This peaceful tropical paradise, floats in the warm turquoise waters in the Gulf of Thailand, 50kms from the Vietnamese mainland and a 50 minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Open year round with a peak season from November to March, Phu Quoc is becoming well known for stunning beaches, untouched natural environment, the easy going and relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals, and fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling.
The majority of Phu Quoc Island is dedicated to National Park and protected marine environment, providing a memorable experience, with plenty of exciting activities and places to visit to keep you and the family entertained during your stay.
Phu Quoc is an almost unknown destination in Vietnam. International tourists and Vietnamese alike just recently discovered Phu Quoc. It is not hard to see why many tourists are boasting of the splendid natural beauty and untouched remote beaches of this spectacular tropical island.
Geographically, Phu Quoc island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, covering a total area of approximately 580 km², close to the main asian cites of Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. It is closer to Cambodia than the closest mainland town of Ha Tien in Vietnam in the Kien Giang province, which is 46 km away.
Although Phu Quoc is a new holiday destination, in the year 2014, about 500,000 to 600,000 visitors came to the island of which 40 per cent were foreign tourists. New International airport, with 2.65 million capacity, opened in December 2012 saw a surge in arrivals with 70,000 visitors coming to the island each month.
Phu Quoc is blessed with favourable natural environment like the virgin forest of over 37,000 hectares, white sandy beaches, coral gardens offshore, varieties of wildlife species, so it is not hard to see why the island has great tourist potential. The government has formed a master plan to develop the island into a high quality eco-tourism destination by 2020. As investment starts to flow into Vietnam, the Island will slowly undergoing development and improved infrastructure. The Prime Minister has offered the best preferences possible for domestic and foreign investors to allow development of the Island, leading to an international standard tourist and trade centre by 2020.
For the time being, tourists visiting phu quoc can still enjoy the experiences of finding a remote beach lined with coconut tress and calm blue waters.
The Vietnamese love their food - in fact, they obsessed about it all day! As soon as they had their breakfast, they will soon think about what they would have for lunch, so it's not surprising that you will find an abundance of small eatery places springing across this tiny island.
The food on Phu Quoc island is heavily influenced by the bountiful harvest of fresh seafood, herbs and vegetable - it is fresh, simple yet utterly deliciously refreshing.
Some places you come across might appear to be shabby by western standards, but do not be fooled by their appearances! With a little sense of adventure and you will soon discover some of the tastiest and most inexpensive food you've ever eaten.
Ai Xiem Restaurant
Located on the white sands of Bai Sao beach, this restaurant has succulent barbecued seafood and great fish in clay pot. Tables are on the sands, a few metres from lapping waves.
Le Cap Breton Restaurant
Locating nearby the museum Coi Nguon, opposite the way to La Veranda resort. Serves French dishes as well as authentic Vietnanamese dishes including shrimps, crabs and fish
Ganesh Indian Restaurant
Offers wide range of North Indian cuisine including Tandoor and Naan bread. Probably the only Indian restaurant on the island!
Ocean Bar & Grill
This is a tiny little tapas bar-grill located on the main road Tran Hung Do. The bites are light, so mix and match. Has a decent selection of wine in town thanks to the attached wine store.
Gio Bien Restaurant
Located in the beautiful bay of Ganh Dau beach, this family run restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese dishes including grill seafood. Try their grill cod fish dish with tumeric marinate - it is devine!
Mondo Restaurant & Lounge
Serves a selection of tapas and European light dishes.