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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.
If you like to wrap your brain around this stunning holiday destination, visit Ham Ninh village at sunrise, take a look at Phu Quoc Prison, check out Coi Nguon Museum and stop by Dinh Cau Temple at sunset before you have dinner at the night market.
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.