Dai Beach

One of the best beaches in the north, this long stretch of sand capped with rocky promontories is often deserted. The sand is a little darker here, but as the beach sees few visitors, it is clean. You may see some of the local boys hunting crabs.

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Sao Beach on Phu Quoc Island

Sao Beach is located in the southeast Phu Quoc Island. The street to the beach is not much more than a dirt road, but easy enough to find and follow.

Most people reach Sao Beach by motorbike. Some distance north of Phu Quoc Prison, a side street that quickly turns into a dirt road leads to the famous beach.

Even if Long Beach is the one Vietnamese beach that made it into BBC’s top ten beaches of the world, it’s actually Sao Beach with its white sand and natural surroundings that qualifies as really stunning.

Sao Beach has a nice landscape with boulders and sand, partially cleared of trash.

Besides a beach bar under a roof made of palm leaves, you can also eat at an open restaurant. The beach restaurants around are slightly pricier than elsewhere due to their prominent location. We had  a lime soda, which was sweet but quite good for VND 32,000. I have seen nuoc mia, sugarcane juice for “only” VND 10,000.
Usually nuoc mia is VND 5,000 - 6,000.

Renting a jet ski costs VND 450,000 for 10 minutes. You can also ride one of these giant inflatable bananas that get pulled by a motor boat or try water skiing. 10 minutes on either costs VND 700,000 . Near the cape, you see anchoring fishing boats that produce beautiful silhouettes during sunrise.

If you walk along Sao Beach southwards, you get to an unguarded area of the beach that is more private, but the trash does not get cleared frequently here. Nonetheless, it’s worth the walk, especially if the noise of the jet skis and the evening disco is getting on your nerves.

Sao Beach is particularly popular among families, because the water at the shore is shallow. No sudden drops, no dangerous rocks. Just fine, white sand. It is said that the northern end of the seven kilometer beach is cleaner and more beautiful than the southern part.

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Painting Stream in Phu Quoc (Suoi Tranh)

The Painting Stream is one of the more beautiful and professionally managed recreational areas on Phu Quoc Island.

On the main street between Duong Dong and Ham Ninh village on Phu Quoc Island, approximately 10 km away from Duong Dong, you can’t miss the entrance of Suoi Tranh, the Painting Stream. The dark sign that announces the recreational area of one of Phu Quoc Island’s most famous streams is big but withered and nearly unreadable. Just take a look at this photo and you will recognize it.

Entrance of Painting Stream - Phu Quoc

Suoi Tranh, Tranh Springs, Tranh Stream or Painting Stream are the names the destination is known under. The small river is about 15 km long and origins at Ham Ninh mountain.

The entrance fee is VND 5,000 per person and VND 2,000 for motorbike parking.

Upon entering the area, the first things that meet the eye are artfully molded concrete sculptures. A lovely park with many flowers provides a home for these statues, which depict a pond of hippos, a barrow that is home to a family of pangolins, and even the famous “Journey to the West”, featuring Đường Tam Tạng, the famous monk who traveled to India with his three companions to study Buddhism.

Statue in Painting Spring

Where the path towards the actual stream begins, there is a restaurant that was not open for business during our visit. However, some vendors sell water, soft drinks and the usual items that can be acquired at every tourist place in Vietnam.

If you need a bigger bottle of water to provide the necessary hydration on the tour, rather buy it at the shop outside on the street opposite, a couple hundred meters in the direction of Ham Ninh. The prices there are more reasonable and the shopkeepers are friendlier.

The path towards the stream leads on and turns into a slightly slippery path through the forest, paved with stones from the stream. The ascent takes about 30 minutes through the calm forested area, and even if it’s not steep or laborious, the humidity that is trapped in the valley makes you transpire and look forward to a bath under the waterfall.

The path ends at this very waterfall, which is about four meters high and ends in a natural pond, approximately 1-1.5 m deep. Depending on the time of the day, you will find tourists and locals alike enjoying their bath in the clear water with great joy.

