A-Z review of Phu Quoc pearl island: transportation, location, food, hotel
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Threeland sends to you a handbook Phu Quoc travel guide with a lot of information about transport, climate, outstanding landmarks, and famous local products. Hopefully this handbook will accompany you on your upcoming trips to Phu Quoc…
Phu Quoc Tourism Overview
Phu Quoc is a beautiful archipelago located deep in the Gulf in Thailand, belonging to Kien Giang province. In the southern sea of the country, Ngoc Phu Quoc island - the largest island in Vietnam, is also the largest island in a population of 22 islands. Clear sea water, peaceful streams and many unique seafood are the great advantages of Phu Quoc tourism.
The most crowded time for tourists to Phu Quoc is from April to September. However, the dry season (October to March next year) is the most beautiful time of Phu Quoc. In general, you can comfortably travel through Phu Quoc at any time of the year. Because the annual average temperature is only about 28 degrees Celsius. Most importantly, monitor the weather forecast to avoid stormy days.
Transportation traveling to Phu Quoc
Means to Phu Quoc Island is mainly by plane, speedboat or ferry. The following is the options to get to Phu Quoc depending on different starting points:
Hanoi - Phu Quoc
Airlines operated a lot of flights from Hanoi to Phu Quoc. Airfares from Hanoi to Phu Quoc are quite suitable, so many tourists choose because they are fast, cheap, and save travel time. Flight information can be found on the airline’s website.
Ho Chi Minh City - Phu Quoc
You can go by plane or combine car + speed boat Rach Gia - Phu Quoc for a distance of 500km.
Airplane: Airlines operate many flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc.
Car + high-speed train Rach Gia - Phu Quoc: Phuong Trang, Kumho and Mai Linh are high-quality bus companies transporting passengers from Ho Chi Minh City to Rach Gia route and round trip. The moving time is 6 to 7 hours depending on traffic.
Can Tho - Phu Quoc
You can take a car + high-speed train Rach Gia to Phu Quoc Island:
Car + high-speed train Rach Gia to Phu Quoc: Phuong Trang and Mai Linh are two high-quality bus companies transporting passengers from the Can Tho - Rach Gia route and round trip. The moving time is 3 to 3.5 depending on traffic.
From the airport, it takes about 20 minutes by taxi to the Duong Dong Center/Dinh Cau area. The two largest taxi companies are SASCO and Mai Linh, both of which go by meter quite safe and convenient for tourists.
Rach Gia - Phu Quoc
You take a high-speed train for a distance of 120km. By road from Ho Chi Minh City to Rach Gia, from the pick-up point on Le Hong Phong Street, District 10, have buses:
- Mai Linh. Tel: 08 39292929
- Phuong Trang. Tel: 08 3833 3468
If you start from the Mien Tay bus station, there are Kumho Samco, Ba Dung, Tuyet Hon, Chau Ha buses. The bus will arrive at Rach Gia bus station (Kien Giang). Running time is about 6-7 hours.
You should buy a 45-seat bus ticket, so you can easily sleep well. If you want to save time, you should choose a bus start trip at 10pm, at 5am the car will arrive in Kien Giang. Before getting off the bus, you don’t miss asking the driver about the parking location of the transit vehicle to get on this bus for free. Don't let the motorbike taxis take you, only get to feeder buses. When you get on the feeder buses, you tell the driver that you want to go to the pier to Phu Quoc.
- High-speed boat: Superdong shipping company activated from Rach Gia - Phu Quoc sea route and round trip.
- Superdong train:
Address: No. 01 Lot 4, 3/2 street, Vinh Thanh Van ward, Rach Gia city.
Contact: (0297) 3877 742.
Ho Chi Minh City - Ha Tien - Phu Quoc
You can go by speedboat or ferry for 45km. Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Tien by road, buses from Saigon to Ha Tien include:
Phuong Trang bus
Ticket price is 205,000 VND.
Departure time: You can refer to the website.
In Ho Chi Minh City:
– Ticket reservation center: 1900 6067
– Address of the box office: 272 De Tham, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Ticket price is 190,000 VND.
Ha Tien - Ho Chi Minh City route:
– Departure time: Many time frames for you to choose. Refer to the website.
– Phone booking: 0297 3 95 97 97
Ho Chi Minh City - Ha Tien route
– Departure time: Many time frames for you to choose. Refer to the website.
