According to Business Insider, that American news website launched its first Asia bureau in January 2021. Since then, their team of reporters in Singapore, and their network of writers across Southeast Asia, has written about everything from the anti-work trend sweeping across China to Singapore’s ravenous otter population. They’ve examined the economic outlook for China’s growing middle class, interviewed a man who bought a crumbling, $430,000 mansion in Sri Lanka, and spoken to Chinese millennials to better understand who they, as a generation, are.
Recently, Business Insider posted an article about 16 of the most popular features Asia today. There are one thread mentioned about Vietnam with title “How Vietnam destroyed its last paradise”.
Vietnam’s biggest island long held onto a seductive image as the country’s ‘last paradise.’ Then came the clubs, a casino, and a safari.
According to Business Insider, as recently as the early 2000s, much of Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s biggest island, was covered with forest ecosystems. There were no more than 45,000 residents, and their key occupations included fishing, producing Vietnam’s best seafood and fish sauce, cultivating green pepper, and farming pearls.
Now, Phu Quoc is on steroids with the kind of development that’s already threatening its seductive image as the “last paradise” of Vietnam. Thousands of hotel rooms, condotel units, and row upon row of cookie-cutter shophouses, villas, and residences are being built as far as the eye can see.
Insider spoke to Vietnam’s real estate, hotel investment, and relocation consultants, as well as tourism players, sustainable development experts, and locals in Phu Quoc island to find out what’s lost when an island completely changes its identity in the course of 20 years.
A Phu Quoc beach in 2009. The island has been developed into an unrecognizable version of itself.
According to us, VietHotNews completely disagree with Insider’s point of view. The people of Phu Quoc island are proud of the change of their homeland. Phu Quoc island is now the first island city of Vietnam, and brings more and more business opportunities to the local people and helps them become richer. The island is not destroyed – as Insider writes – our beloved island becomes more and more beautiful and attracts world tourists.
Let’s admire Phu Quoc city with VietHotNews today.