If you thought paradise and South-East Asia equaled to Bali or Phuket, we are about to educate you. Phú Quốc in the Gulf of Thailand is the largest Vietnamese island, and in the opinion of a bunch of South-East Asia veterans (i.e. us) it might be a much more worthwhile place to go to nowadays. For now, anyway, as development is seriously picking up in this thus far relatively unspoilt paradise island.
It has the beaches. Let's just get that one out of the way first. You can't drive far along the coast of this V-shaped island and not see soft white sand and transparent turquoise colored waters. The resorts around Long Beach in the west (from the international airport on to the north) are the ones that take the price, but head east and you will find a few quieter and equally good places too. And no one is stopping you from renting a scooter or heading off the beaten path on foot and exploring the real hidden away beaches either.
The coastal scenery is mostly flat, but head towards the National Park in the north-east and the surroundings turn to a more mountainous.
Phú Quốc is very much like the Phuket of yesteryear, before the crowds descended upon it. Besides a few picturesque fishing villages (notably An Thoi and Ham Ninh), the pepper plantations - its biggest crop - and a pagoda here or there, there is not really all that much to do besides beaches and jungle. Although we predict that you won't care one bit when you're here. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Phu Quoc is a region in Vietnam. It is situated at an altitude of 174ft and the best airport to fly into is PQC (Duong Dong, Phu Quoc)
- The main spoken language here is Vietnamese, and the average English skill is low
- The currency used in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND)
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You can read on at Visit Mekong or in this Telegraph article. As always Wikitravel and Lonely Planet are helpful. In terms of blogs, some really good pics at Delicious Diplomacy and even more at Nomadic Notes. They call this place "Southeast Asia's next big thing" and we might have to agree. You'd better go before that's a fait accompli.
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