Tired of Bali? Been to Thailand too many times? The Greek Islands just a little bit too far away for a short holiday? We have the perfect destination for you.
We’ll give you a few hints: it’s a tropical island, easy to reach, with white sands, turquoise waters, tropical rain forest and unrivalled natural beauty.
It also happens to be the largest island in Vietnam – but also the country’s best-kept secret. It’s Phu Quoc, a stunning Vietnamese island just off the coast of Cambodia, lying peacefully in the blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
If you’re not convinced yet, we have put together a few reasons why you should visit Phu Quoc – before the rest of the world does.
1 – It’s full of unspoiled beaches
With over 150 km of coast, Phu Quoc is every beach lovers’ paradise. There are over 20 postcard-perfect beaches where you can work on that tan, including Sao Beach – famous for its crystal clear waters and fine, white sand – Bai Dai Beach -the island’s top beach, with lush vegetation and blue waters, and Khem Beach – the most beautiful beach on the island, surrounded by tropical jungle and white-pink sand.
2 – It’s easy to reach
Getting there is so easy: flights to Phu Quoc International Airport depart from major Australian cities with one or more stops en route, in either Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi.
3 – Half of the island is a national park
Established by the Vietnamese Government in 2001 and covering over 314,000 sqm of the island, a visit to the Phu Quoc National Park is a must. Located across the North of the island, the park consists of both land and sea areas, and aims to protect oceanic species as well as native wildlife. Hire a bike and explore this slice of paradise.
4 – Unique marine life
Get your snorkel ready for action, as Phu Quoc is a hub of marine activity, boasting 108 species of corals, over 135 species of coral reef fish and 132 different types of mollusks – not to mention turtles, dugong (a medium-sized marine mammal similar to manatees) and perfect warm waters to splash in.
5 – Amazing resorts
… including the spectacular BW Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc is a stunning resort boasting private beach access, lagoon-style pools that flow throughout the resort and stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand. You’ll be able to treat the family on the quintessential island escape with a stay at BW Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc.VinOasis is another beautiful destination, decorated with Southeast Asian touches and boasting a long list of modern amenities and entertainment facilities, making it the perfect place for a memorable holiday.
6 – It’s the perfect place for a fun family holiday
Not only is easy to reach, making for a stress-free journey, but kids will LOVE Phu Quoc – and the island will surely keep them entertained. Phu Quoc is not only home to stunning beaches and perfect waters to snorkel in, but also home to the one and only, incredible Vinpearl Land – the Disneyland of Vietnam. There you will find water slides, an aquarium, a fairytale castle to explore and an indoor gaming zone, whilst Vinpearl Safari is home to 150 species including Asian elephants, white Bengal tigers, African lions, camels and more in a unique safari-style setting.
7 – All of the seafood
Phu Quoc is full of amazing, fresh seafood. Head to Duong Dong and experience one of the most atmospheric places to dine: the Phu Quoc Night Market. With over 100 stalls to choose from, you will be able to taste traditional Vietnamese street food and delicious seafood.
8 – You can visit the oldest and largest fish sauce distillery in Vietnam
A short walk from Duong Dong market is Nuoc Mam Hung Thanh distillery, the largest of Phu Quoc’s fish-sauce makers. The main ingredient of so many Vietnamese dishes, it’s produced mainly on the island, and then shipped all over the world. You can take a tour of the distillery and learn all the secrets of this super tasty sauce.
9 – Pick a different island every day
Phu Quoc surrounded by 27 other islands, most of which are uninhabited. Hop on a boat and find your private beach…
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