Vietnam’s largest island sits just over 10 miles off the Cambodian coast. Indeed, Cambodia has made claims over Phu Quoc Island based on this territorial proximity, as the residents of Kep (Cambodia) look jealously across at Phu Quoc’s pristine beaches. However, Vietnam’s presence on the island is well established and dates back for centuries.
Almost 70% of the island is designated as National Park and, notwithstanding some building in Duong Dong town over recent years, Phu Quoc offers white sand beaches, great diving, and, in the interior, an abundance of lush green and bubbling streams. It is also one of the very few places in Vietnam where you can enjoy the sun setting over the sea.
Accommodation has improved markedly, though restaurant and nightlife options remain limited – perhaps now just about broad enough to cover most tastes. Phu Quoc is a delightfully mellow, restful tropical experience – perfect as a book-end on your travels. Be quick though….the island is likely to be set for some heavy development over coming years.
Vietnam Airlines has direct flights to Phu Quoc from Saigon and the Mekong Delta town of Rach Gia. The flight from Saigon takes about an hour. There’s also a three-hour-long ferry ride from Rach Gia.