Backpacking travel in Phu Quoc: Full Guide

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Vietnam Backpack Travel Guide – Phú Quốc, is the largest island in Vietnam. Phú Quốc and nearby islands, along with distant Thổ Chu Islands, is part of Kiên Giang Province as Phú Quốc District, the district has a total area of 574 square kilometres (222 sq mi) and a permanent population of approximately 85,000.The district of Phú Quốc includes the island proper and 21 smaller islets. The district seat, Dương Đông, is located on the west coast, and is also the largest town on the island. The economy is centered on fishing, agriculture and a fast-growing tourism sector.

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Phú Quốc có hệ thống bãi biển trài dài vô cùng đẹp (Ảnh – Alessandro Lironi)

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Best time to visit Phu Quoc ?

Nên đi Phú Quốc vào thời gian nào
Ảnh – tam.vo1985

Anytime of year really is the best time to go to this beautiful island though the more consistently drier hot weather is from December to April, so if you are coming here to enjoy the beach, sea or pe that is certainly the best time. This is the busiest time of year also and so you don’t get stuck with a Hotel that doesn’t suit advance bookings for Hotels especially the period Dec to Feb are highly recommended!

Its also nice to experience the middle time of year when its cooler in temperature, there is a lot less tourists and of course there is a bit more rain but this is usually in the late afternoons & evenings, for me personally after many years here i prefer this time of year!

The dry season in Phu Quoc typically is November to April when skies are blue, the sea is clear and ping at its best, it can however get quite from hot from March onward. The rainy season usually is from May to September, the weather is much milder and it can anytime be raining constantly for days at a time with breaks of good weather.  It does seem to rain more in the late afternoons or during the evening, October is usually one month to be avoided if you dont like rain!

During the rainy season down on the South East coast of the Island, particularly beaches Bai Sao and Bai Kem are often calm and the water is clear, whilst the West side can be quite rough and at certain times dangerous for swimming for novice swimmers.

Getting there

phương tiện đi tới phú quốc
Có rất nhiều phương tiện để đi tới Phú Quốc (Ảnh – Peter Lueck)

There are 2 ways  in getting to Phu Quoc.

You can fly to the Duong Dông airport (PQC) from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on about five daily Vietnam Airlines turboprop flights with ATR-72 (55 minutes), as well as Airbus A321 jets. Jetstar also flies twice a day, using Airbus A320 jets, and so does Vietjet Air. Flights can be very cheap with all above mentioned airlines (from $35 US). From Rach Gia there are two Vietnam Airlines flights per day.. There is a wide variety of transport options available on arrival. Many of the more expensive hotels have somebody pick you up on arrival. Taxis are of course available. It is only a short walk to the centre of Duong Dông, too. If budget travellers arrive late without reservations they stay the first night in unexpensive guest houses opposite the airport entrance.

Tàu cao tốc đi Phú Quốc thường cập cảng Hàm Ninh (Ảnh – Tran Minh Phong)

There are hydrofoils between Phú Quoc to Rach Gia, Ha Tien and Hon Chong (You can go to Rach Gia from Ho Chi Minh City by take a bus Sai Gon to Rach Gia) Actual departure times and prices can be found by reading the post “Boat hydrofoil to Phu Quoc“. A ticket on the boat costs 320,000 VND. The journey takes 2 1/2 hours. There are lots of ticket offices near the port where you can buy a ticket. You may be told by tour agents that the fast boats are full, but if you go to the dock where the boats depart you may have the opportunity to buy tickets from street sellers.

Be warned that the boat can get overcrowded and may have the unfortunate lingering odor of previous passengers’ weak stomachs. The journey is pleasant and smooth during the low season but is often beset by jarring waves during the high season; hotel staff can advise you of ocean conditions.You can arrange a transfer from ferry port (Bai Vong port) to your hotel. Taxis and motorbikes congregate outside the ferry port and can shuttle you to the bus terminal (some 15 km out of town).

