Phu Quoc Islands is yet another recently introduced paradise beaches in Vietnam. Normally, you would think that paradise islands is just about beaches and the ocean. However, in Phu Quoc Islands, there is so much more, other than the beaches and the ocean. Here are some things we would like to highlight about Phu Quoc Islands:
1. Sao Beach
Bai Sao (Sao Beach) is one of the best beaches in Phu Quoc Island, that is 7km long, with white powdery sand, turquoise clear water, and unspoiled nature. If you’re looking forward to a very chill beach vacation, with cocktails to drink and a good scenery to feast your eyes upon, look no further than here!
2. Khem Beach (A.k.a Ice Cream Beach)
No, it’s not a beach that is famous for Ice cream. Khem beach is named that way, because the sand there is powdery white. The waters there are not only crystal clear, but it also has a greenish-blue tint. Due to it’s unique colour, the sea in front of the beach was given the name “Emerald Bay”
Khem Beach doesn’t only have this spectacular view, but eating seafood there is great too. You can eat at the Cuc Man restaurant, taste their side dishes, and relax on the hammock.
Khem beach is not as big as Sao Beach or Long beach, but it captivates the eyes of visitors by its wild beauty, serene and discreet space and romantic scenery.
You also have a chance to enjoy the poetic panoramic view of a tranquil fishing village in this beach thoroughly, from boats to fishermen. The life of fishermen here creates a cheerful atmosphere, which appeals tourists to explore the beautiful idyllic life.
Trying fresh seafood is definitely an indispensable thing to do in Phu Quoc. Getting in a boat, you can buy fresh crabs fish, shrimp, oysters. They are, of course, caught fresh. Then, carry them to a restaurant to process on-spot. Herring salad is the most impressive cuisine in Bai Khem Beach. It is a recommended food to try, and a traditional dish in Phu Quoc. Enjoy the oysters with fish sauce, chili and garlic.
3. Long Beach
If you’re looking for a beach, nearby to the airport, and with a club, look no further than Long Beach. It is just 7 minutes away from the airport, and it stretches from almost 20km along the southwestern coast of Phu Quoc Island. The best time to go to long beach is from October – April, as the weather during the time is not too hot, nor cold.
Sunset Sanato Beach Club is located on Long Beach, known as the most unique beach in Phu Quoc Island. With it’s impressive works of art, it’s no surprise that Sunset Sanato Beach Club is the venue of the largest marine music festival in Phu Quoc – Epizode, which is held annually on New Year’s Day.
The northern end of Long Beach is where the vast majority of Phu Quoc Island’s tourist industry is: dozens of hotels, resorts, guesthouses, cafes, bars and restaurants. These places have tourists and locals jostle for prime beachfront space along the paved road, leading toward Duong Dong Town.
4. Phu Quoc’s Fish Sauce Factories and Pepper Farms
With an economy still based around fishing and agriculture, the island brags about their famous fish sauce that beats every other fish sauce in the world. The island also boasts the best organic pepper, producing around 1,100 tonnes of it every year, by using traditional farming methods and sustainable agricultural technologies.
You can access tours of both the fish sauce factories and pepper farms, for a closer look at local life. You can also try exploring pockets of local charm at the night market in Duong Dong, one of the island’s main towns, where you can sample local delicacies.
5. Satisfy your food cravings at Dinh Cau Night Market
If you are a seafood lover, then you shouldn’t miss this place, which is famous for fresh seafood. You also can have street food, snacks, and local craft beer there. The foods there are so good and very reasonable, that you wont break the bank just to eat a decent meal.
Plus, it has all the hustle and bustle of any market with lots of families and locals having a great time. However, it would be great if you have a vietnamese speaker, and have an idea of how much you should pay. Dinh Cau Night Market is open daily, from 5pm to midnight.
Pro Tip: Arrive this place early to have the freshest seafood, as well as to avoid crowds, because it becomes very busy at around 7pm.
6. Let’s wander into nature!
Be ready to take your breath away, when you see wonderful green nature all around you at Phu Quoc National Park. Around 50% of Phu Quoc Island is a national park, set within the Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve. It fosters the conservation of its tropical rain forests featuring waterfalls, coral reefs, wetlands and other parts of the surrounding natural landscape. All this is part of UNESCO’s MAB (Man and the Biosphere) programme.
Phu Quoc Island also has a mountain landscape of 99 peaks running along the 48-km length of the island, with Chua Mountain being the highest, at 603 metres.
7. Ham Ninh Fishing Village
Ham Ninh Village, a village that will take you back to your typical Village hometowns. Life here remains almost unspoiled with the temporary bamboo walls. The main occupation of the locals there is pearl diving, catching sea ginseng and netting crabs. Visit Ham Ninh in the morning to enjoy the sunrise, or enjoy the full moon under the bright night sky, untouched by man-made lights.
It would be a big regret if you didn’t try their Boiled Crab. The crabs are caught up, boiled, then seasoned with salt, lemon, and pepper. Bright red, firm meat, irresistibly delicious! Even the sight of it makes your stomach growl.
8. Have a Panoramic view of Phu Quoc Island on a cable car!
Sure, a cable car ride is just a ride, but a ride with 360° view of Phu Quoc Island’s sea, ground, and sky is in a whole new level of a mere cable car ride. In the cable car, you soar over a turquoise sea and islands with an amazing view. With the length of 8 km, the Phu Quoc cable car route is the longest non-stop three-way cable car in the world, recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records.
The cable car will take you from the main island of Phu Quoc to Hon Thom Nature Parkm, on Thom island. There will be a small lovely beach, featuring a fun jumping-castle-style playground in the water, deck chairs, and swings from the palm trees. The water there is so turquoise and clear with the small gentle waves. The cable car ticket includes free return transfers to this beach, so there are open-air shuttle mini buses waiting for you leaving pretty much constantly throughout the day in both directions. It’s only a few minutes’ driving from the cable car station on Hon Thom Island, to the beach.
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