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Phu Quoc Travel Guide – the A-Z Handbook

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PPhu Quoc is considered a “tourist paradise” when it constantly maintains its ranking in the top of the most worth-trying destinations of tourism polls. Save this Phu Quoc travel guide with interesting venues, cuisine, and Phu Quoc sightseeing tips that we have compiled below to fully enjoy your vacation in this “pearl island”.

Phu Quoc Island attracts domestic and foreign tourists thanks to its unspoiled beauty with countless natural favors: long beaches with smooth white sand, blue sea water like that of the Mediterranean region, diverse vegetation and aquatic creatures, etc. The number of tourists visiting this island has been increasing, which has been proving a breakthrough in the tourism industry in recent years. With millions of visitors each year, Phu Quoc has affirmed its ranking equal to those of famous islands in the region such as Phuket in Thailand and Bali in Indonesia, becoming one of the most successful beach tourism models in Vietnam at present.

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So, which destinations you cannot miss and which dishes you must try when visiting Phu Quoc Island? The following article will give you the answer.

Phu Quoc Travel Guide – Where to visit?

First, visiting an island, the beaches are the top venues on the list. Phu Quoc Island is famous for many beautiful beaches with diverse terrain and high purity. And if you stay for just a few days, you should choose Long Beach (“Bai Dai”) to fully enjoy the most unique features forming the natural beauty of the Pearl Island. Long Beach has been voted by BBC as one of the top 10 most beautiful unspoiled beaches in the world with a 1500m long coastline and a line of tall poplar trees.

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Long Beach in Phu Quoc Island

Long Beach is famous not only for its rich ecological landscape, fresh air, quiet environment which is suitable for resort tourism, but also for being the location of many high-class resorts. Corona Resort & Casino Phu Quoc is one of these famous resorts located on this extremely beautiful beach.

With more than 1,000 hotel rooms, 10 high-end sea-view villas including sunken living rooms, swimming pools, and outdoor bathrooms, which are set up with an open airy modern design and emphasize the harmony with nature; Corona Resort & Casino Phu Quoc makes a significant difference from other resort – entertainment complexes. Staying here, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset and sunrise which is the “specialty” of Phu Quoc from your own room, enjoy 5-star facilities and services.

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Corona Resort & Casino Phu Quoc

To fully enjoy Phu Quoc Island, you should prepare a schedule based on geographical locations of the tourist attractions.

The North of the island

  • Khu Tuong pepper garden: Phu Quoc pepper is famous for its pungent aroma, which is stronger than that of any other type of pepper grown in other countries. On the way from Duong Dong Town to Ganh Dau Cape, looking at both sides of the road, you will see very beautiful pepper gardens. After visiting, you can also buy some dried pepper as a gift for your loved ones.
  • Ganh Dau Cape: The cape protruding into the sea in the northwest of the island is quite attractive to tourists due to its characteristic unspoiled natural beauty. From here you can see Vietnam’s border with Cambodia. Ganh Dau Cape has a bow-shaped beach of 500m in length. This cape is also a great place for visitors to enjoy seafood.
  • Tranh Stream: Tranh Stream consists of many small streams passing through forests and ravines. These streams are filled with water from June to September every year. Thanks to a beautiful natural landscape with flowers, forests, sea, and streams, it is a very suitable place for camping and picnics.
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Tranh Stream in Phu Quoc Island

The East and South of the island

  • Sao Beach: Sao Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Phu Quoc Island. This beach is more than 7km long, covered with smooth white sand, and slightly curves like the moon shape. During the peak season, Sao Beach is crowded with tourists. Therefore, if you like to go swimming in Sao Beach, you should go early to rent a hammock to rest.
  • Truong Beach: Truong Beach is another venue you should not miss when visiting Phu Quoc Island. It takes only 7 minutes by car from the airport to reach Truong Beach. During the most beautiful season of Truong Beach lasting from October to April every year, this beach is a perfect choice with the calm sea and slight ripples. In particular, it is the best venue to view the sunset on the island because you can see the sky change its color and reflected on the sea, which creates an amazing effect.
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Long Beach in Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Travel Guide – Which activities to try?

