An Thoi

White sand beaches, cable car, and gateway to the An Thoi Archipelago

An Thoi, Phú Quốc

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.

Map of an thoi commune

Thị Trấn An Thới

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.  

About An Thoi Town

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.

phu quoc prison expat

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.

map of an thoi town

An Thoi


An Thoi Port

An Thoi Town

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

An Thoi International Port

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.

Mũi Ông Đội

Mũi Ông Đội

Dramatic scenery frames this oceanside resort mecca, a playground of the rich and famous through the years which is also recognized as an important national cultural heritage site due a unique temple situated next to the million dollar villas. Mui Ong Doi is an area of character and charm, complemented by luxury accommodations, and the only place where you can watch both the sunset and sunrise on Phu Quoc Island.


Bai Sao in An Thoi

Bãi Sao

Bãi Sao is the best all around white sand beach catering to families.  With calm seas and plenty of amenities, it is one of Vietnam's most popular beach resort areas.

bai kem beach

Bãi Kem

Covered in fine white sand and lined with palm trees Bãi Kem Beach is a more upscale beach resort area just south of Bai Sao. The vacationers live and play among themselves here. They can stroll through the resort villages and then chose from among dozens of distractions – sports, organized activities and entertainment outings. Many of these things are included in the lump-sum price paid before leaving home.

bai dat do beach on phu quoc island

Bai Dat Do

Bai Dat Do Beach is a wild beach located in the south-eastern section of the of the main island of Phu Quoc in An Thoi Commune. Dat Do Beach is an interesting beach on Phu Quoc and it is currently not developed for tourism. The local people leverage Bai Dat Do as a place to dry anchovies and to enjoy the beach life during the sunrise and sunset hours.

bai xep beach in an thoi phu quoc

Bai Xep

Urban beach just south of Bai Truong.  At the northern section of the beach you will find the Phu Quoc Cable Car departure terminal.

Kings Well

Bãi Ông Đội

A gorgeous beach with coarse white sand and greenish blue sea.  Bai Ong Doi is part of the historic Mui Ong Doi cape which is home to a luxury beach resorts as well as the Gieng Ngu Temple (Kings Well).


Phu Quoc Prison

Phu Quoc Prison

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.

gieng tien well

Kings Well

Giang Tien historical well and temple.

An Thoi Church

 The only Christian church on the island.

hon roi island in an thoi phu quoc

An Thoi Archipelago

The An Thoi Archipelago (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

Phu Quoc Cable Car

Phu Quoc Cable Car

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.  

sung duc pagoda on phu quoc

Sung Duc Pagoda

Buddhist Temple close to An Thoi Port.




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