If you are near Ganh Dau at the northwestern tip of Phu Quoc Island, you have an easy and safe opportunity to take a stroll through the forest and experience a part of the regions pristine jungle landscape.
Usually, Phu Quoc National Park is off limits and not really accessible for tourists. As we approached the path into the park itself near Bai Thom, a guard in green uniform chased us away. However, if you approach Ganh Dau from the South, along Dai Beach, a path leads into the forest and it is nice to walk along the trail in the shadow of the trees.
At the end of the path you find the huts of a couple forest dwellers. Among them a friendly old woman (unfortunately without any environmental awareness) who lives off the land. She has a small garden behind her shack where she harvests bamboo sprouts to sell them on the market.
If you can pull yourself together and not ride the motorbike on the path, you may even have a chance to spot some wildlife. Since not all members of our group were as keen on walking as I am though, all we spotted was a nephila spider as big as my palm, sitting in the middle of the largest and strongest spider web I ever encountered. Unfortunately I could not focus properly, so the picture is too blurry.
Phu Quoc National Park is one of Southeast Asias finest nature reserves and quite well protected for Vietnamese standards. Even if I complained earlier, that they wouldn't let us into the heart of the park, maybe it's better that way.
The marine section of the park is home to the dugong, the last surviving member of the once large family of dugongidae and the only strictly herbivorous sea mammal in the world.
Landscape and flora:
Roughly forty percent of the area is consisting of lowland evergreen forests - an ideal habitat for the huge biodiversity, especially plant species. The park also features a mountainous area with 99 peaks.
A large amount of butterflies is around when you trek in the natural areas of the island. You also encounter a variety of quite bizarre insects to look at, but not to touch.
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.