Top 5 Things to do in Phu Quoc Island

All the essential deets about where to stay and the top 5 things to do in Phu Quoc Island.

Phu Quoc Island is a lovely Vietnamese Island located off the south coast of the country. While it’s technically a Vietnamese Island, it’s actually closer in proximity to the other Cambodian Islands.

Phu Quoc island is also a lot quieter than a lot of the other Southeast Asian islands I’ve been to. However, I loved that about it. Even though there are a lot of things to do in Phu Quoc Island, it’s not too crowded.

But perhaps that was just my experience. You see, I traveled to Phu Quoc during the low season, that is, when it was raining. Consequently, I couldn’t indulge in sunbathing and drinking Piña Colada, but I loved it nonetheless.

Ideally, you should be careful about Phu Quoc weather and go during the dry season — December to April. However, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Phu Quoc even during low season.

In this article, I’ll spill all the deets about the best things to do in Phu Quoc Island. I’ll also give you a guide on how to get in or out of the island, and where to stay.

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1. Explore the Best Phu Quoc Beaches

Cay Sao Beach

Cay Sao Beach, located on the southern end, is widely considered to be the best Phu Quo beach. Getting to Cay Sao beach is quite the task as it’s far removed from all of the mainlands. The roads leading up to it are rustic and narrow. Other than the beach itself, which is lined with beach clubs, this is the most untouched part of Phu Quoc.

Where to Stay: Kiki Coconut Beach Resort

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The white sands of Sao Beach during dry season. | Image Source: Phu Quoc Beaches

Long Beach

This is the most popular beach in Phu Quoc Island. Long Beach is a 20 kilometer stretch of yellow sand on the west coast of the Island. It’s close to the neighborhood of Duong Dong and the Night Market as well. During the wet season the waves here are pretty strong and dipping into the sea isn’t advisable. However, during the dry season (which I couldn’t experience) it’s supposed to be calm and lovely.

Where to Stay: La Veranda Resort

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Overlooking the tumultuous waves of Long Beach during wet season.

Ong Lang Beach

Ong Lang is located on the western coast of Phu Quoc Island. It’s one of the quietest Phu Quoc beaches. As such, it’s ideal for Rustic Romantics, i.e., people who like to be taken into the hallowed past. This beach is also known for being lined with nature resorts.

Where to Stay: Mango Bay Resort

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The quiet paradise of Ong Lang Beach. | Image Source: Phu Quoc Travel

2. Hang Out at Phu Quoc Beach Clubs

You can’t possibly go to an island and not enjoy chilling at their beach clubs! So these are the best Phu Quoc Beach Clubs on the island. If you enjoy simply lying down on loungers and sipping on fruity drinks, you should check ‘em out.

Paradiso Beach Club

Paradiso is a Phu Quoc beach club located in Sao Beach, which is one of the best Phu Quoc beaches. It looks out at crystal clear blue waters flanked by palm trees. The beach itself looks spotless white, and the horizon is dotted with colorful sails and boats.

Getting to this Phu Quoc Beach Club entails a long bike ride through dirt roads. It’s in the rustic southern tail of the island.

The food here is pretty expensive though. I remember having paid the equivalent of $10 for a single beef burger.

If you enjoy water sports, they also rent out kayaks, paddle boards, and jet skis.

You can also book yourself into a room at Paradiso Phu Quoc Resort.

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Paradiso Beach Club | Image Source: Vietnam Coracle

Rory’s Beach Club

Rory’s beach bar is one of the most popular Phu Quoc Beach Clubs. It’s located on Long Beach, which is on the outskirts of the central town of Duong Dong.

They have pretty colorful umbrellas, beach chairs, and a really attentive staff. This is also a great place for people who are traveling with kids. However, by virtue of that, it also makes it not especially ideal for people looking for peace and quiet.

If you want to enjoy a thriving nightlife, this is where you need to be. They put out bonfires and lanterns every evening and it turns into a total party hub. This is also quite a popular beach club amongst backpackers. As such, you can expect it to be quite crowded.

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Rory’s Beach Bar | Image Source: Saigon for 91 Days

3. Visit Suoi Tranh Waterfall

I know that most people who go to islands do it for the beaches and sunset views. However, one of my favorite things to do in Phu Quoc was visiting the Suoi Tranh Waterfall. The waterfall itself isn’t really special or high, as it’s just about 4 meters.

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Entering Suoi Tranh Waterfall.

However, getting to the waterfall is quite an adventure as it’s a 15 to 20-minute hike through dense rainforests. Furthermore, you can also go beyond the waterfall and hike over to the bat caves and rock pools.

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The 4m high Suoi Tranh Waterfall.

