What to do in Phu Quoc

What to do in Phu Quoc? Well that’s an easy one: nothing.

In Phu Quoc there is no need to do anything at all. Just enjoy. Sound like paradise? It is.

Step into my flip flops because after all our exertions in the Mekong Delta we are ready to travel no further than the beach on Phu Quoc Island – we’ve earned this break in paradise…

What to do in phu quoc

When you get to the end of this post, make sure you check out my page on the world’s most beautiful islands (coming soon).

Green, lush and tropical, Phu Quoc Island is part of the Mekong Delta and is a protected area. The economy is centred around fishing and agriculture, and life takes place at a slow pace and even the cities aren’t as bustling as on the mainland.

The island is divided by the mountain range running straight through the centre, known as the “99 peaks”, and runs the entire length of Phu Quoc.

Phu Quoc’s white beaches are absolutely stunning and, in short, this is one of the most beautiful islands I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending five days on.

What to do in Phu Quoc

Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc Island is actually closer to Cambodia than it is Vietnam, but it can be reached on a short flight by tiny aircraft from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

In fact, there is some dispute over the island between Cambodia and Vietnam and the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party still claims Phu Quoc (or Koh Tral, as it is also known) as Cambodian territory.

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What to do in Phu Quoc

Most people go to Phu Quoc to relax, and that’s exactly what I did: I had been in the Mekong Delta for the previous few days on a fast-paced and exciting tour. And before that I had spent a few weeks backpacking the length of Vietnam (check out the itinerary here) so I was more than happy to relax on one of the world’s most beautiful and relatively little known islands.

Phu Quoc’s Beaches

Phu Quoc’s white sandy beaches are not far from perfection and whichever one you choose will give you picture perfect views for the duration of your stay.

During my visit, I stayed on what is known as the Long Beach, which is the main beach on Phu Quoc Island. This is where the majority of the hotels can be found, but it is far from lively or busy. Relaxing is still the main option here.

I spent most of my time chilling on the sun loungers or cooling off in the sea – which wasn’t even cool actually! My small and basic bungalow was a stone’s throw from the water’s edge and during my whole stay on Phu Quoc Island I only wore my shoes about three times.

During an excursion on the island I also visited Sao Beach, which is considered the most beautiful beach on Phu Quoc. And it’s true; the sand seems even whiter here. This beach would certainly take some beating.

What to do in Phu Quoc

Sao Beach

You can find a full list of Phu Quoc’s beaches on the website discoverphuquoc.com.

National Park

About 50% of Phu Quoc is a protected natural area and is considered part of the Mekong Delta.

There are not that many walking trails through the national park, and due to inaccessible areas in the central mountain area, much of Phu Quoc is remote and rather wild.

A great way to visit the natural areas though is by motorbike. You can hire a motorbike for peanuts on practically any street corner and use that to take you winding through the inland area to see what you discover.

What to do in Phu Quoc

Squid drying in the sun

Phu Quoc Pearls

Oysters are found off Phu Quoc’s shores and pearl farming has proven to be a successful industry here.

There are some farms that you can visit where they show you the process of how the pearl is formed, complete with the pearl jewellery shop, of course. If you are looking for pearl jewellery, the prices here in Phu Quoc are a steal.

The best pearl farm and shop is New Zealand owned Treasures from the Deep about 9km south of the Long Beach. Note that access to here is by dirt track, so you’re not going to be in for the most comfortable ride.

What to Eat in Phu Quoc

Here’s another really easy one: what to eat in Phu Quoc.

The answer is fish and seafood on the beach.

There is an abundance of fresh fish around Phu Quoc and every day the local fisherman head out to catch the sea’s bounties. Every evening, the bars and hotels set up their barbecues on the beach and the feast begins.

I’ve had many barbecues on many beaches, but this is probably the best and cheapest I’ve ever had. I ate on the beach every evening.

If you really must eat at a restaurant, try this selection on Travelfish.org.

Phu Quoc Photos

Below, you have the slideshow of my photos from Phu Quoc. Make sure you do check them out if you are thinking of visiting the island.

Thinking of checking out other islands? Make sure you don’t miss my World’s Most Beautiful Islands page (coming soon).

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About the Author: Lisa, born and grew up in England, live in Mallorca, Spain... Have visited more than 20 countries, have twice as many to yet visit, love sharing experiences....

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