Long Beach on Phu Quoc is probably the most touristy beach of the island. Depending on where you stay, you will probably see it first.
I guess every prime tourist destination along Vietnam's coastline has at least one beach called Long Beach. Now, Phu Quoc Island is a little different. Here we have two beaches named Long Beach. Well, actually it's just one, but it's split in two by Duong Dong Beach, the protected fishing port and the rock of Dinh Cau.
Long Beach | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
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. It got it's name for one reason: It's length of almost 20 kilometers in total, which is almost half of Phu Quoc's total length of sandy beaches. While the southern part is mostly deserted, apart from the occasional hovel of a fisherman's family, the northern part of this prime beach is where the majority of tourism related businesses on the island set up camp. The northernmost five kilometers stretch between Eden Resort and Trang An Phu Quoc Hotel. Resorts, hotels, guesthouses, hostels, bars, restaurants and cafes squeeze next to each other in pursuit of prime beachfront locations. Long Beach is widely recognized as Phu Quoc Island's most developed beach, but there is still plenty of room for a lone walk along the shore.
Boat on Long Beach, Phu Quoc Island | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
The yellow sand is particularly fine and feels great to walk on, while from November to April, during dry season, the sea is calm and invites you for a splash.
Cape | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
Bãi Trường is also famous for it's colorful sunsets and the many services offered during the high tourist season. You can get a massage right on the beach and buy many things from food and fresh juices to souvenirs of more or less desirable quality.
Resort and beach development on Phu Quoc Island | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
Tran Hung Dao street goes all the way along Long Beach and used to be Phu Quoc's busiest traffic artery, but now that the trans-island highway is almost finished, most of the traffic will leave and the beach area will be more peaceful again. If you rent a motorbike, you can make your way along dirt roads from Duong Dong to An Thoi. You will pass white dunes, abandoned hovels, shrubs and wilderness that is home to shorebirds.
Fishing boats on the beach | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
The showroom of the most interesting pearl farm of Phu Quoc Island is located on Long Beach as well, around two kilometers south of Duong Dong. You can not only marvel at the biggest natural pearls you have ever seen, but also shop for exclusive and beautiful jewellery there. On top of that, the farming of pearl oysters is explained to curious minds, that's why this particular pearl farm's outpost is found on many tour itineraries.
Palm trees on Long Beach | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
Phu Quoc pearls are indeed rumored to be the best pearls in Vietnam and especially popular among Japanese investors. Apparently pearls at the Dinh Cau night market or in Ham Ninh village are cheaper, but many of the pearls are often described as of "night market quality". The difference is how the pearls are farmed and which kind of shells are used. The cheap pearls are usually sweetwater pearls from Chinese mass production. More about that in the respective article.
Pier | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
The downside of Long Beach is the revenge of the ocean during rainy season. In Saigon alone, nine million or more than 50 metric tons of plastic bags are being used every day (source). This waste of resources is not only found in Vietnam, but in all countries around the Gulf of Thailand. Many plastic bags and other trash ends up in the ocean and the drift during rainy season carries them where? Exactly - to the beach. The wind comes from the West, so Long Beach is a prime victim of garbage washed ashore.
Pollution | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
While the resorts keep the beach clean during that time, the water itself is not really nice, so if you want to swim then either stick to the pool or visit the eastern coast, Sao Beach for example.
Beaches of Phu Quoc Island:
Long Beach - Dai Beach - Sao Beach - Khem Beach
Rach Tram - Rach Vem - Ong Lang - Vung Bau
Ganh Dau - Cua Can - Thom Beach
Vong Beach - Duong Dong - Ham Ninh
Beachfront resorts | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
Exploring the west coast | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
Trash on the beach | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
More about Phu Quoc Island
For more information about the island, please visit our Phu Quoc Island sitemap and the Phu Quoc landing page.
Enjoy your vacation in Vietnam!
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