A Visit To Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc has been known as a peaceful tropical island and a magnet to not only Vietnamese tourists but also visitors from all over the world. The island is famous for its white beaches, forests, and majestic waterfalls.

Geographic and climate

Phu Quoc is Vietnam's largest island and a part of Kien Giang Province. Located in the warm waters in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is about 50 km from the Vietnamese mainland and 50 minutes flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Phu Quoc has total area is about 574 km2 and a permanent population of approximately 103 thousand people. Phu Quoc is blessed with the favorable environment with virgin forests, white sandy beaches coral garden offshore and variety of wildlife species. The fascinating and unique attraction of Phu Quoc is that, although there are a large number of tourists coming every year, it still retains the pristine beauty. In 2008, Phu Quoc was voted as one of "The Cleanest and Most Beautiful Beaches in the World"

Phu Quoc Island has a tropical climate with two main seasons: the dry season and rainy season. The average rainfall is about 2879 millimeters and the average temperature is just around 28°C. The best time to explore the splendid natural beauty of this island is from November to May. When it comes to Phu Quoc, tourists will have a chance to get away from all the noise and hustle of the normal life.

Highlights

Phu Quoc Prison: Besides being a well-known tourist destination in Vietnam, Phu Quoc is also the place that witnessed the heroic history of the nation. The prison was built in the period 1940 -1950 by the French colonist to jail dangerous prisoners. The most famous site in this prison is tiger’s cage (chuồng cọp in Vietnamese) which was used to lock prisoners inside. Nowadays, this prison opens for visitors as a reminder about Vietnam’s dolorous past and an honor to people, who lost their lives to serve the country.

Suoi Tranh waterfall: Located about 7 km southeast of Duong Dong Town, Suoi Tranh waterfall is originated from Ham Ninh range. This 4 meter-tall waterfall is covered with lush greenery, numerous walking oaths, natural caves and rock pools. You can prepare some food and tarpaulin for a picnic on a bank of this waterfall while relaxing and enjoying the clean cool atmosphere.

Phu Quoc National Park: Phu Quoc national park covers more than 50% total area of the island and established in 2001. This park is called the crown jewel of Phu Quoc with a variety of wildlife, plants, and ecosystem. There are more than 1164 species of plants and over 200 animal species living here. It is also the ideal place for hiking, camping, or bird-watching.

Duong Dong market: Duong Dong is administrative capital of Phu Quoc Island and also the home to the busiest and largest outdoor market operating. Situated right in the center of Duong Dong town and on the Bank of Duong Dong River, this market is not only the place to exchange good but also a unique tourist attraction. You can find many delicate handicrafts, souvenirs or taste famous local food such as fried noodles fried rice porridge, noodle soup, etc. A trip to Phu Quoc will definitely worth your budget and leaves you unforgettable memories.