The reasons that you should not miss Phu Quoc – Travel to Phu Quoc.
Phu Quoc island is a part of Kien Giang province, which considers the largest island of Vietnam, at about 574 square kilometres. Besides the stunning & pristine beaches, this place is also famous for being the largest camp for prisoners of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Nowadays, many people come here for a quick escape to the beach town or to get closer to mother nature while trekking or camping in the national park.
When is the best time to visit Phu Quoc?
The ideal time is from November to April. During this time is the dry season in southern Vietnam, and the sea will be calm and the weather perfect for outdoor activities, which is the best time to unwind and relax on the beach or take a dip in the fresh water. Moreover, backpackers and those who want to go on an adventure should be mindful and bring enough water and sun-protection gear since things can get hot.
After this period, from April to October is the rainy season, but it is also the peak season on Phu Quoc since it is the summer vacation, and the island gets exceptionally crowded, and all prices go up.
How to get there?
First of all, the fastest way to travel to the island is by plane, both Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh city have direct daily flight to Phu Quoc International Airport. All you have to do is check the current airlines (Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific and Bamboo Airways for further information), or contact with a reliable travel agency to aligns your ticket.
Another point is, visitors from Ho Chi Minh city can choose other options for example sleeper bus, private car to get to Kien Giang province, then catch a ferry (Ha Tien Province) or speedboat (Kien Giang) as a means of transport on sea. Usually, it takes about 6,5 hours travel by bus or car to Kien Giang and 7,5 hours to Ha Tien approximately. The bus fares costs around 150K – 230K vnd depending on the operators.
When visitors arrive in Rach Gia, take a speedboat to get to the island. The boat departs daily at 8:00, 8:45 and 13:00, which a ticket costs 230K – 250K and takes about an hour. On the other hand, if visitors are a person can get seasick with a speedboat, consider a ferry from Ha Tien at Thanh Thoi wharf to Da Chong Port (Bai Thom, Phu Quoc). Furthermore, the ship takes almost 3 hours to the island and costs 185K.
Last but not least, great news for everyone who loves want to have a road trip, that visitors can ride a motorbike from Ho Chi Minh City to Rach Gia, and transfer to Phu Quoc by speedboat. The 300km route can separate into the two-day trip, which the first day you can stop in Can Tho city for a night, then wake up to experience floating market before taking over the journey to Rach Gia province.
The top seven reasons to travel to Phu Quoc.
Mesmerising pristine beaches.
The islands are always perfect for a getaway trip for those who want to keep themselves away from the bustling atmosphere of the urban cities of Vietnam. It’s the ideal spot to be lazy, to lie on a beach all day, and sip a fresh coconut from a tree. It might seem obvious, but one of the things, if not the first, visitors should do is jump in and take a dip in the ocean. In Phu Quoc, there are many beautiful beaches with clear blue water, gentle waves and water that is shallow and safe to swim in such as Truong, Sao, Dai, Khem, and Ong Lam. Each has its character, so try them and pick your favourite.
Watching the sunset & catching the sunrise.
First of all, Phu Quoc was named by National Geographic as one of the best places in the world to watch the sunset. One of the best places on the island to behold this glorious moment is Mui Dinh Cau (Cape Dinh Cau). Here, visitors can get an unobstructed view of a sky painted with splashes of red, orange, purple, and blue as the sun slowly sets in the distant horizon.
Another point is, waking up early and catching the first rays of the sun on the ocean is a worthwhile experience. Not only will visitors get to see another beautiful display of colours and light, but it is also an opportunity to see the fishing villages transform from peaceful little places into bustling markets.
A place for water – sports addicted.
The water – sports are a must when taking a beach holiday. Not only swimming but also there are numerous water activities such as kayaking, surfing, kitesurfing, jet skiing or scuba diving and snorkelling, which can be doing at Bai Sao, Bai Dai. On each resort has its offer a reasonable price starting at 100K for equipment.
Explore the Phu Quoc National Park
Located in the northeast of Phu Quoc, the Phu Quoc National Park is home to many unique species of flora and fauna, evergreen forests and mountains. Most parts of the park can fill through tourism activities such as camping, hiking, bird-watching, and photography are allowed in some places. Here is the 565-meter Mount Chua, the highest point on the island. From the top, visitors can get a fantastic panoramic view of the whole island.
Phu Quoc’s cuisine.
Splendid beaches aside, the next best thing in Phu Quoc is gastronomy. Combine the signature tastiness of Viet food with freshness no one could rival and you would soon be adding these Phu Quoc dishes to your bucket list. Keep in mind that seafood on this island is inexpensive, so eat as much as you can. The island offers a variety of dishes such as raw herring salad, mackerel noodles, grilled sea urchins, king crab, squids, shrimps and many more. Take time to visit is worth well a try.
Visit historical sites.
Take a step back and learn about the gruesome things that happened on the island during the war at Phu Quoc Prison. The French built this notorious old prison in the late 1940s. Now, much of the site comprises eerie dummies of Vietnamese soldiers reenacting the torture that was once routine here. There is also a war memorial to the south of the prison.
Local charm and culture.
With an economy still based around fishing and agriculture, the island is dotted by sleepy villages whose claim to fame is fish sauce, which makes the Vietnamese cuisine distinctive. When the fish sauce became the first Vietnamese product was imported by the European Union, which recognises local goods “whose quality of properties are significantly or exclusively determined by the geographical environment.
Moreover, the island also boasts the best organic pepper, producing around 1000 tonnes each year using traditional farming methods and sustainable agricultural technologies. Tourists can access tours of both the fish sauce factories and pepper farms for a closer look at local life, or explore pockets of local charm at the night market in Duong Dong, one of the island’s main towns, where you can sample local delicacies.
The last tip before you reaching to Phu Quoc in this summer.
- Do not visit Phu Quoc during the storm season
- If you plan to visit during the peak season, consider booking accommodation a month in advance due to the high demand.
- There are a few areas in Phu Quoc where visitors are not allowed to enter, so please be mindful and do not trespass.
- Check the schedule for the high – speed boat and ferry to Phu Quoc.
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