Sao Beach

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Sao Beach in Phu Quoc
Sao Beach in Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc, in the gulf of Thailand and as close to Cambodia as it is to Vietnam, is gradually creeping onto the tourism map, thanks to a relatively slow growth in the number of resorts there and the recent opening of a new international airport. Apart from the development around the capital Duong Dong on its west coast, most of the island remains unspoiled, a tropical paradise of jungle, pepper plantations, fishing villages, dirt roads and, best of all, barely accessible but stunningly beautiful beaches, with Sao Beach being the best of these.

Bai Sao Beach
Bai Sao Beach

Another: Vung Bau Beach

Located on the island’s east coast, an area hardly visited by tourists, Bai Sao isn’t easy to get to – you need to rent a car/driver or taxi, or do what I always do and rent a motorbike. The beach isn’t signposted and lies at the end of a discreet dirt track off the main road, so it’s easily missed. This, combined with local government resistance to allowing resorts to take over the beach, means that very few visitors actually make it there, with even the few who have heard of it being unable to track it down. I first went there in 2007, and when I returned in 2011, it had hardly changed – a couple more small cafes, but still hardly any other visitors.

Discover Sao beach
Discover Sao beach

Bai Sao / Bai Khem Beach is one of Phu Quoc Island’s many neighborhoods travelers like to visit. With a wide number of attractions to discover, this sought-after part of town will not cease to amaze you. An undeniably popular travel destination, Bai Sao / Bai Khem Beach offers a memorable escape with its famous sites and fine dining.