Top 10 Things To Do In Phu Quoc Island
If I had to describe Phu Quoc Island in one word, it would be PRISTINE. The scenery, sound, peace, calm, greenery and nature is truly exquisite. If you’re hearing the name for the first time, Phu Quoc is a Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia seated in the Gulf of Thailand.
Here are my top 10 things to do on the island for a perfect week of sun, sea and smiles!
1) Rent a bike
No joke, it is the best way to travel and explore the island. We rented a motorcycle for 100,000 Dong which equals to RM 18 a day. We got a local sim and used Google Maps for all our trips. More than half the island is covered with rainforest, so do expect a scenic view along the way!
2) Visit Dinh Cau Night Market
The market which opens daily from 6-11PM offers plenty of dining and shopping opportunities. The Night Market is pedestrian friendly, but it can get crowded mainly from tourists bustling in from all over the world. Here there were more than 100 stalls which mostly serves fresh seafood, street snacks and beverages at affordable prices.
3) Visit a pearl farm
As part of our tour, our local guide brought us to the Ngoc Hien Pearl Farm. Here you will be able to watch the farmers at their workstation nucleating the oysters with pearls and then placing them under the sea bed. Cultured pearls, which have been harvested after two years are then made into rings, necklaces, earrings or bracelets.
4) Pick Peppers
Vietnam is the largest pepper producer and exporter in the world. The soil on Phu Quoc Island is extremely rich in quartz, which is a necessary mineral for peppercorn growth. When you are travelling on the island, you cannot miss a pepper plantation. Just visit the farm and a local guide will show you around. You can always opt to buy fresh peppers after the tour.
5) Hop on a cruise
We took a cruise ship from An Thoi Port and headed to explore the tiny islands south of Phu Quoc. The ride took approximately 1 hour, and we had a traditional Vietnamese lunch on board. From the cruise, we had to opportunity to stop by just off the coastline of Gam Chi and May Rut Island for snorkelling. There were plenty of beautiful corals and marine life in the sea. For those who are more adventurous, I highly recommend diving. Phu Quoc is one of the few places in the country where you can spot unique species like the hawksbill turtle.
6) Explore their beaches
Sao Beach and Khem Beach are one of the most popular beaches on the island, thanks to its snow-white sand and distinctive blue sapphire water. It can get crowded, and because of its popularity, it is tough to find a quiet spot. My personal favourite Trao Beach in Hon Thom, also known as Pineapple Island.
7) Sip on their local coffee
If you’re a coffee lover like me, then you’re in for a real treat! Vietnamese Iced Coffee is a combination of strong dark roast coffee and sweetened condensed milk. The flavour is intense and delicious. It was the perfect pick me up for my afternoons at the beach.
Fun Fact: Do you know Vietnam has now overtaken Colombia as the second largest coffee producer in the world? And if you’re wondering who’s on top of the list. It’s Brazil *samba dances*
8) Ride on their cable car
This is by far the most incredible & breathtaking experience on the island! At 8 kilometre long stretch, it is the longest sea-crossing cable car in the world as verified by Guinness Book of World Records. You soar over a turquoise sea and coral reefs, hopping between islands with a fantastic bird’ s-eye view.
9) Get a massage
A simple one-hour massage on a Phu Quoc beach can cost as little as RM40. Women set up massage pads on beach loungers in the shade of an umbrella and offer a range of services from full body massage to pedicures. Not to mention the sound of waves lulling you into a coma at the same time. Pure bliss!
10) Eat and drink at Rory’s
Rory’s beach bar is one of the few places in Phu Quoc that opens until late. It is a casual hang out spot along Long Beach with good food, drinks and table out in the sand. The place has a very relaxed and fun vibe. It is also a perfect spot to watch the sunset.
Some helpful tips
1) If you love the coffee and would like to buy some, I recommend that you visit King Kong Mart, where they have a vast variety at affordable prices. Please don’t get the 3 in 1 coffee packets as it doesn’t quite taste the same. I prefer Arabica as compared to Robusta as the taste is milder and has less caffeine.
2) Do bring sufficient Vietnamese Dong while travelling. Most of the money changer in Phu Quoc didn’t accept Malaysian Ringgits, and they suggested we do so at their local banks. Otherwise, you can also opt to withdraw money at their local ATMs.
Flight & Accommodation
As for our stay, we booked our hotel via the Traveloka app. We decided to go with The Palmy Phu Quoc Resort & Spa as it was rated 8.5 and reviewed as impressive by fellow travellers. Boy, it sure didn’t disappoint! The hotel was beautifully decorated with Vietnamese paintings which featured the local culture. The highlight of the hotel was their gorgeous infinity pool, which faces the private beach.
Flights to Phu Quoc is new, as AirAsia just started their operations from Kuala Lumpur. Prices are still relatively low, our total flight cost to and fro was RM 500! So do consider adding this untapped paradise into your bucket list before the crowds do 😉
If you love the article or would like to add any other pointers, please share your thoughts in the comment section below. If you are looking for other island travels around Southeast Asia, do catch my earlier post‘ Lombok Island-An Indonesian Paradise’.
Signing off for now,