WHERE TO STAY ON PHU QUOC
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On Phu Quoc Island you have the option of staying at luxury beach resorts, affordable mid-range resorts, budget friendly, and finally cheap backpacker hostels and homestays. The popular areas to stay are as follows:
Part of Duong Dong, and located just a few kilometers north of the airport lies the most dense mixed-tourist area on Phu Quoc Island known as Cua Lap (Vietnamese: Cửa Lấp). Cua Lap also encompasses a coastal area known as “Ba Keo” —which was also supposed to be converted into a beach tourist zone but the real estate development plan was not executed. As a result, random and uncontrolled development in the area just south of Ba Keo began and this led to the rise of Long Beach Village instead, which is now Phu Quoc’s official backpacker district (see below). A popular, and well known, resort in the Cua Lap area is the luxurious La Veranda Resort.
Long Beach Village is a tightly packed beach area located west of Tran Hung Dao, the islands most popular tourist street, and has evolved into becoming 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. At Long Beach Village you will find numerous places to stay, tourist shops, tour agencies, restaurants, and bars. Contained within this backpacker area is Long Beaches main public beach access point.
Nested in between Phu Quoc’s two major towns (Duong Dong & An Thoi) lies Duong To, a vast central area that is home to the Bai Truong Tourist Complex, Phu Quoc’s main tourist area. The Bai Truong Tourist Complex is often referred to as just “Long Beach”, the literal translation of the Vietnamese words in English. Recommend hotels and resorts in this area include the Novotel Phu Quoc Resort, Salinda Resort, and the Sol Beach Resort.
Duong Dong is Phu Quoc’s largest town and it is located along on the western coast of Phu Quoc island. Duong Dong is famous for its mighty river that bears the same name, temples, fish sauce factories, pepper farms, and of course the plentiful accommodation options available at all price points. At Duong Dong you will find some hillside retreats, private villa’s, and one of Phu Quoc’s most lavish beach resort, and the one that keeps winning design awards— The Shells Resort.
Ong Lang is a coastal beach area within the larger Cua Duong Village area. 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. There are few amazing resorts here and you are only a stones throw away from all the major tourist attractions. Ong Lang is about 45 minutes away from the airport via taxi. Check out our top 5 places to stay in Ong Lang list.
If you are looking for solitude, long stretches of clean beach, and ecotourism water-sport activities like kayaking and beach snorkeling, then the Cua Can area is perfect for you. Cua Can (Vietnamese: Cửa Cạn) is located in the north western section of Phu Quoc and consists of Vung Bau Beach, Cua Can Beach, Cua Can Village and the Cua Can River. Cua Can Village is famous for having the highest concentration of rustic wooden bridges in Phu Quoc District. Recommended accommodations for this area are reviewed here.
Ganh Dau is located in the Northwestern part of the island and the area is slowly becoming the “Las Vegas” of Phu Quoc. Here you will find “Vinpearl Phu Quoc“, a vast multipurpose complex that consists of the luxurious Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort, Vinpearl Phu Quoc Villas, an amusement park, safari zoo & animal research center, casino, 27 hole golf course, and southern Vietnam’s only WHO recognized international hospital. Also in Ganh Dau is the Grand World Resort, located right on Dai Beach and set to open soon. On-the-ocean seafood restaurants and Phu Quoc’s most popular hiking trail— Ganh Dau Trail, are both also found in the area.
Located at the southern tip of Phu Quoc Island is An Thoi, the island districts crown jewel and the area that makes Phu Quoc competitive with similar international vacation destinations such as Phuket, Bali, Maldives, and Fiji. An Thoi is the second largest urban area on Phu Quoc Island, the gateway to the Phu Quoc Marine Park, has two beautiful white sand beaches — Bai Sao & Bai Khem — and the world’s largest over sea cable car. An Thoi also has an international sea port and marina, various historically significant cultural sites, and the majestic Ho Quoc Pagoda. At the southern most tip of the area lies An Thoi Town, a dense urban area and the islands second town (the other one being Duong Dong Town).
Recommended places to stay in An Thoi: the J.W. Marriott Phu Quoc resort, which is located on Khem Beach, a villa rental at Premiere Village in Mui Ong Doi, or an AirBnB niche rental in An Thoi Town, Dat Do Beach, or Bai Xep Beach.