Phú Quôc is a very mountainous and densely forested Island of 1320 sq km; it is 48 km in length from south to north and has a population of approx. 80,000 people. Situated in the Gulf of Thailand 45 km west of Ha Tien on the Vietnamese mainland and 15 km south of the coast of Cambodia, Phú Quôc is ringed with some beautiful beaches in Vietnam, and offers the best seafood in the country. Phú Quôc Island served as a base for French missionary Pigneau de Behaine from the 1760-80s, and at one time he provided shelter here for Prince Nguyen Anh (later Emperor Gia Long) when he was being hunted by the Tay Son rebels. During the Vietnam war there was little fighting here, but the Island was used by the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces as a prison for captured Viet Cong. Phú Quôc is not really a part of the Mekong delta and also doesn’t share the delta's extraordinary ability to produce rice & fruit due to its soil quality and inaccessible terrain. It is, however, home to the best Fish sauce (nuoc mam) in the world, also reputedly known to produce high quality pepper and fantastic seafood. Another point of interest in Phú Quôc is the island's native dog; this dog was originally a wild animal and was later trained as a hunting dog by local people. These days they are very domesticated and it's unusual to go anywhere on the island without seeing one of these dogs! These animals have unusually sharp teeth (as they tear their food when they eat it rather than bite) and have claws that over the years have been conditioned for catching their prey and are razor sharp.
Phú Quôc is still what Phuket would be, if it hadn't been overrun by development. Phú Quôc island and its beaches was voted to be "The Cleanest and Most Beautiful Beach of the World" by ABC News as from the end of February, 2008, however, this is over now. There are extensive plans to develop Phú Quôc, including high-rise residential areas, several new towns and suburbs and complete rebuilding of Duong Dông' city center. The new internatonal airport south of Duong Dông has replaced the small domestic Phu Quoc airport further up north. The main north-south road between Bai Thom and An Thoi is already being upgraded to a 2+2 lane highway, a new tared road from Duong Dông to Ganh Dau is ready. A golf area is planned as well as a casino in the north. A ferry connection to Sihanoukville (Cambodia) is still an illusion.
Phu Quoc Island has a tropical climate which has three seasons: High, Shoulder and Low Season.
High Season: During the period between November to March, where the daily maximum temperature is typically and on average about 31 C, and the daily minimum temperatures (before sunrise) about 23 C. The skies are generally sunny, with possibly some light high cloud in early morning that clears by mid-morning, and the humidity is at it lowest throughout the year.
Shoulder Season: During the period between April to June and late October, where the temperatures are a bit higher than during the high season, and the humidity around 80-85%. Crowds are less during this time and good chances of reasonable weather.
Low Season: During the period between July to September, which is dominated by the monsoons.
Visitors from any country arriving to Phu Quoc by cruise ship or via connecting flight no longer need a visa for stays of up to 30 days. A passport with at least 45 days' validity is still necessary.
If arriving by a flight, to get the visa waiver a passenger would have to have a same day connecting flight to Phu Quoc from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, would have to remain in a transit area and clear the immigration at Phu Quoc.
You can fly to the Duong Dông airport (PQC) from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on about five daily Vietnam Airlines turboprop flights with ATR-72 (55 minutes), as well as Airbus A321 jets. Jetstar also flies twice a day, using Airbus A320 jets, and so does Vietjet Air. Flights can be very cheap with all above mentioned airlines (from $35 US). From Rach Gia there are two Vietnam Airlines flights per day. Since late 2014 there are also regular international services to Siem Reap and Singapore operated by Vietnam Airlines.
There is a wide variety of transport options available on arrival. Many of the more expensive hotels have somebody pick you up on arrival. Taxis are of course available. It is only a short walk to the centre of Duong Dông, too. If budget travellers arrive late without reservations they stay the first night in unexpensive guest houses opposite the airport entrance.
If air tickets are fully booked you can do the following.
Keep an eye on the website and grab any published flight at the earliest opportunity. They should put on extra flights closer to the time.
Ask any travel agents in Ho Chi Minh or Phú Quôc.
Come to the airport on stand by.
There are hydrofoils between Phú Quôc to Rach Gia (pronounce: Rad-Ya), Ha Tien and Hon Chong. Actual departure times and prices can be found at the website of the boat operator SuperDong. A ticket on the boat costs around 320,000 VND. The journey takes 2 1/2 hours. There are lots of ticket offices near the port where you can buy a ticket. You may be told by tour agents that the fast boats are full, but if you go to the dock where the boats depart you may have the opportunity to buy tickets from street sellers.
- Phu Quôc - Rach Gia - 0800, 0810
- Rach Gia - Phú Quôc - see Rach Gia
When coming from Ho Chi Minh City you can book a combined night-bus + boat ticket for around US$26 (including pick up from hotel) at travel agencies.
