You won’t be disappointed when picking Phu Quoc as your next holiday destination. This stunning island is a true jewel, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the most splendor ocean view in Vietnam, and maybe in the whole of Southeast Asia.
So while being on this paradise island, let’s see what can you achieve besides taking a leisure walk on a perfect sandbank, or being embraced in crystal clear and calm waters?
Having fun at the magical “Disneyland” of Vietnam
To be named as the Vietnamese Disneyland, Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc is built to impress its visitors with the unique architecture and fun activities. This amusement park is located on Bai Dai Beach – a “super cool” destination with the Westernized beauty of the island. A visit to Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc will give you opportunities to admire the magnificent beauty of the park, and also participate in hundreds of exciting indoor and outdoor activities: water music repertoire, giant aquarium, etc. in a miracle atmosphere.
Diving into the spectacular ocean
The impressively diverse coral reef systems and colorful marine life are the experiences that will make you fall in love with this paradise island. To the northwest of Phu Quoc, there are a number of dive sites that offer the top conditions for beginners. The waters here are clear and calm, sheltered from the strong currents that affect other areas around the island. Marine life in these dive sites includes a variety of hard and soft corals and colorful reef fish.
The 15 islets known as the An Thoi Islands off the southern tip of Phu Quoc provide a more challenging environment for divers. From October to May, the currents and visibility here are highly changeable. While you probably won’t spot any big sharks and mantas, the currents do allow for some larger life such as bamboo sharks or blue spotted rays. The area is better known for its macro life and reef system which is making a recovery from decades of dynamite fishing.
Experiencing the local life at Ham Ninh Village
Ham Ninh Village is a picturesque fishing village and a great spot to get a glimpse into the everyday life of the local fishermen. For those who love fresh fish, the village is a great spot to eat some bargain-priced seafood as well as try some unusual dishes such as sea cucumber soup. This is also the best place on the island to admire the beautiful sunrise. The peaceful atmosphere of the early morning on the sea will make you really relax on your Vietnam trip.
Exploring Phu Quoc on a bike
Phu Quoc is not only famous for its idyllic beaches, but there are also numerous destinations you can see on a bike such as pepper garden, Tranh waterfall, Da Ban stream, museum, vigorous fern forests and so on. You should spend time discovering other places on this pearl island after an abundant time on the beach or in the water. For sights on the mainland, riding a bike is a perfect choice. You can wander all of the roads, explore all the corners to see a new world that you might miss when driving around in a car.
Touring a jail?
Phu Quoc Prison is where Northern Vietnamese soldiers were imprisoned during the Vietnam-America War. It is now a museum displaying torture instruments, photographs of former prisoners and various exhibits with life-sized mannequins depicting graphic scenes of what life was like in prison during its operation. Whilst this may not be for everyone, the prison is a way for tourists to learn more about Vietnam’s history and a reminder of the brutalities of war.
Bathing in the golden light of sunset on the beach
After a day full of activities, find yourself a bean bag at a trendy beach bar, order a cocktail and watch the spectacular sunset. The sun looks like a small pearl glowing in the west, slowly goes down to bedsore and brightens the immense sea. The silver waves catch this magical light and “dance” which create an extremely lively painting. Sunset on the sea has become Phu Quoc’s specialty and that’s why every traveler comes here should experience it once in their Vietnam vacation. You can unwind with a few drinks while your kids are playing on the sand, sounds perfect right? Enjoy the breathtaking landscape in lovely background music, and get yourself time for chilling out!
Wandering night markets for the mouth-watering street foods
The night markets in Phu Quoc (like Dinh Cau, Duong Dong) are the most atmospheric and best-value places to dine on the island. These vibrant markets offer stalls of snacks, coconut ice cream and a parade of outdoor restaurants serving a delicious range of Vietnamese seafood, grills and vegetarian options.
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