When one thinks of the Gulf of Thailand, thoughts of Thailand’s southern islands race into the mind. However, the northeastern region of the gulf is home to some wonderful islands to explore too, including the fabulous Phu Quoc. It is an island off the southern coastline of Vietnam. It is a large plot of land, which is mostly covered by dense jungle and fringed by breathtaking beaches.
Tourism is a major factor for the island’s economy. As a result, the Vietnamese government has developed many Phu Quoc hotels along the shoreline to attract holiday makers. Flying to the island and ferrying to the island are two of the options available for travellers wanting to get to Phu Quoc from Ho Chi Minh City.
Below is a checklist that all travellers should complete before finishing a holiday in Phu Quoc.
- Scuba diving is a must do activity when visiting Phu Quoc. It is regarded as one of the best scuba spots in the Gulf of Thailand, equal to that of Southern Thailand’s beautiful island spots. However, not so many people know about it. Well, some words to describe the many scuba diving tours in Phu Quoc include ‘incredible’, ‘breathtaking’, ‘amazing’, and ‘unforgettable’. If scuba diving is too physically demanding, then snorkeling can be attempted on all the trips offered at the island.
If going out on a boat to enjoy the sea just doesn’t sound enjoyable (and for some periods of the year this can be very true!) then why not stay and enjoy the white sanded beaches of the island. There are so many to choose from. If visitors want to spend time with a few more beachgoers, there are several more populated beaches on the island, including Long Beach. However, this doesn’t have to be the case, as there are dozens of beaches that will have virtually no one around.
Touring the island can be a boring affair when travelling via car or van. However, why not make it much more interesting by hiring a motorcycle for transportation purposes. It is extremely cheap to rent a motorcycle for a day, so visitors will also be saving money too. It must be made aware that the roads can be quite atrocious in many parts of the island, so it is important that tourists drive with care when going by bike. Nevertheless, it is a much more exciting and more expedient way to travel.
When the beaches and coral reefs have been seen, it is time to venture inland. Although not as popular as the beach, the Coconut Tree Prison is home to the island’s first penal colony penitentiary. A museum is currently being planned, but there isn’t that much to see except the remnants of an old prison. History buffs will certainly enjoy a tour of the prison.
The towns of Phu Quoc, such as Duong Dong, are fantastic places to visit also. There are many villages dotting the country side too, which provide tourists with a taste of traditional Phu Quoc. Shopping is extremely popular in many of the larger towns, and market places or simple street stalls provide the basis for this activity. Most items on the island of Phu Quoc are extremely cheap, and the most popular include pearls and other handicrafts.
In the island’s interior lay many beautiful natural attractions. One of the most pristine is the Suoi Da Ban site, which is a clear water creek offering heaps of swimming space. The Phu Quoc National Park is also a must visit landmark, where visitors can truly see the impressive natural landscape of the island.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Phu Quoc Hotels content.