Phu Quoc is the largest of all Vietnamese islands, far from Hochiminh City 500km. Phu Quoc is called the Emerald Island because of its triangular shape, as well as the island of “99 mountains” because of its many sandstone chains gradually descending from the north to the south. The longest one is Ham Ninh which stretches for 30 km along the eastern edge with its highest peak called Mount Chua (603m). The second highest peak is Mount Da Bac (448m) which is 20kms due south of Mount Chua, on the east coast of the island.
The shortest and easiest way to Phu Quoc (from Hanoi or Saigon) is taking a direct flight. Vietnamairlines, Jeststar and Vietjet air are 3 commercial airlines which fly to Phu Quoc everyday. There are around 02-04 flights / airline on a day.
Weather in Phu Quoc
The best time to visit Phu Quoc is from November to March, when temperatures are comfortable and stable at around 25-28 Celsius (77-82 Fahrenheit) and it is less humid. However, hotel and airplane-ticket prices are also highest on this season. You should plan and book your trip at least 3 months in advance.
The second good time to stay is from April to June. You will have fairly reasonable weather, not a lot of people and cheaper prices (big plus). Some tourists may complain about the heat, which can reach 35 degree Celcius and the high humidity (80% to 85%), though this is quite normal in tropical countries.
What to do in Phu Quoc
There are 4 beautiful beaches in Phu Quoc that you can spend a whole day at, just laying on beach and enjoy sunbathing.
Sao Beach (Starfish beach): this beach is the most beautiful beach in Phu Quoc. Local people usually says that “you haven’t really visited Phu Quoc if you don’t come to Sao Beach”. The sand here is white, silky and flat; The water is so clear that you can see starfish at the bottom.
Long Beach (or Truong Beach) is the most popular beach in Phu Quoc, where most of the hotels and resorts are located. You will enjoy the typical tropical beach with clean water, golden sand beach and lots of coconut palm trees and amazing sunset.
Cua Can beach:10 km north of Duong Dong town and just beyond the village of the same name lies a beautiful peninsula. Follow the direction signs of Chez Carole resort to find the way to Cua Can.
Ong Lang Beach: is located on the West Coast of Phu Quoc. The beach is very clean thanks to being well maintained by resorts here. Very quiet beach with few tourists.
Beach activities in Phu Quoc
Snorkeling & Scuba Diving: You may spend a day snorkeling. Tours usually takes a full day, from 8:30am to 16:00pm. On the way from your hotel to An Thoi Port, you will be taken to the Pearl farm with tour guides. After boarding on, the boat will cruise along the coastline until arriving at “Finger island” and then “Turtle island”. You can fish for about 30 minutes, and then snorkeling at “Turtle island and Finger island”: crystal clear water and beautiful coral reef kingdom. Lunch including fresh fruits are included on the boat. On the way back, the boat will cruise slowly so tourists can catch the sunset. Breathtaking view.
Squid fishing tour: This tour usually starts at noon. Tourists are taken by car to the harbor. Snorkeling, swimming and islands visits are included in the tour. Late lunch will be served on boat. After sunset the boat will be anchored for tourists to experience night squid fishing. Then a traditional fisherman’s meal will be served before the boat heads back. Tour ends at around 21.00.