What to do in Phu Quoc

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Phu Quoc Island attractions aren’t just limited to its stunning beaches, but extends to historical sites, Buddhist shrines, and fishing villages that have stood the test of time. Despite the rise of high-end beach resorts, modern facilities, and international dining venues, visitors can still enjoy plenty of sightseeing opportunities during their holiday.

A UNESCO-listed national park takes up more than half of Phu Quoc Island, offering recreational activities such as hiking, camping, wildlife, photography and bird-watching. Meanwhile, vibrant markets, traditional fishing villages, and pepper plantations are perfect for experiencing the local lifestyle and sampling authentic regional specialities. Read on for our guide of what to see on Phu Quoc Island.


1. Ganh Dau Cape

The Ganh Dau Cape is located at the northwestern tip of Phu Quoc. Actually, there are only a few rocks and some fishermen waiting for their next catch. However, if you climb a little bit over the rocks, you can enjoy a fantastic view at the ocean and Cambodia in the distance.

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That’s because Phu Quoc is located closer to Cambodia than to the mainland of Vietnam. It’s definitely one of the highlights of the island, which you should visit during a scooter tour around Phu Quoc for example.

2. Nguyen Trung Truc

The Nguyen Trung Truc temple is one of the many beautiful temples of Phu Quoc. It is also like the cape located in the village of Ganh Dau. If you drive from the Ganh Dau Cape towards the village, you will eventually reach the temple after going up a small hill. It is not to be missed on that road.

The temple was built by the locals to honor the heroes who served their country and nation. There are a couple of Chinese statues inside the temple and the air smells of incense sticks.

3. Suoi Thanh waterfall

The Suoi Thanh waterfall is one of the two largest waterfalls of Phu Quoc. It is located on the road between Ham Ninh and Duong Dong. It’s best to visit the waterfall from May to September as it carries the most water during this time of the year. But even during the off-season it’s still worth a visit.

At the weekend it can get really busy because many locals take a trip to the waterfall. The area and the park in front of the waterfall are well maintained and really nice to linger and take a walk around.

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To reach the waterfall you will have to go a little bit deeper into the forest. After approximately 15 minutes you will arrive at the quite small waterfall. Before that, there are several natural pools where you can swim in the ice cold water or just sit down for a picnic.

The entrance fee for the waterfall is VND 5,000 per person and you have to pay another VND 10,000 for parking. That’s about 60 Euro cents, which is perfectly fine.

4. Phu Quoc Prison

Phu Quoc Prison is the place where you can get little knowledge of Vietnam’s turbulent past. During the Vietnam War, thousands of Vietnamese people were imprisoned and tortured here. Nowadays, it becomes a war museum where houses authentic instruments for torture, exhibits of brutal punishments, and photographs of former detainees. Besides, it also owns a retail outlet where local snacks, unique handicrafts, and books writing about the Vietnam War are sold.

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If you are really interested in history, don’t forget to see tiger cages where prisoners were kept and subjected to severe weather conditions in a long time, resulting in blindness and pneumonia. Don’t need to pay an entrance fee, you can freely visit the prison and get yourself some things about the famous Vietnam War.


1. Dinh Cau night market

Every evening you can visit the night market in Phu Quoc’s main town Duong Dong. Here you will likewise meet many locals and tourists and it’s still easy manageable. You can stroll around the Vo Thi Sau road as it’s closed for traffic in the evening and buy some souvenirs or clothes.

The night market is not only good for shopping, but there are plenty of restaurants which are selling fresh and delicious seafood. You can also add some rice, vegetables and other dishes to your seafood and experience a nice dinner at the market.

The night market is open daily from 5.00 P.M. until 10.00 P.M. It’s definitely worth a visit!

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2. Dinh Cau temple

The Dinh Cau waterfront temple is located a few meters away from the night market. It is a small Chinese temple, which is built on some rocks. There isn’t an entrance fee and you can see some shrines inside and enjoy the great view at the Long Beach and the harbor of Duong Dong.

Furthermore, it’s a popular spot with locals to enjoy the nice sunset over Phu Quoc.


1. Beaches

Phu Quoc offers a whole range of beaches. Most of them are located on the west and northwest coast, like the Vung Bau Beach on the picture. There are a few more in the north of the island, which is where we found the Ganh Dau Beach. In our opinion the most beautiful one of Phu Quoc.

If you ask some locals on Phu Quoc which is the best beach of the island, you will most probably be told about the Bai Sao Beach in the southeast. Beautiful white sand, clear turquoise water. Our expectations where quite high.

The beach was a huge disappointment. It was really dirty, although being cleaned at the moment we arrived. Since it was off-season, there were algae and trash laying around. Maybe it will be a lot better during the high season.

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Not to be missed is a trip to the dreamlike Fingernail Island, which beats every beach on Phu Quoc. You can read about our day trip in our article about Fingernail Island. Also, a snorkeling trip to the surrounding islands and beaches of Phu Quoc is for sure worth a trip.

You will find soon a list and description of the beaches in our Phu Quoc beach guide.

