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.
The district currently consists of 2 major towns: Duong Dong & An 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like beads in a coral necklace strung between the Gulf of Thailand and mainland Vietnam, the islands that make up Hon Thom Commune generates an aura of romance and adventure.
Hon Thom is Phu Quoc's archipelago commune located south of Phu Quoc Island. The commune consists of 15 different islands, most of which remain uninhabited. Although the region is not marine protected, the area is popular for water sports due to its calm seas and coral reefs. The main island, and the communes namesake – Hon Thom – is home to a sizable community and resort complex. It is here where the famous Phu Quoc Cable Car terminates after traveling for about 8 kilometers from An Thoi Town.
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.
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