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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.