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The Sad State of Phú Quốc
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The Sad State of Phú Quốc

With Stuart McDonald
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Today’s guest is Stuart McDonald, co-founder of Travelfish and author of the excellent Couchfish newsletter. Stuart has been traveling around and writing about Southeast Asia for about three decades and is also working on a Master’s in Responsible Tourism Management. He’s written previously about sustainable tourism in Vietnam as well.

Stuart recently visited Phú Quốc for the first time in a while and I wanted to get his thoughts on the place through a sustainable lens. If you’re expecting a rose-tinted view of the island, this episode is not for you. We cover some positives of Phu Quoc before getting into its severe problems, what could be done to begin addressing them, and whether you should visit.

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Related Links:

Vietnam's Sustainable Tourism Challenge

Couchfish: A Journey Along The Camel’s Back. Part 1

Couchfish: A Journey Along The Camel’s Back. Part 2

Couchfish: Sustainable Vietnam Part 1—Plastic, People, Power

Couchfish: Sustainable Vietnam Part 2—Three Kinds Of Gold

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. (Business Insider)

Phu Quoc stops officials from going abroad (VnExpress International)

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The Vietnam Weekly Podcast
Every week, Ho Chi Minh City-based journalist Mike Tatarski sits down with a guest doing unique, important work in - or about - Vietnam to get a panoramic view of this dynamic, increasingly important country.