Dubbed Pearl Island, Phu Quoc offers an appealing combination of blue sea, white sand, and golden sunshine. On the island, you will discover not only fresh seafood year round and unspoiled nature, but also world-class resorts.
Phu Quoc is located in the Gulf of Thailand, 45 kilometres from Ha Tien city. There are about 22 islands in this area and Phu Quoc is the largest one. The island is 48 kilometres long and 19 kilometres wide. Shaped like a teardrop, the north end is the largest.
The best time to visit is between November and May, with warm weather and a calm blue sea. This makes it convenient for all kinds of tourist activities, from exploring to relaxing. Phu Quoc has two seasons, dry and wet. The dry season starts in April with a clear blue sky. During this season, beaches in Phu Quoc and other West coast small islands are calm, which is best for diving, observing coral, and doing other marine activities. However, the weather from March to May can be hotter because it is the beginning of the wet season with more rain.
The remainder of the year is wet. The rain pours down and the waves are big and dangerous on the west coast. This is not a good time to visit Phu Quoc.
Seafood is the top choice from the very moment you set foot on this paradise archipelago. You can enjoy the food while on tours visiting the islands such as May Rut Island or Fingernail Island. The islanders welcome tourists with different simple seafood dishes that are grilled or in a hot pot. They are served with green pepper sauce or sweet-and-sour fish sauce. This simplicity preserves the most freshness and flavor. Hit the Phu Quoc night market near Cau Temple to enjoy sophisticated seafood dishes.
Phu Quoc specialties include Bun Quay – stirred noodles. It has a strange name because the cook has to stir the soup constantly. This is to ensure all the ingredients are cooked and well blended. It contains the cool flavours of simple ingredients such as ground shrimp, fish, squid, and scallions. The fish sauce also makes this dish unique with salt, sugar, pepper, and kumquat. Bun quay is served in many shops on Phu Quoc Island, but most of the tourists go to Kien Xay shop on April 30 street, Phu Quoc city.
For those who have a sweet tooth, Phu Quoc is famous for peanuts coated with caramel, matcha or chocolate. You can find this snack almost anywhere on the island. Another dessert is Thai rolled ice cream. The process of mixing ice cream and other flavours into a roll is an exciting performance to watch. The outcome is well-rolled ice cream with coconut jam and a peanut topping. Delicious and refreshing.
Discover paradise Pearl Island
Phu Quoc is said to have a massive collection of attractive beaches such as Bai Truong (Bai Dai), Bai Sao, Bai Ong Lang, Bai Ganh Dau, and Bai Vung Bau. Bai Sao is the most favoured by nature with its peaceful small waves year round. This beach is only 25 kilometres from the center of Indochina town. You can easily take a taxi there. If you drive, be careful as the locals say the road to Bai Sao is quite dangerous.
Phu Quoc is also famous for pepper farms and fish sauce farms. Visit them and you will learn more about the cultivation and processing of Phu Quoc specialties. You do not necessarily have to buy the product, but they can make good souvenirs.
Other fascinating places to visit are pearl farms such as Long Beach, Ngoc An, and Ngoc Hien. You can learn the process of pearl cultivation, from catching and dissecting, to the manipulating stages. Phu Quoc is called Pearl Island because of the diversity of pearls.
Other nature explorations include Suoi Tranh, island tours, Ham Ninh fishing village, and watching the sunset.
When the sun goes down, Phu Quoc bustles with shopping opportunities such as Dinh Cau night market with lots of local dishes and vendors. If you want to sip a cocktail while enjoying the sea breeze, head to establishments such as Dragonfly, Andy’s Bar, Hello Bar, and Joe’s Beach Bar.
The enchanting natural beauty of Phu Quoc makes it a peaceful destination. Along with your necessities, make sure to pack your spirit of discovery. It is just the place to enjoy nature, golden sunshine and a cool breeze blowing through your hair. Welcome to Pearl Island.
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