What to See when You Travel to Phu Quoc
What should you see when you visit Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s first travel destination to open for international tourists since the country closed its border in March 2020 because of Covid-19 outbreak? Take a photo tour that Vietnam Travel chose to share, and find out all Vietnam’s paradise island has to offer.
Before Covid-19, the biggest island of Vietnam (574 km2), beautiful Phu Quoc, witnessed rapid development and an ever-increasing list of direct both domestic and international flight connections. Not only will you find luxurious resorts, white sand beaches, and friendly locals on Phu Quoc, but there are actually plenty of adventurous excursions to keep you busy during your tropical island holiday.
Visitors come for Phu Quoc’s many beautiful beaches – such as Long Beach (also called Truong Beach or Bai Truong), Ong Lang Beach and Bai Sao or Starfish Beach (pictured here) – but there’s much more on this island’s travel menu.
One of the island’s best treks begins at Suoi Tranh Waterfall in the south-central part of the island. A small trail leads up the mountain to a lookout point that offers panoramic views of the green canopies below and the ocean in the distance. This is the perfect place to relax and breathe in fresh air while enjoying the surrounding nature.
Snorkeling is a very popular activity on Phu Quoc Island because the sea is calm and quite warm. You can book a full-day snorkeling tour that will take you to Finger Island, Dam Ngang Island, and May Rut Island where you can spot colorful coral and some diverse marine life.
Another point of interest is the famous fish sauce factory. Fishermen unload anchovies, used to produce “nuoc mam” (fish sauce), from a fishing boat at a port in southern Phu Quoc. Khai Hoan, Phung Hung, and Hung Thanh are 3 popular factories on the island to tour. Here’s a Khai Hoan boat in action.
A combination of an outdoor restaurant and seafood market, Ham Ninh fishing village – set inland from the ocean – promises an affordable, convivial night out. It’s a great place to sample the seafood while getting to witness daily life in a small island fishing village.
At Chuon Chuon Bistro & Sky Bar (Dragonfly) – the highest restaurant on the island – you will find refreshing sundowners as well as sweeping views of the jungle, ocean and sky.
Squid fishing is an unforgettable way to spend a night out. A sunset squid fishing tour is a fun and informative way to learn about local life on the island. Tours leave from various points on the island but they all share a similar itinerary: After the boat chugs away from shore for about 30 minutes, the fishermen stop the engine and turn on a bright light, which hangs out over the water, to attract squid.
On the northern end of Phu Quoc, Cua Can River winds from the sea into the center of the island. The 14-kilometer stretch of water is an ideal place to go kayaking, especially for beginners, thanks to the calm currents and jungle surrounds.
If you travel with your family, you should take your children to visit Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc. Lions, tigers, rhino, birds, antelopes, giraffes, and zebras – all those animals, and much more, you will be able to see them very close from a bus window during an excursion. There is also a familiar zoo with big aviaries nearby.
If you want to read more about this beautiful island, check out our further tips at: Things to Do in Phu Quoc.