Modernity meets tranquility. Trend-setting restaurants and vibrant rooftop bars next to idyllic archipelago. Welcome to Phú Quốc — the pearl islands of Vietnam where it is easy to breathe and to feel your pulse.

Turquoise seas, spectacular sunsets, and lush rainforests await you in Phu Quoc, Asia's premiere resort destination. Discover resources to plan for a perfect trip by scrolling below.

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“The warmth of Phu Quoc Islanders is disarming, as is their industriousness.” – Trystan Vin

Extraordinary experience on Phú Quốc Island, Vietnam's premiere vacation destination.

It's the power of Vietnamese nature to turn the prosaic to extraordinary.

An underpopulated island archipelago tucked in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is, literally, paradise in the making.  It is a vast natural laboratory where the mighty annual monsoon shapes the coastline, makes waterfalls gush, rivers overflow, and cleanses the land.  Its supercharged splendor seems designed to remind visitors of its utter significance in the greater scheme of things.  And it works a treat; some crisp clean ocean air, green flora, an eyeful of the cinematic island landscapes, and everyone is transfixed. 

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“Phu Quoc” is a 28 island district in Vietnam where luxury, paradise, and technology intersect.  It's on pace to become Asia's leading SmartCity, a place with a unique history and culture which also has some of the best beaches this side of Asia.  

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Even more than meets the eye, much more! Phu Quoc SmartCity has plenty of man-made and natural attractions, both on land and out at sea, to occupy your time. You and your family will never be bored while vacationing in Phu Quoc! Read our “on island” guide and app.

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Phú Quốc Island is the only destination in Asia  that has internet-of-things connected infrastructure, a casino, open air safari, amusement and water park, record breaking aerial cable car, 28 holes golf course, WHO designated hospital, lavish resorts, unique whale temples, and an international cruise ship port & airport that connects the region with the world.

Come and experience what  the Phu Quoc Islands have to offer

Just the name Phú Quốc (pronounced “ foo-kwock “) looks and sounds exotic, and it is! What makes Phu Quoc Island rank high on most people's “bucket-list” is the fact that mixed in with all that exotic ambiance are a range of familiar activities popular with a wide array of travelers.   From foodies and sun worshipers to culture enthusiasts and adventure seekers, Phu Quoc has something to offer everyone.  The following are the top points of interests in Phu Quoc:

Bai Sao in Phu Quoc

Sugary white sandy beaches, swaying palms, and turquoise sea.

Phu Quoc Night Market

Night Market

Fresh seafood, locally brewed beer, and souvenirs galore.

Hon Xuong in Phu Quoc

A tiny island paradise with a sugary white sand beach.

Truong Beach

Bai Truong Complex

The most popular beach resort area on the island.

Phu Quoc Sunset

Sunset Watching

Look west for the best ocean sunsets this side of Asia.

Mui Dinh Cau

Mui Dinh Cau

A unique cape with a historic temple, lighthouse, and pier.

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The best snorkeling in Vietnam bar none.

Ho Quoc Pagoda in Phu Quoc at sunrise

Majestic temple facing the rising sun.

Phu Quoc Cable Car

Experience the world's longest oversea cable car.

Starfish beach in Phu Quoc

Starfish Beach

Discover thousands of starfish at this once secret beach location.

Phu Quoc Motorbike Rental

The best motorbiking experience to be had in all of Asia!

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Floating Restaurants

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Phu Quoc Island

Fringed with white-sand beaches and with large tracts still cloaked in dense tropical jungle, Phu Quoc rapidly morphed from a sleepy island backwater to a must-visit beach escape for Western expats and sun-seeking tourists. Beyond the resorts lining Long Beach, rapid development beginning on the east coast and mega resorts in sight of Sao Beach, there's still ample room for exploration and escaping the sometimes littered waters. Dive the reefs, kayak in the bays, eat up the back-road kilometres on a motorbike or just lounge on the beach, followed by a massage and a fresh seafood dinner.

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With picture-perfect white sand, the delightful curve of beautiful Sao Beach bends out alongside a sea of mineral-water clarity just a few kilometres from…

View over Hon Thom Island coast from Phu Quoc cable car with a speed boat down on the sea and rainforest with som small hauses and the horizon in background.

An Thoi Islands

Just off the southern tip of Phu Quoc, these 15 islands and islets are a paradise of white sand and blue waters. They can be visited by chartered boat for…

Kayaks and water bicycle on Long Beach.

Long Beach is draped invitingly along the west coast from Duong Dong to An Thoi. Development concentrates in the north, near Duong Dong, where the…

PHU QUOC, VIETNAM - 2006/02/10: Fish Sauce Nưoc Mam Vats -Besides fishing, fish sauce - a popular form of seasoning in Southeast Asian food, is the other main source of income on Phu Quoc island. Giant vats of fish sauce, such as these, are used for fermentation before bottling.. (Photo by John S Lander/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Fish Sauce Factory

The distillery of Nuoc Mam Hung Thanh is the largest of Phu Quoc’s fish-sauce makers, a short walk from the market in Duong Dong. At first glance, the…

Duong Dong

The island’s main town and chief fishing port on the west coast is a tangle of budget hotels catering to domestic tourists (although foreigners are…

Phu Quoc Prison

Phu Quoc Prison

Not far from Sao Beach in the south of the island, Phu Quoc's notorious old prison, built by the French in the late 1940s, contains a small museum that…

Ho Quoc Pagoda

Ho Quoc Pagoda

Climb the stairs of this pagoda, on a remote stretch of coastal road 10km north of Sao Beach, for one of the best views from any temple in Vietnam: blue…

Ong Lang Beach

Ong Lang Beach

Ong Lang Beach has a series of sandy bays sheltered by rocky headlands, and several midrange resorts in the area service those wanting to get away from…

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We would like to introduce you to the Phu Quoc map, which includes the necessary information about Phu Quoc tourism, such as destinations, cafes, bars, and restaurants. You can download it for offline use when needed.

Phu Quoc weather

Phu Quoc is influenced by the climate of South Vietnam with two distinct seasons, the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy lasts from May to October and the dry season lasts from November to April next year.

The best time to visit Phu Quoc is from November to April, which is the dry season in the South with less rain, calm sea, smooth waves, and warm sunshine that are great for outdoor tourism activities.

From May to October, It comes the rainy season, sometimes there are storms, but Phu Quoc is still crowded because of the summer vacation period.

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How to go to Phu Quoc?

If you come to Phu Quoc from Hanoi  or Da Nang , the plane is the best option. Currently, Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet have direct flights from these places to Phu Quoc. Airfares are reasonable and if you are lucky, you can hunt cheap tickets of around a million for a round ticket. However, there are only a few fixed flights per day, travelers should check the flight schedule to actively prepare.

You can book tickets in advance on the official websites of the airlines:

  • Vietnam Airlines
  • VietJet Air

From Ho Chi Minh City , visitors have more options. Besides direct flights, you can reach Phu Quoc by motorbike, bus, speedboat or ferry.

If traveling by bus, you should take a bus at Western Bus Station (Ben Xe Mien Tay, address: 395 Kinh Duong Vuong, Ho Chi Minh City), the route lasts about 8 hours to Rach Gia. The fare is about 150.000 VND to 230.000 VND/one, depending on the bus company. Some of the high-quality bus companies you can refer to are Phuong Trang, Mai Linh, and Kumho.

From Rach Gia, visitors can take a high-speed boat to Phu Quoc, the Superdong boat usually departs at 8 am, returns to the mainland at 1 pm, travel time is more than an hour, the fare is 250.000 VND/one. High-speed boats are also available for motorbikes, but you should book in advance because each train can only carry about 8 motorbikes.

If you want to try something different, you can take a ferry from Thanh Thoi wharf (Ha Tien), it will stop at Da Chong port (Bai Thom, Phu Quoc), which takes about 2 hours and 50 minutes by ferry to travel, the fare is 185.000 VND/person. Da Chong port is quite far from the center of the island, tourists must go about 40 km to reach the center.

Reached on the island, you can rent a motorbike or bike to move. If you want to go fishing, diving, watching the sunset, you can rent a boat. Some high-end resorts often have their boat to serve guests.

Accommodation in Phu Quoc

As one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam , it is not difficult to find accommodation just for you on this island.

There are many types of accommodation in Phu Quoc, from a bed in a boutique hotel, to lavish beach resorts. Below are our recommendations for you, which are excerpted from the Vietnam travel guide book .

Best accommodation in Phu Quoc by price range, Vietnam travel guide book

Top 8 must-visit attractions in Phu Quoc 

There are many fascinating sights and attractions on the island. Here are some outstanding places that you should not miss on your trip to Phu Quoc.

1. Long Beach

Long Beach - Phu Quoc

Long beach is one of the best beaches in Vietnam and is a must-visit when coming to Phu Quoc.

The name Bai Dai (Long Beach) originates from the length of this beach, which is the 15 km of coastline extending from Mui Ganh Dau to Cua Can. Thanks to the geographical location in the northwest of the island, near the primeval forest area, the climate here always maintains a relatively cool temperature, not too hot, which makes this place an ideal destination for every season.

Long Beach was honored to be number one on the list of the most pristine beaches in the world by ABC News in 2008.

Although the rapid development of tourism is accompanied by the increase of hotels and resorts, most of the areas of Long Beach in particular, Phu Quoc in general still keeps its wild and natural condition.

2. Star Beach

Star Beach - Phu Quoc

Along with Long Beach, Star Beach is always at the top list of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam; Bai Sao (Star Beach) attracts many tourists when coming to Phu Quoc. The pristine, clean beach, and clear blue sea, smooth sandy beaches stretch at the foot of visitors. This is one of the beaches rated as beautiful which is no less gorgeous than other famous beaches in the world. So when you come to Phu Quoc, you definitely have to set foot here and immerse yourself in this clear blue beach.

3. Hon Thom

Hon Thom - Phu Quoc

Hon Thom is called with a charming name as the “deadly seductive pearl” of Phu Quoc. The reason for such a name because here you will be really fascinated by the stretching white sand beaches, coral beaches, rows of coconut trees, and clear water to see the whole fish swimming underwater. In addition to the beautiful beaches, there are many activities for you to participate such as fishing, squid fishing, snorkeling, fishing, or trekking.

4. Vinpearl Land and Vinpearl Safari

Vinpearl Land and Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc

Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc (Vinwonders) is called a paradise of entertainment for all ages with outstanding activities, which is also an extremely large and diverse entertainment area that guarantees to satisfy all visitors. Besides, Vinpearl Safari is the largest plant and animal care and conservation park in Vietnam. Coming here, you will get the chance to admire many animals such as flamingos, giraffes, and rhinos. Even though you have come to similar safari areas in Singapore, Thailand, you will still be amazed by the animals here.

5. Ham Ninh fishing village

5. Ham Ninh fishing village

Ham Ninh fishing village is located at the foot of Ham Ninh mountain, Ham Ninh commune, Phu Quoc District. This is one of the new places for tourists who come to Phu Quoc. The beauty of this fishing village is the simple and pristine beauty of the countryside that has not been much affected by tourism activities.

Visitors will be participating in diving and watching corals under transparent water, catching pearls, sea cucumbers, and fishing. Tourists can also visit Bai Vong Wharf and swim at Ham Ninh Beach.

It would be an incomplete trip if you come here but have not enjoyed boiled crab, which is a specialty of this region. Having boiled crabs while enjoying the sea will be a pleasant experience.

6. Phu Quoc Prison

Phu Quoc Prison

If you are looking for a place to both enjoy the crowded atmosphere and buy souvenirs while trying local specialties, the Phu Quoc night market is a perfect choice. Located in the center of the island, the night market is always the place for tourists to relax and shop when coming to this island. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy seafood in the market and feel the freshness of fish and squid.

7. Phu Quoc Night Market

Phu Quoc Night Market

If you are looking for a place to both enjoy the bustling atmosphere and buy souvenirs while trying local specialties, the Phu Quoc night market is a perfect choice. Located in the center of the island, the night market is always the place for tourists to relax and shop when coming to this island. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy seafood in the market and feel the freshness of fish and squid.

8. Mui Ganh Dau

Mui Ganh Dau - Phu Quoc

Unlike the famous beaches as Long Beach and Star Beach, Mui Ganh Dau is quite wild and few tourists. Looking down from above, visitors can see Mui Danh Dau bent softly like a crescent moon half a kilometer long. If you want to camp and enjoy BBQ right on the beach, then this is for you!

Top 5 Must-try dishes in Phu Quoc

There are two things that make up Phu Quoc Island’s brandname: one is beautiful beaches such as Long Beach and Star Beach, the other is seafood. The top 5 foods here come from the sea: Goi Ca Trich , Ham Ninh Crab , Coi Bien Mai Nuong , Sea Urchin , and Abalone .

1. Goi Ca Trich

Goi Ca Trich

The first dish on the culinary list that you must try in Phu Quoc is Goi Ca Trich or herring salad. This dish is sold throughout restaurants from high-class to small. Herring is prepared, rolled with vegetables and rice paper, dipped with fish sauce, which is complete without the fishy smell.

Where to eat:

  • Vuon Tao restaurant – Cua Lap, Duong To Town
  • Trung Dương Marina Restaurang – Road 30/4, Duong Dong Town

2. Ham Ninh Crab

Ham Ninh crab - Phu Quoc

The crab here is not big, but it is always rated as delicious, sweet, and fresh. Depending on the season, its price ranges from 200.000 VND to 500.000 VND per kilogram. You should choose type 6 to 7 crabs a kilo; if you want to eat crab eggs, you can choose females or choose male crabs for meat. The best way to cook it is to boil and eat with lemon pepper salt.

  • Bien Xanh Restaurant: Ham Ninh Town
  • Ghe Ham Ninh shop: 112 Bach Dang, Duong Dong Town

3. Coi Bien Mai Nuong

Coi Bien Mai Nuong

Bien Mai is a type of scallop-shaped nearly as large as a first-wing snail. According to the people on the island, the best part of the Bien Mai is the meat connecting the two pieces of the shell which is called “Coi”. This “Coi” is white, sweet, and chewy, often processed into many ways such as stir-frying, cooking hotpot, cooking porridge, or grilling.

  • Song Xanh restaurant: Road 30/4, Duong Dong Town
  • Oc 343: 343 Road 30/4, Duong Dong Town

4. Nhum Bien

Nhum Bien

In Central Vietnam, fishermen often take meat and eggs of Nhum Bien (or sea urchin), season and lightly fry before adding them to the pot of porridge. But in Phu Quoc, the newly caught sea urchin will be cut thorns, split in half, wash, and grill on charcoal. In addition, visitors can also enjoy a number of other dishes such as Chao Nhum (Nhum soup) and Nhum fried with eggs.

  • Oc 343 – 343 Road 30/4, KP 1, Duong Dong Town
  • Hai San Nho – Dinh Cau Night Market – Duong Dong Town
  • Bien Xanh shop – Ham Ninh Bridge, Ham Ninh Town

Bao Ngu - Phu Quoc Food

​​Bao Ngu or Abalone in Phu Quoc is famous for its nutritional value and is considered traditional medicine in oriental medicine. Fresh abalone can process many rustic dishes such as boiled, grilled, and porridge. Enjoying a bowl of Bao Ngu porridge in the evening will be a nutritional choice after an active day.

  • Nghe So Oc Hen shop – Road 30/4, Duong Dong Town
  • Ngheu So Phu Quoc shop – Road 30/4, Duong Dong Town

In addition, Phu Quoc also has many attractive specialties such as Mat Sim, Sim wine, fish sauce, king crab, grilled snails with salt and chili, scallop grilled with onion, and grilled egg squid. These dishes are easily found in restaurants.

Activities in Phu Quoc

Activities to explore in Phu Quoc are mainly outdoor activities, such as fishing, diving, coral reefs, exploring the desert island, night squid fishing, and mountain climbing.

Fishing: As an interesting pastime, the experienced crew in Phu Quoc will locate the reefs is where many fish are gathered so that you can catch grouper, melaleuca, and other kinds of fish. The freshly caught fish will be served on board. This is also an opportunity to experience the hard life of fishermen on remote islands. You can buy a fishing tour in Phu Quoc for about 10 USD.

Coral scuba diving: The diverse ecosystem of the An Thoi archipelago in the South or the Mong Son and Doi Moi islands in the North Island is an ideal place for travelers to explore the world of the ocean. The coral reefs here are ranked among the most abundant in Vietnam with 17 types of hard, soft, and different corals.

Exploring wild islands: Experiencing untouched islands is a fascinating way to enjoy your holiday. An Thoi archipelago in the South Island or Mong Tay and Doi Moi islands on the North Island is always a great choice for this exciting activity during your trip to Phu Quoc.

Night squid fishing: When night falls, the whole island of Phu Quoc becomes silent but the fishermen’s life is still hustling with shimmering lights like a bustling city. It is time to just relax and have fun with squid fishing.

Stream bathing – exploring primeval forest: Phu Quoc is not only famous for its beautiful beaches but also known for its beautiful streams such as Suoi Tranh, Suoi Da, and Suoi Ban. Coming to these streams, visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cool water and at the same time explore the unique ecosystem of Phu Quoc primeval forest.

We hope this detailed Phu Quoc Island travel guide provides you with useful information and new ideas for your next holiday!

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The 18 Best Things to Do in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc is an island in southern Vietnam (well, technically it’s off the coast of Cambodia ) in the Gulf of Thailand. Both tourists and locals alike go to relax. Not only will you find luxurious resorts, white sand beaches, and friendly locals on Phu Quoc, but there are actually plenty of adventurous excursions to keep you busy during your tropical island vacation.

Check out our list of the 18 top things to do on Phu Quoc Island and enjoy your trip!

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Getting to Phu Quoc

Best Things To Do on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam: Fishing Boat

Phu Quoc Island is just a short, 45-minute plane ride from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and there are regular direct flights. You can get a flight for under $50 each way on VietJet or Jetstar, Vietnam’s low-cost carriers. But, keep in mind that they have strict baggage rules and rarely depart on time.

Fast ferries also depart from the mainland to Phu Quoc from Ha Tien or Rach Gia towns. You can check ferry schedules and prices on Bookaway.com.

We always prefer to book our Vietnam bus and ferry tickets on Bookaway rather than dealing with a local travel agent. You’ll get the same price (or cheaper), and it’s considerably less hassle. If something happens before your trip, it’s easy to modify your ticket or get a refund.

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Visa for Phu Quoc

You may already know that you’ll need to apply in advance for a visa to visit Vietnam. The process is a bit confusing but we go into detail about it in our Things to Know Before Visiting Vietnam post . But the district of Phu Quoc is a “Special Economic Zone.” It means that visitors are eligible for a 30-day exemption if they are only planning on visiting Phu Quoc and no other areas of Vietnam.

So if you’re looking for a tropical beach vacation without the hassle of arranging a visa, Phu Quoc is a perfect choice!

Getting Around Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Best Things To Do & See: Rent a Motorbike

The best way to get around the island of Phu Quoc is via motorbike. You can rent one from most hotels on the island or from the many small rental shops around town. Prices range from 100,000 – 150,000 per day and the price of gas is nominal. Be sure to wear a helmet as the laws in Vietnam are strict. Also, stay under the speed limit to avoid paying a cash fine to the police.

Also, if you don’t already have a Vietnamese SIM card you should consider purchasing one before you leave the airport. Having Google Maps on your phone is definitely helpful in navigating around Phu Quoc.

From the airport, you can take a taxi to your hotel or arrange a transfer in advance either through your hotel or private car service.

Where to Stay on Phu Quoc

One of the great things about vacationing in Vietnam is that it is incredibly cheap! So if you’re visiting from the US, Europe, or Australia where you pay exorbitant prices to stay in lavish hotels, you’ll love how much more you get for your money here.

