PHU QUOC – Phu Quoc Island’s pristine green forests and alluring white sand beaches mesmerize tourists who go there for much-needed relaxation and fresh air.
Some 65,000 people call the 600sq.km-island home. Located 115km from Rach Gia, Kien Giang Province, Phu Quoc is noted for many beautiful tourist sites, including Hon Thom Isle, Dinh Cau (the Master’s Palace) and countless idyllic beaches.
Phu Quoc Island is one of well-known tourist’s destinations in Vietnam attracting many international travelers. In 2014, Phu Quoc Island was honored by the world’s famous travel magazines because of its attractive beauty and affordable tourism services.
Recently, National Geographic suggested its readers Best Winter Trips 2014, in which, Phu Quoc hold the third positions in top 15 world-wide destinations. In the list of Best Winter Trips 2014, Phu Quoc ranks behind Paris (France) and Whitefish (Montana). According to the introduction of National Geographic, heart-shaped Phu Quoc Island owns one of the best beaches in Vietnam. Phu Quoc is quite pristine with “it’s warm, turquoise waters; secluded, deep sand beaches; and lush, mountainous interior (protected as a national park)”.
Under the influence of the monsoon tropical climate, Phu Quoc Island has a plenty of tropical forest resources and diverse flora and fauna, which are quite favorable for Eco-tourism. Visiting Phu Quoc, tourists can discover ordinary life of locals through visiting traditional villages and observing local’s daily activities such as fish sauce making, pepper growing, and cultured pearls. Phu Quoc fish sauce is very famous in Vietnam for its delicious taste. Besides, pepper growing here has the special spicy flavors that cannot find in other places. Cay Lao Nha Dua, which can be translated into Coconut Tree Prison is a great place to learn more about Vietnamese history for those who interested in this field.
National Geographic made a note for readers that the most suitable time to travel Phu Quoc is from November to March. At that time, the average daytime temperature fluctuates between 25° and 28°C, therefore, tourists can avoid cold winter in their countries. National Geographic also gave advice where to eat in Phu Quoc. Accordingly, travelers should “pull up a plastic chair and sit under the stars at the bustling Dinh Cau Night Market to try whatever local fishermen hauled in that day (sea urchin, prawns, clams, squid, scallops, sardines)”.
Besides National Georaphic, Asiaone also put Phu Quoc in the first position in Top 10 Beach Destinations for Your Year-End Holiday. According to Asianone, Phu Quoc was introduced as the largest islands in Vietnam situated in the south of Cambodian coast. After opening a direct flight route from Singapore to Phu Quoc, the number of international visitors has sharply increased. Asianone suggests that “If strolling along the scenic coastline doesn’t do the trick, you could try snorkeling or diving in the clear waters to enjoy the colorful array of corals and tropical fish”. If travelers prefer to enjoy the sunshine, they can make a trek to explore the diversity of flora and fauna in Phu Quoc National Park. For those who love animals, Phu Quoc dogs can attract them because of its cute appearance.