With a score of 89.77 points, Phu Quoc Island ranks sixth among the 10 favorite Asian islands voted by Condé Nast Traveler readers, according to Hanoi Times.
|Dubbed as “Sleepless City,” Grand World – part of the Phu Quoc United Centre – is expected to set the scene for the development of night-time economy in Vietnam. Photo: Internet
The magazine’s 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards features various categories such as “The Best Cities in the World”, “The Best Resorts in the World”, “The Best Spas in the World”, “Top Countries in the World”, “Top Islands in Asia” among others.
According to the magazine, 500,000 votes were cast in this year’s awards. This is the 35th time this annual award is held to honor the world’s leading travel destinations and services, ranging from resorts in the planet’s remote wilderness villas in the Mediterranean or spas in Asia.
The Philippines’s Boracay island topped the ranking. Its Palawan island was also present in the list. Thailand has the most favourite islands, including Koh Samui, Phuket and Phi Phi.
Among the most favourite countries 2022, Thailand came third and Japan second in Asia. Spain became the most popular in the list.
In 2020, CNTraveler voted Vietnam one of the most 20 favourite destinations at the ninth place.
In addition to Phu Quoc Island, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Resort in the central province of Khanh Hoa and InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in the coastal city of Da Nang are among “The Best Resorts in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler.
|Phu Quoc, the famous island of Vietnam. Photo: Elite Tour
Located in the southwestern province of Kien Giang, Phu Quoc Island is one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Vietnam. It is known as Pearl Island and is identified as an eco-tourism center for those who love to explore nature.
Part of the larger UNESCO-recognized Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve, the island has no shortage of flora and fauna. While over half of the teardrop-shaped island comprises Phu Quoc National Park, a dense tropical jungle draped around scenic mountains, its many beaches remain the main attraction.
In August, Phu Quoc also has been selected as one of the 25 best islands in the world by readers of the US magazine Travel+Leisure, VNA reported.
According to the magazine, readers’ enthusiasm for the island stems from “its white-sand beaches and delectable food.”
The island is renowned for its production of fish sauce, an indispensable Vietnamese condiment, and peppercorns. Other attractions include its coral reefs and dense tropical forest, the magazine wrote.
|Group of foreign tourists in Phu Quoc island of Kien Giang. Photo: VNA
In 2019, CNN had recommended nine “things to do in Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s top island getaway”, including Go driving; Dining at Ham Ninh fishing village; Go kayaking; Take a trek, Visit a farm; Catch an unforgettable sunset; Go squid fishing; Head to the night market; and Ride the cable car.
Phu Quoc was chosen as one of the first destinations to reopen their doors to international visitors in an effort to recover the national tourism industry. The island city on November 20, 2021 welcomed the first international tourist group to Vietnam after nearly two years of the country’s “freezing status” due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thai Vietjet Air officially launched direct services between Phu Quoc resort island of Vietnam and Thailand’s capital city Bangkok on October 12, hoping to give a push to tourism recovery post-pandemic.