And Phu Quoc Island has no shortage of fancy beachfront resorts with pristine swimming pools, state-of-the-art spa facilities, and gourmet restaurants. It’s worth splurging a bit so you’ll be pampered during your vacation and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

If you’re looking for high-end luxury, then you’ll love the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa ! Our favorite option for a mid-range hotel is the Green Bay Phu Quoc Resort & Spa . And if you’re traveling on a budget, be sure to check out Cottage Village . You will get a lot for a very reasonable price! Be sure to check out our post about our top 10 favorite resorts on Phu Quoc Island !

1. Check out Phu Quoc’s Beaches

Top Things to See in Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Bai Dai Beach

The best thing to do in Phu Quoc is, of course, to lounge on the beach. You’ll likely hear many different responses when you inquire about the most beautiful beach in Phu Quoc. And that’s because there are so many to choose from, you really can’t go wrong!

Sao Beach is arguably the most picturesque on the island with powdery white sand and crystal clear water. There are plenty of umbrellas and lounge chairs that you can rent to spend the afternoon enjoying the beautiful calm water. Sao Beach is eastern facing so unfortunately, you won’t get the best sunset here. But you can always head to the west side of the Phu Quoc in the afternoon to catch the sunset.

Long Beach (also called Truong Beach or Bãi Trướng ) is the most popular beach on the west side of Phu Quoc island. True to its name, the beach is incredibly long with over 12 miles of golden sand. There are two sections at Long beach – North Long Beach and South Long Beach.

North Long Beach stretches for ~3 miles from the Trang An Phu Quoc Beach Resort on its northern end to the Song Tranh Canal at its southern end. This part of the long beach sits closer to the town of Duong Dong (Dương Đông). It is the main town on the island of Phu Quoc. It’s also more built up with a variety of bars, restaurants, and hotels lining North Long Beach.

South Long Beach is about nine miles in length and is home to newly developed upscale resorts. It is separated from the north end by the Sông Tranh estuary. Luxury resorts owned most of the beaches here but you can still find pockets of public beach access.

Top Things to See on Phu Quoc: Fishing Boat on the Beach

We loved watching the sunset a bit further north on the island, at Bai Ong Lang Beach . There are plenty of trees to provide shade and the beach has easily accessible public access. Plus the bar at the Coco Palm Beach Resort often has live music in the evenings!

Just around the corner from Bai Ong Lang Beach is Mango Bay. It is technically a private beach and only accessible through Mango Bay Resort. We walked along the beach with no trouble and it appeared that many of the beachgoers were not actual hotel guests.

There are fewer nice beaches in the Northern half of Phu Quoc. The coastline is rockier with small sandy bay’s tucked here and there. These small beaches are more remote and you’ll likely have them to yourself. However, they are not as nice or well maintained as the beaches in the south. The exception is Bai Dai Beach in front of the Vinpearl Resort. Unfortunately, is next to impossible to visit unless you are staying at the resort.

2. Cruise Around Phu Quoc on a Motorbike

Top Things To Do on Phu Quoc Island: Cruise on a Motorbike

Most of the roads around Phu Quoc are well maintained. In fact, there is a brand new road on the northeastern side of the island that is rarely trafficked. The only rough road that we encountered was on the far northern end of the island. We took it to visit the Ganh Dau Trail ( “Forest Walk” on Google Maps ) and Starfish Beach.

You can rent a motorbike on Phu Quoc for around 150,000 VND/day (~$6.50 USD). It’s just about $2 USD to fill up the tank with gas. Vietnam has some pretty strict helmet laws that you’ll need to abide by. Plus, there is one police speed trap right outside of the town of Phu Quoc. If you get caught going more than 40 kilometers per hour, you’ll have to pay a small fine to the police on the spot.

Renting a motorbike will allow you to explore the island and visit various beautiful beaches without having to worry about hiring a driver. Most hotels in Phu Quoc have bikes available to rent. There are also plenty of small rental shops on every corner.

3. Visit Phu Quoc Prison

Phu Quoc Prison (also known as Coconut Tree Prison) was built in 1949 by French colonists. There were as many as 40,000 Vietnamese soldiers and political figures imprisoned and tortured here during the American War (often called the “Vietnam War” when we refer to it in the USA).

The prison was declared a national historical site in 1995 and opened to the public to visit. For a small entrance fee, you can see exhibitions that depict the various types of torture individuals endured here. Some included electrocution, crucifixion, and food deprivation.

If you want to learn about Vietnam War history and are intrigued by torture methods, this museum is one of the most interesting things to do on Phu Quoc island!

4. Eat Dinner at the Phu Quoc Night Market

Best Things to See in Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Phu Quoc Night Market

The Phu Quoc Night Market is a bustling open-air street market in Duong Dong. It runs in the evenings from 5 pm until midnight. Here you’ll find more than 100 different stalls selling seafood, ice cream, banana pancakes, drinks, and traditional souvenirs. After a long day of lounging at the beach, the best thing to do in Phu Quoc in the evenings is to explore the night market.

You can stop at one of the many seafood restaurants lining the streets of the night market for dinner. Or, you can simply graze your way through all of the food stalls while eating a little bit of whatever catches your eye!

Address: Vo Thi Sau Street, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

5. Take the Phu Quoc Cable Car

What To Do on Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Cable Car to Hon Thom (Pineapple Island)

The Phu Quoc Cable Car is an oversea cable car. It is the longest and most continuous three-cable aerial car system in the world. It’s located on the southwestern tip of the island. Your journey will begin on Phu Quoc island at An Thoi. Your ride will last for about 15 minutes, ending at Hon Thom Island (also known as “Pineapple Island”).

During your cable car ride, you’ll enjoy 360° views of the An Thoi Archipelago filled with tiny islands and vibrant turquoise water. Just make sure you go on a day when the weather is clear. That way you get the best views from your seat!

6. See Starfish at Starfish Beach

What to See in Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Starfish Beach

Starfish Beach is on the northern end of Phu Quoc Island. It’s known for the starfish that gather on the sandbar just offshore. If you wade out in the water a bit, it’s easy to spot them laying on the ocean floor. It’s not a good idea to disturb the starfish. Unfortunately, you’ll see countless people around you picking them up and posing for selfies.

Regardless of whether or not you spot any starfish, this is still an ideal beach for lounging. You can rent chairs and the water is ideal for swimming. There are also several restaurants perched on pillars out over the ocean. Here, you can get super fresh seafood and other classic Vietnamese dishes.

7. Go Scuba Diving or Snorkeling

Snorkeling is a very popular activity on Phu Quoc Island because the sea is calm and quite warm. You can book a full-day snorkeling tour that will take you to Finger Island, Dam Ngang Island, and May Rut Island. You’ll spot colorful coral and some diverse marine life.

Scuba diving trips are available but less popular as the areas around Phu Quoc are overfished. There are also no marine protected zones. That being said, it’s a fairly relaxed diving experience. If you’ve never tried it before and have always wanted to, this is a good place to dip your toes in the water!

8. Eat Seafood at the Ham Ninh Fishing Village

Phu Quoc. Vietnam: Best Things To Do & See: Ham Ninh Fishing Village

The Ham Ninh Fishing Village is a bustling little pier on the east side of the island. There, you’ll find several local restaurants perched right above the sea. They are serving the freshest fish out of large bins that were obviously caught earlier that morning. It’s a great place to sample the seafood while getting to witness daily life in a small island fishing village.

9. Or Better Yet, Catch Your Own Fish!

Best Things to Do on Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Fishing Tour

Fishing is an important part of daily life on Phu Quoc Island. You’ll see small, colorful fishing boats all along the coastline. You’ll see the fresh catches from earlier that day at the restaurants on Starfish Beach and Ham Ninh Fishing Village and at the night market.

If you’d rather try your hand at catching your own delicious seafood dinner during your trip, there are a few ways to go about it. You can find a local fisherman and negotiate a price to take you out to sea. Preferably, you can go early the next morning as many of the fishing boats offer very little shade. It’s pretty unlikely that you’ll find someone who speaks English fluently but you’re bound to have a hilarious adventure!

If that sounds like too much trouble, you can simply book a fishing tour with an established tour company. That way you’ll be provided with the gear you’ll need and knowledgeable guides to help you along the way. A sunset squid fishing tour is a fun and informative way to learn about local life on the island. Plus, they’ll prepare your catch for dinner!

10. Hike to Suoi Tranh Waterfall

Suoi Tranh Waterfall is the perfect place to relax and breathe in fresh air while enjoying the surrounding nature. Just a short drive from Duong Dong, Suoi Tranh Waterfall is a popular place for locals and tourists alike. There are plenty of shady walking tours to explore and the waterfall is ideal for swimming.

The main attraction, Suoi Tranh Waterfall, is just a 20-minute walk from the entrance to the park. But you’ll find that the area also has several caves, rock pools, and streams to enjoy. There is a small entrance fee and keep in mind that the area gets crowded, especially on weekends.

11. Watch Sunset at Mango Bay

Top Things to Do in Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Sunset at Mango Bay

Mango Bay is an eco-lodge near Bai Ong Lang beach on the west side of Phu Quoc. It’s a lovely place to stay if you want a more rustic experience. But even if you don’t actually book a stay at Mango Bay, it’s worth visiting their restaurant or bar to soak in the sunset.

12. Wander Around the Coi Nguon Museum

If you want to learn more about the history and culture of Phu Quoc Island, you’ll definitely want to check out the Coi Nguon Museum . It is just south of Duong Dong. The museum was established in 2009 by Huynh Phuoc Hue. It features his private collection of artifacts that he collected over 15 years.

His collection includes over 2,500 antiques from the 15th – 20th centuries and around 100 traditional paintings. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about daily life and the people who have inhabited the island for hundreds of years.

13. Try the Fish & Chips at Rory’s

Top Things to do in Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Rory's Bar

Prior to visiting, we did a lot of research about the best things to do on Phu Quoc. One activity that kept popping up was to “watch the sunset at Rory’s”. We couldn’t for the life of us figure out why anyone would want to watch the sunset at a bar on the eastern side of the island!

As it turns out, Rory’s had a prominent western-facing location for seven years. That location was the most popular bar on Phu Quoc for sunset. But they moved about a year ago, to the east side of the island, due to a new road. Their new eastside location is much more spacious with a natural saltwater swimming pool, huge outdoor deck, and bungalows so guests can spend the night.

Run by two friendly Aussie ex-pats, Rory’s has a fun, relaxed atmosphere. At the time of our visit, they were just building a miniature golf course! It’s a great place to grab lunch if you’re exploring the eastern side of Phu Quoc. They have the best fish and chips on the island (just don’t count on catching the sunset here).

14. Swim in Da Ban Spring

Da Ban Spring (known as “Excoriation” on Google Maps ) is a lovely place to enjoy an afternoon picnic and swim while surrounded by nature. It is a popular place for locals who unfortunately often bring their karaoke machines and leave behind their garbage. It’s worth checking out if you have some extra time on Phu Quoc, but don’t make it a priority.

15. Tour a Pepper Farm

What to do in Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Pepper Farm

As you cruise around Phu Quoc on your motorbike you’ll see lots of pepper plantations throughout the island. And it’s definitely worth a stop to purchase a bag or two of peppercorns to take home with you. Some people say that Phu Quoc pepper is the best variety in all of Asia! You can stop at virtually any of the pepper plantations on the island to check out the vines (they don’t do guided tours per se) and pick up a few souvenirs.

If you don’t have time to stop at a pepper plantation but want to sample the goods, don’t worry, you can pick up a bag at the airport on your way home.

16. Sample Wine at the Sim Wine Factory

Sim Wine (or Ruou Sim in Vietnamese) is made from local fruit from the Rose Myrtle tree which grows wild in the forests of Phu Quoc Island. This doesn’t taste like any traditional wine – it’s made from rice wine, sugar, and fruit and is quite sweet. The best place to sample this local delicacy is Sim Son Phu Quoc . It also has a nice gift shop so you can take your favorite Sim products home with you!

17. Visit the Ho Quoc Pagoda

Best Things to See in Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Ho Quoc Pagoda

Ho Quoc Pagoda is the largest Buddhist temple in Phu Quoc. It is located on the eastern side of the island, right on the coast. This beautiful complex that is part Buddhist temple and part monastery was only just built in 2012. It is constantly being upgraded and renovated.

It is quite a peaceful and serene area where you can enjoy stunning views of the ocean. But there is not much shade so bring an umbrella and sunscreen to shield you from the unrelenting sun. The entrance is free and it’s rarely crowded unless you visit on the weekend.

18. Tour a Fish Sauce Factory

It would be virtually impossible to visit Vietnam without trying their beloved national cuisine – fish sauce (“ nước mắm ” in Vietnamese). Most Vietnamese dishes include fish sauce in some way – whether it’s on the side for dipping, used in a sauce or marinade, or added at the end for a little extra salty flavor.

There are two regions in Vietnam that are famous for fish sauce – one of those is Phu Quoc. The fish sauce produced on the island is exported worldwide. You’ll be lucky enough to take a tour of one of the factories here to see exactly how it’s made, fermented, and bottled. Khai Hoan, Phung Hung, and Hung Thanh are three popular factories on the island to tour.

We hope that this list helps you plan your trip to Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam!

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Val grew up in Portland, Oregon but moved to Oahu on a whim back in 2013. She sold her house and all of her belongings and bought a one-way ticket. Since then she’s taken two around-the-world trips and has visited 60-ish countries while living out of a duffel bag. Val started documenting the Wandering Wheatleys travels back in 2013 as a way to update friends and family about her whereabouts and to relay humorous daily interactions. The only readers were her mom and her mother-in-law but that didn’t stop her! These days you’ll find Val dreaming up future trips, creating new travel content, managing a team of amazing travel enthusiasts, and chasing around her two adorable but naughty kids.

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When is the best time to visit phu quoc.

Months between November and April have mostly clear, sunny skies, making them ideal for lounging on the beach or water sports. If you’re planning a trip to Phu Quoc, read up on the best time to visit Vietnam and pay special attention to the section about weather in the South.

Transportation Tips

A. getting to vietnam.

Flying is the most convenient way to reach Vietnam. The two main international airports are Hanoi (Noi Bai Airport) for adventures starting in the North and Saigon Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh City) for trips starting in the South. For a budget adventure, you can also take an overland bus from Cambodia, Laos, or Thailand to Southeast Asia.

B. How to get to Phu Quoc

To reach Phu Quoc, you can take direct flights from major Vietnamese cities like Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Da Nang, as well as from some international locations. Alternatively, ferries are available from Rach Gia and Ha Tien in the Mekong Delta, offering a scenic route to the island. Whether you prefer a quicker flight or a leisurely ferry journey, this provides flexibility.

C. How to get around in Phu Quoc

In Phu Quoc, you have several convenient options. Taxis and ridesharing apps like Grab offer easy and affordable transportation across the island. For more freedom and adventure, consider renting a motorbike, allowing you to explore at your own pace. Local bus services are also available for commuting between major points. Some resorts and homestays offer golf carts for on-site mobility.

Before You Go: Visa, Currency, Timezone, Voltage, ATMs, Credit Cards, Internet, SIM Cards, Tips

  • Visa: Check visa requirements based on your nationality. Find out more about getting a Vietnam Visa before you visit Phu Quoc .  
  • Timezone: Vietnam is in the Indochina Time Zone (ICT), UTC+7.
  • Voltage: The standard voltage is 220V, and the outlets usually accept three different plugs: A, C, and F. If you are from Europe, Japan, or the Americas, your plugs will work fine. Otherwise, you’ll need an adapter. Note that many Vietnamese outlets do not have a third hole for grounding, and so can only accept two-pronged plugs.
  • Internet: Most hotels, cafes, and even restaurants in Phu Quoc offer free Wi-Fi; Wi-Fi plans are so cheap in Vietnam that almost all businesses have one. But it’s easy, inexpensive, and well worth buying a local SIM card with a data package at the airport upon arrival.
  • SIM Cards: You can easily purchase SIM cards for data and calls at the airport or local stores. Note that you’ll need to provide your passport to get a SIM. Viettel, Mobifone, and VinaPhone are the best mobile networks for Phu Quoc and most parts of Vietnam.
  • Currency: Vietnam uses the Vietnamese Dong (VND). VND only comes in bills (no coins), and 1 USD equals about 24,000 VND (commonly abbreviated as 24k). Some shops catering to tourists may accept USD, but most only take VND.
  • Credit Cards: Visa and MasterCard are commonly accepted at large businesses like hotels, indoor restaurants, or upscale shopping venues, but smaller enterprises usually only take cash.
  • ATMs: Phu Quoc’s center has many ATMs, most of which accept foreign cards. Make sure to notify your bank before you travel to Vietnam to avoid blocked ATM transactions.
  • Tipping: Vietnam is not a tipping culture, so a tip is not expected. A tip is a good way to bring a smile to someone’s face, though. Note that cab drivers and tour guides often rely on some tipping, so it’s a good idea to tip them.

Understanding Culture & Customs in Phu Quoc

The people of Phu Quoc feel a strong connection to nature around them. Being kind to the environment to keep the forests green and the seas blue is paramount. So be conscientious when you’re out and about, making an effort to leave no trace whenever you pass through a natural area. Discover more about Vietnamese etiquette here.

Common Questions about

There are many unique areas to stay in Phu Quoc:

Dương Đông:  This central area, located along Long Beach, is the island’s bustling hub with a range of accommodations, restaurants, and beach bars. Duong To and Southern Tip : Heading south from Duong To to the southernmost point of An Thoi., this area is known for its pristine white sand beaches and luxury resorts, perfect for a more upscale stay. Ong Lang : North of Long Beach, Ong Lang is a quieter, less touristy village. Here, eco-friendly hotels and resorts are set amidst natural surroundings, offering a tranquil retreat. Phu Quoc’s remote Northern (Bai Dai) and Eastern (Ganh Dau)  regions offer exceptional scenic beauty for those seeking seclusion and untouched beaches despite having fewer accommodations.

Famous beach resorts include Mango Bay, Salinda Resort, Mariott, and Premier Village. Cozier and more budget-friendly homestay options include Cocal Home, Canary Bungalow, and Tiny House. For more curated stays, visit our page on  hotels in Phu Quoc  or our article on the 10  best family-friendly Phu Quoc beach resorts .

Try Xin Chao Restaurant or Ozone Seafood Restaurant for the local fresh seafood specialty. Go to Saigonese Eatery, My Home Pizza, Lava, or The Pepper Tree for dining. For more options, check out our guide to  restaurants  in  Phu Quoc .

Phu Quoc is known for its pristine beaches and the national park that takes up roughly a quarter of the island. It’s also famous for producing fish sauce and black pepper, both of which are said to be tastier in Phu Quoc than anywhere else in Vietnam. Phu Quoc is home to a booming tourism industry with many world-class beach resorts, and in recent years, it has become a hub for festivals and events in Southeast Asia.

Relax on  the beaches . Sample fresh seafood. Visit VinPearl Safari Park or VinWonders Amusement Park. Explore Phu Quoc National Park. Take boat trips and go snorkeling. Ride the Phu Quoc cable car. Shop at the night market.

And much more. For more details, please browse our list of 10  things to do in Phu Quoc  or listen to our  podcast on things to do in Phu Quoc  with wellness expert Lily La.

The cheapest time to visit Phu Quoc is between April and June or between September and October since the rest of the months in the year are part of the island’s “high season” for tourists. May through September is generally rainy, so April and October are the best months for fair weather AND cheap travel.

Taxis are the most comfortable way to get around the island, and ridesharing apps like Grab are a cheap and convenient alternative once you download the apps.  Rent a motorbike  to experience the island with more flexibility and independence. Unfortunately, the island is too spread out for great transportation by bicycle or public bus.

