Thursday, December 10, 2015

Phnom Penh travelling to Ho Chi Minh by Buses

Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh Buses. The best and the worst
As I was sitting on a six hour bus ride the other day with absolutely nothing to do, I began to contemplate this terrific waste of time. If you are capturing a bus to somewhere for the first time, then it's a little interesting, but when you are on a bus trip that you have done many times, it's simply dead time unless you have a book to check out, some work to do, or you delight in watching movies with voice dubbing. I have actually gotten an in depth knowledge about many of the bus services that run the flat as a pancake run from Phnom Penh to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and back.

Aircraft or bus?

The flight is typically around $165USD minimum and takes fifty minutes or so. It's a monopoly by Vietnam Airlines, so rates aren't going to drop whenever soon. By the time you get to the airport, await the flight, exit the other end and wait for luggage, you are taking a look at three and a half hours. The bus expenses in between $8 and $12 and takes six hours usually, so you are paying $1.02 for each minute of the one hundred and fifty minutes you are starting saving.

Bus-lines ranked by record

Mekong Express Lmousine Bus (8/10) $12.

When the bus shows up, the well dressed bus guide, will show you to your seat. The Cambodian crowd that you meet on this bus are typically well mannered and friendly. The bus leaves from O'Russey market in Phnom Penh generally and finishes it's trip in Pham Ngu Lao HCMC.

Sapaco Tourist 7/10 $12.

This is the Vietnamese equivelant to the Mekong Express. They have newish Samco/Hino buses that are fairly comfortable. They have a toilet in the middle of the bus (sunken a little into the floor with actions). These people do about 7 buses every day in both instructions and are the first choice for the Vietnamese travelers (primarily business travelers). These buses are often full. Where the Mekong Express personnel are gentle and adorably over-polite, the Sapaco personnel are normally gruff, however efficient (a cultural thing). There are normally an over-supply of these staff, dressed in blue workers shirts and blue jeans. The English and Khmer language skills aren't great, and they do not tell you a lot about exactly what is taking place or exactly what to expect next. They simply sort of grunt and point. They constantly examine your tickets for a legitimate visa and will mostly leave on time. If they don't then they offset it with the most likely quicker, newer bus. The bus leaves from Olympic Stadium location in Phnom Penh usually and finishes it's trip in Pham Ngu Lao HCMC. Tickets can be brought through agents and hotels all over.

Malinh Express/ Malinh Tourist 6.5/ 10 $9-10.

Malinh are a transport empire in Vietnam. They do everything from micro taxis, to big buses and everything between. All these automobiles are driven by personnel worn white shirts with green ties. They have a strict services charter that restricts them from trawling for extra customers along the way and they are quite prompt. The buses are normally good new Hyundais without a toilet which means that they stop periodically for a toilet break. The personnel don't typically speak much English or Khmer, however they generally try to be useful manuallying you a fake-silk pillow to rest your head on.

The bus leaves from Olympic Arena area in Phnom Penh normally and finishes it's trip in Pham Ngu Lao HCMC. Tickets can be brought through hotels and representatives everywhere.

Kumho Samco 6/10 $11.

Strange name, nice bus. I just recently discovered this bus company returning from Saigon. They have newish Samco/Hino buses withe the toilet in the middle of the car. They have decreased the seating storage capacity to 32people, thus giving some nice extra legroom and seats that recline a long way. The staff were nice enough, however entirely disorganised at the start. They enhanced when we reached the border. The primary disadvantages where that they left twenty five minutes late due to the fact that they were waiting for a traveler that was a friend of among the staff and also that the volume on the entertainment system was too high. Their taste in voice dubbed motion pictures was likewise dreadful, however hey, nothing brand-new there. The bus leaves from somewhere in Phnom Penh generally and finishes it's journey in Pham Ngu Lao HCMC. Tickets can be brought through agents and hotels in some places. I believe this company is inadequately managed, but they have nice buses:-RRB-.

Phnom Penh Sorya 168 Bus Services 6/10 $6-7.

These guys are OK, they are simply a cheapo bus services. Ageing Hyundai buses, in some cases with doors that don't close effectively. The bus leaves from Central market in Phnom Penh usually and completes it's trip in Pham Ngu Lao HCMC.

Van Rec Co 5/10 $6-7.

