Relatively unknown to the general public, Phu Quoc is an island brimming with history and lavishness. Listed as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2006, it boasts never seen before diversity, both in terms of the landscape as well as the wildlife.
Legitimately named "the emerald island", it belonged to Cambodia before becoming Vietnamese, serving as a place of refuge for Prince Nguyen Anh, during the 18th Century. The largest island in the country, it is unusual as it is more similar to its famous neighbour than its own homeland.
Phu Quoc, is, above all else, one of the most beautiful representations of Vietnam's treasures, which has maintained a kind of simplicity which adds to its sparkle. The population lives primarily off the pepper and sauce trade such as nuoc mam and ca com, famous across the globe.
Recently, the island opened itself up to tourism and currently offers its guests both recreational and cultural activities: a complete change of scene for visitors right up until they leave.
Such desire to generalise activities in Phu Quoc saw the establishment of the Vinpearl Island project, an amusement park, which provides most water, nautical activities for families.
Take the boat to the Asian continent, to the south-west of the country, a few dozen kilometres in the direction of Can Tho and you will be able to more clearly see Mekong. A genuine divinity, this impressive river marks the birthplace of Vietnamese civilisation. Within the country, its famous delta is considered a blessing, as it both nourishes and inspires the people.
Whether you are tempted by the intimacy of Vietnam or the buzzing culture, Phu Quoc, is able to perfectly satisfy the desires of those who are soon to be enthusiasts.
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