First revealed November 2021 | Phrases and images by Vietnam Coracle
Overlooking a sexy bay at Ganh Dau Cape, proper on the northwestern-most tip of Phu Quoc Island, this unpretentious, open-sided little seashore bar and cafe has a cut up character. Through the day it’s Mun’s Cafe, a laid-back place to talk with pals over a smoothie or work on-line with an espresso beneath the shade of tropical bushes; within the night it’s the Rum Bar, an effortlessly cool little hangout with sundown views, cocktails and a younger, native crowd. Cheap, casual and welcoming, Mun’s Cafe & Rum Bar’s predominant draw – day or night time – is the view throughout the sandy seashore to the Gulf of Thailand and Cambodian islands.
Identify: Mun’s Cafe & Rum Bar | Open Hours: 8am-11pm | Worth: 30,000-80,000vnđ/drink
Handle: Street DT45, Gành Dầu village seashore, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province [MAP]
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Mun’s Cafe & Rum Bar, Ganh Dau, Phu Quoc Island
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Place & Location:
A familiarly Vietnamese architectural mixture of wooden, brick, concrete and corrugated iron, Mun’s Cafe & Rum Bar manages to mix these supplies collectively to create a satisfyingly informal, ethereal and relaxed area. Set beneath coconut palms and tropical almond bushes just some metres up a financial institution from the seashore, the single-storey construction is open on three sides, with seating inside on the bar and out of doors on a patio overlooking the ocean. Wooden and steel stools and tables dot the terrace, in addition to some good-looking rattan furnishings. Inside, the crimson brick bar sits on a naked concrete ground. Daylight pours in via the open sides, and the terrace catches the ocean breeze. A couple of bare lightbulbs cling from the ceiling, illuminating the drinks menu on a chalkboard behind the bar.
All through the day and night time the area is peppered with a principally younger crowd of locals and home travellers. The atmosphere is nice: full of the sound of chatter, video gaming, work conferences and, within the evenings, numerous selfie-taking. The convivial temper is aided considerably by a seemingly liberal angle to the kind of leaves prospects select to inhale. It’s price noting that a big signal outdoors reads ‘London Pub’ with a giant Union Jack within the background. I’m undecided if this means an imminent identify change, but when so it’s a misnomer: the environment right here is far more like a neighborhood seashore bar and cafe than a British-style pub.
Easy however enticing, cheap however characterful, Mun’s Cafe & Rum Bar is a superb thought in an important location. What’s extra, it’s very effectively executed. There’s no pretension; only a good, relaxed, pleasant vibe. Inevitably, this prime stretch of beachfront can be purchased and bulldozed by a global resort chain, so take advantage of the interim interval whilst you can – whereas impartial little pop-ups like Mun’s Cafe & Rum Bar can flourish. Sure, there’s a little bit of litter on the seashore and roaming canine within the brush, however we’ll miss this informality as soon as Sheraton strikes in. Carry your swim stuff, as a result of the ocean – simply a few dozen paces from the patio – could be very inviting.
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Drinks & Costs:
With a spread of coffees, teas, smoothies, juices and cocktails, the drinks record at Mun’s Cafe & Rum Bar is appropriate for any time of day. Personally, I get pleasure from a double espresso within the mornings whereas getting some work performed on my laptop computer; then, an iced peach tea with orange and lemongrass to chill me down after a noon swim; and a gin tonic to look at the sundown with a good friend. Costs are very affordable: all drinks are 40,000-80,000vnd ($2-$4). The menu is chalked up on the blackboard above the bar, however it’s also possible to ask on your cocktail of alternative: if they’ve the elements, workers are pleased to make it for you. The most effective time of day is between 4-6pm when the solar begins to sink over the glistening waters of the Gulf of Thailand, making silhouettes of the Cambodian islands, earlier than setting and throwing up iridescent flares into the darkening sky, and the cicadas begin to hum.
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