During your trip to Vietnam, enjoy a heavenly getaway on the island of Phu Quoc. This Vietnamese island is the largest in Southeast Asia and is located in the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Cambodia. This little corner of paradise is known for its white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, bordered by palm trees and a national park. The largest city on the Vietnamese island is Duong Dong and attracts travellers for its lively day and night markets, where the local population is proud to offer handicrafts, fresh products, and of course it’s freshly caught fish from the sea. Phu Quoc National Park occupies more than half of the island’s area with its mountains, tropical forest, lush vegetation, and incredible wildlife. A mountain range stretches along the length of the island.
The best time to travel to Phu Quoc Island is the dry season, which is between October and March. A blue sky and a calm sea suitable for diving trips are available to you during this time.
Phu Quoc has a rich historical past. During colonization, the island was a hideaway of resistance against the French. It also includes a reconstruction of the Phu Quoc prison, also called “coconut palm prison,” which housed tens of thousands of prisoners during the first Indochina war.
Whoever says island says beaches, and not just any beaches, since those of Phu Quoc Island are among the most beautiful in Vietnam. Sao Beach is the most famous. This seven-kilometre-long beach goes as far as the eye can see, bordered by coconut palms on one side and the almost transparent sea on the other. It is ideal for families and will delight children. Khem Beach is also worth a visit; travellers will be dazzled by the whiteness of its sand that shines under the sun’s rays. It is surrounded by a wilder nature with diversified fauna and flora.
For a real moment of relaxation, you can opt for an escapade on the deserted Bai Truong Beach, stretching over nearly 20 kilometres. You will find cafés and restaurants where you can taste delicious seafood. Not to be missed: the sunset on one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam, enough to finish the day in style!
Discovering the island of Phu Quoc is also a great way to enjoy many water activities and explore the Vietnamese coastline. It is on the archipelago of An Thoi, just south of Phu Quoc, that you will find your happiness. From scuba diving to boat tours, snorkelling, and fishing, there is something for everyone. This archipelago contains a multitude of marine species that you can admire in the seabed, and for the lucky ones, manta rays and turtles will be there.
Like all regions of Vietnam, Phu Quoc has its specialties. Concerning its cultivations, the most precious one is black pepper. Ricin, coffee, coconut, and rambutan are also grown. During your adventure in Phu Quoc, you should not miss the grilled shellfish, fried rice with crab, or its greatest culinary specialty: raw sardinella.
If you would like to stop off on Phu Quoc Island during your tailor-made trip to Vietnam and be captivated by the diversity of its landscapes, talk to your Travel Designer.