Readers of the American magazine Travel Leisure voted Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam, which is located off the coast of the province of Kien Giang in the country’s south, as one of the top 25 greatest islands in the world.
The magazine claims that the island’s popularity among its readers can be attributed to “its white-sand beaches and exquisite gastronomy.”
The island is well-known for the production of peppercorns and fish sauce, both of which are essential components of Vietnamese cuisine.
According to what was written in the magazine, further points of interest include its tropical forests and coral reefs.
For this year’s World Best Awards survey, Travel Leisure asked its readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the world to choose the world’s best islands based on activities, sights, natural attractions, beaches, food, and friendliness. The islands were ranked according to the following criteria: activities, sights, natural attractions, beaches, and friendliness.
Ischia island, which is located in Italy, came in the first place, followed by the Maldives and Bali, which are all located in Indonesia.
Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam, has seen an increase in tourism since the Vietnamese government lifted the 30-day visa requirement in 2014.
A total of almost five million people visited the island in 2019, prior to the arrival of COVID-19, of which 541,600 were tourists from other countries.
Since the country abolished most of the COVID-19 limitations, Phu Quoc has been experiencing a robust resurgence. It met more than 70 percent of its target for the full year with the 1.4 million tourists that visited during the first half of this year.