If a beach break is on your agenda – be it a romantic retreat or a family getaway – how about the up-and-coming Southeast Asian destination of Phu Quoc in Vietnam? You can now fly there direct from Hong Kong so it’s a great option for a short break.
Let’s look at what’s special about Phu Quoc?
Located 45 kilometres west of Ha Tien in the far south of Vietnam, it is the largest island in Vietnam. Don’t expect a super busy or super touristy place. Rather, it’s a sleepy island featuring secluded beaches and local markets. The coastline boasts fine sand and clear turquoise water – ideal for photos – and there’s a visa-free policy in place, which is great for making your travel planning a breeze.
New direct flights from Hong Kong
Vietjet runs more than a hundred routes to, from and within Vietnam, and on 19 April 2019, it’s launching a new route from Hong Kong to Phu Quoc. This means Hongkongers will be able to access the islands easily on a three-hour flight.
Special offer: Book a Phu Quoc holiday and fly for free!
The airline is currently running a promotion where your ticket costs HK$0 – that’s right, ZERO Hong Kong dollars! You just pay the tax and any additional fees owed on the booking.
Here are the details:
Ticket booking period: Now to 15 March 2019
Applicable flights: The deal applies to the new direct Vietjet Air flights between Hong Kong and Phu Quoc, anddirect Vietjet flights between Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City
14 May to 31 December 2019 (HK-HCMC)
19 May to 26 October 2019 (HK-Phu Quoc)
Note: Black-out days apply during holiday periods over those dates
Book at: vietjetair.com
This curve of unspoiled sand bends out along a sea of mineral-water clarity. It’s just a few kilometres from An Thoi, the major shipping seaport at the southern tip of the island. You can spend your holiday time here on the beach, or take a boat trip to the An Thoi islands to the south for even more of an escape.
Bai Dai Beach
After an adventurous ride on a gravel road, you’ll arrive at this piece of paradise, said to be one of the best beaches in Vietnam. This is the definition of a tropical island escape: powdery sand, swaying palm trees and postcard blue waters, set against a jungle backdrop. It’s an ideal spot for travellers who’ve been longing for a relaxed retreat in unspoiled nature, with a quiet beach, yet still plenty of amenities for comfort.
There are plenty of coral reefs scattered throughout the area – you just need a snorkel and mask. Hiring a fisherman to take you to the main snorkelling spots is easy, and it’s bound to be a highlight of your holiday. There’s also a local village nearby where you can get a glimpse of how the locals live their lives. You can also catch a xe om (motorbike taxi) to look around and discover even more of the island’s sights. When the sun dips behind the horizon, take in the stunning sunset from the main beach.
About the airline
Vietjet has a network comprising 39 domestic routes and 69 international routes, and operates at a technical reliability rate of 99.64% – the highest in the Asia Pacific region. It’s a fully-fledged member of International Air Transport Association (IATA), with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate and an AirlineRatings 7-star safety ranking – the highest available.
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