There are remarkably rich vegetation and creatures on Phu Quoc Island. This is also the unique attraction of this “Pearl of the Far East”. Making use of that advantage, sightseeing and entertainment activities in natural attractions are also fully exploited, becoming highlights in the trip to Pearl Island.

  • Visit Vinpearl Safari: Vinpearl Safari is the largest open zoo in Vietnam with an area of about 500 hectares, gathering about 130 species with more than 2,200 individuals of rare animals. Vinpearl Safari is divided into two main zones: an open zoo for visitors consisting of open animal cages in harmony with nature; and a safari park to which visitors will be carried by special vehicles, which is the first zoo model of “released animals, captured human” in Vietnam. Visiting Vinpearl Safari, visitors will experience many interesting activities such as: having a panoramic view of the park with a modern tram system, enjoying attractive animal performances, feeding animals, taking photos with rare animals, etc,…
  • Vinpearl Phu Quoc Amusement Park: Built on a total area of up to 170,000m², Vinpearl Phu Quoc Amusement Park includes many attractive entertainment venues such as: Water Park, Aquarium, Outdoor Amusement Park, Cinema, Cuisine and Shopping Street, Fairy Tale Castle, etc. In addition, Vinpearl Land in Phu Quoc Island also has an area specialized for dolphin performance with a capacity of up to 1,152 seats and a water music stage with up to 2,337 seats which meets requirements for international cultural events.
  • Snorkeling and seeing coral: The diverse aquatic ecosystem in An Thoi archipelago in the south or Fingernail island, Doi Moi island, and Thay Boi island in the north of Phu Quoc island are ideal venues for tourists to explore the aquatic world. Especially, the coral reefs in these areas are ranked the first in Vietnam in terms of diversity with 17 different types of hard, soft corals and anemones.
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Vinpearl Phu Quoc

In addition, Phu Quoc Island is also attractive thanks to its casino, a very new form of entertainment on this island. Corona Casino Phu Quoc, included in Corona Resort & Casino Phu Quoc complex, is the first legal casino open to Vietnamese people across Vietnam. The casino is built on an area of 18,800m² with 100 tables, 1000 slot machines, an imported furniture system, and impressive satellite facilities like: swimming pool, bar, snack bar, etc. This classy high-end space brings a completely different experience and creates a highlight to attract tourists to Phu Quoc Island even though it has just come into operation since 2018.

Phu Quoc Travel Guide – Which foods to try?

Pearl Island Phu Quoc amazes visitors with diverse sea specialties and many other unique products.

  • Citrus-cured sardine salad: Sardine sashimi rolled with rice paper and a variety of vegetables, served with grated coconut, and dipped in premium fish sauce is a favorite dish in Phu Quoc Island. You will not find any fishy taste but only feel the aroma of wild vegetables, the fatty taste of coconut, and the crispness and sweetness of the fish. It is always recommended by Phu Quoc people that you should drink myrtle wine when having Citrus-cured sardine salad because sardine has a lot of protein, especially when it is still fresh, so a little bit of myrtle wine will help improve digestion. The sauce used for citrus-cured sardine salad is also very special. It is made from chili, garlic, and roasted peanuts. All of these ingredients are ground and mixed, and then put into Phu Quoc’s genuine fish sauce to create a spicy, aromatic and unforgettable taste when being used with Citrus-cured sardine salad.
  • Ham Ninh crabs: Ham Ninh crabs cost from VND 200,000-500,000/kg depending on the size, but the big crabs in Phu Quoc Island are only as big as those grown in the Central region. The crabs which are too big do not taste good, but the ones which are too small have no meat. So it is recommended to choose the size of about 6-7 crabs per kilogram. Choose female crabs if you like to eat crab roe, and take male crabs if you prefer meat. The crabs which are tough are delicious.
  • Grilled horn scallop muscle: The main ingredient is the muscle connecting two pieces of shells of a horn scallop. There are many recipes for cooking horn scallop like: stir-fried with shiitake mushrooms, straw mushrooms, onions and mustard greens. However, for gourmets who want to enjoy the best taste of the sea, the best recipe should be the grilled horn scallop muscle with salt and pepper. The salty taste of salt and the burning spiciness of chili enhance the sweetness of horn scallop muscle. And only with this recipe, horn scallop muscle can retain its toughness and crispness.
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Phu Quoc Citrus-cured sardine salad

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