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Phu Quoc island and attractions

Phu Quoc island

Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island, 45km west of Ha Tien, the tear-shaped island with an area of 1320 sq km and 48km long.

Phu Quoc is fringed with white-sand beaches and with large tracts still covered in dense, tropical jungle. Phu Quoc National Park with the area of 31.422ha, has a diversified ecosystem of 929 species of flora, 89 species of hard coral, 19 species of soft coral, 62 species of seaweed, etc.

Beyond the chain of resorts lining Truong (long) Beach, it’s still largely undeveloped. For daytime adventures by diving the reefs, kayaking in the bays or exploring the roads on a motorbike - or lounging on the beach, indulging in a massage and dining on fresh seafood.

The most valuable crop is black pepper, but the islanders here have traditionally earned their living from the sea. Phu Quoc is also famous in Vietnam for its production of high-quality fish sauce (nuoc mam), which is made from anchovy (ca com), with a high level of protein.

The island has some unusual hunting dogs, which have ridgebacks, curly tails, webbed feet and blue tongues. They are said to be able to pick up their masters’ scent from over one kilometre away. And they are adept hunters but unfortunately, the dogs have decimated much of the island’s wildlife.


Attractions in Phu Quoc

Dinh Cau night market Dinh Cau night market

Dinh Cau night market stretches out on a road section of nearly 500 meters and opens daily from 6 pm until midnight. It's such an interesting place with the most atmospheric and nightlife in Phu Quoc. There are a dozen or more stalls serving a delicious range of Vietnamese seafood, grills and vegetarian options... with affordable price. After a meal, you can stroll down to booths selling souvenirs right in the night market such as handicrafts, jewelry made from pearls, shells or natural stones found on Phu Quoc.
Bai Truong beach Bai Truong beach

Phu Quoc's longest beach is Bai Truong (Long beach). In excess of 20 kilometres long, the beach runs down Phu Quoc's south coast and its grainy yellow sands. Aside from the very occasional fishing hamlet, are utterly deserted, except for resorts and guest houses that plug into the northern end of the beach. Bai Truong beach is lined for almost its entire length by grassy stretches and coconut palms, meaning it's easy to ride down as far as you want, pull over and go for a swim. It has great potential for picnics.
Suoi Tranh waterfall Suoi Tranh waterfall

Phu Quoc has very little surface moisture, but there are several springs originating in the hills. The most accessible of these is Suoi Tranh waterfall. It's a white-water creek tumbling across some attractive large granite boulders, with greenery all around and colorful wild orchids clinging to tree trunks. There are deep pools and it’s nice enough for a dip. The best months to visit Suoi Tranh are between May and September - by the end of the dry season there’s little more than a trickle.
Bai Sao beach Bai Sao beach

Winning any heart ever been to Phu Quoc island, Bai Sao beach is worth the best vote. It is located on the east coast leading to the southern tip of the island. Bai Sao offers the nice view, the whitest sand, endless sunshine, year-round warm and turquoise water - ideal for swimming, sunbathing and some entertainment such as beach volleyball fields and kayak renting.
Bai Khem beach Bai Khem beach

Bai Khem beach is a nice clean beach, very low slope, stretching coast, white sand, blue clear water that can see the bottom. The beach is not long and large like other beaches on the island, but it attracts tourists due to its tranquil space and poetic landscapes. Before, Bai Khem beach was a military zone, and tourists were not permitted. Today, Bai Khem was no longer under military management. It was transferred to the island district managers to develop tourism. So, it's getting ready for exploring.
Bai Dai beach Bai Dai beach

Bai Dai is one of the best beaches in the north of Phu Quoc. The sand is a little darker here, but as the beach sees few visitors, it is clean - An ideal beach for lazy swimming and relaxation. Still retaining their isolated, tropical charm, these northern beaches are rarely peopled, let alone crowded. Locals claim it to be the longest uninterrupted beach in Vietnam. A nice newer road follows the coast along the Dai Beach, cutting down on motorbike time and red dust in your face.
Visit a Pearl farm Visit a Pearl farm

For more an interesting characteristic of Phu Quoc Island is the pearl farms, a few of them open to tourists. Visiting a pearl farm, you will have a close look at the pearl culturing process and can buy the complete product for yourself or as a gift...
Visit a fish sauce factory Visit a fish sauce factory

A part of Vietnamese cuisine, understanding and appreciating Fish Sauce is an important gateway into local culture. Phu Quoc island there are three popular fish sauce factories open to visitors. They have a range of huge wooden vats of fermenting fish are an oddly interesting sight. Let ready your nose, stop by the factory and see how the Fish Sauce comes to life.

Where to stay in Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc has many types of stays with different prices, from budget motels, hotels to luxury resort. Places to stay in Phu Quoc concentrated in two areas :

- Duong Dong Town Center : mainly with motels and hotels mid-range. Reference price for the average room type 12 $ / night.

- Along the coast from Duong Dong town extends to the south island : comprises many luxury resorts with nice beach and good service.


Time to visit Phu Quoc

- The dry season is from November to May next year. The rainy season is from June to October.

- The best time to visit Phu Quoc is mid-winter, when the sky is blue and the sea is calm. It can get pretty hot around April and May.

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Phu Quoc island
          - Dinh Cau night market
          - Bai Truong beach
          - Suoi Tranh waterfall
          - Bai Sao beach
          - Bai Khem beach
          - Bai Dai beach
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