First Timer's Guide To Phu Quoc, Vietnam

20 Jul 2018

Noelle Ong

Klook Travel Curator

Things to do in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc is an island in Vietnam known for beautiful beaches and resorts as well as national parks great for trekking and wildlife spotting. This island is still one of Vietnam’s best kept secrets! Made up of many little islands, the all year round summer temperatures make it perfect for heat seekers and of course a beach holiday.

Read on to find out what are some of the things you can do in this beach town!

Klook highlights in Phu Quoc

1. Phu Quoc Island Private Tour

If you’re a first timer to the city of Phu Quoc, you should definitely visit all of the city’s top highlights to learn more about the culture and lives of the people here. This sleepy city is famous for fish sauce! For the uninitiated, fish sauce to the Vietnamese is equivalent to soy sauce to the Chinese and olive oil to the Italians. The Coconut Prison is also a huge part of the national historical heritage and was used by the French colonialists in the past to imprison communist Vietnamese prisoners.

Klook yourselves a private tour of the city and let your guide take you to the best spots in town and tell you all about the city. With 2 way pick up and drop off from your hotel, you won’t have to worry about navigating the streets of Phu Quoc alone.

Suggested itinerary:

  • Sim Wine Factory
  • Pearl Farm
  • Coconut Prison
  • Fish Sauce Factory
  • 12:00pm Sao Beach - swimming or sunbathing
  • Lunch (at own expense or pay USD12 for the guide to arrange)
  • Fishing Village (Hàm Ninh)
  • Tranh Stream (available May to October)
  • Pepper Farm
  • Phu Quoc Dog Farm
  • Cape Ganh Dau
  • National Park
  • Nguyen Trung Truc Temple
  • Vung Bau Beach pass
  • Phu Quoc Bee Farm

Tour inclusive of:

  • Private tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Entry tickets
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Round trip hotel transfer
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2. Southern Phu Quoc Snorkeling and Fishing

Phu Quoc is one of the few places where you can spot wildlife creatures like the Dugong and the Hawksbill Turtle and if they aren’t reason enough to head into the waters to snorkel, the clear blue waters definitely will be!

Start off the day with some fishing at the nearby Finger Island, Shadow Island and Cold Cloud Island before diving into the waters and catching sight of the beautiful marine life.

Klook your snorkeling tour and lunch will be served on board because you’ll definitely be hungry after all that swimming!

Tour inclusive of:

  • Snorkeling and fishing equipment
  • Lunch onboard
  • Fruits and drinking water
  • English speaking guide
  • Return transfers for hotels
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3. Nature Discovery Phu Quoc

Did you know that national parks make up more than 50% of Phu Quoc? You’ll definitely get your fill on lush green forests, wildlife and hikes here! Learn about the origins of the products of the land - fish sauce, Sim Wine, pepper and honey as you visit the various farms before heading to the national park.

After which, head over to Ganh Dau beach, one of the most picturesque beaches of the island. You’ll even get to enjoy views of the Cambodian islands and mountains. This quaint little beach is also home to a fishing village!

Finally, end off the day paddling along the Cua Can River as you take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy the river breeze.

Tour inclusive of:

  • Join in tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Entry fees
  • Motorboat or kayaking on Cua Can River
  • Lunch (noodles/rice with seafood, beef and vegetables)
  • Drinks and bottled mineral water
  • Roundtrip boat and land transfers for hotels in central Dong Duong, additional charges apply for hotels located in Ông Lan, Vũng Bàu, Cửa Cạn, Rành Dầu, Vinpearl land resort
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4. Phu Quoc sunset cruise with dinner

One of the best ways to enjoy the sunset in Phu Quoc is aboard a sunset cruise. Watch the golden rays of the setting sun reflect upon the waters and unwind with the sea breeze in your hair. Witness the white sand beaches as you cruise along the waters and better yet, have your drink in hand and toast to the great views!

Have a traditional Vietnamese dinner on board with a variety of grilled seafood fresh from the waters. After dinner, enjoy a fun fishing activity and try to catch your own squid for supper!