The best months to visit are November through March since the weather is sunny but still temperate. For more detailed info, read this guide on the  best time to visit Vietnam  and pay special attention to the section about weather in the South.

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10 Best Things to Do on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Phu Quoc: an ‘emerald island’ of white powder beaches, turquoise waters, palm tree forests, mountains, and waterfalls. This Vietnamese island is located close to the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand , and half of the island is a stunning national park. Aside from its incredible nature, and paradise beaches, it is also home to bustling markets, and unique food products. Hop on a motorbike and get ready for an adventure, with all the top things to do in Phu Quoc.

Things to do in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

1. sao beach (star beach) in phu quoc.

Experience the powdery white sand and clear, turquoise waters of Sao Beach! This is no doubt one of the best beaches in Phu Quoc, if not in the whole of Vietnam . The clear water makes it a perfect spot for snorkeling, as well as its stunning corals and many starfish.

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Out of the water, travelers can enjoy wandering along the sandy beach, exploring the palm tree forests and dense jungle that borders the bay. Enjoy a perfect lazy day here in absolute paradise! If you can, visit early in the morning when there are fewer tourists for a remote, desert island experience. Alternatively, visit in the evening to enjoy a romantic seafood dinner on the beach!

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When to visit? The summer months are the best time to visit for calm waters that are perfect for snorkeling. From October- April, the winds pick up, creating great waves for kitesurfing!

Tip: Sao Beach is a 45-minute motorbike ride from Duong Dong (town), so make sure to take an extra water bottle.

2. Explore Phu Quoc by Motorbike

Exploring the island by motorbike is one of the top things to do in Phu Quoc! Not only is it the most beautiful way to see the island, but it’s also the easiest way. Hop from beach to beach, viewpoint to viewpoint, with the wind in your hair and a feeling of island freedom. 

Although there are a lot of undeveloped roads, you still can get around by using Google Maps.

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Motorbike Rental

Most hotels will offer a motorbike rental service, which makes it nice and easy to jump straight out of bed and onto the road. Alternatively, it’s possible to rent a motorbike from a dedicated motorbike rental shop in town. An automatic motorbike should cost from $6 – $12 a day.

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3. Visit Suoi Tranh Waterfall

Close to the Ham Ninh Mountains, within the forest, lies this beautiful waterfall. The waterfall may be small, but it’s surrounded by wonderful nature, and it’s a lovely place to cool off and swim. To reach the waterfall, head to the center of Phu Quoc island, near the airport. From here, it’s a small hike of around 20 minutes to get to the top of the waterfall. During the hike, you’ll pass through luscious greenery, flowers, and streams.

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For the best experience, visit during the rainy season to ensure there is enough water, and ideally as early as possible in the morning, before the crowds arrive. If you can, try to combine the waterfalls with Sao Beach to save time and energy.

Entrance fee: approximately $0,50. Parking is around $1 USD

Also, visit Head to Duong Dong Lake, the island’s largest lake. The lake has many streams flowing off of it that give way to other waterfalls, such as Suoi Da Dau and Suoi Da Ngon.

4. Ham Ninh Fishing Village

Located near the Suoi Tranh waterfall is the charming fishing village of Ham Ninh. One of the oldest fishing villages in Vietnam. Enjoy watching this ancient way of living, taking a moment to appreciate the lifestyle of the locals that have lived and worked here for generations. Make sure to enjoy some freshly caught seafood- especially crab, which is the specialty here!

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5. Phu Quoc Cable Car

Fly through the sky on the island’s very own cable car! This 15-minute journey takes you high over the turquoise, emerald ocean, a few small islands, and the bright, dense greenery that covers Phu Quoc. The end destination is Pineapple Island (Hon Thom), where there is a nature reserve and a beautiful beach. The return journey is part of the original price. 

Ticket Price: 300,000 VND- $13 USD. Opening times : 8 am-5.30 pm (it is closed between 12.00pm-1.30 pm)

6. Visit the Night Market

The Duong Dong night market in Phu Quoc is the place to be when the sun has set. For dinner, choose from a selection of local foods at the market, including freshly caught seafood. Don’t forget to get a chop-chop ice cream afterward, and enjoy wandering through the many stalls, soaking up the lively atmosphere. It’s not the cheapest place to get dinner in Phu Quoc, but it’s definitely worth it!

Phu Quoc night market

Tip: Close to the night market is the colorful temple of Cao Dai. Check this beautiful temple out during the day to see all the marble, colors, and carvings lit up by the sun. There are also beautiful views out onto the ocean.

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7. Hang out at Rory’s Beach Club

Rory’s beach club is one of the most popular beach clubs on Phu Quoc Island. Grab a cocktail, mocktail, or beer, and chill for a while here, taking in the relaxed beach vibe. It’s located north of Cay Sao Beach, on the east of the island. A fun thing to do while in Phu Quoc!

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8. The Fish Sauce Factory or Pepper Farms

Phu Quoc is famous for its pepper and fish sauce production! Fish sauce (a commonly used ingredient in many Vietnamese dishes) is their number one export product and a huge source of income for the island. Check out Nuoc Mam Hung Thanh, a fish sauce distillery which is located near the market. Here you can see how fish sauce is made, which is a unique thing to do while in Phu Quoc.

Additionally, make a visit to a pepper farm, where you can learn how it is grown and produced. This is a lovely way to get out into the countryside of Phu Quoc, and some of the farms offer accommodation, or even the opportunity to volunteer!

9. Phu Quoc at Sunset

Look to the west for a spectacular sunset! Sit down on a beautiful stretch of white sand anywhere along the west coast and get ready for one of the best sunsets in Vietnam. This is a truly memorable experience and a wonderful thing to do in Phu Quoc.

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10. Island Hop on a Boat Tour

Plenty of island trips are offered in order to explore the coast of Phu Quoc and its surrounding islands. Tours normally include lunch and fruit, as well as the option to snorkel at various paradise islands. Explore the crystal clear waters of Turtle Island in the North or one of the many southern islands, such as fingernail island or May Rut Island. You may even have enough luck to see a green or hawksbill turtle!

How to Get to Phu Quoc

Phu quoc by plane.

The Phu Quoc airport is fairly new, opened in 2013. Tourism on the island has definitely had a boost because of this. Fly directly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc within one hour. The price of a single plane ticket should cost from $40 – $80.

Ferry to Phu Quoc

Take the SuperDong from Ha Tien. This should take 2 hours and 15 minutes. This will cost 230,000 Dong each way, making it approximately $20 USD for a return journey.

Please note: During high or holiday season the ferry tickets sell out fast

Where to Stay

Phu Quoc is one of the few islands that Vietnam has. It’s not new to tourists, so it is popular, but it’s luckily still not developed enough to be crowded. There’s a variety of accommodations on the island, from budget guesthouses and homestays to luxury hotels. 

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Best Time to Visit Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc has wet and dry seasons. From November till March, dry season temperatures will go from 25–28°C. This is the best time to visit Phu Quoc. Hotels can get full quickly, so try to plan ahead.

From April to June and during October, conditions are good, but temperatures can reach 35°C in April/May when humidity is high. If you like your holidays very quiet and don’t mind the heavy rain, then the monsoon from July to September is a perfect time to come to avoid the crowds.

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Malaria Advice

Mosquitoes: they’re more annoying than anything, and if you’re bitten, there is only a low risk of acquiring Malaria. On Phu Quoc island, they mainly only come out in the early evening and morning, so you don’t need to use repellent during the day. Also, watch out for the tons of insects in the air when riding a bike between 5 and 7 pm. This is a good time to put on repellent!

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Phu Quoc Attractions – 20 Places to Visit for Sightseeing

Phu Quoc is one of the hottest tourist destinations in Vietnam for beach lovers. Phu Quoc is known as the Pearl Island in the southern sky. There are plenty of things to see and do on the island to enrich your holiday. For not missing the best the island has to offer, explore the list of top 20 Phu Quoc attractions you should visit as a tourist for sightseeing.

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Top 20 most popular Phu Quoc tourist attractions are listed below. Make sure to include into your trip itinerary at least some of these best places to visit in Phu Quoc.

1. VinWonders Phu Quoc

VinWonders Phu Quoc is an entertainment complex with the most magnificent water park in Phu Quoc, aquarium, indoor play area, outdoor play area, water stage for performances. This Phu Quoc attraction is suitable for both children and adults.

VinWonders Phu Quoc

Aquarium : At Sea Shell Aquarium you will see hundreds of interesting species of marine creatures from around the world, divided into many areas. In addition, there are special and interesting shows such as the performance of beautiful mermaids, or shark feeding performances.

Performance hours:

  • Mermaid Program: 11:00 and 14:00
  • Shark Feeding Program: 15:00

Water Park : Typhoon World Water Park is a complex including the beach and series of interesting and fun underwater games for all ages.

Indoor play area : Indoor play area of amusement park Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc has many diversified and abundant attractions suitable for different ages such as 3D virtual world games, fairy garden. There is also a large 5D cinema system with a capacity of hundreds of people.

Outdoor games area : You can freely enjoy unlimited games. The outdoor game area has many unique thrilling attractions such as Flying saucer, Super speed spinning disc, and Giant Ferris wheel.

Performances : On the performance stage, you will have a chance to enjoy fascinating performances by the clever black seal, and hyperactive dolphins.

Show Schedule:

  • Vinwonders friends at European Streetmosphere: 09:30
  • Musical Water Fountain Show at European Avenue: 11:30, 14:00, 17:30
  • Interact with characters at European Avenue: 15:30
  • The Joyful Dance of the Vikings at Mysterious Village: 16:00
  • Wild Dance at Typhoon World: 16:30
  • Maya Victory Song at Adventure World: 17:00
  • Once Show at Fire Phoenix Square: 18:30

Opening Hours : 09:00-19:00, daily (aquarium is open 10:00-18:00)

Address : Ganh Dau, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province

Ticket Price :

  • Adult - 950,000 VND
  • Child (1-1.4 m tall) and Elderly (aged 60 years and over) - 710,000 VND

Discounted Tickets: Vinwonders Phu Quoc Ticket

Given the distance between VinWonders Phu Quoc and the island’s center, staying at nearby Vinpearl Resort & Spa Phu Quoc is recommended for convenient access.

2. Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc

Vinpearl Safari is the largest open zoo model in Vietnam, covering an area of about 380 hectares and housing about 130 species with more than 2,200 individuals of rare animals. Vinpearl Safari is divided into two main subdivisions: an open zoo and the semi-wild area (safari park). Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc is an ideal adventure for both children and adults. At Vinpearl Safari visitors will experience many interesting activities such as admiring panoramic view of the park with modern tram system, enjoying fascinating animal performances, practical experience for feeding animals, taking souvenir photos with rare animals. Vinpearl Safari is not only opened to serve as a tourist area for sightseeing but also a place for research and exploration activities in the environment. It is definitely one of the best places to visit in Phu Quoc.

Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc

Opening Hours:

  • Open Zoo: 09:00-16:00
  • Safari Park: 09:30-15:20
  • KIDs Zoo: 10:30-12:00, 14:30-16:00
  • KIDs Farm: 09:00-16:00

Night Safari: Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 19:40 - 21:30

Multi Animal Show at Flamingo Restaurant:  daily at 10:00 and on weekdays at 14:00

The Zulu Show: daily 09:20, 11:20, 15:30

  • Adult - 650,000 VND
  • Child (1-1.4 m tall) and Elderly (aged 60 years and over) - 490,000 VND

Discounted Tickets: Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc Ticket

Given the distance between Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc and the island’s center, staying at nearby Vinpearl Resort & Spa Phu Quoc is recommended for convenient access.

If you are planning to visit both Phu Quoc attractions listed above, make sure to buy a VinWonders & Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc combo ticket as it will help you save significantly. Combo tickets can be purchased online here: VinWonders & Vinpearl Safari Combo Ticket

3. Hon Thom Cable Car

The trip to Phu Quoc Island will be full of excitement when you try riding Hon Thom Cable Car . Hon Thom Cable Car is actually the short name for Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park. Hon Thom Cable Car is the longest 3-wire sea cable car in the world at 7,899 meters. The cable car is connecting Phu Quoc Island (An Thoi Town) with Hon Thom Island and you can admire 360 degrees of the sky, blue sea and all the beauty of south island from above. Hon Thom is Phu Quoc attraction not only famous for the longest cable car in the world, as there are many interesting things to discover, especially Aquatopia Water Park with more than 20 adventure attractions from the world's leading manufacturers.

Sunworld Hon Thom Cable Car

Address : Red Ground, An Thoi Town, Phu Quoc District, Kien Giang Province

Operating Hours : 8:30-12:00 and 13:30-17:30, daily

Ride duration : 15-20 minutes

Ticket price:

  • Adults: 600,000 VND
  • Children (1-1.4 m): 450,000 VND
  • Baby (<1 m): free
  • For more details about different ticket options check  Phu Quoc Cable Car Tickets

Discounted Tickets : Sun World Hon Thom Ticket

For more information, explore the complete guide to Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park, including things to see, how to get there, and other tips here:  Hon Thom Cable Car .

4. Hon Mong Tay or Fingernail Island

Going to Phu Quoc and skipping the surrounding islands would be a pity. Fingernail Island is located south of Phu Quoc. The island is one of the few islands off the coast of Phu Quoc that still retains its pristine scenery. You can take a boat to Fingernail Island and enjoy a day immersed in nature, water waves and the white sand beach under shady coconut trees. There are also outdoor activities such as camping, swimming or diving to see the coral ecosystem.

Hon Mong Tay or Fingernail Island

Fingernail Island is not the only famous island around Phu Quoc. There are also Kim Quy, May Rut Ngoai, and Buom Islands where you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming in warm, clear waters and snorkeling in the ocean. You can explore these 4 stunning islands of Phu Quoc in style by joining Phu Quoc Islands Day Tour .

5. Long Beach (Bai Dai)

Long Beach is located on the North Island tourist route and stretches along the northwestern coast of the island, from Ganh Dau to Cua Can. Long Beach is one of the best places to visit in Phu Quoc as it was voted as one of the 13 most beautiful unspoiled beaches in the world. Surrounding the beach is Bai Dai Mountain, lush primary forests and many high-class tourist resorts.

Update : Currently, Vinpearl's resorts have taken the entire Long Beach area to serve guests. If you want to enjoy most of the time at Long Beach, consider staying at one of resorts in the area.

Vinpearl Wonderworld Phu Quoc - a truly unique resort complex bringing together incredible activities and attractions with a wonderful beachfront suite and villa stay in Mediterranean design style.

Vinpearl Wonderworld Phu Quoc

Melia Vinpearl Phu Quoc - the resort featuring Mediterranean architecture and offering elegant accommodation and different dining outlets serving an array of Vietnamese, South East Asian and European dishes.

Melia Vinpearl Phu Quoc

Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc - the resort featuring a private beach area,  a casino and a tropical garden.

Vinpearl Resort & Spa Phu Quoc - the Indochine-style resort with an outdoor swimming pool of nearly 5,000 square meters.

Sheraton Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort - the resort featuring European neoclassical architecture and offering an outdoor swimming pool, private beach, water sport facilities and 4 on-site restaurants.

Wyndham Grand Phu Quoc - a sophisticated entertainment complex with 1,399 modern design rooms and villas, the largest conference and convention center in Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s first legal casino and a center for international and local cuisine.

6. Truong Beach (Bai Truong)

Truong Beach is located in southwest Phu Quoc and spans along the coastline for about 20 km. This is the longest and the most crowded beach on the island. The beach attracts tourists with clear water and smooth golden sand. Truong Beach is one of the top Phu Quoc tourist attractions, especially for watching the sunset on the sea.

The famous Sunset Sanato Beach Club  with impressive art works, dining and sports services such as volleyball, kayaking and parasailing is located on Truong Beach. Every year on New Year's Day, this is also the place where the biggest music festival in Phu Quoc takes place.

You can enjoy a relaxing day at Sunset Sanato Beach, the most wonderful place to catch sunset moment in Phu Quoc with unique architecture on the beach, not only by staying at the resort but also by getting a Sunset Sanato Beach Pass (to save money, book it online).

Sunset Sanato Beach Club

Some of the most popular resorts on Truong Beach :

Mercury Phu Quoc Resort & Villas

Anja Beach Resort & Spa

Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island

Mercury Phu Quoc Resort & Villas

7. Sao Beach (Bai Sao)

Sao Beach , also known as Star Beach, is located around 25 km south from the capital of Phu Quoc Island. Sao Beach is always mentioned as the most beautiful beach in Phu Quoc. The beach is located between two large mountain ranges, providing a quiet space and fresh climate. The sea here is blue, and the sun is not too harsh. When night falls, thousands of starfish move ashore, covering the white sand beach.

Sao Beach

Sao Beach is a top place to visit in Phu Quoc for couples and families who love private and quiet space for relaxing holidays. The area is also popular for hiking and cycling. You can choose to stay at Phu Nam House - Resort which is located within a short distance from Sao Beach.

Sao Beach is located quite far from the most popular areas of the island so the easiest way to get there is by joining one of the tours in the southern and eastern part of the island such as this Phu Quoc Southern Tour .

Phu Quoc is best known for its many beautiful beaches with soft white sand and crystal clear water. The complete guide to the top beaches on the island can be found here: Best Beaches in Phu Quoc .

8. Phu Quoc Night Market

Phu Quoc Night Market  is a famous tourist spot in the heart of Duong Dong Town and also the center of shopping on Phu Quoc Island. The night market space stretches for 500 m along Bach Dang Street. This is the place where you have the opportunity to enjoy delicious fresh seafood and local specialties of Phu Quoc, as well as do some shopping for local products and handicrafts from the evening until late night. The market operates from 17:00 to 23:00 and is especially crowded on weekends.

Phu Quoc Night Market

Explore our guide to Phu Quoc Night Market  to prepare for the visit and feel the rhythm of life of the island.

9. Phu Quoc Pearl Farms

Phu Quoc pearls are ranked among the most beautiful pearls in the world, so pearl farms became one of the unique places to visit in Phu Quoc. There are many famous pearl farms on the island, including Ngoc Hien Pearls, Long Beach Pearls and Quoc An Pearls. You can visit pearl farms by joining one of the island tours such as this Phu Quoc Pearl Farm, Coconut Prison, and Bai Sao Beach Tour .

Phu Quoc Pearl

When visiting the pearl farm, you will be able to see all the process of pearl farming in Vietnam, from the harvesting to the final quality pearl product and see the showroom displaying pearl products. You will also have the opportunity to buy real, beautiful pearls at affordable prices.

10. Phu Quoc National Park

Phu Quoc National Park is located in the northeast of Phu Quoc Island, about 35 km from Duong Dong Town. Phu Quoc National Park covers the area of natural conservation zone of the North Island, Ham Rong Mountain, Ganh Dau, and Cua Can. Phu Quoc National Park attracts tourists thanks to its natural beauty, pristine beaches and ecotourism potential. The flora and fauna ecosystem is very rich and diverse with 470 species of plants and 140 species of wildlife. However, be aware when visiting this area as you can easily get lost. Therefore, if you intend to visit, you should hire a guide to ensure safety and save time.

You can join one of northern Phu Quoc tours including a visit to the national park, where you can walk along a forest trail among 100-year old trees, visit the Rach Vem fisherman village, swim with starfish and stroll around the beautiful beach.

11. Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dog Farm

Phu Quoc Ridgeback is a breed of dog from Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang Province. The typical features of the Phu Quoc Ridgeback are long legs, spotted tongue and a sword-shaped ridge on its back. If you will go to Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dog Conservation Center (Thanh Nga Farm) in Cay Thong Ngoai Hamlet of Cua Duong Commune, you will see many rare Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs.