– Phone booking: 028 37 52 78 78
Tuan Nga bus
Refer to the ticket price at website.
In Ho Chi Minh City:
– Hotline: 0962 57 11 99 – 0942 79 00 55 – 0946 79 00 55
– Ticket office: No. 7 Pham Huu Chi, Ward 12, District 5, City. Ho Chi Minh
– Ticket counter of Mien Tay Bus Station (Gateway 2) – TP. Ho Chi Minh
In Ha Tien:
– Ha Tien Hotline: 0773 95 45 45 – 0773 95 44 64 – 0969 19 11 77
- Contact directly at Ha Tien Bus Station - City Ha Tien
Start at Thanh Thoi ferry (Ha Tien), stop at Da Chong wharf (Bai Thom, Phu Quoc). Ferries have a large capacity, can carry all kinds of cars. It takes about 2 hours. From Da Chong ferry station to Duong Dong town center about 20km, you can go by boat, motorbike taxi (this area is a bit difficult to find a taxi).
Superdong I and Superdong II trains have trips from Ha Tien to Phu Quoc, from Phu Quoc to Ha Tien daily. Besides, there are many other speedboats that also activate this route. You can see more details at the website.
Moving in Phu Quoc
There are three main roads:
- Tran Hung Dao Street: This street has the most hotels and resorts in Phu Quoc, most of them have beaches, starting at the crossroads, extending to the end of Truong beach, to An Thoi. You can comfortably go more than 10km from one resort's beach to another. Tran Hung Dao Street is also the way to visit galleries - Coi Nguon, Pearl, Phu Quoc prison, Yen cave.
- Street 30/4 - Phu Quoc dining street: There are many restaurants, you can try seafood at roadside restaurants with better prices than the night market. This way goes to Sung Hung Co Tu pagoda, Tranh stream, Ham Ninh fishing village, Bai Vong wharf. You can take this road through An Thoi to visit Sao beach, Khem beach.
- Hung Vuong Street: This road makes a crossroad with the 30/04 street. You can go straight to the first intersection is Nguyen Trung Truc street, turn left to go to the airport, turn right to go to Da Ban stream, Khu Tuong pepper garden, national park, Ganh Dau, Ong Nguyen temple, Vung Bau tourist area…
List 10 places not to be missed when visiting Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc Travel has become an attractive destination with many interesting experience activities for your tour family holidays. The local tour guides will be your companions, bringing extremely useful knowledge to visitors.
1. Duong Dong area town
Watching the sunset at Dinh Cau: Dinh Cau Cape is a famous landscape in Phu Quoc. Especially, seeing the sunset at Dinh Cau is something that any visitor to Phu Quoc should not miss.
Location: Dinh Cau Cape is located right in Duong Dong town, about a 5 minutes walk from Duong Dong market.
Phu Quoc travel guide is ready to lead you to the night market to enjoy the freshest seafood dishes. Phu Quoc Night Market is located on Bach Dang Street, about 1km from Dinh Cau. It operates from 17.00 to 23.00 on weekends, including many shops selling fresh seafood, local specialties such as fish sauce, Sim candy, pepper and handicrafts. In addition to sightseeing and shopping, you don’t forget to enjoy the fresh seafood dishes and processed foods at the market.
Coi Nguon Museum is the 9th private museum currently in Vietnam and is considered to be the place to keep the stories of Phu Quoc island, the "soul" of Phu Quoc. Coi Nguon Museum keeps more than 3,000 antiques, including 300 sets of precious folders about Phu Quoc in Chinese, Vietnamese, English and French characters. Besides, there are areas displaying driftwood handicrafts; sea snail fine art zone; product area souvenirs, pearls; traditional stilt houses in Phu Quoc countryside; Cho Xoay conservation area, sea eagle and osprey sanctuary.
Address: 149 Tran Hung Dao, Quarter 7, Duong Dong town, Phu Quoc district, Kien Giang province.
2. North Island of Phu Quoc
North of Phu Quoc island is a rich land with primeval forests, rich flora and fauna, and countless beautiful beaches hidden behind the forests. Coming to the North Island is coming to wild nature. The itinerary to explore the North Island includes:
Khu Tuong pepper garden
Phu Quoc pepper is famous for its pungent aroma, which is stronger than pepper grown in other areas. On the way from Duong Dong to Ganh Dau, 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.
