Advice from past visitors to Phu Quoc
» Bring insect repellent: Mosquito’s, sand flies, ticks, spiders and other stinging insects are present on the island. The bug spray that is sold on the island is not of the same quality as those found in western nations. Although there has been no reported case of the Zika Virus on Phu Quoc, it is better to protect yourself regardless by using bug repellent. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has stated that mosquito borne illnesses such as Japanese Encephalitis, Dengue, Avian Flu, and Malaria (rare) are endemic to Vietnam, so its best to take the necessary precautions. The CDC recommends using insect repellents containing EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone (methyl nonyl ketone).
» International Hospital: In Ganh Dau there a clean new hospital that should be your first choice in case you are sick, hurt, or poisoned. Telephone: +84773985522 | Emergency: +84981481924
» Toxic chemicals: Do not allow your children to touch any color-based print maps or print guidebooks on Phu Quoc as there is a possibility that the ink that is used contains highly absorb-able BPA which is a carcinogenic chemical. There is widespread BPA contamination in paper products in Asia due to the print industry using cheap low-grade untested Chinese inks (remember the melamine scandal?). We’ve asked for verification and for businesses to switch to soy ink use, but our requests fell on deaf ears. Stick with your smartphone unless you see something with a “BPA-free” logo on it, but even then the logo could be fake. Welcome to Asia!
» Fruits: since we are on the subject of toxic products, try to avoid Chinese imported fruits, e.g. kiwi, oranges, apples, grapes, etc. They are grown in uncontrolled environments with heavy pesticide and hormone use and imported into Vietnam – they are cheap for a reason. Stick with local fruits such as longines, mangoes, mangosteen, dragonfruit, and simfruit.
» Pack your own sunscreen: The sunscreen found on the island, and in Vietnam in general, is of low quality, most likely counterfeit, and probably contains a skin whitening product. On PhuQuoc there are some shops that do sell imported sunscreen, especially in the Bai Truong, Bà Kèo, and Long Beach Village area but they are marked up by over 75%. Tanning in the sun is an activity that most Vietnamese do not engage in. In fact they do everything possible to avoid the sun altogether!
» Bring your own snorkel and mask: Phu Quoc Island is an awesome place to snorkel directly from the beach, and if you have your own equipment that’s even better. If you do not plan on bringing your own fins, then at bare minimum you should pack water booties as the coral here is extremely sharp and the depths are very shallow.
» Tampons: Maxi-pads are easy to find on PhuQuoc Island but tampons are not so plan accordingly.
» Google Translate App: Make sure you download “Google Translate” from either the ios or android app store prior to coming to Phú Quốc. In Google’s latest release you can literally use your smartphones camera to instantly translate text. This comes in handy when translating Russian or Vietnamese language text into English as there are a lot of good restaurants on Phu Quoc that only have menus in the aforementioned languages.
» Book 1 domestic flight per day: Flights aren’t reliable within Vietnam and a good portion of domestic flights are delayed or behind schedule.
» Luxury pool use: You do not necessarily have to stay at a luxury resort in order to use the resorts pool. Just buy a drink or a snack and jump in! This does not apply to boutique resorts as they charge a fee for their pool use.
» Sending Postcards: Near the Dinh Cau Temple there is a post office where you can send postcards back home. They are located on 30/4 street, Duong Doong Town.
» Sim Cards: These three Vietnamese telecom’s offer 4G: Vinaphone, Mobiphone, and Viettel. If you want to buy a sim, you will need to register your passport however you can also buy pre-paid sim cards as well.
» Musical Instruments Shop: Vietnam made guitars make great gifts/souvenirs and on 95 Nguyen Trung Truc street in Duong Dong you will find a small music shop.