Superlatives flow easily when it comes to Phu Quoc. Stunning, beautiful, rugged, deserted, jungle covered, unadulterated, white sand, turquoise waters and on and on and on.
And it’s all true. We’ve seen many an island in Southeast Asia, and we’ve never stumbled across somewhere quite like Phu Quoc. The mix of isolated, totally deserted beaches and a few thriving yet unadulterated Vietnamese towns, make Phu Quoc a rare find indeed.
The island has something for everyone — really! Ringed by over a dozen bays and beaches — some yellow sand, others brilliant strips of white sand, with an archipelago of islets off its south coast, a jungle covered interior and a handful of fishing villages, there is enough to do for a longer stay than you may be planning.
Hoteliers report that some guests do nothing more than the daily bungalow-beach-restaurant-beach-bungalow circuit for days on end — for couples in particular, Phu Quoc is a favourite. But with a motorbike and a map, there’s loads of exploring you could do here and while some of the beaches are under military control, the majority are open to the public.
Many leave Phu Quoc as their final stop in Vietnam before leaving, only to find that a couple of nights just isn’t enough. As a result, flights are changed and itineraries are revised — so take it from us, revise your itinerary upfront and be sure to allow yourself enough time on Phu Quoc.