Intercontinental Phu Quoc Resort

InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort has joined the hospitality sector in Vietnam. Located on the pristine Phu Quoc Island, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve off the south-west coast of the country, the property becomes the 1,000th InterContinental Hotels Group property to open within the Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa region. One of the most captivating features of the resort is its position on Long Beach, one of Vietnam’s most stunning white-sand beaches, enjoying glorious sunset views. It is an easy 15-minute drive from Phu Quoc International Airport, and only 20 minutes from the cultural attractions of Duong Dong town.

InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort has joined the hospitality sector in Vietnam. Located on the pristine Phu Quoc Island, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve off the south-west coast of the country, the property becomes the 1,000th InterContinental Hotels Group property to open within the Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa region. One of the most captivating features of the resort is its position on Long Beach, one of Vietnam’s most stunning white-sand beaches, enjoying glorious sunset views. It is an easy 15-minute drive from Phu Quoc International Airport, and only 20 minutes from the cultural attractions of Duong Dong town.

Thoughtfully designed for families, couples and individuals alike, as well as both leisure travelers and meeting delegates, InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort features an exclusive beachfront, six restaurants and bars, 459 luxuriously appointed rooms, suites, and villas, as well as state-of-the-art meeting facilities. At the same time, it seamlessly combines the sophisticated and cosmopolitan essence of the InterContinental heritage with the heartfelt rustic charm of the resort’s surrounding local area and culture. Resort guests are offered exclusive access to a secluded stretch of Long Beach, the perfect location to swim in shimmering waters, soak up the sun, and experience ocean sunsets.

In each of the elegant rooms, suites, and villas, the deep bathtubs, walk-in rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious balconies ensure a luxurious and inviting space for the ultimate escape in comfort and relaxation. When it comes to dining, InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort offers a tempting array of contemporary and stylish experiences, including the highest bar in Phu Quoc, INK 360, boasting breath-taking panoramic ocean and mountain views.

Created by award-winning Australian designer Ashley Sutton, the bar is the perfect venue for a welcome toast or celebratory drinks, where guests can sip on a signature cocktail while watching a magnificent sunset and nibbling on tapas-style seafood, caviar and oysters.

Additional dining venues include Lava, a fine-dining seafood and specialty imported meats restaurant using the freshest produce cooked on charcoal grills and lava stone enhanced with a selection of locally produced aromatic peppers such as black, white, red and Tay Giang. Sora & Umi serves authentic Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine with the focus on the restaurant’s numerous live cooking stations, including robatayaki, teppanyaki and sushi.

By the pool, Ombra serves home-made Italian cuisine and gelato alongside fresh juices and healthy bites. Beachfront restaurant Sea Shack serves comfort food, tapas, barbecue and grilled dishes such as the signature lobster roll, while beers and ciders are served in the Library area stocked with books about food, cocktails, Vietnamese culture, art, interior design and travel.

Mercado is the place for coffee, tea and pastries, as well as themed picnic baskets including Traditional Vietnamese Delicacies, Mediterranean and Healthy. Guests can indulge in serene spa treatments at the award-winning Harnn Heritage Spa, designed by Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia, and inspired by traditional Asian medicine and naturopathy. In addition to full-body wellness and relaxation treatments, the resort offers holistic and adventurous activities including Yoga, Pilates, and water sports, as well as bespoke cultural experiences including local produce tours to the island’s renowned pepper and pearl farms, hiking in nature, and night markets.

The resort’s Conference Centre features over 2,000 sqm of indoor event venues, offering privacy while being conveniently located in the main resort complex. The 870 sqm Grand Ballroom hosts up to 600 guests for banquets, a purpose-built auditorium seats 130 delegates, and multiple break out rooms all offer state of the art audio-visual equipment. The Conference Centre provides a wealth of pre-function space for breaks, displays or trade exhibitions, while the alfresco Beachfront Garden is ideal for banqueting in beautiful natural surroundings.

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring the glamour of the InterContinental life to Phu Quoc,” said Piero Bellizzi, general manager of InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort.

“With exceptional facilities for families, couples and business travelers, underpinned by genuine, heartfelt service, the resort promises to offer truly memorable experiences for all our guests.

“The island itself is a hidden gem, and the opening of InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort helps to put the destination on the map for discerning international travelers.” As if that were not enough, the InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort also recently announced that its Sky Tower, which offers some of the most spacious and luxurious accommodation in Phu Quoc, is now accepting reservations. The tower is a spectacular building and architectural presence in the skyline of the island’s popular Long Beach.
Located in the center of the resort’s complex, it is home to one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, along with the striking INK 360 sky bar at its summit.

