Phu Quoc travel guide
Fringed with white-sand beaches and with large tracts still cloaked in dense, tropical jungle, Phu Quoc is a must-see beach escape for travelers and sun-seekers. Dive the reefs, kayak in the bays, eat up the back-road miles on a motorbike, or just live the life of a lotus eater by lounging on the beach, indulging in a massage and dining on fresh seafood.
Phu Quoc, located in the Gulf of Thailand with an area of 580km2 is Vietnam’s largest island. It’s often considered a part of Mekong Delta, but doesn’t have the ability to produce rice. In fact, its most famous products are black pepper and high-quality fish sauce. Despite being a rising tourist destination in Vietnam in recent years with a rapid development of infrastructure, the island is covered by the National Park which makes up 70% of its area. Beyond white sand beaches and, there are many activities available on the island such as diving and kayaking.
When to go
Phu Quoc has a monsoonal sub-equatorial climate with the rainy season from June to November and the dry season from December to May. April and May are the hottest months with temperature around 35oC. Visitors can come to the island all year, but the best is during the dry season when the sky is blue, temperature ranges from 25-28oC with low humidity.
Travel by air is the most convenient way to get to Phu Quoc. The island is served by Phu Quoc International airport which is located in Duong Town. There are currently three airlines have flights here link to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Rach Gia and Can Tho. During the peak season, additional flights have been scheduled (up to 15 flights per day) to ease the high demand of traveling. If you plan to visit the island during Tet holiday and weekends or public holidays, it is recommended to book early as tickets can be sold out far in advance.
Visitors can travel to the island by speed boats through Rach Gia around 2.5 hours and Ha Tien around 1.5 hours. However, this could be done in the dry season when the seas are calm.
Also Long beach, a 6-kilometer tract of white sand nestled between a jungle and a vast of turquoise sea water. It was rated as one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches over the world by ABC News in 2012. Facing west, it is also the best place on the island to watch the sunset totally unobstructed.
Ganh Dau beach
Located on the north-west coast, near the territory of Cambodia. The beach is pretty secluded with deep blue water and white sand. The seafood here is fabulous and famous. For those interested in history, the beach harbour a shrine to a Vietnamese independence fighter.
Ranking high among not only best beaches in Vietnam but also in all of Southeast Asia, this 7 kilometer white sand beach lies on the southeaster side of the island. The water here is calm, warm with a distinctive turquoise blue color while the beach is relatively shallow, no sudden drop but rather than a gentle slope.
Vung Bau beach
Sometimes referred to as ‘Circling beach’ or ‘Crescent Bay Beach’, a crescent shaped wild beach located in the northwest of Phu Quoc.
Bai Thom beach
An uninhabited beach in Thom village, 35km from Dong Duong town to get there. This beach is quite sparse and remote make it an ideal place for adventurous people.
Sung Hung Pagoda
Also known as the oldest pagoda in Phu Quoc, Sung Hung lies at the foothill of a mountain near the Duong Dong town. The time when the pagoda was built remains unknown. It is said that it was built in the early 20th century, then was refurbished twice in 1924 and 1960.
Sung Hung Pagoda has a very distinctive architectural structure with the door faces north. The pagoda has a huge impressive “triangular gate” which leads to a white statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva in the middle of the yard. Inside, there is the main hall with sophisticated decoration. The altar is in the main hall, in which the top-level sits the three Buddhas: Amitabha in the middle, Mahasthamaprapta bodhisattva on the right and Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva on the left. Behind the statues is a famous masterpiece titled “Flying dragon” by artist Cao Sanh.
Phu Quoc Prison
Also known as the coconut tree prison, it was built in 1945-1950 and used by the French and then later by the Americans. More than 40,000 Vietnamese soldiers considered especially dangerous to the colonist government, including some high ranking leaders of Vietnam, were imprisoned here. Nowadays, it is turned into a museum and historical sites, attracts thousands of travelers, especially former prisoners come to see the living evidence of the war, to appreciate the peace that they have now. The most famous site in this prison is "tiger's cage” which was used to capture the prisoners inside.
Phu Quoc Magic Well
The King Well (or Fairy Well or Gieng Ngu) is a historical site in An Thoi Town. Legend has it that when Prince Nguyen Anh (later known as Emperor Gia Long) and his troop on running away from Tay Son rebels, they were very thirsty and in need of water. He knew nothing to do but pointed his sword down in the ground and prayed. Then the water magically came up. The place then was referred to as the King Well.
The 15km long stream originating from Ham Ninh Mountain flows through rocks and forests to create beautiful waterfalls. Tranh stream is an ideal place for relax, picnics and camping trips at weekends thanks to its scenic landscape.
Ham Ninh Fishing Village
Located on the east coast of Phu Quoc, Ham Ninh fishing village is surrounded by a large mountainous forest which is part of the Ham Ninh mountain range running about 30km. The water here is quite shallow and contains the largest concentration of seaweed beds on Phu Quoc. Local people still make their living based on fishing; however many of them are transitioning to serve the booming tourist industry. Ham Ninh has a long pier where you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the village, the mountain and the sea. At the end of this pier, there are some fishing boats unloading their daily catch.
Food in Phu Quoc is characterized by a bunch of fresh seafood at a very reasonable prices. The island also have all types of international dishes such as Italian, Russian, Indian, German, and French. Here are some popular places for you to enjoy.
Gop Gio restaurant
A local restaurant offers a casual atmosphere perfect for a laidback dining experience. Fried shrimp and squid, fried pork with rice, sweet and sour squid and fish hot pot are some popular dishes here. Its address is at 145 Bach Dang Street.
Ai Xiem restaurant
Located on Bai Sao beach, this restaurant offer excellent barbecued seafood and great fish in clay pot. Meals are served outdoor with open views to the beach.
Itaca Resto Lounge
This restaurant serves a fusion menu of Mediterranean Asian food. If you want to step away from seafood, then this place can be a good alternative, a truly blend of the East and the West with top dishes such as Spanish omelet and the tasty paella. Local flavors and Spanish spices create unique flavors that cannot be found anywhere else on the island.
The restaurant is located at 125 Tran Hung Dao Street.
Le Cap Breton Restaurant
Locating at 143 Tran Hung Dao Street, it serves French dishes as well as authentic Vietnamese dishes like shrimps, crabs and fish. Terrine on toast, beef steak cubes with onion and sweet pepper, and salad le cap breton all offer a taste of Paris in Phu Quoc
Ganesh Indian Restaurant
This is perhaps the only Indian restaurant on the island. It offers a wide range of North Indian cuisine including Tandoor and Naan bread. Ganesh Indian is located at 97 Tran Hung Dao Street, Duong Dong Town.
Gio Bien Restaurant
Located in the beautiful bay of Ganh Dau beach, this family run restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese dishes. Try their grill cod fish dish with turmeric marinate.
Mondo Restaurant & Lounge
The restaurant situates at 82 Tran Hung Dao Street and serves a selection of tapas and European light dishes.
The night market in Duong Dong Town runs from Tran Hung Dao to Bach Dang streets. Fresh seafood are available including grouper, crab, squid, prawns, lobster, clams, and scallops.
until you are totally satisfied with the trip plan.