Phu Quoc Island Travel Guide From A To Z
Phu Quoc Island ( also called Pearl Island) is the largest and the most beautiful island in Viet Nam. There is a system of sublime white-sand beaches on the island. Phu Quoc Island attractions are not just limited to its stunning beaches, but extends to historical sites, Buddhist shrines, and fishing villages that attracting visitors from over the world. This Phu Quoc travel guide from A to Z has everything you need to plan your trip to the paradise beach of Vietnam.
Phu Quoc Island Overview
Phu Quoc is a beautiful island located deep in the Gulf of Thailand, belonged to Kien Giang (Kiên Giang) province in Vietnam . In the southern coast of Vietnam, Phu Quoc Island is is the largest island in this population of 22 islands and the largest island of Vietnam. Phu Quoc Island is a perfect combination of beautiful beaches, romantic sunsets, evergreen forests, and a serene atmosphere. All create the ideal destination attracting visitors all over the world.
When is the best time to visit to Phu Quoc Island?
Phu Quoc island’s monsoonal sub-equatorial climate is characterized by distinct rainy (June to November) and dry seasons (December to May). The annual average of temperature in Phu Quoc is about 28 degrees Celcius.
From Phu Quoc travel guide from A to Z, the most frequently visited time of tourists is from April to September. However, in dry season, from October to May next year the following year, this is the most beautiful time of Phu Quoc Island.
How to get to Phu Quoc Island?
From Ho Chi Minh City or the neighbor provinces, traveling by plane or bus is an appropriate choice. If you are in Hanoi or the nearby places, you may go directly to Phu Quoc by plane or go to Ho Chi Minh City then catch a bus to the ferry and high-speed boats port such as Rach Gia, Can Tho, Ha Tien.
There are many airlines to Phu Quoc island: Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, Vietjet Air.
– Ho Chi Minh City – Phu Quoc: Vietnam Airlines operates daily flights with 17 flights with ATR planes and 1 flight with Airbus airplane. VietJet Air operates 1 flight per day with Air Bus aircraft. Jetstar Pacific Airline holds 02 flights per day to Phu Quoc at 11:15 and 18:05. Flight time is 50 minutes.
– Hanoi – Phu Quoc: Vietnam Airlines operates 1 flight per day with Airbus airplanes from Hanoi to Phu Quoc, departing at 8:40 and arriving at 10:45. The flight in the opposite direction departs from Phu Quoc at 11:35 and arrives at 13:40. Jetstar Pacific Airlines and Vietjet Air also offer flights from Hanoi to Phu Quoc. VietJet Air operates 2 flights per day, Jetstar Pacific Airlines hold 01 flight per day from Hanoi to Phu Quoc at 15:45.
– Can Tho – Phu Quoc: Vietnam Airlines operates 1 flight per day with ATR airplane, departing from Can Tho to Phu Quoc at 13:00 and arriving at 13:45. Flights in the opposite direction depart from Phu Quoc at 11:35 and arrive at 12:20.
From the airport, it takes about 20 minutes by taxi to arrive in Duong Dong (Dương Đông) / Dinh Cau (Dinh Cậu) zone. Phu Quoc has two largest taxi companies, which are SASCO and Mai Linh, both firms use meter, and are relatively safe and convenient for tourists.
In HCM city, you can get a coach in Mien Tay ( Miền Tây) station to Rach Gia ( Rạch Giá) or Ha Tien ( Hà Tiên), then you buy boat ticket to Phu Quoc Island.
+ From HCM city to Rach Gia ( Rạch Giá):
– Mai Linh coach. Tel: +848 39292929
– Phuong Trang ( Phương Trang) coach :. Tel: +848 3833 3468
– In Mien Tay (Miền Tây) bus station, there are many coach brand such as Kumho Samco, Ba Dung (Ba Dũng), Tuyet Hon (Tuyết Hon), Chau Ha (Châu Hà).
