Traveling to Phu Quoc – 10 things you must try

30/11/2022 huynhle

Traveling to Phu Quoc is very interesting regarding Vietnam’s tourism industry. Phu Quoc island is one of the best places to visit in this beautiful country. This article is written by to list many cool things that visitors should do when traveling to Phu Quoc. 

About Phu Quoc island

Phu Quoc is a stunning island. Its waters are clear like crystal with incredible sunsets. Phu Quoc is the best island in Vietnam and is quiet compared to Phuket in Thailand (but wilder).

In 2022, Phu Quoc was voted the 6th out of the 10 most favorite islands in Asia in the Readers’ Choice Award 2022 of the US-based tourism magazine Condé Nast Traveler (With an overall score of 89.77 out of 100).

With beautiful nature and many distinctive foods, this paradise island is an ideal place that has attracted locals and tourists from all over the world.

10 things you must try when traveling to phu quoc

10 things must try when traveling to Phu Quoc

Best time to visit Phu Quoc

  • High season – From November till March: the weather is pleasant with warm sunshine and calm seawater. It is the ideal time for going on a vacation, but it has the downside that the airfare is higher, famous attractions are crowded, and it is possible not to find a good hotel. Plan ahead if you intend to travel to Phu Quoc in these months.
  • Low season – From July to September: if you are afraid of crowded places, want to save money, and do not mind the heavy rain. It is the appropriate time for traveling to Phu Quoc.

Things should do when traveling to Phu Quoc

Enjoy Bai Sao beach

As one of the most beautiful beaches in Phu Quoc, Bai Sao, the clear blue sea and white sand will make you feel like this is a scene you can only find in a movie. It can be a good background for you to take pictures.

Besides Bai Sao, Phu Quoc has several alternative beautiful beaches such as Bai Truong, Bai Khiem,… You can enjoy this fresh air while hiking along the sand and exploring the palm forests.

Dideden recommends you visit Bai Sao early in the morning as there are fewer people. In the evening, you can enjoy seafood for dinner on the beach. It will be romantic for those going with the love of their life.

Bai Sao is known as the most beautiful beach in Phu Quoc

Bai Sao is known as the most beautiful beach in Phu Quoc

When is the best time to visit? Summertime is the best because of its hot weather. In addition, the water is calm and perfect for snorkeling. If you want to kitesurf, get here between October and April when the wind begins to pick up.

Visit the Suoi Tranh waterfall

Suoi Tranh Waterfall is considered one of the most impressive destinations to stop by in Phu Quoc. It is not a big waterfall but having picturesque splendor makes it very attractive. 

The flow has less water in the dry season, so it will not be as stunning as in the rainy season. Therefore, for the best experience, I recommend you visit Suoi Tranh in the rainy season (from May to September).  

Suoi Tranh Waterfall is a famous destination when you visit Phu Quoc

Suoi Tranh Waterfall is a famous destination when you visit Phu Quoc

Roam around Phu Quoc by Motorbike

It is the best thing I want to do when traveling to Phu Quoc. Not only can you explore all the beautiful spots on the island, but it is also the most convenient way. You can go everywhere and enjoy the cool wind in your hair and a sense of freedom.

Need help figuring out where to rent a motorbike? Don’t worry. Most hotels on this island offer a rental service. With a cost of around $10 – $20 a day, you already get yourself an engine to start the adventure around Phu Quoc quickly.

Visit Phu Quoc freely by motorbike

Visit Phu Quoc freely by motorbike

Visit Duong Dong night market

When the sun in Phu Quoc has set, Duong Dong night market is the best place to come and immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle. At the market, many local foods and fresh seafood are served for dinner. Even though its price is not the cheapest, but will not be as high as some restaurants. The best thing is experiencing the living atmosphere, which is worth it.

Enjoy bustling atmosphere at the night market

Enjoy the bustling atmosphere at the night market

There are several restaurants near the market to extend your choice for dinner. Before leaving, remember to try ice cream and buy souvenirs.

