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Top 10 Things to Do & See on Phu Quoc Tours

Phu Quoc “Pearl Island” not only appeals tourists by white sand beaches, deep green coconut trees, magnificent mountains convolution coincides with gentle inhabitants class hospitality but also by its special flavor of Phu Quoc fish sauce and unique Sim wine. Here are top 10 things to do and see on Phu Quoc island we recommended for you.

Phu Quoc Countryside Journey

This is a Phu Quoc tour to natural veggie gardens, orchard fruits, poultry farms, herbal plants, and local craft beer. You will have a chance to plant trees and vegetable as a true farmer, learn the agricultural knowledge and experiences if you want to create your own farm or garden at home, enjoy the fresh meals made from fresh ingredients which say “no” to pesticides and chemical fertilizers. You can also attend a cooking class to learn how to make Vietnamese traditional foods with the instructions from top chefs. Then you will experience the local life on the island of staying in local houses, participating in daily activities of the residents. It is time for your responsible Phu Quoc tour by being a volunteer to support local charities by buying products such as bamboo straw, organic bags, unique pepper tea, and various types of herbs and seasoning as well as contribute to cleaning the beaches and protecting the biodiversity. phu quoc countryside journey phu quoc tours

Ham Ninh Fishing Village

Ham Ninh village enchants tourists with its breathtaking natural scenery and peaceful daily life of local fishermen who basically rely on fishing to make a living. Travel to Ham Ninh on hot summer days, visitors are definitely mesmerized by the picturesque scenery here. It is so great to immerse yourself into the cool water, contemplate a variety of colorful fishes and seaweed in the blue water or lie on the white sand, enjoy boiled flower crab meat, sip a cold cocktail and appreciate the sunset. ham ninh fishing village phu quoc tours

Coi Nguon Museum

Located on a small hill on Tran Hung Dao street, Coi Nguon museum is an oddball introduction to Phu Quoc history and culture. Visit this special place you will be impressed by the displays on Vietnamese medicines, Stone Age tools, oddly compelling shell-covered furniture, a boatful of barnacle-encrusted ceramics and a small room devoted to the island prison. Especially, stand on the rooftop of the museum you can get a panoramic view of Duong Dong Town, a pearl blue sea, and an immense forest. After wandering to admire a ton of artifacts, antiques, and paintings you can go to souvenirs shops on the ground floor. Do not forget to pick up some gifts for your friends and family members such as jewelry made from pearl, fossilized wood and shells and craft products made from Lua wood. Climb the hill to appreciate various beautiful birds in a giant iron cage spreading their wide wings to fly while raising their voices. coi nguon museum phu quoc tours Address: No. 149 Tran Hung Dao St, Duong Dong town
Opening hours: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Phu Quoc Prison

The prison on Phu Quoc remains dead reminders for the Vietnamese, especially veterans in the Vietnam War. It used to be a symbol of the inhumanity of French colonists, American troops, and the puppet authority of Southern Vietnam. This “hell on Earth” detained more than 40,000 opposite Vietnamese soldiers and officials as well as tortured them by the evilest inflictions ever such as the tiger case. Prisoners were detained in the darkness of steaming and chill from months to months, which causes pneumonia and blindness. Nowadays, Phu Quoc prison becomes a historical site and attracted thousands of visits on Phu Quoc tours. With man-sized wax statues simulating the scenes of torture and fences with barbed wires, Vietnam wants to show to the world the bloodiness of wars and the wish for the peace world forever. phu quoc prison phu quoc tours Address: No. 350 Highway 46
Opening hours: 7.30 am to 5.00 pm

Phu Quoc National Park

If you want to escape the heat of the daytime sun, hit the Phu Quoc National Park right now! Take a walk around the park or take a motorbike tour to explore this stunning place. Established in 2001, Phu Quoc National Park contains many forest types and landscapes including mangroves and wetlands, sparsely forested areas, coastal vegetation and forest on rocky mountains. It is also home to an enormous number of faunas and floras including 1,164 higher plant species and 208 animal species according to the research of the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Center in 2005. You can see a lot of rare species in Quoc National Park like lorises, the long-tailed macaque, silver langur, otter, and hornbill. Hike a motorbike to explore the park in your own way! phu quoc national park phu quoc tours