Small fast ferries (not Hydrofoils) take 1 hour 30 mins and cost 230,000 Dong. Daily at 08:00 and 13:00 Large car ferry (steel hulled,capacity 400 pax 300 m/cycles and 30 cars) leaves at 08.20,takes 2 + 1/2 hours and costs 165000 VND m/cycles 100,000 VND
- Phú Quôc - Hon Chong - 1230
- Hon Chong - Phú Quôc - 1000
- Costs around 160,000 Dông.
Depending on the season, you may not find taxis on arrival in Phú Quôc, though there will likely be a few motos. Minibus ply to the two main towns, but tickets are sold on the boat and sell out before arrival. Shortly after departure from Rach Gia a women will walk by with a booklet in her hand screaming something in Vietnamese only. Stop her and buy a ticket from her as you will not get another chance later on. Cost 30,000 Dong (November 2013). This ticket can be used with the minibusses at the front of the queue to get a ride to the Dong Duong city center. From there you can walk to the hotels, catch a taxi or make a deal with a motorbike driver to take you where you need to go. Transfer can also be arranged through your hotel. On Sep 2011, three choices to leave the pier: taxi ~210,000 Dong, mini-bus down to 120,000 Dong (three persons) or moto-taxi (but it's a long ride on a not so good road)
Be warned that the boat can get overcrowded and may have the unfortunate lingering odor of previous passengers' weak stomachs. The journey is pleasant and smooth during the low season but is often beset by jarring waves during the high season; hotel staff can advise you of ocean conditions.
You can arrange a transfer from ferry port (Bai Vong port) to your hotel. Taxis and motorbikes congregate outside the ferry port and can shuttle you to the bus terminal (some 15 km out of town).
Walking One of the joys of the top-rated Long Beach accommodation options is that everything is so accessible. Base yourself at Mai House or the Tropicana and you can walk to everything and happily fill a three or four day holiday doing nothing at all. Camp down at La Veranda and you might not emerge. If/when you are ready to venture forth, then do it right….
Moto/ Scooter There’s no doubt about it, if you’re young enough (at heart anyway) you’ve got to try seeing some of Phu Quoc on a motor scooter. They can be hired for $5 - $12 a day from your hotel/resort. There is no paperwork, no insurance and no deposits. You negotiate if you break or lose your bike. There is a request that you refill with fuel when you finish. Roads are mostly red dirt and full of pot holes. As in much of Asia, there are no traffic rules in the usual European or North American and whatever sense of the word: you are responsible for not hitting anybody or anything, and you are responsible for nobody else hitting you, and that's about it. You are supposed to drive on the right, but not everybody always does that. So there you have it, not entirely safe, but an awful lot of fun. Note: don’t fret too much if you run out of petrol or get a flat tyre. You’ll be amazed how fast a local will stop to help you. Puncture repair men are plentiful on the island and will leap at the chance to come to your aid for a small fee. If you do find yourself in a bit of strife with your rental, there are a few repair shops on the island that will mend your bike at a cheaper price than the damage costs of the hirer. A typical repair shop is GIA PHU on 25 Tran Phu in Duong Dong (Linh- 0938137988). Depending on the severity of the damage, it could save you a lot of money. Moto taxi are about 200,000-400,000 Dong or US$10-20 for a day trip. Be sure to agree how many hours and locations you want to do with the driver. It's difficult to really lower the price for half-day or less.
Jeeps After a moto, your next best option is a Jeep with a driver. Given you pay for petrol, it can work out a little more than a half or full day’s hire of a taxi, but well worth it. Call Jeep For Rent locally on 0939 402 872. $30 for 6hrs, $50 for 24 hrs. Alternatively, try Carole on 0773 8848 886 or Searama on 0773 994 577. For the best but most expensive jeep, call La Veranda on 0773 982 988.
Taxi Taxis are plentiful for Long Beach but can be a tiresome delay further afield. Booking them by the day is often a better bet. They’re more expensive than you might be used to in Saigon. Most taxis use meters, and you pay what the meter shows. Different companies have different meter rates, with Phu Quoc Taxi currently the cheapest (vs SASCO or Mai Linh). Since it's a small island, there's no discernible difference in quality between different taxi companies. Short trips in Duong Dong cost 20,000 to 60,000 dong. For a full day and a given itinerary you make a flat deal, e.g. 650000 ($35) round one of the halves of the island, which may be what you would end up with also if the meter was running. It seems that you mostly pay for the distance driven; the driver sleeping in the drivers' hammocks does not cost that much. Ask your hotel or try Le Giang on 0773 848 444 or 0913 788 262, or give Mr Tam a call 0913 197 298.
