(VEN) – Kien Giang Province has a 200km long coastline and 145 islands, of which the largest one is Phu Quoc Island. It is considered as the “Pearl of Asia” and listed among the “top ten” of the world’s most famous islands by the World Tourism Organization.
The most interesting thing when coming to Kien Giang is to visit the Phu Quoc pearl island, an attractive tourist site. This island covers a natural area of 573 sq.km, with a length of 50km, of which the widest area is 25km.
Phu Quoc is blessed with favorable natural environment like the virgin forest, white sandy beaches and 99 hills from the north to the south of the island. In 2006, the Kien Giang world biosphere reserve was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with quiet and wild beaches such as Bai Dai and Bai Sao. Particularly, the Bai Dai beach was rated as top of the world’s five most beautiful “Hidden Beaches” by Australian tourist website in 2008. The beaches in Phu Quoc are beautiful for its clean and wildness but rarely unknown.
There are 12 small and big islands in the southern area of Phu Quoc, belonging to An Thoi archipelago. In the north of the island, Mong Tay and Doi Moi islets are ideal locations for divers to see coral, fishing and for outdoor activities to discover the wildness of the island. Therefore, Phu Quoc has diversified its tourist products to meet the traveler’s demand to discover the virgin forests with Tranh and Da Ban streams or visit Ham Ninh fishery village and Dinh Cau in Duong Dong town. Tourists can also go fishing in the daytime and cuttle-fishing at night. The food on Phu Quoc Island is mainly made of fresh seafood such as GOI herring, wine made from ripen myrtaceous fruits (Sim fruits) and Phu Quoc pepper.
Over the past years, Kien Giang Province has built many luxury restaurants and hotels with 1,800 rooms with all modern conveniences to serve tourists and call for investment in tourism sector. The transportation system by air and by sea connecting Phu Quoc and mainland has been upgraded to serve tourists safely and conveniently. Currently, visitors can go by high-speed boats starting from Rach Gia and Ha Tien with five trips a day, on average from 150-300 tourists per boat. If going by air, there are 15 to 20 flights between Phu Quoc and Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho and Rach Gia helping to bring tourists to every part of Vietnam.
According to tourism experts, Phu Quoc has favorable conditions to develop five current “hot” tourism models which include convalescent tourism; entertaining tourism; eco-tourism; sport/risky tourism and discovery tourism. Phu Quoc Island was also chosen by the Government to become a high quality eco-tourism center with high competitiveness both domestically and internationally. It will also be a modern and large international trading center of the Mekong Delta region and the south-western Vietnam.
Apart from Phu Quoc Island, Ha Tien-Kien Luong is also one of the four key tourist destinations of Kien Giang Province. Coming to Ha Tien, tourists will have the chance to discover famous landscapes like Mui Nai beach and many other beautiful beaches. Here tourists can swim and enjoy many fresh and delicious sea food such as lobsters, sea crabs and squids.
Coming to the south, visitors will run into a group of national relic sites, especially the Hon Phu Tu (Father and Son rocks which lie approximately 100 meters offshore) with many legends. Tourists can also visit the Ba Lua archipelago which is considered as Ha Long Bay of the south. In addition, there are other attractive destinations to tourists such as Hon Tre, Hon Nghe, Lai Son and Nam Du, which surely will satisfy those who wish to discover the beauty of the islands and the sea in the province./.
By Vu Thanh
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