Located on the eastern edge of the Indo-Chinese peninsula, Vietnam features a long coastline which is stretching over 3,200km from China in the north to Cambodia in the south. Especially the country benefits three different micro-climates from the north to the south, giving you dry, sunny weather whenever you come.
Home to many beautiful beaches, Phu Quoc and Con Dao islands are among the best beach resorts in Vietnam. Both of them are just nearly an hour flight from Saigon, while Phu Quoc is known for its bright sandy beaches and busy fishing community, the collection of islands in Con Dao is famous for enticing clear waters and quiet sweeping beaches.
Bright Sandy Beaches of Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc island is the biggest island in Vietnam, located off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand, and about 40km west of Ha Tien town – the nearest town in Vietnam. Phu Quoc is known for its white sandy beaches and luxury resorts, most of which are shining the palm-lined southwest coast of the island. Phu Quoc National Park covers than half of the island, featuring mountains, dense tropical jungles and wildlife.
Beside the natural beauty, Phu Quoc island is famous for its own traditional products of fish sauce and black pepper. The fishing grounds offshore provides the anchovy catch from which the prized sauce is produced, and black pepper are seen growing in the garden of almost every local family.
Most of Phu Quoc is ringed with sandy beaches and the turquoise sea, the island is ideal of those who are looking for bright-white sandy beach, palm trees, luxury resorts and a wide selection of great seafood restaurants.
The recently upgraded Phu Quoc International Airport make it really easy to go there, you can flight to Phu Quoc Island from either Saigon or Hanoi. The best time to visit Phu Quoc is between November and August.
The Alluring Con Dao Islands
Con Dao is a group of 16 mountainous islands and islets, located off the southeast coast of Vietnam. Con Dao islands are well-known for their sandy beaches, coral reefs and marine life. The shores of Bay Canh island are great spots for diving in the surrounding clear waters, the island is also a breeding ground for turtles.
Just a 45-minute flight from Saigon, Con Dao Islands used to be made infamous for its penal facilities and the notorious "tiger cages" during the French colonial era. Vietnamese nationalists were sent here to serve their sentence for anti-French activities. Today peace has come back to the people of Con Dao, and quiet sweeping beaches, crystal-clear waters and exceptional scuba diving are drawing tourists to the islands that will then bring prosperity to many local lives.
You can travel to Con Dao all year around, but the waters are at their clearest between February and August. Green turtles lay their eggs on the shore in May, and baby turtles are hatching until October. The best place to stay and enjoy the best of Con Dao has to offer is the beautiful crafted, award-winning Six Senses Con Dao.
By Joe Do