HCM CITY (VNS) — The US-based National Geographic Traveller Magazine awarded Phu Quoc Island third place, after Paris (France) and Whitefish (the US), in the list of 15 editor-recommended destinations for Best Winter Trips 2014.
The magazine said some of Viet Nam's best beaches are on heart-shaped Phu Quoc Island.
"What's bringing international travellers so far, is the restrained development on Phu Quoc, its warm, turquoise waters, secluded, deep sand beaches, and lush, mountainous interior (protected as a national park.)"
It suggested tourists visit the island in dry season from December to March, and noted that Phu Quoc's nuoc mam (fish sauce) is the essential Vietnamese condiment. It became the country's first product to be granted European Union Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status last year.
Best Winter Trips 2014 also included Lake Baikal (Russia), Santa Margherita Ligure (Italy), Nosara Beaches (Costa Rica), Masquerade Games (Bulgaria), and Gold Coast (Australia). — VNS