Holidays to Phu Quoc, Vietnam

A twenty kilometre stretch of dazzling sand, fringed with swaying palm trees: you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve found heaven on earth when you arrive in Phu Quoc. Still relatively undiscovered by tourists (for now, at least), Phu Quoc’s white-sand beaches, calm waters and dense jungle offer the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. Diving fans will be in their element in the quiet, colourful reefs, while beach bums lounge by the mesmerising waters, perhaps with a cocktail in hand, soaking up the glorious sunsets.

Near Long Beach is the island’s most popular attraction, Dinh Cau Rock. Perched on top of rocks at the mouth of the Duong Dong river, the temple is part shrine and part lighthouse where fisherman pray to the ‘Goddess of the Sea’ before venturing out on their fishing expeditions. A visit at sunset afford the best photo-taking opportunities but you’ll find it a little busier. Cao Dai temple with its colourful designs is also a popular landmark, and if you visit in the morning you’ll witness the simple worshipping ceremony that takes places every day.

Although a lot smaller than Long Beach, Ganh Dau beach on the north-west coast of Phu Quoc is just as inviting, and from here you can see the Cambodian mainland, just fifteen kilometres away. On the east side of the island, the secluded Sao Beach is perfect for kids and non-swimmers thanks to its sloping sands and shallow waters, and might just be the most beautiful of all Vietnam's beaches.

If the beach isn’t really your thing, venture into the Phu Quoc National Park which covers over half of the island, offering a cool escape from the heat of the sun in among its trees. There are a few walking trails that you can follow but for the best experience, you should explore with an experienced tour guide. While it’s not impressive as some of Vietnam’s other national parks, you’ll still have the chance to see various monkeys, hornbills and countless butterflies. Between May and September, you can take a dip in the waterfalls at Suoi Tranh – just pack your mosquito repellent.

Phu Quoc is known as ‘pearl island’ so it’s no surprise that there are so many farms and showrooms on the island. Regarded as some of the finest pearls in the world, the island is a popular destination for shoppers looking for jewellery and gifts.  Another export of Phu Quoc is ‘nuoc mam’, a pungent fish sauce that’s famed across Vietnam, which you can sample in just about any restaurant on the island. You might be surprised to learn Vietnam is the world’s largest exporter of pepper, and on Phu Quoc you’ll find many pepper plantations, including Khu Tuong, where visitors are welcomed. In the remote north of the island, cashew nuts are harvested in plantations near Thom Beach.

Highlights

  • Explore the National Park with a guide beach and take a dip in the waterfalls at Suoi Tranh

  • Relax on secluded white-sand beaches - some of Vietnam's best

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