Just off Vietnam’s south-west coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is the country’s largest island and an increasingly popular destination thanks to its tropical climate with year-round warm temperatures. It has swathes of forests and hills to the north and east but its brilliant white-sand beaches are the main attraction, from buzzing tourist spots in the south to tranquil fishing villages along the relatively undiscovered northern coastline. The market in its capital Duong Dong is as frenetic as you’d expect from a South-East Asian town, but the island also has quieter spots with plenty of authentic Vietnamese charm including temples and pagodas. For an unforgettable bird’s-eye view over clear waters and swarms of fishing boats, hop on the newly built Hon Thom cable car — the longest non-stop cable car in the world. The island is easily accessible by boat and regular flights mean you can easily get from Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh City in under an hour; we’d recommend combining the two places for a unique blend of historic city and island retreat.