The Sky Tower features some of the most premium accommodation on offer at InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, making it ideal for luxury travelers – families and groups of friends. Ranging from 64 to 179 square meters, each suite features one, two or three bedrooms, a living room, a large balcony, kitchen, and a combination of contemporary and locally inspired décor, making it ideal for those seeking luxury apartment living whilst in Phu Quoc. Guests can choose to stay in one of the Sky Tower’s Pearl Suites or experience the elevated service at Club InterContinental with a stay in one of the Club InterContinental Tower Suites, or at the highest levels of the Sky Tower, at an Emerald Collection Suite, the latter of which also offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a complimentary spa treatment each day throughout the stay. A private haven of unprecedented luxury for seasoned travelers, a stay at Club InterContinental accommodation includes access to the Club InterContinental Lounge with an exclusive swimming pool and daily breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails and canapés.

The views from the Sky Tower are unparalleled, with gorgeous vistas spanning across verdant mountains or the sparkling ocean. Upon arriving at the exclusive reception and lounge, guests of the Sky Tower are greeted with a traditional welcome drink inspired by the local sim wine. All guests in the Sky Tower can enjoy exclusive access to the Pearl Lounge throughout their stay, a sanctuary of calm and an ideal venue to enjoy relaxed conversation, exquisite dining and breath-taking ocean views.

Phu Quoc Island, the largest island in Vietnam, is off the coast of Kien Giang Province in the south. Known as the Pearl or Emerald Island with pristine beaches, it is 574 square kilometers in size with a population of approximately 103,000 people. Fifty percent of the island is protected Phu Quoc National Park, while the surrounding sea has a rich diversity of marine life and coral reefs. The island is part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, which includes internationally designated protected areas, each known as a biosphere reserve, that are meant to demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature. They demonstrate sound sustainable development practices and policies based on research and monitoring and act as sites of excellence for education and training. The island is renowned for the production of high-quality fish sauce and peppercorns, as well as its world-famous pearl farms.

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Fusion Phu Quoc Resort

Fusion Phu Quoc resort is celebrating its 1st anniversary with this exclusive summer offer: 35 per cent off the best available online rates. The promotion includes a pool garden villa for two adults, Fusion’s “Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime” service, all-inclusive daily spa treatments, airport pick-up and drop-off, daily shuttle bus to/from Duong Dong town, all-inclusive wellness activities including yoga and tai chi classes, kayaking, biking, and the Mini Maia kids’ club. Offer is valid for stays until Sept 30, 2018. Bookings are subject to villa availability and rates are non-cancellable and non-refundable. The offer is not combinable with any existing offers. Fusion Resort Phu Quoc is the sixth member of the Fusion family joining properties in Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh City. The resort occupies a 20-ha plot within the private bay of Cua Can, Vung Bau, in the north of Phu Quoc Island. The resort’s exclusive beach and riverfront location provide plenty of cool breezes and spectacular views. The resort has 97 spacious, contemporary yet rustic thatched villas, each with its own private garden and pool which presents the modern traveler with a feeling of true openness. It's a space where one can bring balance to the body and mind in a quiet, secluded, and thoroughly reenergizing natural environment right on the water’s edge. With villa sizes ranging from one to five bedrooms, it’s the ideal choice for solo travelers, couples, families or groups of friends.

Fusion Phu Quoc resort is celebrating its 1st anniversary with this exclusive summer offer: 35 percent off the best available online rates. The promotion includes a pool garden villa for two adults, Fusion’s “Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime” service, all-inclusive daily spa treatments, airport pick-up and drop-off, daily shuttle bus to/from Duong Dong town, all-inclusive wellness activities including yoga and tai chi classes, kayaking, biking, and the Mini Maia kids’ club. Offer is valid for stays until Sept 30, 2018. Bookings are subject to villa availability and rates are non-cancellable and non-refundable. The offer is not combinable with any existing offers. 

Fusion Phu Quoc resort is the sixth member of the Fusion family joining properties in Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh City. The resort occupies a 20-ha plot within the private bay of Cua Can, Vung Bau, in the north of Phu Quoc Island. The Fusion Phu Quoc resort’s exclusive beach and riverfront location provide plenty of cool breezes and spectacular views. The resort has 97 spacious, contemporary yet rustic thatched villas, each with its own private garden and pool which presents the modern traveler with a feeling of true openness. It’s a space where one can bring balance to the body and mind in a quiet, secluded, and thoroughly reenergizing natural environment right on the water’s edge. With villa sizes ranging from one to five bedrooms, it’s the ideal choice for solo travelers, couples, families or groups of friends. SOURCE: VN ECONOMIC TIMES

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Fusion Resort Phu Quoc expands

Fusion Resort Phu Quoc New villas, spa rooms, function space, and kids' club now open, with special savings to mark resort's first anniversary.

New villas, spa rooms, function space, and kids’ club now open, with special savings to mark resort’s first anniversary. Phu Quoc Island’s only all-spa inclusive resort, Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, is celebrating its first birthday by cutting the ribbon on new villas, new spa treatment rooms, an elegant function space, and an action-packed kids’ club, while also offering summer savings.

The 11,210 sqm Maia Spa & Wellness facility, the largest spa on the island, has added six new treatment rooms, each featuring an outdoor shower, as a complement to the existing 20 double treatment rooms.

