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Phu Quoc Island
Turquoise waters and sandy beaches, Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s take on sun and sand holidays and offers complete relaxation in a paradisiacal setting. Get ready to seriously chill by the beach sipping cocktails and admire the dramatic sunsets at this stunning island in south Vietnam.
Home to nearly 20 unspoilt beaches, this unassuming, off-the-beaten-track island is perhaps Vietnam’s best kept secret. The archipelago consists of 28 small islands just off the south coast of Vietnam, and most are largely uninhabited. However, there’s plans to turn some of these islands into private resorts. So, if you wish to experience tropical paradise, unaltered by man, the time is now.
Tourism concentrates in Phu Quoc island, but some of the best experiences come from exploring the archipelago. You could visit Hon Xuong, only reachable by boat and completely uninhabited. This beautiful little islet, known as “Robinson Crusoe island”, is completely uninhabited so it’s perfect for a day trip or to camp overnight as part of an organised tour. Or you could ride the world’s longest oversea cable car connecting Phu Quoc to Hon Thom, the district’s second largest island for a spot of snorkelling, diving, or touring the archipelago on a yacht.
The main attraction at Phu Quoc is, without doubt, the beach. Miles on miles of powdery sand beaches and a year-round tropical climate oscillating between 27 and 29 degrees Celsius, Phu Quoc is the perfect beach destination. It’s got really good hotels, some quite luxurious, and the island’s airport provides visitors with easy access from mainland Vietnam. If you are visiting Phnom Penh or Ho Chi Ming City in southern Vietnam, a short one-hour flight to Phu Quoc is totally worth it. We recommend it to all of our clients and Phu Quoc never disappoints.
But Phu Quoc is not only a sun and beach destination. Life thrives under the turquoise waters, including the endemic hawkbill turtle, making Phu Quoc a paradise for snorkellers and divers. Half the island is a biosphere reserve, with lots of hiking trails leading to lush rainforests and stunning waterfalls.
The island is also rich in history, from the disputes with Cambodia over the possession of the island to holding one of the largest prisoner camps during the Vietnam war. The POW camp is now a museum recounting the harrowing stories of life as a prisoner during the war.
And the local economy is an attraction in itself. The island boasts a plethora of quirky restaurants and markets. It is also home to the first Vietnamese product protected by a designation of origin: the Phu Quoc Fish Sauce. Phu Quoc is also know for the quality of its organic pepper. Local tours are available to visit the fish sauce factories and pepper farms.
Many of the suggested itineraries we recommend to our clients finish in Ho Chi Ming City, a short one-hour flight from Phu Quoc. After a hectic trip experiencing everything Vietnam has to offer, taking a break to unwind and relax by some of the best beaches in South East Asia makes perfect sense. And it is possible to fly back home directly from Phu Quoc’s International Airport, making it the perfect ending for a holiday in Vietnam.
We know Vietnam from personal experience and have done ourselves most of the activities we recommend here. If you’d like more information, tips and advice, and help planning and booking your holiday in Vietnam, feel free to get in touch by chat, phone, videoconference, or email. We are always here to help.
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