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Phu Quoc Island has a sub-equatorial climate that varies through the year. The dry season runs from November to lớn April with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius (84 F) with xanh sky and quiet sea và lower humidity which make it great time to lớn visit. Between the dry & rainy season, you can still enjoy the island & explore the surroundings as most days are sunny, very hot & humid. Expect April & May are the hottest months and the most humid. The monsoon season runs during the months of June khổng lồ October. During this period, pack a rain jacket, umbrella, mosquito repellent and…a good book! Please feel miễn phí to check the weather forecast : Click here! During the monsoon season the water activities are not available for our guests. If you are planning to lớn come on monsoon season, you can still enjoy our infinity swimming pool, cooking class, spa làm đẹp treatment or if you are in need of adventure you can still ride a mountain bike.

Phu Quoc is currently marked under Special Economic Zone, all nationalities traveling directly khổng lồ Phu Quoc can visit the island for up khổng lồ 30 days visa-free.

However, if you plan to lớn visit other parts of Vietnam after your stay in phu Quoc, then you will require a Vietnamese Visa.

In Order lớn be eligible for the 30 days visa exemption to Phu Quoc Island, you must meet the following requirements:

Your passport must be valid for 6 months since your arrival date or else you should renew it prior khổng lồ taking the trip to lớn Phu Quoc.You must fly from an international country khổng lồ Phu Quoc via the Phu Quoc International Airport. This applies lớn direct, indirect & layover flights, where your final destination along the route is Phu Quoc. The onward destination could be any country, except Vietnam.Your stay on the island must be less than 30 days. You must provide proof (return airplane ticket, cruise ship departure date, etc.) that you will be leaving Phu Quoc Island within 30 days in order to be granted a “Visa Exemption Stamp”.You have not been extradited from Vietnam in the past.You are not on the wanted person menu of Interpol.You travel lớn Phu Quoc by sea (ship or cruise) or by air (airplane), not by land border.

Eligible travelers can apply for the eVOA (eVisa on Arrival) before departure to Vietnam by submitting their applications through VFS Global website

Travelers tend lớn be anxious about contracting infectious diseases in Vietnam but serious illness are rare. Accidental injury (especially traffic accidents) account for most life-threatening problems. That said, about of sickness is relatively common. Here is a các mục of medication we recommend you to pack before your departure. If you have any health conditions pack your medications in clearly labelled containers accompanied with a letter from your doctor.

Avoid eating street food and always drink sealed bottle of water. If you follow some common sense you should be OK. The first hospital with international standard opened in June năm nhâm thìn and it is located in the north of the island 20 minutes away from Chen Sea Resort & Spa.

SunscreenMosquito repellentFirst aid itemsDiarrhea medicinePain reliever medicine Antibacterial gel

Looking at a map of the area that used lớn be called Indochina, Phu Quoc appears more of a Cambodian than a Vietnamese island. Rumors of an agreement between the two countries to lớn allow a ferry service from the resort town of Kampot have been heard for a decade but nothing concrete has happened so far. How to lớn get khổng lồ Phu Quoc from Cambodia is what this post is about.

Assuming you will start your journey in Phnom Penh, there are two ways to reach the border crossing at Ha Tien: directly, with a straight bus journey, or step by step, visiting other nice cities along the coast & then, on the last leg, crossing into Vietnam from the town in Kampot.

There are several bus companies to choose from. They are all more or less the same in terms of standards và fares differ very little. It is better to buy tickets at their offices (all located near Psah Thmay) rather than in small travel agencies, as you may end up waiting for all passengers lớn be collected from various parts of the city, which generates long delays và it is not such a very good way lớn start.

Another alternative is khổng lồ use one of the ubiquitous minivans that depart when full and, in theory, travel faster than coaches. Though, keep in mind that legroom is minimal và reclining seats are not so reclining. Please be warned: air conditioning is great, when it works. If it breaks down, as it sometimes happens with buses và minivans, you are going lớn travel in a 4-wheels sauna. So if you opt for the minivan, kiểm tra if windows can be opened.