Location: The most pepper growing area is Khu Tuong, about 15km north of Duong Dong town.
3. Ganh Dau Cape
The cape protruding into the northwest sea of the island attracts tourists by its wildest and most characteristic natural beauty. From here you can see the maritime border of Cambodia. Ganh Dau has a bow-shaped beach stretching 500m. This is also a great place to enjoy seafood for visitors.
Location: Ganh Dau commune, Phu Quoc district, about 15-20km north of Duong Dong town.
4. Suoi Tranh
Suoi Tranh is made up of many small streams, weaving through the woods and ravines, with water from June to September every year. There is a beautiful natural landscape with flowers, mountains, forests, sea and streams, which is an interesting camping and picnic location.
Location: Tranh Stream is located on Ham Ninh mountain range, northeast of Phu Quoc island. From Duong Dong town, follow Duong Dong - Ham Ninh route about 10 km to reach Suoi Tranh.
5. Suoi Da Ban
Possessing large and flat rocks like a tabletop, Phu Quoc people call it Da Ban Stream. This is one of the attractions that should not be missed when you visit Phu Quoc National Park.
Location: Starting from Duong Dong town, go back to the North of the island and then follow the road with signs to Da Ban stream.
6. Da Ngon Stream
With 7 waterfalls, Da Ngon stream is majestic and enchanting because it is still a secret for tourists who love to explore and adventure. From November to April next year is the best time to visit Da Ngon stream, because in the rainy season the rocks become slippery.
Location: Located in the Northeast of Phu Quoc Island.
7. Bai Dai
Bai Dai has been voted by the BBC as one of the 10 most pristine and beautiful beaches in the world. Bai Dai Phu Quoc has a coastline of 1500m, along the beach with sea sand is a row of tall blue poplars, growing in a straight row.
Location: Bai Dai is northwest of Phu Quoc island. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour by motorbike from Duong Dong center, heading towards the resorts of Chen Sea, Chez Carole and Mai Phuong, northwest of the island.
8. Temple of Nguyen Trung Truc
The temple was built by the people of Phu Quoc to remembering the hero who contributed to the country and the nation. Every year, on the 28th day of the 8th lunar month, Phu Quoc people come here to celebrate his death anniversary.
Location: Distance is about 25km from Duong Dong towards Ganh Dau.
9. Vinpearl Safari and VinWonders
One of the most famous attractions in the north of the island is Vinpearl Safari, which takes care of more than 3,000 individuals of birds, mammals and reptiles of 175 species. Safari is divided into 2 open zoo areas, for visitors to visit the petting area and the semi-wild area, bringing visitors by specialized vehicles.
Come here, visitors with their families and friends learn about the animals in their natural habitat. Nearby is a VinWonders entertainment complex with many fun or adventurous games, the aquarium is suitable for both children and adults.
10. East and South of Phu Quoc Island
The East and South of Phu Quoc Island are lowlands area interwoven with secondary forests, where the island's inhabitants gather. Beautiful beaches in Vietnam tourism that attract people’s hearts such as Truong beach, Sao beach, Khem beach, Gieng Ngu are mentioned as a distinct charm of Phu Quoc island. Itinerary to explore the South Island includes:
Bai Sao is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phu Quoc. In the high season, Bai Sao is crowded with tourists, so if you like to go swimming in Sao beach, you should go early to rent a hammock to rest.
Location: Bai Sao is located on the Nam Dao tourist route, about 30km from Duong Dong town.
Hon Thom island cluster is located south of Phu Quoc. Come here you can dive to see the coral, see the fisherman's aquaculture areas, the pearl farming area is about 10 minutes by boat from Hon Thom, you can see the very famous squid fishing village in Phu Quoc.
Location: From Phu Quoc pier, it takes 30 minutes to go to Hon Thom island.
Bai Khem is still wild, the sand is white and smooth like powder. A minus point is that Khem beach has a lot of trash and leaves, feeling that the sea is not clean. In return, eating seafood at Bai Khem is great.
This place specializes in selling grilled fish and herring salad at quite cheap prices. You can visit Cuc Man restaurant to taste the bien mai and relax in the hammock. In Bai Khem you should also visit the pearl farming area, which is very interesting.
Location: It is located in the south of Phu Quoc island, 25km from Duong Dong, 5km from An Thoi port.
