Phu Quoc Island, nicknamed the “Emerald Island” is truly a green gem on the Vietnamese crown. It is actually one big island surrounded by several smaller islets. Being the biggest island of the Gulf of Thailand, and Vietnam too, with approx. 1320 sq km (119198 sq feet) it has something to offer to everyone. From backpackers on Ông Lang beach to clients of the most luxurious hotel of the island located on Khem beach, Phu Quoc Island is a paradise for swimmers, beachgoers, tan lovers, divers, lovers of lush green sceneries and foodies.
To paint a picture on how popular it is becoming: according to the district People’s Committee, this year (2019) 72,500 tourists, including 7,950 foreigners came here just during the five-day holiday of National Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labor Day (May 1). Compared to the previous year, numbers went up by a significant 45 per cent and 39 per cent year-on-year, respectively!
We mentioned the location. Never heard of Gulf of Thailand or Siam? It is surrounded in the north, west and southwest by Thailand, and on the northeast by Cambodia and Vietnam. You might have heard of, or visited, some of the “Ko” Islands: Ko Samui, Ko Lang, Ko Tao… It is about time you get to know Phu Quoc Island (pronounced “foo kwok”).
It is undergoing a transformation and experiences a boom of visitors. However, still stays serene, wild and calm, with local “mascots”, Phu Quoc Ridgebacks, tamed by humans for hunting, now being the friendliest dogs, just wandering around or chilling in the shade.
Are you visiting Ho Chi Minh city? Why not escape the traffic and experience the paradise that is just a 55-minute flight away!