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An Thới, Bình Lập islands among most pristine beaches: The Telegrapth

An Thoi Islet off Phu Quoc Island. Photo
Viet Nam News

A travel piece in British newspaper The Telegraph on 10 beaches in Southeast Asia unspoilt by tourism lists two in Viet Nam: An Thoi Islet off Phu Quoc Island and Binh Lap Island in Khanh Hoa Province.

Remarking on the “construction site soundtrack” that accompanies beaches on Phu Quoc, the article advises travellers to take a boat from the island’s port to An Thoi, which has “secluded coves and colourful reefs almost completely devoid of humans”.

Fifth on the list is Binh Lap Island in Cam Ranh Bay, which it describes as secluded and “more Seychelles than Southeast Asia”.

Two beaches each in Thailand and Malaysia, one each in Hong Kong, Cambodia and the Philippines are also in the list.

Interestingly, it includes an island in landlocked Laos, “which only materialises in the November to April dry season as the Mekong River recedes.”

To prevent these and other unspoilt beaches from being ruined by tourism, The Telegraph article advises visitors to “be responsible by removing all of your own rubbish, don’t abscond with seashells or sands and use an ocean-safe sunscreen.”

The story starts with the cautionary tale of Thailand’s Maya Bay, which has been closed down indefinitely following devastation wrought by “overtourism”. — VNS

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