Getting around

Các phương tiện đi lại trên đảo Phú Quốc
Nếu không ngại nắng, hãy khám phá Phú Quốc bằng xe máy để cảm nhận được sự tuyệt vời (Ảnh – Internet)

Airport transportation

With the new International airport now located in Duong To commune – the distance from here to the Duong Dong (which is where most of the hotel reports are) is about 10 km way. There is a wide variety of transport options available on arrival at Phu Quoc International Airport. The majority of resorts have organised airport pick up services as these are located south of Duong Dong along Long Beach, for others taxi’s or motorbikes are available and some guest houses and hotels will be at the airport to greet you offering free transport to their establishments if you stay with them.

It is more than likely that the transport will find you before you find the transport, however here is a brief summary of the options available to give you a head start;

  • Top End Resorts have pick up services if you provide your flight details
  • Motorbike taxis can take you to Long beach from 20,000 VND (but don’t quote us on this), or can be hired along with a driver for longer periods during your stay. Daily rates start from US$10 per day. Best tip is to always negotiate the price!
  • Motorbike rental is more commonly found outside hotels and in town, and motorbikes can be rented by or from US$10 per day.
  • Car and 4WD Taxis are available for short distances, daily rental or longer periods. The main provider is www.phuquoctaxi.com, alternatively there are private drivers that can also provide these services, though the condition of their vehicles may vary.


Whether you arrive in Phu Quoc by air or sea, there is a wide variety of transport options for getting around the island, from the back of a motorbike to being guided around the island with a driver in a 4WD vehicle, here’s a brief outline:

Boat services

Most top end resorts and various private tour operators provide services to the islands that are about 30 minutes by boat south of An Thoi Town. Also, taking a brief tour along Duong Dong River can be an interesting way of experience life along the water ways. Some hotels can arrange for boat tours, otherwise consider asking a local boat owner. Further away in Cua Can River, local fishermen may be able to take you around the waterways of town and a little further along a lovely white sandy peninsula.

Bus

There is a basic bus service that runs every couple of hours between An Thoi and Duong Dong. When ferries arrive at An Thoi Port, there is usually a bus waiting to take visitors to Duong Dong, just look out for buses displaying “Huong Toan”. Many of the top end resorts like Saigon Phu Quoc provide a shuttle service to and from the airport. Resort buses will be waiting at the airport for you if you have a booking in advance.

Car rental

Renting a self driven vehicle on Phu Quoc Island is not possible unless you have a Vietnamese driver’s licence and a permanent registered address on the island. The best option is to hire a car or 4WD with a driver/guide.

There are a number of private owners willing to offer their services which can be found at the airport on arrival. Alternatively www.sascophuquoc.vn has a range of vehicles with drivers for rent. Prices start from around US$25 per day, increasing depending on the size of vehicle, distances travelled and rental periods.

Cycling

Most hotels offer bicycle rentals which start from US$1 per day, which can be a great way to adventure around the local area. If you plan on cycling further away, poor road conditions and unsealed dusty roads can make this a difficult experience. We recommend purchasing a face mask before you head off on these longer journeys and take plenty of water. The coastal strip surrounding Phu Quoc makes cycling relatively easy however the island heats up when you get move from the coast.

Motorbike rental

Renting a motorbike is one of the cheapest ways to discover Phu Quoc Island and motorbikes also provide the best access if you are adventuring out to the more remote beaches and dirt roads beyond the main towns.

Motorbikes can be rented at many of top end and mid range hotels, or you’ll find local owners outside the hotels and airport very keen to either rent their bikes or even adopt you and guide you around the island. Bikes rental rates will vary depending on the condition of the bike and your bargaining skills, here is guide to prices;

  • Per hour, from around 30,000d
  • Per day, from US$6-12 dollars a day (depending on the bike and your negotiation skills)
  • Per week, around US$45-60, again depending if you can negotiate any discounts.

One thing to consider is that busy dirt roads that are yet to be sealed can get quite dusty, due to the increasing number of cars and trucks on the island. This is particularly the case on the roads leading from Duong Dong, like the road along Long beach south of Duong Dong Town, and the road to Ong Lang Beach heading north, so we recommend buying a mask in town before heading off on your adventure.

Note: since the end of 2007, it is now illegal to ride on a motorbike without wearing a helmet, so please ensure you request a helmet when renting a motobike. All operators are aware of the laws and will provide you with a helmet.

