Phu Quoc is known as the "pearl island" because of its unspoiled natural scenery. White sand beaches are stretching on a deep blue sea, and there is a rich undersea ecosystem with countless brilliant coral reefs. To experience and save memorable experiences at the most famous landmarks of Phu Quoc, we suggest you at least a 3-day-2-night itinerary. Do not miss recommended travel schedule below.
- The ideal time to travel to Phu Quoc
- Means of transportation
- Hotels and resorts on Phu Quoc Island
- Itinerary to explore Phu Quoc Island
- Foods on Phu Quoc Island
You can travel to Phu Quoc anytime around the year, but the most ideal is the dry season. At this time, the pleasant weather creates favorable conditions for tourism activities. You can walk around, participate in outdoor activities, go swimming, etc. Once I decided to depart for Phu Quoc in May. Although it was the rainy season, fortunately, I only encountered the early morning rains, which did not affect the journey.
- The dry season: From November to April
- The rainy season: From May to October
You can move to Phu Quoc both by airway and by roadway. The fastest and most convenient way is by air. Currently, domestic airlines are operating routes to Phu Quoc from several cities with only 1-2 hours flight time.
With the roadway option, the cost is not much cheaper than going by plane, but the distance is rather long and time-consuming. From Ho Chi Minh City, you will go by road to Rach Gia (210 km from Phu Quoc) or Ha Tien (45 km from Phu Quoc), then move by express boat or ferry to the island.
In my opinion, the plan of going by airway is the most optimal for you to have enough time and health to explore the beauty of Phu Quoc comfortably.
- Hanoi - Phu Quoc: about 1,300,000 VND/ticket, including taxes and fees ($56,52)
- Ho Chi Minh - Phu Quoc: about 500,000 VND/ticket, including taxes and fees ($21,74)
During this 3-day-2-night trip, I chose the 4-star Lahana Resort Phu Quoc right on the main street of Tran Hung Dao (91/3 Tran Hung Dao street, Duong Dong town). The most attractive point in Lahana is the green space and many entertainment activities. I'm going in a group of three people, so I book a Deluxe Triple Garden room for 1,760,000 VND/night ($76,51). The hotel will give you an extra discount voucher for spa services during your stay. My room overlooks the garden, surrounded by trees, has tables and chairs on the balcony to drink tea and coffee while enjoying the open air. An electric car takes you to visit the campus or to the restaurant or swimming pool for free in the resort. The service is excellent, and I have a very suitable choice.
- Gaia Phu Quoc Hotel - 71 Tran Hung Dao, Quarter 7, Duong Dong town
- Brenta Hotel Phu Quoc - 118 Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong town
- Sol Beach House Phu Quoc - Zone 1, Duc Viet Tourist Area, Bai Truong Complex, Duong To Commune
A reasonable travel schedule will help you to visit the most outstanding attractions on Phu Quoc island. Some specific places you should not miss:
Dinh Cau is on a cliff facing the sea at the mouth of Duong Dong River. It is a unique ancient architecture where the locals pray for favorable rain, calm waves, and a good harvest of shrimps and fish. The attraction is also a famous sunset spot in Phu Quoc.
Ham Ninh Fishing Village is an ancient village of Phu Quoc island district located at Ham Ninh mountain range. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in idyllic life through experiences such as watching corals, fishing, swimming, sailing, etc. Don't forget to try fresh seafood at a super low price.
Phu Quoc National Park: The primeval forest preserves a rich flora and fauna ecosystem
Fish sauce factories: Visit and see the processing process of famous specialties of Phu Quoc.
Phu Quoc itinerary for 3 days 2 nights:
- Day 1: Visit Duong Dong town
- Day 2: Explore the South Island
- Day 3: Explore the North Island
Urchin: typical seafood of the island, can be eaten raw with mustard, cooked with porridge, grilled with onion fat.
Herring salad: A dish made from the breast meat of fresh herring, served with garlic, chili, and roasted peanuts dipping sauce.
Ham Ninh Crab: Fresh, firm meat, no need for sophisticated processing, just steamed or boiled and then eaten with salt, pepper, and lemon.
Mushroom soup: A rather precious mushroom, usually only appearing in the rainy season, people on the island often process the mushrooms with shrimp, squid into delicious and nutritious seafood soup.
Suggested restaurant address:
- Urchin: Nho seafood restaurant - Located in Dinh Cau night market
- Herring salad: Trung Duong Marina Restaurant - Street 30/4, Duong Dong Town
- Ham Ninh Crab: Blue Sea Restaurant in Highway 47, Ham Ninh Commune
- Mushroom soup: Ngan Ha Seafood, Tran Hung Dao Street