Welcome to Phu Quoc Island – The Pearl of Vietnam
Come on in…the water’s lovely!
Whether you’re here to relax on sun-kissed beaches, explore remote corners of the island, or gorge on the mounds of fresh seafood, you’ll see discover the charms that make Phu Quoc a true southeast Asia gem.
You’ll find the islanders are incredibly friendly and welcoming, the weather’s fantastic (wet season downpours aside), the views are stunning and the local food… well, you’ll soon discover for yourself why Vietnamese and Phu Quoc food is talked about the world over.
In this site we’ll set out some of the basics for getting the most out of your time on the island.
From the best beaches to the best value accommodation, and from pagodas to night markets – the full Phu Quoc A-Z is here.
Make sure you also check out our sister publications to help you make your Phu Quoc experience that more special!
– you can view NEW 2015 P
hu Quoc visitors guide online here, a comprehensive look at the island with loads of helpful information & stories as well as stuff to do whilst on the island.
- the free 2015 Phu Quoc visitors map is available in many hotels, bars & restaurants around the island and will help you get your bearings, show the key places and give you some suggestions for things to do and places to go.
There’s also the info centre at Buddy Ice Cream a long standing institution on the island located at 6 Bach Dang St (opposite the marina) in the centre of Duong Dong – the main town on the island.
So there is no excuse for not getting out there and seeing the best that Phu Quoc has to offer, although you might find it hard to drag yourself away from the beautiful pristine beaches dotted around the coast……
It’s the main reason people come after all!
If this video doesnt inspire you to visit Phu Quoc Island nothing will !
Phu Quoc is a very mountainous and densely forested Island, approx. 600 sq kms situated in the Gulf of Thailand, shaped like a “tear” its approx. 48 km in length south to north at its longest point and 19 km at its widest point in the north.
It has a population of approx. 100,000 people and is 45 km’s west of Ha Tien on the Vietnamese mainland and approx 5 km off the south east coast of Cambodia near its northern point.
This supernatural island is surrounded by a number of smaller islands mainly to the south and arguably has some of most beautiful beaches in Vietnam as well as some of the best seafood.
Phu Quoc is not really a part of the Mekong delta and also it doesnt share the same extraordinary ability as the Mekong delta to pro duce rice or fruit, this is mainly due to the lack of soil quality and the inaccessible terrain on the Island.
Phu Quoc is however home to reputedly the best Fish sauce (nuoc mam) in the world, slowly however Tourism is catching up as main source of revenue with Seafood still the main industry in Phu Quoc, the Island is also well known to produce high quality pepper that is exported all over the world.
Another point of interest is the Phu Quoc Dog which was reputedly a wild animal before and later trained as a hunting dog by the local people.
These animals have unusually sharp teeth (as they tear their food when they eat it rather than bite) and have claws that over the years have been conditioned for catching their prey and are razor sharp, in saying this generally “their bark is worse than their bite!”
These days they are very domesticated animals and it’s hard to go anywhere on the Island without seeing one!
- Phu Quoc Island served as a based for French missionary Pigneau de Behaine from the 1760-80s and at one time he provided shelter here for Prince Nguyen Anh (later Emperor Gia Long) when he was being hunted by the Tay Son rebels from 1782 -1786.
Then later around 1870 the French government occupied Phu Quoc setting up rubber and coconut plantations on the island, it wasnt until 1954 (after the battle at Dien Bien Phu) that the French finally surrendered their colonial rule.
Only 13 years later from 1967 – 1972 during the Vietnam war the Island due to its remote location was used by the American army as a supply line as well as a prison for captured Viet Cong, reportedly 40,000 inmates at one stage were kept at Coconut Prison (Cay Dua) located near present day An Thoi Town.
After the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 Phu Quoc was yet regained by the Vietnamese central Government in Hanoi, these days the Island has become a developing tourist destination and special economic zone.Go To Top
- When is the best time to go to Phu Quoc?
Anytime of year really is the best time to go to this beautiful Island though the more consistently drier hot weather is from December to April, so If you are coming here to enjoy the beach, sea or dive that is certainly the best time.
This is the busiest time of year also and so you dont get stuck with a Hotel that doesnt suit advance bookings for Hotels especially the period Dec to Feb are highly recommended!
Its also nice to experience the middle time of year when its cooler in temperature, there is a lot less tourists and of course there is a bit more rain but this is usually in the late afternoons & evenings, for me personally after many years here i prefer this time of year!
All this being said the weather should never fully determine where & when you travel!
The dry season in Phu Quoc typically is November to April when skies are blue, the sea is clear and diving at its best, it can however get quite from hot from March onwards.The rainy season usually is from May to September, the weather is much milder and it can anytime be raining constantly for days at a time with breaks of good weather.