Boat Saigon Phu Quoc Resort have their own large boat you can charter from Long Beach. Otherwise all resorts run tours with charter boats. Cost varies depending on number of passengers.
- The island is quite large (over 40 kilometers from north to south), and to get around it is much better to rent a moto (motor scooter) for about $10 per day. Otherwise you can rent a taxi for about $35 or $40 half-day or full day.
- After dark - watch the chain of lights bobbing across the horizon as the local fishermen attach lamps to their boats to attract squid.There is the Ganh Dau trail starting from the main road about 5 km east of Ganh Dau at the northwestern corner of Phu Quoc. The trailhead is marked, going south from the road, but the sign is in Vietnamese only. However, there are no other signs on that road, so the trail is difficult to miss. The trail itself is unmarked, but easy to follow (and some drive their scooter on the trail). The trail is a moderately interesting walk: you can hear birds and insects, but don't expect to see much wildlife.
- The roads going round the northwestern corner of the island are an interesting ride with a scooter (and also possible do with a car or taxi). The roads are quiet and safe, and also the unpaved roads are easy to ride (just be careful with soft loose sands in some places). You can stop for coffee or lunch at the Chez Carole Resort to see the views to the mouth of the Cua Can river. There are nice quiet beaches at the westernmost shores of the island, and the road east from Ganh Dau goes through dense forests. There are dozens of large colorful fishing boats in front of Ganh Dau in the afternoon.
- At the southern tip of the island is the fishing town of An Thoi. There are some fishing boats to see. You can also hire a boat to take you to the small islands south of Phu Quoc.
- The prettiest beach on the island is Sao Beach at the southeastern corner of the island, a couple of kilometers north of An Thoi, with a restaurant/cafe and sun-bathing facilities.
- A couple of kilometers east of Duong Dong there is a path (slightly more than 1 km) through the forest to the Suoi Tranh waterfalls. This is a major attraction when it has been raining. There is barely any water during the dry season from November to April, but the rock exposed by the river is interesting, and you can hear the sounds of the forest. You can plunge into the pool under the 2 meter waterfall in the end of the path.
- There are pearl farms on the western side of the island south of Duong Dong. The Phu Quoc Pearl Farm is about 10 kilometers away, and they have a cafe/restaurant and a shop selling pearl products.
- There are a couple of pepper farms that can be visited (shown on the tourist map.) The pepper plant is growing hanging from a long pole, with small green peppers in them. You can also buy pepper products to bring home as souvenirs, to impress your friends and relatives.
- Some of the fish sauce factories can be visited.
- Ham Ninh fishing village on the east coast across the island from Duong Dong may be worth a visit.
There is also a special breed of dogs that live on the island. They are extremely similar to normal dogs except for the fact that they have 2 special markings on their back, where the fur goes in the other direction.
Thing to Do
- Night squid fishing tours, though run by many different operators, are relatively standardized throughout Phu Quoc. Prices range from 150,000 to 300,000 VND (with prices dropping as sunset approaches). Boats leave at sunset, stop at a seafood barge (where you can buy fresh seafood that the crew will cook for you), and continue to just outside the harbor for 'squid fishing' in which you drop a hook into the water (without bait) and hope for the best. Typically nobody but the captain catches anything, but at least the crew will prepare some squid congee for you (included in the tour price), along with steamed sea urchins (20,000 VND per urchin-- they put a whole tray in front of you and collect the money afterwards based on what you've eaten). Treat it as a sunset boat ride with a small dinner, and you won't be disappointed.
- Snorkeling/fishing tours are also run by many different operators in a standardized fashion. All are combination snorkeling and fishing tours; there are none focusing exclusively on one or the other. A standard price of 300,000 VND (15 USD) will get you a full day (6-8 h) tour including hotel pick-up, lunch, and snorkeling gear-- though, you may be able to get something for cheaper at the last minute if they are trying to fill a boat. There is the northern coastline or southern islands tour. The southern islands tour may include less time on water, but more time on land (e.g. at the various pearl, fish sauce, or souvenir shops) as well as popular tourist stops like Sao (Starfish) Beach and/or the former prisons. Each tour varies in the exact stops (which are not guaranteed anyhow) and the precise lunch menu. However, the tours generally begin with a stop at a floating seafood barge where you can buy something for them to cook; then continue on to 2-3 snorkeling or fishing spots. At some point they serve a freshly-made Vietnamese family style lunch-- since these are large boats, the kitchen is big enough to cook a real meal. Tour operators include John's Tours (0919.107086); Phu Quoc Sunny (www.phuquocsunny.com); and Hien Tour Group (012-855-21188).