The new spa therapy spaces plus a new and improved manicure and pedicure room will help with the increased demand as part of the resort’s unique all-inclusive spa concept. As the first spa of its kind on the island, Maia’s menu of massages, reflexology, body wraps, scrubs and beauty treatments are available to all guests, without limits, at no extra cost.

A new multi-purpose room has been designed with weddings, meetings, and other events in mind, with space for up to 80 guests. The function space blends seamlessly with the existing architecture and, like many of the private villas, features lush tropical garden views.

At Mini Maia, the newly-relocated kids’ club, children are kept busy with hourly activities seven days a week from 9 am to 12 noon and from 1 pm to 5 pm. Activities cultivate many aspects of local culture, from Vietnamese language classes and art with coconut leaves to more active pursuits such as badminton and cycling excursions. The purpose-built space is equipped with a range of toys, educational equipment, and games.

The Beach Bar, another recent addition to the site, was inspired by local fishing boats often seen upturned on the sand at the end of the day. The new hangout is a prime spot for watching the sunset and features rattan furniture with plush cushions set on the sand beneath thatched umbrellas. 

To celebrate the new additions, the resort has launched a “First Anniversary Special Offer” for guests who book and stay from now to September 30. The offer cuts 35 per cent off the best-available online rates for their Pool Garden Villas and includes a spacious Pool Garden Villa for two adults, Fusion’s “Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime” service, restorative all-inclusive daily spa treatments, a scheduled pick-up and drop off airport shuttle, a daily shuttle bus to and from Duong Dong town, plus all-inclusive wellness activities including yoga and tai chi classes, kayaking and biking, and the Mini Maia kids’ club.

Opened last June with 97 private pool villas, the five-star property has added eight new villas to its collection with 25 more to follow. The thatched roof abodes, a nod to coastal living, start at a spacious 128 sqm and are one- or two-bedrooms with verdant views of the neighboring river and jungle. Interiors feature a natural color scheme with earthy tones and custom-made sunken wooden tubs. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to private walled gardens, plunge pools, and floating hammocks.

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Vietnam best beaches

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Planning a beach vacation? There was a time when tourists thinking about a holiday near a pristine beach and a crystal clear blue sea though ‘’Caribbean’’, ‘’South Pacific’’, perhaps islands in the Indian Ocean? They remain great destinations but in recent years, Vietnam has come to rival these places in many ways, and with the country having much more to offer than just a tranquil setting, a Vietnam beach holiday is worth serious consideration.

Vietnam has an extensive coastline, great lagoons, caves to explore and many idyllic offshore islands. It has resulted in a number of places developing good tourist infrastructure, and others still offering solitude for those that want it. A Vietnam beach break is also a great way to finish a holiday in the country, experiencing its history and culture as well as the natural environment on offer in places like Sapa in the Northern Highlands, and the Central Highlands around Dalat. It is something that the traditional beach destinations are unable to rival.

There is little doubt that Vietnam’s beaches are going to get busier. They have been promoted in films in recent years while word of mouth, with more and more tourists visiting the country each year, has certainly helped to increase the demand for a Vietnam beach holiday. Here are some of the best beaches in Vietnam to consider.

Typically, rainfall only comes in the form of showers so, to that extent, it possibly holds an advantage over the north when you think about a Vietnam beach holiday. The proximity of Ho Chi Minh City has meant that resorts in the South have developed more quickly.

  • Vung Tau is now quite crowded now with weekend breaks from the city a popular activity of locals.
  • Con Dao islands have an utterly unhurried ambiance. There are two traffic lights, but no work, a gas station, but close for lunch and only one road, so you no lost. Right to the airport or left to prisons and port. A cluster of 16 islets in the South China Sea, the Con Dao islands are 155 miles from Ho Chi Minh City. Only the main island, Con Son, is inhabited (its population is just 6,000), though the other islands can be visited.
  • Phu Quoc is an island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. Phu Quoc known for white-sand beaches and resorts.
  • My Khe Beach in Danang is clean and looking fantastic, very long and not so crowded, good for swimming and sunbathing. There are many options to stay ranging from budget hotels to luxurious ones. My Khe beach was popular for a break from hostilities for US Marines during the Vietnam War. It is now an ideal destination for the beach holiday in Vietnam.
  • Nha Trang has been nicknamed the ‘’Vietnamese Riviera’’ and one of the beaches close by is Doc Let Beach. Nha Trang is well known for its beaches and scuba diving. There are several resorts — such as Vinpearl, Diamond Bay and Ana Mandara — and amusement and water parks, in the city and on islands off the coast.
  • Lang Co beach near Hoi An has been listed among the best beaches in the world. Actually, Lang Co Bay is a famous area with imposing scenery, mountains and forests, clear blue sea and soft, white sand adjoins each other that many travelers to Vietnam in the past have missed the chance to view this hidden beauty.
  • Phan Thiet was formerly just a small fishing village and it is especially famous for its fish sauce (nuoc mam). Mui Ne beach is 20 kilometers from Phan Thiet and there are water sports for those not simply wanting to lie on the beach.

