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Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Quick Travel Guide


Sam

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Phu Quoc, also known as the Pearl Island of Vietnam, deserves a spot on your beach holiday list, thanks to its unique blend of nature, history, and local culture. Just 3-4 days are ample to explore this beautiful island.

How to Get There:

Flights to Phu Quoc:
Phu Quoc International Airport (PQC) sits on the south side of Long Beach, approximately nine kilometers from Duong Dong City. Multiple daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi make the journey accessible.

Check flights from Ho Chi Minh to Phu Quoc

Check Flights from Hanoi to Phu Quoc

Ferry to Phu Quoc:
Ferries operate nearly every day, departing from Ha Tien or Rach Gia. Buses from Ho Chi Minh City connect to these points. We got the speedy Superdong ferry which ensures a fast and enjoyable journey.

The best way to book transportation is to ask your hotel/hostel or a local tour agency. If you want to book online then 12goasia is a good website.

Things to Do in Phu Quoc:

1) Sunset Town:
Undoubtedly the most beautiful spot to witness Phu Quoc's sunset, Sunset Town, located in the southern part, exudes Mediterranean charm. With streets reminiscent of Italian cities, it boasts cafes, restaurants, and a two-day itinerary for a perfect chill vacation. Don't miss the kissing bridge and the mesmerizing water and light show which starts at 8:30 pm in the night.

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Sunset Town

2) Cable Car Adventure:
The Sunset Town cable car holds a Guinness World Record as the world's longest non-stop three-rope cable car. A 15-20 minute one-way ride, offering stunning views of the town, local fishing villages, An Thoi islands, and the vast sea, is a must-try. If heights make you uneasy, consider this fair warning – the cable car can go quite high.

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Sunset Town Cable Car

3) Grand World:
Picture splendid canals, vibrant buildings, and charming streets – it's not Venice, but Grand World Phu Quoc. Here, you'll encounter the Bamboo Legend, the nation's largest bamboo creation made from 32,000 shoots, the Teddy Bear Museum, cruise Venetian-style canals, the ancient Venice Clock Tower, and some unique art at Urban Park Contemporary Art Park. Grand World beautifully blends Vietnamese tradition with modern architecture.

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Vinpearl Grand World

4) Phu Quoc Centre and Night Market:
For a change of pace from the laid-back vibes of Sunset Town or Grand World, you can explore the center of Phu Quoc. There is a really nice open-air night market which offers delectable local street foods and an array of seafood. The center has a lot of pubs and restaurants, which makes it a livelier atmosphere compared to the other parts of the island.

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Phu Quoc Night Market

5) Diving and Snorkeling:
While Phu Quoc might not be renowned for the best diving and snorkeling, it's a worthwhile addition to your bucket list. Several nearby islands, accessible by speedboat, make for an enjoyable day tour.

Here are some café and restaurant recommendations from this post onwards.

Tips: 

1) Carry Cash: We did not see many ATMs at Grand World or Sunset Town, so it's better to carry cash when you go there. We spotted a few ATMs at the center of Phu Quoc near the night market. We usually look out for VP Bank ATMs as they don't apply any withdrawal charge.

2) Rent an Electric Bike: At Grand World Phu Quoc, there are many shops that allow you to rent an electric bike for 2 hours for just 100k Vietnamese Dong, which is £3.20 GBP or $4.08 USD.

3) Canal Boat Ride at Grand World: The boat ride costs 200k Vietnamese Dong or £6.41 or $8.16, which might seem a bit expensive, but if budget is not an issue, it's a good experience. Tip: Try to do the canal boat ride in the evening as it's much more beautiful.

4) Recommended Days to Stay: 1-2 days in the north, 1-2 days at Sunset Town, 1-2 days at Phu Quoc center. Overall, there's not a lot to do in Phu Quoc. If you are looking for a laid-back vacation, then it's a good place. If not, 3-4 days are more than enough.

5) Getting Around: From the center, there is public transport available to the north and back. In the south, buses are currently not available, so the best option is using Grab taxi or renting your own motorcycle, which costs 150K or £4.81 or $6.12 for 24 hours and is easily available. Just ask your hotel/hostel, and they will arrange it for you.

 

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