Phu Quoc is Vietnam's paradise island, at least if you manage to ignore the omnipresent flood of trash. No, seriously - if there is a part that's trash-free, then it's really beautiful. Here we present you the most important beaches of Phu Quoc Island. Some of them are abandoned, others developed, others industrial - but all of them worth a visit for the one or another reason.
Dai Beach, Bãi Dài in Vietnamese, is one of Phu Quoc Islands most beautiful beaches, located to the north-west. It stretches almost from Ganh Dau up North to Cape Móng Tay down South, after which Vung Bau Beach begins.
At the moment Rach Vem Beach, or Bãi Rạch Vẹm in Vietnamese, is a working beach of the rustic Rach Vem fishing village that belongs to the commune of Ganh Dau. While this beach is littered with the debris of the fishermen's trade and is not really a nice place for tanning and beachbumming, it provides an excellent background for artistic photography.
Cua Can Beach or Bãi Cửa Cạn is located at the western shores of Phu Quoc Island and a mystery to some visitors. The beach is not that mysterious after all, once you take a look at it on the satellite pictures.
Duong Dong Beach - Bãi Dương Đông
Duong Dong Beach is not really the place to go for a swim in the ocean since it's right next to the biggest town of Phu Quoc Island. However, we give it an honorable mention due to the fact that you will see it when you visit the town and/or the picturesque Dinh Cau.
Rach Tram Beach or Bãi Rạch Tràm in Vietnamese, is located in the northern regions of Phu Quoc Island. Backed up by the mountainous Phu Quoc National Park covered by the dense foliage of tropical jungles, Rach Tram is a picturesque sight.
Vong Beach - Bãi Vòng
Vong Beach is the first thing visitors get to see if they travel to Phu Quoc Island by boat, since it's the main ferry port that connects the island with Ha Tien and Rach Gia on the mainlands of Vietnam.
Sao Beach - Bãi Sao
From all the developed beaches on Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach or Bãi Sao in Vietnamese, is the most beautiful one. White sand, palm trees, warm, crystal clear water, a few laid back beach bars and the opportunity to swim, ride a jetski or try some sea food and a cold beer.
Long Beach - Bãi Trường
Long Beach is about 10 kilometers away from Phu Quoc International Airport and feautures yellow, powdery sand, clear water during dry season and is a palm-fringed stretch of paradise. Most of Phu Quocs resorts are located at the northern Part of Long Beach.
Khem Beach - Bãi Khem
Khem Beach: The pristine landscape of the beach is very similar to Sao Beach: Dark rocks jut out of the white sands, palms and other trees form a beautiful green backdrop and the water is crystal clear. If you are into abandoned paradise beaches, give it a try. If the military guards keeping watch over the area don't let you access Khem Beach, just head over to Sao Beach instead.
Ham Ninh Beach - Bãi Hàm Ninh
Ham Ninh Beach is, as the name already suggests, the beach around Hàm Ninh fishing village. The village is famous for it's flourishing fishing industry and a visit with or without a fishing tour or even a nightly squid fishing expedition, can be found on many itineraries.
Vung Bau Beach or in Vietnamese Bãi Vũng Bầu is a beautiful sandy beach on the west coast of Phu Quoc Island. It stretches from Cape Móng Tay (Fingernail Cape) to the North down to Cape Ông Quới south of it.
Thom Beach or Bãi Thơm in Vietnamese is right at the north-western tip of Phu Quoc Island. Sparsely populated and home to just a few mid-level resorts and seafood restaurants, Thom Beach is one of the most quiet spots on the map.
The greatest thing about Phu Quoc Island however, are the many hidden beaches that you can't find in maps and tour books. Rent a motorbike as described in our guide about getting around and simply explore. You might find a tiny bay with nothing around that can become your private tropical paradise for a day.
Phu Quoc Water Sports Holidays on a tropical island would be odd without the opportunity to do sports. Water sports. Here is a selection of stuff that you can try on Phu Quoc.
Shopping on Phu Quoc You can get some really interesting products from Phu Quoc, mainly pepper, pearls and fish sauce. There are other things too, just check out the variety of shopping opportunities on the island.