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Phu Quoc's Regions

Exploring Phú Quốc

Phu Quoc is much bigger and more complicated than most people imagine and the name “Phu Quoc” represents a 28 island district spanning over 593 square kilometers.  At 574 square kilometers, “Phu Quoc Island” is the largest island in the district and the center of all tourism related activities.

FAST FACTS:

  • Province: Kien Giang
  • Population: ~110,000 (2017)
  • Area: 594 square kilometers
  • Largest Island: Phu Quoc Island, 574 square kilometers.
  • Capital: Duong Dong
  • Highest Point: 603 meters, Mount Chua
  • Time Zone: UTC+7, Indochina Time
  • Language: Mainly Vietnamese and some Cambodian. Lots of local dialects. Within tourist areas: English, French, Russian
  • Local Government: People's Committee of Kien Giang
  • Currency: Vietnamese Dong. $1 U.S. = 20,000VND.
  • Electricity: 220 volts
  • Area code: +84
  • Visa: 30 day visa exemption for all nationalities

The district currently consists of 2 major towns: Duong DongAn Thoi, and the archipelago is further divided into the following 8 communes: Duong To, Cua Duong, Cua Can, Ganh Dau, Bai Thom, Ham Ninh, Hon Thom, and Tho Chu. In the future, a 3rd major town will be located in Cua Can.

phu quoc administration

The terrain and vegetation changes dramatically as you wander from commune to commune.  So does the pace and ambiance of each area.  Duong Dong is a busy and culturally diverse city and the island districts economic capital.  Coastal resorts and villas ooze luxury, while the small towns and fishing villages scattered throughout the district mark the islands history and culture.  The remote north east coast, with its lush jungles and mountains is where you will find the core Phu Quoc National Park, a protected UNESCO site. The north west is where you will find large family friend mega resorts dominated by the Vinpearl brand.  The central region is home to a fantastic country side dotted with pepper plantations and jungle retreats.  And along the south is where you will find over a dozen idyllic islands blessed with white sand beaches and surrounded by coral reefs.  Discover the beauty of Phu Quoc by exploring its regions and plan your trip accordingly.

Phu Quoc – more than just another island beach destination.

Phú Quốc Towns

Dương Đông

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.

Duong Dong Commune

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cao Dai TempleIf you want to discover the mystical Cao Daism religion or have a panoramic view of Duong Dong Town then head over to the Cao Dai Temple on Nguyen Trai Street. Parking and admission are both free. Remember to dress appropriately.
  • Chợ đêm Phú Quốc This is the infamous night market that sells seafood, pearl jewelry, and other souvenirs.
  • Dinh Cau Temple & Lighthouse This temple, which is also the symbol of Phu Quoc, should not be missed.  at sundown,  congregate by the Dinh Cau Temple, grab a plastic chair, buy sugar cane juice, and enjoy the sunset with the residents of the town.
  • Pepper FarmsYou do not need to travel far up north or south to visit Phu Quoc’s famous pepper farms. At the edge of town along 30 Thang 4 Street you will find 3 pepper farms which are open to tourists.
  • Tour Fish Sauce Factories - There are 3 fish sauce factories in Duong Dong town that are receptive to visitors and all of them can be found along the Duong Dong River just behind 30 Thang 4 Street.

An Thới

Located at the southern tip of Phu Quoc Island is An Thoi, the island districts crown jewel and the town that makes Phu Quoc competitive with similar international vacation destinations such as Phuket, Bali, Maldives, and Fiji. An Thoi is: the second largest urban area on Phu Quoc Island, the gateway to the Phu Quoc Marine Park, has two beautiful white sand beaches and home tothe world's largest over sea cable car. 

An Thoi Map

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An Thoi Port - The busiest port on the island is filled with colorful fishing boats and tourist boats that line the shore and makes for a great photo opportunity, especially at sunset. The cost to enter the port is 5,000VND.
  • Wet and dry fish market - Near the port you will see a lot of small shops selling fresh and dried fish and also processing newly caught fish.  The town also has its own wet and dry market - Chợ An Thới.
  • Sung Duc Pagoda - Near the south western tip of An Thoi Town there is a very beautiful Buddhist temple that is definitely worth visiting.
  • Coconut Tree Prison - The infamous concentration camp is close to An Thoi town. Admission is 20,000VND.
  • Sao Beach & Khem Beach - Two of the islands most beautiful white sand beaches in Phu Quoc are located here. You can either ride a motorbike up to these beaches or charter a boat from An Thoi Port.
  • Mui Ong Doi - An historic site that features a small beach, temple, and coral reefs that can be visited by chartering a boat or driving in.
  • Visit Pineapple Island (Hon Thom) by ferry - The ferry from An Thoi port costs 30,000VND for a one way trip to the 3rd largest island in the district.  Alternatively you can take the Phu Quoc Cable Car.
  • Tour the An Thoi Archipelago - You can charter a boat to visit the An Thoi Islands. These islands are colorfully named, from Yellow Tortoise Island (Hon Kim Qui), Coconut Island (Hon Dua), Pineapple Island (Hon Thom), Echo Island (Hon Vang), Cold Cloud Island (Hon May Rut), and Fingernail Island (Hon Mong Tay), among others. C
  • Fishing - You can fish from the An Thoi Port dock with the locals at sunset or charter a boat and go deep sea fishing or night fishing for squid.
  • Ball Sea Cucumber - There has been sort of “gold rush” happening in An Thoi Town lately, particular for a type of sea creature that has seen ramped up demand from the Chinese market – the Ball Sea Cucumber or “Banh Long”. A Ball Sea Cucumber is an animal that lies at the bottom of the ocean and resembles a grey sponge. When dried they shrivel up to the size of a tennis ball. Chinese merchants are willing to pay up to $10USD per kilogram and as such a lot of fishermen have rushed to hunt them. The hunting practices are not environmentally friendly as it involves dredging the sea floor and destroying everything in its path. You can see the daily haul and the cleaning of the ball sea cucumber around the side streets near the An Thoi port.

