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Things to do in Phu Quoc to have the best trip ever

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Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island and a hidden gem that beckons travelers with its pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and vibrant culture. Especially, there are diverse activities that you could do when coming to Phu Quoc. If you are interested, these suggestions are for you. 

1. Beaches and Water Activities

1.1. Long Beach

a water play complex next to the beach

Extending endlessly along Phu Quoc’s western coast, Long Beach is a sunny paradise that fulfills the dreams of sun enthusiasts. Dip into the incredibly clear waters for a refreshing splash, and as the day winds down, find a perfect spot to witness the magical sunset.

Long Beach is more than just a beach; it’s a magical retreat where you can unwind, surrounded by the beauty of nature. So don’t forget to include this in your plan!

1.2. Snorkeling and Diving

Dive into a whole new world surrounding Phu Quoc! Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts flock to Phu Quoc for its diverse marine life and captivating underwater landscapes. It’s an underwater adventure where fish gracefully dance around the corals. The water, transparent and clear, provides a breathtaking view of the underwater realm, creating an indelible experience for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced enthusiast.

Some Snorkling places in Phu Quoc are: Hon Mong Tay, An Thoi Islands, Dao Hai Tac and May Rut Island. Coming there, snorkling service is professional and safe that tourists don’t worry about safety and just enjoy the moment diving into the sea.

>>> Pro Tips:

The best time to go snorkeling in Phu Quoc is from March to May or from September to November. The water is calm and clear during these months. Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a towel, and a snorkel, mask, and fins. You can also rent these items from most dive shops on the island.

>>> Discover more: 14 Days Vietnam North to South with Phu Quoc Island.

1.3. Sao Beach

a peaceful and spectacular beach

Discover the gem that is Sao Beach, celebrated for its soft, powdery sands and serene, shallow waters. This peaceful sanctuary is the ideal spot for a relaxed swim. Take a leisurely stroll along the shore, feeling the soft sand beneath your feet. Picture the gentle waves, the clarity of the water, and an overall sense of calmness-it’s truly a small piece of paradise.

Some interesting acitivities that you can join when coming to Sao Beach:

  • Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the coastline at your own pace.
  • Take a boat trip to nearby islands and discover hidden coves and secluded beaches.
  • Indulge in a relaxing massage or spa treatment on the beach.
  • Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the beachfront restaurants, serving fresh seafood and local Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Shop for souvenirs at the local stalls and take home a piece of Sao Beach with you.

2. Nature and Adventure

2.1. Suoi Tranh Waterfall 

the waterfall surrounded by tropical vegetation

The waterfall is surrounded by rich tropical vegetation, creating a serene and picturesque environment with mossy rocks and ancient trees. In addition, Suoi Tranh offers trekking trails that wind through the surrounding jungle. These trails provide an opportunity for adventure enthusiasts to explore the diverse flora and fauna of Phu Quoc while enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat or an adventurous escapade, Suoi Tranh Waterfall invites you to unwind in its natural embrace and discover the beauty that lies within the heart of Phu Quoc.

2.2. Ham Ninh Fish Village 

a fish village

Situated in close proximity to the Suoi Tranh waterfall is the delightful Ham Ninh fishing village, recognized as one of Vietnam’s most ancient fishing communities. This is a special place that shows how strong and enduring its people are. When visiting here, you can feel like you’ve stepped back in time, experiencing the real way of life from the past.

Especially, you can try your hand at fishing with local fishermen and enjoy a fresh seafood barbecue on board. Therefore, it’s a great place to go if you want to truly understand and enjoy the local culture on the island of Phu Quoc.

>>> You could also discover the same experience in Ha Long City, read this for more information.

3. Cultural Attractions

3.1 Ho Quoc Pagoda

Ho Quoc Pagoda is situated on the southern tip of Phu Quoc Island, near the town of An Thoi. Explore the spiritual side of Phu Quoc at Ho Quoc Pagoda. Set against a scenic backdrop, this Buddhist temple offers tranquility and stunning ocean views.

a pagoda

Coming here, visitors can experience the spiritual ambiance, witness Buddhist rituals, and gain insights into the cultural heritage of Phu Quoc.

>>> Visitor Tips:

  • Ensure respectful attire when visiting religious sites, covering shoulders and knees.
  • It’s advisable to check for any specific rules or guidelines at the entrance of the pagoda.
  • Take some time to enjoy the scenic views from the hill where the pagoda is located.

3.2. The Fish Sauce Factory or Pepper Farms 

Fish sauce has become an indispendable ingredient in Vietnamese meal. If you want to discover how fish sauce is made, try the diverse tastes of this and buy them as a gift for family and friends, you shouldn’t miss Nuoc Nam Hung Thanh – a Fish Sauce Factory in Phu Quoc. Besides, you can also learn about the unique characteristics of Phu Quoc fish sauce, such as its natural sweetness, amber color, and distinctive aroma.

a fish sauce factory

Additionally, make a visit to a pepper farm, which can also a unique experience. One popular destination is the Phu Quoc Pepper Farm in Ganh Dau, where you can witness the various stages of pepper cultivation, from planting to harvesting. It is intereating to know about the drying, sorting, and grinding process that transforms peppercorns into the flavorful spice we know and love.

4. Shopping and Markets

4.1. Night Market 

street food in night market

Night Market in Phu Quoc is one of the most must-try things for visitors. With the diversity of food, people could have a chance to discover the local culinary culture with reasonable price.

Coming here, let’s dive into the heart of Phu Quoc’s local life at Duong Dong Market. From fresh produce to handmade crafts, this market is a treasure trove for authentic Vietnamese goods. Besides, Dinh Cau Night Market is also famous for sample delicious seafood, shop for souvenirs, and the vibrant atmosphere as locals and tourists come together. 

>>> You might be interested: Hanoi Street Food 3-hour guided tour.

4.2. Phu Quoc Pearl Farms

pearls

Phu Quoc is world-wide well-knowned for Pearl Farms. Dive into the art of cultivating beautiful pearls on the shores of Phu Quoc Island, tourists could explore the process and witness the creation of these enchanting gems. Especially, each telling a story of the island’s maritime legacy. 

Products made from pearls, such as jewelry, clothing and accessories are also sold in Phu Quoc with high quality. So don’t forget to buy them as a gift for beloved people. 

As you discover the amazing things in Phu Quoc, let the island’s beautiful nature, interesting culture, and friendly people make your trip interesting. Whether you love beaches, nature, or learning about different cultures, Phu Quoc will make your trip unforgettable. Have a great time in this tropical paradise!

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