Phu Quoc Island has long been famous to domestic and international tourists. The island is beautiful with peaceful, unspoiled natural scenery and favorable climate. There are many places for recreational activities on the island. Otherwise, Phu Quoc is also an ideal destination for many fun and relaxing activities.
The island owns many beautiful beaches, mountains and hills and primeval forests rich in flora and fauna. In the North of Phu Quoc Island, visitors can visit famous destinations such as Rach Vem fishing village, Hon Mot, Bai Dai, VinWonders and Vinpearl Safari…
How to travel from Hanoi to Phu Quoc
There are a lot of ways to travel from Hanoi to Phu Quoc. The most convenient way is to travel by plane. For those wish to experience several kinds of transportation or explore the different routes to Phu Quoc, you can travel by multiple vehicles including: Airplane + Coach bus + boat.
- Going by airplane directly from Hanoi to Phu Quoc is the most convenient as well as the least time-consuming one. The fare is around $65-217 one-way. The travel time is 2 hours and 15 mins.
- Going by multiple vehicles: Firstly, you need to take the flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city. In general, the fare ranges from $70 to $260 one-way. The travel time is 2 hours. Then, you must catch the bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Rach Gia or Ha Tien. The distance is about 280 km and it can take around 6 hours to travel by bus. Finally, you should catch a boat to travel on sea to Phu Quoc. Every day, there are two trips from Ha Tien as well as Rach Gia to Bai Vong port in Phu Quoc. The fare is around $14.8 one-way for the common ticket and the price of the VIP ticket is $23.5.
Means of transport in Phu Quoc
Motorbikes: motorbikes are the most popular way to travel in Viet Nam. Motorbike rental price ranges from 4 – 6 USD/day.
Taxis: In Phu Quoc, you can easily call a taxi. Taxi fare is about 0.5 – 0.7 USD/km.
Buses: Bus is a familiar public transport in Phu Quoc. Bus fare is about 03. – 0.4 USD/route.
Tourist electric cars: This is the vehicle often chosen by tourists for transportation. The fare for the ride is about 0.5 USD/15 minutes.
Where to visit in Phu Quoc?
Phu Quoc beaches
It is not exaggerated to say that Phu Quoc is the paradise on earth, the Hawaii of Vietnam. There are few places on the S-shaped strip of land with many beaches praised by the international community like Phu Quoc. Bai Kem, Bai Sao, Bai Dai,… are names that are not only familiar to Vietnamese travel lovers but also “too familiar” on international news sites.
For more information, visit: https://vietnam.travel/things-to-do/beachy-beautiful-phu-quoc
VinWonders is the largest theme park in Vietnam and the leading scale in Asia. In this place, visitors of all ages and personalities can find their ideal destinations.
VinWonders has a huge scale of about 50 hectares, divided into 6 subdivisions according to 12 themes, meticulously designed to every detail. With each theme, visitors experience a completely different journey of discovery.
Location: Bai Dai, Ganh Dau, North of Phu Quoc island
Opening hours: 9:00 – 19:30 everyday
Entrance ticket price:
- Adults and children over 1.4m tall: 880,000 VND (~US$ 35)
- Children from 1m – 1m4 tall: 660,000 VND (~US$ 26)
- Children under 1m tall: Free
For more information, visit: https://vinwonders.com/en/
Vinpearl Safari is Vietnam’s first semi-wild animal care and conservation park with an area of up to 380 hectares. Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc Park is considered the home of thousands of individuals. There are many rare animals around the world, such as: Arabian saber-horned antelope, cranes, black-necked white swans… The animals here live happily together, raised in good conditions according to international standards.
Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc is the first zoo in Vietnam to receive the certificate of the SEAZA Association in conservation and improvement of animal welfare. The zoo has been recognized by the international community for its full convergence of natural conditions, facilities, and habitat conditions… so that wild animals can be preserved and reproduced in order to breed and create flocks.
Location: Ganh Dau, Phu Quoc island
Opening hours: 8:30 – 16:00 everyday
Entrance ticket price:
- Adults and children over 1.4m tall: 650,000 VND (~US$ 26)
- Children from 1m – 1m4 tall: 490,000 VND (~US$ 20)
- Children under 1m tall: Free
For more information, visit: https://vinwonders.com/en/vinpearl-safari-phu-quoc/
Rach Vem fishing village
Rach Vem Phu Quoc is a village of about 180 households living along the coast with houses close to each other. Their main occupation is fishing. But when tourism in Phu Quoc began to develop, they built raft houses for tourism business in the direction of self-sufficiency, using fresh caught seafood to directly serve tourists. The people here are very sincere, honest and open, their life are very simple.
