Phu Quoc beaches (part 2)

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Phu Quoc island is famous for beautiful beaches
Phu Quoc island is famous for beautiful beaches

In the previous part, we have reviewed 5 beautiful beaches on Phu quoc island. Now we are continously discovering the next 5 of Phu Quoc beaches.

6. Long beach

Long beach
Long beach

Aptly named Long Beach stretches for almost 20km along the southwestern coast of Phu Quoc Island. Rows of coconut palms stand along its entire length. The beach’s yellow sand is backed by a grassy verge, and during the dry season months (November to April) the water is almost completely motionless; a liquid mirror to the sky. Most of long beach is deserted; only a few fishing shacks made of palm leaves dot the shore, served by a dusty, red-dirt road. There are countless places to stop for a secluded swim. However, the northern end of Long Beach is where the vast majority of Phu Quoc Island’s tourist industry is: dozens of hotels, resorts, guesthouses, cafes, bars and restaurants jostle for prime beachfront space along the paved road leading toward Duong Dong Town. Development is slowly moving south, eating up the empty stretches of Long Beach, but for now there’s plenty of beach to go around. Great mid-range beach accommodation is at Thanh Kieu Resort, and there’s excellent seafood just beyond the famous night market in Duong Dong Town.

7. Rach Tram Beach & Rach Vem Beach

Rach Tram beach
Rach Tram beach

These two seldom-visited beaches lie in the island’s remote north. Thick tropical jungle covers the hills here as they drop down to meet the pristine waters of the Gulf of Thailand. On each of these shimmering beaches, both accessed via meandering dirt roads through dense foliage, there’s a rustic fishing village, totally undisturbed by tourism. Quiet and calm, the beaches are lovely and the backdrop of forested hills is spectacular. However, these are ‘working’ beaches so there’s a fair amount of fishing-related debris around, some of which is picturesque, such as the rotting hulls of abandoned wooden vessels, but some of which is unsightly, such as polystyrene boxes, discarded fishing nets and general trash. For the time being there’s no accommodation at either beach.

8. Thom beach

Thom beach
Thom beach

Thom Beach has a stark beauty about it. Silent, still, hot, sparsely populated, and filled with the scent of cashew fruit and the sound of midday cicadas, there’s something beguiling about this remote northern tip of Phu Quoc Island. Most of the beaches are hidden from view, reached via dirt tracks, and the water’s very shallow and tidal here. Thom Beach hasn’t seen much development yet but for a few food shacks and a mid-range resort with simple, clean rooms and a seafood restaurant, called Coco Bay. Once or twice a day the red dust on the dirt road is disturbed by vehicles coming off the car ferry from the mainland, at Đá Chồng Port, just a couple kilometres to the south. There are plans for a sprawling resort here, and, now that the highway to Duong Dong Town is finished, perhaps it won’t be long before slumbering Thom Beach is awoken.

9. Cua Can beach

Cua can beach
Cua can beach

As the Cua Can River empties into the Gulf of Thailand it creates a long sweeping sand bar, lined with casuarina trees. This is Cua Can Beach, a lovely undeveloped arc of sand; the choppy sea on one side and the placid river on the other. It’s possible to weave your way through the small fishing village here and onto the sands of Cua Can Beach for a swim. But I prefer to experience this beach from a distance; at the bar of Chez Carole Resort, with a cocktail in my hand, looking out over the broad sweep of Cua Can Beach to the sloping, forested ridges in the distance.

10. Vong beach

Vong beach
Vong beach

Vong Beach is a gaping bay on the southeast side of the island. It’s sandy and lined with trees, but the water here is often thick with jellyfish. For many visitors Vong Beach will be their first impression of the island because this is where the majority of passenger boats from the mainland dock. The large, long beach is impressive enough, especially with the forested hills of Phu Quoc National Park rising behind it. But Vong Beach is more of a port than a place to relax: at present there are at least two more long concrete piers under construction here, stretching hundreds of metres out to sea, in anticipation of the rise in tourist numbers in the coming years. There are a few seafood restaurants around the pier but no accommodation.

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