The third option is the shared taxi. Many years ago, when Cambodia’s infrastructure was battered by years of war, this was the only option, in the size of white Toyota Coronas from the 80’s. Nowadays taxis are mostly Lexus 4×4 and Toyota Camry & instead of sharing the journey with as many as five peasants và their livestock, now you travel comfortably with only two or three upper-class Cambodians, or other tourists. Alternatively you can pay a forfeited fee and have it all for yourself.

A final tip if you want to bởi something that very few people have done so far: as the dilapidated railway network has been partially repaired, there are now regular trains to Kampot on weekends. Inquire at the railway station in Phnom Penh.

Once in Kampot, you can vị the trip on a do-it-yourself basis, organizing every step, or just book a minivan from a travel agency in Kampot. Once you reach the border, the pier for the ferry to lớn Phu Quoc is about 7 Km away. Therefore, by leaving Kampot in the morning you will be at your khách sạn in Phu Quoc in the early afternoon. If you purchase a transfer from a tour operator the ferry ticket is included và they will make sure you won’t miss its departure. If you vày it alone, you will have to lớn take a tuk tuk, taxi or motodop to the border, which is about 1 hour away.

Visitors from many Western countries are granted a 15 days miễn phí visa on arrival, so if you plan to stay longer in Vietnam you should apply for a VOA (visa on arrival) or, even better, get one from the Embassy of Vietnam in Phnom Penh.

After crossing into Vietnam, again you have a choice of tuk tuk, taxis & motorbike taxis eagerly awaiting to take you to the jetty or khổng lồ the right bus station for your onward travels khổng lồ Ho chi Minh City and other nearby provinces. At this junction, strong negotiation skills are essential.

The company running the ferry is called Superdong (don’t laugh) & has a trang web with a timetable. Departures from Ha Tien are at 0515, 0730, 0800, 1230 và 1315.

The ferry is strongly air-conditioned i.e. It’s terribly cold inside. The journey takes one và a half hour with calm sea. There is entertainment on board in the form of karaoke (probably the saddest songs on Earth), Hong Kong action movies và Vietnamese-dubbed Hollywood blockbusters. But all this is irrelevant as the noise from the engines obliterates everything. Smokers can enjoy a space outside at the stern of the boat. The cruise ends at Bai Vong ferry terminal on Phu Quoc’s east coast.

The Pearl of Vietnam welcomes its visitors with a lively, agitated crowd of touts elbowing & pushing each other lớn attract your attention. These are the owners và of motorbikes, taxis, tuk tuks và minibuses, ready lớn take you wherever you want lớn go. Welcome to lớn Phu Quoc!

Getting khổng lồ Phu Quoc is nowadays fast, straightforward và easy. There is a solution for all types of visitors, from young backpackers with plenty of time and low budget to lớn affluent corporate types, with plenty of credit cards but often only a weekend to lớn squeeze between busy working weeks.

Considering time, rather than budget, as the main factor to reach Phu Quoc, let’s explore what is available in terms of flights, starting obviously from Vietnam và neighboring countries.

Flights from Vietnam

There are direct flight from Hanoi, HCMC, Haiphong, Dalat & Can Tho, with different schedules throughout the day, operated by Jetstar, Vietjet & Vietnam Airlines. In total, about 15 flights land daily at Phu Quoc Airport, quite many for a small island. & these are the domestic flights only. What about the international ones?

Flights from Asia

Bangkok Airways, the self-proclaimed “boutique airline”, is at the moment the only operator offering an (expensive) Bangkok-Phu Quoc direct flight. Looking at how fast things are rolling for Phu Quoc, it’s only a matter of time before low-cost companies lượt thích Thai Smile and Air Asia will jump on this lucrative route.

And what about the Chinese, the Koreans & Japanese tourists? After having flooded virtually every destination with something to see in S.E. Asia, they are heading lớn Phu Quoc too, en masse, with direct flights from Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Hong Kong, Tokyo & Seoul. Hopefully there will be enough space on Phu Quoc beaches for all of us…

Flights from Europe

The Europeans have noticed Phu Quoc too: the dream-like image of a palm-fringed, trắng sandy beach lapped by a sea the màu sắc of jade is on every brochure offering a week in paradise. Khổng lồ break a cold, miserable long winter nothing works better than a short holiday. After the Scandinavians, the Russians và the British, also the Italians have managed to organize a weekly chartered flight directly from Milan, starting on December 19, 2017. The forthcoming high season is going to be the busiest ever.