12. Dinh Cau Lighthouse and Temple

Dinh Cau Lighthouse and Temple is considered to be the symbol of the island, located just next to the Duong Dong Fishing Harbor. Dinh Cau is a sacred place worshiped by the people of the island and is believed to bring good things to fishermen, keeping the rain and wind in harmony during the fishing season. There is also the lighthouse area, where you can come to watch the sea and impressive sunset.

Dinh Cau

13. Phu Quoc Prison

Phu Quoc Prison , also known as the Coconut Tree Prison, is located in the southern part of the island, about 30 km from Duong Dong market. Phu Quoc Prison was built during the French colonial period and served as a detention camp during the two resistance wars. This Phu Quoc attraction is full of the death and torture images that the national heroes of Vietnam once experienced. You should come here once to know more about the history of Vietnam.

A visit to Phu Quoc Prison is part of  Phu Quoc Southern Tour that takes you to visit Sao Beach.

Phu Quoc prison

14. Ganh Dau Cape

Ganh Dau Cape is a spit of land jutting into the sea in the northwest of Phu Quoc Island. Ganh Dau Cape is located at the unique position where you can also see Cambodian sea and mountains in the distance. Ganh Dau Cape attracts visitors by the most pristine and unique natural beauty. The scenery of Ganh Dau Cape is impressive, especially during sunset. This is also a great place to enjoy seafood.

15. Suoi Tranh Waterfall

Suoi Tranh Waterfall is one of the most popular ecotourism attractions on Phu Quoc Island, located about 7 km southeast of Duong Dong Town. The peaceful stream originates from Ham Ninh Mountain Range and flows into a three-tier waterfall hidden in the dense forest. From the foot of the stream, you can follow the bumpy paved road up to 300 m to explore the mysterious nature, camping, and bathing. This is also a suitable tourist destination in Phu Quoc to organize interesting camping trips.

16. Ham Ninh Fishing Village

Ham Ninh Fishing Village is known as one of the most famous and oldest fishing villages on Phu Quoc Island. Ham Ninh is located on the east coast with a mountain forest behind and the gorgeous sea in front of it. When visiting Ham Ninh, you will enjoy taking a cool bath in the blue water and enjoy delicious dishes made from fresh seafood caught by the fishing village people. Ham Ninh Fishing Village with the ancient features of the old fishing village is also an ideal place to watch the sunrise. If you would like to explore the area better, you can stay overnight as there is an affordable Hai Anh Guesthouse  located in Ham Ninh area, only 300 m away from Ham Ninh Fishing Village.

Hai Anh Guesthouse

You can immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions of Phu Quoc with this Sightseeing to the South of Phu Quoc Island Tour . You will have a chance to explore Ham Ninh Fishing Village, Sim Wine Factory, pearl and pepper farms, the infamous Coconut Prison, fish sauce factory as well as treat yourself of peace and quiet by sunbathing and relaxing at Sao Beach.

17. Rach Vem Fishing Village

Rach Vem Fishing Village is a fishing village with a very beautiful Rach Vem Beach, located in the north of the island, about 20 km from Duong Dong Town. Rach Vem is a relatively small fishing village, with only 170 households, mainly engaged in fishing. When coming to Rach Vem, you will be taken to the sea by fishermen. It only takes about 5 minutes to reach the fishing village in the middle of the sea, where you can totally see the fish swimming right under your feet.

This place is also famous for the beach with many starfish where you can easily see starfish on the white sand beach. You can visit this fishing village by joining the Northern Phu Quoc Tour that takes you to visit Phu Quoc National Park.

Starfish beach

18. Ho Quoc Pagoda

Ho Quoc Pagoda , also known as Truc Lam Ho Quoc Monastery, is the largest temple in Phu Quoc. Ho Quoc Pagoda was built in 2012 with a unique architecture, entirely made of iron columns. Ho Quoc Pagoda features Quan Am statue and giant bell. This unique temple is located high above so it offers extremely beautiful ocean views.

This popular Phu Quoc tourist attraction is usually included as a part of Southern Phu Quoc Tour .

Ho Quoc

19. Phu Quoc Pepper Garden

Phu Quoc is dubbed as the "kingdom of pepper". This place is one of the largest growers of this agricultural product in Vietnam and produces the best quality pepper. It would be a mistake to come to Phu Quoc without visiting the green pepper gardens . The major pepper growing areas in Phu Quoc are Ganh Gio, Suoi Da, Suoi May and Khu Tuong hamlets. At the pepper garden you can learn about planting and techniques, take photos and buy some pepper as gifts.

Pepper garden

20. Sim Wine Production Facility

Sim Wine , also known as Ruou Sim or Rose Myrtle wine, is a popular drink between many tourists visiting Phu Quoc Island. This is a type of wine found on Phu Quoc Island, made with local fruit from the Rose Myrtle tree. The recipe originated from various ethnic minority groups living in the central highlands. Most locals drink Sim Wine when they are eating seafood. When visiting Sim wine factory , you will have an opportunity to see the processing of wine and try wine before you buy it. You can grab few bottles of the liqueur as souvenirs for family and friends.

Phu Quoc Nightlife

The nightlife in Phu Quoc is unique and very different from party cities of Vietnam. Phu Quoc Night Market is the main place to go on the island at night. After the sun sets, you can also find a handful of cool bars on Phu Quoc beaches. Check Phu Quoc Nightlife Guide  for the most popular activities on Phu Quoc Island at night.

Phu Quoc Nightlife

Useful guide to the best places to stay in Phu Quoc with the best hotels in each area can be found here:  Where to Stay in Phu Quoc?

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PHU QUOC — Travel Guide + Places

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The most popular and visited island of southern Vietnam – Phu Quoc:

  • Phu Quoc Island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, off the southwest coast of Vietnam, and is the largest and popular tourist island in the country. The island is located in the province of Kien Giang and is about 45 kilometers west of Ha Tien, the nearest coastal town in Vietnam, and 15 kilometers south of the Cambodian coast. Phu Quoc is easily accessible by plane from Ho Chi Minh City – there are direct flights.
  • Phu Quoc Island in southern Vietnam has a total land area of approximately 574 square kilometers and is approximately 50 kilometers in length and 25 kilometers in width. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, stunning coral reefs, and lush tropical forests. It has a tropical monsoon climate, with two distinct seasons – a dry season from November to April and a wet season from May to October.
  • The island’s landscape is dominated by high mountains, dense forests, and numerous streams and rivers. The highest peak on the island is Mount Chua, which stands at 603 meters above sea level. There are also several smaller islands surrounding Phu Quoc, including Hon Thom, Hon Dam Ngang, and Hon Vang.
  • Phu Quoc Island is an important tourist destination in Vietnam, attracting visitors from all over the world who come to enjoy its natural beauty and tropical climate. The island has a growing infrastructure of resorts, hotels, and restaurants, as well as a thriving fishing industry and a burgeoning economy based on agriculture and tourism. Phu Quoc Island is an important tourist destination in Vietnam, attracting visitors from all over the world who come to enjoy its natural beauty and tropical climate.

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Exploring the History and Culture of Phu Quoc:

  • Phu Quoc Island has a rich history and culture that dates back thousands of years. The island has been inhabited by various ethnic groups, including the Khmer, the Vietnamese, and the Chinese. Over the centuries, Phu Quoc has been a center of trade and commerce, with merchants from China, India, and Europe visiting the island to trade in goods such as pearls, seafood, and spices.
  • One of the most significant events in Phu Quoc’s history was the arrival of the French colonialists in the 19th century. The French established a prison on the island, where they held political prisoners, including many Vietnamese nationalists who were fighting for independence from colonial rule. The prison, known as „ Phu Quoc Prison ,“ was notorious for its harsh conditions and cruel treatment of prisoners.
  • Today, Phu Quoc Island is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. The island’s population is predominantly Vietnamese, but there are also significant Khmer and Chinese communities. The island’s cuisine is a fusion of Vietnamese, Khmer, and Chinese flavors, with an emphasis on fresh seafood and tropical fruits.
  • Phu Quoc is also famous for its traditional crafts , such as weaving, pottery, and woodcarving. Visitors can see artisans at work in small villages around the island, where they create beautiful items using traditional techniques. In addition to its cultural heritage, Phu Quoc is also home to several religious sites, including Buddhist temples and pagodas. One of the most significant religious sites on the island is the Suoi Da Pagoda, which is located in a natural cave and features beautiful carvings and statues of Buddha.

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What about Tourism in Phu Quoc Island?

  • Tourism is a significant industry in Phu Quoc Island, with visitors from all over the world coming to enjoy its natural beauty, stunning beaches, vibrant culture and relax at the beach. The island has a growing infrastructure of resorts, hotels, and restaurants, as well as a range of activities and attractions that cater to tourists of all ages and interests. One of the main draws for tourists in Phu Quoc is its beautiful beaches. The island is home to some of the most stunning beaches in Vietnam, with crystal clear waters and white sand that stretches for miles. Some of the most popular beaches on the island include Long Beach, Bai Sao Beach, and Ong Lang Beach.
  • In addition to its beaches , Phu Quoc is also known for its stunning coral reefs and underwater ecosystems. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling or diving to explore the colorful marine life, including tropical fish, sea turtles, and even reef sharks. There are also several companies that offer boat tours around the island, allowing visitors to explore the coastline and nearby islands.
  • For those interested in the island’s culture and history, Phu Quoc has several attractions to explore , including traditional fishing villages, temples, and historic sites such as the Phu Quoc Prison Museum. The island’s night market is also a popular spot, where visitors can sample local street food, buy souvenirs, and enjoy live music and entertainment. In recent years, Phu Quoc has also become a popular destination for luxury tourism, with several high-end resorts and spas offering world-class facilities and amenities. These resorts cater to visitors looking for a luxurious and relaxing getaway, with activities such as yoga, meditation, and spa treatments.

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What Are the Best and Popular Beaches on Phu Quoc Island?

Phu Quoc Island isn’t just about exotic culture and rich history, but also something that captivates every visitor: stunning beaches . With its white sands, azure waters, and tropical ambiance, Phu Quoc Island offers eight unforgettable beaches that will enchant you with their beauty.

1. Long Beach (Bãi Trường) : This expansive beach is located on the western coast of the island and is known for its sunsets that transform the sky into a palette of various colors. The name „Long Beach“ suggests its length, spanning several kilometers. The beach is an ideal spot for relaxation, sunbathing, and enjoying refreshing cocktails at beach bars.

2. Sao Beach (Bãi Sao) : Bãi Sao is like a gem of the island – tranquil, calm, and exquisite. The beach is known for its shallows and rich marine life, including starfish. It’s a perfect spot for snorkeling and observing marine creatures.

3. Ong Lang Beach : Ong Lang Beach combines a serene coastline with elegant resorts, making it a favorite among couples and families. The gorgeous setting, gentle sands, and warm water create an unforgettable atmosphere for relaxation.

4. Khem Beach (Bãi Khem) : This beach is known for its stunning view of the sea and green hills in the backdrop. The crystal-clear water and fine sand create a perfect contrast. Khem Beach is part of Phu Quoc National Park, ensuring its natural beauty remains preserved.

5. Vũng Bầu Beach : Vũng Bầu retains its tranquility and seclusion. Less known to tourists, it provides space for solitude and tranquility. The crystal-clear water and gentle waves are ideal for swimming.

6. Rach Tram Beach : Rach Tram Beach, located in the northern part of Phu Quoc Island, offers a secluded beach experience. This beach oasis connects a peaceful urban area with an extensive sandy beach and the Rach Tram village to the south. The northern part of Rach Tram Beach remains untouched and open.

7. Ganh Dau Beach : If you seek peace and relaxation, Ganh Dau is the right choice for you. This beach is nestled among trees and rocks, providing shelter from the hot sun. You can also enjoy views of Cambodia, which is nearby.

8. Cua Can Beach (Bãi Cửa Cạn) : Cua Can Beach is a public beach located at the mouth of the Cua Can river, approximately 15 km from Dong Duong town. Essentially, it’s an arm of the Cua Can river that gradually meets the ocean. The coastline spans 3 km and is formed by the convergence of the sea and the river on its two sides.

Of course, these aren’t all the beaches on Phu Quoc Island. There are more, some smaller and less frequented. The best way to discover them is to rent a motorbike or use private transfers to explore the island on your own.

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What and Where is Grand World Phu Quoc?

Grand World Phu Quoc is a large entertainment complex located on the island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam. The complex is situated on a 15-hectare site on the west coast of the island , near Long Beach. It offers a wide range of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages.

Some of the main attractions at Grand World Phu Quoc include:

  • Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc : This is the largest amusement park on the island, with a wide range of rides and attractions, including roller coasters, water slides, a 4D cinema, and an aquarium.
  • Night Market: The Grand World Phu Quoc Night Market is a bustling and vibrant market with hundreds of stalls selling a variety of local and international food, drinks, souvenirs, and clothing.
  • Food Street: This street is home to a variety of food stalls and restaurants, serving Vietnamese and international cuisine, including seafood, BBQ, and street food.
  • Shopping Center: The Grand World Phu Quoc Shopping Center is a modern and spacious mall with a range of shops and boutiques selling fashion, accessories, electronics, and souvenirs.
  • Water Park: The Grand World Phu Quoc Water Park is a family-friendly attraction with water slides, pools, and water play areas.
  • Arcade: The Grand World Phu Quoc Arcade is a fun-filled entertainment center with a range of classic and modern arcade games, bumper cars, and virtual reality experiences.

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Dive into the Deep: Vinpearl Land Aquarium in Phu Quoc.

Nestled on the pristine shores of Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam, Vinpearl Land Aquarium is a marine wonderland that promises an unforgettable aquatic adventure. As the largest private aquarium in Vietnam, this attraction takes visitors on a mesmerizing journey through the depths of the ocean, showcasing a diverse array of marine life and offering a unique experience for all ages.

  • An Aquatic Extravaganza: Vinpearl Land Aquarium is a testament to the island’s dedication to showcasing the beauty of its marine ecosystems. The aquarium is home to a vast and diverse collection of aquatic species, from colorful coral reefs and mesmerizing jellyfish to awe-inspiring sharks and playful dolphins. It’s a place where visitors can get up close and personal with marine life from around the world.
  • Interactive Exhibits: What sets Vinpearl Land Aquarium apart is its focus on providing an interactive and educational experience. Visitors can participate in a range of engaging activities, such as feeding sessions where you can watch as divers interact with marine creatures, offering insight into their behavior and biology. It’s an excellent opportunity for both children and adults to learn about the fascinating world beneath the waves.
  • Thrilling Adventures: For those seeking a bit of excitement, the aquarium offers unique adventures, like the chance to dive with the sharks, swim with dolphins, or even walk on the ocean floor in a specially designed helmet. These experiences offer a rare and thrilling encounter with marine life in a safe and controlled environment.
  • Conservation and Education: Vinpearl Land Aquarium is not just about entertainment; it’s also committed to conservation and education. The facility actively participates in research and breeding programs to help protect and preserve various endangered species. Through informative exhibits and presentations, visitors gain a deeper understanding of the importance of marine conservation.
  • Planning Your Visit: Vinpearl Land Aquarium is part of the larger Vinpearl Safari and Conservation Park, making it a perfect addition to a day of exploration on Phu Quoc Island. The aquarium is located in the northwestern part of the island, easily accessible from various points.

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What about Phu Quoc Cable Car (Hon Tom)?

The Phu Quoc Cable Car , also known as the Hon Thom Cable Car , is a popular and another most visited attraction on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam. It is located in the southern part of the island and connects An Thoi town with Hon Thom Island, also known as Pineapple Island.

  • The cable car offers breathtaking views of the turquoise waters and lush greenery of the surrounding islands, as well as panoramic views of the coastline of Phu Quoc. The ride takes approximately 15 minutes each way, covering a distance of about 7.9 kilometers, making it one of the longest cable car rides in the world.
  • Visitors can also explore Hon Thom Island, which offers a range of activities and attractions, including a beach, an amusement park, and several restaurants and shops. The island is also home to a beautiful pagoda, known as Suoi Da Ban, which offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Some reasons to visit the Phu Quoc Cable Car and Hon Thom Island include:

  • Stunning Views: The cable car ride offers stunning views of the coastline and surrounding islands, making it a must-see attraction on Phu Quoc.
  • Unique Experience: Riding on one of the longest cable car rides in the world is a unique and memorable experience that visitors will not forget.
  • Amusement Park: Hon Thom Island’s amusement park offers a range of fun activities and rides for visitors of all ages, making it a great destination for families.
  • Beaches: Hon Thom Island has a beautiful beach with clear waters and soft sand, making it a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing.
  • Pagoda: The Suoi Da Ban Pagoda on Hon Thom Island offers beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and is a great place to take photos and explore.

Prices for cable car tickets from Phu Quoc Island to Hon Tom:

  • One-way ticket – Phu Quoc Cable Car: Prices range from an average of 500,000 – 800,000 VND per adult (500-800 CZK), children between 100 cm and 130 cm in height – 350,000 – 550,000 VND (350-550 CZK), and this price includes entry to Aquatopia and Exotica Park on Hon Tom Island.
  • Round trip – Phu Quoc Cable Car: Prices range from an average of 600,000 – 900,000 VND per adult (600-900 CZK), children between 100 cm and 130 cm in height – 450,000 – 650,000 VND (450-650 CZK), and this price includes entry to Aquatopia and Exotica Park on Hon Tom Island.

However, please be aware that these prices may change over time. Also, keep in mind that the cable car to Hon Tom may be closed for maintenance during the year, sometimes for several weeks. In such cases, you would need to take a boat from An Thoi pier to reach Hon Tom Island. Tickets for the Phu Quoc cable car, as well as the entrance tickets to Aquatopia Park (Sun World Hon Tom Ticket), can be reserved here via Klook .

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Exploring the Vibrant Delights of Phu Quoc Night Market:

Nestled on the tranquil shores of Phu Quoc Island, the Phu Quoc Night Market stands as a beacon of lively ambiance and culinary excellence. This bustling market, famed for its array of fresh seafood, local delicacies, and handcrafted souvenirs, promises an unforgettable experience for travelers seeking a taste of Vietnamese culture and a glimpse into the island’s enchanting nightlife.

  • Sensory Feast: The moment you step foot into the Phu Quoc Night Market , your senses come alive. The vibrant atmosphere, awash with the aroma of sizzling street food, spices, and the sounds of local musicians, is truly immersive. It’s a place where you can soak in the vibrant energy of Vietnam.
  • Culinary Adventures: Seafood enthusiasts will find themselves in heaven as they explore the market’s seafood section, where an array of freshly caught fish, crabs, prawns, and squids beckon. Choose your catch, and it will be skillfully prepared at one of the many stalls. Grilled, steamed, or fried – the choices are plentiful. Don’t forget to try „bun ken,“ a local delicacy featuring noodles with seafood broth, or the famous Vietnamese „pho.“
  • Handicrafts and Souvenirs: While gastronomic adventures take center stage, the market isn’t limited to food alone. Wander through rows of charming stalls offering an assortment of locally crafted items. Handmade jewelry, clothing, bags, and trinkets can be found here, perfect for taking home a piece of Phu Quoc as a keepsake.
  • Entertainment: The Phu Quoc Night Market isn’t just about food and shopping; it’s a place to soak in local entertainment and culture. Street performers, musicians, and artists often take to the streets, adding a layer of creativity to your visit. You may even come across traditional dance performances, which provide a deeper insight into the rich cultural heritage of the island.
  • Planning Your Visit: The market opens in the late afternoon and comes alive as the sun sets, with the peak hours between 7 PM and 10 PM. It’s advisable to arrive early to secure a good spot and explore at your own pace. Phu Quoc Night Market is located in Duong Dong Town, making it easily accessible from various parts of the island.

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Phu Quoc’s Lustrous Gems: Pearl Farms and Exquisite Jewelry.