- Private boat tours are around 2,000,000 VND for a full day (typically 7 hours, but negotiate this). Price may vary by a few hundred thousand dong depending on the company, the boat size, the distance you are going, and your bargaining skills. The better sites are generally farther away, and will cost more in fuel to reach. Make sure you arrange for transportation as well-- this is not always included with a private tour. Tour operators include Hien Tour Group (012-855-21188).
- Private land tours are around 600,000 to 800,000 VND and are best arranged directly with any taxi driver (since the dispatch company, as well as the hotel, will take a cut). Keep in mind that there is also a distance limit to your base price, so the taxi drivers will take you on either a northern or southern loop tour, but not both. The taxi driver will earn around 20,000 to 30,000 VND commission per person for each pearl shop he brings you to, which may affect your price. Generally it's impossible to get the drivers to totally forgo these "commission" stops; however, some of the larger pearl farms offer nice (but possibly artificial) beaches as well as pearl harvesting demonstrations or exhibits that may be worth your while.
Try to get out on a boat one evening for some squid fishing yourself. Make a visit to Phu Quoc National Park and swim in a quiet pool.
Motorcycles are plentiful and cheap, hire one off a local and go cruising around the island. Be aware you need a vietnamese driving license. Petrol can usually be purchased around the island at petrol stations or served fresh in glass bottles.
Also Bicycles is a great way to observe the island. You can rent a mountain bike for around 50,000 VND per day at Saigon Phu Quoc Hotel or some local shops (be sure to write 'xe dap' because few Vietnameses here could speak English well).
Some beaches stretch for kilometres with overhanging palms, no one else in sight what more could you want?
Try SCUBA diving. Phu Quoc offers diving in two separate locations. Up North on western side of the island or Down south at An Thoi islands. Up north there are three main diving locations with all of them maximum depth of 10 they are especially great for beginners. Sites are surrounded by corals and funky rock formations which provide shelter to a variety of fish and species of Nudibranch. Down south there are up to 20 different dive sites around a group of 13 islands with depths ranging from 10m to all the way down to 40m. Majority of the islands are surrounded by coral. Majority of the islands are slowly being converted in to Marine Protected Areas thus you get a slightly better change of seeing more & bigger fish and lots of Nudibranches. South is not as well protected as the northern sites which means you might be in for rocky ride on the boat and mild to strong currents. Average visibility while diving is around 7-8m, but it chances a lot, which means it can worse and on the next day much better. Companies offering diving on Phu Quoc are Rainbow Divers, Flipper Diving Club, Cocodive and x-Dive. Dives cost a bit more here than in Nha Trang at about $65-75 USD for two boat dives.
Also, watching the sunset at Pho Bo Cafe, a 2 storey place with the best view overlooking the lighthouse and the shrine, is the most romantic activity for couples and artist.
Run the annual Phu Quoc International Marathon, to be held on 11 June 2016 starting and finishing at Long Beach Resort.
Duong Dong Town has a local night market (near Ferry landing) with lots of souvenir shops and seafood restaurants.
- Jerry's Jungle, Beach & Boat Adventure Tours, Duong Dong Town, ☎ +84 938 226 021 (email@example.com). Archipelago explorations by boat, snorkelling, fishing, day and multiday trips to islands, motorbike tours, bouldering, bird-watching, hiking and cultural tours around Phu Quoc.
- VinaDiving - Vietnam Dive Center, Duong Dong Town, ☎ +84-969-497-575 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +84-583-526-575). 07:00 - 21:00. Running since 1997. As known as Vinadive, services from Snorkeling and scuba diving to professional PADI and SSI courses. Dive trip only from $73. Safe, friendly, professional and fun.
- Vietnam Explorer Dive Center - Phu Quoc, 7 Ward Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc, ☎ 084077384637. Locally owned and managed dive center operating out of Phu Quoc. Established and knowledgeable dive center running day trips to various islands surrounding Phu Quoc. 20-70USD.
- X-Dive, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc. 7. Operates dives to both the north and south of the island depending upon the conditions. They do not offer PADI courses.
- Rainbow Divers Phu Quoc, 11a Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong (directly opposite the night market), ☎ +84 (0)913-400-964. 8AM-9PM daily. The longest established dive center on Phu Quoc and the islands only PADI five star dive center. Staffed by Divemasters and instructors from around the globe. PADI-courses are available in most European languages and in Vietnamese. Friendly staff and great trips. Also works very closely with local businesses in organizing local charities events and beach and sea clean-ups. They have an Eco-friendly policy with regards to looking after the reefs and in training new divers. Dive trips from $75.
