Phu Quoc Island is a gem of Vietnam. This Vietnam’s largest island is located in the Gulf of Thailand and belongs to the southernmost Kien Giang province. Phu Quoc District comprises Phu Quoc Island and 21 smaller islets with total area up to 574 square kilometres. The island is home to around 80,000 inhabitants largely concentrated in the biggest town of Duong Dong.
Phu Quoc is a paradise for sun and sea seekers. Here, you may spend a whole day just relaxing with a hammock on the deserted beaches and listening to the sound of surf until the mesmerizing sunset spreads over the water or the moon silvers the sea and stars twinkle in the sky. Those who love activities can keep them busy with cycling, trekking, snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing.
Phu Quoc Beaches
Phu Quoc boasts many sublime and deserted beaches that ring around the island. Bai Truong or Long Beach is among the best. Stretching over 20 km of grainy gold sand and gorgeous water, it offers magnificent backdrops for a full resort strip in the western side. The beach is also gracefully shaded with forest of coconuts swaying in sea breeze. This is the ideal place to relax and unwind.
Winning any heart ever been to Phu Quoc, Bai Sao Beach (Star Beach) is worth the best vote. It is located on the east coast leading to the southern tip of the island. Bai Sao offers the whitest sand, endless sunshine and year-round warm and turquoise water, ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Continuing towards the south end, you will see the stunning Bai Khem. This beach is equally beautiful as the Bai Sao if not more spectacular. However, you are not allowed to set your foot here, as it belongs to a military zone. There are, anyway, several other unexplored options like Bai Vong, Ong Lang, Bai Thom or Bai Dai awaiting for you.
Ham Ninh Fishing Village
There are several sites you should visit to unlock the greatest treasure of the land, its friendly people. Most tours in Phu Quoc will take you to a fish sauce factory or a pepper plantation where you may learn the local ways of working. On your own, you would rather ride a bike to Ham Ninh. This is a small and peaceful fishing village with some mother-of-pearl raising farms. From a white stone cliff, you may get panoramic view of the village harbor packed with colorful fishing boats.
Weather and best time to visit
Phu Quoc has monsoonal sub-equatorial climate with two pronounced seasons: rainy season from June to November and dry season from December to May. Annual average temperature is 27 ºC and annual rainfall is quite high, around 2,800 mm.
The best time to visit Phu Quoc is during dry months (from November to March) when the island enjoys beautiful sunshine most of the days.