I returned to Pulau Bidong island 28 years after living there as a child. This small uninhabited island in the South China Sea was a refugee camp for over 250,000 Vietnamese “Boat People” from 1975 – 1991. My family took refuge here from 1987 – 1990. The camp at one point housed about 40,000 people. For a city kid, the ocean, mountains, and untouched nature offered unlimited adventures and exploration. I had many fond memories of this place, and had always wanted to return. The island is healing itself with nature completely taking over the camp. The beach, trails and some remnants of our existence are still there, particularly the memorials of those who didn’t make it. The scenery is just as I remembered it. Enjoy some pictures of my excursion.