Nestled in the crystal waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam is renowned for its picturesque landscapes and vibrant culture. However, hidden beneath its azure waves lies a treasure that has captured the hearts of both locals and visitors alike – the pearl. Discover the allure of Phu Quoc’s pearl farms and the exquisite jewelry they produce.

  • Pearl Farms: Phu Quoc’s pearl farms are a testament to the island’s dedication to cultivating beauty from the depths of the sea. Here, you can witness the meticulous process of pearl farming, where oysters are carefully nurtured to create these lustrous gems. The farms utilize various species of oysters, with Akoya oysters being a popular choice for their iridescent pearls.
  • Visitors to these farms can immerse themselves in the art of pearl cultivation, from selecting the finest oysters to carefully nucleating them and watching as these treasures grow over time. The shimmering pearls take on a variety of colors, including classic white, creamy hues, and even pastel shades like pink and blue, each with its unique charm.
  • Exquisite Jewelry: Phu Quoc’s pearls don’t just stay in the oysters; they are skillfully crafted into stunning jewelry pieces that capture the essence of island beauty. From delicate pearl necklaces to intricate earrings and bracelets, these pieces are a testament to the island’s craftsmanship and appreciation for natural wonders.
  • Jewelers on the island often combine these pearls with other precious metals and gemstones to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that cater to every taste and style. The result is a wide selection of jewelry that exudes elegance and luxury.
  • The Perfect Souvenir: For visitors, these pearl farms and jewelry stores are not just an attraction; they offer the perfect souvenir to commemorate your time on Phu Quoc. The pearls produced here are celebrated for their exceptional luster, surface quality, and mesmerizing colors, making them a unique and cherished keepsake.

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Phu Quoc Prison: A Place with History and a Moving Story.

Phu Quoc Prison , also known as Coconut Prison, is a historical site on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam. Today, this place serves as a museum but was once used as a prison during the Vietnam War. It now stands as a witness to the island’s tumultuous past. The prison exhibits, including cramped cells and torture instruments, as well as guard replicas, offer a poignant glimpse into the harsh conditions that prisoners endured. Phu Quoc Prison is located in the southern part of the island, along the main road heading south, making it easily accessible for visitors.

  • A Memorial to a Turbulent History: Phu Quoc Prison commemorates the difficult times Vietnam went through during the war. Prisoners here were held in extremely challenging conditions, reminding visitors of the importance of peace and humanitarian values.
  • Museum Exhibits: The prison museum includes a wide range of exhibits and information about life in captivity during the war years. Visitors will learn about the history of the place, the prisoners‘ living conditions, and the necessity of upholding peace and humanitarian values.
  • A Place of Remembrance: Phu Quoc Prison serves as a memorial and a reminder of the wartime period that impacted many lives. Visiting the prison provides an opportunity to better understand Vietnam’s tumultuous past and remember the victims who were drawn into the conflict at that time.
  • A Ruin with Significance: Although Phu Quoc Prison is now a museum, the remains and exhibits remind us of the time when it served as a place of incarceration and suffering. This historical ruin encourages visitors to reflect on the cruelty of war and the importance of peaceful coexistence.

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Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc: Where Wildlife and Wonder Meet.

Nestled on the picturesque island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam, Vinpearl Safari stands as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of modernity and the natural world. This world-class wildlife sanctuary is a captivating journey into the heart of the animal kingdom, offering an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc combines conservation, education, and entertainment in a seamless blend that leaves a lasting impression on all who enter its gates.

  • An Oasis of Biodiversity: At the heart of Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc lies a commitment to the preservation of wildlife and the conservation of endangered species. The park is home to over 2,200 animals representing 150 species, both native and exotic. Here, you’ll have the chance to see majestic creatures like Bengal tigers, African lions, giraffes, and elephants up close in environments that mimic their natural habitats.
  • Safari Adventures: The park offers a variety of immersive experiences for visitors. A safari journey through the park allows you to observe these animals in spacious enclosures that prioritize their well-being. The park is thoughtfully designed to create a sense of proximity to these incredible creatures while maintaining their safety and comfort.
  • Conservation and Education: Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc is not only a place for enjoyment but also an educational hub. The park’s dedicated staff and researchers are passionate about wildlife conservation and are eager to share their knowledge. Visitors can learn about the animals, their habitats, and the importance of preserving biodiversity. This educational component makes Vinpearl Safari an excellent destination for families and schools.
  • Preservation Efforts: The commitment to wildlife extends beyond the park’s borders. Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc actively engages in breeding programs for endangered species, helping to ensure the survival of these remarkable animals. Their efforts to protect and rehabilitate wildlife contribute to the larger mission of conservation and environmental stewardship.
  • A Tropical Paradise: Set amidst Phu Quoc’s lush landscape, the park is more than just a wildlife sanctuary; it’s a tropical paradise. The lush gardens and verdant surroundings create an atmosphere of tranquility and serenity. The park’s serene lake, surrounded by dense foliage, provides a peaceful place for reflection and relaxation.

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A Day of Aquatic Adventure at Phu Quoc’s Aquatopia Water Park.

Nestled in the heart of Hon Tom Island, Aquatopia Water Park is a tropical oasis for water lovers of all ages. This captivating aquatic wonderland promises a day of endless fun and excitement. Let’s dive in and explore what makes Aquatopia a must-visit destination and how you can get there.

  • Unveiling Aquatopia Water Park: Aquatopia Water Park , often dubbed as the jewel of Phu Quoc, is a sprawling water attraction featuring thrilling water slides, refreshing pools, and a tropical paradise vibe. It’s the perfect destination for families, friends, and solo travelers seeking to beat the heat and make unforgettable memories.
  • Thrilling Rides and Attractions: One of the main draws of Aquatopia is its incredible array of water slides and rides. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking to relax in the water, Aquatopia has something for everyone. Highlights include the exhilarating Tornado Slide, the twisting Kamikaze Slide, and the serene Lazy River, where you can float along and soak up the sun.
  • Family-Friendly Fun: Aquatopia Water Park also caters to families, with dedicated areas for kids. The Kid’s Pool and the Mini Water Slide offer safe and entertaining options for the youngest members of your group, ensuring that every visitor has a fantastic time.
  • The Ultimate Relaxation: For those seeking relaxation, Aquatopia’s cabanas and lounges provide a serene escape. You can unwind by the pool, enjoy delicious meals at the park’s restaurants, and savor refreshing beverages at the bars.
  • How to Get to Aquatopia Water Park: You can go to Aquatopia by boat from An Thoi Port in Phu Quoc or you can travel by cable car from Hon Thom Departure Terminal .

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Is It Suitable to Travel to Phu Quoc Island with Children?

Phu Quoc Island can be a suitable place for traveling with children if certain basic conditions are met. Foreign tourists also come to the island with their children, and modern family resorts and entertainment attractions have recently emerged on the island. Here are some factors to consider when planning to travel to Phu Quoc with children:

  • 1. Transportation: Getting to Phu Quoc typically involves a flight from Ho Chi Minh City or other Vietnamese cities. You can also fly directly to Phu Quoc as part of a tour from the Czech Republic. Make sure you have comfortable travel arrangements for your children and that they are prepared for the flight. You can also reach the island by ferry from some locations on mainland Vietnam.
  • 2. Accommodation: On Phu Quoc Island, you can find a wide range of accommodations, from luxury resorts to family guesthouses. Many accommodations offer family rooms and children’s services, such as pools and playgrounds.
  • 3. Beaches: Phu Quoc Island has beautiful beaches that are ideal for families. Children can enjoy the sand, sea, and sun. However, be aware that sea conditions can change, so be cautious and follow safety guidelines and always supervise your children.
  • 4. Food: Most restaurants offer Vietnamese cuisine, which is often delicious and readily available. If your children are picky eaters, you can look for restaurants that offer international dishes.
  • 5. Activities: Phu Quoc offers various activities, including beach visits, trips to the rainforest, temple visits, and markets. You can choose activities that are suitable for your children.
  • 6. Health and Vaccinations: Before traveling to Vietnam, consult with a doctor about necessary vaccinations and medications for your children. It’s a good idea to bring some medications as a backup.
  • 7. Climate: Phu Quoc has a tropical climate, so it’s important to consider the best time to travel with children to avoid rainy periods and high temperatures.
  • 8. Safety: Always prioritize the safety of your children, whether it’s at the beaches, during transportation, on the streets, or during other activities.

Overall, visiting Phu Quoc Island with children is possible if you plan well and consider their needs and safety. The island offers beautiful natural scenery and plenty of entertainment, which can make the vacation with children an interesting experience. It’s advisable to choose a well-equipped modern resort with additional services when traveling with children.

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What food and dining options are available on Phu Quoc?

Phu Quoc Island is well-known for its seafood, and there are plenty of dining options available for visitors to try local cuisine. Here are some popular food and dining options on Phu Quoc Island:

  • Seafood: As an island destination, seafood is a must-try on Phu Quoc. There are plenty of seafood restaurants to choose from, where you can enjoy fresh fish, crab, shrimp, squid, and more. Some popular seafood restaurants include Ham Ninh Fishing Village, Dinh Cau Night Market, and Ganh Dau Beach.
  • Phu Quoc Fish Sauce: Fish sauce is a staple condiment in Vietnamese cuisine, and Phu Quoc is famous for producing some of the best fish sauce in the country. Visitors can learn about the production process and taste different varieties of fish sauce at local factories and shops.
  • Street Food: Phu Quoc has a vibrant street food scene, with plenty of vendors selling everything from banh mi sandwiches to grilled meats and seafood. Some popular street food markets include Dinh Cau Night Market, Duong Dong Market, and An Thoi Night Market.
  • International Cuisine: In addition to local cuisine, there are also plenty of international dining options on Phu Quoc Island. Visitors can find restaurants serving Thai, Italian, Korean, and other types of cuisine.
  • Bars and Nightlife: Phu Quoc has a growing nightlife scene, with plenty of bars and nightclubs to choose from. Visitors can enjoy cocktails, beers, and live music at venues such as Rory’s Beach Bar, Safari Bar, and Buddha Bar.

Overall, visitors to Phu Quoc Island will find a wide variety of dining options, from local seafood to international cuisine and street food. There is something for everyone, whether you are looking for a fine dining experience or a casual meal on the beach.

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How to explore and move in Phu Quoc Island?

There are several ways to explore and move around Phu Quoc Island. There is no railway in this island. Phu Quoc is a large island and it is a good idea to plan, where do you want to stay, what do you want to visit and where do you want to go, how far is it. You can use these ways of transportation in Phu Quoc:

  • Motorbike: Renting a motorbike is a popular way to explore the island and allows visitors to explore at their own pace. There are several rental companies available on the island, and prices vary depending on the type of bike and the rental duration. You can also rent a motorbike on the hostel or guesthouse, ask your stuff.
  • Taxis: Taxis are readily available on the island, and visitors can easily flag them down or book them through their hotel or a ride-hailing app. Taxis are a convenient option for visitors who prefer not to drive themselves.
  • Bicycle: Renting a bicycle is a popular way to explore the island’s quieter roads and paths. It’s an eco-friendly option and allows visitors to explore at a slower pace while taking in the island’s scenery.
  • Public transportation: The island has a limited public transportation system, with buses and shared taxis operating on some of the main routes. However, these services can be infrequent and may not be the most convenient option for visitors.
  • Private transfers: Private transfers are also available on the island, with many hotels and resorts offering airport transfers and private tours. These transfers can be arranged through the hotel or a local tour operator.

It’s important to note that traffic on the island can be busy, and road conditions can be challenging in some areas. Visitors should always wear helmets while riding motorbikes or bicycles and take precautions while driving or cycling on the island’s roads. You have to take your IDP for driving a motorbike .

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Why to visit or not to visit Phu Quoc Island?

Whether or not to visit Phu Quoc Island ultimately depends on personal preferences and travel priorities. Here are some reasons why you might want to visit or not visit the island:

👉 Reasons to visit Phu Quoc Island:

  • Natural beauty: Phu Quoc Island is home to some of the most stunning beaches in Vietnam, with crystal clear waters, white sand, and beautiful coral reefs. The island’s natural beauty also extends to its lush forests, waterfalls, and hiking trails.
  • Culture and history: Phu Quoc Island has a rich cultural heritage, with influences from different ethnic groups and historical periods. Visitors can explore traditional villages, temples, and historic sites, as well as sample the island’s unique cuisine.
  • Adventure activities: Phu Quoc Island offers a range of adventure activities, such as snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and hiking, which are perfect for those seeking an active vacation.
  • Luxury resorts: The island has a growing number of luxury resorts and spas that cater to visitors looking for a luxurious and relaxing getaway.

👉 Reasons not to visit Phu Quoc Island:

  • Crowds: Phu Quoc Island is a popular tourist destination, and during peak season, it can be crowded and busy, particularly on the island’s beaches and popular attractions.
  • Development: The island’s tourism industry has grown rapidly in recent years, and as a result, some areas have experienced overdevelopment, with large hotels and resorts dominating the landscape.
  • Environmental impact: The rapid development of the island’s tourism industry has had a significant impact on the environment, particularly on the island’s coral reefs and marine ecosystems.
  • Accessibility: Phu Quoc Island is relatively isolated, and getting to the island can be challenging and time-consuming, particularly for travelers who are short on time. But you can use direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City.

Overall, whether or not to visit Phu Quoc Island depends on personal travel preferences. While the island offers a range of natural beauty, adventure activities, and cultural attractions, it also has its challenges, such as crowds and environmental concerns. It’s important to do your research and consider your priorities before deciding whether or not to visit Phu Quoc Island.

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✈️ How to get and travel to Phu Quoc Island?

Phu Quoc Island is easily accessible by plane and there are domestic direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City , Nha Trang, Da Nang or Hanoi. But it is also possible to travel by land to Ha Tien or Rach Gia port towns in southern Vietnam and take a ferry to Phu Quoc . It is not possible to travel by train to Ha Tien or Rach Gia, there is no railway.

  • By Air: The most popular way to get to Phu Quoc Island is by air. The island has its own airport, Phu Quoc International Airport, which is served by several airlines from major cities in Vietnam, as well as some international destinations. Some airlines that fly to Phu Quoc include Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, Bambo Airways and Vietjet Air.
  • By Bus + Ferry: It is also possible to travel to Phu Quoc Island by bus + ferry. There are several ferry services that operate between the island and the mainland, including Ha Tien and Rach Gia. The journey takes around 2-3 hours and is a good option for those who prefer sea travel.
  • By Taxi + Ferry: Visitors can also travel to Phu Quoc Island by taxi + ferry from nearby cities such as Rach Gia or Ha Tien. This option is more time-consuming but can be more cost-effective for those on a budget.
  • By Motorbike: For those who enjoy adventure and flexibility, it is also possible to travel to Phu Quoc Island by motorbike. Visitors can rent a motorbike in nearby cities and then take a ferry to the island.
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☀️ Weather in Phu Quoc + The Best Time to Visit:

  • Phu Quoc Island has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: a dry season and a rainy season. In dry season you can easily enjoy various beach activities. Before you go to Phu Quoc, you should read carefully this article: Weather in Phu Quoc Island .
  • The dry season on Phu Quoc Island lasts from November to April, with the peak season falling between December and February. During this time, the weather is generally sunny and dry, with average temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C. The sea is calm and clear, making it a great time for swimming, snorkeling, and other outdoor activities.
  • The rainy season on Phu Quoc Island lasts from May to October, with the highest rainfall occurring from June to August. During this time, visitors can expect daily afternoon rain showers, although the mornings and early afternoons are usually sunny and pleasant. The sea can be rough and choppy, and some outdoor activities may be limited due to the rain.
  • The best time to visit Phu Quoc Island depends on your preferences. If you enjoy sunny, dry weather and water activities, the dry season is the best time to visit, especially during the peak season from December to February. However, this is also the busiest and most expensive time of year, with more crowds and higher accommodation prices.
  • If you prefer fewer crowds and don’t mind occasional rain showers, the shoulder season from May to October can be a good option. During this time, the island is less crowded, and accommodation prices are generally lower. However, some activities may be limited due to the rain.

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🏡 Accommodation / Where to Stay in Phu Quoc:

Phu Quoc Island offers a wide range of accommodation options for all budgets and preferences. There are very modern, affordable, and more expensive beach resorts with luxurious amenities. However, you can also find budget-friendly options like cheap hotels and guesthouses. Prices can start as low as $10 per bed, but can also go up to several hundred dollars, depending on the quality of the resort, hostel, or hotel and its location. Here are some of the most popular types of accommodation on the island:

➡️ Resorts and Hotels: Phu Quoc Island is home to many resorts and hotels, ranging from affordable options to luxury resorts. Many of these establishments are located along the coast, offering stunning sea views and easy access to the island’s beaches. These options also provide access to beaches, modern services, and all the amenities for tourists.

Some popular luxury resorts on the island include:

  • JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa
  • Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island
  • La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc – MGallery

Here are some well-reviewed budget-friendly resorts:

  • Tropicana Resort Phu Quoc
  • Daisy Resort or Island Lodge Phu Quoc

➡️ Budget-Friendly Hotels / Guesthouses: For those on a limited budget or seeking a more authentic experience, there are many budget-friendly hotels and guesthouses. These properties are typically smaller and simpler than resorts and hotels, but they offer a more personal touch and a chance to connect with locals. Some popular guesthouses and budget hotels on the island include Cat Loi Phu Quoc Hotel , Duong Dong Hotel , and Xuan Anh Guesthouse .

➡️ Hostels: Phu Quoc Island also has various hostels for low-budget travelers, young people, and backpackers. These hostels offer quality services and other modern amenities, with some even featuring a hostel pool. Here is a selection of some highly-rated hostels: 9Station Hostel & Bar Phu Quoc , Phu House Hostel , and Sleep Box Hostel .

➡️ Bungalows: Bungalows are also a popular type of accommodation on Phu Quoc Island, offering the opportunity to spend your vacation in a natural setting, often near the beach. Some of the well-reviewed options include Bungalow Mai Phuong Binh , Mộc Lam Bungalow , and Mai Binh Phuong Bungalow .