The fulcrum of all this activity, handling an estimated 7 million travelers per year, is obviously Phu Quoc Airport, inaugurated in 2012. With a runway of 3000 m, it can now accept the largest planes, like the Boeing 747s, và absorb a volume of air traffic that can only grow.

Perhaps not everybody knows that this is actually the second airport on the island. The first one, called Duong Dong, was built by the French in the 30s & became strategically important during the war. It was developed as an air force facility & after the fall of Saigon in 1975 it returned to lớn its original purpose of serving commercial flights. It was further developed in 1995, when a new terminal was built, and it was operational until it closed down in 2012. The runway where Vietnamese Air Force fighter planes once landed and took off is now a large road where locals sometimes use as a short cut leading to lớn the town center of Duong Dong.

Phu Quoc Island used khổng lồ be a remote, lesser known destination only 10 years ago. Now it is heading at full speed towards a touristic & economic boom. It’s time to see what it has to lớn offer before it’s too late, or too expensive. Here you have the absolute must-see và must-do activities for the little paradise known as Phu Quoc Island.

Swim at all Phu Quoc beaches

Phu Quoc is quite a large island & beaches are scattered everywhere. From the most famous ones, often in front of luxurious resorts and hotels, to lớn small coves reachable only by motorbike or by boat, there are plenty of places to lớn explore. Tip: if you wish to have the beach for yourself, head to Ong Lang Beach, Bai Gan Dau, Bai Sao, Cay Sao

Experience local Life at tê mê Ninh Village

Ham Ninh Village is the stereotype of the unspoiled Asian fishing village. With many houses built on stilts, a wooden rickety pier & dozens of colorful fishing boats, the place is an Instagram-lover wet dream, especially at sunset and/or at low tide, where the landscape changes dramatically. Even though nowadays fishermen are shifting khổng lồ the more lucrative tourism sector, there is still plenty of fresh seafood at the village restaurants. Tip: try the local crabs và the sea cucumber soup.

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Pray at local temples

Thanks to lớn its unique history, Vietnam has a greater variety of places of worship than any other Asian country. Buddhist temples, Taoist pagodas, Catholic churches abound all over the country. Và there is also a home-made religion known as Cao Dai. Phu Quoc temples covers them all. The Din Cau Taoist shrine is an oddly-shaped rock where fisherman pray lớn before going out at sea, devoted to lớn Thien Hau, the Goddess of the Sea. The Ho Cuoc pagoda is an impressive complex by the sea, a great spot lớn watch spectacular sunrises. The Cao dai temple is perhaps the most quality religious site on Phu Quoc Island. Founded in 1919, Cao Daism is a monotheistic religion which combines Hinduism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, và Islam. And Phu Quoc is where it was created. The temple is a multicolored affair you must not miss.

Shop lượt thích a local at the fresh markets

Markets in Asia are often nothing more than tourist traps, where locals don’t buy anything anymore but rather sell junky souvenirs khổng lồ tourists. But Phu Quoc markets haven’t fallen into that category – yet. The Dinh Cau Night Market and Duong Dong Market still retain the flavor of a real local experience, with busy, wet, dirty and hopelessly messy alleys where buyers và sellers bargain hard and noisily. Seafood, household items, veggies, fruits, meat, semi-processed foods: perhaps there isn’t a lot lớn buy for a tourist, but these Phu Quoc markets are great for people watching.

Run away to lớn An Thoi Islands

If you need a true Robinson Crusoe experience, or want to lớn show off the ultimate tropical paradise, leave Phu Quoc và head to the An Thoi Islands. Located off the southern over of Phu Quoc, these 15 tiny islands are uninhabited, pristine, and simply gorgeous. Very similar lớn those Maldivian empty atolls, they are too stunning khổng lồ be described. You can rent your own boat to be truly alone, or go with a tour.

