Kien Giang province in South Vietnam witnessed the launching of the world’s longest cable car route linking An Thoi town in the South of Phu Quoc Island and the small island of Hon Thom.
The new cable car project is an investment of Sun Group, a prominent real estate developer which gained recognition in Vietnam for its resorts and theme parks in Danang, Central Vietnam. The group already developed Ban Hills Resort, the Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort as well as Sun World Danang Wonders; The Group also developed the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort but is also present in Halong Bay and Sapa in Northern Vietnam.
The cable car route over the Sea just opened in time to serve tourists visiting Phu Quoc on the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) festival which begins on February 16.
The route has the length of nearly 8,900 meters, which is said the longest in the world, with the one end being An Thoi town and the other being Hon Thom island, the largest in the An Thoi island cluster to the south in Phu Quoc island district.
The Hon Thom cable car system is the first and most important item of the Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park in the southern area of Phu Quoc island invested by Sun Group.
The system has 69 cars capable of carrying 30 passengers each and uses the three-rope cable car technology that is the most modern and safest in the world.
The system and the Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park will officially open for visitors on February 14.
Phu Quoc is rapidly turning into Vietnam premium resort island destination with the aim to be the equivalent for the country of Phuket in Thailand or Bali in Indonesia. Phu Quoc island district targets to serve at least half a million international tourists in 2018, according to local authorities.
Beside its pristine beaches, the island is famed for Phu Quoc National Park, home to 929 plant species, of which 42 are listed in the Vietnamese and world red books of endangered species. The park is part of the Kien Giang biosphere reserve, which was recognised as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2006.
The island was named many times as one of the 10 most beautiful Asian islands.