If you’re looking for a beach paradise in Vietnam, the island of Phu Quoc is the place to be. Whether you are a real budget backpacker or a luxury seeker! Phu Quoc is a true tropical island with lots of palm trees, beaches and beautiful clear blue water. There are lots of activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and exploring the island on a motorbike. There is a lot of history to find on this island as well. We spent one week on this little piece of heaven and have gathered our tips for Phu Quoc in this article for you!
4. Phu Quoc Prison
We missed the Phu Quoc Prison. After Phu Quoc we went to Ho Chi Minh and when we visited the War Remnants museum we were so intrigued by it all. Parts of the exhibition in Ho Chi Minh was also about the tortures that happened in Phu Quoc. There is really so much history in Vietnam, from which we can really learn a lot – basically that we should not let it repeat itself.
If we go back to Phu Quoc we will certainly visit the prison.
It’s original name is the coconut tree prison and it’s located in the An Thoi Village. It’s a living evidence for the war crime that happened. There are a lot of exhibitions that are very educational about the Vietnam War. Some torture tools are still present in the prison.
5. Phu Quoc National Park
This National Park covers half of the island and is located mostly in the North of the island. Currently, there are not a lot of walking trails. Mount Chua is the highest point of the park at 603 meters and they are planning to create a walking trail for a look out in the future.
It’s possible to explore the national park with a motorbike. The most forested parts can be found on the road towards Ganh Dau.
Some Phu Quoc Facts
Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island. Phu Quoc is one of twelve districts in Kien Giang Province in Vietnam, located in the Mekong Delta in the south western tip of the country. The Phu Quoc district consists out of 28 islands; the Phu Quoc Islands (six islands), the An Thoi Archipelago (fifteen islands) and Tho Chua (seven islands). The location of Phu Quoc is actually closer to Cambodia than to Vietnam, and is only 18 kilometers away from the Cambodian Province of Kampot.
Best time to go to Phu Quoc
The best time to visit Phu Quoc is during the dry season: from November to May. Only downside is that it’s also busier as most tourists show up around that time. But because Phu Quoc is a pretty big island, you can definitely avoid the crowds.
The wet season is from June to October. Generally it’s a lot cheaper to go during the wet season. There is the occasional rain sessions, but overall the weather still is pleasant. To be honest we had a rainy day too. You can never predict the weather anyway.
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