Phu Quoc Island is known as the hidden and mysterious heaven among Vietnam's islands. It is surely undeniable to describe the complete beauty of Phu Quoc via letters. It is totally beyond words. Visitors say that the island keeps an unbelievable primitive and alluring appearance.
From a general look, the whole island stands among the sea like a huge green gem of nature. That is the reason why Phu Quoc is known as the Emerald Island. Surrounding space is the interminable turquoise sea along with the long strips of golden and white sand meandering the coastlines. Along with the tropical forest, to complete the typical beauty of Phu Quoc city and island, are the coconut and casuarina trees standing along the beaches. Moreover, Phu Quoc’s fauna varies from birds, mammals to marine creatures. Tourists should build the awareness of saving the original beauty of the island not only for the present but also for the future.
However, the uncontrolled tourism directions gradually bring the untouched beauty of the Pearl Island away. The more modern constructions and tourism complexes were built to fulfill and attract tourists, the less picturesque Phu Quoc is maintained.
Phu Quoc Islands, considered as Vietnam’s “Pearl Island” and “Emerald Island”, is located in Phu Quoc district, Kien Giang province. It is also the most primitive as well as the largest island all over Vietnam. The Island has a population around 180,000 (in 2019) settling on the large island district with an area of 567 km² (56.700 ha), and a length of 49 km.
Wild Phu Quoc (Source: VnExpress)
Around 1671, when Phu Quoc still was an unnamed island of Vietnam, a group of Chinese people came and settled for a long time in the Phu Quoc’s area nowadays. From the 1760s - 1780s the island began to be known widely because king Nguyen Anh fled to this island to escape from Tay Son fleet’s chasing. Then in 1869, Phu Quoc changed a lot because French colonists controlled and applied several exploitation measures. Afterwards, within the Vietnam war period, Phu Quoc Island was under the domination of American invaders. Since 1949, the island has been controlled officially by Vietnamese government.
Phu Quoc has quintessential features of the humid tropical monsoon climate which is wet, hot and rainy as Vietnam's one. The Emerald Island experiences 2 main seasons including a rainy season lasting 6 months from June and a dry one happening during the remaining months. The hottest temperature in Phu Quoc is around 35°C. Nevertheless, for the majority of the year, the Phu Quoc weather has a very favorable temperature for visitors, approximately 23°C. In addition, tropical cyclones usually happen in July and August, so to minimize the unintended happenings for your trip, tourists should consider this information. Despite that, Phu Quoc is still one of a fews islands which are not affected badly within the Vietnam floods and cyclones season.
While Phu Quoc is a popular tourist destination, transportation systems, particularly several paths, are still in a moderate quality. They are less congested than crowded cities; nevertheless, they are bumpier. You can thus take into account a few of the following manners going to depend on your desired location and the climate conditions.
Motorcycle (Source: Internet)
You should get used to Vietnam's transportation laws. Remember to wear a helmet, don't drink while driving, and concentrate on your way. Please ensure you get a driving license or at least do a quick driving lesson before you rent the motorcycle.
The price is around 150,000- 200,000 VND ($7.5- 10) per day, depending on weather conditions and bargaining skills.
It usually takes around 11,000 and 15,000 ($0.5-$0.7) per km to travel by taxi in Phu Quoc island.
Xe Om (Motorcycle Taxi)
You don’t know how to ride a motorbike, so you don't need to be concerned about transportation laws and any other associated topics. However, you will absolutely love the sensation that you're traveling like such a racer. Another smart choice is to take a motorcycle taxi (xe ôm in Vietnamese). Depending on the distance, the driver, and the negotiating skills, the price is adjustable. Usually, it is about 5000 vnd ($0.2) /1km.
You can do some exercise while enjoying your vacation. It's terrific to visit around by bicycle, but it can make you tired a bit. As standard, hotels, and resorts provide their guests with a bike renting service. If your accommodation doesn't have that one, you can try to choose another one in nearby areas. The expense is about 20,000 ~ $1 a day.
Visitors enjoy in Phu Quoc (Source: Nhanisme)
Morning: Travel to your accomodation to check in
Afternoon: Relax in your accommodation or a spa. You can also find a nearby beach to feel the fresh breeze from the sea and enjoy the stunning sunset.
Evening: Dinner at a local restaurant. Visit Phu Quoc Night market
Morning: Breakfast at hotel, Sim Wine Factory, Fish Sauce factory
Afternoon: Visit Ham Ninh fishing village, Tranh stream, Su Muon pagoda, Cau Temple
Evening: Traveling to Dinh Cau night Market then come back to your accommodation.
Morning: Breakfast at hotel, visit the Phu Quoc Pearl Farm, An Thoi Town (the main town of the southern), visiting Phu Quoc island war Prison Museum
Afternoon: Take a tour from Ham Ninh village to Bai Sao (Star) Beach.
Evening: Try organizing a lovely party on the Star Beach with your family’s members, friends or even yourself. Going fishing at night is also an amazing experience.
Morning: Have breakfast anywhere you want. Take a tour from Phu Quoc National Park, Phu Quoc Pepper Plantations and Phu Quoc dog farm respectively.
Afternoon: visit Long Beach and Ganh Dau Beach
Evening: Experience the nightlife at Ganh Dau village
Morning: Enjoy the beauty of sunrise on the Ganh Dau beach. Have breakfast. Travel to Vinpearl Land Amusement Park.
Afternoon: The time to relax and enjoy peace in a spa. Pack your luggages to come back home.
Ham Ninh Village (Source: Bestprice)
Morning: Check in and take time to relax after a long traveling time
Afternoon: Visit Ham Ninh Village, Phu Quoc Prison, Sao (Star) Beach
Evening: Have dinner to try local cuisines and seafoods; try the Dong Duong night market.
Morning: Have breakfast, take a tour including Pearl farm, Pagoda, Pepper Farm, Fish Sauce Factory, Sim Wine
Afternoon: Have lunch, take a tour containing Phu Quoc National Park, Suoi Tranh Waterfall and Long Beach.
Evening: have dinner on the beach, shopping
Morning: Have breakfast, go to Vinpearl Land Amusement
Afternoon: Take time to relax, find some shops to go and arrange luggage to come home
Phu Quoc Pearl Farm (Source: Pinterest)
Morning: Check in, take a rest
Afternoon: visit Ham Ninh fishing village, Suoi Tranh waterfall and Su Muon Pagoda, Long beach.
Evening: Dinner on the beach and visit Phu Quoc night market.
Morning: Have an early breakfast, take a tour through Star Beach, Phu Quoc Prison, Phu Quoc Pearl Farm and Dinh Cau Temple.
Afternoon: Duong Dong Market, go shopping and pack luggage to go home
In summary, it will be so regretful if you do not try visiting Phu Quoc Island once. All the letters, photos, and even video clips being available on the Internet will never bring travelers all the beauty of the Emerald Island. Therefore, why don't you try?
Phu Quoc map
Phu Quoc travel guide above shows you a small part of this beautiful island. Come here and enjoy one of the most amazing islands in Vietnam with many exciting things to experience.
1 - Where is Phu Quoc island?
→ Phu Quoc island is the biggest island of Vietnam located in South Vietnam. Traveling here by plane and ferry is the only way to access.
2 - Is Phu Quoc worth visiting?
→ This island is definitely a heaven for sea and beach lovers. Visiting here, you can swim, surf, dive and relax all day on the white sandy beaches.
Airport: Phu Quoc International Airport
Area: 589,23 km2
Map: Search Google Map
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