Asia destinations offer more than the locals’ friendly faces, their mouth-watering dishes and a handful of unique souvenirs. Another reason why a lot of people prefer an Asia holiday vacation is that they’re home to some of the world’s best island getaways!
Phu Quoc is one of Vietnam’s famous tourist places and a paradise island we will be featuring today that is definitely worthy to be on your Vietnam travel itinerary!
Getting to know Phu Quoc
An island district located in Kien Giang Province in Vietnam, Phu Quoc is a combination of a virgin tropical paradise and a tourist destination with luxury beach resorts and restaurants. It is part of the Kien Giang Biosphere Conservation Area which was regarded by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve in 2006.
As of this year, direct chartered flights from Denmark, Russia, Sweden, China, Korea, Thailand and the UK have started to arrive. Plans of developing Phu Quoc to become the next Phuket are in the works and once you discover the beauty of this Asia destination, you’ll see all its potentials!
Among the 12 districts of Kien Giang Province, Phu Quoc holds the largest area with a total of 593 square kilometers. It is home to 28 beautiful islands that serve as your tropical playground. Abandoned beaches make for a quiet getaway, while other islands cater to the more adventurous types of tourists that enjoy water-sport activities such as diving, snorkeling and others. Phu Quoc is also the only place in Vietnam that allows a 30-day visa exemption for all nations.
Best time to visit
The best time to travel to Phu Quoc is between the months of December and March. During this peak, a number of activities such as beach music festivals, marathons, golf tournaments and more await travelers. Rainy season is from May to October where Phu Quoc can experience regular rain showers, rough seas and high humidity. There are also less activities during this time.
Home to other Vietnam attractions aside from beaches
Yes, Phu Quoc has powdery white sand beaches, lush rainforests and turquoise waters, but aside from these gems, there’s also a huge amusement park, zoo and world class golf courses awaiting all guests of this Asia destination.
Another charm of Phu Quoc is that its beauty doesn’t end in its clear blue waters and picturesque sunsets. Numerous travel activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking and fishing will keep you going all throughout your Vietnam trip! You can also take a tour around historic prisons, sacred temples and trek through Phu Quoc National Park.
Explore Phu Quoc’s natural wonders
The best way to explore Phu Quoc and all its natural wonders is to rent a motorbike around the island. Catch the picturesque sunset then wine and dine at the Phu Quoc Night Market where locals and tourists come together for a night of seafood dining and socializing. After you wake up to a beautiful morning, discover Sao beach – probably the best beach in Vietnam with its warm clear waters and white sand. Some of Phu Quoc best beaches are Kem Beach, Dai Beach, Ong Lang Beach and Long Beach.
Where to stay in Phu Quoc
There are a lot of options to choose from if you’re looking for an accommodation for your Vietnam trip to Phu Quoc. Luxury resorts and hotels, mid-range accommodations, as well as backpacker hostels and family-friendly homestays are yours to choose from.
Long Beach Village has become a popular backpacker district located near Tran Hung Dao, a famous tourist street on the island. Bai Truong is Phu Quoc’s main tourism area and hosts a number of hotels. Duong Dong is where Phu Quoc’s most luxurious hotel is located – The Shells Resort. Within the area you can also find temples, pepper farms and fish sauce factories. Ong Lang is a perfect getaway from the crowd in Long Beach. It’s 45 minutes from the airport if you ride a taxi and there are a number of amazing resorts to choose from.
Cua Can is perfect if you want long stretches of beach. It’s also where water activities like snorkeling and kayaking is available. Located in the Northwestern part of the island is where you’ll find Ganh Dau which is known to be the Las Vegas of Phu Quoc. Vinpearl Phu Quoc, a multi-purpose hall is home to some attractions such as a resort, safari zoo, an amusement park and casino to name a few. Lastly, An Thoi is the place where you’ll find Phu Quoc Marine Park. This area of Phu Quoc is quite similar to Phuket, Maldives and Bali. Here, numerous cultural sites are present as well as the majestic Ho Quoc Pagoda.
Convinced that Phu Quoc is an Asia destination that will make your vacation one for the books? Book your flight tickets now at Bangkok Airways and start planning your Vietnam travel itinerary today!