Phu Quoc will keep this unique feature as well as help it grow more and more.
And I hope that these scenes will bring joy and smile to everyone.
Good bye and see you next time.
Thank you Mr.