Streams and Waterfalls on Phu Quoc Island

Waterfalls and streams are always a tourist attraction in Vietnam. Phu Quoc is not exempt from that rule.

Fairy stream landscape Landscape on Phu Quoc Island | photo: (cc-by-sa)

Like everywhere in Vietnam, springs, streams and waterfalls are a popular tourist destination and the three most commonly known streams of Phu Quoc Island are no exception here. The first one I want to cover is the Fairy Stream or Suoi Tien in Vietnamese. Not to be confused with Suoi Tien Waterpark in Saigon, the Fairy Stream of Hoi An and the the most beautiful of all fairy streams - Suoi Tien in Phan Thiet.

Nature on Phu Quoc Island Tranh Springs, Phu Quoc | photo: (cc-by-sa)

Even if the namesake in Phan Thiet is much more stunning than the Phu Quoc Faity Stream, it pays off to visit this beautiful oasis in the middle of nowhere. If you can find it that is, because we had a really hard time to get there.

Fairy stream landscape Landscape | photo: (cc-by-sa)

Painting Stream (also called Painted Stream) or Suoi Tranh in Vietnamese is much easier to find and right next to the main street that connects Duong Dong and Ham Ninh. The area has been developed into a park with the artful concrete sculptures Vietnam is s famous for. Tranh Stream is definitely a place to visit on your way from or to Ham Ninh fishing village.

Waterfall Creek | photo: (cc-by-sa)

In a stark contrast to these two picturesque points of interest, the third landmark - Da Ban Stream - is so flooded with trash that I recommend to cut it completely. The people of Duong Dong obviously go there to party and let the water take care of their rubbish. And the guys living there and charging money for parking the motorbike (besides selling beer) don't give a crap either.
Forget Suoi Da Ban

Beautiful Da Ban Stream on Phu Quoc Island Suoi Da Ban | photo: (cc-by-sa)

Generally speaking of nature on Phu Quoc, there are loads of butterflies around if you manage to walk the area with open eyes, as well as many other kinds of insects. However, refrain of touching any insects, worms and caterpillars. Vietnam's fauna is incredibly diverse and many animals have developed very efficient defense mechanisms that can knock out even humans.

Phu Quoc, Vietnam - Caterpillar Caterpillar hanging on a string of silk - don't touch insects like this one if you don't know them. Some caterpillars may have very effective defense mechanisms that even knock out humans! | photo: (cc-by-sa)

Waterfall Waterfall | photo: (cc-by-sa)

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