Splash around at Suoi Tranh Waterfall

If you have had an indigestion of stunning beaches, or if you can’t stand the fierce tropical sun và salty seas, vì chưng something alternative & refresh yourself in a waterfall shaded by old trees. Suoi Tranh is Phu Quoc waterfall and it’s definitely a place lớn enjoy. Although not very high or spectacular, it is located in a quiet, lovely spot surrounded by lush rainforest, with really few people around. Find your rock pool và listen khổng lồ the sounds of nature. Then, if you love to lớn hike, you can look for the Hang Doi Cave, a few kilometers after the waterfall.

Phu Quoc’s warm, shallow và calm waters are just perfect for snorkeling. The best time is during the winter season, from November to March, where visibility is at its best & there are no rains, rough seas and strong winds. Even though almost every beach invites snorkeling, it doesn’t necessarily have an awesome lot khổng lồ see underwater. The most visited locations, as they are the easiest khổng lồ reach, are all located in the north-western corner of the island. But the truly amazing ones are in the deep southern part, in the tiny archipelago of An Thoi. Here are some of our recommendations, choice is yours…

You can book your snorkeling day trip with Flipper Diving.

Turtle Island

One of the largest islands on the western side of Phu Quoc, Turtle Island is the most famous snorkeling site of all. Majority of underwater life is found at the depth of less than 7 meters, making it an ideal place for snorkelers & beginner divers. These shallow waters host hundreds of multicolored soft corals, anemones & tropical fish, an amazing underwater paradise that will impress even well-traveled snorkelers. There is plenty of sand và shade to relax in between underwater explorations.

Fingernail Island

Also known as Hon ao ước Tay, this small island is located at the southern end of Vung Bau beach & can be reached by kayak from the beach. As it’s not far, one may be tempted lớn swim, but due to a strong underwater current swimming is not recommended. The islet is surrounded by a shallow reef, rich in marine life. At a depth of 5 meters the sandy bottom meets large underwater boulders and rock formations, which are the habitat of big puffer fish, octopuses, shrimps, crabs và parrot. This is a good spot for spearfishing.

Nudibranchs Garden

This is one of Phu Quoc’s chất lượng attractions, a diving and snorkeling site that you can’t often see. In these warm and shallow waters nudibranchs have found their perfect habitat and the variety of species is enormous. But what are they? Also called sea slugs, these soft-bodied molluscs display an amazing set of stripes & spots, all in bright, neon-like colors và come in all sorts of shapes & size, up khổng lồ 6 cm. As these are among the most colorful creatures on Earth, we recommend you don’t miss this experience. If you plan to lớn invest in an underwater digital camera, this is where you should start using it.

Mot Islet

Located in front of Bai Thom beach, the little Mot islet is a snorkeling spot that can be reached by walking at low tide on a rocky natural bridge connecting it khổng lồ Phu Quoc. Sea urchins và sharp rocks can be an unpleasant way to over your excursion, so proceed slowly, watch where you put your feet và don’t go barefooted. Hard corals, anemones & plenty of reef fish are the residents of these shallow waters.

An Thoi Archipelago

This tiny archipelago in the southern part is made of 15 islands & islets, they are where the most stunning beaches are hidden. Established as a marine park and protected by UNESCO, it is visited by various boat tours offering snorkeling as part of their packages. As they generally stop at one island only, to reach the most beautiful spots, you are recommended to lớn rent your own boat and perhaps stay or camp overnight on a couple of tiny islands that offer very basic accommodation và food.

The most visited island here is Hon muốn Tay, not khổng lồ be confused with the homonymous one in the north of Phu Quoc. Cảnh báo that most visited here means a couple of boats from the tours per day, on one or two designated beaches. The beaches here are of the kind that people define tropical paradises, with the turquoise sea lapping at the trắng sand with a bunch of coconut palms in the background & nothing else. Most importantly, you will enjoy the rare feeling of being a castaway on an uninhabited island, having the beach all for yourself. As nature here is not disturbed and water is very calm, it is truly a perfect picturesque spot you wouldn’t want to miss. Snorkeling is not only easy but also rewarding even at shallow depths.

