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Top Things to Do in Phu Quoc Island of Vietnam; Is It Worth to Visit? 

Phu Quoc, in the Gulf of Thailand, southwest of Vietnam, is a tropical paradise waiting to awe visitors with its environment and natural beauty. Its visa-free policy makes Phu Quoc a particularly welcoming destination for visitors and is helping it to emerge as a top tourist destination in Southeast Asia.

Known for its lush forests, pristine beaches, and diverse marine life, there is a delightful combination of relaxation and adventure for visitors of all ages and interests. To get you started planning your Vietnam tour, here are the top things to do in Phu Quoc.

Is It Worth Visiting Phu Quoc Island of Vietnam?

Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam is unquestionably worth visiting. Phu Quoc is a gem in the Gulf of Thailand, renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, beaches, and vibrant cultural experiences. The island’s stunning beaches where white powdery sand meets crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming and other water activities, or just relaxing on the beach. For more thrilling adventures, there’s island-hopping, snorkeling, and exploring the lush jungles and serene waterfalls.

Phu Quoc is also a visa-free zone for travelers. No Vietnam visa is needed for stays of up to 30 days, making it easy for anyone to enjoy the majestic scenery and unique cultural experiences.

(Must-Do): Relax on One of the Best Beaches of Vietnam - Long Beach

When you visit Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam, one of the must-do activities is to relax on Long Beach, considered one of the best beaches among Vietnam islands in the country. Long Beach, also known as Bai Truong, offers a slice of paradise with its stunning natural beauty and pristine shoreline.

The soft, powdery sands of Long Beach stretch for kilometers, and the crystal-clear, turquoise waters gently lap against the shore. It's an ideal spot for sunbathing, swimming, and unwinding under the tropical sun. The serene atmosphere and the gentle sound of the waves create a perfect backdrop for relaxation. The beachfront also boasts a range of resorts, restaurants, and bars, making it convenient for travelers to enjoy a variety of amenities and cuisines.

Long Beach

(Must-Do): Take the Phu Quoc Cable Car for 360 Views of the Island

A must on any visit is taking a ride on the Phu Quoc Cable Car, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of this stunning island. The cable car connects Phu Quoc with Hon Thom Island, the largest island in the An Thoi Archipelago. As you ascend, you'll be treated to breathtaking vistas of the island's lush landscapes, the vast expanse of the Gulf of Thailand, and the pristine coastline that stretches out in both directions.

At the top of the cable car station, there are various attractions to explore, including an amusement park and a food court. The view from the cable car is particularly spectacular during the sunset when the changing colors of the sky enhance the visual spectacle.

Phu Quoc Cable Car
Phu Quoc Cable Car for 360 Views of the Island.

(Must-Do): Rent a Motorbike to Cruise around the Phu Quoc Island

The freedom of exploring Phu Quoc by motorcycle is definitely something to try for anyone seeking an authentic and immersive experience on this picturesque island. Phu Quoc has well-maintained roads, and diverse landscapes with stunning scenery, and the freedom of a motorcycle lets you navigate the island at your own pace, discover hidden gems, and access less touristy areas.

(Must-Do): Enjoy Dinner at the Phu Quoc Night Market

The Phu Quoc Night Market is a bustling market located in Duong Dong Town. At night, the market comes alive as a paradise for food lovers, offering an array of freshly caught seafood, local dishes, and international flavors.

You can sample traditional Vietnamese dishes like pho, banh mi, or fresh spring rolls, as well as regional specialties such as fish sauce and pepper-infused creations, all at budget-friendly prices. The lively atmosphere, with colorful lights and the sizzle of grills, is a fantastic place to soak in the local culture and enjoy live performances.

Phu Quoc night market
Dinner at the Phu Quoc night market.

(Must-Do): Visit the Suoi Tranh Waterfall, Surrounded by Wonderful Nature

The Suoi Tranh Waterfall is a natural marvel set amidst the island's lush and enchanting landscapes. Even the journey to the waterfall is an adventure as you cross through dense vegetation, cross over wooden bridges, and follow winding pathways.

Once you arrive, you’ll be mesmerized by the scenery of multi-tiered waterfalls that flow into emerald pools. The serene surroundings, accompanied by the soothing sounds of flowing water and birdcalls, are also home hiking trails that wind through the jungle, allowing you to explore Phu Quoc's rich flora and fauna.

Suoi Tranh Waterfall

(Must-Do): Catch your Own Fish in One of the Oldest Fishing Villages in Vietnam

A must-do experience on Phu Quoc Island is the opportunity to engage in traditional fishing in one of the island's oldest fishing villages, providing an authentic glimpse into the local way of life.

Ham Ninh Fishing Village, nestled on the eastern coast of the island, is one of the most renowned and well-preserved fishing communities in Vietnam. There you can have hands-on experiences such as net casting and squid fishing, learning traditional fishing techniques from the skilled locals who have passed down their knowledge through generations.

Phu Quoc Island Ham Ninh Fishing Village
Phu Quoc Island Ham Ninh Fishing Village.

(Must-Do): Find a Beach Bar/Club for a Cocktail or Beer

When the sun sets over Phu Quoc Island, a must-do activity is finding a beach bar or club to unwind with a cocktail or beer while relishing the vibrant Vietnam nightlife. Phu Quoc has everything from laid-back beachfront lounges with cozy chairs and bonfires, to lively beach clubs with live music and dancing.

