Phu Quoc Island

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Phu Quoc is an island south of Cambodia that belongs to Vietnam.

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Until recently this was a fishing island known only among Vietnamese for its fish sauce. In the last decade tourism has developed fast. Nowadays the accommodation offer is quite varied. From cheap bungalows in front of the beach, to some of the best beach resorts I have ever seen.

The color of the waters, the soft sand beaches, the landscapes and the sunsets in Phu Quoc are spectacular. If you accompany me, I will show you all this in this online presentation of the paradisiacal island of Phu Quoc.

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The island of Phu Quoc has a triangular form. On the west side of the Island, lies the biggest beach, called Long Beach. It is here that most of the hotels are located. The beach on this side of the island is more than 5 miles long. North of Long Beach lies the island's biggest town, Duong Dong. South of Long Beach lies the second largest town in Phu Quoc, An Thoi.

On the east side of the island are some famous white sand beaches, like Bai Dan and Bai Sao. North of these beaches lie some fishing villages. Northwest lies Ganh Dau, and some unspoiled beaches. On the Island center there are the pepper fields, the rain forest, the Suoi Da Ban river and its waterfalls.
 

To get to the island you have two options, planes and ferries. From Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) by plane to Duong Dong the flight takes less than an hour. You can also fly from Rach Gia (South of the Mekong Delta).

You can go from Rach Gia to An Thoi (South of Phu Quoc Island) by ferry. Even though there is a fast ferry, I can only recommend going to the island by plane, because most of the times the sea is not very calm.

No matter which transportation you choose to get to the island, reserve ahead.

Cruise ships also visit the island. I think it is on Saturdays that ships dock in Duong Dong.

If your hotel does not have a pick up service, you will have to take a taxi from the airport

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Although tourism is developing fast, this is still a fishing island. Every day you see fishermen going to the see first thing in the morning. In the afternoon, they come back. Most of the times with their nets full.

If you click on the picture you will see a beautiful panorama shot in front of one of the best resorts on the island of Phu Quoc.
 
Phu Quoc Island is also known as the Emerald Island because of its tourism potential. In the last 25 years the population has increased more than ten times. In 1975 no more than 5, 000 people inhabited the island. Currently, more than 70, 000 people live here. Forecasts say that tourism will still draw more people to the island.