Motorbike taxis

Hiring a motorbike with driver is one of the easiest and quickest ways to travel short or one off distances around Phu Quoc between the main towns. If you arrive by plane, these motorbike drivers will likely find you before you find them, just find a friendly face, negotiate a little and off you go.

Guide to motorbike taxi rates;

  • Short distances around town cost around 10,000d
  • Longer distances cost around 20,000d to 40,000d per every 5kms traveled.
  • From the Airport to Long Beach Resorts expect to pay around 20,000d to 40,000d, and slightly more if heading to Ong Lang Beach. Discounts could be negotiated if you hire for the whole day.
  • All day rental starts at around 150,000d (US$10)

Remember if you’re travelling between towns like Duong Dong and An Thoi not all roads are sealed and can get quite dusty. These drivers can take you just about anywhere on Phu Quoc, so if you prefer a driver with local knowledge and experience of the road conditions, this is a good option.

Now illegal to ride on a motorbike without wearing a helmet, which is particularly recommended on Phu Quoc as road conditions in some parts of the island are still improving quite poor.

Taxi services

There are a limited number of metered taxis now operating on Phu Quoc, most of which operate from the airport. Rates are generally up to US$5 to US$10 from the airport to Long Beach resorts south of Duong Dong Town.

One taxi company that operates on the island providing air conditioned cars is www.sascophuquoc.com who can be contacted on Tel: 99 55 99.
Private taxis / drivers also operate from Phu Quoc Airport, and can provide a good service for a negotiable fee.

Walking/hiking

The centre of Duong Dong is only a couple hundred meters from the airport, just turn right outside the airport gates and you’ll hit the central market in around 10 minutes. So if you don’t have much luggage, this is definitely the cheapest option. There are also some local hotels across the road from the airport terminal.

The coast surrounding Phu Quoc is relatively flat and allows visitors some very scenic walking. The mountains on the island range from around 300-600 meters and provide far more strenuous trekking. The National Park in the northern part of Phu Quoc is as yet relatively undeveloped in terms of walking trails and forests can be quiet dense. There are plans to build a walking trail in future to Mount Chua (603m) the highest mountain on Phu Quoc Island.

Hotels & resorts in Phu Quoc

Khách sạn tại Phú Quốc
Tại Phú Quốc có rất nhiều khách sạn tốt cho bạn lựa chọn

If you are a first time visitor to Phu Quoc island, you may get the distinct impression that many of the hotels and resorts are brand new, which by the way isn’t far from the truth.  Phu Quoc Island continues to open its’ doors to more tourists each year, however the island still has a very undisturbed feel with many remote areas to discover.

To maintain our independence we don’t take bookings and recommend you contact the hotels and resorts listed on the following pages for booking information. Read our helpful advice below for more information.

Top 15 Khách sạn, Resort tốt nhất Phú Quốc

Hotels with price < 50$

The Palm Tree Guest House Phu Quoc
Price from 600.000 VNĐ – 1.000.000 VNĐ
The Palm Tree Guest House Phu Quoc review

Coi Nguon Phu Quoc Hotel
Price from 400.000 VNĐ – 800.000 VNĐ
Coi Nguon Phu Quoc hotel review

Lien Hiep Thanh resort
Price from 400.000 VNĐ – 600.000 VNĐ
Lien Hiep Thanh resort review

Phu Quoc Kim Bungalow On The Beach
Price from 600.000 VNĐ – 1.000.000 VNĐ
Phu Quoc Kim Bungalow On The Beach review

A74 Phu Quoc Hotel
Price from 500.000 VNĐ – 800.000 VNĐ
A74 Phu Quoc Hotel review

Hotels with price from 50$ – 100$

Thien Hai Son resort
Price from 1.600.000 VNĐ – 2.300.000 VNĐ
Thien Hai Son resort review

Mai Spa resort
Price from 800.000 VNĐ – 1.700.000 VNĐ
Mai Spa resort review

Thanh Kieu resort
Price from  1.000.000 VNĐ – 1.700.000 VNĐ
Thanh Kieu resort review

Phu Quoc Paris Beach resort
Price from 1.300.000 VNĐ – 2.000.000 VNĐ
Phu Quoc Paris Beach resort review

