Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, this natural and untouched wonder covers a total area of about 580 km2. A part of Kien Giang province, the district of Phu Quoc includes the island itself and 105 wonderful islets of all sizes. Phu Quoc Island boasts idyllic beaches, romantic sunsets, evergreen forests, and a serene atmosphere, making it an ideal holiday destination for travellers looking to escape bustling city life

Top things to do in Phu Quoc Island
Must-see attractions

Dinh Cau temple

Dinh Cau Temple

Hamlet 2, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc


It is a combination of a Buddhist temple and a lighthouse that was built in 1937 as a dedication to Thien Hau (the Goddess of the sea) who provides protection for the fisherman and vessels that head out to the open waters. Climbing the steps offers a better view of the many fishing boats navigating the narrow river opening, as well as views along the coast.
The beachfront here also is a good place to view the sunset and local life in the evenings. There are views of a small lighthouse in the distance and the beaches of the townspeople.

Hon Thom - Phu Quoc

Hon Thom - Thom Islet


Visitors can reach Hon Thom by two kinds of boat. Cruise ships organize tours for fishing and diving on the coral reefs, and passenger boats, which travel between Hon Thom and An Thoi.
The closer to Hon Thom, the clearer the image of a real fishing village. Many temporary houses are built up on the sea shore; fishermen can be seem mending their nets in a leisurely and peaceful fashion. Go to the island center to find a small market. Hon Thom does not have paved roads – only dirt roads, lined by large trees that do a great job of cooling the air.

Da Ban Spring

Da Ban Spring


It is located 16km east of the center of Duong Dong town, in the center of the Phu Quoc Island.
On Duong Dong route 1km north, turning right along a bendy road, tourists arrive at Da Ban stream – a wonderful natural site. The weather is as cool as that of Dalat, and it is very quiet because there are few people here.
A stream rises from a high mountain range, edging its way through big, flat stone slabs lying in series. This is the Da Ban stream. The stream is almost poetic, and reminds one of a watercolor painting of two gods playing chess on stone slabs.

In addition, tourists can climb on stone slabs to listen to the water babbling and birds singing. It’s the music of forest – a kind of music that, with its melodious rhythm, no musical instrument can fully imitate.
Suoi Tranh - Phu Quoc

Tranh Stream


Suoi Tranh is located 7 km west of Duong Dong town, about halfway to Ham Ninh on the east coast.
Just inside the entrance to Suoi Tranh are Eden-like gardens adorned with large statues of figures from the ancient Chinese fable “Journey to the West”. Some of you may recall the TV series “Monkey”, which was based on the same story.
Suoi Tranh is made up of a string of peaceful rock pools and waterfalls and the short trek to the larger waterfall at the top of the trail is well worth the effort.

Da Ngon - Phu Quoc

Da Ngon Stream


With its system of seven waterfalls, Da Ngon stream is a suitable place for those who love to explore and adventure. It has water all year round. But visitors should be careful when coming to Da Ngon Stream in the rainy season, as rocks here are slippery and dangerous. The period from November to April is the best time to visit this stream.

Bai Dai - Phu Quoc

Long Beach


With the white sands and the green, clear water, Bai Dai is one of the most beautiful and primitive beaches, as voted by the BBC.
Dai beach’s coast is 1500 meters long. Many large trees grow straightaway along to the coast. This beach is new land of great potential which can help Phu Quoc Island develop its tourism.

Bai Sao - Phu Quoc

Sao Beach


On the east side of Phu Quoc lie some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Getting to Sao beach is a bit tricky. You will need some local help to get here. If you take a taxi, it won’t be so difficult to find the place, however remember that it is a little isolated. There are a couple of restaurants here and one place with basic accommodation.

Bai Khem - Phu Quoc

Khem Beach


Bai Khem beach is a nice clean beach, very low slope, stretching coast, white sand, blue clear water that can see the bottom. The beach is not long and large like other beaches on the island, but it attracts tourists due to its tranquil space and poetic landscapes.
The rustic leaf huts on Bai Khem beach are located close together and facing the sea, although not fully amenities, but enough attractive by many fresh seafood, especially herring salad which you can enjoy this delicious dish after delight immersed in cool water.
Before, Bai Khem beach was a military zone, and tourists were not permitted. Today, Bai Khem was no longer under military management. It was transferred to the island district managers to develop tourism. So, it’s getting ready for exploring.

Ganh Dau - Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc Island

Kien Giang Province


Ganh Dau is a destination that you should not miss in Phu Quoc. Ganh Dau is located in the northern section of Phu Quoc, in which pristine forests, mountains, and seas remain intact. From the town of Duong Dong, you ride a motorbike back up the northern side of the island. Just out of a slightly crowded town you can see red dirt roads running through many peaceful villages.
From Ganh Dau, you can visit Nguyen Trung Truc Temple and see breathtaking natural beauty that is vast and beautiful.

