Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island, also known as: Pearl Island, is the biggest of Vietnam and also the largest island in the region of 22 islands to form the district of Phu Quoc belonging to the province of Kien Giang in the south of the country. In 2006, Phu Quoc Island was classified by UNESCO as the World Biosphere Reserve.

Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam

Geography of the Phu Quoc Island:

Phu Quoc Island of 567 km 2 is located in the Gulf of Thailand, in south-west of Vietnam. The whole Phu Quoc district occupies about 590 km2, almost like the surface of Singapore.

Its tropical climate of the monsoon is divided into two seasons: Dry season between November and February: the highest temperature is 35 degree and the humidity is about 85 – 90%. In 2006, Phu Quoc Island District has been classified by UNESCO as the World Biosphere Reserve.


Before 1975, the population was about more than 5,000 inhabitants. After 1975, its population has increased rapidly due to immigration. Now, there are about more than 100,000 people distributing in two cities and 8 communes in Phu Quoc Island.

History of Phu Quoc Island:

Since 4th century before Jesus Christ, there was human life in the Phu Quoc Island.

In 1671, Mac cuu, a Chinese general born in Leizhou of Guangdong province ran away from Manchu regime to the golf in Thailand with the whole family, his soldiers … about 400 persons.

During 30 years, the South of Vietnam at the seaside had grown rapidly with the commercial ports and casinos … Chinese refugees came there and made the Phu Quoc more prosperous. The island began was called Phu Quoc meaning: Rich or Prosperous Nation.

Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam

Since 1714, Mac cuu and his descendants became the public servants of the Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam (History of the Hue Forbidden City) to develop the south of Vietnam in general and Phu Quoc Island in particular.

From the arrival of French people in 1770 until the end of French colonization in 1954, this island belonged to Vietnam.

During Vietnam War: 1954 – 1975, the Cambodia authorities agreed that this island belonged to Vietnam.

In May 1975, Khmer Rouge invaded the island which was liberated by Vietnamese Army also in this month. From this liberation, the Phu Quoc Island belongs to Vietnam.

Tourist attraction in Phu Quoc Island:

Phu Quoc Island, a peaceful tropical paradise, is the largest of Vietnam which is waking up after many sleeping years to become a destination to visit in life. The island having been longtime known as the "paradise” is the jewel of Vietnam with pristine beaches, white sand and beautiful spaces of nature...This destination still retains wild characters where there are many activities such as diving to explore the coral, kayaking on the bay, relax on pristine beaches, explore the fresh seafood ... The time seems to stop here to be ideal to escape reality and everyday life.

In particular, the Phu Quoc Island has Bai Sao beach located at 25 km from the center or the Don Duong Town. Voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Bai Sao Beach is located in a closed bay where the waves are so sweet. Bai Sao Beach is one of the few being untouched. In addition to swimming, fishing ... come here in a slightly sunny afternoon and sit down on the white sand beach to admire the waves caressing the earth.

Many beaches in Asia are often known by images of rowdy and dynamic nightlife ... but with the Phu Quoc Island, this is different. The island gives you a feeling of relaxation, tranquility ... Here, there are only a few bars along the main road near the Bai Dai Beach or Long Beach but most travelers in the Phu Quoc Island go to bed early to better enjoy their holidays during the day.

Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam

Arriving here, you have the chance to admire and explore the unspoiled natural beauty of the forest, the vast ocean with white sandy beaches, pure water by diving and fishing in quiet places... In addition, you can also learn more about the fish sauce production process, making pearls, the technique of planting green pepper that are a part of the specialties of the Phu Quoc Island.

Little visited, so the night here is so great. The sea and sky are vast. The space is open and huge. The weather is cool and the quiet ambiance touches your heart. Nightlife is quiet which is not pressed at all, except in a few places of entertainment in the An Thoi town and in Duong Dong shopping center. So the Phu Quoc Island of is an ideal destination for families, look for tranquility…

Besides a series of beaches such as Bai Dai, Bai Khem, Bai Sao ... the diversity of the ecosystem of the An Thoi sea in the south, the archipelagos in the north as the island of Mong Tay, the island of Doi Moi, Island of Boi ... are ideal places for travelers to explore the world of the ocean. Coral reefs are classified and known by 17 different species.

If you like adventure, you can do diving or walk to explore the tropical forest. Da Ngon Natural Reserve with water sources starting the source from Ham Ninh Mountains is ideal for camping, hiking, exploring the wild forests...