Sim Wine

Among many other stunning destinations, Phu Quoc island is also home to the rose myrtle bush Rhodomyrtus tomentosa. Locals call it Sim and turn it into a unique alcoholic beverage. This healthy wine is a product of land, sun, long beach south flavor with subtle strokes of creative natives. There are a lot of unique flavors such as seahorse wine, myrtle sim fruit wine, dischidia wine, and more. Visit a sim forest to pick sim by yourself and learn how to produce sim wine in a wine factory here. Sipping Sim wine is absolutely a must do in your Phu Quoc tour itinerary. sim wine phu quoc tours

Duong Dong Market

This Vietnamese traditional market is the largest and most vibrant places on Phu Quoc Island. You can find and purchase any kinds of seafood for your meals with a wide range of fresh seafood dropping off from the boats like squid, eel, and fish. To perfect your dishes, you also need the unique seasoning and herbs of Phu Quoc widely sold in Duong Dong market from fish sauce, peppers, mushrooms, and cashew nuts. Provided that you want to taste the dishes in styles of Phu Quoc Island, hundreds of food stalls serving all Phu Quoc specialties in the markets will make you confused about what to eat first. Remember to have a look at souvenirs shops to purchase something as gifts from your Phu Quoc tour. duong dong market phu quoc tours Address: Tran Phu St, Duong Dong town
Opening hours: 7.00am to 9.00pm

Da Ban Waterfall

Da Ban spring is a mesmerizing destination on Phu Quoc island you cannot miss. The weather in Da Ban is as cool as that of Dalat. This stream is so poetic, reminding one of a watercolor paintings of two gods playing chess on stone slabs. Climb on stone slabs to listen to the water babblings and birds singing which is the music of forest that no music instrument can fully imitate. Come to this spring you will have a feeling like a caveman in the 20th century. It’s great to collect wild fruits, dip in the stream, catch fish and make the fire to grill fish for a delicious meal. da ban waterfall phu quoc tours

Dinh Cau Rock

Located at the mouth of the Duong Dong River, Dinh Cau Rock or Dinh Cau Temple is a tourist destination that you should add into your Phu Quoc tour. This temple is a perfect combination of a Buddhist temple and a lighthouse which worships Thien Hau – the Goddess of the sea who provides protection for the fisherman and vessels that head out to the open waters. Climb the step to get a breathtaking view of the coast and a ton of fishing boats navigating the narrow river opening. Moreover, the beachfront here is an ideal place to admire the sunset and local life in the evening. dinh cau rock phu quoc tours Address: Duong Dong town
Opening hours: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Ho Quoc Pagoda

The pagoda lies at the foot of the mountain and heads to the sea creating a picturesque scene. The construction has the architecture of Ly and Tran dynasty in the 13th century with elaborate sculptures and stairways. Ho Quoc Pagoda is the answer to the question why tourists have to spend Phu Quoc tours exploring the most iconic Buddhism pagodas in Vietnam. Besides the religious place, Ho Quoc pagoda has a natural space of gardens, mountain, forests, and sea where you can find some peaceful moments to relax. ho quoc pagoda phu quoc tours Address: Duong To, Phu Quoc
Opening hours: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Vinpearl Land Amusement Park Phu Quoc

The paradise of entertainment and outdoor activities in Vinpearl Land Amusement Park is always welcome tourists in their Phu Quoc tours. It contains an aquarium of the marvelous marine world, indoor arcade centers of state-of-the-art games as well as other services such as restaurants and souvenir shops, especially the water park of Tornado water ride, Giant Boomerang, Wave Pool, and Lazy River. Vinpearl Land Amusement Park is the wonderful place for all members of your family. vinpearl land amusement park phu quoc tours

Top 5 Beaches on Phu Quoc Island

Long Beach

Located in Duong Dong town, Long beach stretches on the length of 20km with beautiful seashores, a chain of restaurants and resorts for tourists to behold the dawn and sunset from their rooms. It is rated by CNN to be one of the best 20 beaches in Asia. Spend a trip lying on the white sand of Long Beach will be absolutely worth your while on Phu Quoc tours. long beach phu quoc tours

Ong Lang Beach

It is a collection of small sandy beaches in a rocky shore on the Western Phu Quoc Island (between Ganh Dau and Duong Dong town). Ong Lang Beach is filled by the yellow of sand and the blue of the ocean. Nowhere on Phu Quoc Island helps you behold the magnificent sunset rather than this beach. Besides, you can hide a kayak or pay a shore snorkeling to explore the amazing marine of the island.

