Phu Quoc Island – Official Travel and Tourism Guide
Phu Quoc is your dream vacation destination. Turquoise seas, spectacular sunsets, and lush rainforests await you at Asia’s emerging tropical island destination. This heart shaped island provides an unbeatable combination of perfect silky soft white sand beaches, superb hospitality and great value accommodation. Plan your visit to Phu Quoc Island by exploring our comprehensive Phú Quốc travel guide and discover the beauty of Vietnam’s “pearl” island
About Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc (Vietnamese: Phú Quốc) is an “Island District” of Kien Giang Province that is situated in the Gulf of Thailand 45 kilometers from the southern tip of mainland Vietnam and only 4 kilometers from nearby Cambodia. It is part of the Kien Giang Biosphere Conservation Area which in 2006 was recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve. The entire “Island District” consists of 28 islands which has a total area of 593 square kilometers with Phu Quoc Island being the largest at 574 square kilometers.
With a growing list of accommodation options – from simple beach bungalows to luxury 5 star resorts, the island district also has Vietnam’s fifth largest international airport, an international standard (WHO recognized) hospital, and an international cruise ship port. Designated as a “special economic zone”, tourists can stay for up to 30 days visa free.
Phu Quoc travel activities are abundant ranging from land, ocean and aerial tours to hiking, scuba diving, fishing, bird watching, trekking and snorkeling. On Phu Quoc Island you will find a large amusement park, safari zoo, and world class golf courses. Shopping is plentiful and there are limitless options to enjoy the finest cuisines from around Vietnam and the world. Visit Vietnam’s most beautiful beach, tour historic prisons, discover sacred temples, trek through a National Park, or simply enjoy the ocean sunset. With its beauty and tranquility, Phu Quoc is undeniably one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam if not the world.
1. Take in a gorgeous sunset
Phu Quoc is known for its spectacular ocean sunsets, so make sure to catch at least one while you are there. Our favorite evening lookout spots are anywhere along Long Beach, cliff side by the Dinh Cau Temple, and on a boat in the middle of the ocean prior to fishing for squid at night.
2. Wine and dine at the Bach Dang Night Market
After the sun has set, visit the lively Bach Dang Night Market and feast on your favorite seafood fare all night long. The Bach Dang Night Market is a popular place for shopping, drinks and for fresh seafood. It is also a hot spot for domestic and foreign tourists to congregate at night. Don’t miss tucking into mouthwatering local favorites like grilled oysters, scallop kebabs, and our favorite, steamed lemongrass crab.
Phu Quoc is famous for its’ fish sauce and a visit to the island would be not be complete without touring one of the many fish sauce factory’s. This unique aromatic sauce has even been granted the status of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) in the European Union!
White sand, warm turquoise water, and a gentle breeze blowing on your neck. Yes a place like this does exist in Vietnam and can only be found on Phu Quoc Island. Sao Beach is possibly Vietnam’s best beach, but don’t take our word for it, discover it yourself… and you better hurry as this tranquil beach will not remain Vietnam’s best kept secret for too long as big business has plans on developing the area into a concrete wonderland.
5. Motorbike around the island
Phu Quoc is best discovered on a motorbike. The roads are well paved and there is hardly any traffic. Discover the unique ecosystem, find an abandoned beach, see wild monkeys jumping from tree to tree, visit a local village… the possibilities are endless. Create your own unique adventure and memory on the island! Don’t know where to start? No worries… we have all the maps, routes, itineraries, and more right here on our website.
Best Phu Quoc Beaches
Conjure up an image of the best Vietnam beach and you’ll find Phú Quốc’s generous shoreline fits the description perfectly: stretches of soft powdery sand often freckled with both shady palm and casuarina trees – and limpid, aquamarine seas. The island districts main tourism draw are its spectacular beaches and with 150 kilometers of coastline there are beaches to suit all needs: great swathes of yellow and white sand groomed by resorts promise days on end of utter luxury, offshore islands act as jumping off points for exploring a wealth of coral reefs, while hidden down jungle-choked dirt tracks are sandy slices of undiscovered paradise. Click here for a list of all the Phu Quoc Beaches ( a complete list of the best beaches found on the island).