The climate in the north limits the safe time for a Vietnam beach holiday to the height of summer, July and August. However, Halong Bay is such a stunning place that it attracts tourists all year round. If the sun shines, you can lie on a beach if you like though there is so much else to see and do. Vietnam is attracting people from all over the world and the numbers are increasing all the time. The beaches were never the main reason why they used to come but such is their quality, they have now become another string to Vietnam’s bow. Bai Chay beach is probably the best beach option for those heading east from Ha Noi. The town of Bai Chay, along with Hong Gai, together are officially referred to as Ha Long City. Beach is huge and best for those who like to relax & enjoy the views.

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Hai Tac Pirates Archipelago

In December 2017, the Kiên Giang People’s Committee recognised the archipelago as a local tourism site.

Tien Hai is the only island commune in Ha Tien District, the southern province of Kien Giang. The commune also has another name: Hai Tac (Pirates) Archipelago. It boasts 16 islands and the total area of 283ha. In the past few years, the island commune has developed community tourism models, making contributions to socio-economic development for Ha Tien District. In December 2017, the Kien Giang People’s Committee recognized the archipelago as a local tourism site.   

Tourists coming to Ha Tien District are always curious about the Hai Tac archipelago, a famed place in the southwest sea of the country. According to local historic documents from the 17th century, Mạc Thiên Tích, a leader of the region, many times ordered his troops to fight against local pirates, who lived in the area. The archipelago name Hai Tac originated from that time.

Besides its mysterious name, Tien Hai island commune has great potential for developing tourism thanks to its primitive landscapes, fresh and cool atmosphere. In order to utilize the tourism potential, in 2014 the local authorities implemented a community tourism project for the period 2014-2020. The commune consists of 16 large and small islands, locating 20km from Ha Tien Town and 40km from Phu Quoc Island.

The commune hosts 500 families with 2,000 people, who live mainly in Hon Tre Lon, Hon Giang, Hon Duoc and Hon Ụ. The biggest among the islands is Hon Tre Lon (also known as Hon Đoc), which is an administration and socio-economic center for the Tien Hai island commune. All people and agencies in the commune are informed about the project and encouraged to join involuntarily.

Hon Tre Village was chosen as a trial model with 17 families, who meet the requirements, to join the community tourism project. Eleven households among them offer food and accommodation services, four households have acted as guides to take visitors to islands and fishing, and two households keep sea fish for visitors to understand raising local fish. Two companies have been specialized in transporting tourists to and from the mainland.  Over the last three years, the project has brought along active results.

The number of guests coming every year has significantly increased and is now up to 70,000 tourists per year. A visitor from Rach Gia City northern province of Kien Giang said she spent two vacations in the area. What I like most when stay at the home of locals in Tien Hai is that I can live near them, see their routines and imagine as if I were a local, she said. However, the area is still lack of freshwater and electricity. By 2020, the national electricity system will reach the islands and tourism service will be better. “Its name “Hai Tac” (Pirates) is scary but actually the islands are beautiful in peace and many romantic beaches with white sand and blue water run long,” Phượng said.

Hai Viet, an old resident on Hon Tre Vinh Island recalled his grandfather’s story on the pirates. “There was once a pirate group named Canh Buom Den (Black Sail) on this island,” he said, “They mostly robbed trading ships passing Ha Tien – Rach Gia Bay. “On the pirates’ ship hung a mop, meaning sweeping off all ships passing by. “The gang controlled a big sea area of the Gulf of Thailand. Up to now, there are still rumors of treasure hidden by the pirates somewhere on this archipelago,” he said. Many locals still believe there is treasure hidden on Hon Doc and scattering around the archipelago.

The only ancient mark on the island is a pagoda named Son Hoa Tu. It is said that once there was ahead of a pirate gang named Nguyễn Thanh Vân. Rumors say he was strong, was a brilliant swimmer and could dive as well as an otter, rebellious but at the same time, had a kind heart. Once his gang traveled to Thailand, he fell in love with a beautiful woman and took her to Vietnam. Since then, he quit the pirate life. They had a daughter called Nguyễn Thị Gái, who was then respected by locals as she built the only pagoda on the islands. The Son Hoa Tu Pagoda remains up to now as an evidence of rumors on local pirates, a special attraction for tourists to the pristine islands. — VNS”

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Phu Quoc Vietnam’s Maldives

Take a summer trip to Vietnam's 'Maldives' Phu Quoc Island boasts sandy beaches, turquoise waters, historic relics, fresh seafood and more.

Phu Quoc Island boasts sandy beaches, turquoise waters, historic relics, fresh seafood and more. Lying on the southern coast off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, Phu Quoc has become one of the top holiday destinations in Vietnam. Vietnam’s largest island has recently been named one of the most beautiful places in the country by U.S. news site CNN. However, the beach paradise has kept its best secrets awaiting to be discovered. With the summer vacation season calling, allow us to plan you a four-day trip to catch the best of the amazing island, dubbed ‘Vietnam’s Maldives’.

