Discovering Phu Quoc Island as a local

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The pearl island of Phu Quoc, which is known for primitive white sandy beach filled up by turquoise water, is always celebrated as an ideal holiday destination for inland and abroad visitors. Dubbed as the Pearl Island, Phu Quoc is one of the most beautiful islands in Vietnam. Located in Gulf of Thai Lan in Kien Giang Province, it is featured with stunning beaches, diverse flora and fauna system, unique historical and traditional values as well as amazing surroundings.

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When to go Phu Quoc?

From the late October to March, Phu Quoc is quite touristic because this is the high season of Phu Quoc tourism. During this period, don’t bother finding a good hotel at reasonable price because all hotels’ price increases rapidly. Moreover, the peaceful atmosphere at bathing beaches is replaced by the astonishment of jostle. Last but not least, you may have to pay a big amount of money (more than usual) for less qualitative cuisines. Honestly, this mentioned time is only proper for those who are affordable for relaxation at desirable V.I.P resorts. The low season in Phu Quoc is from the late April to the beginning of October: a lot of rain and storms sometimes that cause the decreasing of tourists, so the services price is reasonable. For the best advice, it’s perfect if your visit in Phu Quoc is at beginning of April or the late of October, the commence and end of rain season respectively: reduced rainfall, picturesque landscape, inexpensive services and non-touristic spots.

Self-travel or with a travel agents?

If you want a nice holiday at an ideal resort without worry, let a travel agent arrange for you. If not, a self-travel can help you save money and satisfy an adventurous spirit.

How to arrive in Phu Quoc?   

  • From Ho Chi Minh City: You can arrive in Phu Quoc by coach (cheapest), motorbike (transit by ferry-boat) or flying. If your travel length is limited, however, just fly to this island to save time. Approaching Phu Quoc by motorbike is not highly recommended due to the long itinerary.
  • From Hanoi: By plane.

Vietnam Airplane via Hanoi Ticket

1. By coach from Ho Chi Minh City

First, you have to catch a coach to Rach Gia. From here, take a speedboat to Phu Quoc island. Coach tickets are available at the West Coach Station or you can contact with coach management. In my point of view, Mai Linh and Phuong Trang coaches deserve to be your priorities. The departure at 11.00pm can save your time: overnight sleep on coach, wake up upon arrival for a full day of exploration.

The departure to Rach Gia takes about 6 hours with two stops: First stop is at area of Tien Giang (usually in Cai Be) for dining and freshen up. The other is at Vam Cong Ferry Terminal in Dong Thap Province; here you get out of coach to embark ferryboat. The pedestrians pass the ferry before vehicles, so you have to wait about 5-10 minutes. Remember the number of your coach! The driver will give tickets to you before embarkation.

Before arriving Rach Gia, don’t forget to ask the driver to know which “transit vehicle” to the pier. When embarking the coach, remind the driver to leave you at the Speedboat Pier. Don’t care about the recommendations of the motorbike taxi unless you want to waste your money.

2. Speedboat from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc

Speedboat (from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc) departs at 8.00am everyday; tickets are available at the Pier. Consider 3 carriers: Superdong (1-6 boats), Savanna and Duong Dong Express (1 boat only). The boat journey is about 2,5 hours. During the boat trip, air-conditioners are turned on always, LCD- 32inch screens showcase music performance to ensure that your boat trip is not boring. Additionally, the onboard staff are friendly and attentive to customers, creating the first impression for tourists once visiting Phu Quoc. Boats depart from Phu Quoc at 1.00pm to Rach Gia with the above price and lasting.

3. Speedboat from Ha Tien to Phu Quoc

  • Savanna
  • Superdong
  • Thach Thoi Ferry

4. Arrive in Phu Quoc by plane

Currently, only Vietnam Airlines and VietjetAir offer flights to Phu Quoc. At the beginning 2013, Phu Quoc opened an international airport, so there are many direct flights to this island.

Only Vietnam Airline offers direct flight from Hanoi to Phu Quoc. If you want to save money, you can fly from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City for a full exploration here, then take a flight of Vietjet Air to Phu Quoc.

Speed boat to Phu Quoc via Vietnam Coracle

5. Transport around the island

You can explore the island by taxi or hire motorbikes. You should hire motorbikes to save money and enjoy free excursion around this pearl island.

To hire motorbike here, you have to prepare deposit and know which are reliable motor-hiring services. You should also book in advance (about 3-5 days) to agree about price and place to receive vehicles (usually at Duong Dong Town). Besides, you can hire motorbike directly at your hotel, resort or have receptionists help you.

Please note that you have to drive carefully in Phu Quoc, especially the road route of An Thoi – Ham Ninh – Duong Dong is asphalt road but very narrow and risky. When you face with big vehicles, you have no choice but driving next to curbside.

In Phu Quoc, not many places are available to entrust your motorbikes, so remember to park your bike at a place in your eye sight and lock it carefully. Do you know why motor-keeping areas are not available? Because people in Phu Quoc is not afraid of losing? As the travel information, actually, Phu Quoc island is so isolated that finding a lost motorbike is easy.

6. Accommodations in Phu Quoc

Duong Dong Town, the centre of Phu Quoc, is the concentration of hotels and resorts. The town is also an ideal starting place for an exploration on the island. Located at the west of Phu Quoc, Duong Dong offers a good view of sunset over the seacoast line. If you wish to contemplate the sunrise, just visit the fishing village of Ham Ninh (at the east) or Sao Beach (at the southeast).
 
Tran Hung Dao Street – also the road around where there are many hotels and resorts – lasts from the “Nga Nam Keo Dai”, along the Truong Beach, to An Thoi. The itinerary offers chance to visit the gallery of Coi Nguon, Ngoc Trai, the historic Phu Quoc Prison, Khem Beach (The local call it Bai Kem), Sao Beach and Yen Cave.

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