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General

Phu Quoc is the biggest island in the Gulf of Thailand with an area of approximately 600 sq. km, which means it is difficult to get around the island in one day.

Phu Quoc lies 15 km south of the coast of Cambodia and is 65 km away from the south-west coast of Vietnam. This island has become a very popular tourism destination, it’s population (approx. 140 000 people) is growing due to lots of people come here to work in tourism or to open a business. Local people traditionally earned their living from the sea and farming.

Phu Quoc is the only place in Vietnam where they don’t produce rice, but the island is well-known for its high quality pepper. Official currency is Vietnamese Dong (VND) and the banknotes are made of plastic polymer, which doesn’t fall apart when wet. If you will exchange 100 USD, you will become a millionaire.

Local

Phu Quoc island is a part of Vietnam and the most popular tourism destination for Vietnamese people and tourists from all over the world.

Phu Quoc is also called pearl island as there are few pearl farms where local pearls are cultivated. This island is home to the best fish sauce (nuoc mam), which has become popular all over Vietnam and the world. There are plenty of hotels on the island and tourists can choose between luxury resorts and rustic family-run bungalows. Phu Quoc’s coastline is approx. 120 km and you will definitely find the beach for yourself with overhanging palm trees. It seems like this island was made for relaxing tropical getaway.

Climate

There is no winter on the island! Tropical climate with an average temperature 27 C is very comfortable.

It’s climate is monsoonal sub-equatorial with temperate weather and water temperature all year round. The best time to visit Phu Quoc is during the period between the end of October to the end of February, when the daily temperature is about 27 – 31 C and 24 – 26 C at night, water temperature is 28 – 30 C and the humidity is at its lowest throughout the year, the sky is blue and the sea is calm. In March and April the temperature and humidity are a bit higher and the monsoon season starts in May with heavy rains in August, September and October.

Nature

The nature of Phu Quoc island is charming with its diversity, uniqueness, beauty and exoticism.

Surroundings

At the same time all this reminds you about your home country, because everyone will find at Phu Quoc what he is looking for. The mountainous and forested island is a tropical getaway set with cool waterfalls, sparkling rivers and sandy beaches lapped by crystal clear waters. As the coastline of mainland Vietnam is mainly directed to the East, Phu Quoc is the perfect place where you can watch breathtaking sunsets.

National park

Phu Quoc National park is located in the North of the island and covers close to 70% of the island. The reserve has various animals, including reptiles, and around 900 kinds of trees are growing here. One more point of interest here is the island’s unusual hunting dog with ridgeback (the fur on its back goes in the other direction). These days Phu Quoc dogs are domesticated and not aggressive at all, but very friendly.

Underwater world

The main harbor of Phu Quoc named An Thoi is located at the southern tip of the island. From this harbor you can get to the archipelago with the same name An Thoi, which consists of the small islets with interesting names. These small islands are a nice place for diving. And the water is so clean that you can do the usual snorkeling. You will discover a wonderful, colorful and mysterious underwater world with nice corals, agile fish and even strange creatures.

Cuisine

The main feature of Phu Quoc cuisine is that the food is made only of the freshest ingredients. Whatever you eat, everything has a very rich flavor.

People think that Vietnamese food is very spicy. That belief is just a fallacy. Vietnamese use spices in cooking, but just to make the flavour. That’s why you will definitely like local food. There are various kinds of fresh seafood, ripe fruits and vegetables in abundance on Phu Quoc island. Don’t be afraid to try traditional Vietnamese dishes such as nem, soup pho, noodles, crab soup and, of course, rice in all its forms.

Get around

There are plans to develop Phu Quoc island, some of the roads are already being upgraded and new roads will be built in the near future.

The easiest way to explore the island is by motorbike. You don’t need driving license here, the only thing that you need to know – how to drive. Motorbike can be hired in any hotel on the island, the average price is 100 000 – 200 000 VND per day. For those who don’t want to have a risk with the scooter, the other option is a bicycle. It won’t be the easiest way of seeing some of Phu Quoc, but definitely very good exercise.

There are not so many cars on Phu Quoc, they are mainly taxis. The average price to go around Duong Dong town is approx. 100 000 VND (depends where you go, as most taxis use meters). When you choose taxi, you probably won’t see the hidden parts of the island, but surely will enjoy the view from the window while sitting in comfort.

How to get to Phu Quoc

The new Phu Quoc international airport is open, which means that tourists from different parts of the world will get here.

By air

The easiest way to travel to Phu Quoc is to fly from Ho Chi Minh City (around 35-50 min). You can buy flight tickets to Phu Quoc in HCMC or ask your travel agent to organize it for you. After the opening of the new international airport, travelers will be able to get here with direct flight from other countries.

By boat

There are ferries and speedy hydrofoils from Ha Tien and Rach Gia which bring you to this tropical island. This kind of transportation is very popular among local people and tourists as it is cheap and adventurous. The journey by boat is pleasant and smooth during the low season but during the high season the sea is rough.

Through the border

If you are travelling from Cambodia, you have to come via the border crossing at Prek Chak, which is not far from Vietnamese town Ha Tien, and then get a ferry to Phu Quoc. It is easier to check with the local travel agencies how to make your trip easier and more organized.