9 Reasons To Add Phu Quoc To Your Southeast Asia Hit List (p1)

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Phu Quoc island
Phu Quoc island

It’s been described as the jewel in Vietnam’s crown. Phu Quoc Island sits on the west coast of Vietnam and is rapidly cementing itself as one of South East Asia’s hottest holiday destinations.

It’s been popular with backpacker crowds for a while but couples – young and old – and even families are descending on the low-key island with its easy access, incredible coastline and laid back atmosphere.

While the likes of Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sa Pa offer loads to do in northern Vietnam, it’s down south where the weather is hot all year round that you can really soak up what Vietnam’s all about at a much slower pace.

Phu Quoc is home to some of the best beaches in Vietnam and here’s why you need to add it to your itinerary now.

Phu Quoc seafood
Phu Quoc seafood

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1. It’s the perfect place to relax

For many, Vietnam will be a total culture shock. While the country is outrageously beautiful and enchanting it’s also pretty hectic – the roads are chaotic, the language-barrier-struggle is real, and the heat is intense.

But Phu Quoc is a good place to unwind, relax and enjoy the simpler things in life.

Whether you’ve been trekking in Sa Pa or navigating Ben Thanh Market in Saigon, Phu Quoc is the antidote to more action-packed resorts with its remote beaches and chilled vibe.

2. The beaches

If you Google Vietnam beaches there’s some pretty impressive views to behold.

Phu Quoc will be among them.

Most hotels are on the island’s west coast on the island’s biggest beach, Long Beach.

Make sure you stay in a hotel directly on the beach, though, as the beaches are private and you could get moved on if you settle down on somebody else’s turf.

Because the island is so small you can easily check out all the other beaches Phu Quoc has to offer and Sao beach in the south is a must.

3. Its accessibility

With a shiny new international airport now in place you can fly to Phu Quoc from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang and Can Tho from as little as £20 each way.

However, it’s also great for people on an even tighter budget as there’s also a number of ferries that can take you 45km to mainland Vietnam or even Cambodia, which is just a stonesthrow away.

Direct flight to Phu Quoc island
Direct flight to Phu Quoc island

4. It’s a place to explore

The island is 90 per cent national park.

You can hire a scooter or a bicycle pretty much everywhere in Vietnam for mega cheap prices.

But the lovely thing in Phu Quoc is that because it’s so small – taking about an hour to scooter around the perimeter – there’s no chance you’ll get too lost.

Plus the roads are relatively quiet – unusual for Vietnam!