Talking about the “pearl island” of Phu Quoc, people often immediately think of the endless white sand beach, the golden sun sparkling on the clear sea surface, and the red sunset, as beautiful as stepping out of a pictorial. But did you know that Phu Quoc not only has beautiful scenery but also brings together many interesting travel experiences? Whether you are looking for an experience of discovery, entertainment, relaxation, or food, let’s join Vietnam Reviewer to update more interesting activities and tourist attractions in Phu Quoc Island!
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Top 8 Activities You Must Experience on Phu Quoc Island
Explore the beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc
With smooth white sand beaches and fresh seafood, Phu Quoc tourists increasingly attract tourists everywhere. And with the monsoon rains of summer now in the background, the island comes to life for the dry season from November to March, when humidity drops and the rainy season passes.
Phu Quoc Island can be said to have some wonderfully beautiful beaches. The beaches have fine white sand and are surrounded by rows of green coconut trees – images often found in postcards. Some beaches have warm, clear, and calm water, while others have peaceful waves. Some beaches are so isolated that there is no one else there but you!
Some beautiful beaches today are Long Beach and Ong Lang Beach – both very similar in that the ocean is peaceful here, like a warm swimming pool. The most famous beach on Phu Quoc island is Bai Sao, where there are small waves and many starfish, where young people love to check in when traveling to Phu Quoc.
Known as the most beautiful beach in Phu Quoc in the Gulf of Thailand. Bai Sao with cool, clean blue water and smooth white sand stretches for 7km. Along Sao Beach are rows of green poplars that radiate cool shade. The scenery here is peaceful and wild, if you have been to Ngoc Island once but have not set foot on Sao Beach, it is the most regrettable thing in your journey.
The difference that Phu Quoc Dai Beach brings to visitors is the wilderness that has not been affected by human impact, there are not many services around Dai Beach for people to use. It is the lack of facilities and services around that makes tourists want to come experience and explore.
Wander around Phu Quoc prison
Phu Quoc Prison is where Vietnamese soldiers were imprisoned during the Vietnam War. The prison is now a museum, where you can see torture instruments, photographs of former prisoners and exhibits of simulated scenes of imprisoned soldiers, and criminal acts. colonial evils during the war.
Most tourists visit Phu Quoc prison for many reasons. Because of curiosity about the brutal torture of prisoners, there are also people who want to learn about the heroic history of the nation during the war, or just come because it is part of the Phu Quoc tour program.
But most touching are the sisters whose relatives are fathers, grandfathers, and even husbands who were detained in this Phu Quoc prison. They come to find what’s left, whether it’s just painful memories or just a name engraved in the memorial house. Besides, Phu Quoc prisoners in the past who were lucky to escape successfully or were released after the liberation of the country also returned.
They searched Phu Quoc prison with the hope of finding their comrades who had sacrificed in this hell on earth. In addition, there is other information that Phu Quoc prison was put into operation after Con Dao prison was overloaded. Each place brings its own pain. So remember that in Phu Quoc there is only Phu Quoc prison, not Con Dao prison!
Phu Quoc Prison serves as a way for tourists to learn more about history and a reminder of the brutality of war. The prison is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and admission is free for visitors.
Explore Phu Quoc night market
It can be said that the “market” is the closest thing to each person, it shows the identity of the land where it exists. Phu Quoc night market is a unique feature of Phu Quoc pearl island. It has all the delicacies of this strange island. Located right next to the romantic Duong Dong River and near Dinh Cau temple, Bach Dang night market is currently a destination known to many domestic and foreign tourists.
Besides resting time at the hotel, visitors also have time to hang out at the night market and enjoy fresh and attractive seafood dishes. Currently, the market has about 100 stalls selling a variety of fresh seafood and delicious food that can make any visitor come here. Most of the activities in the market take place at night, so visitors can have fun and explore Phu Quoc all day without getting bored.
Especially on weekends is also the time when the night market is the busiest and busiest. Visitors will have to squeeze each other to the point of sweating to be able to visit this night market. Although there are quite a few tourists coming here, the sense of hygiene is very good, so the market is always clean. As for the unusual “hacking and slashing” or “increasing prices” is also rare because every shop owner wants to keep its reputation to attract tourists.
Visit Dinh Cau Mountain (Covered Bridge)
True to the rumors, Dinh Cau is located in a very beautiful location on a strangely shaped cliff facing the sea. Dinh Cau stands proudly in front of big waves. The natural rock formations look like a very strange mountain, with three waves crashing, surrounded by rocky outcrops. The top of the mountain is adorned with ancient temples and mossy tiled roofs. On the roof, there are a couple of prayer lines made of blue-glazed porcelain.
Dinh Cau is located under an ancient canopy, more than a century old, as wide as a green cage in all four seasons. Dinh Cau appears fanciful and impressive before the eyes of visitors. Perhaps because this special thing cannot be found anywhere else, Dinh Cau is considered a typical symbol of Phu Quoc island.
Dinh Cau is a simple ancient temple, the current architecture has been renovated in the past few years. The islanders often call it the Temple of Long Vuong. Around the 17th century, legend has it that the first residents from the Central region settled on the island. Many fishermen who went out to sea encountered fierce waves and never returned.
Suddenly they saw a cliff gradually emerging at the mouth of the sea. Islanders believe that the temple was built on a natural mountain to pray to the gods to protect them from disasters at sea. They began to come here to worship and manage trips out to sea to encounter calm waves and diving seas. Protestant rumors gradually formed the custom of worshiping at this cliff and named it Dinh Cau. You can walk to the top of the temple for a great view of Dinh Cau Beach and fishing boats. The temple is open from 7 am to 6 pm.
