Sao Beach is a curving stretch of fine, white sand with the occasional dark boulder jutting out - perfect for mermaiding around. All that is reachable over a bumpy dirtroad. As soon you break through the leafy green backdrop of jungle trees, you find yourself in paradise.
During the peak season from December to March it can become quite crowded though, but that doesn't change the fact that particularly the vibrant colours of the sand, water, sky and foliage create a tranquil vision of bliss. Only interrupted by - you may have guessed it already - heaps of trash.
Most people stay at their resorts and hotels on Long Beach and Sao Beach is the second sandy stretch of coast they get to see. Mainly because the tourdesk operators at the hotels offer day trips to the east coast. For those who love Sao Beach so much that they want to stay there, there is a selection of resorts at the the beaches' northern end.
On motorbike or maybe bicycle if you are the sporty type, the road to Sao Beach forks off Nguyen Van Cu street about 2 kilometers north of Phu Quoc Prison to the right. There is a sign that points the way if I remember correctly.
At the sandy, white shore you can enjoy the sun, order a cold beer and some fresh sea food and the gentle splash of waves of azure sea water is only interrupted by the occasional humming of a jetski. The fact that riding the jetski costs around 500.000đ for 10 minutes, makes this noise a kinda rare event though. You can also rent a kayak and visit some of the moored fishing vessels offshore and even paddle to Khem Beach to the South. But at your own risk, since it is still unclear if Khem Beach is off limits now or not.
Sao Beach is especially popular among families with children, because the warm water at the shore is shallow with no sudden drops and no dangerous rocks that mar the paradisic experience. Just fine, white sand between your toes. It is said that the northern stretch of the seven kilometer long shore is cleaner and more beautiful than the southern area, probably because the resorts there have staff to take care of the litter.
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.