Introduction to Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc is rapidly becoming Asia’s next hot tropical island destination, with it’s Sao Beach widely considered to be Vietnam’s best beach.
The island lies in the Gulf of Thailand and is only a short flight away from Saigon. It actually lies closer to Cambodia’s coast (4 km away) than to Vietnam’s (45 km away).
More and more countries offer direct flights to Phu Quoc nowadays.
You can also get there by ferry, by the way.
Tourism is growing fast at the moment
The island has roughly 110.000 residents. It receives around 1.4 million tourists per year, 80% of those is Vietnamese. Three years ago that number was only 550.000, so tourism is indeed growing super fast on the island.
What is there to see and do?
Half of the island is a National Park and a UNESCO site, part of the Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve.
The island has pepper plantations, fish sauce factories, pearl farms, day- and night markets and an old prison.
There are some temples, a few waterfalls and a fishing town called Duong Dong.
Pretty beaches and no visa required
But most tourists go there for the beaches. The island does have some beautiful, picture-perfect beaches.
The sunsets are pretty, food and drinks are cheap (at least they can be, depending on where you stay and go) and it’s good for water sports.
Another reason why tourists go to Phu Quoc is, that Vietnam’s visa process does not apply to the island. There is a 30-day visa-exemption. Saves you not only money, but also a lot of hassle and time.
Go now! Or is it too late already?
When you read up about the island, you often read that you better visit the island NOW, before it’s too late. Meaning: before mass tourism arrives on the island.
Let me first show you around on the island, and then, after my upcoming mini-series about Phu Quoc, I will reveal my opinion about the island: should you visit Phu Quoc fast? Are you still in time? Or are you too late already?
At the end of my Phu Quoc mini-series, I’ll also refer you to some blogs and websites that provide all the information about Phu Quoc that you need.
Here’s a cool infographic by PhuQuocIslandGuide to get you started:
Phu Quoc, here we come!