Vung Bau Beach

Travel to the northwest in your Phu Quoc tour will bring you a beautiful crescent beach. It is a completely quiet and peaceful beach for tourists in search of a wild and untouched place in the island. However, Vung Bau beach serves the safe sea for kids and non-swimmers to enjoy their summertime. vung bau beach phu quoc tours

Star Beach

Sao beach (Star beach) is one of the most stunning beaches in Vietnam with smooth white sand crescent-shaped which is limited by rocky headlands protruding into the sea. Dip your toes in the sand and sip a cold cocktail…Awesome! Star beach enchants tourists with its unspoiled beauty that you cannot find on any beach else. Pack your stuff, white powdery sand and tranquil water are waiting for you!

Gam Ghi Island

This idyllic island belonging to An Thoi archipelago impresses tourists by its lovely beaches and surrounding coral reefs. With the calm and clear water, you only want to soak in the beaches of Gam Ghi Island all day long. In addition, snorkeling to see the colorful coral reefs and diverse marine life is also an interesting activity that should be noted in your Phu Quoc tour itinerary. gam ghi island phu quoc tours

Top 5 Specialties on Phu Quoc Island

Tram Mushroom

This kind of mushroom is only found on Phu Quoc Island. It has the purple color and grows mainly in the rainy season. Do not worry if your Phu Quoc tour is on the dry season because the local has a wonderful way to preserve the mushrooms for months. Tram mushroom is not only delicious but also nutritious for your health, especially cooked with Phu Quoc seafood. tram mushroom phu quoc tours

Sea Cucumber

In Vietnamese, sea cucumber is the ginseng of the oceans because of its nutrition for human. Catching this seafood requires fishermen a lot of time and efforts. Therefore, its price is often higher than other foods. However, dishes made from sea cucumber are still the best-seller in most Phu Quoc restaurants. sea cucumber phu quoc tours

King Crab

When someone tells you about king crabs, you often think about a famous kind of seafood in Alaska. But let the residents on Phu Quoc Island tell you another one. King crab is red with square shell, long head, and short pincers. It can be cooked in common ways like steaming and grilling. But you should try crab congee in your Phu Quoc tour. A hot bowl of congee white steamed crab meat, onion, herbs, and peppers will leave you an unforgettable memory. king crabs phu quoc tours

Pepper

If Ly Son Island is the kingdom of garlic, then Phu Quoc Island is the kingdom of pepper. This land has all advantages to own the best pepper ever from the weather, soil, wind, and farmers’ experience. Considered the largest garden of pepper in Southern Vietnam, tourists will be amazed by the massive fields of pepper carefully planted by the residents on the island. Today, the locals still keep processing peppers by their hands with a few bits of help from machines. They believe that that way will make peppers maintain its best smell and taste. On Phu Quoc tours, you will realize that the foods will lose half of their tastes if missing the well-known Phu Quoc peppers. pepper phu quoc tours

Fish Sauce

Vietnamese cuisine is famous all over the world thanks to the unique taste of fish sauce and one of the best places of producing this liquid is Phu Quoc Island. Phu Quoc fish sauce is completely made from fresh fishes and high-quality salt and kept in giant wooden buckets for years. The locals have a secret recipe and process which create the fish sauce with featured taste, smell, and absolute nutrition. If foods on Phu Quoc miss one of fish sauce or pepper, they do not belong to this island. fish sauce phu quoc tours After reading this article, please feel free contact us if you have a plan to take Phu Quoc tours or any types of Vietnam vacation and tour packages.

Weather on Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc has a tropical climate with the average temperature of 25oC and two distinct seasons. The dry season of Northeast monsoon lasts from November to April while the rainy season of Southwest monsoon begins in May and ends in October.