For a castaway-esque experience, head east to one of the oldest fishing villages on the glamorous island that lies just 20 kilometers to the south of Duong Dong Town, the capital of Phu Quoc. It is no exaggeration to call Ham Ninh a priceless jewel with pristine charm and beauty that has luckily escaped the tourism boom raging on Vietnam’s largest island. Locals still live in the same thatched houses and catch shrimp, fish, pearls and sea cucumbers to earn a living. Travel tip: Sunrise is the best time to stroll around Ham Ninh, and don’t forget to bring your camera with you to capture the best of the fishing village.

On the second day, wake up early to make your way to Sao Beach, one of the top beaches on Phu Quoc and dubbed as “crown jewel” of the pearl island by the U.K.’s Telegraph. From the downtown, hop in a taxi for around VND300,000 ($13) to get to the beach that boasts crystal blue water and stretches of soft white sand. A bit of advice: buy a package tour for VND550,000 ($24) per person for hands-on experience. The tour includes a 30-minute motorboat ride, snorkeling on the coral reef and squid-fishing at night.

Once branded “Hell on Earth” for its notorious jail, Phu Quoc Prison is living witness to the most horrifying scenes of oppression during wartime that has left mysterious and creepy stories behind. A tour here will render every heart heavy but will make your trip a lot more memorable. And don’t miss a chance to drop by Dinh Cau (Cau Temple), which is just 25 kilometers from the prison. Get lost and allow your breath to be taken away as the sun goes down over the shimmering water. Prepare to take your wallet with you for a night trip to the Phu Quoc night market, which has around 50 food stalls serving a wide range of Vietnamese seafood. It is a great place for anyone who wants to go out for a late bite.

Leaving the noisy downtown behind, pack up and head north around 20 kilometers to Ganh Dau Cape, one of the few inhabited and secluded gems on Phu Quoc. It would be a waste of a trip not to set foot on Ganh Dau and enjoy the fresh air and peaceful atmosphere. Tourism is not yet a popular term here, so services are still underdeveloped. Don’t expect a fancy world of restaurants and bars, but instead try little homestay facilities willing to treat you to exotic seafood dishes. After that, take a trek through the primitive forests in Phu Quoc National Park which is home to a rich variety of fauna and flora. If you have enough time, try to conquer Chua Mountain at a height of 565 meters above sea level, considered the roof of Phu Quoc.

It’s not difficult to find all the local specialties in markets on Phu Quoc. Among them are honey, pearls, fish sauce, pepper and Rose Myrtle wine.

If you’re a fan of straight-from-the-sea food, the best time to touch down in Phu Quoc Island is between May and November which is the fishing season. But if you wish to get a true taste of Phu Quoc’s culinary world, do not miss a noodle soup called “bun quay,” or stirred noodles, at the intersection of Tran Phu and Cach Mang Thang Tam, raw herring salad served with Phu Quoc’s fish sauce on Tran Hung Dao Street, and thick noodles with mackerel on Bach Dang Street. Plus, several famous restaurants in Phu Quoc that you should note down are Com Bac 123 on April 30 Street, Hello on Tran Hung Dao Street, and Quoc Anh on Bach Dang Street.

From Hanoi and Saigon, the best way to reach Phu Quoc, which was named among the top 10 destinations in Southeast Asia by the U.K. travel magazine Rough Guides, is flying. Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air have direct flights to Phu Quoc every day. Return tickets usually cost VND1 million ($44) from HCMC and VND2 million from Hanoi.

Phu Quoc International Airport stands around five kilometers (three miles) from the downtown. You can take a shuttle bus from the airport or call a cab to get into the town center. Those who start their trips from HCMC can also opt for a sleeper coach to Rach Gia or Ha Tien, and then take a high-speed boat. It takes six to eight hours by coach and costs from VND150,000 to VND190,000. High-speed boat tours are available at 8 a.m. and 8.45 a.m. every day with tickets priced at VND340,000 per person. A bit of advice: book your tickets in advance during the peak travel season to avoid higher costs. Once in town, you can hire motorbikes for VND120,000-150,000 per day or book a car for around VND750,000 per day if you’re traveling in a group of five to seven. You can ask your hotel or homestay to help you with this.

For accommodations, a number of four-star hotels and resorts scattered around Duong Dong Town, the capital of Phu Quoc, cost from VND1.5 million per night for two people. For cheaper options, take a look at the hotels on Nguyen Dinh Chieu, April 30 and Nguyen An Ninh streets, with prices ranging from VND300,000 to VND500,000 per night. Homestay services are also worth consideration. You can choose from D’Hotel, 9 Station Hotel and 88 Hilltop Hostel & Villa on Tran Hung Dao Street, and Cottage Village and Peace House along Tran Hung Dao Street. Prices range from VND150,000 to VND300,000 per night.

The best time to make a trip to Phu Quoc is between October and May, with the rain long gone and the sun shining down on crystal blue waters.  Avoid the crowds and beware of the heat and scorching sun. Phu Quoc is also home to other places of interest, including Nguyen Trung Truc Temple, Ho Quoc Pagoda, Khem Beach, Long Beach and the Rach Vem fishing village.