Heading even further South, Hon Xuong offers small coves devoid of any trace of civilization, truly a place where the footprints you will see on the white powdery sand are your own. It may be difficult to beat the Garden-of-Eden beauty of this shores, but nearby Hon Gam Ghi offers an even better reef to explore.

Phu Quoc Beaches are the main, perhaps it is the only reason people visit the island. In direct competition with nearby destination, the islands in Thailand, which have been on tourist brochures for decades, Phu Quoc beaches are not well known much just yet! This is a danh mục of almost all of Phu Quoc beaches, from the largest khổng lồ the small form size so to điện thoại tư vấn “the hidden gems”. Why almost? Because there is always something new khổng lồ discover and now, how to vày that or try to get there is where your journey begins.


A string of small beaches rather than one long one, Ong Lang may not have that postcard-perfect look you may expect, whose ingredients are a crystal clear calm water lapping an ultra-white powdery sand. On the other hand, the sand is thick and yellowish, peppered with clusters of đen rocks và the occasional mangrove tree. There are more humble casuarina trees than photogenic coconut palms. On đứng đầu of that, you may have the occasional cow staring at you with mild interest. Perhaps Ong Lang is a “less gentle” kind of beach, but it has its own rustic charm, even though it’s backed by a dozen resorts. Go khổng lồ Ong Lang beach lớn look for a piece of sand under a tree, all for yourself.


This beach is a long stretch of powdery, cream-colored sand, backed by a stretch of grass under old trees và newly planted palms. Beside this, you’ll find almost everything you can think of, all in one place. A large hotel including a casino, a shopping street, an amusement park, a zoo & even a ferry wheel, all under the name Vinpearl, synonymous with large Chinese group tours và family-oriented fun. Go to dẻo beach if you, or your wife và kids, miss hotel buffets, shopping malls & entertainment.


Unlike Dai, Vung Bau hasn’t been developed yet, even though is an inviting long và wide stretch of yellowish sand backed by lush vegetation & old trees. In some parts of this beach you’ll have the feeling you’ve discovered an unspoiled island, probably the same feeling early visitors of Phu Quoc had in the 90’s. Vung Bau has also a small islet in front of it, known as Fingernail Island. This is a good place for snorkeling and fishing. Even though it is within reach for a good swimmer, renting a kayak would be a much better option. Go lớn Vung Bau beach if you want khổng lồ be alone.


Post any picture of this postcard-perfect beach on Facebook và Instagram & you’ll be instantly envied by everybody. Beaches like this are normal in the Maldives but not in Vietnam. Ultra-white powdery sand, coconut palms reaching the shoreline và a crystal-clear still water where small fish, starfish and crabs can be spotted. What else can you ask for? This is Phu Quoc most stunning beach. Go there to take pictures of the ultimate, perfect tropical paradise.


Another postcard perfect beach, much larger than Sao and it is also one of Phu Quoc’s beaches with trắng sand. Khem is very pristine and clean, due lớn the fact that until 2014 it belonged to lớn an army restricted area. It has been developing slowly with low-impact resorts which contribute lớn keep it clean. Even though it may be crowded on weekends, it’s too beautiful to lớn be considered over-developed. Another quality feature of Khem is the sea: it has a unique emerald color, not found anywhere else. Go there for good seafood and to socialize at the beach bars.


This is a truly beautiful, trắng sand beach fringed by coconut palms. Naturally sheltered & shaded, with a very calm, shallow water, ghen Dau is the stereotype of the tropical beach. Developed but not a lot, with empty stretches of sand if you wish lớn be totally alone, it has also a nice restaurant and discreet, fine bungalows. This is how nature & development should gently blend. Go there to lớn stay.


Undeveloped, known only by local fishermen, shaded by coconut palms và empty. Very empty. Cay Sao is one of Phu Quoc’s hidden gems. Hidden until somebody will develop it. Problem is, it’s a bit hard lớn find. Go there khổng lồ feel proud, as you have found a place nobody knows about yet. & hurry up.


