Phu Quoc island - a charming pearl of Vietnam will make you feel as you are in heaven right at the first moment you get there. Though you can find your own way to enjoy days on this amazing island, these suggestions below can make your holiday even better.
1. Catch gorgeous sunset at Dinh Cau Rock
The special thing that you should not miss doing in Phu Quoc is to enjoy the gorgeous sunset at Dinh Cau Temple. The sunshine reflects on spectacular rocks together with white waves draw a romantic view. It is truly a magical moment for every backpackers.
Don’t forget to visit Dinh Cau Temple which is respected by the locals. It is said that one day from the bottom of the pure blue ocean appeared a huge majestic rock circled by white sand dunes which are symbolic of the fisherman those who sailed out and never come back home. It was thought to be a good signal so islanders had built a temple right on this rock and named it Dinh Cau Temple. Dinh Cau is a deity who controls the ocean and bring peace and good fortune to local fishermen whenever they sail off the sea. Nowadays, all boats on the island which are ready for heading out the open sea always stop at Dinh Cau Temple so that the fishermen can burn incense and pray for a safe and sound beach trip.
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You shouldn’t wear short, bare shoulder clothes to come to Dinh Cau Temple. According to the locals, that behavior is disreputable to the spirit.
2. Have seafood dinner at Dinh Cau Night market
The market opens daily from 18h to 23h in Dinh Cau Night market where you can freely select and taste the delicacies. There are more than 100 market stalls mainly serving seafood such as noodles in crab chowder, boiled snails, boiled squids, strings of grilled meat, thick noodle soup with fish pastes, etc.
Spacious, clean stalls, fresh tasty dishes and friendly services are undoubtedly distinctive features that have made particular impressions on many visitors.
Besides, it‘s easy for you to choose and pick up a gift for friends, family, relatives at Dinh Cau Night market, where there are a variety of pretty souvenirs made from pearls, starfishes, shells, corals.
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3. Visit a traditional fish sauce factory
Phu Quoc is not only famous for its beach, seafood but also well-known as a place of producing the best fish sauce in Vietnam. Finding out the traditional fermentation method which creates a famous charming flavor of Phu Quoc’s fish sauce is an interesting and unique activity. Phu Quoc fish sauce is renowned for its traditional flavor that has been maintained for more than 100 years.
You can buy fish sauce as gifts. Phu Quoc fish sauce is differentiated by its color, which is due entirely to the ingredients and is not the result of any coloring agents.
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4. Relax at Sao Beach
There are a number of beaches in Phu Quoc Island, most of which create good impression on visitors with wonderful sceneries. Sao Beach, which is on the east coast, is the best beach and the favorite spot of tourists on Phu Quoc. .
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The first impression on Phu Quoc's climate is its cool temperature at about 18 Celcius, which easily brings you a sense of satisfaction. In addition, blue sky, white clouds, yellow sunshine all together with the crystal clear azure water contribute to a picturesque view.
The water surface is so quiet that you can feel safe when swimming here. There are couples of restaurants here.
5. Coral diving at An Thoi archipelago
Diverse marine eco-system of An Thoi archipelago in the south of Phu Quoc or Mong Tay island, Doi Moi island and Thay Boi insland in the north of Phu Quoc are ideal places for tourists to explore ocean world especially the coral reefs ranking among top of underwater diversity with soft and hard coral and many different kinds of actiniae.
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Before jumping into the sea, you need take a very short course of safe diving and offered scuba diving equipmentto freely swim without any fear. You will have chance to touch and feel the real coral reef as well as see the fantastic marine life that no where else has.
Phu Quoc island falls in silence at night but far from distance, the lights still sparkle and fishermen still work in hustle and diligence.
It’s time to enjoy the pleasure and fascinating moments with sailors and experience squids fishing. Nothing fascinated than catching squids by yourself or fishing out swordfish and green bone fish floating on the seawater surface.
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7. Explore Phu Quoc National Park
Phu Quoc National park covers more than 50% of the island so it is definitely worth considering a visit, especially if you would like to escape the heat of the daytime sun.
Hire a motorbike on your own and explore the northern parts of the island. The best areas and most forested parts can be found on the road toward Ganh Dau.
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Walking trails are limited,. However, if you are finding a great way to experience the national park, there is a good walking trail 5km before geting to Ganh Dau. The trail is wide enough to take in the surrounding environment. The walk is a particularly pleasant way to escape the heat as the vegetation provides a coverage from the heat of sun. Take the same road mentioned previously towards Ganh Dau and 100m after the 5km Ganh Dau road marker on the left hand side, you’ll find an entrance to the national park with a clearly defined walking trail stretching for kilometres.
Note that the actual trail is not sign posted.
8. Visit Ham Ninh fishing village
Located on the east of fantastic Phu Quoc Island, Ham Ninh village is well-known for fresh seafood with affordable prices. In the past, Ham Ninh is the place for fishermen to do fishing. Then, they gradually formed the village. The houses here still remain the primitive features like cottage roofs and bamboo wattles. Coming here, you can perceive the organic, quaint and quiet local residential neighborhood.
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Ham Ninh fishing village is an ideal place for taking impressive photographs in both sunrise and sunset. These two moments at Ham Ninh containing the occult beauty that are captured in several beautiful pictures of visitors who used to be here.
