THE BEST WAY TO PHU QUOC, VIETNAM
From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Ho Chi Minh City is available on JAL, All Nippon, Asiana, China Eastern, Cathay Pacific, China, Eva, Thai, Singapore, China Southern and Malaysia. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $810. Vietnam Airlines operates daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc. The one-hour flight costs $110 round trip.
To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (international dialing code), 84 (the country code for Vietnam), the area code and the number.
WHERE TO STAY
Phu Quoc offers hotels in all price ranges and degrees of comfort. Most have bars and restaurants and can arrange excursions.
La Veranda, Tran Hung Dao Street, Duong Dong Beach, Phu Quoc; 77-982988, http://www.laverandaresort.com. Doubles from $125 a night, depending on the season.
Cassia Cottage Hotel & Inn, Duong Dong; 4-3928-4973, http://www.cassiacottage.com. Mid-range lodging with 18 rooms in garden cottages and plantation-style beach houses. Doubles from about $120
Beach Club, Ap Cua Lap, Xa Duong To; 77-398-0998, http://www.beachclubvietnam.com. No-frills (no air conditioning) rooms and bungalows, from $25 a night.
WHERE TO EAT
Seafood is excellent. There are many Western-style cafes in Duong Dong, but the best restaurants are in hotels. Try the Peppertree at La Veranda for Vietnamese/pan-Asian cuisine. Resorts such as Mango Bay and Bo also offer good, reasonably priced meals.
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