About Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam. Phu Quocc and nearby islands, along with distant Tho Chu Islands, is part of Kien Giang Province as Phu Quoc District, the island has a total area of 574 square kilometres (222 sq mi) and a permanent population of approximately 103,000.Located in the Gulf of Thailand, the district of Phu Quoc includes the island proper and 21 smaller islets. Duong Dong town, is located on the west coast, and is also the administrative and largest town on the island. The other township is An Thoi on the southern tip of the island. The economy is centred on fishing, agriculture and a fast-growing tourism sector. Phu Quoc has achieved fast economic growth due to its current tourism boom. Many infrastructure projects have been carried out, including several five-star hotels and resorts. Phu Quoc International Airport is the hub connecting Phu Quoc with mainland Vietnam and other international destinations.
Phu Quoc Island is famous for its two traditional products: fish sauce and black pepper. The rich fishing grounds offshore provides the anchovy catch from which the prized sauce is made. As widely agreed among the Vietnamese people, the best fish sauce comes from Phú Quốc. The island name is very coveted and abused in the fish sauce industry that local producers have been fighting for the protection of its appellation of origin. Pepper is cultivated everywhere on the island, especially at Ganh Dau and Cua Duong communes. The pearl farming activity began more than 20 years ago when Australian and Japanese experts arrived to develop the industry with advanced technology. Some Vietnamese pearl farms were established at that time including Quoc An.
Tourism plays an important role in the economy, with the beaches being the main attraction. Phu Quoc was served by Phu Quoc Airport with air links to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ha noi (Noi Bai International Airport), Rach Gia (Rach Gia Airport), Can Tho (Can Tho International Airport). Phu Quoc Airport was closed and replaced by the new Phu Quoc International Airport from December 2, 2012.Phu Quoc is also linked with Rach Gia and Hà Tiên by fast ferry hydrofoils.
Many domestic and international projects related to tourism have been carried out, including latest direct flight from Bangkok to Phu Quoc by Bangkok Airways, which could make Phu Quoc Island a new tourist hub in Southeast Asia.
Phu Quoc has both a terrestrial national park and a marine protection.
Phu Quoc National Park was established in 2001 as an upgrade of a former conservation zone. The park covers 336.57 km2 of the northern parts of the island.
Phu Quoc Marine Protected Area, or just Phu Quoc MPA, was established in 2007 at the northern and southern end of the island and covers 187 km2 of marine area all-in-all. The sea around Phu Quoc is one of the richest fishing grounds in all of Vietnam, and the aim of the protection is to secure coral reef zones, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests, all key spawning and nursery grounds for aquatic species, including blue swimming crabs. Among the aquatic animals in the protection, are green turtle, leather back turtles, dolphin and dugong.
Plastic waste is a growing problem in Phu Qouc, and the local community has organised clean-up efforts.
Nowadays Phu Quoc island is one of the most favourite tourist destinations in Vietnam for Vietnam Beach Holidays