Best Time for Phu Quoc Tours

The Dry Season from November to April

This is the best time to visit Phu Quoc Island because the climate is wonderful for a tropical escape and strong brown skin. The sky is filled by crystal-clear color and the shining sunlight, which is absolutely ideal for exploring the nature and water-based activities on Phu Quoc Island. A recommended time to plan Phu Quoc tours in February when the locals celebrate Tet holiday with their unique customs and cultures. best time to visit phu quoc phu quoc tours

The Rainy Season from May to October

It rains cats and dogs on Phu Quoc Island these months but May and October are still the favorable periods. Downpours still occur but it lasts for minutes and is unable to interrupt your travel. Moreover, tourists have yet to come so you can enjoy the peaceful and relaxing moments. Due to the low number of guests, prices on Phu Quoc Island are at their reasonable value. From June to September, Phu Quoc is dominated by rains all day long. Your Phu Quoc tour is nothing but staying at the hotel.

Phu Quoc Island's General Information

Location: Southwest Vietnam, Thailand Gulf
Population: Over 100.000 (2015)
Language: Vietnamese
Currency: Vietnam Dong (VND)
Natural Condition: Offshore islands with the World Biosphere Reserve phu quoc travel map phu quoc tours

People, Nature & Culture on Phu Quoc Island

People of Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc was an uninhabited island until the first people reach this island in the 17th century. Phu Quoc Island has played an important role in protecting the Southwest border of Vietnam. When Vietnam integrates with the world, this island is invested and developed to become the leading tourism all over the country. Therefore, people are encouraged to settle down on Phu Quoc Island, to build houses and stores, and to provide services for tourists. Generations have been born on Phu Quoc Island and they already consider this offshore island as their beloved country although the life cannot be compared to the conventional one in the mainland. However, the basic requirements and necessities are still guaranteed like education, electricity, clean water, foods, medical care, etc…Phu Quoc habitats are also rustic and simple. Their happiness is to see the boats full of tourists from the mainland reaching the island, which brings the new things to their “lonely life” on the “lonely island”. phu quoc people phu quoc tours

Nature of Phu Quoc Island

The total area of Phu Quoc Island is approximately equal to Singapore, which is large enough to create an amazing nature. The pristine primeval forests, majestic hills, and smooth white sand are covered by the endless blue of the ocean. Get lost in this paradise will wake all of your senses. Your eyes can behold the marvelous panoramic views of the island, your ears can hear the soft sound of waves and breezes, your nose can breathe the fresh air of the sea, and your body can be immersed in the cool and clean water of the beach. phu quoc nature phu quoc tours

Culture of Phu Quoc Island

“Phu Quoc is not just sand and beach.” said the visitors and locals. The major religion on Phu Quoc Island is Caodaism created by the Vietnamese with different thoughts and beliefs about the creators and life. The island is also the home to interesting festivals organized all around the year. Dinh Cau festival on October the 10th (Lunar calendar) prays for the good weather and abundant crops for the fishermen and farmers. phu quoc culture phu quoc tours

Phu Quoc Travel Guide

How to Get to Phu Quoc Island

By Plane

Phu Quoc Island only has a domestic airport so you need to arrive in one of two Vietnamese international airports (Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City) before starting your Phu Quoc tour. Furthermore, you can combine a Mekong Delta tour and a Phu Quoc tour because both Can Tho and Kien Giang have daily flights to Phu Quoc Island. Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air are the recommended airlines. Check their official website will give you information about flights and schedules.

By Bus & Boat

If you tired of traveling by plane, then there is another way to reach Phu Quoc Island. Two common routes are Ho Chi Minh City – Rach Gia (Kien Giang) – Phu Quoc and Ho Chi Minh City – Ha Tien (Kien Giang) – Phu Quoc.