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2. Ham Ninh Fishing Village

Ham Ninh fishing village is an ideal place for foreigners who wish to experience something unique in Phu Quoc. The village gives you a chance to know the daily life of hard-working local fishermen and enjoy regional dishes at a reasonable price. In the oldest villages on the island, most people make their living by diving for sea cucumbers and pearls, and fishing. Recently, as tourism gets developed, they also sell food delicacies and handmade souvenirs for better living. Driving 30 minutes from Duong Dong Town, you can enjoy tasty dishes like cucumber soup, boiled flower crab, and tram mushroom. Or if you wish to have a more relaxing experience, you can take a walk around the village, meet the friendly and hospitable villagers and listen to their stories. 

3. Coconut Tree Prison

The Coconut Tree Prison, also known as Cay Dua Prison, is located near the village of An Thoi in the south of Phu Quoc. The former prison is nowadays open for sightseeing. It was originally used by the French and later by the Americans during the Vietnam War.

During the war there were over 40,000 prisoners from North Vietnam held and tortured in this prison. Some of the barracks display these disgusting acts of violence with statues. You really can imagine how bad it must have been to be imprisoned over there. By the way, it’s free to visit.

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4. War Memorial

Almost opposite the Coconut Tree Prison you can visit the War Memorial of Phu Quoc. It was built in tribute of the Vietnam war and represents three large waves. A piece was cut out from the middle wave in shape of a human being.

It’s not really worth a visit, but in combination with the Coconut Tree Prison you can stop for a quick picture. Especially if you are interested in the history of the war. After all, it’s completely for free.

5. Sunset at the Long Beach

The Bai Truong is the largest beach of Phu Quoc and therefore it’s often called Long Beach. It is still not too crowded at the beach and at the same time it’s the beach with the most resorts and beach bars on the island.

The Long Beach is located on the west coast of Phu Quoc and a perfect spot to watch the sunset. Like everywhere in Southeast Asia, the sun sets pretty quick and you should arrive early if you want to have a nice spot in one of the beach bars. Our favorite bar at the Long Beach is the Rory’s – cool people, nice atmosphere, great food and cold beer! 

Around 6.00 P.M. the sun goes down and you should at least be at the beach by 5.00 P.M. It’s worth it, because the sunsets on Phu Quoc are mostly really beautiful.


1. Vinpearl Land

The Vinpearl Land is Phu Quoc’s own little Disneyland. It is a small amusement park near the village of Ganh Dau in the northwest of the island. Here you will find a little shopping street, many rides like a Ferris wheel, a water park, an underwater world and much more.

Additionally, the Vinpearl Land is connected to the 5 star luxury resort Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort. The entrance fee to the Vinpearl Land is VND 500,000 per person. You can find some more infos here.

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2. Hon Mot Island

Hon Mot is a small island in the northwest of Phu Quoc, which is connected with the island by a small bridge. You can find the island near the village of Bai Thom.

Visiting Hon Mot Island is free and you can walk around the island on a small path. In addition, the area is good for snorkeling, especially since there are many corals and fish in sea.

3. Diving and Snorkeling at An Thoi Islands

Though the best time to try diving and snorkeling in Phu Quoc is from November to April, you can explore marine life at any time when the sea is calm and the sun is out. Several spots in Phu Quoc island are suitable for these activities.

However, it is highly recommended to try them at An Thoi Islands. Standing out from other islands, it boasts a wide range of diving areas with a diverse underwater life like plenty of seagrass and sloping coral reefs. Most diving spots here are under 12 meters. There are many agencies providing diving and snorkeling as a part of their tour package. But if you want to experience the best of Phu Quoc marine life, we highly recommend spending at least one day and choosing the top diving operators. 


1. Visit at a pepper farm

The most pepper farms on Phu Quoc are located along the road that leads to the north of the island. They are among the best in the world. Throughout Vietnam, the pepper of Phu Quoc isn’t less famous than the popular fish sauce of the island.

Of course you can find here the black and white pepper, but also some more exotic varieties. You are still looking for a souvenir to bring home? How about some Vietnamese pepper? 

2. Coi Nguon Museum

The Coi Nguon Museum is located near the Long Beach and shows the history of the island as well as its flora and fauna. But it’s not just a museum, it is also a restaurants, gift shop and resort.

The museum covers 4 floors and has a nice rooftop with a view at Duong Dong and the coastline. The paintings, artifacts and other works of art are dating back to the 15th century. If you are interested in the history of Phu Quoc, the museum is a must visit.

The opening times are daily from 8.00 A.M. until 5.00 P.M. and the entrance fee is VND 20,000 per person.

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3. Phu Quoc Fish Sauce Factory

Among the Phu Quoc specialties, its fish sauce is quite famous and popular. As one of the typical natural products on the island, it is also exported to other countries in the world and also makes a great contribution to the economy of the region.

In Vietnamese cuisine, fish sauce plays an important role in adding more flavor. Now, there are several fish sauce factories on the island that are open for visitors. So, if you have the chance, don’t forget to visit one of them for a more interesting experience. These factories are mainly located in An Thoi town and Duong Dong town, which is not too far to reach. Arriving here, you will know the process of making fish sauce, take a look at large storage containers to plastic bottles of fish sauces. If you enjoy the taste, you can buy some at the factory for quality products.

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