Phu Quoc Weather & Climate
Learn more about Phu Quoc’s 2 seasons and plan your trip accordingly:
Dry Season (November to March)
The best time to visit Phu Quoc is during the dry season because the weather is less unpredictable, it is less humid, you can watch more sunrises and sunsets, the sea is calm and clear, and the island restaurants, resorts/hotels, and tour operators are 100% in service as it is peak tourist season. However there are also more visitors to the island, prices are at there peaks, and some of the waterfalls have dried up due to the lack of rain.
Wet Season (April to October)
During the wet season, prices are very low, you can book a last minute flight to the island at a very good rate, and the waterfalls are gorgeous. However it does rain a lot and once the rain starts, it sometimes feels like it will never end. If you here in July and if you are lucky you may even see a water spout!
The two annual monsoons that affect Phú Quốc:
Winds on Phu Quoc have two directions: the northeasterly winds (“northeastern monsoon”) which last from November to March and the southwesterly winds (“southwestern monsoon”) which last from April to October. The northeasterly winds coincide with the dry season and mainly affect Phú Quốc’s eastern coast resulting in the sea there to be more rough and garbage to be blown in from mainland Vietnam. Some of Phú Quốc’s best beaches, e.g. Sao Beach & Kem Beach, are located along the eastern coastline and are dramatically affected by the northeasterly monsoonal winds while the west coast beaches (e.g. Long Beach & Ong Lang Beach) remain relatively unaffected.
On the contrary, the southwesterly winds coincide with the wet season and the devastating monsoon which is typical of this geographical area. It is during this time that most of the rain falls down on the island. The southwesterly winds mainly affect the sea located on the west coast of Phú Quốc while the sea surrounding the eastern coastline remains calm. Most tourists who are frightened off by the southwestern monsoon are unaware that the winds are far from constant, and that sunny or partially sunny days outnumber the rainy days during this time. Most of the torrential downpours are quite short with some coming as a refreshing cure to the searing heat of the summer.
Getting To Phu Quoc And Moving Around The Island
As you already may know, flying or taking a ferry is the only way to travel to Phú Quốc. Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet, and Jetstar are the airlines that currently fly to the island and during the high season there are direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Can Tho, Rach Gia, Singapore, Russia, South Korea, Guangzhou and Siem Reap (Cambodia) with more routes to be added shortly. Tourists can also take a ferry from the Vietnamese port towns of Ha Tien or Rach Gia directly to the island as well.
Visa and Immigration
Phu Quoc Island is designated as a special economic zone and it is the only place in Vietnam where foreign travelers are eligible for a 30 day visa exemption. In order to be eligible for the exemption, all visitors must fly from an international destination and arrive directly or indirectly (via transit) to Phú Quốc, their stay cannot exceed 30 days, and they must depart Phú Quốc, either directly or indirectly (via transit), to an international destination. Under this policy, visitors are not allowed to enter mainland Vietnam nor any island part of Vietnam outside of Phú Quốc District (e.g. Nam Du, Hai Toc, Con Dao, etc). The 30 day visa exemption also applies to those traveling with authorized tour groups and international cruise ships that will dock at Phú Quốc.
