Successful Start For The Islands New Monitoring System! We are glad to hear that numerous tourists are reporting scams on Phu Quoc via the new Phu Quoc App, however this one takes the cake as it affects the islands image, Vietnam & International Law, and small business who are building an brand hon

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Successful Start For The Islands New Monitoring System!

We are glad to hear that numerous tourists are reporting scams on Phu Quoc via the new Phu Quoc App, however this one takes the cake as it affects the islands image, Vietnam & International Law, and small business who are building an brand honestly, Since 2016 we have been reporting that the Phu Quoc shop “Buddy Boutique” has been selling counterfeit products – verified by the major brands. In 2017, Buddy Boutique removed infringing images from their Facebook page. In early 2018, tourists visited the shop and reported seeing numerous counterfeit products with “Buddy Boutique” tags (lots of pics shared via social media). Now just before the 1st Phu Quoc Business Networking Event of 2018, their Facebook page has suddenly been removed, either by authorities, or by the owner to hide this from the general public and/or future clients.

Here is the shocking reveal, kind of like Phu Quoc’s version of the USA/Russia Scandal:

“Buddy Boutique” = “Visit Phu Quoc” (those guides) = “Buddy Ice Cream” = “Official Tourist Information Center” = “Phu Quoc Cham”. It is the same expat (yes the one who copied our in depth digital map last year… created by young locals .. and has yet to apologize or give recognition).

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NOTES:

1) The Vietnamese government has confirmed that Buddy Ice Cream is not, nor ever was, the islands official tourist information center (obviously) contrary to the ads you will see in their *own* guide (it is their guide after all…)

2) The sale and distribution of counterfeit products is ILLEGAL in Vietnam. They are not young kids, but rather a western educated old expat and should know better! There is no *mulligan* on this mate. Past behavior is an indicator of future behavior.

3) In Asia, the counterfeit products industry is tightly linked with child labor, sex trafficking, among other things. It is also hurts brands and consumers, and is extremely unethical. Everyone who lives or has lived in Asia knows this.

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PHU QUOC’S IMAGE & INTEGRITY

With billions already invested in Phu Quoc, the People’s Committee of Kien Giang and other stakeholders must act swiftly to protect the islands image or be seen as a destination that is lawless and one where greed outweighs business ethics. We live in a world of social media policing. The crowd will point out the scams – like it has with Buddy Boutique. The Phu Quoc 2030 Strategic Plan must incorporate methods for protecting tourists and local businesses.

Lets hope that their New Years starts on TET and that their New Year resolution is to be ethical, to stop slandering competitors and stealing ideas, be original, and to do no harm to tourists, nature, community, and the brand image of Phu Quoc.

#timesup #metoo #phuquoc #buddyboutique #buddyicecream #visitphuquc #phuquoccham #vietnam #vietnamlaw #counterfeitproducts #childlabor #businessethics #asia #DuongDong #baitruong #UNBD #kiengiang

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Happy Baby Visiting The An Thoi Archipelago. Did you know that Phuquocislandguide.com is a family friendly, ethical, and sustainable resource for Phu Quoc? We avoid listing any businesses that directly or indirectly hurts children, the environment, tricks or scams tourists, or treats higher income

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Happy Baby Visiting The An Thoi Archipelago.

Did you know that Phuquocislandguide.com is a family friendly, ethical, and sustainable resource for Phu Quoc? We avoid listing any businesses that directly or indirectly hurts children, the environment, tricks or scams tourists, or treats higher income individuals differently from lower income individuals.

If you know of any businesses that fall into this category, please let us know as we are building a list. We want everyone to have an awesome time on Phu Quoc and to be informed about the ins and outs of this rapidly developing place.

#OnePhuQuoc #AllLivesMatter


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2018 Phu Quoc Food Guide Discover what to eat in Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island and Asia’s developing Smart City of the Future! Get your nom nom’s now! Tip: Try the squid – wild caught, healthy, and fresh. Wash it down with freshly squeezed sugar cane juice (Nuoc Mia).

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2018 Phu Quoc Food Guide

https://www.phuquocislandguide.com/where-to-eat-on-phu-quoc-island/

Discover what to eat in Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island and Asia’s developing Smart City of the Future! Get your nom nom’s now!

Tip: Try the squid – wild caught, healthy, and fresh. Wash it down with freshly squeezed sugar cane juice (Nuoc Mia).[fb_vid id=”2033093306974907″]
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Attention nature and wildlife lovers! A rare wildlife viewing opportunity has presented itself, due to a new road that has been established in An Thoi’s eastern coast that links a new resort with the main roads (see image). This was once an area that was inaccessible and heavily forested. With th

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Attention nature and wildlife lovers!

