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Phu Quoc, nicknamed Pearl Island after its signature export, is the largest island in Vietnam just seven miles off the coast of Cambodia and is an island almost the same size as Singapore in the South East corner of the Gulf of Thailand. It has an area of roughly 222 square miles and a permanent population of approximately 103,000. Duong Dong is the administrative and largest town on the island on the West coast, the only other township is An Thoi in the South.

The economy was centred on fishing and agriculture until tourism was introduced to the island and created a sudden burst of energy introducing several international five-star resorts and hotels. Phu Quoc international airport is the hub connecting the island with mainland Vietnam and now, several other international destinations, including Bangkok.

From March 2014 Vietnam allowed all foreign tourists to visit Phu Quoc visa-free for a period up to 30 days to encourage international tourism. The Radisson Blu five star hotel is 23 km from Phu Quoc International Airport, the property sits on the coast and has a white sandy shoreline. We were collected from the airport and delivered by minivan to the resort 40 minutes later.

We passed through Duong Dong which is a busy, dusty, little town and were delivered to the hotel which is situated on the manicured estate of Corona where there is a convention centre, three or four other hotels, shopping and dining area, casinos, etc. A tourist haven in the sun but the jewel in the crown is the Radisson Blu Hotel. The hotel opened in August 2018 so is still brand new. The staff are well trained and efficient and we did not want to leave the complex. Why would you – it has everything that you need for a relaxing, unwinding time ‘far from the madding crowd’.


Source: Expat Life Thailand

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