BEST TIME TO VISIT PHU QUOC ISLAND 


10 Mar 2021

When is the best time to visit Phu Quoc island Vietnam ? A frequent question that many tourists wonder when they plan to travel to Phu Quoc - a big and great island located in southeast Vietnam. This article will help you find out the answer for the best time of year to visit Phu Quoc island. 

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Best time to visit Phu Quoc
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 Phu Quoc island is a famous and attractive tourist attraction visited by many tourists every year, this place is blessed by nature for a lot of amazing beauty. Besides, there are many pristine beaches waiting for you to explore and experience. In Phu Quoc, the sunshine, blue sea, and white sand combine to create an attractive marine paradise for tourists.
Besides poetic scenery, Phu Quoc island is also home to a multitude of delicious food and fresh seafood. In Phu Quoc, you will see fishing boats off the coast, constantly bringing fresh seafood to the mainland, such as Sea urchins, egg squid, crabs, babylonia snails, shellfish, cobia… So at what time of year do you come to Phu Quoc to fully enjoy the beauty here?

Best time to go to Phu Quoc

Seafood in Phu Quoc Island - Source: Choi Ben

When you have experienced beautiful beaches in Phu Quoc, eat full of seafood, then you have a lot of attractive places in Phu Quoc to visit such as Nguyen Trung Truc temple, Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc, pearl cultivation place, Phu Quoc prison, the container-houses producing sauce...
With so many interesting things like that, once you have reached Phu Quoc to enjoy, experience, and immerse yourself in nature.

I - Overview of weather and Phu Quoc best time to visit 

Phu Quoc - the biggest island of Vietnam, where the climate is characterized by a subtropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons. The average yearly temperature varies from 25°C to 27°C. The amount of shining hours reaches 1445 hours. Meanwhile, the total precipitation of the year is measured at 3000mm with heavy rainfall from May to November, and there is no rain in dry months - which is considered as the best time to travel to Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

More about Phu Quoc weather

A perfect trip depends a lot on the weather and climate conditions. Good weather is the premise for some kinds of outdoor activities such as trekking, swimming, and visiting the beach. In Phu Quoc, the best things to do are almost all relative to the beach and sea. A deep-blue sea with long sandy beaches full of sunshine is the best scenery for nature-lovers. So a bit of a weather condition summary is the first thing to do before you go.

II - When is the best time of year to visit Phu Quoc in the dry season?

Best season to visit Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc Island in dry season - Source: Steven Lasry

The dry season in Phu Quoc starts from December to May. Phu Quoc island is influenced by northern hemisphere winds. The sunshine is long, the humidity is about 78%, and the monthly rainfall is approximately 40mm. This a great time for sea tourism with lots of exciting activities such as going sightseeing, visiting the fishing villages, snorkeling, and diving in Phu Quoc

1 - December

This is the best month to visit Phu Quoc. Apart from beach tourism activities like kite surfing, swimming & diving you can attend the Dinh Ba Ong Lang festival.

2 - January

When visiting Phu Quoc at this time you will be comfortable participating in fun activities such as swimming, scuba diving to watch corals, night squid fishing, or picnicking in the woods. 

Top things to do in Phu Quoc island

You can also participate in Cua Can Divine Temple festival (17/1 in the lunar calendar), An Thoi Divine Temple festival (19/1 in the lunar calendar), Duong Dong Divine Temple festival (10, 11/1 in the lunar calendar), Dinh Ba Ong Lang festival (18, 19/1 in the lunar calendar)

3 - February 

February is the best time to go to Phu Quoc when visitors will get the best photos with the "pepper kingdom", participate in harvesting pepper with the people here, and can bring home as gifts for family and friends.

Besides these are the traditional festivals of the people of Phu Quoc such as the festival of Water-Dragon Holy-Madam (20, 21/2 in the lunar calendar), O Bon temple festival (27/2 in the lunar calendar) … 

4 - March

Because this time is the end of the dry season with more rain than January and February, but it is still the best month to visit Phu Quoc. In March, the Dinh Ong Nam Hai festival (21/3 in the lunar calendar) is one of the greatest things to see in Phu Quoc

5 - April 

This is the end of the dry season, it rains more but the weather is still quite nice, you can enjoy the sea view and taste the delicious seafood dishes. 

6 - May

This is the time when Phu Quoc enters the rainy season. The rain will limit your bathing, sightseeing, and exploring the Phu Quoc National Park. The weather in June, July, and August is the same. 

III - When is the best time to visit Phu Quoc in the rainy season?

Best month to visit Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc Island in rainy season - Source: Inge Maria

Rainy season: is from June to November with high humidity from 85 to 90%, average monthly rainfall is about 360mm and the average temperature is from 25°C to 30°C. In this period, the southwest monsoon is powerfully active from July to September, causing frequent rain and rough & turbid sea. So this is considered as the low season of tourism.

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However, for those who want to take a more budget trip and visit a less-touristy destination, the wet season is still the best time to go to Phu Quoc.

1 - June 

At this time in Phu Quoc, the Dinh Cau festival is held (1/6 in the lunar calendar) with many fun activities such as catching sea ducks, jumping with sacks, boat racing…

2 - July

In July of Phu Quoc the Hungry Ghost Festival is organized (15/7 in the lunar calendar), which is the occasion for us to give filial piety, pray for health and luck for parents.

3 - August 

Nguyen Trung Truc Festival  is held on 27/8 in the lunar calendar.

4 - September 

This is not the best time to visit Phu Quoc island for sightseeing but you can have a chance to experience many cultural activities. September in Phu Quoc holds Suoi Da pagoda ceremony (25, 26/9 in the lunar calendar), Ganh Gio pagoda ceremony (26, 27/9 in the lunar calendar)

5 - October & November

The Nguyen Trung Truc festival will last until October and the Duong Dong Divine Temple festival in November are the highlights of tourism in Phu Quoc this time. Due to the not so ideal weather conditions caused by heavy rain and strong winds, these months are not highly recommended as the best time to travel here. 

In general, the best time to travel to Phu Quoc Island Vietnam is from November to March. By this time, the weather is less rainy, and more sunshine. The calm sea is very convenient for taking the ship or speedboat to the island. Moreover, the island is also less crowded than in the summertime, so you will save the most cost (train tickets, air tickets, hotel & motel rentals).

Top resorts in Phu Quoc island

The period from April to August is usually the rainy season in Phu Quoc. the sudden rains will affect your tourism, excursions and sightseeing activities. These months may not be the best season to visit Phu Quoc, but in fact, the island still has many beyond-expecting things waiting for you to explore. The rainy season is the ideal time for a trip on a budget because of the low expense for room and tourist services and tours. 

This article is about the best time to visit Phu Quoc island Vietnam. Hopefully, that information is helpful to all tourists.  

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