PHU QUOC ISLAND

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PHU QUOC ISLAND

PHU QUOC ISLAND

Fringed with white-sand beaches and with large tracts still cloaked in dense tropical jungle, Phu Quoc rapidly morphed from a sleepy island backwater to a must-visit beach escape for Western expats and sun-seeking tourists. Beyond the resorts lining Long Beach and development beginning on the east coast, there's still ample room for exploration and escaping. Dive the reefs, kayak in the bays, eat up the back-road kilometres on a motorbike, or just lounge on the beach, indulge in a massage and dine on fresh seafood.

LOCATION

It floats in the warm turquoise waters in the Gulf of Thailand, 50kms from the Vietnamese mainland and a 50 minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

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CLIMATE

The location of Phu Quoc in the Gulf of Thailand enables it to be embraced by the ocean and to have a temperate weather. The climate is monsoonal and sub-equatorial tropical with two distinct seasons: the dry season from November to May and the rainy season from June to October. During the dry season, PhuQuoc Island is affected by the northeast seasonal wind which has an average speed of 3.2m/sOn the other hand, during the rainy season,PhuQuoc Island experiences west-southwest seasonal windwhich has an average speed of 4.5 m/s. The average annual temperature is about 27oC while the highest temperature ever recorded is 35oC in April and May, the two hottest months of the year in PhuQuoc.

INTRODUCTION

The island has a roughly triangular shape with a north-south length of 50km and a west-east width of 25 km. A great part of the terrain is filled with beautiful sandy beaches, but there is a mountainous region with 99 peaks, among which the Peak of Chua Mountain is the tallest one at 603 meters.

Phu Quoc is most famous for its the cuisines and a natural wonderful coastline. The most famous food of Phu Quoc is fish sauce, which has become quite popular all over Vietnam and the world. Besides, another thing worth trying there is the spicy yet interesting black pepper. However, the factor that will definitely intrigue you to visit Phu Quoc is its untouched coastline featuring several heavenly beaches. They have yet to be explored to their full ability, but this fact might be actually positive as it gives the shores a romantic beauty that you can find in nowhere else in the world

ATTRACTIONS

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Bãi Sao (Star Beach)

Unlike other beaches where the waves hit the shore with great vigor, Bãi Sao appeals to those who seek for the sacred serenity. The water level is pretty low, which is why you can go a longer distance from land and enjoy your swim without worries for a sudden tidal wave or drowning hazards.

Gành Dầu Beach

One of the most scenic beaches in Phu Quoc, Gành Dầu is where you can simultaneously enjoy the beauty of the ocean and the enormous mountains. Moreover, the place is renowned for copious seafood dishes that are sold for affordable prices. Most importantly, Gành Dầu has the most striking sunset that glorifies 500 miles of arc beach and exotic islands that can be seen at the horizon.

Phu Quoc National Park 

Phu Quoc National Park takes up more than half of Phu Quoc Island, where nature lovers can spot rare wildlife and plants such as long-tailed macaques, silver langurs, otters, and hornbills. Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2010, a part of this verdant landscape is open to a wide range of activities such as camping, hiking, bird-watching, and photography. If you’re looking to test out your endurance level, Mount Heaven in Phu Quoc National Park is accessible within a challenging four-hour trek through the evergreen forest followed by a 10 metre-tall bamboo ladder.

Ham Ninh fishing village

Ham Ninh Fishing Village attracts foreign visitors looking to experience the daily life of the local fishermen as well as enjoy authentic regional specialities. A 20-minute drive from Phu Quoc International Airport, there’s also a pier not far from the village, where you can enjoy relaxing views of colourful fishing boats, Ham Ninh Mountain range and coastline, and the Hai Tac Archipelago. Ham Ninh Fishing Village is also renowned for its unique dishes such as sea cucumber soup, tram mushroom, and boiled flower crab as well as medicinal drinks made with seaweed, ginseng, seahorse, and rice wine

 

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