Relaxing under Waterfall

The surroundings are not 100% free of trash, but the management takes care to keep it as clean as possible.

Streams and waterfalls on Phu Quoc Island for your individual itinerary:

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Rach Vem Beach

Rach Vem Beach, or in Vietnamese Bãi Rạch Vẹm, belongs to the commune of Ganh Dau.

This rural beach on Phu Quoc Island is in a beautiful setting, but similar to Rach Tram Beach, Rach Vem is a working fishing village and not really a place for beachbumming. The village however is picturesque and the people are really friendly and you might find some remote beaches if you follow the coastline.

Nearby there is the Phong Lan guesthouse, but the rest of the area is fairly undeveloped, so bring water and food if you want to spend time on the remote beaches near Rach Vem village, where the life has not changed much during the last years.

Many houses are built on stilts, especially the shelters out on the water. The area is something like a parking lot for fishing boats, while the sea is dotted with traps for various types of sea creatures. That makes a nice spot for taking pictures.

The inhabitants are of Khmer ethnicity and their daily life includes breeding chickens and ducks that run around between the huts, together with stray dogs. Expect the children to follow you around, because tourists are quite rare in this area.

As everywhere on Phu Quoc Island, if you are able to speak Vietnamese or Khmer, you can have a nice chat with the locals. But don’t bring up the war between Vietnam and Cambodia and the terror regime of the Khmer Rouge. It is still a highly sensitive topic.

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Long Beach on Phu Quoc Island

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 the spot. Another thing Long Beach, or Bai Truong in Vietnamese, is famous for, are the colorful sunsets.

In the high season of tourism on Phu Quoc Island beach vendors sell their wares and services to tourists. Cold drinks, fresh coconuts, food and even massage service gets offered on Long Beach.

Long Beach is approximately 10 minutes away from Phu Quoc International Airport and features golden sand, swaying coconut palms and clear water. At least during dry season.

During rainy season the wind blows from the west and a glance at the sea water shows that all the millions of plastic bags that get wasted in the countries around the Gulf of Thailand every day teamed up with tons of other trash to take revenge on their makers.

Yes, Long Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam and no, you do not want to swim there during wet season.

Technically, Long Beach is divided into two sections: Northern Long Beach and Southern Long Beach. The northern section is about five kilometers long and the epicenter of tourism and located between Eden Resort and Trang An Phu Quoc Hotel, where the rocky coast meets the sandy beach.

The southern section stretches all the way down to An Thoi and is mostly abandoned. If you are searching for privacy, that’s where you find it. There is not much around, a few cows, a fishing village, building sites for new beach resorts and the inevitable flood of trash.

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Ong Lang Beach

Since during the dry season the wind mainly comes from the east, the western beaches are clean and nice. Ong Lang Beach is one of the prime locations on Phu Quoc Island and harbors a plethora of quiet and peaceful beach resorts.

Ong Lang Beach is not one continuous stripe of sand, but rather a series of smaller beaches. Many resorts have chosen this area to build their facilities, halfway between Duong Dong and Ganh Dau. The beaches have yellow sand and are usually taken care of by the staff of the resorts. The waterfront is lined with poplar trees, coconut palms and the one or another rose myrtle bush.

Ong Lang Beach Phu Quoc

The water is nice and usually calm, there are some jellyfish in the sea during the start of main season on Phu Quoc. The slope is continuous and rather flat.

At Ong Lang Beach you can go snorkelling, rent a kayak or get a boat to the offshore islands for scuba diving and other interesting activities. With the kayak you can, if you have the endurance for that kind of thing, go up Cua Can River into the national park. If the weather is calm you can visit Hon Mong Tay, the Fingernail Island.

If you have time, visit one of the nearby pepper farms or undertake a kart race with your friends at the nearby go-kart arena. Generally, if you like to spend your holidays in peace and tranquility and are not dependant on the nightlife possibilities of Duong Dong Town, pick a resort at Ong Lang Beach. It’s nice and calm.

Ong Lang Beach Phu Quoc

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