Heaven on Earth
The Island Paradise
Phu Quoc Island is becoming a magnet for local and foreign tourists. Experts
from the World Travel Organization have rated it as comparable to the world's 12
most famous tourist islands.
Before 2000, Phu Quoc was still a strange spot on Vietnam's tourist map. There
were three weekly flights between the island and HCM City. According to Vietnam
Airlines' statistics, 30,000 passengers traveled on the route in 2000, 50% of
whom were locals. Things have changed significantly over the past two years,
though. As tourists have come in droves to explore the new landmark, Vietnam
Airlines has increased its flights to two a day. At present, there are sometimes
as many as five flights a day between HCM City and Phu Quoc, with 70% of the
passengers being tourists. Phu Quoc is becoming a hot property for the tourism
Phu Quoc is rated as a "newly found paradise", with rich tourist resources and
the primeval beauty of mountains, forests, beaches and springs.
Its mountains have fascinating scenery such as the Tien (Fairy) Spring, Tau Ru
and Ong Doi capes, and Da Ban Waterfalls. In particular, the island has 150
kilometers of breath-taking, pristine beaches that have only started to be
tapped for tourism. Foremost are the Sao, Kem, Dai and Cua Can beaches.
The weather is suitable for tourism all year round. International tourists
usually flock to Phu Quoc from October to April.
How to get there
Means of transport: Tourists can travel to Phu Quoc Island by air or water.
By air: There are three daily flights between HCM City and Phu Quoc. The flight
by ATR72 aircraft, which can seat 60 people, takes 55 minutes. The airfare is
VND500,000 per passenger. There are also flights between Rach Gia (Kien Giang
Province) and Phu Quoc. The flight takes 20 minutes. The fare is VND250,000 per
By water: A normal boat trip from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc takes six hours. A
high-speed boat trip takes two and a half hours. The fare is VND115,000 per
adult. A boat trip from Ha Tien to Phu Quoc takes one and a half hours.
Sightseeing spots: Sao Beach, Tranh Spring, Da Ban Waterfalls, Tau Ru and Ong
Shopping: Famous local products are fish sauce and pepper. Most travel companies
have tours of famous fish sauce producers and pepper gardens in Phu Qu