"Pearl Island' hosts expat football and fun weekend

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A one-day football tournament for eight expat teams and a weekend of fun and relaxation will take place on Phu Quoc the "˜Pearl Island' of Vietnam in May.

Mango Bay Phu Quoc, an eco-friendly resort recently featured on the prestigious British Condé Nast Traveller 2011, will organize the tournament on Saturday, May 7, said general manager Ronan Le Bihan.

He described the tournament as a weekend event of fun where those who participate will have more things to do than just playing football together.

"We expect that this year our tournament will attract not only those from previous years but also newcomers from the expat community. I see it as one of the best ways to get them to know each other better."

The competition will take place for a whole day, with matches in the morning to identify group winners for the afternoon matches. Then its time for a barbeque, or to simply enjoy the beach and watch the sun set on the ocean from the private terrace of each room or bungalow, that offer panoramic views.

After the day of playing football, a treat not to be missed are services at Mango Bay's spa which overlooks the beach, Bihan said. A full body massage costs just US$20 and a foot massage, US$15.

For this event, Mango Bay is offering a promotion of 3 nights, where you pay only for two at $40 to $75 per night for a room or bungalow.

The Mango Bay Vietnam tournament will take place at the Cua Can Stadium. The registration fee is $150 per team of 10, including one goal keeper, six starting players and three substitutes on the bench. Each player can get a reduced rate of $12 per person for the night BBQ, while each non-player accompanying the teams needs to pay $15 for the dinner.

Phu Quoc, off Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam, is the largest island in the country. It is compared to a "pearl" because of its natural endowments of mountains, forest, rivers, streams, beaches, seaweeds and rare sea cows called dugongs.

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