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Nice analysis of tourism on Phu Quoc

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Nice analysis of tourism on Phu Quoc

thanhniennews.com/society/tourists-not-yet-e…

The message that I personally take away from that piece of news is that if you don't see Phu Quoc before 2016, don't bother. Because it will have been totally wrecked by developers.

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1. Re: Nice analysis of tourism on Phu Quoc

Yes, sadly Vietnam seems to want to turn all its tourism destinations into theme parks for Russians. Anyone who thinks casinos are the answer to everything has no business working in tourism in developing countries. A thoroughly depressing read!

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2. Re: Nice analysis of tourism on Phu Quoc

Strange, germans go to Khao Lak beach because there is nothing else there...

And the average vacations is 1 or 2 week anyway, just to pay for the long and expensive flight.

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3. Re: Nice analysis of tourism on Phu Quoc

The Vietnamese just don't understand beach tourism, never have. Vietnamese tourists need entertaining wherever they go, and simply can't understand why anyone would want to lie on a beach for 2 weeks doing little or nothing other than the occasional swim or day trip. Which would be all well & good if they made an effort to understand this market, but they don't - and so places like Phu Quoc end up being ruined by "entertainment facilities" & the like. Grrrrrrr.

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Interesting that at the end of the article a person from Fiditour is quoted as saying “The island should diversify its tourism services. Tourists will have nothing else to do if they stay for 15 days.”

Fiditour is of course among the local travel agents that post those ridiculous day-here, day-there, see-everything-in-Vietnam-in-14-days itineraries on this forum.

Understanding the different wants and needs of different categories (and nationalities) of tourists obviously plays no part in university tourism courses, and it sure as hell doesn't in the Ministry of Tourism.

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5. Re: Nice analysis of tourism on Phu Quoc

Indeed Bones. And many tourists, myself included, go to Phu Quoc BECAUSE they don't want anything to do! For me that's the whole point of the place.

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6. Re: Nice analysis of tourism on Phu Quoc

So far so good. The majority don't stay on Phu Quoc they move on to other places in VN. I don't se much concern in that article. If they don't stay and spend the money the gov't will withdraw development plans as there is no money in it for them. Just my opinion not backed up with facts !

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7. Re: Nice analysis of tourism on Phu Quoc

I hope it doesn't go ahead. The way the island is now is why we go there. The price of accommodation there is one thing I don't understand.

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8. Re: Nice analysis of tourism on Phu Quoc

Not to worry, Shell28. If you don't understand the Vietnamese way of doing tourism it shows that you're a sane person.

The Vietnamese believe that all important decisions are best taken by one person, and that person doesn't have to know anything about what's being decided upon.

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9. Re: Nice analysis of tourism on Phu Quoc

Good pick up Jim. From what I have seen, the only way to ruin PQ is to throw up a casino and some golf courses but the developers may be a bit wary about that investment due to the lack of existing infrastructure. So hopefully PQ will remain a destination of little fishing villages, isolated windswept beaches and Pepper farms and the investors will shy away.

Hey Ross, you should visit PQ to check out the jelly blubbers and rubbished beaches to understand its beauty :-) I swear that a lot of these comments come from visitors that explore the 50 metre beach frontage of their resorts!!! Buddha's will be there mid May FYI :-)

Mark

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10. Re: Nice analysis of tourism on Phu Quoc

Last visit for us at Christmas we travelled to Bai Dai for one of our usual day trips & as we got closer it became clear from the number of trucks & the little 'township' built for workers that something was going on. OMG it is a huge resort don't quote me but I think it's called Silver Waters or similar, we were told it was going to have a harbour which was well under construction to get guests from Doung Dong to resort quickly, but seriously it is the only way until they put proper roads etc in place as the buses for the hoards won't get over the dust roads.

I can see it being a white elephant it is a huge construction & it just strikes you as a place that will probably run out of money before it's done for whatever reason, I maybe wrong but it is too far out of the way (30k's from airport ). It is certainly aimed at a certain demographic, if you get what I mean.

Thee is also another big development under construction going out of town to the north that looks like a big western subdivision, we were told that was for 'mainlanders' to use as their holiday homes, but it is a big monstrosity as well.

We see changes every time we visit, this trip (our 4th) was the biggest shock. As from lots of recent posts, Phu Quoc isn't for everyone, thank goodness, but I think despite all these changes there is still plenty of charm, & lots of reasonably priced places with plenty of sun loungers to sit & do nothing.:-)

My kind of holiday !!

Have a great time, again Mark!

ColVal

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