Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc) is a Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. It’s known for white-sand beaches and resorts, most of which are along the palm-lined southwest coast. More than half of the island is part of Phú Quốc National Park (UNESCO listed), which features mountains, dense tropical jungle, hiking trails, and wildlife. Duong Dong is the largest town, with day and night markets selling crafts, produce and fish. It boasts idyllic beaches, romantic sunsets, evergreen forests, and a serene atmosphere, making it an ideal holiday destination for travelers looking to escape bustling city life

Days here can easily be spent on the sandy beaches, while nights are for feasting on fresh seafood and stargazing. Vietnam’s largest island is home to a beautiful coastline. The An Thoi islands offer some of the country’s best snorkeling and diving, and Phú Quốc’s northern roads run through lush forest and branch off onto a handful of do-it-yourself hiking trails, Phu Quoc also has vibrant markets, traditional fishing villages, and pepper plantations. These are perfect for experiencing the local lifestyle and sampling authentic regional specialties.

If you are visiting Phu Quoc, make sure you visit Phu Quoc National Park, Duong Dong Market, Sung Hung Pagoda, Ham Ninh Fishing Village, Phu Quoc Prison, and many of its beaches. You must also take the Hon Thom Cable Car (the world’s longest cable car). Hon Thom (or Pineapple island) is a wonderful island to visit. It’s the largest and most beautiful island of Hon Thom district of An Thoi archipelago. You can hire a boat on Phu Quoc to take you to the smaller Islands south of Hon Thom. It is worth doing so. They are relatively isolated and remote compared to famous Islands such as Ko Samui in Thailand. They are far cheaper to get to, as well.

Phu Quoc is again a great place for motorcyclists. To rent motorbikes, you should ask about the price, the number of days of renting so that you can properly arrange the time. In case you travel in large groups, it is suggested that you negotiate the price to get a discount. The motorbike rental in Phu Quoc varies between 100,000 VND and 150,000 VND  per day depending on different types of motorbikes. If you want to explore Vietnam by Motorbike, explore the mountain passes and the roads, etc., you should buy yourself a manual such as a Honda Winner

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Author: Piers Midwinter
I am an artist and a teacher. I am currently teaching at a Cambridge International School in Vietnam.