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Exploring hidden gems on Phu Quoc

By Thanh Hien - Nguyen Thanh Tuan

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Referred to as “the pearl of the southwest sea”, Phu Quoc Island is a popular travel destination for both domestic and international tourists. If you’re seeking a getaway from crowds on the island, pristine islets are ideal for you.

Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam, with a total area of 574 square kilometers. The island is a city under Kien Giang Province, with natural terrain running from north to south, including nearly 100 hills and mountains and a large forest.

Phu Quoc has countless gorgeous places of interest and high-class services. Moreover, as a familiar destination for many tourists, Phu Quoc always has new check-in points attracting tourists.

From October to April, when other parts of Vietnam enter the rainy season, it is the most beautiful time on Phu Quoc. Autumn on Phu Quoc is considered a paradise, offering a wonderful harmony between warm temperatures and romantic scenery. The weather is suitable for entertainment and relaxation, especially exploring Thom Islet, May Rut Islet, Mong Tay Islet and Gam Ghi Islet. Tourists can take a boat ride from the An Thoi port to explore all the four islets in one day.

Thom Islet (Hon Thom) is about three kilometers south of Phu Quoc. The islet attracts tourists with its fresh and green beauty, white sandy beaches, golden sunshine and clear blue water shaded by tall coconut trees.

Thom Islet has a vibrant, bustling life. Tourists can experience many entertainment activities, especially the impressive 8-kilometer-long cable car system across the sea connecting Phu Quoc and the islet.

Unlike Thom Islet’s bustle, May Rut Islet (Hon May Rut) lures tourists with its wild nature and quiet atmosphere. The beach is full of white sand and a crystal clear blue sea. Moreover, there is a diverse ecosystem with 125 sea species. On May Rut Islet, tourists can dive, see corals, enjoy squid fishing and visit pearl culture areas and floating houses.

Mong Tay Islet (Hon Mong Tay) is an absolutely pristine island as it has no residents. It is about 14 kilometers south of Phu Quoc. The islet is an ideal location for outdoor activities such as camping, swimming and enjoying fresh seafood. In addition, scuba diving is another recommended activity on Mong Tay Islet as it contains an extremely rich coral ecosystem with 17 types of anemones and coral reefs of all shapes, sizes and colors.

Similar to the wild nature of Mong Tay Islet, Gam Ghi Islet (Hon Gam Ghi) attracts tourists with its coral reefs right next to the shore. Their density is so thick that tourists can just look into the water to see them clearly.

The density of coral reefs is so thick that tourists just need to look down into the water to see them

The islet is also the place to preserve corals on Phu Quoc. Gam Ghi Islet has long white sandy beaches and beautiful emerald sea water.

Autumn is the peak tourism season on Phu Quoc. Visitors should prepare for the trip in advance and book hotel rooms at least three weeks in advance to enjoy an unforgettable experience.

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