+ From HCM city to Ha Tien ( Hà Tiên):
– Phuong Trang (Phương Trang) coach: 170,000 VND / ticket
– Mien Tay (Miền Tây) Bus Station: 7:15 am, 8:45 am, 9:45 am, 6 pm, 6:45 pm, 7:15 pm.
– Ha Tien (Hà Tiên) bus station: 8:30 am, 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 8:30 pm, 9:45 pm, 10:30 pm.
By High-Speed Boat
Some ships to choose from are Superdong and Ngoc Thanh
- From Rach Gia (Rạch Giá) to Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc)
– Superdong high-speed boat:
Address: 14 Tu Do ( Tự Do) street, Vinh Thanh ( Vĩnh Thạnh) ward, Rach Gia ( Rạch Giá) city, Kien Giang province.
Telephone number: +84 773.877.742
Ticket price: VND 350,000/ adult and VND 250,000/ child.
- From Ha Tien (Hà Tiên) to Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc)
– Superdong high-speed boat:
Address: 14 Tu Do ( Tự Do) street, Vinh Thanh ( Vĩnh Thạnh) ward, Rach Gia ( Rạch Giá) city, Kien Giang province.
Telephone number: +84 773.877.742
Ticket price: VND 2300,000/ adult and VND 160,000/ child .
Vehicles in Phu Quoc Island
Bicycle: Commonly, your hotel or resort has bicycles to borrow for you to wander around.
jeep:You can contact your travel agency to book a jeep.
Motorcycle: Some Motorcycle shop for renting :
- Mr. Tính: Tel: +84 909 89 59 69 – +84 987 441 799.
- Mr. Mười: Address: Phu Quoc boat station. Tel: + 84 917 774 228 – + 84 939 371 122.
- Mr. Cường Thịnh: Address: Phu Quoc airport. Tel: +84 981214344.
Boat: Contact your travel agency or hotel, they can help you to book a boat tour to do scuba diving, snorkeling, or go deep-sea fishing.
Taxi: Some of the taxi brands : Mai Linh, Hoang Long Phu Quoc, and Sasco Phu Quoc.
The beautiful places to visit in Phu Quoc Island
In Phu Quoc Island
Thom (Thơm) Island
Thom ( Thơm) island is considered as a ” quintessential pearl” in Phu Quoc island. Here, you could snorkel to see coral reefs, see aquaculture zones of fishermen or pearl farms and visit famous squid fishing village in Phu Quoc.
++ Location: Hon Thom (Hòn Thơm) commune, Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc) district, Kien Giang ( Kiên Giang) province.
Ganh Dau (Gành Dầu) Cape
The tip of the sea in the northwest of the island attracts visitors by the wild nature and the most characteristic. . Standing on Ganh Dau cape, you can see Ta Lon mountain of Cambodia. It has a 500 meter long beach. It is also a great place to enjoy many kind of seafood.
++ Location: Ganh Dau (Gành Dầu) commune, Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc) district, about 20km from Duong Dong (Dương Đông) town to the north.
Cau Palace (Dinh Cậu)
It is a small Chinese temple, which is built on some rocks. There isn’t an entrance fee and you can see some shrines inside and enjoy the great view at the Long Beach and the harbor of Duong Dong. Furthermore, it’s a popular spot with visitors to enjoy the nice sunset over Phu Quoc
++ Location: Ward 2, Duong Dong (Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc) district, Kien Giang ( Kiên Giang) province.
Khu Tuong (Khu Tượng) Peper Garden
The big pepper farms on Phu Quoc are located along the road that leads to the north of the island. They are among the best in the world. Khu Tuong ( Khu Tượng) peper garden is the largest pepper garden in Phu Quoc. This place attracts many visitor to see landscape and buy pepper as a souvenir to bring home.
++ Location: Cua Duong (Cửa Dương) commune, Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc) district, Kien Giang ( Kiên Giang) province.
