Phu Quoc is a beautiful island with crystal clear waters, incredible sunsets, lush tropical landscapes, perfect sandy beaches and welcoming locals. It is the largest island in Vietnam, the size of Phuket in Thailand. The northern part of the island is relatively unaffected by its status as a UNESCO protected national park, but there are numerous luxury resorts, funky bars and cafes along the southern coastline.

5 reasons to visit Phu Quoc

  1. Enjoy a wonderful beach vacation
  2. Take a boat trip to the An Thoi Islands
  3. Explore the island and local life with the engine
  4. Explore the underwater world with diving or snorkeling
  5. Watch the sunset on the beach with a few cocktails or bbq

Practical information

In short

Region

South Vietnam, Kiên Giang province – part of Mekong Delta

Number of residents

110.000

Recommended travel days

3 days

Vietnamese name

Phú Quốc

Best travel time

  • High season – November to March: the weather is exceptionally pleasant with an average temperature of 30 degrees and clear sky.
  • Shoulder season – April to June: the hottest months of the island. The chance of good weather is fifty-fifty.
  • Low season – July to September: a lot of rain.

Local events and holidays

  • Vul Lan Festival: Is held during the seventh month of the lunar calendar. Thousands of people from Phu Quoc go to the Dinh Tran Pagoda.

Money

ATM’s are mainly found in the main towns like Duong Dong.

What to see and do in Phu Quoc

Best things to do

Most travelers come here for the beautiful beaches and to relax for a few days at one of the beaches. There are also not many sights besides the beaches. How about kayaking in the bays, eating in back-road restaurants, cruising around with a moped or just lazing on the beach and enjoying an occasional massage.

1. Enjoy the most beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc
Let’s face it, Phu Quoc is on your travel planning because you want a beach vacation. This island is surrounded on all sides by beautiful beaches, most of which are completely deserted and have yet to be explored.

2. Island hopping
Phu Quoc consists of 28 islands, most of which are uninhabited. These islands often have white sand beaches, palm trees and clear water with a beautiful underwater world. The best way to see these islands is by boat.

3. Diving and snorkeling
There are plenty of diving and snorkeling opportunities around the island and you can even get your PADI certificate here. You can see different sea creatures such as squid, scorpion fish, various crustaceans, anemones and moray eels.

4. Sunset BBQ
Relax on the beach with a cocktail and enjoy fresh seafood or other food from the BBQ while wathcing a beautiful sunset.

5. Phu Quoc Prison
A gloomy reminder of Vietnam’s turbulent past, where thousands of people were imprisoned and tortured during the Vietnam War.

6. Suoi Tranh waterfall
A four-meter high waterfall in the Ham Ninh Mountains, surrounded by lush greenery, natural caves and rocks.

7. Cua Can
A penisola with good views and wooden bridges near a small authentic village. You can kayak on the river, relax on the beach or visit local farms.

8. Visit pepper plantations
The island also has the best organic pepper, which is produced using traditional farming methods and sustainable farming technologies.

9. Ganh Dau Cape
Ganh Dau cape is suitable for those who are looking for something less crowded and noisy. The life here is peaceful with primitive forests, mountains, and seas.

10. Eat fresh fish
Fresh fish is a big part of the travel experience of Phu Quoc Island. It is best enjoyed at the night market at the north end of Long Beach.

Most popular activities in Phu Quoc

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Accommodation in Phu Quoc

Where to stay

Duong Dong – The heart of the island, centrally located to everything. The most important place for entertainment, shopping, dining and sightseeing. You can find most famous restaurants here and it is full of bars and coffee shops. A city literally for those who cannot live without comfort. With a beautiful beach and 10 minutes from the airport.

Other locations where you can find accommodation are Ong Lang, Cua Can, Vung Bau, Ganh Dau and An Thoi.

Best hotels & hostels in Hanoi

Budget hotels & hostels

  • Island Life Hostel
  • 9 Station Hostel Phu Quoc
  • Dormstay Riverside
  • Seaside Homestay

Mid range hotel

  • Lahana Resort Phu Quoc
  • La Mer Resort Phu Quoc
  • Little Garden Bungalow
  • Cottage Village
  • Nadine Phu Quoc Resort

High end hotel & resort

  • Camia Resort & Spa
  • Ancarine Beach Resort
  • Green Bay Phu Quoc Resort and Spa
  • Dusit Princess Moonrise Beach Resort

Food & drinking

Restaurants

There are quite a few restaurants of varying quality along the way along Long Beach. There are also some simple seafood restaurants at the end of Long Beach. If you stay at Ong Lang beach, you are more likely to eat at the resort most of your time. You will find lots of fresh fish at the night market in Duong Dong.

Local restaurants

  1. Chuon Chuon Bistro & Sky Bar
  2. Iris cafe
  3. Nemo Restaurant
  4. Bun Cha Ha Noi – Phu Quoc
  5. Mango Bay Restaurant

Fine dining

  1. The Pepper Tree Restaurant
  2. May Restaurant
  3. Happy An Restaurant
  4. Sunset Beach Bar & Restaurant
  5. Winston’s Burgers & Beer

Nightlife

The nightlife and nightlife on Phu Quoc are mainly found in Duong Dong, the most popular region in Phu Quoc. You will find backpacker bars, luxury lounges, rooftop bars and night clubs here.

  • Dinh Cau Night Market
  • La Veranda Beach Bar
  • Golden Sand Bar
  • Eden Beach Bar
  • An Duong
  • Xin Chao
  • Coco Bar
  • Beer Garden
  • Boba Club

Transportation

How to get there?

Plane

Phu Quoc International Airport (PQC) is located on the south side of Long Beach, approximately nine kilometers from the city of Duong Dong. There are several flights a day from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. From the airport to Long Beach the taxi costs me around 100,000 – 150,000 VND. Jetstar runs a shuttle bus to Duong Dong for 50,000d.

Ferry

When weather permits, ferries travel at least once a day from Ha Tien (1.5 hours) and Rach Gia (2.5 hours) to Phu Quoc and vice versa. The vast majority of travelers take the Superdong fast ferry, which is efficient, orderly, air-conditioned and comfortable.

How to get around?

Taxis are available outside of Phu Quoc International Airport, as well as prominent resorts and places of interest on the island. It is also possible to rent a car with driver for a day that takes you around the island.

Bicycle rental is offered by most hotels and resorts on the island of Phu Quoc for around US $ 1 per day. Ideal for short trips within Duong Dong and Long Beach.

Motorcycles and scooters are ideal if you want to explore Phu Quoc at your own pace. The traffic in the center of Duong Dong is less bad compared to other cities in Vietnam, but the roads that lead to the countryside and Phu Quoc National Park are quite winding and bumpy. Motorbike rental shops can be found in Duong Dong, with daily rates between VND 120,000 and VND 250,000. Most resorts also offer motorbike rentals. Always check the quality of the engine before you start driving, especially the brakes.

Itinerary 2 days Phu Quoc

Day 1

Explore the island on a motorcycle or car with driver.
Learn more about the Vietnamese revolution in the Phu Quoc prison museum.
Take a walk on the sands of Sao Beach.
Visit a local pepper plantation.
Explore the Suoi Tranh waterfall.
Enjoy the sunset on Long Beach with a cocktail.

Day 2

Take a day trip to the An Thoi Islands.
You will visit various islands by boat and explore the underwater world with snorkeling.
Alternatively you can also take a diving excursion.