Most people wonder about Vietnam’s famous islands, and how to get the most bang for your buck holiday. Phu Quoc Island is a top destination for spontaneous vacation, especially since it doesn’t require a visa. The island is home to some of the country’s best beaches and tourist activities, creating the most memorable holidays for travellers. Below are the top tips for places and activities to visit in Phu Quoc.
Activities on all beaches include jet skiing, swimming, kayaking and surfing.
Things to do: sandbeds, water sports, swing pictures
The ivory-coated shore of Bai Sao Beach presents clear, flawless turquoise waters. Its white sands are bordered by tall, leafy palms towering as a cool escape from the intense heat. These trees also serve as play swings and, for a small fee of 20K VND, you can hang and take photos. The beach is spry with activities and is sectioned to allow for different interests. There’s room for the lax swimmer, away from the hustle and bustle, as well as water sport options for the more adventurous explorer.
To avoid being overcharged, enter Sao Beach on the far right entrance as opposed to the restaurant entrance.
Things to do: sunset, bars/restaurants, art pictures, water sports
This is, essentially, the hub of Phu Quoc Island. Long Beach stretches for at least 15km, and hosts many of the island’s vibrant bars. This means more people, but also more space. So you can pick your own patch and pitch. You’ll find the beach most popular for its golden sunset view, as many people opt to spend their 5:00 – 5:30pm watching from one of the numerous beach bars. Because it’s a larger beach, activities here are relatively more, including snorkeling.
Trúc Lâm Hộ Quốc Pagoda
Things to do: temple tour, history education, scenic view
This Pagoda serves as one of Phu Quoc’s monumental temples. Set high on a lofty mountain, the best way to reach it is by motorbike/taxi. Its steep location allows for a cool, breezy atmosphere as it overlooks a vast sea of calm, blue waters. This makes for a spectacular view none short of poetic. It really is a great place to visit and unwind while taking in the lovely scenery. Inside the pagoda yard itself are many statutes of great artwork, such as the towering Goddess of Mercy. The best recommendation for this trip is to bring a tour guide or local pal. You’ll get a better understanding of the displays and historic features with explanations to accompany it.
Tip: There’s a free, vegetarian meal offered after the tour.
Phu Quoc Night Market
Things to do: buy food/gifts, restaurants/bars, entertainment
This active market is an essential addition to any visitor’s itinerary. From 4:30 pm, the Phu Quoc night market comes alive, introducing the scent of various tasty, local dishes. There’s a balance between restaurants and street food, so the night market offers the best of both dining preferences. Seafood is served while you wait, with vendors dishing up tasty, charred crab. Most importantly, this place is a haven for gift shopping. The Vietnam conical hat, pearl jewelry, clothing apparel and Sim wine can all be found here, on a bargain too!