If you love waterfalls, caves, and hiking, this is one of the most important things to do in Phu Quoc. The entry fee for the waterfall region is ₫ 5000 (Approx. $0.25 | ₹15).

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Striking a “natural” pose at Suoi Tranh Waterfall.

4. Explore the Dinh Cau Night Market

The Dinh Cau Night Market definitely stands out amongst all the other night markets in Southeast Asia. It doesn’t feature any souvenirs or stalls for cheap goods. It’s largely a night market for exotic seafood and local Vietnamese food.

If you want to explore tasting strange crustaceans and sea creatures, this is where you should be. You also have the pleasure of looking at them in the eyes, before they’re killed, cooked, and served to you. You can even choose between snakes and frogs. I went for the tamest of all the options — a snail — and I don’t think I could stomach that either.

Trying to stomach a snail at the Phu Quoc Night Market.

They also have these little ice-cream stalls in which they make ice-cream rolls in a fascinating manner. They beat at it relentlessly with flat knives and scrape it off a metal platter. It’s hard to describe it exactly, so you have to see a video of it.

Knifing and scraping our ice cream rolls.
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The final product… a perfect little ice cream roll.

5. Ride Around the Island on a Bike

There’s a lot of things to do in Phu Quoc Island, and they’re all pretty spaced out. As such, getting a taxi to take you everywhere would be inexorably expensive. Most people here explore the island on bikes, which can be a pretty fun experience.

This was one of those places I really wished I knew how to ride a bike. But I have no hand-eye coordination so I figured it would be best to piggyback with a fellow backpacker.

It would be pretty handy if you have Google Maps or maps.me. As such, you’ll be able to hop around to different beaches and beach clubs.

You can rent a bike from any hotel, hostel, or rental shop. It costs between $6 to $10 a day.

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What do you do if you don’t know how to ride a bike? You befriend someone who can!

Where to Stay in Phu Quoc Island

Best Backpacker Hostel in Phu Quoc Island — Q Hao Hostel

Q Hao Hostel was my favorite backpacker hostel in Phu Quoc Island. It has been designed in a traditional Shanghai aesthetic with a color palette of dark wood, mahogany, and crimson red.

They boast some of the most luxurious dorm rooms I’ve ever come across, complete with curtains for privacy. Their on-site restaurant has a diverse (if expensive) menu. They also have a Karaoke room, because, apparently, Karaoke is one of the most popular hobbies in Vietnam. Furthermore, they also have a hot tub on the upper floor.

A bed in a dorm room for a night costs approx. ₫120,000 ($5.50 | ₹350). However, you can check out the latest rates at the Q Hao Hostel Booking Page.

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The lacquered dark wood and crimson red aesthetic of Q Hao Hostel.

Best Luxury Hotel in Phu Quoc Island — Richis Beach Resort

Richis Beach Resort is a luxury hotel in Phu Quoc Island. It’s located on the Tran Hung Dao beach, and, as such, it’s pretty central.

There are 141 guest rooms in the resort. All of them are designed in the typical beach style with plenty of natural light and a minimalist decor. They also have their own restaurant, several beach bars, a spa, and an outdoor pool.

You can check out the latest prices at the Richis Beach Resort Booking Page.

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Richis Beach Resort | Image Source: Booking

You can also find other suitable Phu Quoc hotels and accommodations using booking.com.



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How to Reach Phu Quoc Island?

There are only two means of reaching Phu Quoc Island — by plane, or by a ferry.

By Plane

The Phu Quoc Island Airport opened only recently in 2013. It makes travel to and from the island extremely easy. From Ho Chi Minh, it only takes 1 hour to get to the island. The cost of a flight, even if you book it a day in advance, is between $50 to $100.

By Ferry

Taking a ferry to Phu Quoc island is more complicated. You’ll have to go to Rach Gia, where you’ll find the ferry station. You’ll have to book a ticket on one of the speedboats. I suggest you use SuperDong. That’s the ferry I used, and it was quite comfortable.

You’ll have to pay ₫ 23,000 (Approx. $10 | ₹600) for the ferry. This is cheap enough. However, I suspect we paid the “tourist” price because we were moved to the upper deck. Meanwhile, all the locals were squeezed into the lower deck.

The ferry ride takes over 2 hours and is usually quite shaky so I hope you don’t get seasick.

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The ferry leaving port on a grey and cloudy day.
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That’s me on the super shaky SuperDong ferry. I’m casually balancing myself against a pole while my friend takes a “natural” picture.

Well, so that’s all you need to know about the top 5 things to do in Phu Quoc Island.

There are, of course, other things to do in Phu Quoc as well. However, these are just the essentials according to me. If you’re staying in Phu Quoc for a longer time, you can read this article on all Phu Quoc attractions.

Feel free to comment down below and let me know what you loved best about Phu Quoc Island!

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