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Sustainable Tourism on Phú Quốc

One of the bright stars in Vietnam's ecotourism travel sector is Phu Quoc, a twenty eight island archipelago located in the Gulf of Thailand bordering Cambodia.   Ecotourism on Phu Quoc Island, the districts largest island (also the largest island in the Gulf of Thailand), focuses on responsible travel and tourism to natural areas that conserves the environment and sustains the well being of the local people.

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Ecotourism on Phu Quoc is seen as a critical tool in order to provide more sustainable sources of livelihood, foster cultural protection, and biological diversity.  Phu Quoc is one of the most important tourism areas in Vietnam.  Besides its nearly 150 km long coasts, rich historical and cultural heritage, it also has a marvelous biodiversity due to climatic variety and the fact that it is an island archipelago.  Phu Quoc's natural assets includes its rich fertile soils, mountains, forests, streams, caves, canyons, coral reefs, birds and animals.

 

Future Thinking

The mission of Phu Quoc's ecotourism initiative is to protect the 28 island archipelagos' unique natural environment and host culture through the promotion of responsible travel and educational programs relating to sustainable tourism for residents, businesses, and visitors to Vietnam's largest island.  Those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities on Phu Quoc abide by the following universally recognized ecotoursim principles:

  1.  Minimize impact (reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, use e-maps & e-guides).
  2.  Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  3. Provide positive experiences for both visitors and locals.
  4. Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  5. Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people,
  6. Raise sensitivity to host Vietnam's political, environmental, and social climate.

Phu Quoc Rose Myrtle Flower

Agritourism

On Phu Quoc the loss of farm land resulting from the ever-increasing densification of the island makes it difficult for its inhabitants to produce food they need in proportions of any significance.  However the island does produce a few niche products that are of world class quality which are peppercorn and fish sauce, as well as some local specialties such as sim wine and Phu Quoc honey.

Pepper Farms

Location: Multiple | Vietnamese name: Hồ tiêu| Directory | Rating: 3/5

Touring one of Phu Quoc's many pepper farms provides visitors insight into how one of the best peppercorns in all of Asia are cultivated.   Phu Quoc District is the largest  peppercorn growing area in the south of Vietnam with over 500 hectares of dedicated agricultural land under management yielding over 1,200 tonnes of the crop per year on average.  The quality, taste, aroma, and growing conditions of this high quality pepper variety has resulted in Phu Quoc's pepper receiving a location specific trademark.  As a visitor to Phu Quoc you can independently visit these pepper farms or join a pepper-based tour.

Phu Quoc Pepper Farm

Fish Sauce Factory

Location: Duong Dong | Vietnamese name: Rượu Sim Phú Quốc | Directory | Rating: 3.7/5

Phu Quoc is one of the three major hubs in Vietnam that produces the traditional way of making fish sauce, the other two being Con Dao and Nha Trang. However Phu Quoc's fish sauce is far superior than the latter two hubs and it is recognized to be the best in the world and one with the highest protein (nitrogen) content.

On Phu Quoc Island you can visit fish sauce producing factories and witness first hand how this ancient sauce is made.  The ingredients needed to make the traditional fish sauce consist of sea salt and black anchovies, both of which are stored in large wooden barrels made of wood harvested from the island itself (boi loi wood).  After a 10 to 15 month long fermentation process, the "first press" is ready to be harvested and bottles.

duong dong fish sauce factories

Sim Wine Making

Location: Duong To | Vietnamese name: Rượu Sim Phú Quốc | Directory | Rating: 3/5

Sim wine is a wine made by mixing local sim fruit, which kind of resembles a blueberry, with rice wine and sugar.  There are a few sim wine production factories / showrooms you can visit on Phu Quoc Island.

Bee Keeping

Location: Multiple | Vietnamese name: Trang trại Ong Mật Phú Quốc | Directory | Rating: 2/5

Phu Quoc honey bees work hard, make life sweet, and sting when necessary.  There are a few Phu Quoc Bee Farms on the main island of Phu Quoc that operate as for-profit ecotourism destinations.  You can learn about the bee making process, sample local honey, and enjoy the country ambiance.

phu quoc bee farm tours

Nature & Outdoors

Phu Quoc is a lush island district where nature is on display in all its splendor thanks to extraordinary biodiversity. Go on a hike, observe wildlife and participate in various ecotourism activities. 

Phu Quoc National Park

national park

Phu Quoc National Park covers more than 60% of the island and it is teeming with wildlife, a variety of plant, and diverse topography.

mountain hiking phu quoc

hiking & trekking

There are ample opportunities to hike and trek the Phu Quoc National Park.  Learn more about them today!

suoi tranh waterfall phu quoc

Waterfalls

Phu Quoc is fortunate to have a variety of waterfalls, streams, and rivers that tourists can enjoy year round.

Phu Quoc whale dolphin watching

Whale & Dolphin Watching

Watch pods of whales swim by your boat, kayak, or canoe in the Gulf of Thailand.

Bioluminescent Plankton phu quoc

Bioluminescent Plankton

Watch the beach and surf light up at night.  A rare event but magical if you witness it.

Phu Quoc Coral Gardens

CORAL GARDENS

A secret beach surrounded by corals and marine life just waiting to be discovered.

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