Phu Quoc is a peaceful tropical paradise, floating in the warm turquoise waters in the Gulf of Thailand, 50kms from the Vietnamese mainland and a 50 minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City, is always an impeccable choice to end the trip in Vietnam. Know the basic information to plan for your perfect Phu Quoc trip!
Area: 589.23 sq km
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Phu Quoc Island has tropical monsoon climate with two distinctive seasons: Dry season from November to next April and rainy season from May to October. Based on weather change, it can be classified into three seasons as below:
High Season, November - March
25°C - 28°C
Head to their great beaches to cool down
Shoulder season, April - June and Late Oct
Late afternoon showers
April and May are the hottest months with temperatures reaching 35oC and humidity ~ 80% - 85%
Less crowds, cheaper prices and fairly good odds of reasonable weather.
Low season, July - September
Bring your wet weather gear.
In general, you can come to Phu Quoc at any time of the year since the weather is quite favorable and the average temperature is just around 28OC.
SEE & DO
There are for sure numerous things to see and to do in Phu Quoc. Among them are some must-sees that you should know before planning an itinerary to the pearl island.
Long Beach: Located to the north west of Phu Quoc Island, Long Beach is the cleanest and most beautiful beach in the island yet still reserves untouched. With 15km in length, Long Beach is a truly paradise of any traveller for its yellow sand, crystal blue water and exotic tranquil ambiance.
Phu Quoc national park: The area was recoginsed as an Unesco Biosphere Reserve in July 2010. The forest covers up to 90% of the Island's area and mostly concentrates in the northern half of Phu Quoc. You can join a half day tour through the national forest and feel the diversity of the plantation here.
Sao Beach: Being one of the most ravishing beaches in Phu Quoc, Sao Beach possesses creamy white coast with over 7km in length. This sight is extremely busy during summer so be ready with an early departure from your hotel if you dont want to be cramped with other people. Except for this disadvantage, the beach is well worth seeing.
Ganh Dau Cape: The Cape at the north west of the island attracts visitors for its wild and picturesque natural beauty. From here you can have a panoramic view of Cambodia's sea region. Ganh Dau Cape has a luring arched shaped beach at 500m long. This is also a wonderful destination for any seafood lover.
Hon Thom Island: Just off the southern tip of Phu Quoc, these 15 islands and islets can be visited by chartered boat. It’s a fine area for sightseeing, fishing, swimming and snorkelling. Hon Thom (Pineapple Island) is about 3km in length and is the largest island in the group.
Suoi Tranh & Suoi Da Ban (Tranh Spring and Stony Surface Spring): The rarely seen springs in Phu Quoc lie on the North of the island. There is beautiful stream of water from the mountain ravine. The best time to visit these places is during May to September when the springs are full of emerald water - by the end of the dry season there’s little more than a trickle.
Pepper garden: Phu Quoc's pepper is well-known for its outstanding taste and nice fragrance. You are always welcome to visit the luxuriant pepper gardens of the local farmers.
Cay Dua Prison: Located in the south of Phu Quoc island, Cay Dua Prison is the evidence of the inhuman crimes during American War yet of the extreme bravery of the Vietnamese soldiers. Especially not recommend for anyone with heart problems nor not keen on war and history at all.
Phu Quoc Pearl farm: On an isolated area of Long Beach, Phu Quoc Pearls is a requisite stop if you care about this lovely jewelry. A small shop sells pearl necklaces and earrings, and wall panels describe (in English) how the oysters yield their bounty. There’s also a display of 16th century pottery retrieved from wrecks in the area and a small cafe on site. Avid pearl hunters can find cheaper wares at kiosks in the village of Ham Ninh, but at least you have a guarantee of authenticity here.
Phu Quoc night market: Apart from other night markets in Vietnam, Phu Quoc night market is bustling nightly with various kind of souvenirs made from sea products. Besides, don't forget to try some dishes cooked from fresh seafood chosen directly by yourself.
EAT AND DRINK
Phu Quoc pepper: Phu Quoc pepper is famous for its big seed, thin husk, strong and spicy taste, and solid core.
The favourable land and weather and long-standing experiences, pepper trees in Phu Quoc grow well covering a large area.
Peppers choosen to air are called the ripe while ripe peppers with rubbed off husk are called white ones. The remains of pepper bunch are brought for threshing and classified into root, ordinary, shiny and deflated pepper. To get hot- smelling peppers, locals have to make a lot of efforts and accumulate experiences because if carefully and properly taken care of, pepper trees can be harvested for around 20-40 years, if not they will easily die soon.
Local Myrtle Wine: Another specialty of the island is the Rose Myrtle Fruit Wine, which is actually quite drinkable compared to the other local wine that contains a wild mixture of herbs and sometimes snakes resembling the taste of kerosene.
Phu Quoc fish sauce: Like pepper, fish sauce is another speciality in the pearl island. Phu Quoc fish sauce has high protein content (360-400), delicate and balanced flavour and strong smell of anchovies mixed with the special pepper that can only be found in Phu Quoc. The longer the fish sauce is stored, the more delicious it is.
Bien Mai scallop speciality: Bien Mai is a kind of scallop with unique shape- trangle shape, big as a back of adult hand, deeply plunging into the sea bed. However, Bien Mai is different from other scallops that we can’t eat up its meat but eat only a round small sinew which is white and small as a coin. The cover must be broken and the sinew is taken out for cooking. Since Bien Mai tastes sweet, benign and have good smell, locals greet tourists with this special dish. It is one of main courses of a meal.
Gá»i Cá Trích (dish made of herring fish and vegetables): The fresh herring fishes are processed by fishermen and decorated with strange kinds of vegetables with different flavors. The sauce is prepared with good quality Phu Quoc fish sauce. All the material are combined together to make a delicious dish called “Gá»i cá trích” (can be found in Phu Quoc only). Gá»i Cá trích is a delicious and unique dish that you may hardly have chance to enjoy in any other places except for in this beautiful island district.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Add: Ong Lang Beach, Phu Quoc
Alanis Coffee Deli
Add: 98 Tran Hung Dao str., Ward 7, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc
Winston's Burgers & Beer
Add: 99 Tran Hung Dao, Phu Quoc
Rory's Beach Bar
Add: 118/10 Tran Hung Dao, Phu Quoc
The Pepper Tree Restaurant
Add: Tran Hung Dao str., Phu Quoc
Mondo Restaurant & Lounge
Add: 82 Tran Hung Dao str., Phu Quoc
GETTING THERE AND AWAY
• By Air:
- From Tan Son Nhat airport: 300km, 60-minute flight with ATR 72 and CRJ-900, 12 flights per day.
- From Rach Gia airport: 131km, 30-minute flight with ATR 72, 2 flights per day.
- From Can Tho airport: 198 km, 40-minute flight with Fokker 70, 5 flights/week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
• By Sea:
- From Rach Gia port: 120km, 150 minutes of high speed boat, 6 trips per day.
- From Ha Tien port: 46km, 90 minutes of high speed boat, 4 trips per day.