Phu Quoc

Welcome to paradise

Phu Quoc is like an isolated jewel set in the vastness of the Gulf of Thailand.  And like facets of a gem, the islands have their own unique qualities.  Travelers who take the time to look beyond their obvious beauty will discover a chain of islands that is at once lush and stark, modern and ancient, simple and exotic.

about phu quoc island vietnam

Discover an island like no other

Watch the video below to get a glimpse of what you can expect while vacationing on Vietnam's "paradise" island.

Just the name Phú Quốc looks and sounds exotic (pronounced "foo-quack"), and it is! What makes Phu Quoc Island rank high on most people's "bucket-list" is the fact that mixed in with all that exotic ambiance are a range of familiar activities popular with a wide array of travelers.   From foodies and sun worshipers to culture enthusiasts and adventure seekers, Phu Quoc has something to offer everyone.  

PEOPLE & CULTURE

The real treasures of this tiny idyllic island are its people.  Vietnam is known as the land of smiles and Phu Quoc is no exception.  Everywhere you go, you will be welcomed by smiles and kind help from the locals whether you know Vietnamese or not.   Phú Quốc also has a good mix  ethnicity's – Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indian, Filipino, Chinese, and even a few westerners all of whom have made the island their home.

Although tourism is transforming the island from its warn torn past, Phu Quoc is now and will continue to be linked to the fishing industry and this is reflected in the islands vibrant culture. To experience Phu Quoc's diverse culture, head over to the coastal fishing communities, places of worship, and the wet markets found throughout the island archipelago.

EXPLORE PHU QUOC

Phu Quoc is an "Island District" 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

593 sq/km

150 km

28

total area

of coastline

islands

Regions of Phu Quoc

VISA

30 Day Visa Free

CURRENCY

1 US ~ 20K VND
1 EU ~ 26K VND
1 RU ~ 390 VND

LOCATION

10.2289° N, 103.9572° E

UNESCO

Biosphere Reserve

THINGS TO DO ON PHU QUOC ISLAND

Be in the know about must-see experiences on Phú Quốc

Phu Quoc is a digitally connected island

4G + WiFi

The island was one of the first to adopt 4G LTE technology in Vietnam.

Smart City

Phu Quoc Island plans to be Vietnam's first smart city connected to the cloud and IoT devices.

phu quoc island mobile app

Digital Guides & Maps

The island was once littered with paper maps and guides but now thanks to the internet those days are almost gone.

Selfie Island

The island is quickly becoming the selfie capital of Vietnam. Tag your pictures with the hastag #PHUQUOC and be featured in our social wall.

FOOD & DRINK

Eat well and be merry

Phu Quoc is a premium international tourist destination and not only will you find some of the freshest seafood dishes in all of Asia but also a variety of international cuisines as well from some of the world's top chefs who have made this island their home.   From juicy burgers and salmon tartare to steamed crab and locally brewed beer, Phú Quốc truly is a foodie's dream destination.  Phu Quoc Food Guide | Restaurants | Local Specialties | Cafes |

restaurants on phu quoc island

Seafood

It's almost a rite of passage for tourists to eat at least one seafood meal during their stay as the 28 island archipelago is famous for its wide assortment of fresh seafood available on offer. With a myriad of choices, we have narrowed down 4 must try seafood types, that are considered somewhat of a specialty on Phu Quoc:

seafood on phu quoc

1. Mantis shrimp: These fierce looking shrimp-like crustaceans look intimidating at first, but once you try them you will never go back to eating regular shrimp again. Also known as Cicale or Double Headed Shrimp, the mantis shrimp is aptly named for its resemblance to the praying mantis and its meat has a certain sweetness to it that's hard to describe in words. Find them on display at the Phu Quoc Night Market (see below) and try them boiled or steamed and eat it whole with the roe intact.

2. Crab: Straight from the Gulf of Thailand to your plate, the sea crab dishes found on the island are definitely a must try. We recommend visiting Ham Ninh Village to taste crab prepared "Phu Quoc" style – boiled in salt water and then dipping the tender meat in a simple sauce made from a combination of salt, pepper, chili, and lime juice.

3. Urchin: Referred to as "nhum" or "cau gai" or "nhim bien" in Vietnamese and "uni" in Japanese, urchins are plentiful in the surrounding sea and on the menu. The best place to experience eating urchin is on a boat while touring the southern islands that are part of the Phu Quoc Marine Park. Your captain will stop at one of the numerous offshore fish farms where he will buy the freshest urchins that you can enjoy, raw or cooked.

4. Squid: Also abundant in the Gulf of Thailand and available practically everywhere on the island, the myriad of squid dishes found on the island are a must try for seafood lovers for one main reason – majority of their diet consists of consuming black anchovies, the same fish used in making the islands famous fermented fish sauce product renowned for its umami qualities – the secret fifth flavor. Try Phu Quoc's squid grilled, steamed, or even eat it raw.




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NIGHTLIFE

Beach Bars, disco's, and lounges

For the most part the Phu Quoc nightlife scene is relatively quiet compared to other tropical island destinations such as Phuket, Bali, or Boracay. This island caters to more of a mature crowd with a preference for families, groups, and couples – think Maldives or Fiji. With that being said, on Phu Quoc you will find a lot more upscale lounges, some of which are next to the beach and some perched on top of a hill. That's not to say that there aren’t any dance clubs on Phu Quoc, it’s just that the party options are very limited and the environment is more intimate. However when Phu Quoc does decide on throwing a party, it goes all out – international DJ's, premium beach front locales, and beautiful people from all over the world. Every year Phu Quoc hosts a 2 week long music festival attracting a large international crowd – one of Asia’s largest musical festival and a traditional that began in 2017.

nightlife clubs and bars on phu quoc

Bars

The bar scene on the island is quite exciting and diverse catering to all demographics - from backpackers to sommeliers. Mostly concentrated in the Bai Truong area, the bars on the island are plentiful so if your time is limited and you are looking for a great place to have a drink and meet other people, then be sure to read our Phu Quoc Pub Cral Guide, the definitive guide on where to drink and bar hop on Phu Quoc. From beach bars to hole-in-the-wall types, everything can be had on Phu Quoc Island. Beer lovers should definitely check out some of the islands microbreweries and sample some of the freshest beer produced on this side of the planet.

GETTING TO PHU QUOC

Planes, ferries, boats, and automobiles

As you may already know, flying or taking a ferry is the only way to travel to Phú Quốc. Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet, and Jetstar are the domestic airlines that currently fly to the island and during the high season there are both direct and via transit flights from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Can Tho, Rach Gia, Hai Phong, Dalat, Russia, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cambodia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom, and Australia with more routes to be added shortly.

Tourists can also take a passenger ferry to Phu Quoc from the Vietnamese port towns of Ha Tien or Rach Gia. Private tour boats  (aka "junks") originating from Saigon and international cruise ships started to arrive here as well.

how to get to phu quoc

Beyond Phu Quoc

Other amazing islands in Vietnam

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