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Phu Quoc Island Travel Guide

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An easy-to-read Phu Quoc Island Travel Guide to help you discover the best the island has to offer, including top things to do and recommended attractions, weather introduction and best time to visit, and a quick transportation guide.  

Located about 40 km away from the tropical south coast of Vietnam, Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang Province is the largest island in Vietnam.

Despite being known as a captivating island paradise with stunning coastlines, beautiful beaches, tropical landscapes, palm tree forests, and fantastic sunsets, it also offers highlighted cultural and historical attractions, as it is home to traditional fishing villages, ancient temples, and the Cay Dua prison.

Phu Quoc Island Travel is getting more and more attention with its northern part being protected by a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and the southern part being packed with luxury resorts and bars. Unquestionably, its relaxed visa-free policy also helped push its popularity.

Phu Quoc Island Sandy Beach
Phu Quoc Island Sandy Beach

Top Things to Do in Phu Quoc Island

Enjoy Leisure Time on a Mesmerizing Beach

Phu Quoc Island boasts an over 150-kilometer-long coastline, so for most travelers, its number one attraction is the beaches. Its many beautiful beach areas are confident to satisfy all beach lovers with ease. Top-rated beaches in Phu Quoc Island include Long Beach, Sao Beach (Star Beach), and Cua Can area.

Long Beach – Packed with excellent restaurants and bars; the sunset view from Long Beach is breathtaking.

Sao Beach (Star Beach) – The clear water and stunning corals make it an ideal spot for snorkeling; you’ll encounter many starfish here.

 

Sao Beach on Phu Quoc Island
Sao Beach on Phu Quoc Island

Ong Lang area – A quiet beach area that still retains its primitive natural beauty; not so crowded; the reefs here are home to many marine creatures; tourists can rent a kayak to explore local villages and gardens.

Experience Phu Quoc Cable Car

Connecting Phu Quoc with Hon Thom Island, the awesome Phu Quoc Cable Car is one of the longest cable cars in the world, with a length of 7,899.9m. You will get a breathtaking view as you fly through the turquoise sea, two smaller islands, and a little fishing village. The journey takes only 15 minutes. As you reaching Hon Thom Island, you will be rewarded with pristine seas, and poetic nature views.

Phu Quoc Island cable car
Phu Quoc Island cable car

Admire Suoi Tranh Waterfall

A 4-meter-tall waterfall about 10-minute drive from Duong Dong, Suoi Tranh Waterfall itself is not very big and impressive, but the surrounding peaceful atmosphere, lush forests, strange caves, small ponds, and scenic mossy paths make it a worth visit to enjoy various relaxing activities.

Hiking, picnicking, camping, animal watching, or exploring caves, there are a variety of recreational activities for you and your families to enjoy and relax.

Visit Ham Ninh Fishing Village

Add Ham Ninh Fishing Village to your must-visit list if you want an experience of the authentic daily life of local fishermen. Backed to the mountain and near the Suoi Tranh Waterfall, Ham Ninh Fishing Village is the oldest village on Phu Quoc Island, featuring its charming natural beauty, fresh seafood, and fascinating sunrise and sunset.  

If you like, you can visit a nearby pier with many colorful boats parked, follow a local experienced fisherman to learn how to fish and cast a net, or dive into the turquoise water for thrilling experiences.

Fishing boats on Phu Quoc Island
Numerous fishing boats scattered on Phu Quoc Island

Immerse in the Natural Beauty at Phu Quoc National Park

Being listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2010, Phu Quoc National Park is the ideal place for those who are nature and hiking lovers. Consisting of four protected spots – Bai Thom, Cua Duong, Ham Ninh, and Ganh Dau, the national park is home to bushland scenery, rare herbs, and rare species of flora and fauna. Along many flat trails, you can leisurely hike through lush jungles and mangrove forests while you immerse yourself in the natural beauty and fresh air. Also, it won’t disappoint you if you like camping or bird-watching.

Get Close to Local Life at Duong Dong Market

Never miss a local market if you want a glimpse into the local’s authentic daily life. And in Phu Quoc Island, the top recommended market is Duong Dong Market, which is also the largest one on the island.

During the daytime, it is a dynamic and crowded haunt for locals to buy freshly-caught seafood, vegetables, fruits, clothes, and many other specialties, like mushrooms, fish sauce, chilies, and cashew nuts. When the night falls, it becomes a busy night market being packed with various food stalls and vendors. It won’t let you down whether you want to treat your stomach with the seafood BBQ, fish cake porridge, filter cake soup, or chop-chop ice cream. There is also an area for souvenirs if you want to pick some.

Phu Quoc Island Weather: Best Time to Visit

Phu Quoc Island belongs to the tropical monsoon climate with mild and warm weather all year round. The annual average temperature here is around 28℃ (82.4°F), not too cold in winter and not too hot in summer. The dry season is from November to April, and the rainy season is from May to October.

To travel weather-wise, the best time to Phu Quoc Island is from November to April when the temperature is comfortable (26-32℃ / 78.8-89.6°F), and with a lot of sunshine, very suitable for many outdoor activities. This period is also the busiest time on the island, so remember to book in advance if you are planning a Phu Quoc trip during this time.

The rainy season is also its low season, seeing many great hotel and transfer deals. A good time if you want to travel on a budget. And rains during this time are usually short, won’t affect your outdoor activities too much.

Phu Quoc Island Transportation: How to Get to and Get around

How to Get to Phu Quoc Island?

By air

The most convenient way to enter Phu Quoc Island is flying to the Phu Quoc International Airport which sits at the southern end of Long Beach. It offers domestic flights from/to de Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and Hanoi, and also service international routes to/from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

It is easy to find many metered taxis out of the airport. And there is a 20,000 VND (0.85 USD) surcharge for taxis leaving the airport. Some airline companies (like Jetstar) offer airport shuttle buses to Duong Dong Town, costing about 2.5 USD per person.

By boat

If the weather is good, there are daily fast ferries to Phu Quoc Island from Rach Gia (which take about 2.5h and cost about 15 USD per person), and Ha Tien (which take about 1h15min and cost about 10 USD per person).

How to Get around Phu Quoc Island?

Visitors can get around Phu Quoc Island by boat, taxi, motorbike taxi, rental motorbike or bicycle, bus, or walking.

Taking a boat is an ideal choice for leisure sightseeing and going fishing.

Motorbike taxi is an efficient way to transfer from beach to beach, and you can spend about 1.5-2 USD to get to most places inland.

If you want to get to your destination in comfort, there are metered taxis available. Mai Linh and SASCO are two reliable carriers. The starting price is usually 10,000 VND, with 13,600 VND for every subsequent kilometer.

Motorbike or cycling rental is available at most hotels, you can contact your receptionist to confirm the information. For motorbike rental, the price is usually about 6-8 USD per day, and for bike rental, the price is about 2 USD per day.

When visiting local markets or villages, the best way is to explore on foot so you can stop anytime you want.

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