10 things you should know about Phu Quoc Island

This post on Phu Quoc Island is to share with you my thoughts and recommendations on Vietnam’s premium beach destination. It is also a summary of the few articles I wrote about Phu Quoc with links to the individual posts. Summarizing them into points, the 10 things you should know about Phu Quoc Island are:

01) Phu Quoc Island is the BEST beach destination in Vietnam. Compare Phu Quoc beach to Vung Tau, Mui Ne, Nha Trang and Danang, it is the cleanest, quietest and the water clearest. See this video for evidence.

2 things to note here: 1 is how clear the water is (use the directional button to pan downwards) and the second is how quiet this Phu Quoc Beach can be- both of which are reasons why people visit Phu Quoc for its beaches.

02) Phu Quoc Island is not the best overall Vietnam travel destination. If you are looking for a combination of beaches, shopping, sight-seeing, variety of food and nightlife, chose Nha Trang or Mui Ne.

03) Phu Quoc Island Central makes for a good walkabout. Even if you are going to Phu Quoc just for its beaches, do pay the central town of Duong Dong and the Duong Dong Bridge a visit. It is a very pleasant and eye candy place to stroll around. And the Duong Dong Market SHOULD NOT be missed too.

Phu Quoc Duong Dong 001

04) Phu Quoc Night Market has cheap seafood. Phu Quoc Island, compare to other parts of Vietnam, is not the cheapest destination. But for an atmospheric and cheap dinning experience, go to the Phu Quoc Night Market. This restaurant, not from the night market, is also worth a visit for cheap food in Phu Quoc.

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05) Phu Quoc Long Beach is the most popular. Among all the beaches, Phu Quoc Long Beach is the most centrally located, most developed and also where most hotels and resorts congregate.

06) Phu Quoc An Thoi is a good riding destination. You can’t ride in Vietnam even with your international license. But if you have a Vietnamese license, or do want to ride anyway, Phu Quoc An Thoi will make a nice riding experience.

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07) Phu Quoc Cau Castle is not a castle. Cau Castle, or Dinh Cau in Vietnamese, is not a castle at all. It is a combination of a temple with a lighthouse. But it gives you sweeping view of Phu Quoc’s harbor entrance and those beautiful sunsets. The Phu Quoc Lighthouse 20m further down is a great spot too.

Dinh Cau

08) Phu Quoc Central Island has no 5-stars hotels (yet). There are only a few mini hotels in the town central. I stayed at My Linh Hotel when I was there.

09) Phu Quoc Island can be reached from the Mekong Delta. Besides flying from Saigon, Phu Quoc Island can also be reached from Rach Gia of the Mekong Delta. The Phu Quoc Ferry is only a 2.5hrs ride.

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10) Phu Quoc Island resort typically looks like this… A bungalow to yourself with the beach 10 meters away, this is how a typical Phu Quoc Resort looks like.

Mango Bay Phu Quoc Resort

Bonus point for you for sticking this far: Phu Quoc is touted as the next Phuket. Currently, massive constructions of mega resorts and hotels are ongoing. Plans for an international airport, a golf course and casino are on the table. If unbeaten paths and virgin beaches are your thing; you should pack your bags today. I promise you that tourism is set to take out in Phu Quoc Island. Your friends should know these 11 things about Phu Quoc Island. Share with them. They will appreciate it as much as I appreciate you sharing :-) And thank you :-)

(Source : http://www.vietnam720.com)