Best Phú Quốc 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.
There’s an endless array of tranquil and desolate beaches to choose from, so it can be hard to select which ones to see if you’ve got limited time. To make things a bit easier for you here’s a list of the best Phu Quoc Beaches found on the island.
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, Dalat, Russia, South Korea, China, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, and Australia
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, and a special private tourism boat/junk from Ho Chi Minh City to the island as well.
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.
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, Hai Phong 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.
GETTING TO YOUR HOTEL OR RESORT FROM THE PHU QUOC 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:
- Prearranged transportation. Most of the top tier resorts offer airport pickups – some are complimentary and others are not.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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. 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.
Key things you should know:
- Tran Hung Dao Street is the main tourist street where you will find most of the bars, hotels, restaurants, shops, etc.
- It is illegal to ride a motorcycle/motorbike in Vietnam without a Vietnamese driver’s license yet most motorbike rental places on Phu Quoc will rent you a motorbike. Please refer to our motorbike guide for more details.
- Duong Dong is the main and biggest town on the island. An Thoi Town, which is located at the southern tip, is the island second largest town and the gateway to the Phu Quoc Marine Park.
- If you want to visit either the safari or amusement park in the north, there are free shuttle buses that are available in the Long Beach Area (Dương Tô , Dương Đông, Cửa Lấp, Bà Kèo)
- Beware of snatchers! Be cognizant of your environment in and around the Duong Dong/Long Beach area, especially when using your smartphone.