Over the past 10 years, Phu Quoc Island has become a top destination for spontaneous vacations. The visa-free island is home to some of Vietnam’s best beaches and tourist activities, creating some of the most memorable holidays for travelers.
After spending a month on the island, here are my top tips for places and activities to try on Phu Quoc island.
*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 turquoise waters. Its sands are bordered by tall, leafy palms providing an 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 instead of 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.
The beach is mostly famous for its golden sunset view, as many people opt to spend their 5:00 – 5:30 pm watching from one of the numerous beach bars. Because it’s a more extensive 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.
I prize this destination for its poetic view that overlooks a vast sea of calm, blue waters. It’s a terrific destination with a breezy atmosphere that helps to unwind while taking in the lovely scenery.
Inside the pagoda yard were many statutes of great artwork, such as the towering Goddess of Mercy. The best recommendation I can give 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 Phu Quoc visitor’s itinerary. From 4:30 pm, the night market comes alive, sparking the scent of tasty local dishes.
There’s a balance between restaurants and street food, so the 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. You’ll find the Vietnam conical hat, beautiful pearl jewelry, affordable clothing apparel, and rich Sim wine– all on a bargain too!