- Flipper Diving Club, Phu Quoc, 42 Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc, Kieng Giang (When headed southwards from the night market about 200 meters from there on the right side of the road). 9AM-8PM daily. Established 2009, Flipper Diving Club is the youngest dive shop on the island and also the fastest growing one. Flipper Diving Club is the only dive company on Phu Quoc that is a PADI Resort and also a SSI center. Staffed by instructors from both organizations, thay can provide training from beginner level to all the way up to a Divemaster They are also very environmentally aware: Organizing clean up days, actively try to raise awareness of the divers and enforce "no-touching" policy while diving. Phone +84 (0) 939402872 (Manager-Willy) or +84 (0) 773994924 (office)Fun Dives 65$, For non certified starting from 85 $, PADI & SSI Courses starting from 300$.
- Phu Quoc International Marathon 2016, Long Beach Resort Phu Quoc (south of the city, close to the international airport),
- Morning market, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc (north-east of the city, after night market).
- Night market, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc (west of the city, near the lighthouse).
- Temple, lighthouse and pier, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc.
- Phu Quoc Island Tours, 1 Tran Hung Dao Street (Near the Salinda Resort), ☎ 091911256. English & Vietnamese tour guides taking you to the island hotspots by land and sea. We offer camping, kayak+camping, and National Park trekking.
Main articles to buy are:
- fresh seafood
- fish sauce
There are ATMs in Duong Dong Town (near Long Beach) as well as in An Thoi. While there are no ATMs without a foreign transaction fee (at least in Phu Quoc), there are at least two banks with just a 20,000 VND (1 USD) withdrawal fee [as of Dec 2014]: Vietcombank (at the row of ATMs near the south entrance to the Night Market) and AgriBank (in An Thoi).
- Bich Nguyên, Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong (Near Chez Carole, 20 meters down on the road to Kim Hoa resort), ☎ 0916 788 719. Small family owned restaurant serving fresh Vietnamese food.
- Night Market, Duong Dong. From 18.00 there are lots of small restaurants open on the street of the night market. Great, cheap local food. In October 2013 it was pretty expensive - made for tourists. You better find local food on the main street near the traffic lights. From 20,000 Dong.
- Ganesh Indian Restaurant, 97 Trang Hung Dao, Duong Dong. Ganesh is probably the only Indian restaurant on the island. The food is OK, but not quite up to the standards you can experience outside India in countries like UK or Australia.
- Mondo, 82 TRAN HUNG DAO, PHU QUOC, ☎ (0)773994930. Small restaurant run by Swedish couple. Relaxed atmosphere, next to Long Beach main road. Mainly delicious worldwide food in tapas format, but also some salads and local dishes. Good wine list, imported beers and more. Great for families, couples or anyone that fancy a taste other then rice and fish - Prices are well in proportion to the quality of the food, many imported goods! - Great music and atmosphere. From 45000 Dong.
- Gio Bien Restaurant, Ganh Dau (1km Past Ganh Dau Village). Located right on the beach in the beautiful bay of Ganh Dau beach, this family run restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese dishes and fresh seafood. Try their grill cod fish dish with tumeric marinate - it is devine, or their caramelised fish hotpots for lunch or dinner.
- Hung Long, 147B Tran Hung Dao St, Duong Dong town , Phu Quoc Island (on the main road, near la veranda resort, at about 300m from the resort's street, on the main road, 20 meters far away from Coi Nguon Museum), ☎ (0) 77 6524468. Restaurant opened mid 2013. The restaurant has about 5 tables. There is no menu yet (octo.2013). You come in the restaurant, and the son will tell you the plates of the day. You can also order your meal for lunch or dinner (tell them before so they can go to the market and buy the ingredients).Basically, you tell them what you want to eat, and they will prepare it for you. Mother and son cook together. Price is really fair and food is really good: fresh and tasty. Perfect for the people who looks for authenticity, friendly atmosphere, good food and fair price.
- Family Inn (Ngoc-Danh Quyen), Ap Ong Lang (next to beach and resorts), ☎ 00841649254333. 9.00 -22.30. family run,cooking by the lady,who has 25 years cooking experience in various resorts,all dishes fresh prepaired and bought in the morning on the market,popular with upper class Vietnamese.While you wait for your food you get profound informations about Phu Quoc in English,German and Italian ,ticketservice ticket service ,WIFI,take a way food,home delivery,motorbike rent with or wothout driver,prices lower than in the adjacent resorts. popular.
- Hardy's German Bakery & Café, Tran Hung Dao St, Duong Dong town , Phu Quoc Island. Run by a German-Vietnamese couple, this cafe offers traditional German style dark bread and rolls. Great for breakfast. Also available are various freshly baked chocolate cakes. Outdoor seating and takeaway options. popular.
