Really, I should have called this blog “Flights to Paradise from Cambodia to be launched”, or perhaps “Great beach destination for Cambodian holidays”… but even that doesn’t convey the excitement of the latest news released by Vietnam Airlines. Or perhaps I need to get out more.
Since launching Cambodian holidays for my travel company Fleewinter, I have had a little question niggling away in the back of my mind… what is the best beach in Cambodia? For many people, the perfect way to end a cultural holiday of temples, cities and water buffaloes, is on the beach. But in Cambodia, the answer is less obvious.
Sihanoukville has a gorgeous wide sandy beach (which I actually think is better than many of the Vietnamese beaches) but unfortunately it has been plagued by touts, cheap accommodation and an unsavoury crowd. The islands of Koh Rong and Koh Samloem are breathtakingly beautiful but the accommodation is quite basic, while the private island of Song Saa is out of this world but sadly, not for all budgets.
So, my answer? Spend a few days in Paradise on Koh Rong Samloem – the white, pristine sand and Bounty-clear water more than make up for the basic accommodation – and then head over to Kep, for a few nights in one of my favourite boutique hotels in all of Asia, Knai Bang Chatt, for a slice of luxury.
But from December 2014 holidaymakers in Cambodia will have another exciting option – they can head to the gorgeous beaches on the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc. Vietnam Airlines is launching direct flights between Siem Reap and Phu Quoc three times a week – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from December 18th. And we all know how I feel about Phu Quoc.
But of course, it does beg the question – how much will a move like this change the face of the island? Vietnam Airlines are also launching direct flights between Phu Quoc and Singapore imminently, opening it up even more to tourism. It does seem like my little slice of Paradise is fast becoming an international destination in its own right…. Perhaps the only answer is to go soon, before the rest of the crowd books their flights.
PS If you would like me to help organise your stay in Phu Quoc please contact me via my contact page (in the ‘about’ menu) or take a look at my travel agency site Fleewinter – which sells luxury holidays to Vietnam.