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Vietnam's Pearl Island

If you are looking to be pampered at a 5 star resort or live like Robinson Crusoe, this island is for you and it has something for everyone and for all age groups. Here on Phu Quoc Island you can visit beautiful white powdery sand beaches, snorkel and dive and discover the exotic Gulf of Thailand marine life, shop for pearls, try the world famous fish sauce, kayak to small islets, hike through a National Park and watch monkeys jump from tree to tree, swim in natural pools created by spectacular waterfalls, go on a deep sea fishing excursion or fish from shore, play golf at a world class golf course, or just watch one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. This island will not disappoint you, and to prove it just watch the video below:

About Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc Island is located approximately 45km off the coast of Vietnam and 4kms from the Cambodia-Vietnam boundary. The island is situated in the Gulf of Thailand and it falls under the administration of the Kien Giang government with the capital, Rach Gia, being 115kms away. The closest Vietnamese town is known as Ha Tien which is about 45kms from the island and it takes 2 hours to reach Ha Tien from Phu Quoc by ferry. Phu Quoc is much closer to Cambodia's Kampot Province which is just 18kms away. The GPS coordinates of Phu Quoc are: 10.2289° north latitude and 103.9572° east longitude.

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is an "Island District" situated in the Gulf of Thailand 45 kilometers from the southern tip of mainland Vietnam and only 4 kilometers from nearby Cambodia. It is part of the Kien Giang Biosphere Conservation Area which in 2006 was recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve

How To Get To Phu Quoc

Since Phú Quốc is an island district, the only way to get here is by either taking an aircraft (plane or helicopter) or arrive boat (ferry, speedboat, cruise.  Phu Quoc has both an international airport and seaport and by 2020 the entire area will be a special economic zone.

Phu Quoc By Ferry

Numerous Vietnamese ferry companies have routes to Phu Quoc Island from mainland Vietnam.  You can take a regular ferry, car ferry, cruise ship, or even a classical junk.

Phu Quoc By Plane

Fly from almost anywhere in Vietnam and over 20 countries.  With its' international airport and central location, arriving to Phu Quoc by plane is very easy.

How To Get Around

So you've finally arrived on Phu Quoc Island, congratulations! Now how do you move about on this 574 square m island — the largest island in Phu Quoc District? Well we will tell you.

By Bus: Public transportation does exist on the island, however the schedules are unpredictable and this mode of transport is not recommended for tourists. "Public" transportation on Phu Quoc is basically shared minivans which travel up and down the major cities and used mostly by locals.

By Bicycle: A bicycle hire is a great eco-friendly way to go if you don't mind peddling through the heat. Bicycle rentals are widely available and cost anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000VND per day. If you are staying at a higher end resort, they will have bicycles available for you. If not, then head to any motorbike rental place or a hotel/resort that has them and rent from them directly. The rental terms are usually per 12 hour periods.

By Motorbike: Hiring a motorbike is a popular way to both get around town and see the island. With a motorbike you can easily visit all the major sites on the island. Helmets are the law here on Phu Quoc Island and the speed limit within the cities is a maximum of 40km/hr. Gas stations and mechanics are widely available as well. Motorbike rentals cost anywhere between 100,000VND to 200,000VND per day including helmets. Make sure you keep a copy of the rental agencies business card with you just in case you get lost or your motorbike breaks down. The rental terms for a motorbike is usually for a 12 hour period. If this is something you want to do, make sure you read our comprehensive motorbike guide found here.

 

By Motorbike Taxi: There are a few motorbike taxis available on the island and the price for their service varies depending on location. A short trip around town costs about 20,000VND to 30,000VND. Longer trips will obviously cost more money so make sure you agree on the price first. Most Xe Om drivers on Phu Quoc are honest and reliable.

By Taxi: There are plenty of taxis available all over the island. You will find them parked at the side of the road or cruising around for customers. They are reliable and safe and use a pricing meter to charge for fares. You can also negotiate a fixed price if you are planning on a long distance trip.

By Private Car: If you have a large group of people, you may be better off by renting a private car and driver. Prices start around $30 to 50USD per day, depending on the type of car. Sasco, the taxi company, also rents out their cars and drivers.

By Jeep: You can also rent a Jeep and driver for around $50USD per day but since all the roads now paved a Jeep rental is not necessary.

When To Travel

Rainy Season

From mid May to early October, the island experiences its annual monsoon.  Although it rains quite a bit during the summer months, this is the best time to visit the jungle and trek to the waterfalls.

Dry Season

From late October to early May, the weather on Phu Quoc is hot and dry.  This is when the island is the busiest and rightfully so.  Clear skies, turquoise seas, and the best snorkeling this side of Asia.

Popular Beaches

luxury beach resort map on phu quoc

Tip: Forget the beach towel.  There should be towels where you are staying, if not you can buy one here really cheap.  A beach towel takes up so much room and there is no need to waste all that space and weight in your luggage. If you really want to take one, invest in a small, light microfiber towel.

Island Information

Language on 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.

