6 Awesome Things to Do on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

6 Awesome Things to Do on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

6 Awesome Things to Do on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Phu Quoc is a Vietnamese island near the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. It’s known for its beaches, resorts, and market. The southwest coast of the island is built with resorts. More than half of the island is a national park. Duong Dong is the largest town, with day and night markets selling crafts, produce and fish. The island is developing really fast and hotels are popping up everywhere, which isn’t always a good thing. Make sure to get here soon! ?

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1. Enjoy Sao Beach in Phu Quoc

The White sand experience of Sao Beach. Praised as one of the best and lesser-known beaches in Vietnam. This place can’t be missed when visiting Phu Quoc. Enjoy fresh seafood right on the sand, swim or just laze the day away.

Sao beach is a 45-minute motorbike ride from Duong Dong (town) so please grab an extra water bottle.

Hotel Sao Beach: This hotel one of the few that are located near Sao Beach

Phu Quoc Island vietnam beach

2. Explore Phu Quoc by motorbike

The easiest way to get around is by motorbike. Although there are a lot of undeveloped roads you still can get around by using Google Maps. Hop from the beach to beach, viewpoint to viewpoint. Just take enough sunscreen and drinks with you!

Motorbike rental

You can rent a motorbike from either your hotel or at a dedicated motorbike rental in town. An automatic motorbike should cost from $6 – $12 a day.

Check out all Phu Quoc hotels under $50 a night

Visit the waterfalls

The waterfall is located in the center of Phu Quoc Island, near the airport. Entrance fee is around $0,50.-. A small hike of 20 minutes will take you to the top of the waterfall. Make sure to get there early to avoid the crowd.

Tip: Combine the waterfalls with Sao Beach to save time and energy.

The fish sauce factory or pepper farms

Did you know that Phu Quoc is famous for its pepper and fish sauce production? Fish sauce is their number one export product. Check out Nuoc Mam Hung Thanh, which is located near the market.

Phu Quoc Island vietnam harbor
Phu Quoc Island vietnam sunset locals

3. Visit the Night Market

The night market in Phu Quoc is the place to be when the sun has set. Get your dinner at the market and get a chop-chop ice cream afterward. ? It’s not the cheap place to get dinner on Phu Quoc but definitely a lively one.

Ice cream roll ups at the night market #phuquocnightmarket

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4. Phu Quoc sunset time

Look to the west for a beautiful sunset – Sit down on a beautiful stretch of white sand, anywhere along the west coast and get ready for one of the best sunsets in Vietnam.

Phu Quoc Island vietnam sunset
Phu Quoc Island vietnam beach sunset

5. Hang out at Rory’s Beach Club

Rory’s beach club is one of the most popular beach clubs on Phu Quoc. Grab a cocktail, mocktail, beer or whatever and enjoy your time on Phu Quoc! It’s located at Long Beach which is just outside of Duong Dong (town).

Best time to visit Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc has wet and dry seasons. From November till March, dRyan season temperatures will go from 25–28°C. This is the best time to visit Phu Quoc. Hotels can get full quickly so try to plan ahead. From April to June and during October, conditions are good but temperatures can reach 35°C in April/May when humidity is high. If you like your holidays soggy, muddy and quiet, then monsoon season – July to September – it is.

Made it to our last destination in Vietnam, still hidden in a shell. But tourism is coming ?

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How to get on Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc by plane

The Phu Quoc airport is fairly new, opened in 2013. Tourism got a boost because of this. Fly directly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc within one hour. The price of a single plane ticket should cost from $40 – $80.

Ferry to Phu Quoc

Take the SuperDong from Ha Tien. This should take 2 hours and 15 minutes. This will cost 230000 Dong which is $10 to $11

Please note: During high or holiday season the ferry tickets sell out fast

Phu Quoc hotels

Phu Quoc in Vietnam is one of the few islands Vietnam owns. It’s not new to tourists but still not developed enough to say that it’s crowded.

We got you a $15 discount at Booking.com if you book via this link, you’re welcome! ?

Check out all Phu Quoc hotels under $50 a night.

Phu Quoc Hostels

Check out all the options on Phu Quoc under $50 a night.

Malaria advice

Apart from a low risk of acquiring Malaria from one of them, they’re mostly annoying as hell. But they will only come out in the early evening and morning, so you don’t need to use repellent during the day. Just don’t forget to put it on at about 5 pm, and you should be rather safe. Also watch out for the tons of insects in the air, when riding a bike between 5 and 7 pm.

11/02/2017 https://www.saltinourhair.com/vietnam/phu-quoc-vietnam/
Blog comments (5)

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  • Rhena Clark

    My husband and I are bringing our 3 year olds for New Years after going to Ho Chi Minh first. Can’t wait now after reading your post!

  • ramon perry

    I’m actually heading there tomorrow. Thanks for the tip on Sao Beach and the waterfall, I must have missed those in my previous research. I’ll definitely dedicate a day to those!

  • GlobalSwans

    Hey guys… we’ve heard mixed things about Phu Quoc, so we can’t decide whether to add it into our itinerary for Vietnam or not! We’ve been told the beaches aren’t very beautiful and it’s super busy? Did you snorkel or dive whilst you were there? How does it compare to somewhere like Koh Rong?

  • Sebastian Burd

    Hi, your video of your summary trip to vietnam is amazing, it seems u got lucky with the weather, what month of the year u visited vietnam ? I will be traveling early March, do u think that March is a good time to visit Halong bay, Tac COC, cat ba island, sapa and hanoi?

    Thank you very much

  • I was in Vietnam in 2015 and spend so many time in Hanoi and Hoi An, that my visa was expiring when I arrived in the south of Vietnam, so I sadly missed Phu Quoc.
    Reason to go back right? Because it looks wonderful!

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