Phu Quoc – Tourism Germ Island of the country and the world
93.000 people (the year of 2010).
Phu Quoc Sea has 22 small and large islands, of which, Phu Quoc Island has the area of 567 km² (56.700 ha), length of 49 km. Slightlysloppy terrain runs from the north to the south with 99 mountains and hills. However, small island complex of An Thoi Harbor is separated with the southern pole of Phu Quoc Island by a small cannal with the depth of more than 60m.
Great resorts go along the coast of Phu Quoc – beach resorts in Phu Quoc, where tourists can not only take a rest for sightseeing but also enjoy fresh seafood.
Phu Quoc is the largest tourism island of Vietnam in Phu Quoc District, Kien Giang province. Phu QUoc has been long well-known to domestic and foreign visitors; therefore, it is considered as the germ island in the southwest sea of the Country.
Abundant tourism potentials
Phu Quoc Island has the area of 573km², length of 50km, the widest place in the north of 25km with various beautiful beaches ranging from the North to the South and 99 rolling mountains, and endless green primitive forest containing many mysteries and secrets. This creates a romantic landscape image, abundant tourism potentials attractive to visitors.
Especially in 2006, the coastal biosphere reserve and Kien Giang island sea area was recognized as the world biosphere reserve of the world, including Phu Quoc, which is the pride of the local people on the island.
People those have not visited Phu QUoc desire to set foot on the germ island to enjoy the tourism products here such as spring bathing, mountain climbing, resorting, sightseeing in the harmony between sea – sky – cloud – water – mountain – forest.
Tourism products here are connected with various types of discovering historical-cultural relics, historical-revolutionary relics, customs, practice of the people on the island, fishery villages, traditional villages, study about natural eco-system, and especially visit to Cay Dua Prison as bright icon of revolutionary heroism that was tragadic but magnanimous in the Southern Area.
The geographical names such as Duong Dong, Duong To, AN THoi Ham Ninh, Vong Beach Site, Khem Site, Sao Site, Ganh Dau, Cua Can, Tran Spring, Da Ba Spring… live in memory of visitors as saying goodbye to Phu Quoc and promising a return.
The south of the island is 12 small and large islands belonging to An Thoi archipelago; while the North with Mong Tay island and Doi Moi island… is an ideal place for cruising, fishing, coral-view diving, outdoor activities, and wide island discovery.
In the recent years, Kien Giang has invested in building luxurious restaurant and hotel system with about 1,800 comfortable rooms serving visitors to Phu Quoc; and called for various tourism investment projects. The province has also invested ten thousand billion dongs in developing roadway network connecting the central Phu Quoc Island with the mainland to ensure safe and convenient transport of passengers.
Seaway with high-speed ship starting from Rach Gia city and Ha Tien commune with 5 trips to and fro can serve an average of 150-300 passengers/ship, which can meet travelling demand of the local people and visitors. The airway with Phu Quoc Airport provides flight with the frequency of 15-20 flights/day connecting Phu Quoc with Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Can Tho, and Rach Gia bringing visitors from all the regions in the country and international visitors to the Island.
According to Mr. Tran Quoc Khanh, deputy head of Economic Department of Phu QUoc Island District, Phu Quoc monthly receives about 3,000 domestic and foreign visitors, including 30% international visitors from various countries and territories in the world.
Kien Giang attempts to make Phu Quoc a big, modern, high-quality tourism, resort center by 2020 to rank with other countries in the region and the world, as the motive to stimulate tourism development in the country, making tourism a key economic industry of the island in close attachment with security and national defense.
Phu Quoc – a real germ island
Phu Quoc Island District has just been approved to become administrative – economic special zone under central management by the Prime Minister in 2020. This is a favorable condition for Phu Quoc to continue the development of key tourism sector and really become germ island of the country.
Kien Giang has make comprehensive development planning of tourism of Phu Quoc Island by 2020 with the objective of 2015 receiving 1-1.2 million turns of visitors/year, including 35% international visitors, generating the total revenue of 209 million USD; and 2-3 million turns of visitors/year in 2020 including 40% of international visitors generating the total revenue of 771 million USD.
Phu Quoc strongly exploits domestic market with focus on big urban areas in the country and Mekong Delta; expands international market, especially high-liquidity market such as Northeast of Asia, North America, Western Europe and ASEAN.
Phu Quoc invests in development and upgrade of tourism products with types of sea-bathe, resorts, sight-seeing and historical-cultural relics, historical-revolutionary relics, eco-tourism, sports, entertainment, conference, workshop, camping, shopping, visit to traditional villages, frams, aquaculture facilities, natural ecological research… Island tours are formed on the basis of typical tourism products in visitor serving zone.
Phu Quocis connected withnationaltouristcenters, thecountries in the regionand in the world. In addition,Phu Quoc plans to build eco-tourism resort, internationalconference centercombinedcasinoserviceonthebeachon Da Chong Site inBai Thom commune inthe northeast oftheislandofarea of 135hectares. PhuQuocInternational Airportwith the areaof1000haisbeing invested; speeded up to ensure soon completion and utilization.
Kien Giang Province is deploying breakthrough, flexible solutions in capital mobilization from organizations, individuals of all locally or internationally economic sectors to invest in the tourism development. The project is investing in improving quality of tourism activities, services in attachment with investment enhancement, formation and development of highly competitive tourism products, which are able to express the brand name of Phu Quoc Tourism. Development of Phu Quoc Island Tourism is put in the relation with security, national deference, sovereignty, national security, and sustainable, friendly protection of environmental resources.
Thanh Kieu – Resort in Phu Quoc