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What to do

Try tо get оut оn а boat оne evening fоr sоme squid fishing yourself. Mаke а visit tо Phu Quoc National Park аnd swim іn а quiet pool.

You can try a motorbike tour by yourself. Not all roads are good (some unpaved) but it is fun and the locals are really nice. In the far north corner you are able to see Cambodia. In the south are some really nice and quiet beaches.

Motorcycles


Motorcycles аre plentiful аnd cheap, hire оne off а local аnd gо cruising around the island. Petrol cаn usually be purchased around the island аt various beaches served fresh іn glass bottles.

Also Bicycles іs а great wаy tо observe the island. Yоu cаn rent а mountain bike fоr around 100,000 VND per dаy аt Lan Anh Garden Resort оr sоme local shops .

Some beaches stretch fоr kilometres wіth overhanging palms, nо оne else іn sight whаt more cоuld yоu want?


Diving and Snorkeling


Phu Quoc offers diving іn twо separate locations. Up North оn western side оf the island оr Down south аt Аn Thoi islands. Up north there аre three main diving locations wіth аll оf them maximum depth оf 10 they аre especially great fоr beginners. Sites аre surrounded by corals аnd funky rock formations whіch provide shelter tо а variety оf fish аnd species оf Nudibranch. Down south there аre up tо 20 different dive sites around а group оf 13 islands wіth depths ranging frоm 10m tо аll the wаy down tо 40m. Majority оf the islands аre surrounded by coral.

Some very pleasant diving areas with pristine hard and soft corals and small, colorful reef and coral fish. Diving and snorkeling excursions start approximately at 8.30 am. You spend all the day on the boat and have lunch there as well. All tours are guided by certified instructors and can be booked directly at the hotel reception.


Fishing


At Nam Dao in the south of the island you can visit a fishing village and even go fishing. Some boats also organize squid fishing tours at night with barbecue on the boat.


National Forest


Tours to the beautiful National Forest at Bac Dao can be arranged.


Waterfalls


At the Suoi Tranh waterfall, the stream is surrounded with green trees, grass and fragrant flowers. The clear waters flow gently through nooks and crannies, then through large rocks that form the falls.

Suoi Tranh waterfall is around 7km east of Duong Dong. Once youve paid the small entry fee its a 10 – 15 minute walk along a well trodden path through the jungle. There are many rock pools in which to take a dip, at the top theres a 4m waterfall (sometimes from January to May water can be a little lacking), the whole place has a lovely ambience.

It gets its name from the many table–like rock formations that make up the stream, “ da” meaning “rock” and “ban“ meaning “table“. Legend has it that fairies come to this stream to play checkers on these “tables”. There are many rock pools along its length with beautiful wild ginseng and orchids growing along its banks.


Night market


Living the resort life on Phu Quoc can be rough. You have to hang out all day on the beach then reluctantly drag yourself somewhere for food; then it’s back to the beach. While this repetition may not actually be that bad, it can get a little boring after a couple of days. If you do happen to break free of your resort and you’re not off hiking around a waterfall, or on a snorkelling tour, swing by the Phu Quoc night market. At the market you can do some souvenir shopping and fill your belly.

Browse through their display table of fresh seafood and pick your night’s meal. Choose from prawns, squid, scallops, crab, elephant snails and a variety of fish then sit and wait as it is cooked to order. I got some of the biggest, and most delicious, prawns I’d ever had and they were only 20,000 VND apiece. If you want something more than just grilled seafood, the restaurants have menus full of more advanced choices. Also, for those out there who aren’t seafood fans, there are plenty of beef, chicken, pork and veggie dishes to choose from.

Dinh Cau Rock (Cau Temple)


This odd shaped rock sits at the mouth of the Duong Dong river. Initially a lighthouse until 1937 when a Buddhist temple dedicated to to Thien Hau (the Goddess of the sea) was built. No visit to Phu Quoc is complete without seeing little oddity.

Pepper Plantations


Vietnam is the worlds leading exporter of pepper and best quality harvest comes from Phu Quoc. Farms can be seen all over the central and northern parts of the island.

Those with a culinary interest can have a guided tour of a pepper farm to see the whole process in detail.

Phu Quoc black pepper is well known for its unique, strong flavor. You can visit many farms all around the island.Visitors to pepper gardens will be captivated by work of patient growers.

Pagodas and Temples


There are several pagodas and temples around the island that offer insights into Buddhism. In Duong Dong Town theres Sung Hung Pagoda which is surrounded by large trees. A well known monk built Hung Long Tu Pagoda. He chose the site, located 5km from Duong Dong Town, for its peace and tranquillity. There are several other temples dotted around the island which welcome visitors, however you should not have bare shoulders or wear shorts when you visit.

Pearl Farm


Visit Phu Quoc pearl farms where a wide variety of pearls are made locally. These are displayed for your viewing and shopping.


Phu Quoc Coconut Tree Prison


A historical former prison built by the French and used in the French and American wars in Vietnam.

An Thoi Harbor


A fishing town consisting of numerous islets, the An Thoi archipelago is the best place for snorkeling and fishing.

Sao Beach


Sao Beach is a not to miss destination where sea, sand and sun blend in perfect harmony. A perfect lunchtime place.

Ham Ninh Harbor


A traditional fishing village on Phu Quoc Island. On the islands east coast lies Ham Ninh, a quaint and sleepy fishing village. The locals will be pleased to see you, especially if you buy some of their pearls.


A Traditional Fish Sauce Factory


Enjoy the unique a romantic flavor of Phu Quoc fish sauce.

Dogs


All around the island you cant help but notice the dogs with a Mohawk running down the length of their backs. They are Phu Quoc Ridgebacks a recognised breed that is native to the island. There are only two other breeds of dog in the world that have a similar distinctive Mohawk, they originate from Thailand and southern Africa. Phu Quoc Ridgebacks were originally wild dogs that were, over time, tamed by humans for hunting.

Tours


North Tour:

The specific trait of geography of the north of the island is the richness of the rock formations. There are numerous pepper plantations here. The scenery of the north island is a particularly striking combination of mountains, rainforest and deserted beaches.

South Tour:

The south of the island has had much of original lowland tropical evergreen forest cover cleared, leaving behind a mix of agricultural and secondary forest landscape and a variety of rural scenes and settlements. The nicest beach in the south is Sao Beach and it is a must see destination whether you are alone or with friends.

Tours of both the north and south of the island can be booked at reception