Truong means “long” in Vietnamese & this is Phu Quoc’s longest beach, extending for đôi mươi km on the western coast of the island. Flanked by coconut palms all along its length, this straight beach is divided in two by the tuy vậy Trang river. The northern part is where the major development is lớn be found, also because it is where the tourism industry originally started. Together with old và new hotels, restaurants, beach resorts, guest houses, bars and restaurants there is also the original back-packers area called Long Beach Village. It is definitely not the most glorious of Phu Quoc beaches, but nice enough to be enjoyed as a lazy tourist, with everything you need nearby. The southern side of the small river is where South Truong beach begins. The farther south you go, the higher the chances you’ll find a stretch of sand all for yourself. Meaning a piece of beach not yet taken by small, exclusive, up-market resorts, of course. You have about 15 Km to lớn explore. Good luck.


Vong Beach wins the price for the ugliest of Phu Quoc beaches, even though it’s not Mother Nature’s fault. Before man managed khổng lồ spoil it, this was a narrow stretch of sand lined with casuarina trees và backed by thick vegetation, extending lớn the nearby rugged hills of Phu Quoc National Park. Potentially not too bad from a naturalistic point of view. Unfortunately, this unlucky beach has been developed for industrial rather than for touristic purposes. The main ferry terminal is here & the flow of passengers from the mainland pass through Vong beach. The village of đắm say Ninh và its seafood restaurants is also located here, and the overall feeling of this place is more of a port than a beach. Ironically, it is the first beach people arriving by boat from the mainland can see, not a great first impression though. Moreover, the construction of new ferry piers has left the area littered và unkept. It may not be an inviting place for a swim, also because oil spillages are often spotted near the jetty, together with hundreds of jellyfish. Go there khổng lồ feel sad about Mother Nature being raped. Or to lớn eat seafood at say đắm Ninh village.


These two beaches are a somehow difficult lớn reach as they are in the far north part of the island và not yet linked by a paved road. Therefore, they are much less visited than other Phu Quoc beaches. Backed by steep hills dense with jungle, these shores retain a feeling of true wilderness, as lush tropical vegetation extend immediately behind the beach, which here is just a narrow stretch of yellowish, deep sand littered by pieces of wood, leaves, seaweed and whatever flotsam is deposited at every high tide. A few small & frankly squalid-looking fishing villages are located on these beaches. Unfortunately, lượt thích in many similar places in Cambodia & Thailand, fishermen villages on the beach mean lots of garbage scattered around the beach. The tourism industry seems to have missed these beaches, as there are no resorts yet. Go there to lớn see how the local fishermen live.


A beach that belongs lớn Phu Quoc National Forest, Thom is quiet, silent, and very little populated. Exactly as you’d expect a beach in a national park to lớn be: empty, almost all for yourself in its rough beauty, & with only a few bamboo bungalows and a restaurant to lớn cater for the few castaways. It is a placid, sleepy place, where the only sounds are birds and cicadas. The quality touch of Thom is its shallow shore: at low tide the beach becomes enormous & stretches out at sea, to the point you can walk khổng lồ the tiny Mot islet nearby. At high tide, some parts of the beach simply disappear. In conclusion, this is a very unique beach, with a flavor of its own. Go there to lớn enjoy the nature & forget you are in Phu Quoc.


This beach belongs to the homonymous village on stilts located on the western coast of Phu Quoc. On one side there is a small river meeting the sea, creating a picturesque sand bar. The village, the bridge over the river và the nice looking white sand make Cua Can a photogenic beach. Developed by a few, small-impact resorts, it’s a fine place and you can rent a kayak to explore the lush nature around the Cua Can river. Go there to take pictures.

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This small, lovely-looking beach belongs lớn the Shells Resort and it’s therefore considered a private beach. & it’s not the only one. Phu Quoc has more than a few small beaches accessible only through the resorts or by arriving on boat. These so-called private beaches are not supposedly open to non-residents, therefore they are not mentioned in this list. All beaches of this kind are usually very clean và pretty, as they are small và very well maintained by the management. Go there if you have a nice budget and a nice partner to mô tả the beach with.