During your relaxation on the beaches of the Phu Quoc Island, you can see the fishing boats dancing from so far. That’s why the seafood here is always fresh and always available to be served from anywhere in the island: From the barbecue in restaurants to Duong Dong night market ... By going to this night market, you will be surprised by a variety of fresh seafood. Do not hesitate to choose something to ask to grill on site to immortalize your stay in Phu Quoc Island.

Some main specialties of Phu Quoc Island:

Sim wine: This is the sweet wine that does not cause a headache. So this specialty of Phu Quoc Island is very well appreciated and bought, often by local travelers as a gift. In addition to wine, there is still the sim honey (fermented sim fruit). These drinks are very good for health, especially in summer. Above all, the prices are very affordable: only from 6 to 8 USD per bottle of 500 - 750ml.

Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam

The brine fish or nuoc mam in Vietnamese language: By visiting a place of production of typical brine fish in Phu Quoc Island, all visitors will be surprised by barrels of brine of nearly 4 meters high. The brine of the Phu Quoc Island is famous for its taste, color features that do not exist elsewhere. The materials for brine are mainly anchovies - a kind of widespread fish around the island. In addition, the characteristics in producing fish sauce are that these fish are seasoned and mixed on the fishing boats when they are completely fresh. So brine always keeps the color of 'the cockroach wing' - the typical color of fresh fish that is refrigerated and preserved when the blood is still fresh. Next, we put these fish for 12 months in wooden barrels. Brine fish has 42% of the protein with the fully natural manufacturing methods.

Pepper: Pepper is one of the specialties of the Phu Quoc Island. On the paths, visitors can easily find the gardens of green pepper. The pepper plants are nearly 2 meters high. Behind many gardens pepper, there are the gardens of rambutan, mango and other species of tropical fruit trees.

Especially in durian season, these fruits are sold everywhere from the hawkers to stalls in the markets. Durian has a special taste. But when you love it, it will be difficult to abandon!

Seafood on the Phu Quoc Island: By visiting the Phu Quoc Island, travelers should explore the Duong Dong market, the Dinh Cau night market to participate in culinary activities of Phu Quoc. The Duong Dong market is located about 2 km from the city where there are lots of fresh sea foods. Squid are still alive and change its brilliant colors. Lobsters swim gently in the water basins. There are a hundred kinds of fish. Sea urchins, oysters and other sea foods can be grilled on the spot, at your request....

After fishing, fresh sea foods are sold in the Duong Dong market. So the market is known for the quality of its products, the richness in the variety in affordable prices. Local travelers buy here also dried seafood as gifts from the Phu Quoc Island.

Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island in the foreign newspaper:

On the world tourism map, some overcrowded destinations may tire travelers. To change, they can go to many places that are not really well known but equally fascinating. The Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam is one example.

In Huffingtonpost (USA):

The tourism page Huffingtonpost (USA) gave advice to travelers about new but interesting destinations. In this list, there is the Phu Quoc Island or Pearl Island.

If you want to choose a place with fresh air, pristine landscapes ... the Phu Quoc is an ideal choice where you can rent a bike to cross the paths of red land and to enjoy the pristine beaches. Many foreign visitors believe that this destination will become "hot spots" of Vietnam tourism, although the need of development still exists.

At the same time, new destinations in the world have been recorded by Huffingtonpost: José Ignacio (Uruguay), Koh Rong (Cambodia), Bangladesh, Roatan (Honduras), Zambia and Zimbabwe in addition to Phu Quoc Island.

Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam

In La Republica:

La Repubblica, the newspaper of Italy published two articles praising the pristine beauty of the Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam. In particular, this is considered as "paradise". This is not the first time that this island was praised by foreign media. Before Repubblica, Lonely Planet affirmed that Phu Quoc has beaches belonging to the list of the most beautiful in Vietnam.

Articles spent many nice words to this paradise which has been described as an excellent seaside station with pristine beaches, the open nature and competitive prices ... The article did not forget to suggest the traveler to visit this "paradise" without going to go to other well known places in Southeast Asia such as Thailand, Indonesia... According to the articles, the island has extensive white sand beaches surrounded by the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. According also to La Republica, for travelers who love the beauty of peace, tranquility of pristine beaches… the Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam an ideal destination.

Getting to Phu Quoc Island:

There are express boats to the Pearl Island from Rach gia (2h30), Ha tien (1h30) – two cities at the seaside in south of Vietnam, about 6 – 8 hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City. So, the simplest and secure way is that from Can tho, the capital of the Mekong Delta in south of Vietnam where you discover the Cai Rang floating market, Ho Chi Minh City and from Hanoi capital in north, you take direct flight to Phu Quoc Island.