Top 10 Reasons to Visit Phu Quoc !
Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam, located in the Gulf of Thailand. This island is known as the gem of Vietnamese tourism because of its endless blue ocean, vast national park and beautiful sunsets. If you’re traveling to southern Vietnam and have no idea where to go other than Saigon and the Mekong Delta, here are 10 reasons to check out Phu Quoc right now. In addition, I also cover some travel tips on this region.
So where is Phu Quoc Island?
Phu Quoc Island is part of Kien Giang Province. It is the largest island in Vietnam, with a total area of 574 square kilometers. In addition to the beautiful beaches, this place is also known as the largest prison camp in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Nowadays, many people come here for a quick getaway to the seaside town or to get close to Mother Nature while hiking or camping in the National Park.
Best time to visit Phu Quoc
The good news is that you can visit Phu Quoc at any time of the year. Phu Quoc has a tropical climate. There are really only two seasons this island faces and here they are:
The dry season starts in October and continues until March. If you want to avoid rain, you should plan your trip to Phu Quoc between November and March. However, as it is also the peak season, everything will be paid, from airfare to accommodation, and more. By the end of October, the rainy season will be almost over. It rains sometimes, the sky is clear and the ocean is calm again. Therefore, you can visit Phu Quoc during this month to avoid high season.
The climate in Phu Quoc is basically hot and humid all year round, especially in April and May, which are the hottest months of the year. It is necessary to bring a hat, sunglasses and summer clothes.
During the rainy season (April to September), it rains frequently on the west coast, while the east coast is quieter. Storms are not unknown either. Heavy winds and heavy rains often occur in July, August and September, which will disadvantage your trip. For example, muddy roads make driving on motorbikes more slippery, and diving and surfing will be a real no-no.
However, at this time of the year, services in Phu Quoc are becoming much cheaper, which suits low-budget travelers. All you have to do is to be prepared. Do not forget to wear a poncho, an insect repellent, flip flops and a waterproof bag for your phone / backpack. By the way, girls, it is essential to use waterproof cosmetics.
How to get to Phu Quoc ?
People usually go to Phu Quoc by four popular means of transportation: plane, berth, motorbike or hydrofoil.
It’s the quickest way to get to Phu Quoc from Hanoi, Saigon or Can Tho. Three airlines offer a direct flight between these cities and Phu Quoc. You can choose to travel with Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air or Jetstar Pacific. Depending on your place of departure, date and airline, a one-way trip will cost more than 700 000 VND (32 USD).
Phu Quoc Airport is only 10 kilometers from Duong Dong City (center). Therefore, you can take a taxi Mai Linh or SACO after your arrival.
From Saigon, you can travel six to seven hours by bus-bed to Rach Gia or Ha Tien. It will cost you around 150,000 VND ($ 6.8) for a one-way trip to Rach Gia and 180,000 VND ($ 8.2) for a ticket to Ha Tien.
Information on the bus line
Address: 272 De Tham, D.1
Hotline: 1900 6067
Booking site: Futa Bus
Kumho Samco Bus Line
Address: 272 De Tham, D.1
Hot line: 028 39 225 112 or 028 39 225 113
Website: Kumho Samco Busline
Good news for those who want to discover Vietnam on a motorcycle! You can absolutely travel to Phu Quoc on one! From Saigon, you can choose the road to Ha Tien or Rach Gia, where the hydrofoil station is located.