If you’re looking for a beach paradise in Vietnam, the island of Phu Quoc is the place to be. Whether you are a real budget backpacker or a luxury seeker! Phu Quoc is a true tropical island with lots of palm trees, beaches and beautiful clear blue water. There are lots of activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and exploring the island on a motorbike. There is a lot of history to find on this island as well. We spent one week on this little piece of heaven and have gathered our tips for Phu Quoc in this article for you!
Some Phu Quoc Facts
Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island. Phu Quoc is one of twelve districts in Kien Giang Province in Vietnam, located in the Mekong Delta in the south western tip of the country. The Phu Quoc district consists out of 28 islands; the Phu Quoc Islands (six islands), the An Thoi Archipelago (fifteen islands) and Tho Chua (seven islands). The location of Phu Quoc is actually closer to Cambodia than to Vietnam, and is only 18 kilometers away from the Cambodian Province of Kampot.
Best time to go to Phu Quoc
The best time to visit Phu Quoc is during the dry season: from November to May. Only downside is that it’s also busier as most tourists show up around that time. But because Phu Quoc is a pretty big island, you can definitely avoid the crowds.
The wet season is from June to October. Generally it’s a lot cheaper to go during the wet season. There is the occasional rain sessions, but overall the weather still is pleasant. To be honest we had a rainy day too. You can never predict the weather anyway.
5 Fun Activities in Phu Quoc
1. Island hopping: the An Thoi Islands
We were looking for the perfect white beaches and clear turquoise waters in Phu Quoc. We found it a little bit off the island as we went island hopping nearby. The An Thoi Islands, 15 islands and islets, are located just off the southern coast of Phu Quoc, and are the perfect pieces of tropical heaven on earth.
It’s possible to go there on a tour, which is about 17 USD per person. However, we didn’t feel like being with lots of other people and decided to rent a boat ourselves. We found this useful article by Travelfish and called Mr Phu (0123 7799 141) to rent a boat. It all went fairly easy. The day after we called we could already go on the boat tour. We were with four people in total and including seafood barbecue the whole day cost approximately 20 USD per person. The bigger the group, the cheaper it is per person, as you pay for the boat (and driver).
Although it’s a bit more expensive than a tour, you have a lot more freedom and you get to decide how long you stay on each island. During our time there, it was pretty busy. This was due to the Tet holiday in Vietnam, and many Vietnamese tourist had the same brilliant idea as us to explore the An Thoi islands. But as we had our own boat, we could tell the driver to go to one of the quieter islands.
During the island hopping you also have the chance to snorkel, swim and relax on the beach. It really was the best day we had during our visit in Phu Quoc!
Unfortunately, we see a lot of pollution in a lot of beautiful places during our travels. Especially in a lot of Asian countries.
We also saw it on the islands of An Thoi on some of the beaches. It really saddens us how people, local and tourists, treat places so careless. They just drop their trash as if it doesn’t matter.
Please, take your trash with you.
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