For a stay of less than 30 days, you will not need a Vietnam visa providing that you a) have not be banned from Vietnam in the past, b) do not intend to work or study, c) plan on only visiting Phu Quoc and not any other destination in Vietnam during your stay. This unique visa exemption applies to all nationalities. If you wish to stay beyond 30 days, then you will need to proper Vietnam Visa. The Phu Quoc Vietnam Visa Exemption policy is designed of tourists to spent their entire holiday in Phu Quoc only (see below).
Language in Phu Quoc
Most hotel staff speak at least some English, French, Russian, and Vietnamese. Outside of the tourist area only Vietnamese is spoken. Hand signals and pointing at your map and where you want to go work well for directions. For prices, always ask sellers to write it down or show you the price via calculator. Having a smartphone comes in handy on this island.
What To Pack?
Ok, so you've found you your perfect beach and have chosen a hotel, now you are ready to pack. Here are a list of items you should consider packing:
- Light breathable clothes, swimming wear, and a rain coat
- If you plan on snorkeling, bring your snorkeling gear
- Swimming goggles, sun tan or sun block lotion
- Mosquito repellent
- Running shoes or hiking shoes if you plan on trekking in the National Park
- Camera, phone, laptop – the island has fast WIFI
- A simple first aid kit
If you forget any of the above items, you can always purchase them here at Phu Quoc. There are a lot of shops selling western size clothing, sun block, etc.
Pack less to save more: If you are only going to Phu Quoc for a short period of time, and you think you can manage with a carry on luggage only, some airlines, e.g. VietJetAir, offer cheaper airfares for carry on only. Do keep in mind how much you intend to bring back, to see if this option works for you.
Banking, Money, Currency Exchange
All transactions on Phu Quoc are done in Vietnamese Dong (VND) so you need to exchange your money. There are a lot of ATM's and Banks on the island. The majority of the ATM machines can be found around Tran Hung Dao street and in the Long Beach Village area. The most comprehensive full service bank on Phu Quoc is the Sacombank and the BIDV Bank. There main branches are located in Duong Dong Town at 20, 30 Thang 4 Street. Here you can cash travelers checks, withdraw money, exchange currencies, use their local and international ATM's. Both are open from 7am to 11pm and 1pm to 4pm Monday to Saturday.
Other banks on the island include Agribank, Vietcomb, and Kien Long Bank.
Western Union on Phu Quoc Island Vietnam
There is a Western Union located inside the Agribank on 2 Tran Hung Dao Street in Duong Dong Town in case you need to transfer or receive funds.