Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam is the Pearl Island of Southeast Asia. Whether you want to relax on the beach, have a stroll through the primeval Phu Quoc National Park or explore the area on motorbike, Phu Quoc Island has a lot to offer.
Phu Quoc Island has a long and turbulent history. The newest challenge is turning the tropical dream island into Vietnam’s prime tourist destination. While this results in increased building activity and scams, it also improves the standards for both tourists and locals.
When to go to Phu Quoc Island
The temperature on the beautiful tropical island rarely dips below 25°C, but since we have rainy season and dry season, the weather experiences are different, depending on the time of your visit. The climate charts for Southern Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City released recently in the article “Best time to visit Vietnam” apply to Phu Quoc Island as well.
Some things to consider:
The dry season between November and May comes with clear skies and blue sea, excellent diving weather. The wind comes mostly from the east, so the western beaches like Long Beach, Dai Beach, Ong Lang Beach and Vung Bau Beach are nice and the water is clean.
However, the temperatures from March to May are exceptionally high.
The wet season from the end of May to October comes with more balanced temperatures and the occasional to regular downpour. The streams like the Fairy Stream and Painting Stream have more water and the environment is generally more lush and green.
Also mind that during winter, most tourists on Phu Quoc Island are Europeans and North Americans, while during summer school holidays, most visitors are Vietnamese.
How to get to Phu Quoc Island
Since Phu Quoc is an island, there are only two ways to reach it: By air or by sea. We have a separate article about How to get to Phu Quoc Island.
Where to stay on Phu Quoc Island
We have a section dedicated to the calm, beautiful hotels and beach resorts of Asia’s pearl island: Where to stay on Phu Quoc Island. The over 40 kilometers of sandy beach offer plenty of free space for your beach towel and umbrella.
What to do and what to see on Phu Quoc Island
The major produce of Phu Quoc Island is pepper, pearls and fish sauce. Many farms and factories are open to visitors and included in most tour packages. Besides bumming around on the beautiful beaches and the resort pools, you can visit the streams, take a stroll through the jungle and enjoy the amazing nature, go snorkeling or even scuba diving.
Whatever you plan to do during your holidays, rest assured that Phu Quoc offers everything you want to experience on a tropical island. From sampling excellent seafood cuisine to riding a jetski - Phu Quoc Island has it.
The newly opened Novotel Phu Quoc Resort sits on one of the island’s most appealing beaches. This large, modern and beautifully crafted resort features 366 delightful rooms including 120 suites and villas. All rooms offer sea-facing balconies or terraces. Two contemporary restaurants and two excellent bars take care of guests’ refreshment requirements. Unwind with a balanced cocktail at the infinity pool’s magnificent bar, and look out at the gorgeous beach only steps away. Novotel Phu Quoc Resort is the perfect island resort to spend the holidays with loved ones, away from busy city life.
MGallery hotels are known for their memorable experiences. Although it is under the Accor and Sofitel umbrella, an MGallery hotel is always its own unique concept. It still takes into account the international standards set by its parent brands, but there are elements that elevate it beyond something satisfactory. An MGallery experience has a slightly higher aim: more than luxury, more than amenities, it aims to make its guests feel like they are part of the family. This, La Veranda does exceptionally well and one might even say it has an unfair advantage. There have been many occasions throughout La ...
The brainchild of two Englishmen and an Australian born in 2001, Mango Bay is an unpretentious eco-friendly resort set on 10 hectares of beachfront land. Blending the accommodations and resort into the environment is a priority at Mango Bay, and that’s why they have limited the resort to only 44 unique rooms and villas to create the feeling of a natural paradise. If you want to relax and mould yourself into the environment, there is no place better; stay here and you become part of it. Six types of accommodation are on offer at Mango Bay, ranging from the original ...
Blending Mexican and Vietnamese, Amigos sits right on the beach at the end of an extensive alley system. Wifi, pool tables and cocktails make this a popular choice. All of the Tex Mex favourites are here including burritos, chilli cheese fries and tacos.
The last resort on the Tran Hung Dao stretch, Eden is set on a quiet stretch of beach. All bungalows face towards the sea and offer expansive ocean views. Stroll through the pristine gardens to the beachside restaurant or take a refreshing dip in the deep-water pool.
This is the main night time venue for local and visiting Vietnamese, playing dance and trance music to a young crowd. Though a little on the seedy side, it gives an interesting insight into Vietnamese nightlife and is one of the few venues open late.
The best option to get to Phu Quoc Island is definitely by plane. Flights from Ho Chi Minh City are short and you arrive rested and ready to explore the island. The cheaper alternative is taking a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Tien or Rach Gia and crossing the Gulf of Thailand with a fast boat. Airlines from and to Phu Quoc Island Airlines that offer flights to and from Phu Quoc International Airport, information gathered in 2015: Domestic routes Jetstar Pacific Phu Quoc - Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines Phu Quoc - Ho Chi Minh Phu ...
Long Beach on Phu Quoc Island is, as the name already suggests, long. Over 19 kilometers of powdery sand along the west coast offer the perfect location for most of the best beach resorts on Phu Quoc Island.
Although Long Beach is the most frequented beach on the island, the stretches between the resorts are relatively quiet and depending where you are, you can get a massage right there on t...
Welcome to Salinda Resort and Spa
Salinda Resort and Spa is a centrally located five-star luxury resort on Phu Quoc Island.
Salinda Resort and Spa in Phu Quoc Island is incredibly detailed. I mean, you walk around some corner and find a lamp in a style you have not seen before. The piece in itself is just beautiful, but it’s just one small discovery out of hundreds.
There is a well tha...
The cutest dog in Vietnam, the Phu Quoc Ridgeback, is the native dog breed of Phu Quoc Island. They are hunting dogs and the only breed of dogs with their roots in Vietnam.
When you come to Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam, you will definitely see the Phu Quoc Ridgebacks around. They are everywhere, and they have absolutely no regard for the traffic whatsoever.
When you enter a farmstead, be it a p...
During our days at Salinda, the five-star luxury resort and spa on Phu Quoc Island, I had the chance to try an assortment of specialities, prepared by the fabulous chefs of Salinda Restaurant.
The restaurant is on the ground floor, right below the picturesque Phu Quoc honeymoon villas. Its decoration is tasteful and the open kitchen is spacious and well lit. The first joy upon entering the res...
If you’re passing through the Mekong Delta, make a detour and head for the archipelagos off the Ha Tien coast, about 350 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Less known than Phu Quoc (South Vietnam’s largest island), the archipelagos of Hai Tac, Ba Lua and Nam Du have retained their wilderness charm. Should hotels be unavailable it is easy to find accommodation in private homes – a rusti...
Fishing Villages on Phu Quoc Island
During our stay on Phu Quoc Island, we visited several fishing villages or towns. Some of them are quite big and central, Duong Dong for example. Others are just tiny assemblies of houses and boats.
Ham Ninh Fishing Village
Most group tours to Phu Quoc Island include a visit at Ham Ninh fishing village, which is located at the east coast of the island. The...
How to go on a boat cruise on Phu Quoc? Well, it’s easier than you think! While I was walking around, taking pictures of the colorful Phu Quoc fishing fleet, my coworker negotiated a good price with a local fisherman. He took us to the southern archipelago and we snorkeled to experience the local underwater fauna.
I am a good swimmer, provided I leave my glasses at home and use my ...