There are several bars along the main road in Duong Dong and a the supply is mainly the same when it comes to beer. Bottled local beers like Saigon green and red, 333, larue, Bivina and imported beers like Tiger, Heinken and a few Carlsberg beers. There is one Czech styled microbrewery situated at Long Beach resort which is one kilometre south of Duong Dong and you can read about it here.
Warning: unlike in most other East-Asian destinations, there is a substantial risk that all (affordable) hotels are fully booked if you arrive, so it is advisable to book ahead, also for back- and flashpackers. This applies at least in January, the dry high season and as of 2011 also in February, as the island gains popularity. Most hotels/resorts are located close to Duong Dong town at long beach which can get quite crowded. If you want to get away from the crowds, the pretty much only option is getting a resort at the northwestern shores of the island at Vung Bau or Rach Vem beach (Vung Bau resort seems a good choice). However, the drive there can be expensive but you can try to get a free pickup from your hotel.
- Lighthouse Hotel (Lighthouse Phu Quoc), 15A Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong town (Centre of Duong Dong town, opposite to Dinh Cau night market), ☎ +84 77 399 2337 (email@example.com, fax: +84 77 399 2336). checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. At the heart of Duong Dong town, the Light House hotel towers above all and provides great observation point to surrounding landscape. Newly built in Dec 2013, the 3* hotel provides 38 comfortable rooms & modern amenities. They have sea / city / mountain view. The hotel neighborhood offers many fantastic hot-spots, such as Dinh Cau night market, scuba diving houses, Duong Dong fish market, well-known restaurants and bar as well as walking distant to groceries stores, pharmacy... Above all, it is hotel's top notch services and modern comfort. USD 49+.
- Mai House, +84-773-847 003 . Consistently ranked the #1 resort choice on the island. Fourteen stylish, high quality thatched villas dotted around immaculate gardens on the beach fully equiped with sunloungers. There's no fridge in the villa's and no pool, but AC, safety box, tea coffee facilities,beach towel furnished, free wifi in lobby and restaurant. The restaurant menu is good. Most people who have stayed here, consider Mai House to be almost perfect. Villas: standard $50 low season, and $90 high season. Breakfast included. Gerard's direct contact number is +84 918 123 796 should you have any difficulties.
- La Veranda, 84-773-982 988, Fourty three rooms and villas spread around a pool and French style colonial main building. Standard and Superior rooms US$125 low season and $240 high season. The one bed villas are better value at USA$165 low season and $250 high season.
- Mango Bay Resort, Ong Lang Beach, ☎ +84 77 981 693 (firstname.lastname@example.org). A wonderfully peaceful resort spread between the sea on one side and a forest preserve on the other, about 10 kilometers north of Duong Dong town. The resort beaches are small, but the adjoining beach is as yet undeveloped for tourism and features a decent reef for snorkeling. This is a low-key resort, where the lawns are mowed by a herd of cows with wooden cowbells, and the spa opens directly onto the 'lawn' running down the sea. Bungalows are tastefully set back from the sea and separated from each other. There is a vegetable and spice garden on the property, and much of the food served is grown there. There are several styles of bungalows, each with its own connected outdoor bathroom. This place is the antithesis of your typical Phuket tour-bus resort. USD 90-150.
- Long Beach Resort Phu Quoc, tel:84-773-981818, continues with a 'soft opening' after 2 years now, and if management is lucky will become the first 5-star resort on the island upon completion. Rooms are large and spacious, the fittings lovely, and the bathroom has a large wooden tub for soaking.
- Paris Beach Resort, Cau Ba Phong, Cua lap, Duong To (From Duong Dong go down Long Beach (south) and look for the sign on your right. If you see Eden Resort on your right, you just missed it.), ☎ 0084773994548. checkout: 11:00. Nice staff, very friendly owners, and one of the cheaper resorts. Owned and run by a French/Vietnamese couple - both professors - who enjoy running a hotel and having guests, it seems. Food is great and prices all rather reasonable. If there is no room at Paris Beach, try Beach Club Resort right next door - and vice versa 20$-40$.
- Eden Resort, tel:84-77 398 5598, Eden Resort Phu Quoc is located on Western side of island, just down Tran Hung Doa Rd, about 3 kilometers south of Duong Dong and the island's airport. The road from Duong Dong is sealed until the Eden Resort and continues unsealed further south. The spacious guest rooms feature a contemporary design, with a largish bed, flat 32" TV (lots of channels but most with quite poor picture quality), sidetable/desk, 2 armchairs, minibar/fridge, airconditioning and a balcony. The bathroom has a bath tub. The main building has elevators, which are nice if your room is on the 3rd floor. The resort is located along a sandy beach and ocean, with a restaurant pool side, and a small bar. There is free Wi-Fi, and a small gym. The site has nice smallish gardens. The beach south of the resort is undeveloped (there are a couple unfinished older buildings a short distance away, and occasionally some small fishing boats at the beach). The beach right north of the resort is being developed to villas and is under construction (as of December 2011), and about 200 meters further north there is another large hotel, with a line of bungalows close to the beach. The views from the rooms on the northern side are not particularly good. The beach at the hotel is clean and suits well to sunbathing and swimming. There aren't much trees to provide shade. The rate of the rooms in the main building at high season is $150, which is a bit high, as the hotel and facilities are not quite at the four star level. The hotel transports its guest to and from the airport when you notify them about your flight details.
