28 experiences you should do when traveling to Phu Quoc

Here is a list of 28 experiences you should do when traveling to Phu Quoc

1. Enjoy the sunset at Dinh Cau

In Phu Quoc, you’ll find nowhere to enjoy sunset better than at Dinh Cau pier. Only when self-witnessing the sunset can you feel how peaceful the scenery brings to you, that no words could reveal.

2. Listen to the traditional music in the beach

Located by a local beach, Dinh Cau night market offers you a chance to experience traditional music show, especially at weekends.

3. Try seafood along 30/4 street

Along the way 30/4 are a series of seafood restaurants close to each other. You can take a seat in any of them, enjoying diversified species of seafood cooked in different ways without worries about prices as they are very reasonable.

4. Have a bath in Tranh spring

The best time to go to Tranh spring for a bath is from June to September as it is full of water which is cool and pure. It costs you just half a dollar per person for entrance ticket. On the way going upstream, you’ll find a big pool where you can swim. For those who are more active, just keep on going until you see a bat cave awaiting.

5. Picnic lunch at Da Ban stream

As the name implies, there are a lot of big rocks in the streams that look like tables. It’s a good experience for you to have a picnic lunch here, self-prepared or upon-request-prepared by the staff working there. Price is negotiable.

6. Sneak into Duong Dong lake

Dong Duong lake is the one that provides Dong Duong town with fresh water for daily consumption. If you could successfully sneak into the restricted spot, you’ll have a chance to explore the lake and enjoy its natural beauty.

7. Contemplate the landscape of Da Ngon stream

With abundant water resources, charming scenery, Da Ngon stream is the most ideally visited from November to April. However, its current is very strong even in dry season which might be dangerous for visitors so it has not been a popular site. If you would like to go to Da Ngon stream, you have to rent a boat and go passing Duong Dong lake. A boat for rent costs you from 35 USD to 45 USD for maximum capacity up to 10 people.

8. Snorkeling on An Thoi islands

From An Thoi you can rent a boat to the islands for fishing and snorkeling, or sign you in a day trip there at 12 USD per person. Departure at 8am, you will visit tomentosa garden, pearl farm, prison, houses of fish sauce producer, Star beach, fishing port of An Thoi and small islands of Hon Thom , Hon Roi, Hon Dua … On the island, sea water is so crystal clear that we can see the bottom with brilliant coral and countless fish. The tour usually includes lunch with typical dishes of Phu Quoc Island as fried fish, stir-fried morning glory with garlic, fried noodles with seafood.

9. Night squid fishing

It is flexible that you can book a private boat or seat-in-coach for the trip. Usually, the tour starts at 5-6 pm until 7-8 pm. Be careful if you are easy to get seasick as the boat will stop at one place for a few hours for fishing. For a private boat, you could stay longer on the sea with a prior notice for the boat owner. After fishing, the boat owner himself could help you cook different dishes from the squids you get. Prepared yourself with a guitar or music player for a romantic night.

10. Relax yourself at Bai Dai (Long beach)

Bai Dai (Long beach) is one of the 10 most wild and beautiful beaches in the world which is voted by international magazines. The beach has a length of over 1.5 kilometers with white sand, clear water, gentle along with rows of trees.

11. Swim at Bai Sao (Star beach)

This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phu Quoc Island with a 7-km crescent coastal line of white sand. Bai Sao is extremely popular with foreign visitors. To get to Sao Beach, the most popular way is through Long Beach resort. There, they allow external guests to have access and swim in comfort. Sao Beach is known for stretching coconut trees along the coastline, enchanting white sand strip. However, the way to go to Sao Beach is still not good because the road is small, dusty and very bumpy.

12. Visit untouched Khem beach

This beach is known by the locals for the fine white sand beach, reasonable price for delicious fresh seafood.

13. Feel the peace at Ong Lang Beach

Located in the north of the island, this beach is quite deserted because it’s far from the center and surrounded by luxury resorts.

14. Ganh Dau beach

The island in the northern part of Phu Quoc Island attracts tourists by the unspoiled natural beauty. Ganh Dau is a 500-meter long beach in arch shaped with clear water and fine white sand, small waves. From here, tourists may visit the places of processing anchovy along the coastal path.

15. Drive motorbike through national forest

Located on Ham Rong mountain area, Ganh Dau and Cua Can which are green lungs of the island are the habitat of many rare plants. On a motorbike, you can explore the jungle for hours along zigzag red-soil road. Phu Quoc National Park is famous for its picturesque landscape and the extremely pristine beaches without people.

16. Phu Quoc’s pepper plantation

Pepper in Phu Quoc island is famous for its spice and fragrance which are much stronger than pepper in other places. After a visit to the pepper farm, you can buy a little of dried pepper as gifts for family and relatives. It costs about 12 USD per kilogram.

17. Drink myrtle honey

Visiting Phu Quoc myrtle gardens for an introduction for honey, you also enjoy wine or honey made of myrtle.

18. Try crab in Ham Ninh village

Grab a motorbike for a 15-km drive to Ham Ninh fishing village where you can learn about culture and humble life of local fishermen. Spend time enjoy fresh sea crabs caught by locals.

19. Visit Coi Nguon Museum

Coi Nguon museum is one of the nine private museums in Vietnam. It is the place to preserve more than 3,000 antique items, including 300 sets of books about Phu Quoc written in Chinese, Vietnamese, English and French. You can also find the exhibition part for work arts made from wood, shells, pearls…

20. Visit Cay Dua prison (Coconut Tree Prison)

From the exhibits, you will see more clearly the patriotism of our fellow citizens as well as learn more about the history of the Vietnamese people.

21. Enjoy a sip of coffee

After a full day of discovering the Pearl island, there is nothing better than sitting in a coffee shop in the center of Duong Dong town to recall the memory, slowly taking a sip of local coffee, especially at night time when the cold brings you another experience.

22. Learn the process of growing pearls

There are 2 famous places for pearl farms in Phu Quoc called Phu Quoc Pearls and Ngoc Hien. Both are on Dai beach. Here, you will be given an introduction of the process of pearl farming. You can also visit any of the shops here for pearl souvenirs.

23. Visit Nguyen Trung Truc Temple

The temple was built to commemorate Mr. Nguyen Trung Truc, the hero who had contributed to the nation. Every year on the 28th of the 8th lunar month, people in Phu Quoc come here for his death anniversary.

24. Light up incense in Ho Quoc pagoda

This is the newly-built pagoda which offers you a great view to a nice beach.

25. Duong Dong market

This bustling market opens from dawn to dark with all kinds of boats carrying fruits and seafood. The idyllic daily life of local people is reflected through this market area.

26. Buy fish sauce in manufacture factory

There are many fish-sauce manufacturing factories in Phu Quoc. Thanks to an over 100-year-old producing procedure, they bring to the market hundreds of thousands of liters of fish sauce. You can order and ship to Saigon. Moreover, products of dried seafood are also sold here.

27. Buy souvenirs in Dinh Cau night market

The market opens in late afternoon until night. You can buy here a lot of things like seafood, souvenirs or cake as gifts at reasonable price.

28. Do nothing

If you come here for relax, why don’t you spoil yourself by lying all day on the beach with a book or an ipod? It sounds great, doesn’t it?