Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
October 16, 2012 Articles
If you want to escape to a little known beach paradise that gives you all of the amenities of Thailand without the hassle, all while allowing you to experience genuine local culture, Phu Quoc is the place for you! This island is gorgeous and there is enough development to fulfill all of your needs but still quiet and authentic enough to take in the real Vietnamese way of life while you are there. Whiz around the island effortlessly on a motorbike that you can easily rent without hassle. The main stretch sits on Long Beach which is fortunately on the West Coast so that you may enjoy a breathtaking sunset each and every day that you are there. There is much more to see though as you can explore many beaches, National Wildlife Parks and water activities on the many different parts of the island.
Covered with dense, lush and beautiful rainforest, Phu Quoc is most certainly picturesque and since it is over 1300 sq/km of mostly untouched land at this point. Please do enjoy it though as there is development under way. Only time will tell how the island will handle the influx of tourism as the beaches and island were once named some of the world’s finest by ABC. There is a great mix of different types and price ranges for accommodations and the night market and morning market offer wonderful options for food. Sakura and Pho Saigon are two locally ran restaurants that offer wonderful Vietnamese food at great prices with a local appeal and the Night Market will blow you away. Picture yourself walking down a street lined with full seafood displays on either side where you can pay less than $5 for an entire fish with rice and vegetables. This truly is the good life. Roam around on bikes and search the island for beauty by day, visit a fishing village in the south, An Thoi and then finishing the night up by eating jumbo prawns and langoustines, pineapple fish, scallops, crabs, lobster, mussels and more! This is a priceless journey and it is said that in the future a direct Ferry from Sihanoukville could open. Get here while it is still the lazy yet fulfilling destination of fun that it is today and enjoy the slow pace and smiles of the Vietnamese people that inhabit Phu Quoc island!
Highlights and Transportation Options:
- Scuba Diving
- Touring the Island by Motor Bike
- Night Market
- Morning Market
- Pearl Farms
- An Thoi
- Sao and Mango Beaches
- Rainforest Trail
- Duong Dong City Center
- Fish Sauce Best in the World!
- Animals, Birds and other Mammals in Rainforest by Guided Tour
- Many Activities and Restaurants on Long Beach
- Combination of Mini-Van and Ferry **Upgrade to the Super Dong for a fun Hydro Foil Ride that takes half of the time!**
- Private Ride and Ferry **At the Border of Ha Tien a Motobike can take you and your luggage to the Ferry station for about $1-2.**
***Vietnam Visa must be obtained before you go to Vietnam unless you are a part of a group tour to Phu Quoc Island only. You Visa may be obtained in Cambodia for this as you are not able to use an online approval letter if you enter Vietnam by land. Please inquire for further information or assistance in getting your Vietnam Visa while in Cambodia.***
From Ho Chi Minh City:
***Flights are easily obtained from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh if you do not wish to travel by land. You may also Travel from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by water and fly from Ho Chi Minh.***We have been serving the travel community since 1994! Contact us to arrange for a tour in SE Asia! Our Hotspots feature the locations we can directly help you with and we can always connect you to a reputable local for needs outside of our scope. We focus on locations near to Cambodia like Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam.
- Transport to Can Tho, then to Rach Gia and take a Ferry from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc. The Super Dong also runs from there. The transport to Can Tho can be done leisurely as a tour on the Mekong as well.
- Fly with Air Mekong or Vietnam Airlines to the Airport on the Island
***Please not that this map has three points. It starts in Sihanoukville and point B is Ha Tien, Vietnam, which is the town on the Vietnam side of the border crossing from Prek Chak, Cambodia. Ha Tien is where you will take the Ferry to Phu Quoc. The Super Dong is only $1 more and is twice as fast since it is a hydro-foil type Ferry. The route on Google Maps is Rach Gia, which is where you would exit the island of Phu Quoc to, if you were going onto Ho Chi Minh City via Rach Gia, Can Tho and then finally, Ho Chi Minh City. You may go to the island from Ha Tien and if you are on a tour from Cambodia without a Vietnam Visa, return to the same port. If you are traveling on in Vietnam, you will find the other Ferry location in Rach Gia to be more convenient and helpful.***