Bai Truong continues to be a place not to be missed during a trip to Phu Quoc, only 7 minutes by car from the airport. From October to April every year, Truong beach is the perfect choice, because this is the most beautiful season of Truong beach with the calm sea surface and ripples.
Sunset Sanato Beach Club is located in Long Beach, famous as the most unique beach in Phu Quoc with impressive art works. The place is the largest sea music festival in Phu Quoc - Epizode, is held every year on New Year's Eve.
Address: Duong Bao hamlet, Duong To, Phu Quoc, Kien Giang.
Ham Ninh fishing village
Ham Ninh fishing village's life almost remains untouched with makeshift bamboo wall cottages. The main occupation is still pearl diving, catching sea cucumbers and making crab nets. The specialty here is the crab that has just been caught and boiled, bright red color, firm meat, sweet lemon salt pepper sauce.
Location: Ham Ninh fishing village is located on the east coast of the island, 20 km northeast of Duong Dong town.
Fish sauce factory
Coming here, you can learn the traditional method of fish incubation to create the rich flavor of the famous Phu Quoc fish sauce. Customers can buy fish sauce right at the factory.
Address: Phung Hung fish sauce - Duong Dong - An Thoi road axis, opposite Phu Quoc Prison.
An Thoi Archipelago
An Thoi archipelago has 15 large and small islands located along the southwest direction. The sea is very clear and deep, some places are nearly 30m deep. Some large islands in the An Thoi archipelago are named Hon Dan, Hon Dua, Hon Roi, Hon Thom, Vang, Nails, Gam Ghi, May Rut, Chan Qui.
Location: South of Phu Quoc Island.
Mong Tay Island
Mong Tay Island is almost an absolute pristine island, because there are no residents and no interference from convenient services from the mainland. Mong Tay Island is an ideal place to carry out outdoor activities such as camping, swimming or going deep inside to explore the wild nature.
Another interesting activity that you cannot miss when coming here is the experience of scuba diving to see the extremely rich coral ecosystem, with 17 types of hard and soft and many kinds of colorful anemones.
Gam Ghi Island
Ham Chi Island is located in the southernmost part of An Thoi archipelago, which attracts tourists with its pristine beach, strangely shaped cliffs, white sand, below is a world of oceans and reefs.
May Rut Island
It is located in the south of Phu Quoc Island, about 3 nautical miles from the center of An Thoi town. The sea in Hon May Rut area has a very diverse ecosystem with more than 100 species of hard and soft corals, 125 species of fish, 150 species of molluscs along with many precious marine species such as clams, cow ears, sea cow, tortoise, etc.
Cay Dua Prison (Phu Quoc Prison)
Coming to Phu Quoc Prison, you will witness the remnants of the Vietnam War and learn about the brutal torture methods here 50 years ago.
Location: Located in Cay Dua hamlet, An Thoi commune, in the southernmost area of Phu Quoc island.
Discover details of Phu Quoc pearl island
Traveling to Phu Quoc, you will have the opportunity to experience a lot of interesting and unique entertainment activities.
Visiting Vinpearl Safari
Vinpearl Safari is the largest open zoo model in Vietnam with an area of about 500 hectares, gathering about 130 species with more than 2,200 individuals of rare animals. It is divided into two main subdivisions: an open zoo for visitors between open petting areas, in harmony with nature; The semi-wild area (safari park) carries visitors by special vehicles with the unique form of "released animals, captive people", for the first time in Vietnam.
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 Play Area, Cinema, Humid Street.
In addition, Vinpearl Land in Phu Quoc also has a dolphin performance area with a capacity of up to 1,152 seats and a water music stage with a capacity of up to 2,337 seats to meet the needs of guests. international cultural events.
Explore Dinh Cau night market
The whole area has more than 100 stalls stretching on both sides of the road, including souvenir stalls, handicrafts, cosmetics, jewelry and Phu Quoc pearls.
However, it should be noted that the prices here are quite high. If you want a cheaper price, you can buy fresh seafood at Duong Dong market near the ferry bridge at the end of Nguyen Trung Truc street and then bring it to Thien Hai Son resort for processing, the processing fee ranges from 50,000 to 100,000 / kg.
Snorkeling to see corals
The diverse marine ecosystem in An Thoi archipelago in the South or Mong Tay, Doi Moi and Thay Boi islands in the north of Phu Quoc island are ideal places for tourists to explore the ocean world, especially the ocean world. The coral reefs here topped the table in Vietnam in terms of abundance with 17 different types of hard, soft and anemones.
