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First Time in Phu Quoc Island - What To Do

Phu Quoc Island Survival Guide

If you’re visiting Phu Quoc Island for the first time, you may not know that there’s more to this island than vast beaches and romantic sunsets. The island is of the best destinations in Vietnam for escaping the bustling city life as it’s home to a UNESCO-listed national park, luxurious resorts, traditional villages, and quaint cafes along the southern coastline.

Thanks to its coastal setting, Phu Quoc Island also offers fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and Vietnamese dishes at affordable prices. There are also plenty of expat-owned bistros and bars that serve western and European fare. You can also experience the local lifestyle by frequenting its many local markets and Buddhist temples. Check out our Phu Quoc Island survival guide below, where we’ve included some of our favourite places to shop, see, eat, and stay.

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Phu Quoc Island at a Glance

Accessible via ferry and plane, Phu Quoc Island is a popular holiday destination amongst foreign visitors as they do not require a visa for stays up to 30 days. There are three areas that are most popular places to stay on Phu Quoc Island, namely Duong Dong (main town), Ong Lang Beach, and Long Beach.

While the main town is ideal for those who want to experience the local lifestyle, the beaches offer plenty of recreational activities that attract travellers looking to soak up the sun during their holiday.

WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT PHU QUOC ISLAND:
  • Peaceful and laidback setting
  • Very clean beaches
  • Plenty of recreational activities by the beach
  • Five-star resorts with casinos are located on the northern end
  • You don't need a visa to visit Phu Quoc
WHAT IS LESS GOOD:
  • Beaches are packed during weekends and holidays
  • Rapid developments along popular beach
  • Not many shopping choices
  • Places of interest are far apart

Things You Can Do in Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island attractions aren’t just limited to its stunning beaches, but extends to historical sites, Buddhist shrines, and fishing villages that have stood the test of time. Despite the rise of high-end beach resorts, modern facilities, and international dining venues, visitors can still enjoy plenty of sightseeing opportunities during their holiday.

  • Sung Hung Pagoda

    Sung Hung Pagoda is a combination of two shrines that were built in the early 10th century, making it the oldest of its Read More»

  • Dinh Cau Rock (Cau Temple)

    Dinh Cau Rock, also known as Cau Temple, is an odd-shaped natural formation in Phu Quoc Island, which local fishermen Read More»

  • Cao Dai Temple

    Cao Dai Temple

    The Cao Dai Temple was finished in 1955 when the Cao Dai Army was formed. Caodaists believe that all religions are Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Phu Quoc Island

If you’re looking to party in Phu Quoc Island, there are plenty of beachfront bars, wine lounges, late-night restaurants, and vibrant nightclubs that stay open until late. Most of these venues are located on tourist-friendly Ong Lang Beach. Travelling families can also explore a busy night market in Duong Dong, which offers fresh seafood, authentic Vietnamese cuisine, and shop for souvenirs until midnight.

  • Dinh Cau Night Market

    Dinh Cau Night Market is a must-visit for travellers on Phu Quoc Island, offering a plethora of dining and shopping Read More»

  • Itaca Resto Lounge Phu Quoc

    Itaca Resto Lounge Phu Quoc attracts a steady clientele of foreign tourists thanks to its extensive range of mainly Read More»

  • Rory’s Beach Bar Phu Quoc

    Rory’s Beach Bar is widely regarded as Phu Quoc Island’s quintessential nightlife spot, featuring an impressive drinks Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Phu Quoc Island

Restaurants in Phu Quoc Island are relatively cheap compared to other holiday destinations in Vietnam. Its dining scene mostly consists of charming local joints and traditional markets serving fresh seafood and regional specialities such as raw herring salad and banh mi. here are also all-day bistros and beach resorts along Ong Lang Beach and Duong Dong, where you ca enjoy authentic European, American and Asian favourites, well as imported wines, beers, and cocktails.

  • Gop Gio Restaurant

    Gop Gio Restaurant is a local favourite on Phu Quoc Island that has gained massive popularity among travellers looking Read More»

  • The Pepper Tree at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc

    The Pepper Tree at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc occupies an all-white terrace building with stunning views, where you can Read More»

  • Winston's Burgers & Beer

    Winston’s Burgers & Beer attracts a steady clientele of expats and tourists on Phu Quoc Island with its extensive Read More»

Hotels in Phu Quoc Island We Recommend to Our Friends

Phu Quoc Island hotels are ideal retreats for travellers looking to enjoy a memorable tropical holiday in Southern Vietnam. Accommodation options are plentiful, ranging from inexpensive bungalows for travelling families to expansive five-star resorts for the affluent. Fitted with luxurious guestrooms and villas with expansive views of the ocean, these resorts also offer easy access to many pristine beaches, putting you near activities such as kayaking, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, and scuba diving.

Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island

Salinda Premium Resort and Spa is a collection of 121 deluxe rooms, villas and spacious presidential suite, offering the ultimate Read More...

Bamboo Cottages

Located in Phu Quoc, Bamboo Cottages is by the ocean, within a 15-minute drive of Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc and Vinpearl Golf Phu Read More...

Sol Beach House Phu Quoc by Melia

When you stay at Sol Beach House Phu Quoc by Melia in Phu Quoc, you'll be on the waterfront and 8 minutes by car from Phu Quoc Read More...

Best Places to Shop in Phu Quoc Island

Shopping in Phu Quoc Island can be found at the island’s street markets, where visitors can find a wide range of handicrafts, regional specialities, and fresh produce. Open daily, local markets are also great for sampling authentic Vietnamese dishes and fresh seafood at affordable prices. As the island is best known for its agricultural industries, we highly recommend stocking up on the bounty of locally resourced products, such as prepacked mushrooms, fish sauce, pepper and cashew nuts as well as authentic pearls and fine jewellery.

  • Duong Dong Market

    Duong Dong Market is Phu Quoc Island’s busiest and largest outdoor market, where travellers can experience the local Read More»

  • Dinh Cau Night Market

    Dinh Cau Night Market is a must-visit for travellers on Phu Quoc Island, offering a plethora of dining and shopping Read More»

  • The Green Boutique Phu Quoc

    The Green Boutique Phu Quoc is a home-grown beauty brand that’s renowned for offering a wide range of skincare and Read More»

 

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