Trips to Phu Quoc can be made all year round, but the best time to visit the island is during the dry season when the sky is always sunny, clear and blue. Adding to the agreeable climate is a stunning and varied landscape that includes picturesque islands, white and yellow sandy beaches, and lush forests. Discover the top ten things to do in Phu Quoc today by reading the following guide.
Visitors come to Phu Quoc soak up the sunshine on the beaches, take boat trips to the many islands, learn to snorkel in the clear waters teeming with life, and to dine in some of the best restaurants in the country, with seafood being a particular favorite. Culturally, the region has a rich history stretching back centuries, and many relics of the ancient inhabitants can be seen at the islands museum. Phu Quoc once housed the so-called “coconut tree prison” (now a museum), where Vietcong prisoners of war were held.
With a small friendly population the island retains a small town charm atmosphere, even as it grows and modernizes at a rapid rate. Many prefer the laid back lifestyle and clean air here in Phu Quoc compared to the commotion and pollution in the larger cities in Vietnam. In recent years, there has been significant development within the island and it is now home to many luxurious hotels, resorts and quality dining venues. Here is our top 10 things to do in Phu Quoc:
The most popular beach on Phu Quoc's sunny western shore is Long Beach aptly name for having over 20 kilometers of coastline. The sunset here is absolutely breath taking and the major draw here. Most guests watch the sunset either from a lounge chair at their resort or at a seaside restaurant or bar. After the sun has set visitors head over to the Phu Quoc Night Market for dinner followed by drinks at one of the islands many watering holes. If you want to know of some specific places to watch the sunset along long beach, please click here.
Sao Beach, meaning “star beach” in Vietnamese is the most beautiful stretch of white sand in Phu Quoc, which faces the east providing some of the best sunrises you will ever witness. Sao Beach is also home to a variety of beach sports from volleyball, jet-skiing, paragliding, and even banana boat riding. From this beach you can jump on a long-tail boat and explore the nearby An Thoi Islands.
The Dinh Cau Temple, also known as the Dinh Cau Rock Temple, is one of Phu Quoc's most recognizable site and most frequented tourist attraction. Here you will find a small temple and lighthouse overlooking the Duong Dong River. Learn more about the Dinh Cau Temple.
Phu Quoc is world renowned for producing some of the best Fish Sauce (Nước mắm) in the world and it is one of a handful of places in the world where you can actually witness how this stinky sauce is made. Tour a fish sauce factory today!
Learn about Phu Quoc Districts dark past by visiting the Cay Dua Prison, also known as the Coconut Tree Prison. The Phu Quoc Prison has been decommissioned and it is now a national heritage site home to a museum, tiger cages, and guard towers. Learn more.
The Suoi Tranh Stream and Waterfall are definitely the most popular eco-tourism attraction on Phu Quoc. The well groomed and easily accessible park is near Ham Ninh Village just east of Duong Dong Town. Here guests can observe the islands most spectacular waterfall! Learn more.
In between the rustic Cua Can Village and the posh Bai Dai Beach lies crescent shaped Vung Bau Beach. This gorgeous golden sand beach has some of the islands largest stretch of desolate beach. Find your own patch of sand here and live life like Robinson Crusoe once did. Learn more about Vung Bau Beach.
The Ganh Dau Trail is a simple and easily accessible trail that cuts through a section of the Phu Quoc National Park. It is a relatively flat trail and fun for the entire family. Learn more.
Besides fish sauce, Phu Quoc is also famous for its black pepper production. The main island of Phu Quoc has over 30 pepper plantations producing both white and black pepper and you can visit these plantations to see how pepper is harvested. Learn more.
Imagine a giant amusement park right next to the ocean. Sounds like a fantasy but it is real and only found on Phu Quoc Island. The Vinpearl Land amusement park located in Ganh Dau has roller coasters, water slides, and even a giant ocean facing Ferris Wheel. Learn more about Vinpearl Land today.
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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.
Nested in between Phu Quoc's two major towns (Duong Dong and An Thoi) lies Duong To, a vast central area that is home to the Bai Truong Tourist Complex, Phu Quoc's main tourist area. The Bai Truong Tourist Complex is often referred to as just "Long Beach", the literal translation of the Vietnamese words in English.Duong To is a hip modern commune with posh bars and restaurants, luxury beach resorts, and home to the Phu Quoc International Airport.