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Long Beach ( Bai Troung) is one of the island’s “biggest and most popular beaches,” says Mr Linh’s Adventures. Stretching 20km along the coastline, it is the “epitome of a relaxing island getaway, possessing “soft white sand, clear blue waters, delicious seafood, fresh fruit, and much more.” During the dry season months (November to April) the water is “almost completely motionless; a liquid mirror to the sky,” writes Vietnam Coracle. And most of the southern end of Long Beach is still deserted -- “only a few fishing shacks made of palm leaves dot the shore, served by a dusty, red-dirt road.”    

Our “absolute favourite” on Phu Quoc is Sao beach, says Goats On The Road. “This beautiful, white sand beach is quite isolated but that is what makes it so great.” There are a few beach side bars dotted along the shoreline, where you can “hire an umbrella and a beach chair to enjoy a cocktail or two while the sun slips below the horizon.”  

Dai Beach is “what tropical island paradises are all about,” says Fodors -- “fine golden sand and warm turquoise water.” The beach, on the northwest of the island, has been discovered big-time and is now “dominated by behemoth 750-key Vinpearl Resort along with Vinpearl Land amusement and water park, aquarium, golf course,” notes Travelfish. For the most part, the beach is “very clean and the sand is yellow and fine,” says Buffalo Trip, but the ongoing construction of a few big resorts have created “a lot more trash on the beach and in the ocean.” However, if you are looking for a “tranquil abandoned stretch of beach,” you can “still find it here.”  

Vung Bau Beach is a “low-key beach ideal for those who want peace,” observes Travelfish. Its “calm blue water, white sand, and thick tall grass growing close to the shore” make this a “peaceful and private beach,” writes Vietnam Coracle, so much so that “many foreign visitors who make the trip here don’t feel the need to don swimwear.” This is the “last stand of ‘old’ Phu Quoc on the western side of the island,” but be warned, “it’s already starting to be developed.”

Hon Xuong is one of the region's “most beautiful remote islands,” writes The Telegraph. In fact, it’s often referred to as the “Robinson Crusoe island” after the novel of the same name, and can currently only be reached by boat. With no accommodation available on site, the island is a popular day trip spot and its “protected waters and picturesque beach can be enjoyed overnight by camping on the beach as part of a tour, but not independently.”

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