My morning run on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

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I haven’t been running (save a panicked sprint away from an aggressive monkey or two during our bike tour) since we hunkered down in Amsterdam (that feels like ages ago, so much has happened since then!).

A few days ago, to escape the madness of Hanoi, we flew to lovely Phu Quoc Island off of Vietnam’s south coast. We’ve rented a little bungalow on the south end of Long Beach, the island’s most popular stretch of coastline. We’re staying at the Beach Club Resort, a reasonably priced $35- $40 per night versus the $80-$250 per night the hotels around us are charging. Anyway, that’s neither here nor there, just an insiders tip if you find yourself headed to Phu Quoc Island.

Even in high season the vibe on this island is positively lazy. The sea just rolls in softly leaving those of us around it in a blissed-out trance. But the best part about this place? There’s a 2-mile stretch of gorgeous beach right at our doorstep. I’ve been waking up early, when the sun is low and warming, to go on runs down the near-empty beach. I love watching the world wake up to occupy their sun chairs and claim their little spot of paradise for the day.

I brought my iPhone along on my run this morning so that I could bring you along with me (no shoes required).