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🔍 Interesting Places + Activities in Phu Quoc:

  • Phu Quoc Prison : Phu Quoc Prison, also known as Coconut Tree Prison, is a historical site on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam. This solemn place once served as a detention center during the Vietnam War. Today, it stands as a museum that offers visitors a poignant reminder of the island’s tumultuous past. The prison’s chilling exhibits, including cramped cells and torture instruments, provide a sobering insight into the hardships endured by prisoners. A visit to Phu Quoc Prison is a haunting yet essential experience that pays homage to the resilience and sacrifice of those who endured its walls..
  • Hon Thom Cable Car : This cable car system is the world’s longest sea-crossing cable car and transports visitors from An Thoi Town to the picturesque Hon Thom Island. The journey provides a stunning aerial perspective of the lush landscapes, turquoise waters, and surrounding archipelago. The Hon Thom Cable Car is not just a mode of transportation; it’s a breathtaking adventure that immerses you in the mesmerizing landscapes of Phu Quoc..
  • Fish Sauce Factory : The Fish Sauce Factory in Phu Quoc is a culinary gem that plays a pivotal role in the island’s gastronomic heritage. This traditional fish sauce production facility, nestled on the shores of Phu Quoc, is where the island’s most famous condiment is crafted. Visitors can witness the meticulous process of creating fish sauce, which is integral to Vietnamese cuisine. The factory’s tour offers a sensory journey, allowing guests to understand the significance of fish sauce in local dishes and the dedication of those who preserve this timeless tradition. .
  • Phu Quoc Night Market : At this night market in Duong Dong town, you can savor local dishes, fresh seafood, and shop for souvenirs. It’s a great place to sample authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Vinpearl Safari & Conservation Park : Vinpearl Safari is home to various animal species from around the world. You can experience a safari on a land vehicle and observe animals in their natural habitat.
  • Vinpearl Land Amusement Park : This amusement park offers a range of attractions for visitors of all ages. From roller coasters to water rides, you’ll find family-friendly fun here.
  • Vinpearl Land Aquarium : Vinpearl Land Aquarium is the largest private aquarium in Vietnam, located on Phu Quoc Island. It is a marine attraction that offers visitors a captivating and interactive experience with a wide variety of marine life. The aquarium is home to diverse aquatic species, including sharks, dolphins, colorful coral reefs, and more.
  • Kiss Bridge Phu Quoc : Kiss Bridge, designed by Italian architect Marco Casamonti, features two separate spans with a 50-centimeter gap, symbolizing the ideal distance in an intimate relationship. The bridge’s unique design allows sunlight to create a breathtaking display on „Wishing Day“ from December 24th to January 1st, promising everlasting happiness for couples who make wishes together.
  • Suoi Da Ban Pagoda : This beautiful pagoda is located on a hill and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. It’s a great place for meditation and sunset observation.
  • Bai Khem Beach : Bai Khem is another picturesque beach with fine sand and clear water. You can enjoy tranquility, relaxation, and even take a cable car ride for breathtaking views.
  • Fishing with Locals : You have the opportunity to go fishing with local fishermen and experience an authentic way of fishing. It’s not only fun but also a chance to explore local culture.
  • Pineapple Island Excursion (Pineapple Island) : Pineapple Island is great for water activities like snorkeling and diving. You can have a great time in a serene environment. There’s a popular cable car ride from the main island to here.
  • Aquatopia Water Park in Hom Tom Island : Aquatopia Water Park in Phu Quoc promises a day of aquatic adventure and relaxation. With its thrilling rides, family-friendly options, and picturesque surroundings, this water park is a fantastic addition to your Phu Quoc itinerary.
  • Pearl Farm : Visit the Pearl Farm in Phu Quoc to witness the art of pearl cultivation and explore the beauty of these lustrous gems amidst the island’s tropical paradise. Learn about the eco-friendly practices and appreciate the history and culture of pearl production in Vietnam.
  • Snorkeling at Coral Reefs : Snorkeling at coral reefs is one of the best activities for diving enthusiasts. The island offers stunning underwater landscapes and diverse marine life.
  • Diving at Vinh Dam Wrecks : This is an experience for experienced divers. The island is home to Vinh Dam wrecks, offering a unique opportunity to explore the underwater world

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❓ Frequently Asked Questions + Tips for Phu Quoc:

1. how to book and buy tickets or flights to phu quoc.

  • You can book tickets and flights for transport to Phu Quoc in Vietnam on Baolau or 12go.asia .

2. What is the best time to visit Phu Quoc Island?

  • The best time to visit Phu Quoc Island is during the dry season from November to April. The weather is sunny and warm during this time, and the sea is calm, making it ideal for swimming and water activities. However, it’s also the busiest time of the year, so expect higher prices and more crowds.

3. Is it safe to swim in the sea in Phu Quoc Island?

  • Yes, it’s generally safe to swim in the sea in Phu Quoc Island, especially during the dry season. However, it’s always important to follow safety guidelines and pay attention to warning signs posted on the beaches.

4. What is the best way to get around Phu Quoc Island?

  • The best way to get around Phu Quoc Island is by motorbike or car, which can be rented from local agencies. Taxis and private cars are also available, but they can be more expensive. It’s not recommended to rely on public transportation, as it can be unreliable and infrequent.

5. What are the must-try local foods in Phu Quoc Island?

  • Some of the must-try local foods in Phu Quoc Island include seafood dishes such as grilled fish, squid, and prawns, as well as noodle soup (pho), banh mi sandwiches, and fresh fruit. Don’t forget to try the famous Phu Quoc fish sauce, which is considered one of the best in the world.

6. What are the best souvenirs to buy in Phu Quoc Island?

  • Some of the best souvenirs to buy in Phu Quoc Island include local specialties such as fish sauce, black pepper, and pearls. You can also find handmade crafts, clothing, and accessories at the night markets and local shops.

7. Are there any cultural customs or etiquette to be aware of in Phu Quoc Island?

  • It’s important to show respect for local customs and traditions, such as removing your shoes before entering a temple or a local house. Tipping is not expected but appreciated, especially for good service in restaurants and hotels.

8. What are some of the popular festivals and events in Phu Quoc Island?

  • Some of the popular festivals and events in Phu Quoc Island include the Tet Lunar New Year in January or February, the Hung Kings Festival in April, and the Mid-Autumn Festival in September or October. These festivals feature colorful parades, traditional food, and cultural performances.

9. What are the best beaches to visit in Phu Quoc Island?

  • Some of the best beaches to visit on the island include Long Beach, Ong Lang Beach, Sao Beach, and Bai Dai Beach. Long Beach is the most popular and busiest beach on the island, while Ong Lang Beach is more secluded and offers a peaceful atmosphere. Sao Beach is known for its white sands and crystal-clear waters, and Bai Dai Beach is a great spot for water sports such as kiteboarding and windsurfing.

10. Is it necessary to book accommodations in advance?

  • It is highly recommended to book accommodations in advance, especially during peak travel seasons. Phu Quoc Island has become a popular tourist destination in recent years, and accommodations can fill up quickly during the high season (November to March). Booking in advance will also give you the opportunity to find better deals and options that fit your preferences.

11. What are some popular water activities to do in Phu Quoc Island?

  • Phu Quoc Island is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Some popular water activities to do on the island include scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing. The island is home to some of the most diverse marine life in Vietnam, and you can explore coral reefs, shipwrecks, and underwater caves. Kayaking in the calm waters around the island is also a great way to explore the coastline and nearby islands.

12. Can I use US dollars in Phu Quoc Island?

  • While US dollars are accepted in some establishments, it is recommended to use Vietnamese Dong (VND) when making purchases on Phu Quoc Island. Many hotels and restaurants will accept major credit cards, but smaller shops and street vendors may only accept cash in VND. It is also a good idea to carry some smaller denomination bills for purchases at local markets or street food stalls.

13. What other island can you visit if you don’t want to go to Phu Quoc?

  • If you don’t want to visit the very popular Phu Quoc Island, you can also travel to another island, such as Con Dao Island or Nam Du Island . Nam Du Island is accessible by boat from the Rach Gia port, while Con Dao Island can be reached by direct flights from Saigon or by ferry, via Vung Tau or Soc Trang. You can search for and purchase tickets/flights online, for example, on Baolau . Also, read this article: The Best Islands in Vietnam .

14. From which towns you can travel by ferry to Phu Quoc?

  • Ha Tien: Ha Tien is a small border town in Kien Giang province that is located about 90 kilometers (56 miles) northwest of Phu Quoc Island. From Ha Tien, there are multiple daily ferries that can take you to Phu Quoc Island. The journey takes about 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on the ferry company and weather conditions.
  • Rach Gia: Rach Gia is a city in Kien Giang province that is located about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Phu Quoc Island. From Rach Gia, there are also multiple daily ferries that can take you to Phu Quoc Island. The journey takes about 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on the ferry company and weather conditions.
  • Read this article: Ferries to Phu Quoc + Tickets .

15. Which beaches can you visit in southern Vietnam?

  • Southern Vietnam is known for various nice coastline and beautiful beaches. The best places for visit these beaches are in Phu Quoc, Con Dao, Vung Tau or Mui Ne. Read this article: The Best Beaches in Southern Vietnam .

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Let’s be honest about Phu Quoc in Vietnam – Is Phu Quoc Worth Visiting?

Here's our honest opinions about the island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam. Does Phu Quoc really have the best beaches in Vietnam, or is development ruining the island?

Beaches in Phu Quoc Vietnam

Our Impressions Of Phu Quoc

In February 2019, we spent a couple of weeks in Vietnam’s largest island, Phu Quoc, which is located off the south coast of this amazing country.

This was part of our five-month trip to SE Asia, so we were interested in doing some sightseeing but also to have a comfortable base by the sea. The idea being we could work for a couple of hours a day, and go for a swim and relax on the beach for the rest of the time.

Theoretically, Phu Quoc seemed to tick these boxes, especially according to everything we read. The reality was however a little different. So, we came up with the format we first used when talking about Chiang Mai in Thailand in order to reveal what we actually thought.

In this Phu Quoc travel blog, you can read about our impressions of Phu Quoc island. We have given our personal views independently, so that you can get a better idea if you want to visit Phu Quoc.

Riding a moped in Phu Quoc

Expectations Of Phu Quoc Before We Went There

Dave:  Wow, Vietnam's got some islands? Let's go and check them out! I'm not sure what to expect, but Phu Quoc's got to have beaches to chill out on. The internet access also seems pretty good from what I've seen. Let's travel to Phu Quoc!

Vanessa: I first read about Phu Quoc when we were still in Chiang Mai , in January 2019. It sounded like a great place to visit – warm weather, amazing beaches and a vibrant night food market.

Compared to some other popular places on the coast of Vietnam, like Hoi An and Nha Trang, it sounded a lot more quiet, and that’s the main reason we went for it.

I have to say, my expectations for Phu Quoc were pretty high, and after leaving land-locked Chiang Mai I was looking forward to spending a few days on the beach.

First Impressions Of Phu Quoc

Dave: I think it was dark when we arrived, so no real first impressions until we arrived at the accommodation. It was up a dirt road, and we were welcomed by the friendly lady who runs the place. The area seemed quiet with no pumping music. There were a few mosquitoes about.

Vanessa: We landed in Phu Quoc airport, and we had a pick-up to our accommodation close to the island’s most famous beach, Long Beach. Although it was dark, we could see several tall buildings and beach resorts.

This was really far from my idea of Phu Quoc, which I had thought was a largely unspoiled, tropical island similar to Koh Lanta in Thailand .

I wasn’t thrilled, but knowing that the island is very big, I thought I’d wait until the morning to see what the place is really like.

What Was It Like To Stay In Phu Quoc

Dave: It was pretty obvious we'd need to get a moped to get around on from day one, so that's what we did. As a result, this gave us a lot of mobility and freedom to visit everywhere we might want to.

The moped did break down one day, and we kind of cruised back into town at 2 miles per hour. It was all swapped over with no hassle though, which was lovely.

The area we were staying in seemed to be little Russia. There were plenty of Russian shops, and menus in restaurants had Russian menus (along with English). I guess I felt how a Russian would feel going to the Costa del Sol in Spain and expecting authentic Spain!

Our daily needs were all well met – Plenty of places to eat, a night market, supermarkets etc. From memory, getting hold of decent fruit and veg nearby seemed to be a problem for us. There was a better market further about a 10km drive away.

The biggest observation though, was the construction works. New buildings, roads, hotels – it was never ending. As we explored the island further, there were unbelievable big complexes being constructed at the south of the island, with possibly time-share apartments. 

Phu Quoc was an island undergoing rapid change. And it was obvious to see that the new buildings were obliterating the charm that might have made the island attractive even just a handful of years ago.

Ong Lang Beach in Vietnam

Vanessa : Although we had originally planned to stay for ten days in Phu Quoc, we ended up staying a few more days, as our room was very convenient and we had the chance to meet a few other travelers. Getting around the island on a moped was very easy, even with the scorching midday sun.

There was not much to do in our immediate area apart from a few restaurants and bars, though I don’t remember seeing any locals sitting down for a meal. Long Beach was very close, but in my opinion there was nothing special about it, though it served its purpose when we wanted a quick splash.

In terms of food, there were a few local markets on the island where we got fresh fruit and veg. We also found a few supermarkets and minimarkets that seemed to sell tons of processed sugary food, a few local snacks with no labels on, and some things that we were actually looking for.

As for restaurants, I think that in our two weeks in Phu Quoc we only had three meals that were good. We found the rest average or below average, contrary to what we had been led to believe by reading Phu Quoc island reviews.

What We Thought Of Things To Do In Phu Quoc

Dave:  With the moped, it was easy just to hop on, and go and check out a new thing everyday. We certainly never got bored, and in two weeks, never saw everything. There's plenty of things to do in Phu Quoc !

Our biggest disappointment however, were Phu Quoc's beaches. There was so much rubbish washed up, it made me embarrassed to be a human.

This embarrassment turned to disgust on Sao Beach though. According to any Phu Quoc blog you read this is supposed to be one of the best beaches in Vietnam if not Asia, but it was simply terrible.

Sure, there is a really pretty bit which EVERYONE takes their photos at, but those photos only tell half the story.

Sao Beach in Phu Quoc

Either side of this pristine stretch of sand, are sections where tonnes of garbage has washed up. Check out the photo below!

20 metres to the left of Sao Beach

No, that's not a dead body. Somebody actually decided that was a good place to soak up some sun.

Vanessa: Phu Quoc is a big island with a very long coastline, so its number one attraction for me was the beaches. Unfortunately, I was overall pretty disappointed with the beaches in Phu Quoc (see below) especially after all the great comments we had read before getting to the island. I love snorkeling, but I didn’t see anything special close to the island. There were snorkeling tours off the coast, but I didn’t take one.

Phu Quoc Night Market

As we had already been to several night markets in SE Asia, the one in Phu Quoc didn’t particularly stand out, though we quite liked some of the street food and the rolled ice-cream. On the plus side, the market wasn’t very busy overall, in contrast to many of the night markets in Chiang Mai.

Eating street food in Phu Quoc

One of the highlights of the island was a small rooftop bar right in the night market called House no 1, hosting a movie night on Sundays. It was very surreal watching The Royal Tenenbaums and Punch-Drunk Love at a random rooftop bar in Vietnam, together with a small mouse and a cat trying to chase it away.

Right next door, there was a vegan restaurant called Loving Hut Thai Duong, which we quite liked.

The Sunworld Cable Car in Phu Quoc

The thing that impressed me more about Phu Quoc was its awesome cable car, connecting Phu Quoc with a smaller island further south, Hon Thom.

This amazing construction took several years to make, and it takes about 15 minutes to get from Phu Quoc to Hon Thom.

Cable Car Phu Quoc

The views from the cable car were truly breathtaking, as the car passes over two smaller islands and a fishing village.

The photos and videos don’t really do them much justice!

Cable car beach in Phu Quoc

Arriving at Hon Thom Island though was rather disappointing. While the island itself is very pretty, there were few designated areas of the beach where people are allowed to go to, and guards were pretty strict, especially towards the non-Vietnamese.

A massive waterpark is currently in the making, and there are many buildings and constructions that simply do not fit the lush tropical environment.

While I was fascinated by the whole enterprise, a side of me kept thinking that it’s all a big mistake, and that nature should be protected and respected.

What Disappointed Us About Phu Quoc

Dave:  The beaches were the main disappointment, closely followed by what can only be described as uncontrolled development. The two are probably closely related. 

I've travelled enough over the last 25 years to know that it's all going to end badly at Phu Quoc. And it's likely to be unrecoverable as well.

Construction in Phu Quoc

Vanessa: Coming from Greece, my beach standards are pretty high. Although not all beaches in Greece are great, I am lucky to have travelled a lot around my country, and really appreciate how stunning some of the Greek beaches are.

Some of the beaches that we saw on other islands in SE Asia, such as Kapas Island in Malaysia , Koh Lanta in Thailand or Con Dao in Vietnam were fantastic. So I was quite eager to explore the beaches in Phu Quoc.

We didn’t visit all of the beaches in Phu Quoc. Some of them belonged to resorts and they wouldn’t let us in and some others were quite difficult to reach. Also, the island is big, and riding a moped in 35 degrees can be exhausting!

But I won’t lie – I found the beaches in Phu Quoc rather disappointing, even though some of them constantly rate among the best beaches in Vietnam.

Starting with Long Beach, it was way too crowded, and there was too much infrastructure around. To a certain degree this is understandable, since it’s the most popular beach in Phu Quoc. Still, I thought it didn’t have a character, and buildings seemed to have been built rather haphazardly – just like in Athens!

Sao beach in Vietnam

Our greatest disappointment was Sao Beach, at the south-east coast of the island, for which I had the highest expectations. This beach was really very picturesque, with all the palm trees and white sand we see in photos.

However, half of the beach was occupied by people, beach bars and an overload of water activities, and the other half of the beach was completely deserted and quiet, but also full of rubbish. The water was really murky, and overall it was a complete disappointment, so we didn’t stay there at all.

Other areas and beaches of the island seemed to be entirely occupied by massive resorts. We tried to access three or four beaches on the coast, only to be sent away by the hotel security guards.

Overall, I felt it’s a shame that this beautiful, green, tropical island has been so built up – and it’s clear that there’s going to be more and more infrastructure. As for the cable car mentioned above, it was really amazing to take the ride, but part of me regrets being a part of it, as it has already had a large impact on the environment.

Why We Think Phu Quoc Is Popular With Foreign Visitors

Starfish beach in Phu Quoc

Dave: It's obviously being marketed as a cheap winter sun destination for Europeans. Right now, I'd say Russians make up the largest proportion of package tourists, but I know they are also advertising to Brits.

In all fairness, Phu Quoc in February is always going to be better than Grimsby in the winter, so I imagine the package tourists will think it's fantastic. For people knocking around Asia a bit longer though, it's likely to come as a bit of a disappointment.

Vanessa: One of the things that make Phu Quoc popular with foreign visitors is that you don’t need a visa to go there. We already had our visa for Vietnam and our ticket for Phu Quoc before we realized this, but for other travelers it’s really easy to get there.

At the same time, we heard that there are direct flights from Europe, so it’s easy and convenient to get to. Life there is fairly inexpensive, and the weather is great. I totally understand why some people would want to go there.

Would We Go Back To Phu Quoc

Dave: You know, despite my feelings that Phu Quoc isn't the greatest place on earth, I would actually go back. The reason being, is that it ticks certain boxes for being able to work on the road, it does have affordable accommodation if you look, and it's easy to get around by hiring a moped.

So, if I found myself in Asia with a month to fill in, I could easily see that Phu Quoc would be a place I would consider. And now I know what it's actually like, the feeling of disappointment wouldn't be there.

Vanessa: By now it’s clear that Phu Quoc was far from my favourite place in SE Asia, as I found it fairly touristy and was very disappointed in terms of the infrastructure and the massive resorts.

I personally wouldn’t go back, as we had enough time to explore the island and see what it’s about. There are hundreds of islands in SE Asia that I’d like to visit when we go back!

Cost Of Living In Phu Quoc – More Or Less Than We Thought

A handful of Vietnamese Dong

Dave: My memories of the cost of living, seem to be that prices for food in restaurants were higher than we knew was the ‘real' Vietnamese price. The thing is, we weren't exactly in the ‘real' Vietnam, so what did we expect!

With that said, it wasn't too outrageous, and as I don't drink or smoke, my basic living needs are just accommodation and 3 (or 4 or 5) meals a day.

Where we stayed was a real bonus as it was cheap at around 20 euro per night, and also had a kitchen where we could prepare some meals ourselves.

Vanessa: The cost of staying in Phu Quoc for a couple of weeks was really quite low compared to other places we visited in SE Asia.

Although I am sure that Phu Quoc is more expensive than other popular places in Vietnam, there were plenty of rooms for under 20 euro / night.

Where to stay in Phu Quoc : We stayed at a place called Bamboo Resort , with spacious rooms and communal kitchens, and I would recommend it unless you dislike cats and dogs. 

Is Phu Quoc An “Authentic Asia Experience”?

Let's be honest about Phu Quoc in Vietnam

Dave: Haha – no!

Vanessa: After spending a few months in Asia, defining “an Authentic Asia Experience” has become rather complicated.

There are places like Koh Jum, which attracts relatively few foreign tourists, and places like Bangkok where pretty much anything goes.

