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An Unspoiled Isle

Phú Quốc Island

The tides of change shift languidly on Phú Quốc. Time slows and becomes malleable, bent and shaped by the gentle ebb and flow of the sea. Wandering barefoot along the island’s calm beaches, you hear only the gentle murmur of a passing fishing boat, the soft crash of the azure ocean lapping on white sand. You find it hard to imagine that these rich waters and lush forests once provided refuge to the retreating army of King Gia Long, the founder of Vietnam’s last ruling dynasty. That the smiling locals guard mysterious secrets about a rich and storied past.

Today, the unspoiled coastline of Vietnam’s largest island offers a forward retreat, a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity that is less than an hour away from Ho Chi Minh City by plane.