I got up this sunny Saturday morning to the following question on the Travelfish forum for Vietnam:
Phu Quoc – what is it REALLY like?
We are planning to go to Phu Quoc for 6 days at the end of a 17 day holiday this Christmas. I’ve read in several places how beautiful and unspoiled etc it is but have just read a report on Trip Advisor saying it’s dirty and polluted and not all it’s cracked up to be. Has anyone actually been there who could give me another opinion? Thanks
It’s a common style of question — but one there is never a definitive answer to.
When I went to Phu Quoc a couple of years back, I wrote it up as being one of the most impressive islands I’ve been to in the region — and I’ve been to most! Simultaneously others were writing up opinions on Ko Phi Phi as being of the universal wonders of Southeast Asia — an opinion I’d strongly disagree with.
Sure things change — good places go bad, bad paces improve — but the only way you’ll ever know for sure is to go there yourself.
Travel is about more than swanning from one glorious destination to another, and if you arrive expecting your trip to be just that, you’re in for a surprise.
Without seeing the Tripadvisor thread the poster mentioned it’s difficult to make a comment — but Phu Quoc is a big island with dozens of kilometres of totally undeveloped beach on it — if you’re looking for deserted beaches, you’ll struggle to do better — just don’t expect them to be swept clean daily.