Known as Pearl Island, Phu Quoc is an emerald island where modernity meets tranquility. Whether you're here to explore the wilderness, immerse in the crystal blue water, enjoy the taste of fresh seafood or just to relax on the sun-kissed beaches, you will discover why this largest island in Vietnam is a true gem of Southeast Asia.
How to get to Phu Quoc Island
The best way to travel to Phu Quoc is to fly. Phu Quoc has an international airport so you can easily book a flight from inland Vietnam, as well as from some countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, China, Korea and Hong Kong.
High speed craft
Alternatively, you can travel to Phu Quoc by taking a high speed craft from Ha Tien, Rach Gia, Nam Du or Ca Mau. Many people choose this mean of transportation to save cost. A ticket price often ranges from VND 300.000 - VND 550.000
It's not difficult to find accommodation in Phu Quoc thanks to rapid development in recent years. There are many choices for you, from affordable hostels to luxurious resorts.
If you stay in Duong Dong town - the centre and the largest town in Phu Quoc, you can get around easily on foot. Public transportation is quite limited in this island. Therefore, to travel around the island and explore other places, the most convenient way is renting a motorbike.
Day 1: Dinh Cau Rock (Cau Temple) - Sao Beach
Dinh Cau Rock
Dinh Cau Rock is always referred as the symbol of Phu Quoc. Visiting this place, you will have more insights into the island life. Located next to Duong Dong Fishing Harbour, Cau Temple is the place where local fishermen come to pray before embarking on fishing excursions. It features a colorful lighthouse and Buddhist shrine, making it a spectacular landscape as well as significant cultural landmark.
Dinh Cậu, Khu phố 2, tt. Dương Đông, Phú Quốc...
Sao Beach is the highlight of South Phu Quoc. It has a smooth white sandy beach stretching for 7 km, emerald water with the backdrop of coconut trees and green hills and plenty of activities to enjoy. Especially, every September and October, a lot of starfish swim ashore creating a magnificent scenery.
Day 2: Discovery the nature in the National Park
Phu Quoc National Park is located in the Northeast and takes up more than 50% of the island. That's why this is the perfect place for nature lovers who want to explore diverse landscapes, unique flora and fauna or evergreen forest.
Credit: Cassia Cottage
The majority of Phu Quoc National Park is protected by the government to preserve its ecology. However, there are four protected spots that are open for camping and hiking: Bai Thom, Cua Duong, Ham Ninh and Ganh Dau. Each one has trails so you can explore by motorbike or hiking.
Phu Quoc National Park
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The entrance to the forest is in the north of the island, 20 km away from Duong Dong town. There are two main trails to explore the National Park.
The simplest and most popular trail is Ganh Dau trail, thanks to huge acient trees. Along the 5-km long trail, you also have a chance to witness the beauty of Ganh Dau fishing village.
Ganh Dau, Phú Quốc, Kien Giang, Vietnam
Another trail is Phu Quoc National Park trail. Hiking in the morning is recommended because this trail is narrower and covered with a lot of low and tall trees.
Before hiking, you should prepare appropriate clothes and shoes carefully, as well as anti-insect spray/cream. When hiking, follow the guide's instructions and it's better to have a walking stick to keep your balance.
Day 3: Under the sea experience and water sports
Diving & Snorkeling
Diving and snorkeling is two popular activities in Phu Quoc. Crystal clear water in this island brings one of the most diving and snorkeling experiences ever. You will have chance to admire the gorgeous coral reefs and colorful fishes underwater.
The best diving and snorkeling spots can be found in the An Thoi Archipelago, which consists of 15 islets located due South of Phu Quoc. To have the best snorkeling experience, you should get in contact with a travel agency. They will provide you a safe diving/snorkeling trip with an experienced instructor.
An Thoi, Phú Quốc, Kien Giang, Vietnam
Kayaking in Khem Beach
Credit: Premier Residences Phu Quoc
Besides Sao Beach, Khem Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phu Quoc with white sand and emerald water. In the past, Khem Beach was a restricted military zone. But since 2014, it has been open for public visit. The beach is about 5 km from An Thoi town and 25 km from Duong Dong town.
Kayaking service in Khem Beach offers reasonable price. The rental price often ranges from VND 100.000 to VND 200.000 per hour depending on the type of the boat.
Besides kayaking, you can choose other water sports like parasailing, jet skiing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.