Suoi Tranh ( Suối Tranh) waterfall
The 15km long stream which originates from Ham Ninh Mountain flows through diverse terrain in the forests to create beautiful waterfalls. White waterfalls flowing down in the greenery of the forest certainly draw a picturesque scene in front of the tourists’ very eyes
++ Location: Duong To (Dương Tơ) commune, Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc) district, Kien Giang (Kiên Giang) province, about 10 km from Ham Ninh (Hàm Ninh) village.
Nguyen Trung Truc (Nguyễn Trung Trực) Temple
The Nguyen Trung Truc temple is one of the many beautiful temples of Phu Quoc. It is also like the cape located in the village of Ganh Dau.The temple was built by the locals to honor the heroes who served their country and nation.
++ Location: Ganh Dau (Gành Dầu) commune, about 25 km from Duong Dong (Dương Đông) commune.
Da Ban ( Đá Bàn) Stream
There are the large and flat boulders like a table in this place, the name of Da Ban derives from that. This is one of the places you should not miss when visiting Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc) National Park.
++ Location: Cua Duong (Cửa Dương) commune,Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc) district, Kien Giang ( Kiên Giang) province.
Da Ngon (Đá Ngọn) Stream
With 7 waterfalls, Da Ngon stream is majestic – this is still a secret for tourists who love adventure and exploration. From November to April is the ideal time to visit Da Ngon stream because the rocks become slippery in rainy season.
++ Location: Cua Duong (Cửa Dương) commune,Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc) district, far from Phu Quoc island to the northeast.
Long Beach ( Bãi Dài)
One of the most popular beaches in Phu Quoc island is Long Beach. As its name, Long Beach is a 20-km-long coastal area on Phu Quoc Island. Walking along beach, you can see swanky resorts, restaurants, coffee shop and bars with breathtaking views. You also can admire the pristine beach with plenty of palm trees and soft sands
++ Location: Duong To (Dương Tơ) commune, far from Phu Quoc island to the southwest.
Coi Nguon (Cội Nguồn) Museum
The Coi Nguon Museum is located near the Long Beach and shows the history of the island as well as its flora and fauna. But it’s not just a museum, it is also a restaurants, gift shop and resort. The museum covers 4 floors and has a nice rooftop with a view at Duong Dong and the coastline. The paintings, artifacts and other works of art are dating back to the 15th century. If you are interested in the history of Phu Quoc, the museum is a must visit.
++ Location: 149 Tran Hung Dao (Trần Hưng Đạo) street, ward 7, Duong Dong (Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc) district, Kien Giang ( Kiên Giang) province.
Eastern And Southern Of The Island
Star Beach ( Bãi Sao)
This is the best white sand beach that is ideal for families to visit. Having plenty of amenities and calm seas, Bai Sao is considered among the most popular beach resort areas in Vietnam.
++ Location: An Thoi ( An Thới) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district, about 30 km from Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town.
Khem Beach is another one of Phu Quoc’s white sand beaches located just south of the more popular Sao Beach in An Thoi Town. Khem Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Phu Quoc – thanks to the meticulous beachfront house keeping of the few resorts found here.
++ Location: in the south of Phu Quoc island, about 25 km from Duong Dong ( Dương Đông ) town.
Ham Ninh (Hàm Ninh) Fishing Village
Known as one of the oldest villages on Phu Quoc Island, Ham Ninh village is renowned for its breathtaking natural scenery and peaceful daily life of local fishermen. It is an ideal locale for foreign visitors looking to experience the daily life of fisherman and enjoy seafood.
++ Location: Ham Ninh (Hàm Ninh) village, about 20 km from Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) to the northeast.
Phu Quoc fish sauce factories
Phu Quoc fish sauce is well-known in the country and over the world thanks to its delicious taste and high quality. Phu Quoc is now housing over 100 factories of fish sauce production. They are concentrated most in Duong Dong and An Thoi. Fish sauce factories in Phu Quoc has long become one of the bewitching tourist attractions in Phu Quoc alluring the great number of tourists.