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World longest cable car

Phu Quoc to have world's longest cable car

The world longest cable car will be in Phu Quoc. A sea cable car route connecting An Thoi town and Hon Thom Island, the largest of the An Thoi island cluster to the south of Phu Quoc Island off the coast of the Mekong Delta’s Kien Giang province, will open on February 14, just before Tet. Invested by the Sun Group, its nearly 8-km length makes it the longest cable car in the world. Its 70 cars can carry 30 passengers each on a three-rope cable car technology known as 3S gondola, which is the safest and most modern in the world.

The trip provides a 360-degree of the islands and the sea. The cable car is the first and most important installation of the Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park in the southern reaches of Phu Quoc Island, another project from the Sun Group and that features a water park and entertainment park.

The cable car and the Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park will officially open to tourists on February 14, two days before Tet. Tickets for adults and children over 1.3 meters tall are VND500,000 ($22), while children from 1 meter to 1.3 meters tall pay VND350,000 ($15) and children under 1 meter travel for free. To mark the opening, a “buy 1 ticket get 1 free” offer is available to the first 500 visitors each day from February 18 to 22. A lucky draw will also be held, with smartphones, luggage and cable and food vouchers up for grabs.

The Sun Group has built many large real estate and tourism projects in Vietnam, including the world’s longest continuous mono-cable detachable gondola at Sun World Ba Na Hills in the central city of Danang, the world’s former longest 3S gondola at Mt. Fansipan in northern Lao Cai province, and the world’s tallest ropeway tower and largest ropeway cabin, the Ha Long Queen Cable Car, in Ha Long city. Situated in the Gulf of Thailand on the Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand marine economic corridor, Phu Quoc is the country’s largest island and boasts a range of beautiful beaches.

Phu Quoc National Park, meanwhile, is home to hundreds of plant species, dozens of which are listed in the Vietnamese and world red books of endangered species. The park is part of the Kien Giang biosphere reserve, which was recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2006. Phu Quoc Island welcomed nearly 362,000 international visitors last year, up 72 per cent against 2016, and targets at least half a million this year.” Source: vneconomictimes.com

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Phu Quoc – Nam Du – Con Dao islands by ferry

PHU QUOC – NAM DU – CON DAO ISLANDS BY FERRY. In efforts to facilitate access to the islands in Southern Vietnam, we are partnering with Superdong Speed Ferry, the leading speed boat company that operates routes to Phu Quoc, Nam Du and Con Dao. ” Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, the territory belongs to Kien Giang province.

Having experienced a tourist boom, Phu Quoc has achieved fast economic growth. In the last decades, many infrastructure projects have been developed, including 5-star hotels and resorts. Also, Phu Quoc International Airport connects the island with Ho Chi Minh (baolau.com/s/Ho-Chi-Minh/Phu-Quoc) and Hanoi (baolau.com/s/Hanoi/Phu-Quoc), as well as other international destinations such as Bangkok (baolau.com/s/Bangkok/Phu-Quoc).

The beaches are the main attraction on the island. Phu Quoc offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam, including Long Beach along the western coast, Bai Sao and Bai Kem in the south, Bai Ganh Dau and Bai Dai in the north, and the An Thoi Archipelago beaches. Besides swimming, snorkeling and sun-bathing, eating seafood and watching the sunset are also the most popular activities.

Phu Quoc island is accessible from the ports of Rach Gia (baolau.com/s/Rach-Gia/Phu-Quoc) and Ha Tien (baolau.com/s/Ha-Tien/Phu-Quoc). There are combined routes of bus + ferry if coming from Can Tho (baolau.com/s/Can-Tho/Phu-Quoc) in the Mekong Delta or Sihanoukville (baolau.com/s/Sihanoukville/Phu-Quoc) in Southern Cambodia via Kep – Ha Tien international border crossing. Source: baolau.com

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Hon Thom Islet

Hon Thom (Pineapple Islet) is the largest of the An Thoi Islands (An Thoi Archipelago), with a population of around 4,000. The 15 islands and islets are located to the south of Phu Quoc Island in the Gulf of Thailand and are under the authority of Kien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta.

The archipelago consists of many islands and islets that are quickly growing in popularity as tourist destinations thanks to their pristine beaches, rocky cliffs, breathtaking mountains, and dense forests. This beauty has earned it the nickname “The Paradise Islets of Phu Quoc.” However, it was only recently that any An Thoi islands besides Phu Quoc became considered as a “must-see” in Vietnam.

One of these islands, Hon Thom, stands out for its untouched natural beauty. Surrounding the island is clear blue water and sun-burned sandy beaches. The island itself is covered in wild greenery, creating a romantic aura around on its beaches. Hon Thom is well-known for the flawless sand on its many beaches, including Nom beach, Nam beach, Chuong beach, and Chao beach.

On Chuong beach, located in the south of the island, the sand is bordered on one side by small houses with metal roofs and fishing boats on the other. Moreover, the beach has plenty of places for tourists to try fresh seafood and fruits picked right from local trees, such as mangoes and star apples.

