Bai Sao, Phu Quoc – VIETNAM
BEST FOR… Relaxing, swimming
WHY GO? The whole island of Phu Quoc (much of which is a national park) is a beach-lover’s dream. But squirrelled-away Bai Sao is pick of the bunch, its waters sheltered by the central uplands, its angle gently sloping to offshore sandbars, so you can wade waist-deep for 100m or more. Plus, working out how to get here, via a jink of hills and villages, is half the fun.
WHAT TO DO: Hire a motorbike. Find Bai Sao (ask a local for directions). Then relax. Take a dip, have a drink. Relax some more.
WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Barter for goodies at Duong Dong market. Hire a boat from An Thoi Town, to explore more hidden bays.
GET THERE: Phu Quoc is a 50-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Bai Sao is a twisty 27km motorbike ride from main hub Duong Dong.