(From Asia One)

Touching down in Vietnam’s Phu Quoc island brought a huge wave of dejavu.

It was almost as if the short 40-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City to this relatively unknown island had transported me back to many of my earlier jaunts to beach getaways such as Bintan, Krabi or even the Gili Islands.

With newly-tarred roads, a four-year-old international airport and the skeletal scaffoldings of new hotels, the island looked set to be as promising as its regional counterparts.

Phu Quoc, a 574 sq km island off the southern coast of Vietnam has only recently opened up to tourists. Its international airport started operations on December 12, 2012, and the island already has two operational hospitals.

With basic infrastructure in place, Phu Quoc is fast transforming from its past as a prison-island to an emerging resort island destination. Read more

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