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Why Vietnam’s Phu Quoc is the billionaire’s choice for a big fat Indian wedding overseas

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  • Vietnam is promoting the island as a place for tourists to tie the knot, capitalising on the nuptials of Kaabia Grewal and Rushang Shah to boost its Covid-hit economy
  • But it’s not just the rich who would appreciate its charms. Fans say it offers value for money, English language services and a ‘second-home’ feel for Indians
Gaurav Patil would not hesitate to recommend getting married in Vietnam to his friends back home in India.


Patil, who has lived in Vietnam for 10 years, tied the knot with his Vietnamese partner at a resort in the central coastal town of Quy Nhon in late 2019.


“Cost-wise it is much cheaper than India for [a similar] kind of resort or hotel. Resorts in Vietnam are true value for money in terms of services provided for guests,” said Patil, originally from Madhya Pradesh in central India.

“In Phu Quoc [and similar places] all staff speak English and hence communication is not an issue.”
Patil, who works for a food and agri-business company, said one downside was having to be more selective with the guest list, because Indian weddings were generally larger and had more guests than their Vietnamese counterparts.



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His wedding in Vietnam had about 300 guests and cost about US$60,000. A similar ceremony in India would have had twice as many guests and cost twice as much, he estimated.

Last month, officials and tourism figures from both Vietnam and India held a virtual conference to promote Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island, and Kerala, a southwestern India coastal state, as wedding destination.


Phu Quoc, the name of which literally means “fertile country”, is a mainstay in Vietnam’s efforts to revive its tourismindustry, which accounted for around 10 per cent of the country’s GDP before the coronavirus pandemic, according to official figures.


In 2021, the country recorded its lowest GDP growth in 36 years, at 2.58 per cent, alongside record unemployment – a significant blow for one of the only two Asian economies to have grown in 2020.


South Korean tourists receive flower garlands at Phu Quoc international airport in November 2021, as the island welcomed its first international tourists following Covid-related border closures. Photo: AFP

Last November, the island - home to picturesque beaches, coral reefs and waterfalls - welcomed more than 200 Koreans who were among the first foreign tourists to visit Vietnam since the beginning of its pandemic-induced border closure that lasted for nearly two years. After opening for over a month, the island has welcomed over 1,000 foreign tourists from countries including Thailand, Laos, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, going by official data. It is a modest intake compared to 2019, when there were 5.3 million visitors, most of whom were Vietnamese.

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Why can't they do this wedding in India?
Because the islands offer a super atmosphere you can’t find anywhere on this planet. It’s a version of Singapore without the Singapore oil sheiks.

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Bride Kaabia Grewal and groom Rushang Shah. Photo acquired by VnExpress
Why has Phu Quoc become an attractive wedding venue for Indian billionaires?

Why has Phu Quoc become an attractive wedding venue for Indian billionaires?
 

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Yeah but make that destination in touristy place of India, plenty of Beaches and resorts in India I believe
Go there
Where's the nationalism... :undecided:
The more the money you have, the more you look outside India for weddings and travels. Sad reality.
Most people who live in India think, “I live in India, I can travel within India anytime i want, but when they have enough money the first thing that comes to their mind is overseas”
I wish the government could promote one or two islands in Andaman and Lakshadweep for things like this
 

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Indians are very willing to spend money on weddings. It is not clear whether the bride or groom will pay for the wedding.
 

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Everyone in Vietnam knows Phu Quoc is the most Chinese province, far more Chinese than even Quang Ninh.

Yoke !

wiki said that:


On May 4, 1975, a group of Khmer Rouge troops raided Phu Quoc Island.

On May 10, 1975, the Khmer Rouge used amphibious ships LSM and 3 PCF ships to send troops to capture Tho Chu island, capture more than 500 Vietnamese people on the island and bring them back to Cambodia and massacre them all. On May 27, 1975, the Vietnamese People's Navy liberated Tho Chu Island.[2]

The battle at Phu Quoc worried the newly established Socialist Republic of Vietnam, because at the same time, relations between Vietnam and China were deteriorating. This concern was compounded by the presence of Chinese advisers in Cambodia and China's increased military aid to the Khmer Rouge armed forces.[3]

Following the raid on the islands of Tho Chu and Phu Quoc, in addition to several small raids, the Khmer Rouge made two large-scale incursions into Vietnam.

After 1979-1980, no Hua ethnic is existed in Phu Quoc. They ran out from Vietnam to Malay and Singapore.
 

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