AirAsia is the first airline to connect Malaysia and Phu Quoc Vietnam, the resort island that is actually closer to Cambodia than Vietnam. Despite being easily visible from the seaside town of Kampot in southern Cambodia, there is no direct access. Visitors must either arrive via Vietnam or directly from overseas. The island offers visa-free travel to Phu Quoc to all international visitors for up to 30 days.
Phu Quoc, Vietnam
The island has an interesting history with with various claimants since the 1700s. Cambodia dropped its claims to Phu Quoc in 1976. The island in the Gulf of Thailand is popular for its resorts and white-sand beaches, mostly along the palm-lined southwest coast.
Over half of the triangle shaped island is part of Phu Quoc National Park, offering visitors mountains and dense tropical jungle. There are hiking trails to enjoy and wildlife to discover. Check out the day and night markets in Duong Dong, the largest town selling crafts, produce and fish.
Phu Quoc is AirAsia Malaysia’s fifth route into Vietnam. Besides Phu Quoc, AirAsia also flies to Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hanoi and Nha Trang.
AirAsia flies from Kuala Lumpur to Phu Quoc four times weekly following the inaugural flight on 2nd November 2018. Travellers from elsewhere in AirAsia’s network can connect to Phu Quoc using the Fly-Thru transit service in Kuala Lumpur. The inaugural flight AK545, using an Airbus A320 aircraft departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) at 12.50pm. Due to the time difference of 1 hour, the nearly 2hr flight landed at 1.35pm. The time in Vietnam is one hour behind Malaysia.
…. We’re proud to be the first airline to connect Malaysia to Phu Quoc, yet another unique route pioneered by AirAsia. It is encouraging to see how well the destination has been well-received, and we hope this direct service, in tandem with Phu Quoc’s visa-free policy, will accelerate international arrivals to the island and boost tourism receipts. AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat
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