Visit Ham Ninh fishing village

Ham Ninh is an exciting stopover when traveling to Phu Quoc, as well as the primary source of seafood for the locals. It is one of the oldest fishing villages in Vietnam, even some locals have worked for generations. 

You can see many boats and homes of fishermen floating on the wide and cool surface. It is an impressive background to take photos and a unique chance for visitors to get a flavor of Vietnamese culture. 

Another reminder, Ham Ninh is a favorite destination for foodies with plenty of fresh seafood dishes. So don’t forget to taste some delicious things when getting here. 

Ham Ninh is the main source of seafood for the locals

Ham Ninh is the main source of seafood for the locals

Visit Phu Quoc prison

If you are interested in history, Phu Quoc prison is the most suitable place to visit. This prison (also known as the coconut prison) is famous for its long history in Vietnam. French colonialists built it to imprison and torture Vietnamese soldiers.

In 1995, Phu Quoc prison was recognized as a national historical relic and is now served as a tourist destination to show younger generations how the prisoners lived at that time.

Every year, this prison welcomes thousands of tourists to visit. Not only foreigners, young people in Vietnam usually come here to learn about the historical imprints and respect revolutionary soldiers for their struggle.

Get to know Vietnam's history by visit Phu Quoc prison

Get to know Vietnam’s history by visiting Phu Quoc prison

Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or diving 

Phu Quoc may not be the best place to dive in Vietnam, but this is going to be a memorable experience and a wonderful thing to do when traveling to Phu Quoc.

Phu Quoc is favored by nature for the most beautiful coral carpet in Vietnam, with an area of up to 480ha, in which there are more than 360 species of hard coral and dozens of soft coral species living together. It is an excellent opportunity for visitors to explore the marine ecosystem.

Hon May Rut and Hon Dam are in the south of this island, with poetic sightseeing. These islands are known for their large amount of intact living coral.

If you have yet to gain experience in snorkeling, there will be a professional guide to ensure your safety. But it’s not that hard cause the beautiful coral is only 1 – 3m from sea level. A stunning scene with coral and fish will appear when you face down in the water. 

One of the most wonderful things to do when traveling to Phu Quoc

One of the most wonderful things to do when traveling to Phu Quoc

Visit fish sauce factories and pepper farms

Phu Quoc is also famous for its pepper and fish sauce production. Fish sauce is an ingredient that is commonly used in Vietnam dishes. The large export volume of fish sauce has brought huge profits for this beautiful island.

You can visit fish sauce factories to see how this ingredient is made. Additionally, stop by the pepper plantations, where you can learn how pepper is grown and produced.

People here are amiable, so you can freely visit and buy fish sauce or pepper as a gift.

How fish sauce is made

How fish sauce is made

Watching the sunset over the sea

After a long day of adventure, relaxing on the white sand and watching the sunset is the best. The sunset in Phu Quoc is magnificent. It is one of the best sunsets in Vietnam. It is undoubtedly a fantastic sight that you won’t forget.

Sunset in Phu Quoc is brilliantly beautiful

Sunset in Phu Quoc is brilliantly beautiful

You can enjoy this charming scenery while chilling with a cocktail. Sounds luxurious, doesn’t it?

Enjoy dried or fresh seafood

Having abundant aquatics resources, dried seafood in Phu Quoc is diverse, and its price is acceptable for visitors to choose freely.

If dried seafood is not your cup of tea, fresh seafood is served at Duong Dong night market. The seafood stall’s display is very eye-catching, and the delicious smell of food will stimulate your appetite. If you prefer luxurious restaurants, you can stop at popular restaurants such as Crab House, Paradiso, or Garnet.

Remember to enjoy seafood

Remember to enjoy seafood

The above article suggests things you should try to get the complete experience during your trip to Phu Quoc. In case you have the desire to travel to Phu Quoc, take a glance at the Phu Quoc tour package of Vietnam Booking for more information.