Cheap Vietnam Visa:
Flights To Phu Quoc Island
All flights to the island land at the Phú Quốc International Airport, Sân bay quốc tế Phú Quốc, which is Vietnam’s fifth largest airport and one that can handle an estimated seven million domestic and international passengers annually. There are numerous domestic flights from most of the major Vietnamese cities daily (e.g. Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Can Tho, Rach Gia, Da Nang, and Cam Ranh/Nha Trang), and most of these flights are competitively priced throughout the year. Actual airfares vary from airline to airline with Viet Jet Air, the country’s leading discount carrier, being the cheapest while Vietnam Airlines, the country’s national airline, being the most expensive. As mentioned above, there are also many international routes that fly to and from Phu Quoc and more routes are being added annually. During Christmas, New Years, and Tet Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year), expect the prices to be at their peaks and seat availability to be limited so plan accordingly. Cheap flights to Phu Quoc | Phu Quoc Airport Information
Getting to your hotel/resort from the Phú Quốc Airport:
Once you have landed at the airport and picked up your luggage you have 4 transportation options available to you in order for you to reach your hotel/resort destination: 1) Prearranged transportation. Most of the top tier resorts offer airport pickups – some are complimentary and others are not. 2) Taxi: there are 4 taxi companies that serve the island and fares ($/per kilometer) vary based on the size of the vehicle you hire. The smallest vehicle and lowest fare taxi company is known as Phú Quốc Taxi. Please note that if you take a taxi to and from the airport you are also responsible for the airport toll fee.
3) Shuttle bus: For 50,000VND per person an airport shuttle will drop you off at the end of Long Beach in Duong Dong Town. This is a great option if you are staying in and around the city center and are carrying a few pieces of luggage. 4) Xe Om. A Xe Om (pronounced “say ohm”) is a motorbike taxi that is a cheap alternative to a regular taxi and a good option for those solo travelers with just a small piece of luggage/backpack and are looking to leave the airport right away. To find a Xe Om at the airport, look for men wearing blue shirts near the entrance of the arrivals section.
Ferry To Phu Quoc
You can also take a boat to Phu Quoc by catching either a fast or slow ferry from the southern Mekong Delta town of Ha Tien or Rach Gia City. The fast ferry (1.5hrs to Phú Quốc) is operated by a company called SuperDong and departs from both Ha Tien Town and Rach Gia City and docks at Bai Vong Port on the eastern coast of Phú Quốc near Ham Ninh Village. For a small fee you can even bring a motorbike/motorcycle on board. The slow ferry (2.5hrs to Phú Quốc) is operated by company called Thanh Thoi and is only available in Ha Tien Town. The slow ferry will dock at the north eastern part of Phú Quốc at Da Chong Port and people normally take this ferry if: a) they plan on bringing a vehicle (car, truck, or motorbike) to the island, b) staying in the northern region of Phú Quốc (e.g. Bai Thom, Rach Tram, Rach Vem, etc.), or they cannot get a ticket for the fast ferry.
Although there are daily ferry departures to and from Phu Quoc, service is limited during the wet season due to rough seas and low tourist demand while during the dry peak season service is at its peak and tickets are sometimes sold out. Learn more about the Phu Quoc Ferry.
Vietnam – Cambodia Border Crossing
If you are traveling into Vietnam from Cambodia by land through the Prek Chak border and want to visit Phu Quoc, head over to the town of Ha Tien, which is only a few kilometers away. The ferries to Phu Quoc are located across the river that divides the town into two. Please note that you will need a valid Vietnam Visa in order to enter Vietnam if you plan on traveling by land.
At the moment you cannot directly enter Phu Quoc from Cambodia by sea unless you are part of an authorized tour group.
Getting Around Phú Quốc
Traveling around the island can be done by either bicycle, motorbike, car, jeep, or by taking a taxi. Taxis can be used for short trips or you can hire them for a day to take you and your group around the island. Traveling by foot – If you stay in the Long Beach Area you can easily visit the beach, discover great local and international restaurants, and explore few of the major landmarks all by foot. The main tourist road called Tran Hung Dao has a newly paved pedestrian walkway making walking a breeze and also safe.