Safety

Phu Quoc has fresh air, clean water, friendly people, a very low crime rate, and best of all... a lot of sunshine and powdery beaches.The island is extremely safe at the moment, but like with all major tourist destinations this is bound to change. There is a greater chance of you being robbed by your fellow traveler than a local as the punishment for petty theft here is quite extreme. For added security, leave all your precious belongings at your hotel.

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.


phu quoc banks

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.

western union phu quoc island


Where To Eat and Drink On Phu Quoc Island

There are many places to eat and drink on the island from your local street side restaurants serving traditional Vietnamese fast food like beef soup (Pho), baguette sandwiches (Bahn mi), and broken rice with pork or chicken (com tam) to fine dining options and everything in between. Prices start from 10,000VND and up.

tet cake phu quoc

Eating at resorts, beach front restaurants, or at your hotel will be much more expensive than eating in town.  There's plenty of food to try from all over the world.   Of course, being an island, seafood is the favorite dish here in Phu Quoc. Learn more about the various food options by reading our Phu Quoc Island Food Guide.

Getting Away

If you get bored of Phu Quoc Island you can always take a ferry to the mainland and visit the nearby port cities such as Ha Tien, Rach Gia, and even Cau Mau. You can also take a ferry and bus combination and head into Cambodia and/or Thailand. The following are the 2016  - 2017ferry and bus schedules to take you away from Phu Quoc Island:

Phu Quoc to Saigon by Bus & Ferry - Schedules & Fares


Phu Quoc - Rach Gia - Saigon | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 5:30pm | $32USD
Phu Quoc - Rach Gia - Saigon | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 7:00pm | $30USD
Phu Quoc - Rach Gia - Saigon | Departure Time: 12:00am - Arrive 10:30pm | $32USD

Phu Quoc - Ha Tien - Saigon | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 7:00pm | $25USD
Phu Quoc - Ha Tien - Saigon | Departure Time: 12:00am - Arrive 10:30pm | $25USD
Phu Quoc - Ha Tien - Saigon | Departure Time: 10:00pm - Arrive 6:00pm | $32USD

 

Phu Quoc to Can Tho by Bus & Ferry - Schedules & Fares


Phu Quoc - Rach Gia - Can Tho | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 3:30pm | $27USD
Phu Quoc - Rach Gia - Can Tho | Departure Time: 12:00am - Arrive 8:00pm | $27USD

Phu Quoc - Ha Tien - Can Tho | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 5:00pm | $22USD
Phu Quoc - Ha Tien - Can Tho | Departure Time: 12:00am - Arrive 12:0pm | $22USD

 

Phu Quoc to Chau Doc by Bus & Ferry - Schedules & Fares


Phu Quoc - Ha Tien - Chau Doc | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 1:30pm | $19USD
Phu Quoc - Ha Tien - Chau Doc | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 3:30pm | $19USD

Phu Quoc to Ca Mau by Bus & Ferry - Schedules & Fares

Phu Quoc - Rach Gia - Cau Mau | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 4:30pm | $30USD
Phu Quoc - Ha Tien - Cau Mau | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 6:30pm | $25USD

Phu Quoc to Vinh Long by Bus & Ferry - Schedules & Fares


Phu Quoc - Rach Gia - Vinh Long | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 6:00pm | $32USD
Phu Quoc - Rach Gia - Vinh Long | Departure Time: 12:00am - Arrive 9:00pm | $32USD


Phu Quoc to Cambodia by Bus & Ferry - Schedules & Fares

Phu Quoc to / from Kep | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 1:30pm | $19USD
Phu Quoc to / from Kep | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 2:30pm | $16USD
Phu Quoc to / from Kampot | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 2:30pm | $21USD
Phu Quoc to / from Kampot | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 3:30pm | $18USD
Phu Quoc to / from Phnom Penh | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 4:00pm | $23USD
Phu Quoc to / from Phnom Penh | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 7:00pm | $20USD
Phu Quoc to / from Phnom Penh | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 4:00pm | $23USD
Phu Quoc to / from Phnom Penh | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 7:00pm | $20USD
Phu Quoc to / from Sihanoukville | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 5:30pm | $23USD
Phu Quoc to / from Sihanoukville | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 7:00pm | $20USD
Phu Quoc to / from Siem Reap | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 10:30pm | $34USD
Phu Quoc to / from Siem Reap | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 12:00am | $30 USD

Phu Quoc to Bangkok by Bus & Ferry - Schedules & Fares


Phu Quoc to / from Bangkok | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 7:00pm | $55USD
Phu Quoc to / from Pataya | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 6:00pm | $55USD
Phu Quoc to / from Koh Chan | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 5:00pm | $55USD
Phu Quoc to / from Koh Samet | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 6:00pm | $55USD
Phu Quoc to / from Koh Kong | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 11:00pm | $38USD
Phu Quoc to / from Koh Kong | Departure Time: 7:00am - Arrive 2:30pm | $35USD

** All prices include: Pickup, ferry fare, bus fare.

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