Phú Quốc Communes

Dương Tố

The center of all tourism activity an the region on Phu Quoc where you will find top tier international resorts, the airport, as well as the longest beach on the island.

duong to commune phu quoc map

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Watching the sunset on Truong Beach, Phu Quoc's most popular beach.
  • Bar hopping in Long Beach Village, Phu Quoc's backpackers ward.
  • Visiting Ho Quoc Pagoda, a big Buddhist temple that is built on the side of a mountain with spectacular sea views.
  • Taking a dip at the base of the Suối Tranh, Phu Quoc's largest ecotourism park with a large waterfall.
  • Having almost the entire stretch of Dam Beach (Bai Dam) all to yourself, which is located right in front of the famous Ho Quoc Pagoda.  It is one of Phu Quoc's most under utilized beach and is practically deserted.  Come here early and witness an amazing sunrise.
  • Located in the north eastern section of Duong To lies the Su Muong Pagoda, famous for its colorful Buddha statues.
  • Learning about the pearl industry and why Phu Quoc is often referred to as the “Pearl Island”.
  • Watching planes fly in and out of the Phu Quoc International Airport, which has been constructed right I the middle of a low lying jungle.
  • Partying at one of the areas many rooftop bars or at the annual Music Fest.

Cửa Dương

Cửa Dương is the heart of Phu Quoc... literally. This area represents the interior of the island.  Clean mountain water awaits you in the few rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and swimming holes found in the area.  Some of the islands most famous resorts occupy the western beachfront areas of Bai Ong Lang as does the Phu Quoc's National Park.  The area's accommodations are destinations in themselves, and are also used as bases for forays into the north and south.

cua duong

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Phu Quoc National Park - The heart of the Phu Quoc National Park (Vườn quốc Gia Phú Quốc) and the islands highest mountain lies on the north eastern side of the Cửa Dương commune.
  • Bãi Ông Lang - This former fishing village to the north of Duong Dong has recently developed into a popular beach resort destination. The main attraction of this laid-back and informal setting is Ong Lang Beach.
  • Streams & Waterfalls - Hike and explore the areas numerous streams and waterfalls.
    The relics here are very nice. Once you pass the main gate you will see a lot of various different religious statues such as Lady Buddha and Nguyen Trung Truc.
  • Duong Dong Lake - The Duong Dong Lake in Duong Dong Town, also known as the Duong Dong reservoir, is a large fresh water lake and dam located on Phu Quoc Island. This lake provides fresh water (16.500 m3/day) to the island and also generates hydro electric power. The lake and dam are located near the Da Ban Stream in the center of the island.

Cửa Cạn

If you are looking for solitude, long stretches of clean beach, and ecotourism water-sport activities like kayaking and beach snorkeling, then the Cua Can area is perfect for you.  Cua Can (Vietnamese: Cửa Cạn) is located in the north western section of Phu Quoc and consists of Vung Bau Beach, Cua Can Beach, Cua Can Village and the Cua Can River. Cua Can Village is famous for having the highest concentration of rustic wooden bridges in Phu Quoc District.  

map of cua can phu quoc

HIGHLIGHTS

Gành Dầu

Ganh Dau is located in the Northwestern part of the island and the area is slowly becoming the "Las Vegas" of Phu Quoc. Here you will find "Vinpearl Phu Quoc", a vast multipurpose complex that consists of the luxurious Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort, Vinpearl Phu Quoc Villas, an amusement park, safari zoo & animal research center, casino, 27 hole golf course, and southern Vietnam's only WHO recognized international hospital.  On-the-ocean seafood restaurants and Phu Quoc's most popular hiking trail— Ganh Dau Trail, are both also found in the area.