Where To Stay On Phu Quoc Island
There are now over 180 accommodation options available on the island with more being developed as we speak. At Phu Quoc you have the option of staying at a Luxury Resort, a Mid Range Resort, a Budget Place, and finally a Cheap Backpacker Place. The most popular areas to stay on the island are as follows:
Long Beach lies adjacent to Tran Hung Dao Street, the street that begins near the airport and ends at Duong Dong Town. Here you will find a variety of accommodation options from simple backpacker bungalows to luxurious 5 star hotels. Long Beach is the epicenter of all tourist related activities on Phu Quoc.
Long Beach Village
Long Beach Village has evolved into Phu Quoc’s very own backpacker area – like Bangkok’s “Koh San Road”, Hanoi’s “Old Quarter District” or Saigon’s “Pham Ngu Lao” Area. Here you can find great places to stay and a variety of places to rent a motorbike, eat, drink and party.
Duong Dong Town
If you want to stay closer to the economic capital of Phu Quoc District then staying in the Duong Dong Town area may be perfect for you. Here you will find some great hotels and you will also be close to some of the major landmarks found on the island.
Ong Lang Beach
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Long Beach and you are looking for some privacy then head on over to Ong Lang Beach. There are few great resorts here and you are only a stones throw away from all the major tourist attractions. Ong Lang Beach is about 45 minutes away from the airport via taxi.
If you are looking for solitude, long stretches of clean beach, and being one with nature then the Vung Bau Beach area is perfect for you. Here you will find a variety of beach side resorts overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Thailand. Wake up early and look above as you may see a hornbill flying above you.
Ganh Dau is home to the mega Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort, the Vinpearl Premium complex, Crowne Plaza Phu Quoc Starbay Resort, Vinpearl Land amusement park, Vinpearl Safari Zoo, Vinmec International Hospital, and a world class 27 hole golf course. Stay here for an upscale tropical island experience.
There are so many things to do on the island but unfortunately most people do not have the time to see and do everything. One of our favorite things to do on Phu Quoc is, well… nothing at all. Just sitting back and enjoying the beach, warm weather, gorgeous sunset, while reading a good book is heaven for us. For those of you who cannot sit still we have created the following “classic itineraries” that most people follow:
Phu Quoc in the global spotlight
Besides producing some the best fish sauce and pepper in the world, Phu Quoc also has the following two colossal attractions that sets itself apart from other South east Asian Islands:
On Phu Quoc you will find Vietnam’s largest open air safari park, a zoo and wildlife conservation center spanning over 380 hectares and accommodating over 2,000 animals. Some of the animals you will find here include: Bengal tiger, white rhino, giraffes, ostriches and many others.
World’s Longest Oversea Cable Car
Located at the southern tip of the island you will find world’s longest single section aerial cable car system at 7.9kms in length. The Phu Quoc Cable Car system links An Thoi Town with Hon Thom Island and can transport 3,500 passengers per hour!
Phu Quoc Today
Phú Quốc has evolved to become a top tier city complete with paved roads, international standard medical services, 5 star hotels, western amenities, an international airport, a safari zoo and more. The island even has a Burger King fast food restaurant! The Vietnamese government plans to transform Phú Quốc to become the next Phuket or Bali. In 2014 alone, three 5 star hotels had their grand openings and international flights from Russia, Singapore and Cambodia started to arrive. The island has been designated as a “Special Economic Zone“, which basically means the business and immigration rules in Phú Quốc are a bit different than the rest of mainland Vietnam. If you are visiting from abroad and plan on only visiting Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam, then you do not need to obtain a pricey Vietnam Visa as you will receive a free 30 day exemption on arrival.
Regardless of the islands ambitious development plans, it still remains a wild tropical island. Over 50% of the island is designated as a National Park! What does this all mean to you? Well, it means that the island caters to everyone’s needs – if you are looking for a raw island, beautiful abandoned beaches, and you want to forage for your own food in the forest or sea, you can still do that here. On the other hand, if you want to stay at a luxury beach front hotel, sip on margaritas by the pool, and party the night away, you can also do that. Phu Quoc really does have something for everybody.
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