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Phu Quoc among CNN's Top 5 fall destinations

Released at: 16:42, 27/09/2018

Phu Quoc among CNN's Top 5 fall destinations

Bai Dai (Long Beach) on Phu Quoc Island. (Photo: Viethousing.com)

Phu Quoc Island named one of the most beautiful places in Asia-Pacific for a fall getaway.

by Le Diem

Phu Quoc Island off the coast of the Mekong Delta’s Kien Giang province has been listed by CNN as among the top five destinations to visit this fall for those planning their first trip to the Asia-Pacific region.

“If you're dreaming of a beach getaway in Asia this fall, Phu Quoc in Vietnam should be a top contender. For starters, the dry season begins in November and runs till April,” it wrote on its website.

It also noted that visiting Phu Quoc Island is easy, as it’s just an hour from Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam offers a 30-day visa exemption policy for many foreign passport holders.

CNN recommended plenty of things to do aside from lounging and snorkeling around Ong Lang Beach, with Phu Quoc Prison Museum offering a peek into the island’s dark history and Phu Quoc National Park and Suoi Tranh Waterfall certain to spoil nature lovers.

As for food, the island is famous for its fish sauce, so don’t miss a chance to try it, which shouldn’t be hard seeing as it’s a main ingredient in most Vietnamese dishes.

Other destinations on the CNN list were Chengdu (China), Fukuoka (Japan), Jeju (Japan), and Perth (Australia).

Earlier, in June, Bai Dai (Long Beach) on Phu Quoc Island was listed among the most beautiful white-sand beaches in the world by US News & World Report.

Phu Quoc is known for its nice sunny weather all year round, charming white-sand beaches, and a host of resorts, most of which are along the palm-lined southwest coast. More than half of the island is part of Phu Quoc National Park, which features mountains, dense tropical jungle, hiking trails and wildlife.

Stretching around 20 km, Long Beach in particular is admired for its strikingly soft white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and stunning scenery, according to the site. The stretch of sand is also home to numerous resorts, most of which feature huge pools and rooms geared toward families.

The number of foreign tourists to Phu Quoc Island in 2017 reached nearly 361,500, up 72 per cent from 2016, according to the Provincial Department of Tourism.

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