Phu Quoc among world’s 25 best islands: US magazine

Phu Quoc among world's 25 best islands: US magazine

Hon Thom Islet with turquoise waters on Phu Quoc Island in south Vietnam. Photograph by VnExpress/Khanh Tran

Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island off the southern province of Kien Giang, has been chosen one in all 25 greatest islands on the earth by readers of U.S. journal Travel+Leisure.

The journal says readers’ enthusiasm for the island stems from “its white-sand beaches and delectable meals.”

The island is famend for its manufacturing of fish sauce, an indispensable Vietnamese condiment, and peppercorns.

Different sights embrace its coral reefs and dense tropical forest, the journal says.

For this yr’s World Greatest Awards survey, Travel + Leisure requested its readers to weigh in on travel experiences across the globe to decide on the world’s greatest islands primarily based on actions, sights, pure sights, beaches, meals and friendliness.

Ischia Island in Italy topped the checklist, adopted by the Maldives and Bali in Indonesia.

Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island, has gained reputation after the federal government allowed 30-day visa free entry in 2014.

In 2019, earlier than Covid-19 hit the nation, the island obtained over 5 million guests, together with 541,600 foreigners.

Phu Quoc has seen robust restoration because the nation lifted most Covid-19 restrictions. It obtained 1.4 million vacationers within the first half of this yr, or over 70 p.c of its full-year goal.

Amid the summer time peak season, greater than 40,000 vacationers at the moment are caught on the island as heavy rains and tough seas on account of an intertropical convergence zone and a low-pressure space have suspended ferry providers and restricted flights since Sunday.