Authored by Peter Hanson
Phu Quoc island is a relatively unknown tourism destination in Vietnam. Yet, the biggest island in Vietnam and the gulf of Thailand offers no shortage of tourism attractions, landmark, and unique tropical experiences.
As an almost virgin, relatively unknown destination, you can expect a clean tropical paradise with spectacular panoramas. For beach lovers, Phu Quoc is definitely a tropical paradise, but the island offers a wide variety of landscapes from rocky mountains to beaches to the city itself.
If you are looking for your next adventurous destination, Phu Quoc should be a serious contender; here are some of the unique experiences you can enjoy.
Activities You Shouldn’t Miss on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
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Discover Phu Quoc National Park
Spreading more than 30,000 hectares, Phu Quoc National Park covers almost half of the Phu Quoc island. It’s hard to miss, and if you happen to be in the area, it’s definitely a must-visit.
There is a wide range of landscape variety, from several types of forests, mangrove, wetlands, rocky mountains, and coastal vegetations. It is home to more than 1,000 plant species and 200 animal species, including 12 globally endangered plants and 19 animals, including hornbill, long-tailed macaque, otter and silver langur.
You can either book a tour to explore the national park, use a motorcycle available for hire, or use the walking trails.
Diving and Snorkeling
As a virgin-like, relatively unknown island, it’s no surprise that the clear water of Phu Quoc is a major attraction for marine enthusiasts.
The water surrounding the island is relatively warm and calm, and the diving experience is relatively easy even for first-timers. The island has a rich marine vegetation, with a beautiful and colorful variety of corals ready to amaze you.
Diving operators and tours are available widely on the island, but there are two main diving destinations: the An Thoi Archipelago, roughly 45 minutes boat trip from the tourism center of Duong Dong, or the Turtle Island (Doi Moi), about 30 minutes boat ride from Duong Dong.
If snorkeling is for you, almost all of the diving operators will gladly cater to your needs.
Visit Dinh Cau Cape, Temple, and Lighthouse
The Dinh Cau cape is often referred as the symbol of the people of Phu Quoc. The part temple, part lighthouse is located on top of the cape at the mouth of Duong Dong river and is the most popular tourism destination on the island.
The lighthouse and the temple is a beautiful historical landmark and the beach near it is an excellent place to enjoy the sunset. After you’ve enjoyed the Dinh Cau cape and beach, the night market of Phu Quoc is fairly close by to indulge your shopping and culinary needs.
For the people of Phu Quoc, fishing is the bread and butter way of living, so it’s no surprise that you can find a lot of great fishing spots across the island.
Various fishing tours are available throughout the island, but the truly unique experience is the night fishing trip, where you can catch squid while enjoying the amazing view of tropical nighttime. Phu Quoc is also famous for their fish sauce, which is exported all around the world, as well as the traditional delight of local seafood dishes.
If you happen to come back with a good catch, ask your guesthouse or local restaurant to cook it for you. You can enjoy your fishing success while spoiling yourself with a Vietnamese seafood delight.
Phu Quoc has many other landmarks and attractions too. For animal lovers, the Vinpearl Safari Zoo is the biggest open air zoo in Vietnam, and you can enjoy the wide variety of tropical faunas, some of them rare species. If you are more into natural landmarks, the Tranh stream is a must-go destination, offering you a 15-kilometer long of mountain streams with beautiful forestations and waterfall.
For history lovers, many historical landmarks are also available, including the Phu Quoc prison, exploring the dark past of Vietnam’s history. The best way to explore the island is to use a motorcycle, widely available for hire throughout the island. You can also book a tour to explore various landmarks in one day.
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