Travellers also call Phu Quoc the "Pearl Island of Asia" because apart from fish sauce and pepper, Phu Quoc Island provides some of the most beautiful pearls in Southeast Asia. The island is small but has a lot to offer for adventurous tourists and resort-bummers alike.
While a lot of the original charme, tiny fishing villages and native culture will be lost in the coming years, the increased development will provide top-standard beach resorts for foreign and Vietnamese tourists alike. The increased tourism also raises the living standard of the local people.
The main problem of the island is trash. The excessive consumption of plastic bags in Vietnam leaves it's footprint on the many beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc. Carefully pick the time of the year when you visit the pearl island, because the direction of the wind determines on which side of the island you can swim in crystal-clear water and where the ocean doesn't look so nice.
Enjoy your stay and experience the amazing landscape, whether you are out on an adventure or just beachbumming. Phu Quoc Island is also called "Pearl Island of Vietnam", since Phu Quoc pearls are amongst other commodities such as pepper and fish sauce, a product of the island. Vietnam is about to develop Phu Quoc to a top tourist destination and there are many nice hotels and luxury resorts around as well.
We strive to provide one of the most complete travel guides for your stay on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam, so we collected and compiled useful information about interesting sights and places for your convenience. Check it out!
The South of Vietnam has two seasons: Dry season and rainy season. While for your regular tours in Southeast Asia the weather mainly determines whether to pack up a raincoat or not, on Phu Quoc Island it's also important to know if the wind approaches from the East or the West and which beaches have crystal-clear water.
Due to the rapid development of Phu Quoc Island as Vietnam's prime tourist destination, there is an ever increasing selection of accomodations for the discerning traveler to choose from. Five star luxury resorts, quiet private villas, cenrally located hotels, remote hovels with homestay opportunities and cheap backpacker hostels. Check our list of possibilities, compare and book:
Now that you are finally there and safely tucked in at your favorite hotel room on Phu Quoc, it's time to explore the tropical paradise island. We collected the best sights and most beautiful landmarks of Phu Quoc Island for you right here:
Don't just stay at your resort and roast in the sun with a cocktail in your hand! Check out the island and experience something to tell the poor devils who had to stay at home while you experience the world! Like everywhere else in Southeast Asia, you have various options for experiencing Phu Quoc Island. From beachbumming over shopping and lightweight experiences to true adventure tours off the beaten track. Phu Quoc is so small, you can experience the best corners with a rented motorbike and a couple days on your hand, which is definitely our preferred method. Just listen around for interesting trails to ride, read our Phu Quoc guide or check out some other websites about the island. If self-guided tours don't fit your perception of a productive holiday, check out some local travel agencies. Local tours are always easy to find at a good rate.
The island feautures over fourty kilometers of sandy beaches, enough space to set up your base camp at the beach without it getting overly crowded. Not even German tourists need to reserve their chairs with towels in the evening. The selection of beaches starts with the picturesque white sands of Sao Beach over the long stretches of palmtree-backed length of Long Beach to the hidden coves and tiny semi-private shores of Ong Lang Beach.
While this destination is famous for it's pristine beaches and relaxed atmosphere, shopping opportunities are rather scarce. Shopping
Famous in all of the Mekong region for it's great selection of sea food, Duong Dong night market is a must-taste on your tropical island vacation. Try sea urchins, various shells, mollusks and crustacea in many different flavours. The souvenirs here are rather cheap in price as well as quality. Night Market
There is one Co-Op Mart in Duong Dong and that's it. If you are searching for items of your daily needs, try one of the small local shops that can be found everywhere where islanders live. Supermarkets
Every major town has a market. The speciality there is fish sauce, pepper and dried seafood. And fresh fish, fruits and vegetables of course. Markets.
Coi Nguon Museum
The Phu Quoc Museum is definitely worth a visit. It is the largest privately owned museum of Vietnam and the owner, a former tourguide, has collected most of his treasures himself. The museum is located near Duong Dong and from the roof you have a fair sight over Long Beach and the town.
Phu Quoc features a selection of interesting temples and quiet pagodas. The most interesting aspect of spiritual life on the island are the Cao Dai temples. Cao Dai is a religion that has been founded in Vietnam in an attempt to bring all major religions of the world under one roof. The most picturesque temple however is Dinh Cau, the seaside temple of Thien Hau, the goddess of the ocean.
The major products of the island are fish sauce, pearls and pepper. It is not surprising, that there are many tours, offering to visit the one or another fish sauce factory, shops and showrooms of adventurous pearl farms, as well as pepper farms. One more interesting product is sim wine, a liqueur made from the fruits of rose myrtle (sim) bushes that grow everywhere on Phu Quoc.
Phu Quoc is together with Phan Thiet and Nha Trang the most famous producer of fish sauce, a key ingredient for Vietnamese kitchen. Once you get used to the pungent smell and taste of this fermented anchovy product, you will love cooking with it. Fish Sauce
Pepper is one of the top products on the island. Popular enough that the more food-related Phu Quoc fans call it "pepper island" instead of "pearl island". You can buy bags of the spicy goodness directly at one of the many pepper farms that is open for visitors or in most shops, as well as the markets in Duong Dong and elsewhere. Pepper
Pearls in all colours are grown in the waters around the island and on display in several show rooms. We actually visited one of the farms and took a peek behind the scenes of pearl farming. Phu Quoc Pearls are beautiful and make excellent souvenirs for discerning travelers. Pearls
Beach Wear & Souvenirs
Especially along the tourist strip on Tran Hung Dao street and in Duong Dong, you can find many shops that sell snorkel equipment, beach wear and the regular touristy knick-knack. Just check them out, buy a package of postcards and send them home from Duong Dong post office. Souvenirs
There are mainly two opportunities to go and catch some fish. A regular fishing tour by boat or a nightly trip to catch squid. Whatever you decide to go for, even if you don't catch anything the tour operators may do so and cook in for you on the boat.
Whether you want to angle by yourself or with friends, you need a boat for a whole day or as a floating location for a birthday party, bigger vessels can be rented for a certain amount of time at An Thoi harbour on the southern tip of the island.
If you happen to be one of the more sporty fellows out there, why don't you try one of the following things?
External links with more information about the island:
There is a plethora of websites on the internet dealing with Phu Quoc. Some of them are travel guides, some of them informational articles and some newspapers.
Check them out if you are in need of more information about the island!
An independent travel blog, very nice to read. Tom experiences everything himself and writes great stories about the locations he visited. If you are searching for itineraries and stories about self-guided motorbike tours, that's the site you want to check out first! vietnamcoracle.com
Every traveller in the greater Indochina region knows and appreciates the Rusty Compass. Not only Mark is a great writer, he also experienced all the things he writes about himself. rustycompass.com
In SE Asia is Keith's great site that features information about almost anything that's going on... well.. in Southeast Asia. Here is their travel guide for Phu Quoc: InSeAsia.
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.