You can enjoy handcrafted cocktails made with local ingredients, indulge in fresh tropical fruit juices, or sample beers from around the world. Many of the beach bars and clubs host live music performances, fire shows, and themed parties, making each night a unique experience.

(Must-Do): Never Miss out on the Sunsets of Phu Quoc Island

On every day of your stay, you should experience the breathtaking sight of the beautiful sunsets. The island's western coastline is renowned for its spectacular sunsets, and as the sun dips below the horizon, it paints the sky with a palette of vibrant colors that reflect upon the calm waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

There are numerous vantage points from which you can enjoy the sunset, including the island's pristine beaches, beachfront bars, or even from the deck of a sunset cruise. It’s an experience perfect for both couples looking for a romantic atmosphere, or solo travelers and families wanting to appreciate the island’s natural beauty. Phu Quoc's sunsets are a daily reminder of the island's tranquil charm, and they should not be missed.

The sunsets of Phu Quoc Island
The sunsets of Phu Quoc Island.

(Must-Do): Island Hopping to Explore the Coast of Phu Quoc and Its Surrounding Islands

Phu Quoc's strategic location in the Gulf of Thailand makes it the perfect jumping-off point for island hopping. Nearby destinations include places such as Hon Thom, known for its cable car and amusement park, or the secluded Fingernail Island, famous for its underwater coral gardens and snorkeling opportunities.

As you hop from one island to another, you'll have the chance to swim, sunbathe on secluded beaches, snorkel in the clear waters, and explore the coral reefs teeming with vibrant marine life.

Fingernail Island

(Optional): Wander Around the Coi Nguon Museum for the Island’s History and Culture

The history and culture of the island can be explored at the Coi Nguon Museum, a rewarding option for anyone interested in learning more about Phu Quoc.

Exhibits inside feature displays introducing the cultural traditions that have been preserved over the years with artifacts and photographs that give insight into the lives of the fishermen, and the importance of the sea in the island’s livelihood. Interactive exhibits and engaging presentations will leave you with an understanding of Phu Quoc’s cultural and historical significance, and provide a glimpse into the lives of its people and the traditions that continue to shape Phu Quoc's identity.

Coi Nguon Museum
Phu Quoc Island Coi Nguon Museum.

(Optional): Visit the Pepper Farm, the Best Variety in all of Asia

Phu Cuoc’s pepper, particularly the Phu Quoc black pepper, is celebrated for its exceptional quality and distinct flavor. Exploring a pepper farm allows you to gain insight into the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of this prized spice, which has played a pivotal role in Phu Quoc's economy and culture.

During the visit, you'll learn about the meticulous methods used for tending to the pepper vines and in the drying and packaging processes from knowledgeable farmers eager to share their expertise and passion for pepper cultivation. You can witness the pepper vines in various stages of growth, and some farms even offer the opportunity to participate in pepper harvesting, a hands-on experience that provides a deeper appreciation for this culinary prize.

Phu Quoc Pepper Farm

(Optional): Visit the Ho Quoc Pagoda, the Largest Buddhist Temple of Phu Quoc

Ho Quoc Pagoda, the largest Buddhist Temple on Phu Quoc Island, is a great option for travelers looking for a more cultural experience.

Sat atop a hill, Ho Quoc Pagoda provides stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes of lush forests and the emerald waters of the Gulf of Thailand to the east. Built in the architectural style of the Ly-Tran dynasties, Ho Quoc Pagoda also features a colossal, marble Buddha adding to the serene and picturesque atmosphere.

Phu Quoc Island Ho Quoc Pagoda
Phu Quoc Island Ho Quoc Pagoda.

(Optional): Visit the Sim Wine Factory or the Fish Sauce Factory

Sim Wine Factory or a Fish Sauce Factory on Phu Quoc Island are places that offer insights into the island's distinctive culinary products. A visit to the Sim Wine Factory allows you to witness the process of sim wine production, from the harvesting of rose myrtle fruits to the fermentation and bottling stages.

You can sample this unique beverage and appreciate its distinct flavor. Fish sauce is an integral part of Vietnamese food, and at a fish sauce factory, you can observe the process of fermenting fish to produce the savory and aromatic sauce that gives local cuisine its unique flavor. These visits provide a deeper understanding of the island's culinary traditions and the artisanal craftsmanship that goes into creating these unique products.

(Optional): Visit Phu Quoc Prison

Phu Quoc Prison was a place of significance during the Vietnam War, and the museum there today helps to shed light on the harsh conditions endured by prisoners during that period. The prison complex consists of various cells, each with its own story and exhibits detailing the experiences of both Vietnamese and foreign prisoners.

The somber atmosphere and the narratives presented are a reminder of the island's history and the sacrifices made during a tumultuous era. Visiting the Phu Quoc Prison is a somber and educational experience that allows you to better comprehend the island's past and the enduring spirit of its people.

Phu Quoc Island Prison
Phu Quoc Island Prison.


Phu Quoc is a tropical paradise with the world-class beaches and natural environment that you’d expect from such a location. At the same time, it is also a place a great cultural and historical depth with enough to offer a great experience to any traveler. With an international airport and visa-free entry, visiting the island is easier than ever before, so there has never been a better time to start planning your visit. Contact us to get started on planning your tour to this very worthwhile destination.

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