Significant changes

Hon Thom Island has changed considerably in recent years. Many tourists insist that they see significant changes every time they return. Even people living on Hon Thom, if asked, say, “Hon Thom is now very different.”

One of the most significant changes was the installation of a power grid in 2015. With that came the introduction of tourist activities such as jet-skiing and tours to visit other nearby islands. Before electricity was installed, Hon Thom was only designated for one-day trips in which tourists would come during the day to enjoy the beaches, food, and scenery before returning to hotels on other islands by canoe at sunset.

Another factor contributing to the island’s popularity is the new cable car system connecting An Thoi Town with the three main islands in the An Thoi archipelago, including Hon Thom Islet. More significantly, the ropeway is the world’s longest cable car system above the sea.

Visitors cannot resist the opportunity to see the set of islands from the sky. As the cable cars lift visitors from the ground, clear blue water, highlands covered with greenery and sandy beaches slowly begin to shrink. From above, tourists can view the beautiful beaches of Hon Thom including Nom, Chuong, and Chao beaches, as well as other islands and islets such as Hon Roi Islet, Hon Dua Islet, and Hon Mong Tay Islet, all of which are quite well-known to tourists thanks to the many tours offered to these places. One of the tourists even commented: “No artist is talented enough to paint such a beautiful picture.”

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Vietnam’s islands

Vietnam is very densely populated. With most of its 90 million people living along a narrow coastal strip, it’s all too easy to experience the country through a blur of exhaust fumes, struggling along Highway 1 and stopping off at the most popular towns and cities along the way. As it’s a lot to take in, you would do well to factor in time away from the mainland, on one of the country’s beautiful islands that are fast attracting visitors.

In the north, the Ha Long Bay area has more than 2,000 craggy limestone islets, but you need to choose your boat trip carefully as the Unesco-listed region is wildly popular. So it’s worth investing a little time to explore the less-visited, outer islands. Off the central coast, the Cham Islands are a great day trip from historic Hoi An, while in the deep south, Phu Quoc is developing fast but has a lush interior and unspoiled beaches. For the ultimate escape, however, my pick would be remote Con Dao, with a fascinating history and empty beaches.  

CON DAO

The Con Dao islands have an utterly unhurried ambience. “There are two traffic lights, but no work,” the bike rental guy said apologetically as he gave me the island rundown. “One gas station, but close for lunch. Only one road, so you no lost. Right to airport or left to prisons and port.” Moped key in hand, I was relishing the chance to get out and explore some empty roads in search of a perfect beach for the day. I’d spent the previous week embracing Vietnamese city culture and its furious energy and commerce but was now in need of some serious hammock time.

A cluster of 16 islets in the South China Sea, the Con Dao islands are 155 miles from Ho Chi Minh City. Only the main island, Con Son, is inhabited (its population is just 6,000), though the other islands can be visited.

Once hell on earth to thousands of prisoners incarcerated by French colonists and the American military, today the Con Daos are blissfully tranquil. With their ravishing sandy bays, rainforests and healthy coral reefs, their tropical appeal is easy to grasp. Flight connections used to be atrocious, but Vietnam Airlines now offers three daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City.

The rental guy had lied about the one road. Easily sidetracked, my Honda and I had chanced upon a rough track close to the airport, and our inquisitiveness had rewarded us royally in the form of Dam Trau beach, a sublime half-moon crescent of pale sand, bookended by forest-topped rocky promontories.

After an hour’s snorkeling, exploring the kaleidoscopic coral teeming with macro life and spending five minutes swimming eye-to-eye with a hawksbill turtle, I retreated to the plastic chairs in the bay’s seafood shack, picked a victim from the live fish tank and gorged on crab with tamarind and chilli. The only other diners were a group from Hanoi, employees of a state-owned bank on a corporate jolly-with-a-purpose.

Vietnam is a country steeped in revolutionary rhetoric, and Vo Thi Sau, a teenage resistance fighter executed in Con Dao during the French occupation, fits the bill perfectly. (She killed a captain in a grenade attack at the age of 14, and wasn’t captured until years later.) The bank staff was here to pay their respects to this national heroine, and to the thousands of others who lost their lives in Con Dao’s 11 prisons.

Ghosts are everywhere in Con Dao, nowhere more so than at Phu Hai jail. Built in 1862, it once housed 20,000 prisoners – political and criminal inmates chained together naked in rows. The really troublesome individuals were kept in “tiger cages”, with six to 10 men crammed into a tiny open-roofed enclosure, beaten with sticks from above and dusted with lime and water (which burns the skin). Unbeknown to the world, the Americans continued operating these tiger cages until 1970 when a Life magazine report broke news of their existence, provoking an international outcry.

It had been a chastening day, the brutality of prison conditions contrasting acutely with the overwhelming beauty of my surroundings. As I strolled along the seafront promenade in Con Son town, it was easy to marvel at the sheer gentility of this pocket-sized island capital, its litter-free streets, French-era villas, well-kept municipal buildings and air of calm and prosperity.