Aging buses that they drive like fighter planes. It stopped in a location of HCMC that I am unfamiliar with. I just got onto a motorbike taxi.

Paramount Angkor Express 2/10 $10-12.

These men draw. I have tried them a few times due to the fact that they have double deckers with loads of area for cargo (which I sometimes have a little) where they have actually eliminated seats. The first time I tried them, their bus left fifteen minutes ahead of schedule and I had to argue for a refund. The 2nd time, the staff spent the whole time babbling their avoid so you could not hear yourself think. We showed up at the border and they realised they had not examined their travelers visas. Two young girls didn't have them (believed they might get them at the border). So they turfed the women out and said "find a taxi". My final effort with Para-pathetic Angkor Express failed at the border. The guide was so hopeless at getting the passports marked, that I fled the scene. I currently had mine and I might hear that he had lost a few of the arrival kinds. After thirty minutes, I strolled and got hold of a public bus on the Vietnam side.

So, there it is folks. I hope my understanding on this obscure matter will help someone in their quest for a smooth bus trip in between these 2 cities.


If you are capturing a bus to someplace for the first time, then it's a little fascinating, but when you are on a bus ride that you have actually done many times, it's just dead time unless you have a book to read, some work to do, or you delight in watching films with voice dubbing. When the bus shows up, the well dressed bus guide, will reveal you to your seat. The bus leaves from O'Russey market in Phnom Penh generally and finishes it's trip in Pham Ngu Lao HCMC. The bus leaves from Olympic Arena location in Phnom Penh usually and finishes it's journey in Pham Ngu Lao HCMC. The bus leaves from Central market in Phnom Penh generally and finishes it's journey in Pham Ngu Lao HCMC.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Guide To Laotian Noodle Soups

Laotian food isn't particularly well-known in the States. Many of the flavors are similar to those used in Northern Thai cuisine, but Lao fare tends to be more bitter, more earthy, and less spicy than the food of its neighbors. Still, there's a lot to love, from the chopped meat salads known as laaps to the hearty meat-and-eggplant stew orlam.

Oodles of noodles on display at a market in Vientiene. Dried rice vermicelli at left, and three sizes of of rice-and-tapioca flour khao piak sen noodles, dusted with fresh flour, to the right.

But the food you'll encounter most often on the streets—in cities and one-street villages alike—are noodle soups, which are eaten mainly for breakfast and lunch. Noodle soups are their own galaxy here. The variety of noodles alone makes it possible to eat a different kind of noodle soup every day for a week without repeats, and the Lao love of condiments means that every table comes equipped with at least half a dozen different sauces/chilis/vinegars/pickled things to further customize your bowl. Here's a look at some of the soups to seek out in Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, and Vientiane.

Top 5 Beaches in the North of Vietnam

 Vietnam is favored by the Mother Nature to have a long coast of 3.444km. From the North to the South, there are numbers of beautiful beaches that have been famous not only within Vietnam but also all over the world. In this Best of Vietnam guide, we’ll look at the 5 best beaches near Hanoi.

Though labelled "Best", we must caution you that far from beaches in the South, though in the North does not offer much blue water and diverse range of water-based activities. The coastal area in the North may not live up to your expectation if you were once to Nha Trang or My Khe beach. However, if you really crave for some salted water and open air, they will do the job. 

1. Bai Chay Beach (Quang Ninh)

Bai Chay Beach is located in Quang Ninh Province, around 100km to the Northeast of Hanoi. The most interesting part is the beach is actually artificial, which is 500m long and 1000m wide. The beach is surrounded by a range of hill, covered with a thin forest of pine tree. Near the area is a number of hotels and resort with different type of architecture.

Bai Chay is crowed all the time during summer due to its near distance from the capital city and several Northern Province. Visitors coming there may have chance to taste the most fresh sea-foods in luxury restaurants, visit international entertaining parks or take part in exciting services like water scooters wave surfing.

One small tip, if you want a more deserted beach area, is to book a Halong Bay cruise tour to see Titop island - the water is much calmer and much less polluted. Another ideal option is to go 1 hour further to Van Don beach, a hidden gem of Halong Bay caves and bay complex that not many have discovered.

2. Tuan Chau Beach (Ha Long)

Tuan Chau Sea lies on Tuan Chau Island, overlooking Ha Long Bay – one of 7 new natural wonders of the world is undoubtedly an indispensable destination. The beach here can serve a large scale of swimmer with its coast expanding more than 2km.

