1.Explore Phu Quoc’s Stunning Beaches
Phu Quoc island is the largest island in the 28 island archipelago that makes up Phu Quoc district. With 150 kilometers of coastline, there are countless number of beaches for which you can discover. The beaches have soft fine white sand and are fringed by coconut trees – yes right out of a postcard. Some beaches have warm, crystal clear and calm waters, whilst others have soft waves. Some beaches are so isolated that there is no one else there but you!
Some of the most well-known and beautiful beaches are Long Beach (Bãi Trường), Sao Beach, Khem (Khèm) Beach, Thom (Thơm) Beach, and Vung Bau (Vũng Bầu) Beach. So, it will be a shortage if you have chance to visit Phu Quoc without stopping over in some of these beaches. Among these beaches, Long Beach, also known in Vietnamese as Bãi Trường, is the most well-known
2. Diving and snorkelling
Phu Quoc Island is one of the perfect places for snorkeling and diving in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Diving and snorkeling around the warm waters of Phu Quoc take place on the north-western side of the island or around the small archipelago to the south. From November to May is the best time when the sun out, the sea is calm and the waters surrounding the island become limpid. Snorkeling and diving are exciting activities loved by many that the whole family can enjoy. Snorkeling is really easy and the great thing is that there is no age limit, and you don’t have to be fit or sporty, even non-swimmers. Just float in the fresh turquoise waters and watch a variety of colorful fishes and coral reefs. Meanwhile, diving in Phu Quoc will bring you face to face with a variety of fish, underwater scenery and abundant marine life including beautiful nudibranch populations and bamboo sharks.
Most diving and snorkelling take place in the shallow waters off the northwest coast of Phu Quoc such as Turtle Island, Fingernail Island, An Thoi Archipelago, Hon Thom Island Dragon Rock..... .
3. Wander Around Phu Quoc Prison
Phu Quoc Prison is where Northern Vietnamese soldiers were imprisoned during the Vietnam War. The prison is now a museum where you can see torture instruments, photographs of former prisoners and various exhibits with life sized mannequins depicting graphic scenes of what life was like in prison during its operation.
Whilst not for everyone, the prison is a way for tourists to learn more about Vietnam’s history and a reminder of the brutalities of war. The prison is open between 7.30 am to 11 am and 1.30 pm to 5 pm daily and entry costs around 3000 Vietnamese Dong per person. Guided tours are available in a variety of languages.
4. Visit Markets
Duong Dong Market is Phu Quoc island’s biggest market and is located smack bang in the middle of town. Markets are always a great way to get some insight into the local life, and also to buy some fresh fruit, and cooked food. You can even get some awesome souvenirs, bracelets and necklaces made of sea shells, pearl earrings etc., to take back to your loved ones. Another great souvenir is the fish sauce made here. The best time to visit market is just after sunrise and before sunset as that is when the trading activities is the busiest
Dinh Cau Night Market is another market you can visit. Visitors can find about 100 stalls, more than half of which sell fresh seafood, street snacks, and beverages at affordable prices. Live fish, sea snails, crabs and scallops are kept in large tanks with prices listed on the board in front of every booth. To order, just choose whichever strikes your fancy before taking your seat at the makeshift dining section.
5 Visit the Dinh Cau Rock (Cau Temple)
Cau Temple is located just by the Duong Dong Fishing Harbour and is an oddly shaped rock formation which local fisherman pray to before heading off to fish. There are 29 winding stone steps to reach Cau Temple’s rooftop terrace, where you will be greeted with spectacular sunset views of Dinh Cau Beach, traditional fishing boats, Duong Dong Town, and neighbouring islets. The temple is open between 7 am to 6 pm.
6 Chill out on the beach
Phu Quôc is famoust for beaches with soft fine white sand and are fringed by coconut trees. You can spent whole time not doing much while on the beach, just lying in a comfy beach chair catching some sun and have a drink.
7 Watch the sunset on the beach
Watching sunset is one of unforgetable experience when you visit Phu Quoc island.Dinh Cau rock and Phu Quoc beach is a marvelous place for those who seeking a fierce sunset. Bai Dai, Bai Sao, Khem Beach are the most popular destinations for tourists when the sun shades. Stroll along the shore, step barefoot on white sand, feel the soft and smooth of sand, watch the sun sinking into ocean.
8 Explore the Island on a Motorbike
One of the most rewarding experiences on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam is the opportunity to rent and ride a motorbike and discover the island. you can go explore some and visit the various tiny little local villages, like Gahn Dau. You can also stop in the local bakery here and eat delicious baked goods. Other places you may like to visit include the Pepper Plantations, Phu Quoc National Park, and Fish Sauce Factory.
9 Explore the Local Life at Ham Ninh Village
Ham Ninh Fishing Village is an ideal local for foreign visitors looking to experience the daily life of local fishermen. It is known as one of the oldest villages on Phu Quoc Island
Not far from the village is a pier that stretches far out to the sea called Bai Vong Port, where cargo boats carrying a wide range of fresh produce, seafood, and household items from mainland Vietnam stop by in the early morning. Travellers can also enjoy relaxing sunset views of colourful fishing boats, Ham Ninh Mountain range and coastline, and the Hai Tac Archipelago during their visit here.
10. Squid Fishing
Another idea when it comes to things to do in Phu Quoc Island is squid fishing. There are plenty of tours on offer such kind of activities; hence, you can easily head out for an evening of squid fishing and if you are lucky enough, you can have your own self-caught meal grilled on the spot.
11. Visit A Pearl Farm
Visiting a pearl farm in Phu Quoc will bring to you one of the most unforgettable experience when visiting Phu Quoc. Pearl farming in Phu Quoc has been formed and developing nearly 20 years. Japanese and Australian experts are the first ones investing in this field. According to the experts, the island is endowed with an ideal marine environment to sustainable and profitable development pearl farming industry. Pearl farmers often select oysters aged between six months and two years. After nucleating, oysters are placed in cages (six in each) which are then put on the sea bed.During the period, the oysters must be cleaned weekly with barnacles removed from their shells. The water must be kept clean to make the pearls shiny and beautiful. Farmed pearls are usually harvested after about two years. To extract the pearl, the worker slides a knife between the oyster, avoid directly hitting the pearl inside and scratching it. After being removed from the oyster, the pearl is cleaned and polished with special instruments. The polishing process aims to remove any blemishes. Pearls are valued by their size, shape, luster and the presence of blemishes. pearls of Phu Quoc island are a favourite gift for many people as they are shiny and good for health.