Second Largest Town in Phu Quoc – An Thoi Town

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Phu Quoc Island in the district of the same name is the second largest town of Phu Quoc. An Thoi (An Thoi Phu Quoc) is where you will find the main ferry port for services from the mainland town of Rach Gia, and is also a jumping off point for visiting the group of An Thoi islands to the south. An Thoi has many goods and services on offer, though the selection is limited compared to what you will find in Duong Dong. Many of the islands fish sauce factories are based here, along with the islands naval bases and second largest local market offering a decent selection of fruit, vegetables and fresh seafood and much more. There are some hotels here, limited banking facilities, some travel agents and a small hospital, however most people tend to stay along Long Beach or in Duong Dong half way up the island. One advantage of staying in An Thoi town is that you are closer to exploring the islands to the south and closer to Bai Sao and Bai Khem beaches with their pristine white sands. If arriving by boat, buses, taxis and motorbike taxis are generally available to take you to your desired destination on the island.

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Why An Thoi Town is special ?

An Thoi Town is where you will find the main ferry port for services from the mainland town of Rach Gia, and is also a jumping off point for visiting the group of An Thoi islands to the south. Historically, An Thoi is famous for its prison concentration camp nicknamed the “Coconut Tree Prison” which was often referred to as “hell on earth” for generations. The prison was built by the French and expanded by the Americans during the Vietnam/American war. Today An Thoi is booming and famous for its white sand beaches “Sao Beach and Khem Beach) numerous coral reefs, commercial fishing industry, fish sauce factories and its port. The islands naval base is also located here. There are a few hotels, cafes, a large church, a market and even a small hospital.

An Thoi port via vietnam travel photos

What to Expect

An Thoi is the southern sea port town of Phu Quoc Island and increasingly popular among tourists. There are several points of interest nearby. The Coconut Tree Prison that once was hell on earth and now serves as an educational center about war crimes and torture, Sao Beach and Khem Beach, the first one of the most famous white sand beaches of Vietnam, the second one supposedly off-limits and destined for 5-star development, Phung Hung fish sauce factory with it’s natural fish sauce and pungent aroma, and of course the southern archipelago with several interesting islands as well as countless tiny ones. The reef is a popular diving spot and snorkeling tours are offered by cheerful fishermen at the harbour.

An Thoi is, right after Duong Dong, the second largest town on Phu Quoc Island. There is a ferry connection from An Thoi to Rach Gia on the mainlands. The town is also a point to depart for the famous An Thoi Islands, which we usually call the southern archipelago. The harbour town has many things to offer, even if the choice is smaller than what Duong Dong or the Long Beach strip along Tran Hung Dao street has to see.

The port town of An Thoi is located at the southern tip of Phu Quoc and after Duong Dong Town it is the second largest town on the island. Historically, An Thoi is famous for its prison concentration camp nicknamed the “Coconut Tree Prison” which was often referred to as “hell on earth” for generations. The prison was built by the French and expanded by the Americans during the Vietnam/American war. Today An Thoi is booming and famous for its white sand beaches (Sao Beach and Khem Beach) numerous coral reefs, commercial fishing industry, fish sauce factories, and its port. The islands naval base is also located here. There are a few hotels, cafes, a large church, a market, and even a small hospital.

There are not too many hotels and guesthouses near An Thoi, but the advantages of staying here are the proximity to Sao Beach and the islands with their reefs and diving opportunities. So, diving fiends may find that the town has all they desire. The local market offers everything from fresh fruit to fresh or dried seafood, fish sauce and other things you expect at Vietnamese markets. If you arrive by ferry from Rach Gia on the Vietnamese mainlands, taxis and motorbike taxis are generally around to carry you to your desired destination. The bus stops in An Thoi as well, but we found the buses timetable too lax, even for Southeast Asian standards.

What to explore at An Thoi Town?

An Thoi has many goods and services on offer, though the selection is limited compared to what you will find in Duong Dong. Many of the islands Villagesfish sauce factories are based here, along with the islands naval bases and second largest local market offering a decent selection of fruit, vegetables and fresh seafood and much more. There are some hotels here, limited banking facilities, some travel agents and a small hospital, however most people tend to stay along Long Beach or in Duong Dong half way up the island. One advantage of staying in An Thoi town is that you are closer to exploring the islands to the south and closer to Bai Sao and Bai Kem beaches with their pristine white sands. If arriving by boat, buses, taxis and motorbike taxis are generally available to take you to your desired destination on the island.

Where To Eat & Drink

There are a lot of places to eat and drink in An Thoi Town near the market. You can eat at a proper sit down restaurant or purchase a meal from a street vendor. Do not expect to find any western food in An Thoi as seafood is the specialty here.

Coconut Prision via City Pass Guide

What To See

An Thoi Port – The busiest port on the island is filled with colorful fishing boats and tourist boats that line the shore and makes for a great photo opportunity, especially at sunset. Wet and dry fish market – Near the port you will see a lot of small shops selling fresh and dried fish and also processing newly caught fish. An Thoi Church – There is a large Christian church in town that may be of interest to you.

Sung Duc Pagoda – Near the south western tip of the island there is a very beautiful Buddhist temple that is definitely worth a visit.

Coconut Tree Prison – The infamous concentration camp is close to An Thoi town.

Sao Beach & Khem Beach – Two of the islands most beautiful white sand beaches in Phu Quoc are located 10 minutes from An Thoi Town. You can either ride a motorbike up to these beaches or charter a boat from An Thoi Port.

Kings Well – An historic site that features a small beach and fresh water well can be visited by chartering a boat from An Thoi Town.

What To Do

Visit Pineapple Island (Hon Thom) by ferry – The ferry from An Thoi port takes about 45minutes, at the island you can snorkel the surrounding bays or just observe how the locals live.

Tour the An Thoi Archipelago – You can charter a boat to visit the An Thoi Islands. These islands are colorfully named, from Yellow Tortoise Island (Hon Kim Qui), Coconut Island (Hon Dua), Pineapple Island (Hon Thom), Echo Island (Hon Vang), Cold Cloud Island (Hon May Rut), Shadow Island (Hon Dam) and Fingernail Island (Hon Mong Tay), among others. Coconut Island is the nearest island where coconut groves and mango orchards fill plots of land.

Snorkel Ong Doi Cape – You can charter a boat and visit this cape that has a small snorkeling sport with a few corals and fish. Some of the tours will take you here.

Fishing – You can fish from the An Thoi Port dock with the locals at sunset or charter a boat and go deep sea fishing or night fishing for squid.

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