Along the beach are a diverse chain of high-stars hotels, luxury restaurants; not to mention a complex of dolphin, seal and sea-lions performance with 3000 seats stage under dome, designed in sail-shape, offering one of the largest entertaining centers in the Southeast Asia.

Additionally, tourist won’t be able to feel bored with numbers of artificial springs, natural waterfall, botanical garden, marine-life center, swimming pool and sports complex, are all waiting for you to explore.

Note: sand at Tuan Chau beach is artificial but on the bright side, the water is clean and calm.

3. Do Son Beach (Hai Phong)

20km to the Southeast of Hai Phong City is Do Son Beach. The place is lucky to possess relatively warm climate in winter but cool in summer that help it to attract customers to come for the whole year.

Do Son Beach is well-known for its smooth sand with coconut tree planted around that give swimmer a real glimpse of a typical tropical beach. In the past, it is used exclusively by lords and kings of feudal system. At present, the residence building of King Bao Dai (the last king of Vietnamese feudal system) is still preserving with its best condition.

Do Son Beach is divided into 3 sectors suitable for different needs of visitors: The first one located at the entrance of Do Son Town; the second one crowed with restaurants and hotels while the third one is appropriate for people who enjoy relaxing and peace.

4. Cat Ba Beach (Hai Phong)

Cat Ba Island is the biggest island among 1.969 islands in the complex islet of Ha Long Bay. The island is a fascinating combination of boundless sea, primitive forest, river, springs, caves, hills, valley and beautiful beaches with gold smooth sand.

Cat Ba’s climate is ideal for tourism with cool and fresh air. Coming to Cat Ba, tourists will attend a musical concert of in which performers are wind and waves: the sound of wave crashing into cliffs, strong wind blowing on beaches or the wild sound of wind hissing on the hill top or inside forests.

Also, tourist may hide a small boat to travel to Lan Ha Bay, or a chain of wonderful beaches with strange name like Cat Co, Ben Beo, Co Tien; and illusory caves like Trung Trang, Hoa Cuong or Thien Long. Additionally, sea-foods here are the most fresh ones may taste with a relatively low price compare to other sea provinces.

5. Hai Thinh Beach (Nam Dinh)

Located on Western Nam Dinh Province, Thinh Long Town, Hai hau District, Hai Thinh Beaches is a peaceful romantic beach which is a very clean beach with smooth sand and absolutely safe for swimmers.

The beach is always full of cool wind blowing, creating soft layer of steam on air that contributes to its natural romantic scenery. In addition, Hai Thinh Beach is still not very developed so tourist who like resting peacefully, forget about the busy and noisy of normal life or other famous beaches may find this an ideal choice.

The locals here are very friendly who offer tourist the most fresh and clean seafood as well as bets service ones may experience.

5 Ideas for Day Trips from Hanoi

 If Hanoi and its lavish array of attractions still cannot satisfy your adventurous spirit or you are simply getting fed up with this noisy crowded city and want some fresh air, just pack up and move out of the inner city to explore numbers of destinations where both stunning scenery and fresh atmosphere are always welcoming you. This guide shall introduce you to five must-see sites near Hanoi for a one day trip.

1- Huong Pagoda (Perfume Pagoda)

Huong Pagoda is an immense complex of Buddhist pagodas, several Gods temples and communal houses, located on Huong Son Town, My Duc District, Hanoi. The center of this complex is laid inside Huong Son Cave, called Chua Trong (Inner Pagoda).

In order to reach this holy sanctuary, tourists are given chances to travel on boats cross a long and narrow but romantic stream. Along its side are extending patty fields where egrets flying intermittently above; grassy dunes and temples here and there. It may take ones 2-3 days to pray at all temples and explore the entire zone.

The real challenge is the uphill path which consume both of ones’ time and energy with thousand of slippery stone steps. After sweating a little bit to reach the top, where the main pagoda is settled inside Huong Son Cave, ones are advised to wear on warm clothes or take a few minutes to dry your sweet because the inner cave is quite cold. This cave is naturally decorated with wonderful shapes of stalactites and stalagmites that may dazzle visitors’ eyes.

Huong Pagoda is most well-known for its festival, lasting very long from the beginning of January to early April. During the occasion, Huong Pagoda welcomes thousands pilgrims from both inside and outside of Vietnam.