Scuba diving to see coral
In recent years, scuba diving to see coral has become very popular with tourists, a very interesting experience that many other tourist destinations do not have. Beautiful coral viewing spots are available on both the north and south islands such as Nail Island, Ky Lan Cape, and Doi Moi Island… depending on the tourist’s schedule, you can choose the viewing point. If you do not go on a tour, you can rent diving gear in Duong Dong town, The cost of a basic diving set is about 200,000 VND, and a high-end diving set is about 600,000 VND.
The following are the main coral diving services in Phu Quoc:
- Coral diving by snorkel: This type is most popular in Phu Quoc and is chosen by tourists. The way to participate is quite simple, you just need to wear a life jacket, diving goggles, and a snorkel into the water. As soon as you put your face in the water you can see the coral. All of this equipment is prepared by the service provider, you do not need to prepare anything.
- Scuba diving to see coral: This type is a bit more advanced in that it uses an oxygen tank. You will have to wear a specialized suit and an oxygen tank. This tour usually allows visitors to experience for 30 minutes and dive no more than 5m deep. Many tourists say this tour is too expensive. But don’t rush to judge because this tour is often combined with the snorkeling tour above, so if you finish diving, you can still take the snorkel to continue diving. You will have a bit of a hard time finding a place to scuba dive at a good price, but currently, the price of this tour ranges from 910,000 – 1,400,000 VND/person. Lunch, transportation, and comfortable snorkeling are included.
- Walking under the sea: This type is quite new in Vietnam and Phu Quoc. And it must be said that it is a “unique” product. So the price is also very exorbitant, equal to 1 kilogram of lobster. However, that is not the reason why tourists should skip this tour. The special thing is this tour. brings a comfortable feeling. You can walk on the seabed, breathe normally like on land, and don’t even get your hair wet. Furthermore, the location of this tour is carefully cared for and protected, so the coral is quite good. beautiful and colorful. As mentioned, this tour is quite expensive: 950,000 VND/person, only diving for 25-30 minutes, and only picking up at the port without hotel pick up.
Watch the sunset on the beach with a few cocktails
After a day exploring the island, find yourself a beach chair, order yourself a cocktail, and watch the breathtaking sunset. If you’re traveling with the family and have young children, beach bars are ideal spots; the kids can play in the sand, while the adults relax with a few drinks.
Rory’s Beach Bar is a very romantic beachfront bar. The beachfront bar is very romantic for those who want to watch the ocean and evening sunset. Because it is a bar, most of them serve Western dishes such as wine, cocktails, hamburgers… Most of the visitors here are foreigners. The restaurant is mainly self-service, you go to the counter to order drinks and then find a seat yourself. According to many tourists, the quality of food and drinks here is very delicious, commensurate with the price, and beautifully presented.
The bar has colorful lanterns, beach chairs, and tables right on the beach. When the sun goes down, Rory’s has beach bonfires and delicious meals. Although the price is a bit high and there are many foreign tourists, it is still an interesting experience when exploring Phu Quoc.
Explore local life at Ham Ninh Village
Ham Ninh Fishing Village is a picturesque fishing village and a great place to get a glimpse into the daily life of local fishermen. For those who love fresh fish, the village is a great place to eat some cheap seafood.
Ham Ninh Phu Quoc fishing village is an ancient village located on the east coast of Pearl Island. The fishing village is known as the main source of seafood for the whole Phu Quoc island district and is distributed to other provinces. This place has a wild and peaceful beauty, the people of Ham Ninh fishing village live mainly on sea cucumber fishing and pearl farming. In addition, Ham Ninh fishing village in Phu Quoc also attracts visitors with its clean and beautiful beaches and Ham Ninh wharf which has been famous for a long time.
According to the Phu Quoc travel experience of many tourists, coming to Ham Ninh Phu Quoc fishing village not only enjoys seafood but also has some fun activities here worth experiencing such as:
Swimming and scuba diving to see coral are interesting activities that every visitor must experience at Bai Vong Wharf. Ham Ninh’s coast is quite shallow and safe, so many units have organized Phu Quoc tours with schedules that include these activities so that visitors have more time to relax with the clear blue water in Ham Ninh.
When visiting Ham Ninh, try becoming a true fisherman by fishing or catching fish at sea. You can contact the boat owners to experience this activity, Please note to ensure your safety with necessary equipment such as life jackets, and swimming goggles.
Watching the sunrise and sunset is the most wonderful thing in Ham Ninh fishing village. The fishing village still retains a bit of an ancient wilderness, not following modern development, so when you spend time watching the sunrise or sunset here, you will feel a peaceful, romantic but difficult moment. can be found in a busy life.
Explore Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc
Visit Vinpearl Safari on the pearl island of Phu Quoc, you do not need to spend a lot of time and money traveling abroad but still admire hundreds of rare animal species or diverse flora from many different biogeographic regions.
No self-sufficient trip to Phu Quoc is complete if you do not spend a full day at Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc. This amusement park owns many games that are extremely suitable for “adrenaline addicts”. What’s more “exciting” than floating freely on a super steep, 120-meter water slide or literally “soaring” on the giant Giant Boomerang Ferris wheel?
If you are not very excited about the thrilling experience, you can relax with the lazy river or enjoy the colorful fairy-tale Mermaid performance. Located in the Bai Dai area, northwest of Phu Quoc island, Vinpearl Safari gathers more than 2,000 individuals, representing more than 150 rare animal species from around the world. Free buses pick up at bus stops on Phu Quoc Island and will take visitors to Vinpearl Safari. The entrance price is about 600,000 VND. For tourists traveling with families, this is a great choice that cannot be missed.
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