Con Son town has a dozen or so hotels and guesthouses but the Six Senses resort (sixsenses.com, a short ride away to the north, really is in a class of its own. Occupying the island’s best beach, it comprises 50 or so ocean-front, timber-clad beach villas, each fusing contemporary style with rustic chic.

The next day I dropped by the National Park offices just outside Con Son town. The islands’ ecosystems are unique, with 11 trees found nowhere else in the world. It’s thought that a dozen or so dugong, or “sea cows”, remain in the waters around Con Dao, though they are extremely elusive.

You’ve a much better chance of seeing sea turtles as the islands are Vietnam’s most important nesting ground. The World Wide Fund for Nature has supported conservation efforts to protect the green turtle, and national park rangers run night-time boat trips to neighboring Bay Canh island (the main turtle-nesting season is May to November).

I’d already been lucky enough to snorkel with a turtle, so I fixed up a hike with a ranger instead. Following a slippery but well-marked trail we entered the ever-dripping island rainforest, inching up a mountainside past giant creepers, roots and shoots, picking our way over colossal hardwood buttresses up to the long-abandoned So Ray Plantation, established by the French but now occupied by a sociable troop of long-tailed macaques which are thriving amid the fruit trees planted decades earlier.

On my last day I hooked up with a Honda again for a ride south. Bicycles are also available for rent from hotels (from £2 per day) and taxis can be booked, though they are quite pricey. We hugged the coastline, buzzing past coves and beaches, the lonely road lined with wild bougainvillea and the curious aerial-rooted pandan tree. Towering granite cliffs cascaded down to a turquoise sea as we rounded Ca Map point before rolling into Ben Dam, a no-nonsense port preoccupied with the gritty business of Vietnamese life.

Here sailors sell giant durian fruit from boats and their decks are crisscrossed with clotheslines pegged with drying seaweed, fluttering in the ocean breeze. I ordered a treacle-thick Vietnamese coffee from a café to fix me up for the return leg and paused to watch ruddy-cheeked, beer-happy men paddle from the shore in bizarre coracle-like contraptions back to their fishing boats moored in the bay.

My final stop was Hang Duong cemetery. In the windy season, bones lie exposed in the sun here when the sandy topsoil is blown away. But today there was just the gentlest of breezes, on which drifted the smell of incense.

Following the scent through the flowering scrubs and trees, I was guided to a specific grave, one of thousands there. Here I found the group of bank workers again, heads bowed, at the tomb of Vo Thi Sau as prayers were offered and thanks are given to a national icon.

I found myself contemplating the nature of the modern Vietnamese nation: the long struggle for independence and years of suffering, today’s breakneck pace of development, the economic successes and the inevitable growing pains. Here in Con Dao, I enjoyed the silence.

CAT BA

Rugged, mountainous Cat Ba island is emerging as a great base to explore the wider Ha Long region. Most of the island is a national park, with trails that fringe the habitat of one of the world’s rarest primates, the cherubic-looking, but highly endangered Cat Ba langur.

Cat Ba is also something of an adventure sports mecca thanks to pioneering work by Asia Outdoors (asiaoutdoors.com.vn), which has established dozens of climbing routes on the spectacular limestone islets that fringe Cat Ba, and also offers all sorts of kayaking and sailing excursions.

In Vietnam you’re never far from a reminder of the conflict locals call the American War. Cat Ba’s amazing Hospital Cave was used by the North Vietnamese as a safe shelter for the military elite, and has its own operating theatres, a small swimming pool and even a cinema.

CHAM ISLANDS

Until a few years ago the Cham islands in central Vietnam were a military zone and off-limits to tourism. Times have changed and the islands are now accessible by boat trips (April to September only) from Hoi An.

During the main Vietnamese holiday season (July and August) local tour groups can swamp the golden beaches, but after they’ve departed (around 2pm) normal service (peace) resumes.

There’s decent diving, though visibility can be challenging. Try Cham Islands Diving (vietnamscubadiving.com) and Blue Coral (divehoian.com).

Make sure to drop by the unusual little temple Ong Ngu in Bai Lang, which is dedicated to the whale and whale shark (regarded as oceanic gods by locals until a generation or two ago).

PHU QUOC

In Vietnam’s extreme south, Phu Quoc island is tipped to be the country’s next beach hot spot. A new international airport opened in 2012 (daily flights arrive from Ho Chi Minh City) and dirt roads are steadily being paved.

For now it’s still possible to find a quiet place to escape the mainland crowds. Try eco-friendly Mango Bay (mangobayphuquoc.com or Itaca (itacalounge.com), which offers modern-Mediterranean and Asian food, hip decor, DJs and a chilled atmosphere.

Break up the beach-hopping, if you can brave the smell, with a visit to the nuoc mam (fish sauce) factory in Duong Dong, the main town.

When to go

Vietnam has a very complicated climate. The best time to visit the Con Dao islands is between November and March.

Getting there

Vietnam Airlines (vietnamairlines.com) has direct flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc.

SOURCE: https://www.telegraph.co.uk

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