Location: north of Phu Quoc island
Opening hours: Open all day
For more information, visit: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/exploring-rach-vem-fishing-village-in-phu-quoc-E203227.html
Hon Mong Tay or Fingernail Island
Hon Mong Tay or Fingernail Island is a beautiful island located to the southeast of Phu Quoc island. This island has recently emerged as a new discovery that brings visitors a lot of excitement and surprise when coming here.
Hon Mong Tay possesses unspoiled beauty, peaceful and quiet atmosphere which will be the ideal destination for “take each other to hide” temporarily away from the suffocating and chaotic city. Although it is only a small island with a few households living, the Island has won the hearts of many tourists.
Famous for its unspoiled beauty, Hon Mong Tay is a place where visitors can relax, admire the beautiful picture of the immense ocean with clear jade blue water, beautiful fine white sand. What could be more wonderful than lying in a swinging hammock, listening to the waves crashing and enjoying the cool breeze from the sea, after a hectic day with assignments and tight deadlines.
Location: Duong Hoa Commune, Kien Luong District, South of Phu Quoc Island
Opening hours: Open all day
For more information, visit: https://www.phuquocislandexplorer.com/destination/fingernail-island
Phu Quoc Night Market
Located right in the center of Duong Dong town, Phu Quoc night market is always an attractive tourist destination that visitors cannot ignore every time they have the opportunity to come to Phu Quoc island. With more than 100 stalls from dining, souvenirs, dry specialties… this place captures all the love of tourists near and far.
Phu Quoc night market (merged between Dinh Cau night market and old Bach Dang night market) is the busiest entertainment, dining and shopping spot in Phu Quoc at night.
Not only is it a place to gather a variety of souvenirs, handicrafts, and typical products of the pearl island, Phu Quoc night market is also considered to be a culinary paradise with countless attractive dishes. The cuisine here has its own characteristics and flavors that you can’t find anywhere else. Not to mention, the bustling and exciting atmosphere is enough to make you curious and want to explore thoroughly.
Location: Center of Duong Dong town, Phu Quoc island
Opening hours: 18:00 – 23:30 everyday
And many more places tourists can visit in Phu Quoc such as: Pearl Farms, National Park, Ridgeback Dog Farm, Dinh Cau Lighthouse and Temple, Phu Quoc Prison, Ganh Dau Cape, Suoi Tranh Waterfall, Ho Quoc Pagoda, Pepper Garden, Sim Wine Production Facility, etc.
Foods and drinks
Ken noodle (Bún kèn)
Ken noodle is a unique dish that you definitely cannot find anywhere outside Phu Quoc. The word “ken” in Khmer means dishes that use coconut milk. On the Vietnamese culinary map, bun ken is rarely mentioned, only real gourmets know and enjoy this rustic dish. The broth is made from dried shredded fish, fish broth, coconut milk, added curry powder and cook until they are vicious. The dish is served with thin noodles, fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, sliced cucumber, bean sprouts, raw papaya and added a little bit of sweet and sour fish sauce.
Thick Noodle Soup with Fish Cakes (Bánh canh chả cá)
Thick Noodle Soup with Fish Cakes is a must try dish for tourists when coming to Phu Quoc Pearl Island. Thick noodle soup is a perfect combination of the sweetness of white chewy thick noodle, flavorful broth, tasty mackerel cake, spicy dipping sauce, pepper and fresh vegetables. Banh canh in Phu Quoc is made from mackerel and well-seasoned. Local people in Phu Quoc made the broth from simmered mackerel bone, pig bones, and minced pork. Additionally, thick noodle is made from rice flour, so that its texture is bouncy, soft that will melt in your mouth.
Shrimp Noodle (Bún quậy)
Phu Quoc shrimp Noodle has a unique and strange taste, a must-try specialty in the “specialty” of Vietnam. Phu Quoc shrimp Noodle can stimulate the taste of even the most demanding diners. This famous specialty dish includes squid, shrimp paste and fish cake… which are enjoyed in a very “stir” (quay) way, a must-try dish when you have the opportunity to visit the pearl island.
And many other local dishes that tourist must try when visit Phu Quoc such as: Echinus, Grilled Trachurus, Slipper lobster, Fried squid with fish sauce, snails…
In short, It is widely accepted that Phu Quoc is known as the “pearl island” of Vietnam. It owns the world’s most charming beaches, has both diverse nature and local cultural stops. In addition, if you are a person who likes to learn about local culture, listen to interesting stories about Phu Quoc, do not miss local tourist attractions such as Dinh Cau Night Market, Phu Quoc Pepper Garden, Water barrel house, etc.
For more information and to book a tour, visit: https://www.bestpricetravel.com/travel-guide/phu-quoc.html