Why you should travel to Phu Quoc

If you’d like to travel somewhere with crystal clear water, long stretches of white sand beaches,  lush landscape, palm trees and where you can enjoy good food – you must put Phu Quoc on the map. Phu Quoc is the biggest island in Vietnam and is located in the south, just an hour flight away from Ho Chi Minh City.

What’s also so good about Phu Quoc is that there’s never a bad season. The weather here is always favorable, warm and sunny, so you can visit the beaches anytime you’d like. But there’s a bigger chance for rain if you go during the rainy season (April – September) so if you want to be sure that your vacation won’t be ruined by the occasional showers, go during dry season (October – March). However, prices drop during the rainy season so if you are traveling on a low budget, it’s a good time to visit Phu Quoc.

Phu Quoc is a place you must visit when you’re traveling in the south of Vietnam. It’s the perfect place to unwind, relax and get a slice of paradise. Here are the top reasons why you should visit this tropical island:

Come here for the beaches

Phu Quoc is filled with beautiful beaches, but some have been privatized because of the resorts. But even if you’re not staying in a resort, you still have lots of beaches to choose from. Some of the beaches are more crowded but has all the amenities that you would like, others are more private and secluded. It all depends which mood you are in! Bring a book to the beach, lay down all day, and listen to the sound of the waves. You can also spoil yourself to a massage on the beach, which is the perfect way to end the day. Just make sure you don’t miss the sunrise! They are incredible.

Feast on seafood here

When it comes to seafood, you can find it in abundance in Phu Quoc. The seafood here is both fresh and cheap. You can find fresh seafood in almost all places in Phu Quoc, and each beach has its own market where the fishermen come to trade their products every morning, so if you want to buy fresh seafood and cook it yourself, make sure to go as early as possible. Otherwise, there’s lots of restaurants as well. Head over to the night market in Phu Quoc and you’ll find lots of seafood restaurants.

It’s a great place for watersport lovers

If you’re a bit too restless to just lay on the beach all day long, there’s a lot of water sport activities here that you should try. For example, you can go kayaking here, jet skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving and even try kitesurfing. There’s also a huge water park here called Vinpearl Land Amusement  Park, where you can spend an entire day with your family and friends.

Enjoy the lush landscape

Phu Quoc has a beautiful national park where not many tourists go to, which is a shame. It’s a peaceful place, best explored on a motorbike, and incredibly beautiful and calm. If you need to find a place where you can concentrate and breathe fresh air, you should take your motorbike and drive across the national park.

Phu Quoc is also home to lakes, waterfalls and streams, where you can cool down. You’ll most likely be alone since people who travel to Phu Quoc tends to go straight to the beaches, but the waterfalls are just as mesmerizing. You might even spot some wild animals on the way there.

The night life is fun

There’s some nice bars in Phu Quoc, where you can enjoy a cocktail or two. Two of the most popular bars are Luna Bar and Buddha Bar. Both places have a rooftop bar where you can watch the sun go down. There’s also areas where you can dance all night long, if you’d like to. There’s even a cocktail bar on this island! Bittersweet Cocktail Bar is located within Salinda Resort and have a signature cocktail list. It’s more of a quiet place though, so don’t come here if you want to go clubbing. It suits travelers who prefer the laid back nightlife venue better.

If you’re planning on traveling around Vietnam, you must apply for a Vietnam visa before you enter the country. However, if you’re flying straight to Phu Quoc, you can stay on the island for 30 days visa-free. You just need your passport to be valid for 6 months after your arrival date, stay on the island for less than 30 days (you need to provide proof of return airplane ticket, etc), and fly from an international country to Phu Quoc via the International Airport in Phu Quoc. But if you’re already in Vietnam, you’ll have to apply for a visa. You can either get a Visa on Arrival, E-Visa or go to your closest Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate and apply with them.