Phu Quoc Eco Beach resort
Price from 1.500.000 VNĐ – 2.000.000 VNĐ
Phu Quoc Eco Beach Resort review

Hotels with price > 150$

La Veranda resort Phu Quoc
Price from 3.000.000 VNĐ – 8.000.000 VNĐ
La Veranda Resort Phú Quốc review

Eden Phu Quoc resort
Price from 2.000.000 VNĐ – 5.000.000 VNĐ
Eden Phu Quoc resort reivew

Mango Bay resort Phu Quoc
Price from 3.000.000 VNĐ
Mango Bay Resort Phu Quoc review

Chen Sea resort Phu Quoc
Price from 4.000.000 VNĐ – 5.000.000 VNĐ
Chen Sea resort Phu Quoc review

Famiana resort Phu Quoc
Price from 3.000.000 VNĐ – 6.000.000 VNĐ
Famiana resort Phú Quốc review

Eating out

Không thể bỏ qua hải sản khi đến Phú Quốc (Ảnh – La Veranda Resort)

The Vietnamese love their food – in fact, they obsessed about it all day! As soon as they had their breakfast, they will soon think about what they would have for lunch, so it’s not surprising that you will find an abundance of small eatery places springing across this tiny island.

The food on Phu Quoc island is heavily influenced by the bountiful harvest of fresh seafood, herbs and vegetable – it is fresh, simple yet utterly deliciously refreshing. Some places you come across might appear to be shabby by western standards, but do not be fooled by their appearances! With a little sense of adventure and you will soon discover some of the tastiest and most inexpensive food you’ve ever eaten.

What to see in Phu Quoc ?

Phu Quoc Island never has a shortage of places to explore or new things to do and see. Here’s the complete listing of places to see and experience while enjoying your holiday on Phu Quoc…

THE NORTH

Ganh Dau beach

Mũi Gành Dầu
Bãi biển ở Gành Dầu (Ảnh – Phan Tien Dung)

Located at the top of the island on the north west coast approximately 28kms from Duong Dong lies the quiet and peaceful collection of beaches of Ganh Dau. Just adventure through the village and you’ll find this little piece of paradise. There’s one local beach side restaurant that serves a good selection of seafood.

Read more : Ganh Dau cape Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Bai Dai beach

Là một trong những bãi biển đẹp nổi tiếng của Phú Quốc (Ảnh – Stanley)

Located on the upper west coast just beyond Vung Bau Beach lies a long stretch of deserted pristine beach of Bai Dai running for more than 2 miles along this sunset drenched coast. Hurry up and check it out before the golf balls start flying past your head.

Read more : Bai Dai beach in Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc pepper farm

Vườn tiêu Phú Quốc (Ảnh – luongnhathoa)

Phu Quoc pepper is famous of its spice and hot, especially red pepper. The pepper corn is firm and spice the best in compare to any other one. Only ripe pepper corns are collected (mostly by hand) and pided into 3 kinds: black pepper, red pepper and white pepper.

The favourable land and weather and long-standing experiences, pepper trees in Phu Quoc grow well covering a large area. Pepper brought in by Chineses and has planted here since 19th century. Growing pepper experiences were exclusively kept by these Chineses. Until 1946, when the French army came back to invade Vietnam, Vietnamese evacuated to gardening areas. Since, they learned how to grow pepper.Pepperfarm

Today, pepper trees are planted through the island such as the north island, Bung Goi, Gio fall, Can mouth and Lap mouth. However, they are grown most in Khu Tuong region. Here is famous for series of pepper gardens beyond measure stretching far away.. pepper trees grow on the red land by mountainfoot and on the slope of streams. Pepper cultivation takes a lot of time and efforts. It can just be harvested after three years of planting.

Peppers choosen to air are called the ripe while ripe peppers with rubbed off husk are called white ones. The remains of pepper bunch are brought for threshing and classified into root, ordinary, shiny and deflated pepper. To get hot- smelling peppers, locals have to make a lot of efforts and accumulate experiences because if carefully and properly taken care of, pepper trees can be harvested for around 20-40 years, if not they will easily die soon.