- Cassia Cottage, tel:84-773 848 395, Cassia Cottage is located along the Lovely Long Beach in the west of the Island. Has both Sea view and garden cottages ranging from $85.00 in low season to $170 in the high season.
- Saigon Tourist Phu Quoc Resort, . The oldest large three/four star hotel on the island, close to the center of Duong Dong and most of the tourist restaurants. There are regular hotel rooms (under $200), and 2 bedroom villas (starting from about $350 during high season.)
- Peppercorn Beach, Ap Chuong Vich, Ganh Dau, Phu Quoc Island (Located near Ganh Dau fishing village in the north close to Gio Bien Restaurant), ☎ +84 (0) 77 3989 567. Located on the quiet northern shores of Phu Quoc, Peppercorn has eight spacious air-conditioned luxury bungalows sitting just meters from the beach. All bungalows have terrific views of Cambodia and the Vietnamese mainland in the distance. The Restaurant also serves fresh seafood, a selection of tasty Vietnamese and Western dishes and cold drinks. USD 80-150.
- Chez Carole. Resort with one dozen bungalows, in a pretty remote location on the coast at the mouth of the Cua Can River, about 15 km north of Duong Dong and the airport. Access partly on slow, unpaved roads. There is a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, gardens. There is no beach, but small sandy islands at the mouth of the river are a short swim or boat ride away. Kayaking and canoeing are possible activities. Room rates during high season start from about $160. This is good for a quiet short holiday, without any crowds nearby.
- Bargain Beach Bungalows. What's still very special about Phu Quoc is the availability of small resorts built right on the beach with 8 - 16 cabins all at less that US$40.
Budget accommodation can be hard to come by but the best bet is to head to the south end of long beach. In low season en suite bungalows can be found for $10 and rooms for $8. Most budget place for sleep are Nhat Lan, Viet Thanh or lien hiep thanh. They are at about ~40min by walk or ~10min by moto taxi (10-20 000 VND) to Duong Dong.
- Hola B&B Guesthouse Phu Quoc, Walk 200m into Chua Ong alley, opposite to Long Beach resort, then turn left at the second corner, ☎ +84 918 353504. Hola B&B Guesthouse is a new hostel opened in November 2015, a yellow building in the Chua Ong alley between the airport and the town center. Easy walking to the beach, and have an extremely beautiful view from the rooftop. Friendly staff, clean beds and rooms, free caffe, strong wifi. Staff can speak English and Italian well. 6$ for dorm bed, and 16$ for private double-bed room
- Amigos Guest house, 118/10 Trang Hun Dao, Long Beach (next to La Veranda), ☎ 0917 707 456 (speak to Speedy) or 077 3 994 958. Amigos have immaculate bungalows with hot/cold water, AC, fridge, Satellite TV, queen bed in each. They are brand new having only been completed in October 2010. Amigos is located right on the beach and it has a great restaurant and bar area. Free internet and weekly promotions ongoing. There is even a children’s play area.
- Amigos Restaurant Bar, 118/10 Trang Hun Dao, Long Beach, ☎ 077 3 994 58. This is a new facility which has the largest bar on the Long Beach strip. It is on the southern end of Long Beach and is surrounded by a number of resorts. It serves reasonably priced Mexican, western and Vietnamese food. It is owned by an Australian family who take a very hands-on approach to the business. There is a great beach area, two pool tables and dance area that plays a good mix of music. There is a wide selection of drinks and cheap cocktails. Open till late.
- Lang Toi, Sao Beach, ☎ +84 773 972 123. There are only two hostels in the most beautiful beach- Sao Beach, and this one offers aircondition + hot shower, aircondition is not only for cooling off but also for getting away those mosquitos. Suggest to book the room in full-moon evening, you can watch the moon raise from the sea, as Sao Beach is in the east side of the island. fr USD 60.
- Viet Thanh Bungalow, Khu Pho 7 - Duong Dong - Phu QUoc - Kien Giang (south of western long beach, same lane that La Veranda), ☎ 0122.9866 542 - 0979.46 36 07 (email@example.com). Mosquito net, hot shower, Free Wifi (only front bungalows) US$17-75.