Tour inclusive of:

  • Transportation
  • Cruise
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Mineral water, soft drink or beer
  • Dinner and squid porridge
  • Fishing equipment
  • Life jackets
  • Insurance provided by the operator
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5. Private Car Charter for Phu Quoc

There are many other unexplored spots in Phu Quoc but these might not be accessible by foot or public transport. We’d recommend getting a private car charter for the day and letting your driver take you to the some of the places where the locals hang out! With many unmarked roads and the lack of street lamps, it might not be advisable to drive on your own.

Read on to find out some spots you can visit with the private car charter.

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6. Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc

If you're an animal lover, you definitely wouldn't want to miss a visit to the Vinpearl Safari in Phu Quoc! This is Vietnam's first and only open zoo, home to over 150 different species of rare animals.

Feed a giraffe at the Giraffe Restaurant or dine with elephants at the Elephant House and keep your eyes peeled for free roaming curious tigers while you roam around the park on the safari bus.

Klook your ticket to Vinpearl Safari and it even includes a free 2 way bus transfer! Be sure to check out the bus schedule and find the nearest pick up to your hotel.

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7. Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc

Visit Vietnam's largest amusement park Vinpearl Land! Get ready for a huge array of both indoor and outdoor activities ranging from thrilling rides, 5D cinemas, games, an aquarium and even a water park.

Be sure to stay for the Musical Water Fountain Show daily at 7pm. We also recommend catching the shark feeding show and the mermaid show!

Klook your ticket to Vinpearl Land and it includes a free 2 way bus transfer! Better yet, if you wish to visit both Vinpearl Safari and Vinpearl Land, Klook your Vinpearl combo ticket and conquer both parks in a day.

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Other Phu Quoc highlights

7. Phu Quoc Night Market

The Phu Quoc Night Market is a must-do night activity. You’ll find the freshest seafood (most still swimming in its tank), rolled ice cream and even fake pearls you can take home as souvenirs! This place is all about the food so grab some freshly grilled prawns paired with an ice cold beer and you’re all set for the night.

8. Dinh Cau Rock

The Dinh Cau Rock, more commonly known as the Cau Temple is a strangely shaped natural formation sitting on the beach. Many local fisherman flock to this temple to pray before heading out on fishing excursions. Featuring a brightly coloured lighthouse, it also makes for great pictures.

Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 18:00 Address: Bach Dang Street, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

9. Suoi Tranh Waterfall

The Suoi Tranh Waterfall located within the Ham Ning Mountains is a perfect escape from the bustling town centre. This four metre tall waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery, natural caves and rock pools! Take a leisurely hike through the jungle and try to spot wildlife species or pack a picnic and just enjoy your surroundings!

10. Phu Quoc National Park

The Phu Quoc National park comprises of more than half of the island’s northern region, making it perfect for those on a tropical vacation pursuit. THis UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is home to unique flora and fauna and dense mountain ranges, making is great for nature lovers. Spot rare wildlife like long-tailed macaques, otters, hornbills and even a slow loris!

11. Sung Hung Pagoda

The Sung Hung Pagoda consists of 2 shrines that have been around since the early 10th century. The front courtyard features the statue of the Goddess of Mercy while the prayer house behind is home to Buddha statues and intricate paintings. Do note that you will have to be dressed appropriately if you wish to enter the building.

Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 18:00 Address: 7 Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Must Eats

1. Grilled Sea Urchin

Grilled Sea Urchin is a local’s favorite in Phu Quoc! Retaining the richness of the urchins, these are grilled atop charcoal and topped with black pepper, salt, lime juice and spring onions. You can get these at the Phu Quoc Night Market.

2. Raw Herring Salad

This rustic dish is not your usual salad! The raw herring is mixed with freshly grated coconut, mint and onion and wrapped with fresh vegetables in rice paper. Be sure to dip your wrap in some fish sauce that the island is famous for! The salad also usually comes served with a sauce made from chilli, garlic, peanuts and fish sauce, giving you a savory spicy mix you won’t forget. This dish can be found in most local restaurants.

3. Flower Crab

The speciality of the island is Flower Crab! These fresh crabs are caught usually within the same day and boiled, retaining the natural sweetness of the crab. It comes served with a sauce consisting of black pepper, salt and lime juice. If you like crab roe, be sure to request for a female crab!