Historically, An Thoi is famous for its prison concentration camp nicknamed the “Coconut Tree Prison” which was often referred to as “hell on earth” for generations. The prison was built by the French and expanded by the Americans during the Vietnam/American war. Today An Thoi is booming and famous for its white sand beaches (Sao Beach and Khem Beach) numerous coral reefs, commercial fishing industry, fish sauce factories, and its port. The islands naval base is also located here. There are a few hotels, cafes, a large church, a market, and even a small hospital.
An Thoi (TT. An Thới) is considered the crown jewel of Phu Quoc's tourism industry and it is the island districts second largest town. Located in the southern most tip of the main island, An Thoi Town is blessed with numerous beaches, historical sights, luxury beach resorts, and a coral fringed island archipelago. By one estimate, more than 80 percent of visitors to Phu Quoc visit An Thoi during their trip. It's not hard to imagine why, with immediate access to world-class fishing, snorkeling, and diving; contact with hospitable Vietnamese islanders and fellow travelers from around the world; and an amazing selection of unique accommodations from which to choose from.
Then, of course, there's that tropical island feeling — white sugary sand beaches, swaying palm trees, rum punches, island hopping boat trips, clear turquoise ocean, and long, easy island time. Historically, An Thoi is famous for its prison concentration camp nicknamed the “Coconut Tree Prison” which was often referred to as “hell on earth” for generations. The prison was built by the French and expanded by the Americans during the Vietnam/American war.
Planning Your Time
Some people spend their entire vacation in one of the few beach resorts found in the region. Most, however, quickly pass through. The An Thoi region certainly doesn't require much of your time as most of the attractions are near each other. Day trips from other regions are popular however if you have some time, it is highly recommended that you spend half a day visiting the various islands that make up the An Thoi archipelago.
The port town of An Thoi is located at the southern tip of Phu Quoc and it is the gateway to Phu Quoc's white sand beach as well as the Phu Quoc Marine Park. An Thoi is the the second largest town on Phu Quoc.
An Thoi Port in southern Kien Giang's Phu Quoc Island District is an international seaport with the capacity to handle 500,000 to 700,000 tonnes and 360,000 passengers annually. It has two quays: one that can berth ships up to 3,000 tonnes and one that can handle larger ships of up to 30,000 tonnes. An Thoi Port will be one of 2 duty free zones in Phu Quoc District, the other one being the Phu Quoc International Airport.
Star Beach, or Bai Sao, Beach (Bãi Sao) is the best all around white sand beach on Phu Quoc's main island.
Urban beach just south of Bai Truong.
The beach that is part of Mui Ong Doi.
Once a brutal prison complex the Phu Quoc Prison is now a cultural heritage site that preserves the islands dark history and sins of war.
Giang Tien historical well and temple.
Near Sao Beach there is a fish sauce factory which you can tour.
Climb the stairs and head to the rooftop for an amazing view of the An Thoi Archipelago.
The only Christian church on the island.
The Phu Quoc Marine Park lies off the southern tip of the island just off the coast of An Thoi Town, Phu Quoc Districts second largest town. It occupies an area of 38 square miles and consists of 15 islands. The most popular tourist activity are snorkeling, diving, and fishing
The majestic Phu Quoc Cable Car begins its 8 km journey to Hon Thom Island, passing over Hon Dua and Hon Roi Islands, right here in An Thoi.
Buddhist Temple close to An Thoi Port.
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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. Duong Dong is a busy urban place but there is electricity in the air. The town comes alive after the sun has set.
Nested in between Phu Quoc's two major towns (Duong Dong and 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.Duong To is a hip modern commune with posh bars and restaurants, luxury beach resorts, and home to the Phu Quoc International Airport.