- Cat Que Guest House, Duong To, Long Beach, ☎ +84 126 696 0190 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Located in Duong To village, the new Cat Que Guest House is only a 5 minute motorbike drive from Long Beach and Duong Dong town. With very helpful owners, they have nice rooms with AC, hot water, king-size beds and free WiFi. Prices vary between 25-35 USD depending on the season.
- Hung Long homestay (email@example.com), 147B TRAN HUNG DAO St, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc Island (on the main road, 20m far away from Coi Nguon Museum.), ☎ +84 (0) 77 6524468. homestay opened mid 2013. Hung Long homestay and restaurant .Family business run by a son and her mother. 3 rooms for rent, with bathroom inside, A/C and hot water. The room are new, and clean. 5min walking from the beach. Price of the rooms varies depending on the season. Double is 15$ in low season and can go up to 25- 30$ in high season. If you don’t stay there, highly recommended to get a meal there (see “to Eat”) 15 to 30$.
- Bamboo Cottages & Restaurant, To 5, Ap 4 Vung Bau Bay, Xa Cua Can (North of Duong Dong 40 mins), ☎ +84 (0) 77281.0345. 17 rooms located on a totally secluded beach, nestled away under big trees and surrounded by lush flora and fauna. The main draw here is that it is off the grid, so electricity is on only 10 hrs a day. This is perfect for guests who want disconnect and enjoy nature. They are also known for offering yoga and tai chi lessons. Rooms are very nicely decorated and clean. Beds are comfortable, and come equipped with a mosquito net. The rooms have tall ceilings with plenty of space. The bathrooms are open aired which is liberating, with solar powered hot showers. Two room options: oceanfront and seaview garden. There is no A/C but the ocean breeze keeps the rooms a nice temperature. Vietnamese owned, and the staff is 90% locals... each friendlier than the next. $50-95.
- Mushrooms backpackers hostel, 170 Tran Hung Dao, Dương Đông, Duong Dong, Kien Giang, Vietnam, ☎ +(84) 937942017, . checkout: 10:30. Looks like cheapest place for short time staying on the island Nice and friendly staffs, English owner. dorm 6$.
- Castaways Resort Phu Quoc, 143A Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc, Kien Giang, Vietnam, ☎ +84 (077) 399 3399. checkin: 14:00; checkout:12:00. Located within a 3 minute walk to Long Beach. All rooms are air conditioned and nicely furnished. Their motto, "Come as a traveler. Leave as a friend." says all there is to say about the atmosphere at the resort. Nearby are many restaurants and local shops making this resort an ideal place to stay. You may contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. USD 30+.
- Duc Anh Garden Homestay, Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc, Kien Giang, Vietnam (across Long Beach Resort), ☎ +84 (077) 3 980 896(email@example.com). checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Located roughly 3.7 km south from the town center but a 7 minute walk to the beach, this homestay offers affordable and clean rooms and bungalows with AC run by a very friendly family. Although their English is not that great, they try their best to accommodate. Small restaurant located on the property. Breakfast of a baguette and a choice of eggs or jam with Vietnamese tea is included in the price. They offer laundry service (25,000 VND/kg) and motorbike rental (new automatic bike, 200,000 VND/8 hrs). Free WiFi. USD 30+.
Your biggest risk on Phu Quoc is getting sick or being involved in an accident. When setting out on a moto trip always ensure you have a basic first aid kit and your hotel number with you. The mySherpa map available from most hotels contains emergency phone numbers for police, and ambulance and the hospital + what to do in an emergency. Keep these numbers with you at all times.
If you can avoid the Duong Dông hospital, do so. In the high season there is a German doctor on the island, Dr. Thomas from Phu Quoc Emergencies. Call +841266847974 or ask your hotel reception. He speaks English, German, Russian and Vietnamese and is specialized in general and emergency medicine. The next modern hospital is in Rach Gia. Estimate how long it would need to get there in case of a severe injury before you start. Language is your major problem.
Ask your hotel for an island tour, which may include visits to a fish sauce factory, the Nature Reserve or the disused prison.
You can try a motorbike tour by yourself. Not all roads are good (some unpaved) but it is fun and the locals are really nice. In the far north corner you are able to see Cambodia and the vietnamese mainland. The mayor part of the north is protected by (inaccessible) National Park with dense beautiful primary forest, which are crossed by a couple of ways and streets. Visit remote fishermen's villages or enjoy the really rough tour along the east coast, if you are of the adventurous kind. In the south are some really nice and quiet beaches.
When leaving the island by boat, you can get a mini-bus ride from Duong Dong night market to Superdong east pier for 30,000 Dong at 7am, about 40min. Else hotel pickup seems to vary from free to 60,000 Dong.