Phu Quoc: An Introduction
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc Island is 62 nautical miles south-west of Rach Gia, at the southern tip of Vietnam. Approximately the size of Singapore, much of the island is National Park and many of the island’s famous 99 hills are covered in thick vegetation, creating a safe habitat for the indigenous wildlife.
Phu Quoc is in fact ‘disputed territory’ with Cambodia also claiming a historical right to sovereignty; quite understandable when you consider that it lies just 5 miles off the coast of Kep in Cambodia. Aside from tourism, the main local industries are fish sauce and pepper production.
The main draw is undoubtedly sand, with almost non-stop beach running around the island. Despite a recent surge in development the island is still relatively undeveloped, ensuring there is plenty of space for everyone (although the planned international airport will undoubtedly have an impact on this).
Having been fortunate enough to be visiting the island since the late 90's, we love it for it’s incredible seafood, laid back vibe and quiet beaches - you can drive for miles at a time without passing anything but the odd fishing village. The island is now coming of age with a handful of world class resorts, whilst local operators have also installed the necessary infrastructure to allow access to some of the island's natural highlights such as nearby snorkelling hotspots and the Cua Can River.
The island enjoys a sub-equatorial climate with two seasons; rainy (late-July to late October) and the dry season (November to July). Whilst visits to Phu Quoc can be made all-year round, the best time is dry season (although outside of October the chances of sunny days remain high).
The nightly seafood market in the capital of Duong Dong is a 'must-visit'...for many more than once