Travel by Bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Rach Gia (Distance: 270km - Travel time: 6 hours)

Thien Thanh Limousine
Departure: Upon your request
Ticket price: About VND 280,000 ($12)
Tel: +84 908 731 119 - +84 908 621 119

Hoang Minh Company
Departure: Mien Tay Station (No. 395 Kinh Duong Vuong St, Binh Tan District)
Ticket price: About VND 160,000 ($5)
Tel: +84 90 377 30 22

Travel by Speedboat from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc Island (Distance: 120km – Travel time: 2 hours)

Superdong
Ticket price: from VND 240,000 ($10) to VND 330,000 ($14)
Tel: +84 77 877742 – +84 77 877 741

Travel by Bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Tien (Distance: 350km – Travel time: 8 hours)

Kumho Company
Departure: Mien Tay Station (No. 395 Kinh Duong Vuong St, Binh Tan District)
Ticket price: About VND 190,000 ($8)
Tel: +84 28 37 52 78 78 - +84 28 37 52 78 87

Tuan Nga Company
Departure: Mien Tay Station (No. 395 Kinh Duong Vuong St, Binh Tan District)
Ticket price: About VND 165,000 ($7)
Tel: +84 946 79 00 55 – +84 962 57 11 99

Travel by Speedboat from Ha Tien to Phu Quoc Island (Distance: 60km – Travel time: 1h15)

Superdong
Ticket price: from VND 160,000 ($7) to VND 230,000 ($10)
Tel: +84 77 877742 – +84 77 877 741

Transportation on Phu Quoc Island

Taxi

Some suggested reliable taxi on Phu Quoc
Taxi Mai Linh: (0773) 997799
Taxi Hoang Long: (077) 3 988 988
Taxi Sasco: (077) 3 99 55 99

Car

If your whole family spends a visit to Phu Quoc, hire a care will be a wise choice. On Phu Quoc Island, you can hire cars with or without driver at reasonable prices (less than VND 1,000,000/a day).

Motorbike

The motorcycle is the most convenient vehicle for traveling on Phu Quoc Island because of easy control, parking and easy to reach every corner in the island. You can hire a motorbike with the price no more than VND 150,000 ($7) in Duong Dong town.

Bike

If you want your Phu Quoc tour to be healthier and more responsible, bike is recommended. Visiting around Phu Quoc Island by bike will give you the best peaceful and relaxing moments ever. It can be easily hired in most hotels, resorts, and homestays with the price of about VND 20,000/an hour or VND 100,000/ a day.

Where to Stay on Phu Quoc Island

Resorts on Phu Quoc Island

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa
Located at Khem Beach, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa is designed to make guests feel like living in one of the most exclusive resorts on the island of Maldives. You will enjoy not only the beauty of Phu Quoc with the white sandy beach but also the luxurious royal style of the resort as well as professional, dedicated, and considerate services. You can taste a buffet of the best delicious Vietnamese dishes, the wonderful types of drink in the ambiance filled by Jazz and the fascinating views to the beach. JW Marriott Phu Quoc resort phu quoc tours Eden Resort Phu Quoc Island
The resort includes 166 rooms with state-of-the-art furniture and décor. Eden Resort Phu Quoc also serves best services such as massage, spa, and an outdoor pool.

Address: Cua Lap, Duong To, Phu Quoc

Hotels & Homestays on Phu Quoc

If accommodation is not what you care too much during your vacation, hotels, and homestays will absolutely meet your demands. Despite the lower price than resorts, you can still experience the luxury services from professional staffs. Consider some suggestions below

Amon Phu Quoc Hotel: Bai Truong, Duong To, Phu Quoc
Sunrise Boutique Hotel: Tran Hung Dao St, Duong Dong town

Mobile & Internet Access on Phu Quoc Island

Despite the remote island, mobile connection is as fast as in the mainland. You need to register with Vietnamese mobile operators (Viettel, Vinaphone, and Mobifone), which their agencies can be found on the island, for SIM card purchase and other services.
Internet Access and Wi-Fi connection are available in the airport, resorts, hotels, restaurants, and other public places.

Useful Information for a Perfect Phu Quoc tour

Always wearing life jacket when traveling by boat and water-based activities
Never swim at forbidden beaches because you may be damaged by marine creatures or unsafe water
Prepare sunscreen, bug repellent because Phu Quoc is located in tropical area
Wear elegantly when visiting religious places
Always keep you hydrated by preparing a bottle of mineral water.
Ask the price first before purchasing anything on the island
It always had better know how to swim
Fish sauce
may be forbidden at the airport. Check this information carefully before deciding whether carry with you a bottle of fish sauce