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CNN Travel introduces best things to do in Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc island in the southern province of Kien Giang has emerged as a top destination in recent years, and CNN Travel has published a list of the best things to do in the island, in case you have not known.

An overview of Phu Quoc island (Source: CNN Travel)


Besidesresting on beautiful beaches such as Sao Beach, Long Beach and Ong Lang Beach,travelers can kayak through fishing villages or dine on fresh seafood aboard afloating platoon, go squid fishing or visit a pearl farm.

Whether you're keen to snorkelor scuba dive, the waters around Phu Quoc are teeming with marine life, most ofwhich is centered around the Phu Quoc Marine Park in the south or the Ganh Dau Coral Gardensjust off the northwestern tip.

In addition to crabs, squid andhundreds of coral reef fish, you might also be lucky enough to spot a hawksbillturtle or a green turtle, both of which are endangered.

Meanwhile, Cua Can river, whichwinds from the sea into the center of the island on the northern end of PhuQuoc, is an ideal place to go kayaking, especially for beginners, thanks to thecalm currents and jungle surrounds.

Those who want to go trekkingcan consider Phu Quoc National Park, which is home to easy walking trails andmore than 200 wild animal species and rare birds.

For an affordable,convivial night out, CNN suggested HamNinh fishing village, which is located on the easterncoast.

The village is set inland fromthe ocean along a canal where stilt houses, colorful boats and floatingrestaurants hover above the water.

Squid fishing is anotherunforgettable way to spend a night out, according to CNN.

After the fishermen catch a fewsquids, they'll cook up a BBQ dinner right on the boat under the stars.

The one and only Dinh Cau NightMarket, in the west coast town of Duong Dong (Phu Quoc's largest urban center),is an experience not to be missed, according to CNN.

There are dozens of foodstalls, aromatic grills and outdoor tables, as well as excellent gourmet souvenirssuch as black pepper, coffee, tea leaves, peanuts, chocolate and more.

Though tourism has taken off,Phu Quoc is still a highly agricultural society, producing a variety ofworthwhile souvenirs, from pepper to honey to pearls.

For food lovers, the Khai Hoanfish sauce factory is said to produce some of the country's best fish sauce.

At Phu Quoc Bee Farm, you canlearn about the essential role of honeybees in the ecosystem, CNN suggested.

Then there's the Ngoc Hienpearl farm, where you can learn all about the history and process of pearlfarming in Phu Quoc.

After the lesson, you can shopat the adjacent market for high-quality souvenirs.

Riding the Phu Quoc Cable Car,which is the longest non-stop three-rope cable car in the world, stretchingroughly 5 miles in length, and catching an unforgettable sunset are also amongthings that CNN thinks you should add to your itinerary.

The number of visitors to PhuQuoc has catapulted to an estimated 2.5 million in 2018, a 25 percent jumpcompared with the previous year.-VNA