Here is a bow beach running over 500 meters long, shielded by two mountains. Standing on Ganh Dau, you can see Ta Lon mountain of Cambodia. Ganh Dau has a lot of coral, rocks and various kinds of fish, particularly red grouper. Seafood here is cheap, and is caught by the fishermen and cooked on the spot to be ready for you to enjoy.
Nguyen Trung Truc Temple

Nguyen Trung Truc Temple


The temple was built as a dedication to the local hero Nguyen Trung Truc, after he was executed. Later, it was rebuilt spaciously. Each year, on the anniversary of his death, many tourists attend a festival here and burn incense to pray for Nguyen Trung Truc.
Nguyen Trung Truc was born in Long An province, the South of Viet nam on 1837. He was the leader of the insurrection against French Army at Tan An commune (Long An province today) and Rach Gia (a city of Kien Giang province today). His true name was Chon, in 1859 he renamed himself Lich and after he and his team fire the L’esperance on Nhat Tao river, he renamed himself again Nguyen Trung Truc. This name is called until now.

Phu Quoc Prison

Phu Quoc Prison


Phu Quoc Prison was built in 1949-1950 by the French colonists to jail those considered especially dangerous to the colonist government. Many of the high ranking leaders of Vietnam were detained here in their earlier days. It is ranked as a special historical relic of national importance by the government of Vietnam. The most famous site in this prison is the “tiger cage”. The prison covers an area of 40,000 square metres. It was closed after the country united and opened for visitors later.

Phu Quoc National Park

Phu Quoc National Park


Phu Quoc National park covers more than 50% of the island, so it is definitely worth considering a visit, especially if you would like to escape the heat of the daytime sun, take a walk along a park trail or motorbike on one of roads in the north. It will give you a taste of the natural environment on Phu Quoc.
Phu Quoc National Park was established in 2001, and includes 8,603 hectares of strictly protected area, 22,603 hectares of biological restoration area and 33 hectares for administration and services. An additional 6,144 hectares is dedicated to a land-buffer zone, with around 20,000 hectares of sea-buffer zone, though the final Marine protection zones are yet to be declared.

Located on an island with mixed terrestrial and coastal climates, Phu Quoc National Park contains many forest types and landscapes, including mangroves and wetlands, sparse forested areas, coastal vegetation and forest on rocky mountains. Studies by the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Center in 2005 recorded 1,164 higher plant species, including 23 orchid species and 12 rare plants, including the globally endangered Paphiopedilum callosum which was recently found in the park.
A total of 208 animal species were recorded in the National Park, including 28 mammals, 119 birds, 47 reptiles and 14 amphibians. Of these animal species, 6 mammal, 4 bird and 9 reptile species are globally endangered. The rare species here include lorises, the long-tailed macaque, silver langur, otter, and hornbill.
Coi Nguon Museums

Phu Quoc National Park


Located on a small hill on Tran Hung Dao Street in Duong Dong Town, the museum was established in 2009 by Huynh Phuoc Hue, who has spent over 15 years collecting thousands of antiques and artifacts.
There are 2,645 antiques made from stone, pottery, bronze and fossilized wood dated from the 15th century to the early 20th century, and 540 artifacts consisting of furniture, artworks and fishing tool and household appliances. There are also around 100 traditional paintings.

Tourists can discover Phu Quoc’s natural conditions, an overview of the museum, and battles to protect the island on the ground and first floors respectively. The second floor exhibits antique collections, while the third floor displays the model of a wreck and numerous antique fish from sunken vessels discovered on the eastern side of the island. Images of local peoples’ daily lives are on display at the fourth floor. The rooftop has a panoramic view of Duong Dong Town, a pearl blue sea and an immense forest.
If you tire of walking, you can go to souvenir shops on the ground floor selling jewelry made from pearl, fossilized wood and shells and craft products made from lua wood. Or you can climb the hill to see a very interesting place – a sea eagle reserve in which you can admire numerous beautiful white and black birds standing inside a giant iron cage raising their strong voices or spreading their wide wings to fly around the cage.
Hon May Rut

Mong Tay - May Rut Islet


Discover, swim, sunbathe, relax on May Rut islet as unprecedented human footprints. The beach here is beautiful and you will feel like you are really lost in paradise. Turquoise sea water with calm wave battering to the shore brings about a laid-back atmosphere
Coming to the Hon Mong Tay you will be ecstatic by the beauty of nature here. Sea water is clear as pearl. An enchanting blue of the ocean. Along with lush green coconut trees, white sand beaches basking in the sun shining, the spacious sea breeze, warm, gentle … deep into the island are burning grassland

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