Farmers on the island do not use chemical fertilizers but organic fertilizers and dry peppers under the sunlight instead of by machine as in other regions. Every year, root of pepper tree is banked with new soil that is digged from garden edge in order to modify nutrition used or washed away. That way makes pepper trees grow naturally.

During 2002 to 2006, the price of pepper was decrease seriously; many pepper farms and gardens were left uncultivated and uncollected, the difficult life of farmers became more severe. Despite of that, many farmers decided to maintain their work with pepper garden and looked forward a brighter future for pepper. From the middle of 2007 up to now, pepper price has increased dramatically, Phu quoc farmers cheerfully come back to their hundreds year traditional work. Many pepper gardens appear, green gardens are widen. Tourist can easily find out and visit a garden on the way to the North, the South or the East of the island. Planting pepper in Phu quoc island is not only a way to make living but also a culture. Keeping pepper tree in the island is keeping traditional work, contribute to the development of economy and tourism of this beautiful island

Read more : Phu Quoc Pepper Farms

Local myrtle wine factory

Rượu sim đã thành một sản phẩm du lịch của Phú Quốc (Ảnh – OVC 2012)

Another specialty of the island is the Rose Myrtle Fruit Wine, which is actually quite drinkable compared to the other local wine that contains a wild mixture of herbs and sometimes snakes resembling the taste of kerosene. The Myrtle wine is a slightly sweet tasting wine similar to alcoholic blackcurrant juice that has a violet colour and smells of the sim fruit or tomentose rose myrtle fruit from which is made. The sim fruit grows wild on the island, and due to rising demand and prices many farmers are now growing the tomentose rose myrtle fruit to contribute to the wine production.

You can pick up a bottle at local stores, it’s worth a try , it’s far cheaper than most of the imported wines. The wine is also good for digestion, though we’re still testing this theory.

Read more : Local myrtle wine

Dinh Cau Rock

Dinh Cậu
Dinh Cậu (Ảnh – Naubereit)
Dinh Cậu
Xung quanh Dinh Cậu có rất nhiều tảng đá có những hình thù kỳ lạ (Ảnh – Cao Phi)

One of the many attractions in Phu Quoc is Dinh Cau Rock, which is located at the mouth of the Duong Dong River. It is a combination of Buddhist temple and lighthouse that was built in 1937 as a dedication to Thien Hau (the Goddess of the sea) who provides protection for the fisherman and vessels that head out to the open waters. Climbing the steps allows a better view of many fishing boats navigating the narrow river opening, as well as views along the coast. The beachfront here also is a good place to view the sunset and local life in the evenings

Phu Quoc National Park

Vườn Quốc gia Phú Quốc là địa điểm lý tưởng cho các hoạt động trekking (Ảnh – Gavin White)

Phu Quoc National Park is not strictly defined, however until the National park is made more accessible for the needs of tourism, the following options are available for visitors keen to explore what is on offer;

Hire motorbike on your own and explore the northerly parts of the island. The best areas and most forested parts can be found on the road toward Ganh Dau. To get there, take the road from Duong Dong towards Bai Thom and turn off toward Ganh Dau, the National park becomes more apparent the closer you get to Ganh Dau Village.

Walking Trails are limited, though for a great way to experience the national park there is a good walking trail 5kms before Ganh Dau, where the going is relatively easy and trail wide enough to take in the surrounding environment. The walk is a particularly pleasant way to escape the heat, as the vegetation provides cover from the heat of the sun. Take the same road mentioned previously towards Ganh Dau and 100m after the 5km Ganh Dau road marker on the left hand side you’ll find an opening in the national park with a clearly defined walking trail which continues for a couple of kilometers. Note, besides the 5km Ganh Dau marker, the actual trail is not sign posted.

If you’d like to experience the National Park along with other sites, you might consider booking a tour through one of the many tour operators on the island, or enquire with your hotel.

Suoi Da Ban (waterfall)

Ảnh – dohaivuong

Located about 6kms east of Duong Dong Town, this is a pleasant place for a swim, to cool down in the numerous rock pools and enjoy the surrounding vegetation, though we recommend you bring some mosquito repellent if you are staying around for a picnic. Suoi Da Ban is named after the many table like rock formations that make up what is actually a white water stream tumbling across large and interesting granite boulders.

