During the French colonial era, Phu Quoc island was a notorious prison site is blessed with crystal blue water, fine white sand beaches, and pristine forests.
What are the best things to do in Phu Quoc island Vietnam?
We’ve spent more than a month exploring this beautiful island, and here we share the list of the top experiences in Phu Quoc that you should not miss.
1. Explore Phu Quoc’s beaches
Phu Quoc charms its visitors with pristine beaches and extraordinary experiences.
The beaches in Phu Quoc have endless coastlines, white sand, and crystal clear water. Sao Beach, Starfish beach, and Ong Lang beach are the most beautiful ones.
Read more: 6 Most beautiful beaches in Phu Quoc.
12. Learn about the bees
Another exciting place to visit in Phu Quoc is a bee farm. Located near the primeval forest, this bee farm is the first to study and preserve bees on this island.
Here, you can visit, listen to explanations about the honey bee ecological farm. You can also try honey tasting and purchase honey gifts back home.
13. Kayak on the river
Kayaking on the Cua Can river is a fascinating experience if you love outdoor activities.
The best way to join this is to sign up for theNorthern island tour. However, you can also rent kayaks by the hour from the restaurants along the river, such as Huong Viet restaurant.
14. Enjoy tasty seafood
Phu Quoc is a paradise for seafood lovers! Seafood is fresh, and there are many choices.
We often visited the markets during our stay in Phu Quoc, bought fresh fish and shrimp, and grilled it by ourselves. (Thanks to our Airbnb kitchen!)
We also visited the fishing villages and tried seafood dishes there. Prices at the fishing village were generally cheaper than the restaurants in town.
15. Visit Phu Quoc prison
If you are a history buff or simply curious about what a wartime prison looks like, this will be your destination.
Terrible, brutal, and horrifying is what you can experience in visualized history.
16. Relax at Tranh waterfall
About 9km from the center of Duong Dong town, Tranh stream is a stream made up of small gullies from Ham Ninh Mountain.
The best time to visit the Tranh stream is from June to January. This is the rainy season, and the stream can show its best beauty.
You can spend an afternoon here, relaxing, bathing in the stream, or simply wandering around.
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However, one disadvantage during this period is that Phu Quoc often has prolonged rains, and traveling around the island is often inconvenient.
17. Visit Phu Quoc fish sauce factory
Phu Quoc fish sauce is famous for its high protein and delicious taste, so don’t miss your chance to visit one of the factories on your trip.
Famous fish sauce factories, such as Hung Thinh and Khai Hoan, are located in Duong Dong town, so visiting will be very convenient.
Here, you can see the traditional way of making fish sauces for hundreds of years. Phu Quoc fish sauce is a great specialty to buy as a gift.
18. Experience wine tasting at Sim wine factory
Besides fish sauce and peppers, Phu Quoc Sim wine is also a unique gift to buy as souvenirs.
Many wine factories open part of their garden for visitors to visit, so don’t miss this chance to enjoy wine tasting there.
19. Visit Pearl farm
Phu Quoc island is known as Pearl’s island, so it would be a shame if you don’t visit the pearl farms here.
We visited one of the pearl farms in Phu Quoc, named Ngoc Hien. Our guide explained pearl type, the pearl-harvesting process and showed us the pearl production process.
Here you can also buy pearls as souvenirs. Again, there are many types, from cheap to expensive, so you choose which suits the budget.
20. Learn how to cook Vietnamese food
One of the best ways to explore Vietnam is exploring local recipes and trying to make them yourself.
You’ll have an opportunity to learn the combination of Vietnamese tastes and spices while spending fun time with your classmates.
21. Visit Ho Quoc temple
Ho Quoc temple is the largest and most famous temple in Phu Quoc. The temple lies on the back of the mountain, facing the sea.
The entrance to the pagoda has 18 arhats of stone and a majestic dragon-phoenix painting.
If you come here early in the morning, you can watch the beautiful sunrise.
22. Visit Phu Quoc night market
After watching the sunset and relaxing on the beaches, check out the Phu Quoc night market and enjoy street food there!
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The market is located at the crossroads of Bach Dang – Nguyen Dinh Chieu and operates from 5 pm to 11 pm. It’s especially crowded on weekends, so we recommend visiting early to avoid the crowd.
23. Go pub crawl
Phu Quoc Island’s relaxed nightlife scene is ideal for those looking to entertain.
We love the Coco bar and The Rabbit Hole Irish Bar. Both have a pleasant atmosphere and great prices.