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Phu Quoc overview


Location: Phu Quoc Island lies in the Gulf of Thailand, Kien Giang Province, 45 km from Ha Tien and 15 km south of the coast of Cambodia.
Characteristics: Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam, is also part of an archipelago consisting of 22 islands and islets. The island covers an area of 585km2 and is 50km long.

Phu Quoc Island covers an area of 567sq.km (about 62km long and between 3km and 28km wide), and its population is approximately 85,000 (in 2001).
Phu Quoc is called the island of "99 mountains" because of its many sandstone chains gradually descending from the north to the south. The longest one is Ham Ninh which stretches for 30 km along the eastern edge with its highest peak called Mt. Chua (603m).
Phu Quoc has a monsoon sub-equatorial climate. There are two seasons in the year: the rainy season (October only) and the dry season (November to September). The average annual rainfall is 2,879 m and the average temperature is 27oC. Trips to Phu Quoc can be made all year round, but the best time is dry season when the sky is always sunny, clear and blue.
Phu Quoc is also called the Emerald Island because of its natural treasures and infinite tourism potential. The island is well known for its high-quality fish sauce; Phu Quoc fish sauce smells particularly good since it is made from a small fish, ca com, with a high level of protein. The island produces 6 million liters of fish sauce every year.
Phu Quoc Island has many harbors such as An Thoi and Hon Thom where international and domestic ships anchor. Also, there are several historical sites on the island: National Hero Nguyen Trung Truc's military base, King Gia Long relics from the time he spent on the island, and Phu Quoc Prison.
Off the coast of the island emerges a group of 105 islands of all sizes. Some of them are densely inhabited such as Hon Tre and Kien Hai, 25km from Rach Gia. Visitors can spend time on the beach or hike while observing the wild animals.
It is possible to reach the island by either plane or boat from Rach Gia, Ho Chi Minh City (40minutes, by plane), Ha Tien (8 hours, by boat).

Restaurants in Phu Quoc An Thai Cafe (An Thoi) A relaxing restaurant and cafe built on a terrace for cool breezes and views. An Thai has Cafes all over Vietnam. Quality is assured.

Duong Dong

Gop Gio Restaurant
Popular with locals and travellers alike. Highly rated in Vietnamese travel guides. A casual restaurant. Freshest and cheapest seafood in town!

Duong Dong

Minh Tri Cafe & Restaurant
Well known to tourists visiting Long Beach for its delicious fresh seafood. European and Asian dishes. It's the local place to relax after a long hot day on the beach

Phu Quoc Restaurant Guide

Phu Quoc is known mainly for its seafood, which includes cuttlefish, ca thieu (dried fish slices), nuoc mam (fish sauce) and black pepper. Other unusual dishes you may try include deer, cobra, eel and frog. Conventional Vietnamese cuisine is also widely available on Phu Quoc.

Southern meals feature the widest range of ingredients and are usually accompanied by a light, clear broth to cleanse the palate. Pork and chicken are popular, and chillies are used extensively. Southern food can be very spicy!

As mentioned previously, there are not really any restaurants for western cuisines. If you're craving a taste of home, you may wish to check out the restaurants attached to many of the hotels. Mid Range hotels usually offer at least some "Western" dishes, and smaller hotels and guesthouses will normally be able to offer at least something non-Vietnamese. However, expect it to be a Vietnamese version of what you're used to. For higher class western food you could try the Top End hotels, although expect to pay substantially more than at the restaurants around town.

We would instead recommend trying some of the local places around town. Many will often have a handy English menu. We have collected a short list of restaurants and eateries in Phu Quoc to give you a place to start.

Hotels in Phu Quoc

Hotel name Location Rating Price Booking
Single Double Triple
Long Beach Hotel Phu Quoc 190 190 225 Book
Saigon Phu Quoc Resort Phu Quoc 89 89 119 Book
La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc 125 145 - Book
SASCO Blue Lagoon Resort Phu Quoc 58 58 78 Book
Tropicana Resort Phu Quoc 40 40 55 Book
Mango Bay Guesthouse Phu Quoc 31 31 31 Book
Kim Hoa PhuQuoc Resort Phu Quoc 53 53 - Book
Thien Hai Son Resort Phu Quoc 40 40 - Book
Huong Bien Hotel KienGiang 35 43 53 Book
Thanh Quoc Hotel Phu Quoc 35 40 55 Book
Thousand Star Resort Phu Quoc 25 30 - Book


Getting There & away

Vietnam Airlines flies to Phu Quoc from Ho Chi Minh City daily (on some flights there is a short stopover at Rach Gia). If you are travelling overland you will have to catch a ferry from Rach Gia.

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