Ultimate Phu Quoc travel guide for discovering Phu Quoc accommodation, the best time to visit and great activities..
Why travel to Phu Quoc?
Phu Quoc is a beautiful Island located in the Gulf of Thailand 45km West of Vietnam and 15km south of Cambodia. The island is notorious for having the best beaches in Vietnam (the island has been voted as having the world’s most “beautiful and unspoilt” beach) and it’s famous for its delectable seafood. For the budget backpacker, Phu Quoc is appealing as it offers rock bottom priced accommodation and it’s easily accessible.
Why now is the time to travel to Phu Quoc…
Phu Quoc Island has, so far, been spared from the mass tourism and building work that other popular South East Asian Islands have undergone. However, with more building work going on every day, who knows how long the tranquillity of Phu Quoc will last! My advice? Get there ASAP before it’s too late and it ends up like just another Phuket….
Time of year to go
Phu Quoc Island enjoys a tropical climate and has three notable seasons: High season, shoulder season and low season.
High season is between November – March; during this period the temperature is on average about 30 degrees and sunny blue skies dominate. Shoulder season is from April – June; this is actually a good time to visit the Island as there are chances of great weather but the Island enjoys fewer crowds. July – September is low season – it’s monsoon time! Unless you love muddy weather it’s perhaps not advisable to book during these months!
Phu Quoc Island is easily accessible by either boat or plane. From Ho Chi Minh City you can fly to Phu Quoc’s small airport in just 55 minutes. Vietnam Airlines run about five flights per day so there are plenty of times to choose from. When I was in Vietnam in 2011 I paid about $80 USD for a return flight from Ho Chi Minh to Phu Quoc.
You can also get to the Island by ferry – it’s a much cheaper option but takes longer. If you have plenty of time to spare then this is probably the best option as it is more cost effective. You have the choice of taking a Hydrofoil which takes 2.5 hours or a small fast ferry.
Phu Quoc Accommodation
The great thing about Phu Quoc acommodation is the amount of budget options available. Most Phu Quoc travel guides will tell you to pre-book accommodation, especially if you are visiting during the high season as it does sell out fast! In 2011 I stayed at the Viet Thanh Resort located on Long Beach and got a beautiful cottage on the beach for four people for less than $30 USD per night – a real bargain!
Mai House is consistently voted as one of the best Phu Quoc accommodation options available; it is a tropical haven and bungalows are priced between $50 – $90 USD.
Things to do
You will never be short of things to do on Phu Quoc Island! Here were some of my favourite activities:
Phu Quoc really does have some amazing beaches—check out Long Beach on the West side of the Island, Sao Beach on the Island’s East side and Ganh Dau Beach which is located at the top of the Island on the North West.
There are plenty of snorkeling options on the Island; generally a snorkeling trip will set you back about $15 USD and most companies will also provide lunch.
The snorkeling trip that I did on Phu Quoc also included an afternoon of fishing which was a whole lot of fun! Phu Quoc is notorious for amazing fishing!
There is a fabulous night market located at Duong Dong – with mazes of stalls full of bright clothes and delicious food you can get lost in these markets for hours!