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Phu Quoc Island

The tear-shaped Phu Quoc (Vietnamese Phú Quốc) is part of the Kiên Giang province. The distance from Phú Quốc to mainland Viet Nam is 45 km to Hà Tiên and 120 km to Rạch Giá. The island is 50 km long (from north to south) and 25 km wide (from east to west at its widest part).

Surrounded by more than 40 km of white beaches decorated with coconut palms, Phú Quốc, situated in the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border, is Vietnam’s largest island. Its western coastline is sparsely populated while the interior is largely covered with jungle and mainly deserted.

You can start exploring the island in Dương Đông, the biggest town on the island (west of Phú Quốc), where most of hotels and resorts are located. Going south, you can drive along Bãi Trường (Long Beach), which is a 20 km long, spectacular beach. You will see two pearl farms on the right, the second is worth a visit. At the end of the road turn left (you can’t miss it) and follow the signs, you will reach the fisherman village An Thới and the An Thới pier, the island’s southern tip. From here the An Thới Islands, a very nice snorkelling and diving area consisting of 15 small islands and islets surrounded by coral reefs in crystal clear water, can be visited by boat.

Continuing to travel north-east, you will see a sign to Bãi Sao (the sign is somewhat hidden, around 1 km away from the main road). Bãi Sao, with its marvelous white sand and green-turquoise water, is one of the most beautiful, quite untouched beaches on Phú Quốc Island. There are a number of simple, on-the-sand restaurants with tasty, fresh seafood in this area.

Before going back to Dương Đông, there are some recommendable springs and falls: Suối Tranh and Suối Đá Bàn. Suối Tranh (some 10 km north of Bãi Sao) is a stream connecting tiny ponds at different levels through small waterfalls. Suối Đá Bàn (a stony surface stream, north-east of Dương Đông) is an easily accessible white-water creek, gracefully flowing down huge granite boulders, on which you can wake; in some places there are natural pools waiting for a refreshing swim.

A stay on Phú Quốc Island would not be complete without visiting one of the factories producing Nước Mắm (fish sauce), one of the most popular ingredients of the Vietnamese cooking as well as one of the pearl farms with panels describing the formation of pearls and shops selling pearl jewellery.

The island has a unique species of dogs, the Phú Quốc Ridgeback, which has a ridge of hair that runs along its back in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat. Much of this island’s nature is still protected. Around 70% of the island, an area of 31,422 hectares, became a national park in 2001. The rainy season on Phú Quốc is from July to November and the peak season for tourism is midwinter, when the sky is blue and the sea is calm.

Travelers who know the Thai islands Ko Samui and Phuket often comment: “The island of Phú Quốc is still natural and untouched like Ko Samui 10 years and Phuket 20 years ago”. Not surprising, a larger international airport is being built on the island of Phú Quốc, expected to operate within five years. A golf course and a casino will also be completed. If you like untouched nature and pre-touristic surrounding, you should hurry up!


Travel to Phú Quốc

Air
Vietnam Airlines (116 Nguyen Hue, HCMC, Tel. (08) 824 4482) offers daily flights from both Ho Chi Minh City (around 40 USD one-way, 4 flights daily) and Rach Gia.

Boat
Several companies operate high-speed hydrofoils going from Rach Gia to Phú Quốc. The boats leave the mainland daily between 7 a.m. and 8.30 a.m., and return from Phú Quốc between 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. (150-200 Thousand Viet Nam Dong, 2.5 hours). Tickets must be purchased in advance and most travel agents can book the passage. The most well-known hydrofoil companies (Tau Cao Toc) include Super Dong (Rach Gia 077-878 475, Phú Quốc 077-980 111) and Dương Đông Express (Rach Gia 077-879 765, Phú Quốc 077-990 747). Offices of these companies are located at the dock in Rach Gia and in Phú Quốc; the ride can be booked in most of the travel agencies in advance.



Very popular to more adventurous travelers is a round-trip between Ho Chi Minh City and Phú Quốc: travel overland through the Mekong Delta (Sai Gon – My Tho – Rach Gia – Phú Quốc, taking a ferry from Rach Gia to Phú Quốc) and, after staying and discovering the island, take the short one-hour flight back to HCMC.

Chen Sea Resort & Spa Phu Quoc, Centara Boutique Collection

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

Chen Sea Resort & Spa Phu Quoc, Centara Boutique Collection is situated beachfront overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, offering excellent panoramas, stunning architecture and interior design, and creating 36 spacious and comfortable villas.

Chez Carole Resort

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Opening in December 2010, Chez Carole Resort in Cua Can Beach – an boutique beach Resort which serves both restaurant and luxury accommodation is one of the properties of Chez Carole Group.

Eden Resort Phu Quoc

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

Eden Resort Phu Quoc was built in 2010. The guest rooms feature a fresh and unconventional contemporary design preserving the Vietnamese heritage while offering outstanding comfort and luxury, steps from the white beaches and ocean. Boasting beautiful gardens, it offers free WiFi and a luxurious...

Long Beach Resort Phu Quoc

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

Long Beach Resort got itself a peaceful place amongst the beach of Phu Quoc. Its jet 72 rooms present the unique architecture of traditional Vietnamese villages. Within this traditional environment you’ll be pleased by the resorts new standard of exclusiveness and luxury. The atmosphere, risen from...

Mango Bay Resort

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The resort offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere with two deserted beaches. The passion for the environment, intelligent use of local material, and strong support of the island culture are remarkable for Mango Bay.

Phu Quoc Charm Resort

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Phu Quoc Charm is an entertainment complex center which includes a restaurant, a hotel, a shopping center and foot massage. Coming here, you will see antique wooden houses with authentic architecture. Staying here will bring you a truly luxurious feeling of being one with nature.

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very interesting and gorgeous island

Bruno 2010-05-06

I have visited this island last year for about a week and I was positively impressed

what a beautiful place

udin 2010-05-05

With white sand, blue sea water and coconut trees around this is beautiful beach.

Phu Quoc Island

girishv 2010-05-04

Awesome blue water beach with less tides cool to see trees near by.

Beautiful

Faheem 2010-05-03

Such a beautiful place to visit, and what a great scenery it has got, i will surely visit it soon....

more than I expected

C.Miller 2010-04-17

Before our group decided to head to Phu Quoc, we checked out the photos and we like what we saw. When we got there, the wonderful views are just so overwhelming and there’s so much to see. We went to both springs, though I kinda liked Suoi Tranh better. The island - - - it’s lovely! The whole place exudes a relaxed atmosphere and the sunset is magnificent. The beach is calm and clean. The locals are very friendly and the restaurants around have excellent food! The whole place is under development… but I kinda enjoy the peace and quiet. I’m not sure if things will be the same once all the big hotels and infrastructure start to stand.

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