++ Location: 30/4 Road, Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc.
An Thới Archipelago
An Thoi (An Thới) archipelago is reckoned a crown jewel of the tourism industry of Phu Quoc Island (Phú Quốc). It is the second largest town of the island district. An Thoi archipelago is one of the few islands where the nature still retains its pristine beauty with clear blue sea and white sand.
++ Location: in the south of Phu Quoc island.
+ Mong Tay (Móng Tay) Island: Nail Island is an ideal place for outdoor activities like camping, swimming, or exploring wildness with stretching grasslands.
+ Gam Ghi (Gầm Ghì) Island: Gam Ghi island attracts visitors with pristine beautiful beaches, cliffs with bizarre shapes, white sand. The world beneath the ocean is diversifying with thick and wide coral reefs.
+ May Rut (Mây Rút) Island: Thanks to a beautiful white sandy beach, it is perfect for camping and free diving here. You can also witness how pearls are grown here.
Interesting Activities When Traveling To Phu Quoc Island
Visit to Vinpearl Safari
One of the great destinations for your premier Vietnam tours or Phu Quoc island tour is Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc, where you can experience the best things with the world nature as well as understand more the wildlife. VinPearl Safari is the largest open zoo model of Vietnam with an area of about 500 hectares, bringing together about 130 species with over 2,200 rare animal individuals.
Check-in Phu Quoc Vinpearl Amusement Park
The Vinpearl Land is Phu Quoc’s own little Disneyland. It is a small amusement park near the village of Ganh Dau in the northwest of the island. Here you will find a little shopping street, many rides like a Ferris wheel, a water park, an underwater world and much more. Additionally, the Vinpearl Land is connected to the 5 star luxury resort Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort.
Explore Night Market Dinh Cau (Dinh Cậu)
The market gathers near the beach in the center of Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, about 100m away from Dinh Cau (Dinh Cậu). Market opens from 5pm to 9-10pm. There are more than 100 stores spanning both sides of the road, including stalls of souvenirs, handicraft goods, cosmetics, jewelry, and Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc) pearls. The most famous zone in Dinh Cau night market is still the food court serving unique dishes made from fresh seafood for the dinner, like seafood soup, seafood rice…
While going fishing, you can also organize camping, picnicking and exploring more the surrounding areas. Some sites of interest are Ong Doi (Ông Đội) cape, Dam (Dăm) island, Thom (Thơm) island…
Admire The Largest Bee Farm in Phu Quoc
There are a couple of Phu Quoc honey bee farms in Phu Quoc Island which tourists can visit independently. They are considered eco-tourism destinations The Phu Quoc Bee Farms are relatively small places and visitors only need to spend less than 45 minutes in order to experience what this attraction has to offer.
What to eat in Phu Quoc? Cuisine in Phu Quoc.
Specialties in Phu Quoc
Fresh herring rolling with different types of veggies, a small amount of crushed coconut, dipped in the great local sauce is a scrumptious dish in Phu Quoc, which is absolutely no fishy. There is just the aroma of wild veggies, fatty taste of coconut and crispy pieces of fish.
- Le Giang (Lê Giang) Restaurant: Tran Hung Dap (Trần Hưng Đạo), ward 1, Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
- Trung Duong (Trùng Dương) Restaurant: 30/ 4 street, Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
- Vuon Tao (Vườn Táo) Restaurant: Cua Lap (Cửa Lấp), Duong To (Dương Tơ) commune, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Ham Ninh (Hàm Ninh) Crab
At Ham Ninh Fishing Village there are a lot of seafood restaurants located around the Jetty. Ham Ninh is known to have the best crab on Phu Quoc. You can also purchase a variety of cheap Vietnamese street food near the Ham Ninh Market (Cho Ham Ninh), which is located 1 km from the Jetty.
