Situated in the Gulf of Thailand and located off the southern coast of Vietnam and Cambodia, Phu Quoc island is the largest one in Vietnam. With the length of 48 kilometers and the width of 28 kilometers, Phu Quoc Island is closer to the Cambodian mainland than Vietnam. It forms a triangular shape and to the west of it is the Long Beach, the longest beach of the island. Most of the accommodations in the island are along this beach.
A variety of accommodations are available throughout the island ranging from cheap bungalows to beach resorts. Duong Dong which is situated to the north of the Long Beach is the largest town in Phu Quoc Island. Even a few years back Phu Quoc was well-known for its fish sauce.
During the colonial rule of the French and the war with America Phu Quoc Island was used as a prison. Ruins of the prison are visible even today. This island has been used as a re-education camp since Vietnam gained independence in 1975.
Nearly half the island lets you view the unspoilt beauty of nature. Phu Quoc Island is covered with forests and the beaches are deserted, creating an enchanting environment in the island. It provides a spectacular view with the perfect fusion of its blue waters, sandy beaches, and beautiful landscapes. When having a chance to get this island, do not forget to view the magical sunset from the beach. Besides the famous Long beach in the island, Bai Dan and Bai Sao beaches must be regarded. Away from the beaches are the pepper fields, the rain forest, and the Suoi Da Ban river with its waterfalls.
Phu Quoc Island can be reached by both air and boat. It is less than an hour’s journey by plane from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Duong Dong. Vietnam Airlines make nearly four trips to the island everyday. Flights are available from Mekong Delta, Vietnam as well.
A ferry ride can be taken from the Rach Gia to the island. It takes around two and a half hours though it is better to avoid the ferry in rainy seasons.
Thanks to the favorable natural conditions here, Phu Quoc island is remarked as a fully promising and popular destination, attracting more and more tourists in the coming years. Therefore, Phu Quoc has been contributing to the development of Vietnam Tourism industry in general and Kien Giang province in particular.
If you are in Vietnam travel, please one time get to Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam and also a Vietnam’s pearl island and admire the wonderful natural beauty of landscape here.