Southeast Asia has an abundance of options in regards to islands with great beaches and scenery to visit. With many islands on a map to choose from, local visitor authorities are gearing up to promote new destinations within their countries. After many years of war during the 20th Century, the nation of Vietnam is finally enjoying peace. Along with that, it has opened its borders and welcome more for visitors from throughout the world. Recently, the country has welcomed new developments and invested heavily in the island of Phu Quoc.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is the largest island of Vietnam which also comes with 21 smaller islands making up the district of Phu Quoc. The main island has a total land area of 574 square kilometers (222 squre miles), and a population of slightly over 100,000.
It's history was quiet until the 20th century, where the claims of the island would shift between the French, Vietnamese, and Cambodia. It later played a role in the Vietnam War, where it would have the largest prison camp for the South Vietnamese side.
Once a sleepy backwater island where fishing and agriculture dominates the local economy, the island has begun to receive more attention due to its fast-growing tourism industry.
Recognizing the potential for growth, the island is benefiting from its status as a Special Economic Zone. Vietnam is opening the island up more to new developments such as luxury hotels, airport improvements, and a new international passenger port.
Foreign visitors can enjoy a visa-free stay for 30 days, and enjoy its beaches and scenery which is a reason why it has become known as the "Emerald Isle" of Vietnam. Visitors can also enjoy tasting its traditional fish sauce and black pepper. Like most beach destinations, Phu Quoc also has various options for your plans for snorkeling, fishing, and diving in its clear waters.
Phu Quoc is being positioned to become a luxury travel destination. Travellers can get to the island via regular flights from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and other points in Vietnam via VietJet and Vietnam Airlines. Recently, it has welcomed new international flights by China Southern Airlines and Bangkok Airways. It also welcomes flights from UK-based TUI Airways from London and Stockholm, with services from Helsinki beginning this December.
The island is still relatively new to the scene. With the effort to add more flights and build new luxury hotels ongoing, it may become a premier luxury destination in Southeast Asia.