Top Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Top Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island is a premier tropical paradise in Southern Vietnam. It has numerous sandy beaches, beautiful jungles, exotic markets and unique ocean safari await your exploration. There are all types of experiences to propose ranging from authentic Vietnamese cuisine tasting to island hoping or scuba diving courses. 
Our suggests for Top Things to do in Phu Quoc may help you better planning your trip here
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Enjoy the waves at Phu Quoc Beaches

The very first thing to enjoy in Phu Quoc is its beaches. In our list of Best Vietnam Beaches, there are at least two names come from Phu Quoc. This mean the island has so much to offer for those who love sea, sand and sun. Whether white sands, jungle backdrops, turquoise waters, water sports or hummocks, beaches on this Island offer all that you may need. There are found in the southern part of the Island, and some of these are Khem, Sao and Long beach.

Trek to Ganh Dau Beach

Phu Quoc National Park is a paradise for active adventure travelers. This protected area covers almost half of the Island’s area. It houses a range of wildlife species such as reptiles, insects, hornbills, macaques and pit vipers.
If Wildlife is not your intention, the park is also famous for hiking.
There are two trails to follow (Phu Quoc park trail and Ganh Dau trail). Of the two trails, Ganh Dau is more rewarding. It reveals plenty of allures such as the Ganh Dau beach, animals and the famed Ancient tree.

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Take part in a Phu Quoc Cooking Class

There are many classes for your choice as well the menus. Phu Quoc foods has their own identity as the locals produce one of the best Vietnamese fish sauce here. It is not to mention that the fresh seafoods are great source for cooking too. 
For a Vietnam Beach Holiday, a cooking class could be an ideal choice for a half day. 

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Picnic trips to Phu Quoc Island’s waterfalls 

One of the best things to do in Phu Quoc is to uncover its nature. Suoi Tranh waterfall is such a beautiful site you should not miss. It is located in Ham Ninh Commune. Nearby the fall is the Table stone stream, this feature originates from the Ham Ninh mountain range and mesmerizes visitors with bizarre rock settings.

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Get the most of Phu Quoc Nightlife in Duong Dong town

Our top things to do in Phu Quoc also cover the evening activity that you should soak up. You many not find a big nightlife scene here but the night market is a good treat instead.
It is probably the most lively places in town which is full of sounds coming from the food stalls. It does not come to surprise that seafoods are delicious and not expensive at this exciting market. You also can buy some nice souvenirs to bring back home too !

Pepper Farm Visit 

The Island features a plethora of pepper farms. Peppers are one of the fresh ingredients that turn Vietnamese dishes more piquant. Make sure to visit one of the farms to discover the secrets of growing these dish add-ons. It is more satisfying when you visit during the harvesting time. This is between November and February annually.

Visit one of Nguyen Trung Truc Temples

For an insight into Phu Quoc’s tragic history, visit one of Nguyen Trung Truc temples. Nguyen Trung Truc was an iconic leader. He surrendered himself to the French in October 1868, and this was meant to protect his people on the Island. To commemorate his great leadership, people decided to build temples with his statues. There are many in numbers, but the most beautiful is found in Ganh Dau.

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Diving & Snorkeling Adventure

Without doubt, Phu Quoc is a peak destination for marine enthusiasts. It features some of the best sites for diving in Vietnam. That’s why it’s often included on the bucket list for snorkelers and divers to the country.

Explore the island by jeep cars

There are other ways to explore the Island, but a tour by jeep gives an extra treat. You have two options: either book a tour with a driver or rent the jeep and drive around on your own. Jeep tours on Phu Quoc Island are of three types embodying south of island tours, whole island tours and north of island tours. You are free to choose one based on your interests.

Visit Phu Quoc Safari & Vinpearl Land

For Wildlife in Phu Quoc Island, visit the Phu Quoc Safari. Located in the northern region of the Island, this Wildlife conservation Centre consists of 1200 flora and 150 fauna species. There is a lot to relish, including animal watching and feeding.
Don’t miss to take photos when posing with the animals. After Wildlife, you can extend the adventure with a visit to the Vinpearl Land, a modern recreational park with indoor and outdoor games. It is a must-visit especially if you are traveling with kids.

fish sauce factory
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Fish Sauce Factory

A tour to Phu Quoc fish sauce factory is normally free of charge. You`ll have chance to see the warehouse where many big barels house anchovies. There are 4 factories open for your visit. Certainly, you can also experience the whole process from fish processing till the sauce drops out from the wooden barel. 
 

phu quoc prison
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Learn the history of Phu Quoc Prison

Built by the French, Phu Quoc Prison is a landmark in Vietnam’s history. Thousands of people including soldiers were tortured in this place during the Vietnam War. It is now a museum that showcases numerous torture instruments, photos of detainees and brutal punishments.

Experience Pearl Farm

This is more important for those who practice agriculture. If you plan to invest in pearl farming endeavor to visit Phu Quoc Pearl farm for some skills on how oysters are planted and harvesting of pearls. Buy some pearl products to take home as souvenirs.

ocean view
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Ocean Safari

For your information, Phu Quoc is actually an archipelago which consists of 28 islands and islets. If you expect a Vietnam Tour which differs from many other, make a boat trip out to the less known islands like Hon May Rut, An Thoi, etc. 
Our tour experts are avaible for any further suggestion, especially for off beaten track trips. 
 

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