However, I don’t think I would call Phu Quoc an authentic Asia experience, given that it seems to be geared towards European tourists.

I would definitely not suggest Phu Quoc to people looking for unspoilt beaches and genuine local culture. In retrospect, I would have preferred to stay longer in Con Dao instead of Phu Quoc.

Would You Recommend Phu Quoc As A Destination?

Dave:  If you are travelling through Asia on a long trip, and want to check it out then sure, go for it. If you are looking for a unique one-off destination, then no. There is no way I would recommend Phu Quoc as a stand-alone holiday destination – Unless you have just endured the British winter in Grimsby of course!

Vanessa: A friend of mine was recently asking if they should go to Phu Quoc, and my immediate answer was “I wouldn’t suggest it”.

Obviously, this depends on everyone’s style and preferences when they travel. Without having explored the island fully, I couldn’t say what the other beaches are like, or whether other parts of the island are less affected by tourism.

But my first impression was actually my last – too much infrastructure, and therefore not my cup of tea. However, for some people this is attractive, so it really depends on who is asking.

FAQ About Vietnam Phu Quoc

Here are some commonly asked questions by people planning to travel Phu Quoc:

Is it worth visiting Phu Quoc?

It depends what you are looking for. This is no longer an ‘authentic' Vietnamese island destination, but a rapidly developing resort destination with casinos and amusement parks. Europeans might find it a pleasant winter sun destination.

Is Phu Quoc island safe?

The crime rates in Phu Quoc are very low. Tourists should be aware of the usual scams though, such as bait and switch products, counterfeit goods, and the like.

How many days should I spend in Phu Quoc?

Phu Quoc is a popular winter sun destination, so people tend to spend a week or more there. Long term travelers in the region might spend 3 or 4 days there before moving on, or spend a month there if they feel it is a good place to be based as a digital nomad.

How do you get around in Phu Quoc?

By far the easiest way to get around Phu Quoc is by scooter. They are available to rent either through your accommodation or at local rental places, and cost very little per day.

As you see, our impressions in this Phu Quoc travel guide are not exactly identical, which only proves that everyone is different. Have you been to Phu Quoc? What did you think to it? Let us know in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “Let’s be honest about Phu Quoc in Vietnam – Is Phu Quoc Worth Visiting?”

This made interesting reading as I am looking at having a holiday in Vietnam early 2024 and thought Phu Quoc might be a good option for a few days break. However I think I have changed my mind based on this blog. We spent 4 weeks in Thailand (Krabi and Phuket) in February 2023 and it is over run with Russians. I vowed not to go back to Thailand as I felt it had lost all its charm because it was like little Russia. Also incredibly sad about the pollution on the beaches.

I do totally agree. Unfortunately this island has become too touristic, in a bad way. There are major issues with plastic as there are too many enormous resorts. Everywhere plastic and trash and awful buildings which do not fit. The beautiful nature has been destroyed

The trash was disgusting. We also watched the local with their little one in the large pile of trash trapped between the shore and peer. Just horrible!

Agree with most of your feelings/observations, although I don’t believe you ventured North of the island, Gold Coast resort is where I stayed. Beaches are usually far cleaner up there and less tourists generally since it’s an hour from the airport and half an hour to the hub of the island.

Potential travellers please take this blog with a grain of salt. Phu Quoc has a great vibe.

Con Dao is not somewhere you could spend more than a day or two… it’s incredibly beautiful, scootering around the island is insane… but it’s absolutely dead, and there’s honestly a kind of dark/weird vibe on the island.

Phu Quoc isn’t exactly like Koh Lanta no, but it’s 100 times more similar to koh lanta than Con Dao is.

Hi christian, I wondered if you struck extreme wind on con Dao, as i read this to be so. It is the only reason i would choose Phu quoc over it. We will be there in Mid November , like you. C

Hi, I’m travelling to Vietnam at the end of February next year for a 3 week holiday. We are planning on travelling a bit between the south and north but also wanted to squeeze in some snorkelling. I’ve heard that Phu Quoc and Con Dao islands offer this but I have also heard mixed reviews of both these destinations so not sure it’s worth taking the time out of our trip to travel here. Would you have any advice on this?

thanks Katherine

Hi Katherine, The snorkeling in Con Dao is by far the best in Vietnam, and a close second to Pulau Kapas in Malaysia in our experience. Keep in mind that Con Dao is less touristy for westerners compared to other areas of Asia though. If you only have time for one island, I’d say make it Con Dao for a more unique experience (make sure to hire a bike to get around!!)

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Town in Phu Quoc Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Sometimes still described as Vietnam’s “best-kept secret”, Phú Quôc is an island in the Gulf of Thailand that sits not far from the coast of Cambodia. The city of Phú Quôc is the main urban area and center of tourism for the island. Out of Vietnam’s 40 islands that are scattered throughout the country, Phú Quôc is perhaps the most famous.

While the island was once relatively unheard-of, once tourists discovered the Phú Quôc’s stunningly beautiful landscape, the crowds began to grow. Now, the island is one of Vietnam’s top-rated destinations where tourists convene to escape into paradise.

Island and City in the Kiên Giang Province

While the name Phú Quôc refers to both the island and city, the majority of visitors prefer to travel around the island’s urban sections first. Some travelers don’t even venture to the remote areas of Phú Quôc because they prefer to relax at the resorts. Luckily, Phú Quôc has a little bit of both as it is a mix of both ultra-touristy areas and remote escapes.

Town in Phu Quoc Vietnam

The urban areas of the island are a part of Phú Quôc City. Local officials have created nine subdivisions in Phú Quôc City, which include two large urban districts and seven rural districts. Duong Dông and An Thói are the main areas for tourism. As a whole, the island is located 22 nautical miles (40 kilometers) from Vietnam’s coastal city, Hà Tiên in Kien Giang Province .

Traveling to Phú Quôc City is a little more complicated because of its island location. However, one benefit is that Phú Quôc City does have its own airport, Phu Quoc International , which is interconnected to other airports around the country including Noi Bai International in Hanoi and the Tan Son Nhat International in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tourists who aren’t flying directly to Phú Quôc City may decide to travel by land instead. From Saigon, tourists can travel to the coastal cities of Ha Tien (6 and ½ hour drive from HCMC) or Rach Giá (4 and a ½ hour drive from HCMC). Both Hà Tiên and Rach Giá are connected to Phú Quôc Island and City by hydrofoil, taking 1 and ½ hours from Ha Tien and 2 and ½ hours from Rach Giá.

Phu Quoc

Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Phú Quôc City only take about an hour, which makes flying the fastest and most convenient way to travel to the island. From the airport or port, travelers can then hail a cab to take them to their accommodation on the island.

Early records of the island’s existence are acknowledged by Cambodian references from the year 1615. In sealed royal documents, the discussion of Phú Quôc Island and the Cambodian governor’s power is debated as the island was officially a part of the Khmer Empire.

Image of a fishing village in Phu Quoc in 1968 in Vietnam

In 1689, a Cambodian king gave a Chinese explorer the authority to explore, settle, and develop large portions of the Cambodian coast, which led to the development of cities like Hà Tiên. When the Chinese explorer changed allegiances to the Nguyen lords of Vietnam, the land became a point of dispute between the two countries.

In 1739, Cambodia tried to invade Hà Tiên, but the forces were ultimately defeated, and Vietnam claimed the land and Phú Quôc Island. The debate about the island’s ownership began again centuries later in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge tried to claim the island and take it from Vietnam.

Only one year later, Cambodia would give up all claims to Phú Quôc. However, the damage had already been done and the Cambodian-Vietnamese War started just four years later in 1979. Before 1975, French colonists also tried to claim the island by occupying the land. Using the island to detain political dissidents, the French used Phú Quôc as a base for their prisoner of war camps.

Image of a guard stand at the Phu Quoc Prison Museum in Vietnam

The Phú Quôc Prison was Vietnam’s largest camp , and it was built by the French in 1949. After French colonization ended, American forces took over the camp and used it during the Vietnam War. Today, there are many historical sites that have been turned into tourist attractions.

Many of the camps, including the infamous Phú Quôc Prison, have been opened to the public, and tours run daily. In addition to the old prisons, the architecture around the city reflects both the island’s occupation by French and American foreign forces.

  • The total area of the island is 222 square miles (574 square kilometers)
  • There is a permanent population of approximately 179,480 people living on Phú Quôc
  • Phú Quôc City was the first island city to be established in Vietnam

Main Attractions

Planning a trip to Phú Quôc can be overwhelming because of how many activities there are for tourists. At a minimum, travelers are encouraged to spend at least 3 days exploring the island. Though, day trips from Hà Tiên or Rach Giá can be arranged if you’re short on time.

Tourists who have the time to explore will be able to enjoy everything that this charismatic island has to offer including exploring the local beaches, touring the city, learning the history, and hiking in the national park.

Hit the Beaches

Remote Beach in Phu Quoc Vietnam

Most of the beaches in Phú Quôc are located on the north and west coast. However, there are dozens of sandy spots that are scattered along the island’s coastline. Beaches that are closer to towns will be more crowded, while those that are located outside of urban areas will mostly be empty.

The longest beach in Phú Quôc is called Bai Truong and it is located 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) outside of Duong Dông. Bai Truong is a well-developed beach with resorts, restaurants, and bars set up on the sand. Crowds at Bai Truong can be rather sizeable, but because of its sheer size, travelers should be able to find their own quiet spot on the sand.

Lined with coconut trees and quiet resorts, Ganh Dau Beach is one of Phú Quôc’s more remote areas of sand. Divided into two parts, the second part of the beach is spectacular with clear water and fine sand. Sections of the beach are a part of the Peppercorn Beach Resort, but a few spots are open to the public too.

For travelers that want to break away from the crowds, Cua Can Beach is the place to go. Somewhat difficult to access, not many people venture to this beach. The vast empty sand is a great place where you can relax in private. One downside to the beach is that there aren’t many trees, so shade is hard to find.

One of the best beaches for swimming is Ong Lang. Located just 15 minutes outside of Duong Dông, the beach has gentle waves, which are perfect for youngsters. Another plus is that not many people visit this beach, so there aren’t many crowds. Although, people should remember to pack the sunscreen because shady spots are hard to come by.

Tour the Prison

Phu Quoc Prison in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

For the history buffs, a trip to the Phú Quôc Prison is one way to learn more about the country’s violent past. Once a place where thousands of people were held as prisoners of war, the prison has been converted into a museum. Phú Quôc is the main prison, but there are smaller camps on the island too.

Tours are given daily and displayed inside are various exhibits depicting the wartime atrocities.

Visit the Markets

There are numerous markets in Phú Quôc, but the most famous is the Dinh Cau Night Market. A must-see for travelers, the market features a plethora of shopping and dining experiences. While some stalls are open during the day, the crowds begin to form once the sun has set.

Another night market called Bach Dang is less crowded than Dinh Cau. Both markets are within walking distance to many hotels and are highly recommended by fellow travelers.

Ride the Cable Car

Phú Quôc is also home to the world’s longest non-stop three-way cable car at Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park Ken Giang , which goes between Phú Quôc and Hon Thom (Pineapple Island). Traveling over water, riders will have an exceptional bird’s eye view of the islands and sea. Large windows provide a 360-degree view to ensure that everyone gets a chance to see the sights.

Cable Car in Phu Quoc Vietnam

Measuring in at nearly 5 miles (8 kilometers) long, the ride between the islands gives you sufficient time to observe the landscape.

Hike the National Park

Covering the northern part of Phú Quôc Island is the Phú Quôc National Park . A mix of untouched nature and luxury resorts, the park is one of the most visited conservation areas in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta Region . However, with the popularity come the crowds.

Solo travelers, families, and couples all converge in Phú Quôc National Park to stay at the resorts and explore its wild side. Joining a tour group can make it easier to navigate throughout the park as local guides will be able to show you the area’s best spots.

Take a Safari

Owned by Vietnam’s billionaire Vingroup, the Vinpearl Safari Phú Quôc is a conservation park and zoo that houses some of the country’s rare and exotic species. Boasting 380 acres, the zoo is also the largest in the country. Designed to be like a safari experience, the park is highly rated amongst families who have enjoyed spending the day viewing the animals with their children.

Connect with the Locals

Fishermen in Phu Quoc Vietnam

One experience that tourists love is visiting the Ham Ninh Fishing Village. Mostly local, the village gives visitors a chance to observe the daily life of Vietnam’s fishermen. Visitors can arrange for a homestay, which would allow them to learn traditional fishing techniques and spend time cooking with a local family.

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Accommodation

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As one of South Vietnam’s most recognized destinations, Phú Quôc boasts an abundance of accommodation options. From mega resorts to boutique hotels and guest houses, there is a spot for everyone on the island.

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InterContinental Phú Quôc – Located on Phú Quôc’s Bai Truong Beach, the InterContinental Phú Quôc is one of the best resorts on the island. Grandiose, the resort has a total of 459 rooms, suites, and villas. Guests will enjoy the open design and large windows, which give them exceptional views of the ocean.

The onsite Harnn Heritage Spa is an award-winning and “must-do” experience at the resort. Additionally, the InterContinental Phú Quôc has 4 restaurants and one bar. Attractions around the resort include 3 outdoor pools, a wellness center, business facilities, and private beach access.

Vinpearl Phú Quôc Resort – Another famous name in Phú Quôc is Vinpearl. Whether you recognize it from your day at the safari or another resort location, the Vinpearl Phú Quôc is an elegant property with a little bit of everything. Property features include a private beach, outdoor pool, 3 restaurants, a bar, business center, and 24-hour front desk.

Guests have the option of booking a room or villa and some packages include tickets to the Vinpearl Safari.

Peppercorn Beach Resort – The Peppercorn Beach Resort is one of Phú Quôc’s smaller resorts that comes at a more affordable price. Located on the quieter Ganh Dau Beach, this resort is family-run with a friendly staff. Featuring a more compact property, guests will have access to a private garden, outdoor swimming pool, onsite restaurant, and beach access.

The hotel has single and family rooms, which all come with a balcony, TV, safe, wardrobe, minibar, and Wi-Fi.

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Seashells Phú Quôc Hotel and Spa – A top pick by booking.com, the Seashells Phú Quôc Hotel, and Spa is located in town and on the beach. Just steps away from multiple attractions in Duong Dông, the hotel has a few special features of its own. Located on the property are an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, bar, and spa center.

All rooms at the hotel are private and have their own bathroom attached to the unit.

With luxury resorts comes fine dining, restaurants in Phú Quôc are top of their class, serving only the freshest ingredients. Renowned chefs cook tasty meals and visitors can relax as they enjoy the tropical views.

The Spice House – The Spice House is a part of the Cassia Cottage Resort and its quality service has earned a strong reputation amongst tourists. Serving fresh seafood and unique cocktails, the restaurant is expensive but worth every penny. The idyllic setting is beachfront, so dinners get a front-row seat to epic sunsets and ocean breezes.

Crab House Phú Quôc – Reservations will be needed at the Crab House Phú Quôc because this restaurant is normally packed. A paradise for seafood lovers, the Crab House serves a variety of your shellfish favorites with sides like jasmine rice and a homemade house sauce. Portions are large, so guests can easily share one dish between two people.

Saigonese Eatery – More laid back than the resort restaurants, the Saigonese Eatery ’s casual atmosphere is perfect for low-key travelers. The owner is very passionate about her food and the staff is friendly. Most dishes on the menu are Vietnamese, but there is a small section that has a few Western dishes too.

Image of the interior of INK 360 in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Ink 360 – A part of the InterContinental Phú Quôc, Ink 360 is the highest bar on the island. Featuring a glamorous design, the bar doesn’t have an extensive food menu, but it does have a master mixologist that serves fine cocktails and drinks. Visitors who are feeling hungry won’t have to travel too far as there are a few restaurants located just steps away on the resort grounds.

Special Events

On top of an already never-ending list of activities, tourism becomes more frenzied in Phú Quôc during festivals. An excellent way to get immersed in the culture, tourists may choose to visit the island during a time of celebration. Popular festivals in Phú Quôc City include the Nguyen Trung Truc, Ba Ong Lang, and Boat Racing Festival.

Nguyen Trung Truc Festival – First held in 1996, the Nguyen Trung Truc Festival has become an annual celebration in Phú Quôc to celebrate the local people and Vietnamese traditional values. Held in late August, the festival is centered around the Ganh Dau commune, which is 25 miles (40 km) outside of the city. Part of the celebrations includes a ceremony, performances, and games.

Boat Racing Festival – Occurring on Reunification Day, which is the 30 th of April every year, the Boat Racing Festival takes place at Dinh Cau Beach and features men and women from the local communes who race in longboats. Word has spread about the festival and many tourists choose to travel to Phú Quôc City just to watch the race, so expect to be in a large crowd.

Ba Ong Lang Festival – The Ba Ong Lang Festival is held on the 18 th and 19 th of Vietnam’s first lunar month. The celebration is held at the Ba Ong Lang Temple, which is in the Ong Lang Hamlet ­– about 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) away from Duong Dông ward. Locals use the festival as a time to pray for a good harvest and happiness in the coming year.

Phú Quôc City and the island is rather large in size, so tourists won’t always be able to walk to their next destination. However, there are a few different transportation options for travelers to safely and efficiently get around Phú Quôc. This includes walking or taking a taxi, bus, boat, bicycle, or motorbike.

Image of Bai Sao Beach in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

After arriving at Phu Quoc International Airport , most will opt for a taxi or hotel shuttle to get to where they are going. Once at their hotel, walking, taxis, bicycles, and buses are the easiest way for tourists to get around Phú Quôc’s urban areas.

This includes the northern ward of Duong Dông and the southern ward, An Thói. Travelers who want to go between wards or to different points on the island will need to arrange to take a taxi, boat, or motorbike .

Taxis and boats are easy and affordable. Various companies with affordable rates operate throughout Phú Quôc to transport tourists to their desired location. However, some tourists choose to drive themselves by renting a motorbike, which is also cheap and easy to do.

Travelers should keep in mind that foreign driver’s licenses are not accepted in Vietnam, so all motorbikes must be less than 50cc in order to be legally driven by a tourist.

Phú Quôc City’s location in Southern Vietnam means that the area has two seasons – wet and dry. The wettest months of the year are June, July, August, and September. This is when monsoon season is in full swing and most days are cloudy with high temperatures. Travelers tend to avoid the rainy season , which makes the summer months the low tourist season for Phú Quôc City.

The highest volume of tourism occurs from November to January, which is when the end of the monsoon season. The end and beginning of the year months are also popular because of numerous holidays like Christmas and New Year’s. Weather during the dry season isn’t too hot and most days are free from clouds or rain, making it perfect for participating in outdoor activities.

Palm Lined Beach in Phu Quoc Vietnam

Phú Quôc is one of Vietnam’s outstanding destinations, but what makes it special is that even amongst the crowds, you can still find untouched landscapes and unspoiled beaches. While there are some mega-resorts, and there is a tourist boom, Phú Quôc is still growing and it is on the cusp of becoming the next Bali.

Travelers who want to go should plan a trip in the near future and see the island before it becomes tainted by mass tourism.

Activities near Phu Quoc

Amusement Parks:

  • Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park Ken Giang
  • Vinpearl Safari Phú Quôc
  • VinWonders Phu Quoc

Golf Courses:

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  • Nam Du Islands
  • Dinh Cau Temple
  • Phu Quoc Prison Museum
  • Dinh Cau Night Market

National Parks: 

  • Phu Quoc National Park
  • Ha Tien (75km)
  • Ho Chi Minh City (392km)
  • Rach Gia (160km)
  • Can Tho (237km)
  • Long Xuyen (202km)
  • Vung Tau (475km)

Transportation:

  • Phu Quoc International Airport

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Phu Quoc is the biggest island in Vietnam, boasting the most beautiful white sand beaches, surrounded by palm and coconut trees. It's the largest island in Vietnam and is renowned for its stunning white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush tropical landscapes. Located just 45 kilometers from the southern tip of Vietnam and just 4 kilometers from Cambodia, it is the perfect spot for a long weekend getaway. Moreover, you don’t need a visa if you fly in from another country directly, regardless of your nationality. However, if you are taking a ferry from Vietnam, you must have a valid Vietnam visa to enter the island.

