Over 40,000 tourists stranded in Phu Quoc
On the morning of July 13, tourists who planned to return to the mainland continued to stay on Phu Quoc Island, as maritime traffic stopped due to heavy rain and thunderstorms, gusts of 8 points and heavy seas at sea. Of the more than 40,000 tourists on the island, many are stuck for two days.
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In order to keep the situation up-to-date for tourists who are planning to travel to Phu Quoc, Mr. Truong Phu Quoc, Public Relations Officer of Plan To Travel, takes pictures of the weather and posts it online to keep guests up-to-date. “Born and raised on an island, I am used to the storms that come every year. The only pity is that guests coming to Phu Quoc cannot leave their hotels. The rainy season continues on the island, visitors should listen to the weather forecast to learn about the weather situation on the island,” he said.
On the mainland, the situation is no better. Duong Van Khon, director of travel company Phu Quoc Today, said a group of more than 130 people from Ho Chi Minh City planned to go to the island but got stuck in Rachja. If the weather does not improve soon, the company will take guests back to the mainland and then return to Ho Chi Minh City.
The Phu Quoc government said it has asked business establishments to support and ensure the safety of tourists, such as discounts on room and board. Mr. Huyin Quang Hung, chairman of the city's people's committee, said that the area has a hotline that can receive weather information, tourist information for prompt support if tourists encounter difficulties.
Since July 11, due to bad weather, passenger ferries have stopped working, flights to Phu Quoc and back have been reduced by about a third. Due to heavy rain and wind, all outdoor excursion activities, cable cars, diving stopped working. In addition to Fukuoka and Rajia, the Khienhai area, home to two tourist islands, Nam Du and Khon Son, also hosts over 1,000 stranded tourists.
Phu Quoc is currently one of the most crowded tourist destinations in post-Covid-19 Vietnam. The number of visitors to Phu Quoc reached almost 2.4 million in the first six months of this year, of which more than 46,000 were foreign visitors, according to the Kien Giang Tourism Department.