++ Address: you can enjoy crab in Ham Ninh’s restaurants.
Snails Baked With Salt And Chili, Scallops Grilled With Onion, Grilled Squids
These are worth-tasting dishes when visiting Phu Quoc. Made from fresh ingredients, you can enjoy these dishes while blowing and inhaling the pungent, attractive taste of chili.
- Quoc Anh (Quốc Anh) Restaurant: 30/ 4 street, Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district..
- Zen Restaurant: 30/ 4 street, Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
- Viet Xua (Việt Xưa) Restaurant: Hung Vuong (Hùng Vương) street, Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Grilled Bien Mai (Biên Mai) scallop
Coi bien mai is processed in different ways: sauteed with shiitake, mushrooms, inions and broccoli. However, for those gourmets who want to enjoy pristine taste of the sea, nothing can win over the grilled coi bien mai with salt and chili.
Tram mushrooms ( Nấm Tràm)
Fresh mushrooms are often cooked with seafood like shrimp, squid, and fish. Dried mushrooms are sautéed with sea cucumber or abalone. Enjoying the Tram mushroom soup will allow you to feel the sweetness of mushrooms, the fragrance of pepper.
Restaurants in Phu Quoc Island
Ra Khoi (Ra Khơi) Restaurant
++ Address: 131, 30/4 street, Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Bun Quay Kien Xay (Bún quậy Kiến Xây) Restaurant
++ Address: 28 Bach Dang (Bạch Đằng) street, Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Nho (Nhớ) Seafood Restaurant
++ Address: 40 Mac Thien Tich (Mạc Thiên Tích) street, Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Song Xanh (Sông Xanh) Restaurant
++ Address: 217, 30/ 4 street, Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Quoc Anh (Quốc Anh) Restaurant
++ Address: 74 Bach Dang (Bạch Đằng) street, ward 1, Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Xin Chao (Xin Chào) Restaurant
++ Address: 66 Đường Trần Hưng Đạo,Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Com Tam Hunh Nhu ( Cơm Tấm Huỳnh Nhu) Restaurant
++ Address: 42, Nguyen Trai (Nguyễn Trãi) street, Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Pizza Regina Restaurant
++ Address: 104B Tran Hung Dao (Trần Hưng Đạo) street, Duong To ( Dương Tơ) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Lẩu dê Cây Dương
++ Address: Nguyen Dinh Chieu (Nguyễn Đình Chiểu) street, Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Hotel and Homestay in Phu Quoc
Hotel in Phu Quoc
Novotel Phu Quoc Resort
++ Address: Bao ( Bào) street, ward 5, Duong To ( Dương Tơ) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Sol Beach House Phu Quoc
++ Address: Long Beach ( Bãi Trường) Resort, Duong To ( Dương Tơ) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort & Golf
++ Address: Long Beach ( Bãi Dài), Ganh Dau ( Gành Dầu ) district
The Shells Resort & Spa
++ Address: Ganh Gio ( Gành Gió), Duong Dong ( Dương Đông) town, Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) district.
Fusion Phu Quoc Resort
++ Address: Vung Bau ( Vũng Bàu) Beach, Phu Quoc.
Homestay in Phu Quoc
88 Hilltop Hostel & Villa
++ Address:Tran Hung Dao (Trần Hưng Đạo) street, Ward 7, Duong Dong (Dương Đông) Town, Phu Quoc city.
++ Address: 91/3 Tran Hung Dao (Trần Hưng Đạo) street, Duong Dong (Dương Đông) Town, Phu Quoc city.
++ Address: Ward 10, Duong Dong (Dương Đông) Town, Phu Quoc city.
++ Address: 111/8 Tran Hung Dao (Trần Hưng Đạo) street, Duong Dong (Dương Đông) Town, Phu Quoc city.
From Phu Quoc travel guide from A to Z , Have a nice trip!