This Hidden Asian Island Features A Venice-Like City And Stunning Beaches
When talking about Southeast Asia, the first places that usually pop into our minds are Thailand or Cambodia. But there is much more to that. Set in the Gulf of Thailand, you will find Phu Quoc – Vietnam’s largest island, perfect for an unspoiled beach vacation and chill.
Also referred to as the Emerald Island, it offers the perfect blend of natural beauty, pristine beaches, and entertainment. And with the dry season just starting, now is the best time to visit it.
What are the best beaches in Phu Quoc?
Phu Quoc is where you will find some of the best beaches in the whole of Vietnam, and also crystal-clear waters.
For sunset viewing, visit Bai Truong (also called Long Beach). It boasts more than 12 miles of western-facing shore, which makes it the longest beach on the island.
For swimming and sunbathing, we recommend Bai Sao on the eastern coast. On the other hand, if you like to snorkel and dive, head to the south or northwest, where the shore is surrounded by many islets and coral reefs.
One of the best spots to view marine life is at the An Thoi archipelago and the best season to do so is between October and April.
What else to do in Phu Quoc?
Apart from the breathtaking coastline, Phu Quoc is renowned for plenty of other fun activities, and we’re sure everybody finds something that they like.
For example, did you know that Phu Quoc is home to the world’s longest non-stop cable car? For about $7, it will take you from An Thoi to the island of Hon Thom. The ride takes about 15 minutes, and you can enjoy some spectacular views of the tropical islets around you and the fishing vessels below.
Are you after some shopping and entertainment? Don’t miss Grand World Phu Quoc. This massive complex has everything from live shows to recreational activities, such as gondola rides in Venice or wandering through little Shanghai, a Teddy Bear Museum, a zoo, and plenty of cafés, restaurants, and bars.
Food is an essential part of Vietnamese culture. The night market in Duong Dong is a true street food lovers’ paradise. Try out fresh-caught seafood, myrtle wine, and a regional specialty – the famous Phu Quoc fish sauce. All of that for just a few bucks.
If you want to just indulge yourself, that’s fine too. There are many spa resorts on the island that offer wellness programs and retreats. Some of the most popular resorts include Regent, Cassia, and An Nhien.
Easy to access but also affordable
All foreign tourists can stay in the country for up to 30 days without a visa, which makes Phu Quoc very accessible. On top of that, unlike other popular holiday destinations, visiting this island won’t break the bank.
There are always affordable flights (they can be as low as $45) from major cities in Vietnam and several other Asian destinations to Phu Quoc International Airport. There is also an option to take a scenic ferry ride for only around $8.
To explore all the island has to offer, you can rent a motorbike. That will also cost you about $8 per day.
Accommodation in Phu Quoc is reasonable too. Hostels and homestays are the most bargain options, with prices ranging from $15 to $40 per night. But even if you’re looking for something more comfortable, 3 and 4-star hotels won’t cost you more than $100 per night, while high-end resorts are usually around $100 to $200 per night.