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Phu Quoc Travel Guide

Updated: 01-06-2018 | Hits: 187

Phu Quoc is an island of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Cambodia. It’s Vietnam’s largest island, covering 515 sq km (199 sq mi). To compare, that’s about the same size as Phuket in Thailand, which is 543 sq km (210 sq mi).

Despite its size and paradisiacal qualities it gets no way near the amount of visitors of other islands in Southeast Asia, though word is getting out. At the moment Phu Quoc feels like one of those places that you should see before it changes.

There are some grand development plans on the horizon, with remote beaches being developed for luxury resorts, and the main town will be transformed into a city nearly 10 times its size.

This travel guide features notes of my visit to the island, as well as links to other useful resources.

Phu Quoc Map
Here is a Phu Quoc map for reference. I have pinned some sites and places to eat that I visited, which are mentioned in this post.

Where to stay
Accommodation ranges from backpacker hostels to 5 star resorts. One drawback of Phu Quoc is the accommodation isn’t as cheap as what you will find on mainland Vietnam. For example, the prices for a basic guesthouse are double what you would pay in the beach city of Nha Trang.

The main city of Phu Quoc is Duong Dong, which is more of a working/administrative centre and fishing port. Just south of the town is Long Beach, which is where the bulk of the hotels and resorts are. I stayed at a guesthouse in Duong Dong and at a hotel on Long Beach.

There are of course hotels dotted all around the island, but unless you have your own transport (ie a scooter) or you are intentionally looking to stay somewhere secluded, I would choose Long Beach for convenience, or split your time between Long Beach and another location.

With the prices being a little higher than the mainland I would recommend booking in advance as soon as you know your travel dates. Agoda is a good place to find hotels in Phu Quoc.

Visit – Long Beach
Long beach has an ideal mix of sandy beaches, clean water, lined with beach bars and restaurants.

The great thing about Long Beach is that is really is long, so it never feels crowded. I walked along the beach every afternoon, stopping off at beach bars along the way to rehydrate.
All the usual amenities that you would expect on a beach are here (massages and coconut vendors). There are touts here but they didn’t seem to be as aggressive in their sales pitch as other beaches I’ve been to in Southeast Asia.

Visit – Duong Dong
Duong Dong is the capital and largest city of Phu Quoc. It’s not a large city so don’t expect too much; apart from a few old colonial-era buildings most of it is new. I came here for eating and the internet (see below for both).

Southern Vietnam has home to Caodaist religion. These temples can be found throughout the Delta and in Saigon. There is a beautiful example of a Cao Dai temple on Nguyen Trai St.
This is my favourite tree in Phu Quoc. No the picture isn’t out of focus, it really looks that fuzzy in real life.

Phu Quoc is an island of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Cambodia. It’s Vietnam’s largest island, covering 515 sq km (199 sq mi). To compare, that’s about the same size as Phuket in Thailand, which is 543 sq km (210 sq mi).

Despite its size and paradisiacal qualities it gets no way near the amount of visitors of other islands in Southeast Asia, though word is getting out. At the moment Phu Quoc feels like one of those places that you should see before it changes.

There are some grand development plans on the horizon, with remote beaches being developed for luxury resorts, and the main town will be transformed into a city nearly 10 times its size.

This travel guide features notes of my visit to the island, as well as links to other useful resources.

Phu Quoc Map
Here is a Phu Quoc map for reference. I have pinned some sites and places to eat that I visited, which are mentioned in this post.

Where to stay
Accommodation ranges from backpacker hostels to 5 star resorts. One drawback of Phu Quoc is the accommodation isn’t as cheap as what you will find on mainland Vietnam. For example, the prices for a basic guesthouse are double what you would pay in the beach city of Nha Trang.

The main city of Phu Quoc is Duong Dong, which is more of a working/administrative centre and fishing port. Just south of the town is Long Beach, which is where the bulk of the hotels and resorts are. I stayed at a guesthouse in Duong Dong and at a hotel on Long Beach.

There are of course hotels dotted all around the island, but unless you have your own transport (ie a scooter) or you are intentionally looking to stay somewhere secluded, I would choose Long Beach for convenience, or split your time between Long Beach and another location.

With the prices being a little higher than the mainland I would recommend booking in advance as soon as you know your travel dates. Agoda is a good place to find hotels in Phu Quoc.

Visit – Long Beach
Long beach has an ideal mix of sandy beaches, clean water, lined with beach bars and restaurants.
The great thing about Long Beach is that is really is long, so it never feels crowded. I walked along the beach every afternoon, stopping off at beach bars along the way to rehydrate.
All the usual amenities that you would expect on a beach are here (massages and coconut vendors). There are touts here but they didn’t seem to be as aggressive in their sales pitch as other beaches I’ve been to in Southeast Asia.

Visit – Duong Dong
Duong Dong is the capital and largest city of Phu Quoc. It’s not a large city so don’t expect too much; apart from a few old colonial-era buildings most of it is new. I came here for eating and the internet (see below for both).
Southern Vietnam has home to Caodaist religion. These temples can be found throughout the Delta and in Saigon. There is a beautiful example of a Cao Dai temple on Nguyen Trai St.
This is my favourite tree in Phu Quoc. No the picture isn’t out of focus, it really looks that fuzzy in real life.