Phu Quoc Off The Beaten Path
Phu Quoc: Off The Beaten Path
Phu Quoc is famous for its luxury beach resorts and its picture perfect beaches. It is filled with tourists everywhere but there are still many lesser-known gems hidden in and around the island. If you’re looking to do things off the beaten track in Phú Quốc then read on!
1. Exploring Da Ban Stream (Suối Đá Bàn)
Phu Quoc’s most touristy natural attraction is the Suoi Tranh waterfall, best visited during the wet season, but the lesser known natural site called Da Ban Stream is equally spectacular. Da Ban Stream is named after its flat granite “table like” rock formation. It has many natural pools and numerous streams originating from the Ham Ninh mountains. The area is surrounded by beautiful flora such as orchids, wild ginseng, and myrtle trees. The Dan Stream is a popular picnicking spot for locals.
2. Duong Dong Dam
Phu Quoc has many viewpoints but the Duong Dong Dam one offers the most breathtaking views of both the island as well as the Duong Dong Lake. Located in Duong Dong Town, this place is practically devoid of tourists and is the perfect place to get away from the crowds. Keep in mind it is a military area and once you reach the top you will see a ‘do not enter’ sign. You can park just before the hill and walk up for a stunning view.
3. Fingernail Island (Hon Mong Tay)
Fingernail Island is one of the islands that make up the An Thoi archipelago which is located in the south of Phu Quoc. Often many people come here for lunch and to snorkel but it is not as crowded as the other places. This is a pretty good hideaway for beach bumming or just to have a beer/coconut as you laze around its shore. You can even try your hand at spear fishing or kayaking and visit other nearby islands.
4. Rock Garden & Beach
This white sand beach surrounded by rocks jutting out from a turquoise sea is one of the most beautiful places on Phu Quoc. Despite its beauty you will find very less people here as compared to other places. This is more of a “secret” beach where you won’t find any jet skis, beach vendors, or tourists. Located north of Ham Ninh Village, Rock Garden is the perfect place to visit if you want a private beach all to yourself.
5. The Wooden Bridges of Cua Can
The historical part of Phu Quoc is located in Cua Can Village, a sleepy fishing village just 15 minutes north of Duong Dong Town. You can find some very old wooden bridges here, which you can explore on foot or by motorbike. Get here soon as these bridges will not be around forever.