 2- Traditional handicraft villages

Visiting traditional handicraft villages around Hanoi should be a good idea for travelers getting bored with busy life of the inner city. The tour will be divided into two morning and afternoon session with one village to visit in each depending on travelers.

Bat Trang Ceramic Village: Getting to the destination either by motorbike or bus crossing Chuong Duong Bridge, a large area of ceramic pottery workshops are open to you. In here, ones can buy the best quality ceramic products, moulded by skillful hands of craftsmen and in various sizes, colors and design. It’s even more exciting when ones are invited to create a ceramic product yourselves.

Van Phuc Silk Village: The site is undoubtedly a paradise of silk and fashion lovers with over 1,000 silk shops, offering a diverse range of delighting shirts, crafts, ties and dresses made of silk here are standing out thanks to its light weight and smooth appearance, high quality and a variety of colors that will definitely be suitable for any skin tones.

3- Duong Lam Ancient Village

The village is 60km from Hanoi center that may takes you a whole day trip. Duong Lam Village is proud to be the most ancient village in Vietnam which is still remaining its lavish array of historic relics and ancient architecture dated to 1,200 years of history. Besides, Duong Lam landscape is typical for a Vietnamese village with poetic rivers with rows of bamboo on its bank, vast patty field where several buffalo or cow digging glass nearby.

4- Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay has just been qualified to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World is definitely a must-see destination. Located within the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long Bay is a spectacular formation of around 2,000 small limestone islets with the total square of 1,553 km2. The Bay’s outstanding scenic beauty promises tourists unforgettable experience.

5- Ancient Capital Hoa Lu (Ninh Binh)

The Ancient Capital Hoa Lu is the first capital of feudal system in Vietnam, which associated with two prosperous dynasties: Dinh Dynasty and Le Dynasty. From 968-1010, the old capital achieved lots of glories before King Ly Cong Uan decided to move the capital to Thang Long.

Hoa Lu is a complex of ancient vestiges, which has been officially preserved by Vietnamese Government since 2003. The collection of national relics here is larger than any other provinces of Vietnam which consists of temples and communal houses worshiping national heroes Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh; antique pagodas which are well-known all over Indochina like Bai Dinh Pagoda, Ban Long Pagoda or Nhat Tru Pagoda; underground palaces and grottos; not to mentions a bunch of natural wonders like Thien Ton Cave, Tam Coc – Bich Dong; Ma Yen Mountain, Flag Mountain.

9 foods that Vietnamese eat for breakfast

 Breakfast plays a very important role as it is the energy source for a whole hard working day. In the past, breakfasts were cooked by deft hands of women in a family which enhances much the taste of the foods. In this day and age, Vietnamese women are busier with their social roles and cannot cook breakfast so frequently, so street-food stalls and restaurant are more appropriate choices. This article is going to present 9 most popular breakfast dishes in Vietnam which can both be cooked at home or found at restaurants.

1. Pho

Pho is not only the most popular breakfast in Vietnam but is also internationally renowned as a symbol of Vietnamese gastronomy. Thousands of Pho stores deliver thousands of taste, that’s why some Pho stores are much more well-known than the rest, and the mystery hidden in the broth of Pho. Although the same ingredients are stewing bones of cows and pigs to cook Pho Bo (Pho with beef) and stewing bones of chicken and pigs to cook Pho Ga (Pho with chiken), an excellent pot of soup is determined by extra spices. Rice noodle used in a bowl of Pho is made of a special type of rice called “gao te” which is famous for its fragrance. Best served Pho are Pho Bo Tai (rare fillet) and Pho Ga (boneless white chicken meat). Others variety of Pho are Pho Bo Gau, Pho Bo Tai Nam and Pho Sot Vang. Lemon and chilly are indispensible for the best taste of Pho.

2. Bun (Rice Vermicelli)

Similar to Pho, Bun is made of rice flour but instead of flat triangle shape like Pho, Bun has small and circular shape. Recipes to make Bun’s broth are even more diverse than Pho, which result in different vermicelli dishes, most popular ones are Bun Cha (vermicelli and grilled chopped meat), Bun Rieu (vermicelli and crab meat soup), Bun Thang (varied vermicelli), Bun Ca (vermicelli with fried fish) and Bun Oc (vermicelli and snail), while Bun Bo (vermicelli with beef) is specialty of Hue. Specific trait of Bun is an adequate sour taste the main ingredients of their soup are tomato, garcinia cowa and lemon lime.

