Phu Quoc Island Attractions
What to See on Phu Quoc Island
The island's stunning beaches are a big draw, often picture postcard perfect with powder white sand and turquoise sea.
For those interested in culture there are some interesting fishing villages to see and several temples and pagodas.
The island is famous for growing pepper, you can see it growing all over the northern part. Many farms are happy to show you what they do.
Beaches, Beaches, Beaches
Anyone who's been to Phu Quoc will tell you it's hard to believe that there are so many beaches that are both stunningly beautiful and deserted in just one place. The triangular-shaped island has many good beaches, like Long Beach on the western side, which is also the biggest and where most of the hotels are located. Bai Sao, on the east coast, is a favourite spot – possibly the best beach on Phu Quoc.
Its fine white sand has many fans and most of the time you can expect crystal clear turquoise water – a postcard-like example of a tropical beach. Some others worth checking out are Ong Lang, Bai Thom and Bai Dai. Many of the island's beaches are not marked on maps very well. Go explore - seek and you shall find.
Dinh Cau Rock (Cau Temple)
This odd shaped rock sits at the mouth of the Duong Dong river. Initially a lighthouse until 1937 when a Buddhist temple dedicated to to Thien Hau (the Goddess of the sea) was built. No visit to Phu Quoc is complete without seeing little oddity.
All around the island you can't help but notice the dogs with a Mohawk running down the length of their backs. They are Phu Quoc Ridgebacks a recognised breed that is native to the island. There are only two other breeds of dog in the world that have a similar distinctive Mohawk, they originate from Thailand and southern Africa. Phu Quoc Ridgebacks were originally wild dogs that were, over time, tamed by humans for hunting.
Ham Ninh Fishing Village
On the island's east coast lies Ham Ninh, a quaint and sleepy fishing village.
The local's will be pleased to see you, especially if you buy some of their pearls.
Pagodas and Temples
There are several pagodas and temples around the island that offer insights into Buddhism. In Duong Dong Town there's Sung Hung Pagoda which is surrounded by large trees. A well known monk built Hung Long Tu Pagoda. He chose the site, located 5km from Duong Dong Town, for its peace and tranquillity. There are several other temples dotted around the island which welcome visitors, however you should not have bare shoulders or wear shorts when you visit.
Vietnam is the world's leading exporter of black pepper and best quality harvest comes from Phu Quoc. Farms can be seen all over the central and northern parts of the island.
Those with a culinary interest can have a guided tour of a pepper farm to see the whole process in detail.
Suoi Tranh waterfall is around 7km east of Duong Dong. Once you've paid the small entry fee it's a 10 – 15 minute walk along a well trodden path through the jungle. There are many rock pools in which to take a dip, at the top there's a 4m waterfall (sometimes from January to May water can be a little lacking), the whole place has a lovely ambience.
If you want to see a more spectacular waterfall then Da Ngon is what you're looking for, the pool at the bottom is famed as a 'natural Jacuzzi'. It's located deep in the jungle so a guided tour is the best way to see it, tours take half a day. Suoi Da Ban (stoney surface spring) is a natural spring that comes up through granite rocks.The white water cascades down and some of the pools are deep enough for a swim. It's easily accessible from the road.