Phu Quoc boasts numerous pristine beaches like Long Beach (Bai Truong), Ong Lang Beach, and Sao Beach (Bai Sao), each offering its own charm, from serene relaxation to vibrant beachside activities. Beyond its beaches, the island is home to dense jungles, waterfalls, and nature reserves like Phu Quoc National Park. You'll find diverse flora and fauna, including rare wildlife. Snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing are popular due to the island's rich marine life.  There are hundreds of resorts to choose from in Phu Quoc, most of them with private beaches and facilities that ensure you relax and unwind. All you have to do is grab a bike and explore the island's scintillating views and food. It is also one of the few places in Vietnam where you can legally gamble. The island has multiple fishing villages and multiple tours that allow you to explore the unique culture of Phu Quoc Island. There are other smaller islands around the main Phu Quoc islands that you can explore on kayaks and boats. 

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  • Ferry to Phu Quoc: Daily fast ferry runs from Ha Tien or Rach Ga while slow ferry is available from Ha Tien. The Ha Tien Ferry Terminal is located in To Chau district. Tickets can be booked online through popular ferry operator websites (like SuperDong and Thanh Thoi)
  • Getting Around: Phu Quoc doesn't have good public transportation system. You can get around by hiring a motorbike (120,000-200,000 VND per day), bicycle (30,000-100,000 VND per day), private car with a driver (1,000,000 VND per day), or taking a taxi. Rental shops can be found along Hai Ba Trung Street in Duong Dong
  • Where to Stay: Beaches in Phu Quoc are not accessible from the main road. So, it is better to stay in a resort or hotel close to the beach. Duong Dong is the heart of the island and also a popular area to stay

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Phu Quoc — Vietnam’s best kept secret?

For those wanting to combine a thirst for adventure with a desire for luxury, you can’t go far wrong with the Regent Phu Quoc .

Situated off the tourist trail on Vietnam ’s Phu Quoc island, this new resort is the Regent brand’s flagship property and knows it: this place is staffed to the brim, immaculately trendy and with acres of sunlit daybeds simply begging to be used. In other words, paradise.

Phu Quoc is perhaps Vietnam’s best kept secret: a tiny, secluded island far to the west, just off the Thai coastline. With resplendent white-sand beaches , miles of blue ocean and a tropical climate to die for, Phu Quoc is a tourist destination on the up.

Though the entire place is slowly being devoured by high-rise hotel developments, they don’t come much nicer – or more luxurious – than the Regent Phu Quoc.

Situated on the southern tip of island’s dreamy west coast (and fully open to the public since April this year), the Regent is pure wish fulfilment at the highest level, boasting multiple restaurants, stellar staff and gorgeous views. Everything needed, in other words, for a long relaxing break.

Every square metre of this place screams relaxation. It’s minimalist in the extreme, designed to blend into the natural landscape: think artfully tended pools of water frothing with koi fish, black stone walkways and glass walls giving out onto jungle and ocean. At the ocean-side itself, hammocks and daybeds perch just by the sea, inviting you to drop in and spend a few hours.

The stand-alone villas are low-rise and discreet, there’s greenery everywhere and calming music plays as you walk down the shaded pathway to the hotel’s restaurant area. Breathe in and feel your blood pressure drop.

Food & drink

The Regent boasts three restaurants that span the gamut between Mediterranean and Vietnamese.

Top of the list is Rice Market: the main one of the bunch, which offers a breakfast that truly has to be seen to be believed. Picture whole rooms dedicated to baking, cold cheeses and meats; there are fruits galore, gallons of coffee and even a station to try traditional Vietnamese pho (noodle soup); basically, it’s the adult’s version of a sweet shop.

For lunch and dinner, it offers up Chinese-Vietnamese fusion food including Wagyu beef salad (ridiculously melt-in-the-mouth), fried rices and all the noodles you could eat: delicious, but a tad heavy on the stomach for those who have overindulged at breakfast.

Not to worry: Ocean Club, situated as it is right by the sea, serves up the Mediterranean, fish-centric food of dreams. I drooled over the butter-slathered lobster roll, and the pan-fried squid with homemade sriracha sauce and fennel salad was indecently good (as was the homemade pasta strewn with freshly-seared beef and capers). We topped it all off with a coconut panna cotta that melted on the tongue like chocolate: delicious.

There is one more restaurant, the beef-centric Oku (it serves up Japanese-French cuisine dedicated to all things meat), but it was closed the days we were there – more’s the pity.

And should you feel a tad antisocial, don’t worry: the hotel also offers a (huge) Floating Champagne Breakfast that will be delivered to your room in the morning. Why floating? The whole thing comes in a wicker basket that will bob around on the surface of your pool. Perfect for sitting back, cracking open a book and eating your way through the morning.

With all that to contend with, do also make time to visit the resort’s two bars: Bar Jade (which was closed at the time we visited), which offers more of a speakeasy vibe, and Fu Bar. Situated poolside on the tenth floor, we sipped our cocktails and watched the sun go down in style. Yum.

Anything you want, the Regent has. There’s a gym, stacked with top of the range equipment; there’s even morning yoga at 7am on the top floor. There’s a beautiful little spa tucked away at the bottom of the hotel, surrounded by running water, which offers treatments ranging from crystal bowl quartz meditation to pedicures and Alpha Quartz Sand Cocoon Therapy (which is what I had: basically, a massage on a bed of hot sand that managed to be both sweaty and relaxing).

And pools? There are pools aplenty – the huge Family Pool down by the Ocean Club lets you relax on daybeds shaded by palm trees, but our favourites had to be the infinity pools on the hotel’s two rooftops. Situated on the tenth floor, they gave onto the open sky and made us feel like rock stars.

There’s even a yacht, for which you can book a sunset tour excursion for around 4 million Vietnamese dong (or £120). The views were spectacular and the on-board catering was spot-on. Champagne on the open ocean: the stuff dreams are made of.

Extracurricular

There isn’t actually a whole lot to do on Phu Quoc, thanks to the island’s reputation as an off-the-beaten-track kind of place — and the Regent’s excellent service means you probably won’t want to leave.

That said, those thinking of heading out face a short drive to one of the island’s famous seafood markets for some of the freshest fish in Vietnam. Duong Dong’s busy night market offers grills, vegetarian food and coconut ice-cream to gorge on (follow the local crowds for the best seats).

Outside of Duong Dong, Phu Quoc is also an excellent place to beach-hop: try Sao Beach, Long Beach and Thom Beach to get your fill of crystalline waters and golden sand, while further inland, a trip to the huge Phu Quoc National Park demands a motorbike to be enjoyed properly (especially as there are no hiking trails).

Which room?

Every room here is gorgeous. Most have their own private pools and range from super-private villas (essentially a stand-alone house in the resort grounds) to city-living style apartments. That said, we’d especially recommend the Sky Pool Villa. Situated in one of the hotel’s three high-rise buildings, the Sky Pool Villa is an apartment that boasts its very own infinity plunge pool as well as a huge bedroom and living room panelled with glass.

The best thing about this room (apart from the massive bathroom) is the view: get a room as high up as you can, and let your eyes feast on the vista as you sip your morning Vietnamese coffee (strong and served with lashings of sweetened condensed milk). Artfully designed buildings that blend into the jungle, white sand and the ocean: yes, please.

When to go?

Though most people come in December and January, when the weather is at its best (clear skies, calm seas, not too hot), there’s something to be said for the off-season (April-May), when the Western tourists have gone and the hotel descends into a peaceful, empty solitude. It also means you’ll be able to grab some of the best rooms for better prices – a win in anybody’s book.

Couples in need of a long, relaxing break in the sun – though be prepared to splash the cash while you’re out there.

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‘The Positano of Vietnam’ is like Italy, but without the crowds

Is it time to ditch Positano for Phu Quoc? I went to Vietnam's most Instagrammable town to see for myself.

James Booth

It's funny, sometimes, what tourism operators think people want. 

Whether it's a kiss bridge, an awkward welcome song upon arrival at your resort or a floating breakfast, there are a lot of travel gimmicks out there that make me shudder.

Nothing has drawn my skepticism though quite like Phu Quoc's "fake" Italian village.

Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is a stunning Vietnamese island that has been likened to Phuket or Koh Samui back before they exploded with tourism. At one point it was dubbed Vietnam's "last paradise."

Though much of the atoll is still wild and stunning , a lot of it has now been developed by hotels, resorts, clubs and a casino. There is also a "fake" Italian village at the southern end of the island, near the Hon Thom cable car and the An Thới fishing village, called Sunset Town. 

Last year I found myself there and had a look around. Here's what it was like to visit.

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1. It's empty

It felt like a ghost town - or a zoo where people walk around and observe what it would be like to go on holiday in Italy (without actually using any of the amenities - no one was lying down in the sunbeds and relaxing, no one was eating in the cafes, no one was sitting in the restaurants). Everything - from cafes and gelato shops to hotels - was deserted (at around 5pm, when I visited) and the only signs of life were people taking photos. 

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2. It's all about the 'gram

It feels more like a movie set than a real place. Though the photos you see on social media make it look incredible (and who knows, maybe there is something weirdly cool about staying in a sparsely populated re-enactment of Italy), to me it felt surreal, creepy and lifeless.  

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3. The streets are named after places in Italy

From Venice to Positano, the possibilities were endless. 

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4. It's soulless

It was like they had imported Italy over to Vietnam, having first sucked out the soul. My first thought was that it's a terrible waste - that in building this 'attraction' authorities were detracting from what attracts tourists to Phu Quoc in the first place (the local culture and strong sense of place).

But actually - it's not about foreign tourists. According to Business Insider , development on the island has been done in large part for the growing Vietnamese middle class.

For this reason, I feel I shouldn't be too quick to judge it. After all: it's not like we are averse to a ridiculous attraction Down Under (see: the Big Prawn, The Big Banana, etc.). Plus: this is far from the only place in the world where tourists are obsessed with getting the perfect Instagram shot (Paris is currently having problems with this thanks to the 'Emily in Paris' effect).

Still, walking around Sunset Town gave me a horrible icky feeling. Like I was complicit in ruining the world. Or something.

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5. There is something morbidly cool about it all

While part of me thinks this place represents everything wrong with modern travel (photos prioritised over a real connection with a place), there is something awesome about having free run over a stunning city like this. Just think about it: how often would you ever get to experience Positano, Rome and The Amalfi Coast without the crowds? Maybe I've got it all wrong: maybe Sunset Town is actually better than Italy...

Images via Instagram, left to right: @sun.babeeee, @julialavleis and @2ling_ne

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6. The photo opportunities are endless

Criticise the selfie stick hordes all you like (and, in my head, I certainly did). But there's not much else to do here. And I have to admit, it's insanely photogenic (yes, I joined the hordes, became a hypocrite, and got some very nice photos).

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7. Maybe it just needs time?

It's got all the infrastructure. Now it just needs the people. Who knows, maybe if I come back in 10 years it will be a pumping party hub rivalling Magaluf for madness? Enough money has been invested in it .

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8. There are plenty of other options

From water parks to cable cars to fishing trips (to adventurous food expeditions), if you're not a fan of wandering a faux-Euro town, there are heaps of other things to do on Phu Quoc.

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Phú quốc requested to clarify the case of 292 'abandoned' taiwanese tourists.

KIÊN GIANG — The Việt Nam National Authority of Tourism has issued a document requesting the Department of Tourism of Kiên Giang Province to provide additional information regarding the incident involving 292 tourists from Taiwan (China) being left stranded in the resort island Phú Quốc during the last Lunar New Year holiday.

The agency is collecting information for an upcoming meeting with representatives from the Department of Economic and Cultural Affairs of Taipei City (Taiwan, China).

In this case, the information that needs clarification encompasses the collaboration agreement between Taiwan-based We Love Tour Company and relevant Vietnamese entities, along with pertinent documents for the group of 292 Taiwanese tourists.

The actual expenses incurred by Vietnamese businesses supporting the tourist group also must be clarified, as well as any proposals or recommendations put forth by service providers.

The tourism authority also praises Kiên Giang's tourism department for swiftly and efficiently guiding local businesses in addressing the situation, ensuring the safety and rights of tourists, and upholding the secure and appealing image of Vietnamese tourism. This proactive approach has garnered recognition and high appreciation from international partners.

Bùi Quốc Thái, head of the department, stated: "The department has received the document from the Việt Nam National Authority of Tourism and has worked with relevant travel units. The department will provide the report once it is available."

Earlier on February 15, the Việt Nam National Authority of Tourism sent Document No.267 to Kiên Giang's tourism department, requesting clarification on information related to Taiwanese tourists "abandoned" while traveling in Phú Quốc.

Following the investigation into the incident involving the group of 292 Taiwanese tourists reportedly "abandoned" in Phú Quốc on February 15, it has been found that Winner Vietnam International Travel Company Limited violated regulations governing travel service business activities. Specifically, the company was found to have operated without a travel contract with the tourists, the company itself, or their representatives, as stipulated by regulations.

On February 17, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau (China) announced a fine of TWD810,000 (US$25,000) against We Love Tour for violating the Tourism Development Act and regulations on the management of tourism agencies. The Taiwan Quality Assurance Association (TQAA) has revoked the membership status of We Love Tour Company. — VNS

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02/03/2024   23:09 (GMT+07:00)

Phu Quoc requested to clarify the case of 292 'abandoned' Taiwanese tourists

The national tourism agency of vietnam is collecting information for an upcoming meeting with representatives from the department of economic and cultural affairs of taipei city (taiwan, china)..

The Việt Nam National Authority of Tourism has issued a document requesting the Department of Tourism of Kiên Giang Province to provide additional information regarding the incident involving 292 tourists from Taiwan (China) being left stranded in the resort island Phú Quốc during the last Lunar New Year holiday.

The agency is collecting information for an upcoming meeting with representatives from the Department of Economic and Cultural Affairs of Taipei City (Taiwan, China).

In this case, the information that needs clarification encompasses the collaboration agreement between Taiwan-based We Love Tour Company and relevant Vietnamese entities, along with pertinent documents for the group of 292 Taiwanese tourists.

The actual expenses incurred by Vietnamese businesses supporting the tourist group also must be clarified, as well as any proposals or recommendations put forth by service providers.

The tourism authority also praises Kiên Giang's tourism department for swiftly and efficiently guiding local businesses in addressing the situation, ensuring the safety and rights of tourists, and upholding the secure and appealing image of Vietnamese tourism. This proactive approach has garnered recognition and high appreciation from international partners.

Bùi Quốc Thái, head of the department, stated: "The department has received the document from the Việt Nam National Authority of Tourism and has worked with relevant travel units. The department will provide the report once it is available."

Earlier on February 15, the Việt Nam National Authority of Tourism sent Document No.267 to Kiên Giang's tourism department, requesting clarification on information related to Taiwanese tourists "abandoned" while traveling in Phú Quốc.

Following the investigation into the incident involving the group of 292 Taiwanese tourists reportedly "abandoned" in Phú Quốc on February 15, it has been found that Winner Vietnam International Travel Company Limited violated regulations governing travel service business activities. Specifically, the company was found to have operated without a travel contract with the tourists, the company itself, or their representatives, as stipulated by regulations.

On February 17, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau (China) announced a fine of TWD810,000 (US$25,000) against We Love Tour for violating the Tourism Development Act and regulations on the management of tourism agencies. The Taiwan Quality Assurance Association (TQAA) has revoked the membership status of We Love Tour Company. — VNS

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  • Island hopping in Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is an outstanding choice for the nature explorer, offering white beaches, clear blue water, wild landscapes and diverse activities. Read on to learn about some of Phu Quoc's most inspiring and exceptional beaches.

If you were to close your eyes and visualize the most exquisite beach on the planet, Phu Quoc's Sao Beach would surely match the description. Sao Beach is a step into paradise with white sandy beaches, coconut palms, green rolling mountains, and crystal water. Located at the lowest tip of Phu Quoc, you can spend a day or more exploring everything that area has to offer, including a ride on the world's longest cable car ride over the southern islands in neighbouring An Thoi. Sao Beach provides multiple activities, including jet skis, a water park, and parasailing. Click here to see underwater activities on Phu Quoc. For dining, an abundance of Western and Vietnamese food is served up and down the beach, nestled in charming tropical restaurants. The beach is plentiful, so finding a secluded area is accessible on foot. Sao Beach is also the most impressive portion of the island to witness Phu Quoc's breathtaking sunrises.

Stunning clear waters and soft white sand on Sao Beach

Cay Sao is a relatively new area for tourists and has only had an access road and amenities for a few years. As a result, the backdrop to Cay Sao is similar to an adventure movie or novel. Huge enigmatic mountains fringe the landscape, overlooking the crystalline waters below. Located on the island's eastside, Cay Sao is accessible from several directions, but the north offers the most beautiful driving vistas. Upon arrival at Cay Sao, there are several options for activities. Take a dip in the saltwater rockpool and have lunch at Phu Quoc's famous Rory's Bar, or take a hammock at one of the many local food and beverage stops along the way. Immerse yourself in the picture book Cay Sao, try your hand at sailing, or take an organized hike up the mountain.

One of the most relaxing and timeless areas of Phu Quoc is Bai Thom Beach. As you find your way onto one of the hidden beaches, you can find the perfect place to stop for a refreshing coconut, a hotpot on the beach, or a seafood platter. Go here to see seafood specialities on Phu Quoc - hyperlink. Bai Thom has still yet to see development, and wherever you stop, you are likely to be met by a friendly extended family, delighted to share the beauty of their home with you and watch the sunset. Bai Thom is also the most northern tip of Phu Quoc, and you have the perfect vantage point to view Cambodia in the near distance.

Long Beach has everything; sunbathing, swimming, water activities, socializing, music, great food and incredible sunsets. There is no better option for food and drinks than here. As its namesake suggests, the beach is long, with an extensive array of nightlife options. In addition, the west coast of Phu Quoc, where Long Beach is located, is one of the only places in Vietnam to view the dazzling sunset over the ocean. With that in mind, Long Beach offers a vast array of exquisite food and cocktail options, eclectic live music, DJ's and fire shows.

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Starfish Beach

A trip to Phu Quoc isn't complete without a trip to Starfish Beach. A long and rustic road eventually opens up to one of Phu Quoc's open yet rare secrets. This pristine white sandy beach is home to hundreds of fascinating starfish. The sand is white, the sea clear, and the area quiet, allowing you to swim in the shallow waters and view the magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. For dining, the floating restaurants on Rach Vem Beach, the village next door is a must-do. Lie in the hammocks, enjoy the sea breeze, and experience the freshest seafood cooked straight from the ocean onto your plate as you watch the sun fall around you in a panorama.

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Fingernail Island

A short boat ride away, Fingernail Island is an An Thoi Archipelago and a great stop on a south island snorkelling tour. Click here to see underwater activities on Phu Quoc. With white sands, turquoise water and a jungle backdrop. It's a perfect stop for some swimming and sunbathing, and if you're hungry, there is a little spot to get some tasty seafood.

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Transport around Phu Quoc

Methods of transport to explore the island are easy to acquire, and include motorbike rental, local taxi, minibus, and coaches. You can book day tours to all of the locations listed above at most travel agencies, who can offer a variety of transport options.

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The posts are a little bit old.

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