Posted by: Duncan Chowdhury | November 25, 2008

Phu Quoc

Have you ever heard the name of Phu Quoc, most of us have not heard about it. For myself, I never heard about it until I read about it in an article in our  daily newspaper. This is a tranquil tropical island, located 45 kilometers off Vietnam’s south-western coast and believed to become one of Southeast Asia’s premier beach holiday destinations very soon.

 Vietnam has started building a new international airport investing almost one billion dollars on this island. It will be able to handle 3 million passengers a year by 2012 and 7 million and gradually the yearly capacity handling shall be raised to 7 million by the year 2030.

 This gives an indication about the meaningful planning and effort of the Vietnam’s Government to promote an island for a major tourist attraction in the days to come, very likely, we shall be able to hear a new name in the South East Asia Phu Quoc, along with the names of Phuket or Pattaya. Perhaps we too shall cherish to visit that island in near future.

 It is a pity that Cox’s Bazzar has been a major tourist attraction for more than a half a century and we have been creating a lot of hue and cry for overseas tourists to visit there, but we never sincerely tried to upgrade its quality and facilities. Its hard to expect foreign tourists to visit Cox’s Bazzar until and unless we have an international airport there. We have only weekly fights from Dhaka and Chittagong to Cox which is not at all congenial to attract foreign tourists. 

 Its more interesting that we are now voting in the internet to bring Cox amongst the new Natural Seven Wonders of the world, luckily Cox is  now in the leading line, however, if we do not give importance for developing the facilities there, then we cannot expect good number of tourists to come. I hardly know about money changers or Automatic Teller Machines there, a bank takes hours to encash foreign currencies. No notable recreational facilities are there, especially to spend during evening time, there is nothing to do at night except dine and sleep. No theme parks are there. Uninterrupted power supply is a must for such a tourist  spots. Last time I went, found myself engulfed in total darkness outdoor for load shedding. There are quite a number of hotels there, but no proper system to room reservations from abroad or even from other parts of the country. Nobody likes to go there until they can be assured for the accommodation there.

 Vietnam’s economy is growing fast at a rapid pace, and we are are bystanders, admiring the developments there, as we have done in the case of Malaysia, while both of the countries were backward or at par with us a couple of decades ago. That’s really a pity for us.

 Now let us contemplate, what Vietnam has and we do not have to promote such a tourist attraction.



  1. Nice Information, Why dont you write in english

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