Ganh Dau burst onto the tourist scene after hosting the Miss Vietnam pageant, with American idol Kelly Clarkson singing in the finale. Today, Ganh Dau is Phu Quoc’s upscale resort area that ‘s a destination for thrills and vistas, casino and amusement parks, with a significant selection of exquisite resorts and restaurants. Much of the area northwest of Ganh Dau is located in a critical wildlife corridor which hosts hornbills and langurs, as they move between dwindling habitats. A series of hiking and walking paths traverse this area with the most famous one being the Ganh Dau Trail.

xa ganh dau

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Observe Local Life: The most enjoyable thing to do here is to ride your motorbike or bicycle down towards the coast where the fishermen are and observe how the locals live. Be warned that the area is littered with garbage.
  • Take Pictures: Ganh Dau Village is a perfect spot to take pictures of local life, the sea, and how they both intersect.
  • Tour the coastline, view Cambodia, and Snorkel: You can commission a boat (800,000VND for the entire boat) from the beach and tour the coastline.  The boat will take you to two snorkeling spots and take you to an area where you can observe Cambodia, which is only 4 km away from Phu Quoc.
  • Nguyen Trung Truc Pagoda: You can visit the famous local hero's shrine.
  • Visit Bang Island: You can visit nearby Bang Island which is a great spot for snorkeling.  To catch a boat to Bang Island (250,000VND per person) please visit 754 Restaurant located beach side.
  • Snorkeling: The ocean here is clear and teeming with coral and marine life.  Commission a boat or venture out on your own.
  • Local Eateries: There are a dozen or so local eateries serving both traditional Vietnamese food and seafood for a decent price.  There are also many street side vendors where you buy bbq meats, banh mi, pho, com tam, etc.  There is also a local ice cream parlor and a few coffee shops as well.
  • Have a meal at one of the floating restaurants found in Rach Vem Fishing Village.

Bãi Thơm

Wild Bai Thom Commune located up in Phu Quoc’s northeast corner, is known for lush mountains, rain forests, mangroves, cashews, the northern port and remote beaches. Bai Thom is an 1 hour drive north of Duong Dong Town, 

Bai Thom was once a restricted military zone due to its proximity to Cambodia as both of these countries were essentially at war with each other, but those days are long gone.  Thom Village is now a peaceful place and its inhabitants are mainly fishermen and their families.  The village is slowly preparing itself for mass tourism as the entire village will be redeveloped by 2030 into a eco-tourism hub.

Map of Bai Thom Commune

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Watch the  sunrise at Bai Thom Beach is quite magical as the sun rises from behind Cambodia.
  • Explore Hon Mot Island, a tiny island connected to the mainland via a man made wooden bridge.
  • Visit  wild Rach Tram Beach, a relatively long stretch of white sand beach next to Rach Tram Fishing Village.
  • Drift down the Rach Tram River and discover a river community, mangrove forests, and hornbills flying above you.
  • Tour a crocodile farm near the Da Chong port.

Hàm Ninh

The long and slender Xa Hàm Ninh is Phu Quoc's coastal commune known for having unique seafood restaurant barges, treks through the jungle,  gorgeous sunrises, and a small white sand beach resort area.

xa ganh dau

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Brunch at one of the floating restaurants found along the long pier at Ham Ninh Fishing Village.
  • Discovering the natural Rock Garden ecotourism attraction.
  • Trekking to the top of Mount Ham Ninh.
  • Relaxing at Bai Cay Sao, one of the islands most beautiful beach.
  • Looking for fairies at the Suoi Tien stream.
  • Riding up the coast via motorbike.
  • Spotting the old woman who collects and sells shell fish at the by the pier.
  • Arriving early to watch the gorgeous sunrise.

Hòn Thơm

Phu Quoc's archipelago commune just south of Phu Quoc Island where you will find 15 different islands most of which remain uninhabited.

 

Hon Thom Commune

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride the worlds longest oversea cable car to Hon Thom Island.
  • Visit Hon Xuong Island, one of the most picturesque islands in Asia.
  • Snorkeling and diving around the many reefs.
  • Snuba diving at Namaste Boat.
  • Beach camping at Hon May Rut Island.
  • A visit to one of the many floating fish farms.
  • Try your luck at deep sea y chartering your own boat.
  • Exploring Hon Thom Island, the second largest island in Phu Quoc District.

Thổ Chu

Tho Chau is an 8 island archipelago commune located 100 km south west of Phu Quoc Island and 220 km west of Rach Gia.  The commune is inhabited by those who serve in the military and fishermen.  It is currently off-limits to foreigners as it is under military control however the restrictions will be lifted shortly.

tho chua island

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Taking a island hopping tour to discover the highlights of the 8 islands that make up the Tho Chua Archipelago.
  • Deep sea fishing adventures, something extremely popular with sports fishermen.
  • Snorkeling at the numerous reefs.
  • Visiting the lighthouse which is still being used today.
  • Relaxing on one the many beaches found here.
  • Watching the sunset from the main wharf.

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