It does seem to rain more in the late afternoons or during the evening, October is usually one month to be avoided if you dont like rain!During the rainy season down on the South East coast of the Island, particularly beaches Bai Sao and Bia Kem are often calm and the water is clear, whilst the West side can be quite rough and at certain times dangerous for swimming for novice swimmers.
Situated in the gulf of Thailand Phu Quoc has arguably not only some of the best beaches Vietnam has to offer but is the only island in the country that faces west for that magnificent sunset!
As a friendly warning please leave your valuables safely at your Hotel and/or take good care when visiting isolated beaches to avoid any possible theft!
Cua Can Beach
Located on the west coast approximately 10km north of Duong Dong town and just near the village of Cua Can lies this deserted beautiful beach and beautiful estuary, one of my favourites!
Rating 4.5 out of 5
On the north west coast lies this beautiful stretch (approx 4km) of deserted pristine beach to get lost on, check it out now while it’s still untouched!
Rating 4 out of 5
Ganh Dau Beach
At the top of the island on the north west side lies the quiet and peaceful area of Ganh Dau, just after the village turn left and you’ll find a small deserted local beach too cool off.
Rating 3.5 out of 5
One of the most beautiful beaches on the island, getting to there is a bit tricky but worth it, to get there either walk along the beach at low tide or take the short trip by boat from Sao Beach.
Rating 4.5 out of 5
As the name suggests this is the longest beach and on the west side of the island where most of the Hotels and Resorts are located. If you explore you this beach you will find some parts totally deserted and to yourself, while other parts in the main Tourist area are full of Restaurants, Bars & Cafes.
Rating 4 out of 5
The south east bottom of Phu Quoc is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island if not all of Vietnam, with plans for massive development this beach is a must to visit right now!
Rating 4.5 out of 5
Vung Bau Beach
Located on the north west coast just past the town of Cua Can lies this beautiful half moon beach, If you’re looking for some snorkeling there’s many small boats around there that will take you out to nearby Turtle island.
Rating 4 out of 5
An Thoi Islands
Off the southern tip of Phu Quoc (30 minutes by boat from An Thoi) is the An Thoi archipelago of 15 islands which are abound with scenic deserted beaches, colorful coral reefs and colonies of diverse fish species.
Rating 4 out of 5Go To Top
Getting Around the Island
Bicycle is the most pleasant way to get around town as well as the main beach areas but because of road conditions it’s advisable to stick to Long Beach and around town.
Motorbike offers a convenient and affordable way to experience Phu Quoc, feel the wind in your hair and explore almost any part of the Island.
Note to be covered by Insurance by law you must possess a Vietnamese or International motorbike license
Taxi/Private Car would be the most comfortable (air conditioned) way to get around the island especially if you are a small group or family, most Taxi’s are 7 seaters.
Minibus/Buses are comfortable (air conditioned) but more suited for larger groups (from 8-40 people) and restricted to going only to main parts of the Island
Click to enlarge these self guided itineraries - a great intro to the Island
TEN THINGS YOU MUST DO WHILE ON PHU QUOC!
Sunset on Long Beach
Beachside dining at Bai Sao
Diving or Snorkeling the reefs
Visit the famous Cao Dai temple of Phu QuocBelieve it or not the foundation of Cao Dai religion was right here in Phu Quoc, it was here that reputedly the third eye was seen in a vision! This beautiful new temple was only built in 2008 using monies donated; it is well worth a visit to enjoy the spectacular architecture, paintings and tranquility it offers. Be sure to go upstairs and on the way out feel free to make a donation to help maintain this beautiful place.
Experiencing a Pepper farm
Visit the local town market
Forest walk in the north
Sunrise at Su Muong Pagoda
Though Sunrise is the best time, anytime really is a good time to visit this old Mountain Pagoda. For a special visit proceed to the back of the property to the right hand side of the existing Pagoda following the path up to the old pagoda, go up to the first level for some prayer and enjoy spectacular views!
Adventurous ride around the north eastFor experienced riders only but for those who do take the trip its well worth the efforts especially in the dry season.
Follow the road from Bai Thom to Ham Ninh where it boasts sea views to the left and stunning mountain scenery to the right side, this is a great day trip. In or after heavy rain its not recommended to take this road, can be very steep in places & slippery!
Getting To & From Phu Quoc
Flying is the most pleasant convenient way to travel to or from Phu Quoc, Vietnam Airlines and VietJet operate flights daily from $40-50USD one way flight time approx. 40 minutes.
Boat is also a convenient& affordable way to travel, Phu Quoc is less than 2 hours to/from Ha Tien and about 2 1/2 hours to/from Rach Gia, about $15-20 USD one way.
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