PHU QUOC

Worth It? Absolutely. Casinos and golf course are in the works, meaning its days as a quaint, out-of-the-way island may be numbered.
What to Do Beach-bumming, Vietnam’s second-best diving (after Nha Trang), motorbike adventures and hidden beaches
Best Time To Go October to March
How Long? The island’s pretty big, so it’s easy to justify at least three days: a sit-on-the-beach day, a diving day and a motorbike day.Gateway Boat from Rach Gia, air from Saigon

Duong Beach, Phu QuocVietnam’s next big beach destination – sometimes ambitiously self-described as ‘the next Phuket’ – is still far far from over-developed. A couple dozen bungalows (budget to luxury) huddle up on the Truong Beach (or ‘Long Beach’), which spreads a couple miles south of the main town Duong Dong. Many untouched beaches await around the mountainous, 30-mile, tear-shaped island, for years known only as a military outpost (Cambodia sometimes murmurs about ownership) and for its factories making stinky nuoc mam (fermented fish sauce). Flights trinkle in from Saigon and Rach Gia, bringing ex-pats and travelers in-the-know for diving, snorkeling, seafood, fun motorcycle rides and beach-bumming. It’s not as developed as Nha Trang or Mui Ne (thankfully), but if rumors of direct flights with Phnom Penh or Bangkok ever materialize, Phu Quoc could be due for big changes. Go soon.

Read my experiences here during my research trip.

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