3. Mien (Cellophane Noodles/ Glass noodles)

Mien has a similar shape to Bun; however, this Chinese originated noodle is not made of rice flour; seaweed and cassava flour are used instead. Thanks to this, Mien is a less-calorie food as well as a vegetarian favorable by on-diet people. Basically, main components of Mien’s broth is the same with Pho, however, its spices are sourer and maybe more fishy because Mien usually eaten with sea-foods. Mien Luon (Mien with eal) is the most popular type of Mien in Vietnam, especially in Hanoi. Broth to cook this special Mien is made of eel’s bones and gingers; then sliced fried eel would be added later. Fresh uncooked vegetables are recommended to eat with Mien Luon to eliminate the fishy taste of it. Other variables of Mien are Mien Ngan (Mien with goose meat), Mien Cua (Mien with crab meat) or Mien Ga (Mien withj chicken).

4. Xoi (Sticky Rice)

Although Pho is well-known all over the world, it is hard to tell whether Pho or Xoi is more popular for breakfast in Vietnam. Even in the smallest lanes in Vietnam ones can find a street-stall selling Xoi in the morning or recognize one or two people carrying a basket of Xoi, covered by banana leaves, on their head of bicycles advertising their Xoi loudly. This sticky rice varies from simple low-price ones like Xoi Gac (Xoi colored with Gac’s oil), Xoi Do Xanh (Xoi with green beans), Xoi Lac (Xoi with peanuts) or Xoi Ngo (Xoi wih corns) for commoners to higher ranks like Xoi Trung (Xoi with egg), Xoi Pate (Xoi with paste) or Xoi Cha (Xoi with meat rolls).

5. Banh Mi (Vietnamese Bread)

Banh Mi has its origin from France during the colonial period in Vietnam in the late 1800’s. Since then, French eating behaviour has been strongly affecting Vietnamese gastronomy, including bread for breakfast. Goose’s liver paste should be the best crepe for bread when this food was first introduced. Gradually, Vietnamese bakers has innovated more variables of crepe to create a unique type of bread in Vietnam, which are uncooked vegetables, shrimp, sausage, pig’s liver paste eaten with tomato or chili sauce. Recently, Vietnam has adopted Donner Kebab bread from Turkey, which is highly appreciated by its civilians.

6. Banh Cuon (Rice Flour Steamed Rolls)

Rice seems to be the mother of many Vietnamese delicious foods, yet, another specialty made of rice flour: Banh Cuon. Banh Cuon is covered by a thin, wide sheet of steamed rice flour and its core filled with seasoned ground pork, and minced wood ear mushroom. Banh cuon is usually served with Cha Que and special dipping sauce named “nước chấm” made only for Banh Cuon. In the past, the dipping sauce was added some drops of Ca Cuong’s oil for the perfect flavor. Nowadays, although ones can still taste Ca Cuong’s oil, it is getting scarce and much more expensive.

7. Cháo (Congee/Porridge)

Congee or rice porridge is one of the most common meals in Vietnam in not only breakfast but also lunch and dinner. Cháo is very to cook since almost every electronic rice-cooker has porridge cooking function. Although it is considered as the poor’s food, Cháo could be much fancier when cooked with a variety of meats. To illustrate, Chao Ga is chao boiled with a whole chicken with bones to get the tastiest broth. Other varieties of Cháo such as Cháo Vịt (porridge with duck); Cháo Lươn (porridge with eel) and Cháo Cá (porridge with fish), are cooked with the same method.

8. Trứng Vịt Lộn (Balut)

Trứng Vịt Lộn is actually duck’s embryo still laying in its shell going through fertilization process and then boiled in steamy heat. Due to this characteristic and its appearance, this dish is listed among the most terrific food for Western visitors. However, if ones can manage your fear to taste it one time, you may find it thousand times more delicious than normal chicken egg as well as a huge amount of protein good for your heart. In Vietnam, Trứng Vịt Lộn is favored by most people and appears in every breakfast stalls.