The coral diving tour is introduced and offered to tourists by hotels and resorts in Phu Quoc with prices ranging from 350,000 to 500,000 VND/person.
Fishing to explore the desert island
This tour will take you to an island or a coast with many species of fish such as grouper, melaleuca, pompano, cod. The trophy is the fish caught will be served right on the ship. While fishing, the group of friends can organize camping, picnics and explore more of the surrounding lands. Some favorite places such as: Ong Doi Cape, Hon Dam, Hon Thom …
Explore the primeval forest
You can book a tour to explore the North of the island or go to Da Ngon Stream Ecological Reserve or Ganh Dau Ecological Reserve. Some adventurous travelers explore the primeval forest on their own or just hire a local guide during their exploration.
Night squid fishing
When night falls, it's time to experience exciting moments of relaxation with fishermen with night squid fishing. There will be nothing like when you personally catch squids that are hunting in the sea or catch swordfish, bone blue fish floating on the sea surface. The booty is squid or fish caught will be served right on board.
Delicious dishes + places to eat in Phu Quoc
Pearl Island Phu Quoc delights visitors with rich sea specialties and many other unique products. Vietnam tourism is famous for its diverse and rich cuisine, with many delicious dishes recognized by the world's top chefs.
Fresh herring wrapped in rice paper with all kinds of vegetables, little grated coconut, dipped with premium fish sauce is a favorite dish in Phu Quoc, completely not fishy but only the aroma of wild vegetables, the fatty taste of coconut and pieces of fish really sweet and crunchy.
Ham Ninh Crab
Ham Ninh crabs cost from 200,000-500,000 VND/kg depending on the size, but big crabs in Phu Quoc are only equal to those born in the Central region. Too big crabs don't taste good, too small crabs don't have meat. Should choose about 6-7 fish/kg, if you like to eat bricks, choose female crabs, if you eat a lot of meat, eat males, crabs are sure to be delicious.
These dishes are also worth trying when coming to Phu Quoc. The plate of snails and scallops is more delicious because of the fresh ingredients, while eating and blowing and breathing in the spicy, extremely attractive chili. It can be found at any good restaurant at Dinh Cau night market.
Bien Mai Scallops are two layers of muscle connecting two pieces of scallop. There are many ways to cook this food: stir-fry with shiitake mushrooms, straw mushrooms, onions and mustard greens.
However, for gourmets who want to enjoy the pristine taste of the sea, nothing can beat the grilled sirloin bien mai with salt and pepper. The salty taste of salt, the tongue-slicing spiciness of chili enhances the sweetness of scallops.
Melaleuca mushrooms are only available in Phu Quoc during the rainy season (April to September). If you come in the dry season, melaleuca mushrooms are definitely dried or frozen ones, not as delicious as freshly picked mushrooms. Fresh mushrooms are cooked with seafood such as shrimp, fish, squid. Dried mushrooms are stir-fried with abalone or sea cucumber. Boiled broiler chicken is just cooked, adding freshly picked mushrooms will give us a delicious mushroom soup.
Hotels in Phu Quoc
International tourists who focus on relaxation often choose the tourist street along Tran Hung Dao Street with many resorts following the most beautiful beach. If you want to swim in Bai Dai, there are several resort options, but it is quite far from the center of Duong Dong. Similarly, Bai Sao has My Lan resort, it is a bit isolated from the Tran Hung Dao area and the town center.
If you want to stay at another place to swim, you should go more than ten kilometers at the end of the road.
Some Phu Quoc hotel you can refer to:
1. Novotel Phu Quoc Resort
Address: Quarter 5, Duong Bao, Duong To Commune, Phu Quoc District, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam
2. SOL by Melia Phu Quoc Resort
Address: Zone 1, Duc Viet Tourist Area, Bai Truong Complex, Duong To Commune, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam
3. Vinpearl Resort & Golf Phu Quoc
Address: Bai Dai, Ganh Dau Ward, Phu Quoc Dist., Kien Giang Town, Vietnam
4. JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa
Address: Bai Khem, An Thoi Commune, Phu Quoc District, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam
5. Fusion Resort Phu Quoc
Address: Vung Bau beach, Phu Quoc district, Kien Giang province, Vietnam
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