Bai Dai (Long Beach) in Phu Quoc were placed 93rd on the list of the 100 best beaches in the world, as announced recently by CNN Travel News.“Phu Quoc is fast becoming Vietnam’s most popular new island destination,” it reported.
Bai Dai, set on the north-west coast of Phu Quoc, is 26km by road (motorbike only) from Duong Dong, and it takes about 30 minutes to get here by boat.
This long, long stretch of fine sand beach with turquoise water lapping at the exposed roots of casuarina trees, has for many years been one of my favourite beaches in Vietnam. IDai Beach has yet to see any development save for a handful of seafood shacks dotted on the grass under the shade of large tropical trees. A red dirt road runs along its entire length, with sandy tracks leading to countless secluded swimming spots. nting the tranquil Gulf of Thailand, the sea here is generally calm (outside of monsoon season) and there are none of the wild and choppy swells of the South China Sea.
Visitors to the island can learn about its traditional local trades, including making fish sauce, planting peppers and breeding oysters for pearls.
Bai Dai was also introduced by Australia’s ABC News in 2008 as one of the most beautiful, cleanest and unspoiled beaches in the world.