I love tropical Islands, so much so that I even lived on one for 4 years! Not only do you have sun soaked beaches and laid-back lifestyles but it’s also that feeling about being so isolated from the rest of the world, all your cares and worries seems so distant and you forget about the daily grind and get time to ponder what it is in life you really want. Now sometimes the problem is that everyone wants the same thing so it’s hard to find a tropical island where you can feel truly alone in paradise.
But I know of a secret (well almost) island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand where you can still enjoy the experiences of finding remote white sandy beaches lined with coconut trees, calm crystal turquoise waters and stunning natural landscape. Welcome to Phu Quoc Island.
My first visit to this island was almost 10 years ago when it was just a whisper on the tourist trail and today the whisper is more of chatter to where now you can find hardcore island lovers from all over the world. Even though the island it is off the coast of Cambodia it actually is a part of Vietnam.
There are a number of idyllic beaches on the island but the most popular beach, and where I stayed was Long Beach. Long Beach, or Truong Beach as it is also known, is more than 5 miles long, heading south from Doung Dong Town. On this beach you will find parts that are totally deserted and other parts are that are packed with hotels.
Sao Beach is a beach that deserves a mention as it said to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It is tricky to get there but it is definitely worth the hassle, just ask the locals on how best to get there and they will be more then happy to oblige. There is also very little in terms of infrastructure on Sao Beach so you’ll definitely get the desert island feeling here.
More than half of the island’s landmass is part of a national park featuring dense jungle and mountains and the government has made plans to develop the island into a high quality eco-tourism destination by 2020.
Phu Quoc is reputedly known to produce the best fish sauce (nuoc mam) in the world along with it’s amazing fresh seafood. The island has beautiful corals and sea life so snorkelling and scuba diving are the most popular activities to do, you can find also jet-skiing, wind sailing and squid fishing available.
Phu Quoc is also becoming a popular destination for the local Vietnamese so surprisingly you will also find an amusement park, safari zoo, and world class golf courses.
Getting to Phu Quoc island has become a lot easier over the past few years. There is now an international airport although flights come mainly from Singapore and Siem Reap, but the main route domestically is from Ho Chi Minh and takes about an hour. Otherwise you can take a boat from the mainland which takes about 2 ½ hours.
So, now that the secret is out – go visit Phu Quoc island, one of the last remaining ‘off the beaten track’ tropical islands in South East Asia.
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