9. Vietnamese's 'banh'

In this section we won’t discuss about an individual type of food but dozens of them. The reason for it is Vietnam food offers too many breakfast cakes and each of them is as popular and tasty as one another. Some most common cakes can be named as Bánh Chưng Rán, Bánh Giò, Bánh Khúc, Bánh Rán, Bánh Nếp, Bánh Tẻ, Bánh Đúc, Bánh Dày or Bánh Bao. There are still many more Vietnamese traditional cakes can be used for breakfast which may cost a whole essay to list out not to mention trying all of them. These are often savoury and easy to pack (like mochi in Japan) and often stuffed with mung beans. You can find them in many street food stalls and from the ladies wandering the streets with a pile of Banh on their shoulder.

My heart can feel Tet

 Tet, the Lunar new year, is the most awaited time of the year. It brings about changes in everyday pace, much hope for a new start after tough times, a bit calm to the bursting flow of life and above all else, joy to the warm-hearted people of Vietnam.

Early spring sprouts new life after the dull winter months. Tet usually comes with a grey sky still, the leftover of the harsh cold winter. But when the occasional sun pierces through that cloud, it brings a wave of golden warmth that all manages to chase away the gloominess still linger in people’s mind. For the poetic composer in all of us, the days leading up to Tet are often drowned in a hazy mist that makes even the most common thing surreal. When the sun lights up the day and warms the heart, one knows that Tet is finally coming.

Morning dew in Tet's branch

Tet is like rain coming down on the small alleys. Everyone seems able to hear its rhythm, and feel its touch. And it’s just like a warm refreshing rain, Tet urges people to hurry for the unfinished tasks, while at the same time slow down to be more careful and listening to changes in the air. Tet is not a torrential shower though, since it brings up smile on every face. Streets will choke with travelers all day long, but honks will not blare like usual. Everyone is onto something, but one can hardly see an unhappy face, for it is a time to rejoice and look forward to a new beginning.

As the blooming peach brightens days in the north, and golden apricot further heats up the sunlight of the south, the people of Vietnam are in full overdrive mode to prepare for Tet. Just about when families bid farewell and send red carps to accompany the kitchen gods to heaven, streets will take up a new vibrant coat. The flowers come to town, in bicycle-driven carts to bring Tet to each and every family, and public space is utilized to add the most dazzling colorful ones to shine in the dull concrete jungle. This year has been fruitful for the flower farmers, since temperate weather yields a good crop. By the sheer number of trees and the beaming smiles, the New Year will sure make some very happy.

Busy shopping scenes just before Tet

It is a custom of the old days, but still very alive even now. Tet is a fresh start, and one has to come into the New Year full and abundantly. People will buy and sell a lot more in the days leading up to Tet. Perhaps it is another reason smiles are beaming on everyone. The occasion can make the most prudent savers spending a bit. There are a lot of activities going on, which convinces some that preparing for Tet is actually the best part of it.

In a twist of the thoughtful mind, some comment on a tough time in the year of the cat and how that can turn on a good Tet. The economic downturn has not spared many, and some will indeed have a less-abundant Tet than the previous year, but a meager Tet is indeed a more joyful Tet. It is a break for the people to actually ease from all the hardship that they have endured for an entire year. It will be a new beginning. The milestone is reached, and one has hope for a better day. Tet shall bring much hope for prosperity in the new year of the Dragon. After all, it is hope that can give even the most unfortunates the will to carry on. And it is Hope that Tet offers plenty.

Wait for the incense to fill every corner of the land! It is an unmistakable trademark scent that reminds every Vietnamese soul of her beloved New Year.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Conference discusses development of Phu Quoc island

The Southwest Region Steering Committee on July 17 hosted a conference adopting mechanisms and policies to develop Phu Quoc island into a tourism area of international standard.
The Southwest Region Steering Committee on July 17 hosted a conference adopting mechanisms and policies to develop Phu Quoc island into a tourism area of international standard.
Participants discussed mechanisms and policies related to organizational structure, human resources and services, planning work, infrastructure development and investment capital.
Deputy head of the committee, Bui Ngoc Suong said the development of Phu Quoc island was still far from matching its full potential, and required incentive policies to accelerate the development process.
In his speech, Deputy Prime Minister, Nguyen Van Ninh who is also head of the committee, underlined the need to devise a long-term vision for planning work and infrastructure facilities, to fully tap the Island’s potential and to carefully consider implementing a project to establish Phu Quoc city.
In future, the Government’s Party Organisation will report to the Politburo on a master plan to develop Phu Quoc island.