5 reasons why you should visit Phu Quoc

Sunset on Phu Quoc island

Phu Quoc, a paradise island in the south of Vietnam, has gained a lot of popularity in recent years and is becoming one of Vietnam’s best destinations. The island boasts some of the country’s finest beaches and resorts so if you are looking for a place where you can get pampered, head over to Phu Quoc. Here are 5 other reasons why you should visit this beautiful island:

1. Rich Marine Life

Discover the underwater world of diving on Phu Quoc Island
Discover the underwater world of diving on Phu Quoc Island

Wildlife enthusiasts will thrive in Phu Quoc since they will have the chance to spot unique species such as the green turtle and dugong. It is in fact one of the few places in Vietnam where you have the chance to see such a diverse marine life. There are 135 species of coral reef fish here, more than 100 species of corals and lots of different types of mollusks. Why not go diving or snorkeling in order to spot rich marine life in Phu Quoc.

2. Unspoilt Beaches

Bai Sao Beach - Phu Quoc island, Vietnam.
Bai Sao Beach – Phu Quoc island, Vietnam.

Perhaps the biggest reason why many people choose to go to Phu Quoc – sand beaches that stretches as far as the eye can see. If you are a fan of unspoilt beaches, you will find not 1 but 20 of them here. Sao Beach is one of the most popular beaches along with Long Beach and Khem Beach. Thanks to its powdery white sands, clear water and the chance to see incredible sunsets, these beaches are most definitely some of the best.

3. Remote Islands

Most of the islands in Phu Quoc are uninhabited and there is even one island here that is referred to as the “Robinson Crusoe” island, because of how unspoilt it is. You can only reach the island by boat or airplane and it makes for a nice day trip. However, if you prefer to stay overnight, there is a possibility to do so but only with a tour guide.

4. Luxury in Phu Quoc

Welcome gate of Vinpearl Land Amusement Park
Welcome gate of Vinpearl Land Amusement Park

As Phu Quoc is becoming a more popular destination in Vietnam, more developments are being built. There are already luxury resorts on the island where you can expect to get fully pampered. Some of the most well known resorts are Vinpearl Hotel & Resort, Salinda Resort, Lahana Resort and Chen Sea Resort. Lay by the pool, order a cocktail, go for a massage, and enjoy the fabulous views. Most of the resorts offer gym, pool, bar, conference rooms, spa treatments and a 24/7 open reception.

5. Variety in Restaurants and Bars

Sip cocktails at Rory’s Beach Club at Phu Quoc Island
Sip cocktails at Rory’s Beach Club at Phu Quoc Island

And of course, there are a lot to choose from when it comes to food. You can find some restaurants here such as the Crab House, which run by a Vietnamese American local. It is a sports-themed seafood shack where you can eat everything from fresh crabs and lobsters. Everything with a bit of an American influence. If you want to eat with a view of the island, head over to Chuon Chuon Bistro & Sky Bar. Not only is the food really good, the location could not be any more perfect.

There are of course, many, many more reasons why you should visit Phu Quoc. The best thing is that when you feel like you want to experience some city vibes again, just hop on a ferry and go to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s biggest city. Why not get the best out of both worlds!

Remember to apply for your Vietnam visa in order to enter the country. Depending on where you are from, you have the option to apply for a Visa on Arrival, E-visa or go to your nearest Vietnam Embassy or Consulate to apply for a visa there. The E-visa is only eligible for certain countries in the world, so if you are not certain if your country is on the list, contact your embassy. The Visa on Arrival is by far the most popular choice amongst internationals, because of how easy it is to apply for it. You fill out the forms online and usually get it approved after only a few days. Once it has been approved of, remember to print all documents out so you can present it to the immigration officer. You will also need to bring two photos of yourself and cash (USD and EUR is accepted).