Thomson and First Choice have announced the introduction of Vietnam to the winter 2017 programme.

The Caribbean islands of St Lucia and Cayo Santa Maria in Cuba, which were new additions to the summer 2017 programme, will also be extended into the winter season.

The move is part of continued interest in long-haul destinations and builds on the 350% increase in long-haul holidays over a ten-year period that the brands revealed last year.

The beach island of Phu Quoc, off the coast of Vietnam, is the latest long-haul destination to be added to the line up. Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island and is fringed with white-sand beaches ideal for relaxing, and features dense, tropical jungle and reefs, ideal for intrepid explorers.

A choice of tour and stay options, such as teaming up a stay in Phu Quoc with time exploring highlights such as Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as a trip along the Mekong River to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, opens up even more of the destination for customers, and the first direct flights to Phu Quoc International Airport from the UK will operate on Thomson Airways’ 787 Dreamliners from Gatwick every Wednesday.

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