9. Discover Ganh Dau
Ganh Dau is a destination that you should not miss in Phu Quoc. If Phu Quoc is called Pearl Island because of its shimmering, pure, wild and romantic attractiveness, Ganh Dau is the brightest pearl on the necklace. It is located in the northern section of Phu Quoc, in which pristine forests, mountains, and seas remain intact. The fresh air, nice view and intact features here will dispel all of your tiredness.
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You have to pass a long way to get to Ganh Dau, but its amazing landscape won’t make you disappointed. This beautiful place is covered by two chains of mountain and lots of coral reefs as well as many species of fish.
What to explore at Ganh Dau
The most enjoyable activity when you visit Ganh Dau is just swimming and viewing the borderland between Vietnam and Cambodia. If you like exploring, you can rent boats to visit two islands offshore: Hon Ban and Hon Thay Boi.From Ganh Dau, you can visit Nguyen Trung Truc Temple and admire the breathtaking natural beauty and unspoiled seashore.
Standing on Ganh Dau, you can see Ta Lon mountain of Cambodia. Ganh Dau has a lot of corals, rocks and various kinds of fish, particularly red grouper.
After sightseeing, swimming, or playing, you can ask to buy shrimp, fish, or squid from the fishermen and ask them to cook the food. The seafood here is cheap, caught within a day and cooked in front of you.
10. Visit the pepper farm
Producing an incredible 400 tons of the best quality of black pepper each year, Phu Quoc defines black pepper with natural flavor as a key economic strength and a local specialty, helping islanders develop the local economy.
You can find the garden of black pepper all over the central and northern part of the island. It is grown at some hamlets in Phu Quoc like Ganh Gio, Suoi Da, Suoi May and especially at Khu Tuong hamlet.
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The farmers here are very friendly and always warmly welcome any visitors coming to their farm to explore the farm and the whole process of producing pepper in detail.
After harvesting, ripe pepper is dried out in the sun, at least, ten days and then it is selected carefully for the next process that makes pepper in Phu Quoc have its own outstanding flavor and quality.
Coming to pepper garden, tourists can not only see with their own eyes how farmers grow pepper but also learn the traditional method of growing pepper to have a special local plant specialty. Tourists can also buy pepper grown at gardens.
Tip: You’ve better buy black pepper because they had scraped the peppers’ skin to turn it to white pepper. That process reduced the quality of peppers.
Phu Quoc offers many adventurous tours that draw lots of people especially foreign tourists. This island is famous for diverse pieces of fish that provide plentiful ingredients to create the most unique and well-known fish sauce. Therefore, fishing on a boat is the most attractive activity here. Take part in this activity you will have an opportunity to explore the infinite ocean, spend all day long to watch the fishermen doing their jobs and learn how to catch fish. Catching a big groper by yourself is not the most interesting things in this tour until your attainment is severed on a boat.
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12.Visit Phu Quoc prison
Located on An Thoi town, Phu Quoc jail or Coconut Tree Prison is one of the most famous spots on Phu Quoc island. You can learn about war crime of American imperialism as well as the severe pains Vietnamese prisoners suffering in the past. The lively statues and exhibits like torture tools or spiked cages were set up to help tourists have a closest view and understanding of history. Go and find out Phu Quoc jail - a historical monument of Viet Nam.
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13. Explore Da Ngon stream
Not many tourists know about this attraction; however, once you get there, you will be enchanted by its gorgeous landscape. Da Ngon stream is in the northeast part of Phu Quoc island near Duong Dong lake with seven amazing waterfalls. Being favored by nature, Da Ngon stream is different from many other streams, the water here impetuously rumbles down in both rainy season and dry season. It is an ideal place for activities like picnic, climbing, exploring primeval forest and spring baths. If you are an adventurer, this is the best thing for those daring themselves of adventurous challenges. Apart from swallowing in the cool and clear spring, you can also make the most of Jacuzzi lake - an only one natural lake in Phu Quoc.
Tip: You should come to Da Ngon stream in dry season from November to April because it’s quite dangerous and the waterfall runs very fast in rainy season.
14. Enjoy day at Dai beach
Dai beach is in the west of Phu Quoc island, and it is an indispensable place for every trip to Phu Quoc. This beach with 1500 meters in length is ranked as one of the most 13 beautiful beaches in the world. Different from other beaches, Dai beach has a natural golden sandy beach with the beautiful of a uncultivated feature. This is a heaven for those who want to escape from a noisy place and enjoy the sunshine, blue sea and fresh air. From here, tourists can also get to Turtle island which is known as the wonderful destination of coral diving.
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15. Get yourself some pearls from pearl island
Phu Quoc is the island of pearls. It is quite true when Phu Quoc is the center of producing high-quality pearls in Viet Nam. The pearl farming industry in Phu Quoc has developed and applied modern techniques for more than 20 years. Phu Quoc is so popular for pearls and pearl based jewelry. You can find pearl rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets here shinier than they are in other places. Pearls are various in shape, size and color. The bigger pearls, the longer time oysters have to be raised under the sea water. And the colors can be white, black, yellow and pink.
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Phu Quoc is always listed as an appealing attraction to tourists. No matter how long you stay in Phu Quoc, you can be happily surprised by its charm. Now, it's time for you to get lost in this paradise on Earth.
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