With a score of 90.25, Phu Quoc was in 14th place on the list of the world's 25 best islands by US magazine Travel + Leisure. Phu Quoc, which belongs to Kien Giang province, is Vietnam’s biggest island.
Thanks to its location surrounded by the sea, the weather at Phu Quoc is rather cool with dry and wet seasons. It is recommended to visit Phu Quoc from November to April as it doesn't rain much, the sea is calm and the weather is warm but not too hot, perfect for outdoor activities.
According to Travel + Leisure, the island is beloved by its readers for its white sand beaches and delectable food.
“The island is renowned for its production of fish sauce and peppercorns, as well as its coral reefs and dense tropical forest,” Rebecca Ascher-Walsh from Travel+Leisure wrote.
Ever since the country loosened entry procedures, Phu Quoc has seen dramatic increases in its domestic and foreign visitors. A representative of authorities at Phu Quoc shared with VietnamPlus that there were approximately 1.4 million tourists who visited the island in the last six months, achieving 70% of this year's goal, 46,200 of them were foreign visitors.
Profits are expected to reach over 2.8 billion VND, an increase of 46% compared to the same period last year.
On average, there were around 140 flights, over 40 ferry trips, and express trains going to and from Phu Quoc in one day.
For the World’s Best Islands Awards, Travel + Leisure asked readers to rate different islands based on these criteria: activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.
Ischia, an island in Italy, took the top spot with a score of 94.61. Picturesque villages, thermal springs, and unspoiled beaches made Ischia favored by travelers. The islands of Maldives, Bali (Indonesia), Mílos (Greece), and Fiji completed the top five.