A rare wildlife viewing opportunity has presented itself, due to a new road that has been established in An Thoi’s eastern coast that links a new resort with the main roads (see image).

This was once an area that was inaccessible and heavily forested. With the new road, you can observe some of the local wildlife as well as have a great view of the ocean.

*What you need:

1) Motorbike
2) Patience
3) Be up at 5 am. Get there, watch the sunrise, and just look for animals beside the road.

*Resources:*

MAP: https://www.phuquocislandguide.com/phu-quoc-maps/
Info: https://www.phuquocislandguide.com/top-10-phu-quoc/top-ten-mammals-on-phu-quoc-island/
Sample Wildlife Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMJEJFz1WBM

Enjoy!

#OnePhuQuoc #PhuQuoc


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Meet Trystan – Your Personal Tour Guide To Discovering Phu Quoc Island

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Amazon has Alexa. Apple has Siri. Phú Quốc has Trystan.

Meet Phu Quoc Island’s very own personal assistant – Trystan, powered by artificial intelligence technology. Trystan is always learning and doing his best to help you answer any questions you may have about Phu Quoc.

Meet Trystan – Your Personal Tour Guide To Discovering Phu Quoc Island

“Trystan” is Phu Quoc’s artificial intelligent assistant powered by the OnePhuQuoc Cloud Platform. Ask any question about the island and get a quick response.
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Cable Car Updates: The cable car is set to be opened next month as they are still building out the facilities and doing testing. It also may be delayed. The operator of the cable car is directly contacting Huyen, an admin of this group, with updates as everyone cannot wait for Phú Quốc Cable and

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Cable Car Updates:

The cable car is set to be opened next month as they are still building out the facilities and doing testing. It also may be delayed. The operator of the cable car is directly contacting Huyen, an admin of this group, with updates as everyone cannot wait for Phú Quốc Cable and the over ocean ride.

Join the group and follow this page to stay informed about everything that is happening on Phú Quốc.


Cable Car Updates:

The cable car is set to be opened next month as they are still building out the facilities and doing testing. It also may be delayed. The operator of the cable car is directly contacting Huyen, an admin of this group, with updates as everyone cannot wait for Phú Quốc Cable and the over ocean ride.

Join the group and follow this page to stay informed about everything that is happening on Phú Quốc.
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Recent images of Vung Bau Beach. It is too bad a nightclub has been built on the nearby island there resulting in a lot of light pollution at night.The beach and the sunset are breathtaking. Water is clear even we can find fish swimming around the shore. Local people are basically nice and friend

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Recent images of Vung Bau Beach.

It is too bad a nightclub has been built on the nearby island there resulting in a lot of light pollution at night.








The beach and the sunset are breathtaking. Water is clear even we can find fish swimming around the shore.

Local people are basically nice and friendly even there’s a language barrier.

One sad thing for me was the service I got at the hotel I was staying. Some staffs chose who to take care of first: in other words, they prioritized the guests depends on their criteria. IMHO staffs at my hotel seemed to focus on Western guests (from US or UK specifically). They mightn’t have known many Asians including Japanese do speak English, have traveled a lot with abundant experiences of staying the high end resorts especially in Southeast Asia, since we’re same Asians and Southeast Asian countries are quite accessible from Tokyo.

The beauty of nature here is stunning among all the Southeast Asian resorts as far as I know but the service at a hotel depends on. You must be careful to choose where to stay.

I love this island very much. All difficulties and uncomfortableness I’ve had were from the lady at the front. (I asked her name but won’t write it here expecting her to change as a hospitality professional of the hotel).

Fusion Resort Phu Quoc still has room for improvement in terms of the hospitality. I’d love to visit the island but I won’t use the same hotel again if they remain as they are. For now, what they offer is not 5 Star service compared to others such as Four seasons hotels and resorts even the price is almost same. I’ve never treated like this before till then—quite surprising.

I’d like to emphasize that it’s no offense to this lovely island and the kindest local people. They are so nice to us even though we have communication difficulties. I really LOVE Phu Quoc and highly recommend especially for those already have been to almost all southeast Asian resorts. I definitely come back again!

The last pic is Sim liquor, made from Phu Quoc Sim fruit. Tastes like sweet brandy or rum. I brought it back to Tokyo and enjoyed it with my friends at a house warming 😊.
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