Ảnh – Frank Dang

To find Suoi Da Ban, take the northerly road from Duong Dong toward Bai Thom or Ganh Dau and look out for signs (turning right) to Suoi Da Ban that can be seen after about 1 or 2 kms from Duong Dong Town.

THE SOUTH

Làng Chài Hàm Ninh

Chiều Hàm Ninh (Ảnh – tranbaohoa.com)

Located 20km northeast of Duong Dong town, Phu Quoc district, Ham Ninh village is renowned for its breathtaking natural scenery and peaceful daily life of local fishermen.

Originally, the residents in Ham Ninh used to solely rely on fishing to make a living, but in some recent years, tourism is a major source of income as they sell seafood, handmade souvenir to tourists.

Làng chài Hàm Ninh (Ảnh – papuloc)

In hot summer days, traveling to Ham Ninh, visitors are likely to leave their bustling life behind, and be lost into the picturesque scenery here. Stunned by the turquoise sea, tourists are certainly tempted to immerse themselves into the cool water and contemplate small fishes swimming beside them, and seaweeds floating in the blue water.

Visiting Ham Ninh, travelers have a golden chance to taste mouth-watering and healthful drinks and seafood like ginseng- seaweed water, “Tram” mushroom (a special kind of mushroom in the island), sea-horse soaking in the liquor and so on. And it is so great to lie on the sand, enjoy boiled flower crab meat and watch the stunning sunset on the beach. Before coming back home, visitors can buy some flower crabs, a bottle of sea-horse in liquor or some souvenirs made of shell as gifts for friends and family.

Suoi Tranh (waterfall)

Suối Tranh (Ảnh – tam.vo1985)

Located about 7kms southeast of Duong Dong Town, after a short 15 minute stroll along the shaded forest path you reach what is the islands largest string of waterfalls and rock pools, also a good place for a swim when the falls are flowing, because the stream tends to dry up before the rainy season arrives each year. The entrance to Suoi Tranh contains large concrete status, fake waterfall and large wood carved signed, though the walk to the actual waterfall is worthwhile, even to just experience the dense vegetation.

Đi theo con đường lát đá xuyên rừng bạn sẽ tới với Suối Tranh (Ảnh – Luke Bell)

To find Suoi Tranh, take the road heading east from Duong Dong for about 7kms toward Ham Ninh Village and look out for a large wood carved sign and concrete status in what could be mistaken for an unfinished inland resort. Travel inside to the small kiosk and walk from there. Admission to the stream is 1000d and motorbike is 1000d, however this is not always enforced or collected.

Sao Beach

Bãi cát dài, nước trong, sóng lặng nên Bãi Sao quả là nơi lý tưởng để bơi (Ảnh – Mgzkun)

On the east side of Phu Quoc lie some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Getting to Sao beach is a bit tricky. You will need some local help to get here. If you take a taxi, it won’t be so difficult to find the place, however remember it is a little isolated. There are a couple of restaurants here and one place with basic accommodation.

Read more :Bai Sao, beautiful quiet and clean beach

Coconut Tree Prison

Nhà tù Phú Quốc (Ảnh – Tạ Minh Đức)

One of Phu Quoc historical sites which is still partially in use today is Coconut Tree Prison (Nha lao Cay Dua/Phu Quoc prison) located about 5kms north of An Thoi Town. The prison was built by the French colonial administration before World War II and was later used by the Americans during the Vietnam War to house tens of thousands of prisoners, in its heyday covered an area of over 40 hectares housing an estimated peak of 40,000 VC prisons during the Vietnam War. Across the road from the prison there is a large commemorative monument, with plans to build a decent museum, to replace the small shed that currently exists there (open Tues – Sun 7.30am to 11am & 1.30pm to 5pm).

Hàng rào dây thép gai tại nhà tù (Ảnh – Nguyen Thang)

Ho Quoc pagoda

Thiền viện Trúc lâm Hộ Quốc, Phú Quốc (Ảnh – Bluewind2210)

This pagoda is located in Suoi Lon are (meaning as Big Spring area), in Duong To Commune – Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang province. It is built on a high hill; the front face has the way to the sea with the architecture of Ly – Tran Dynasty; the roofs are made by the tiles; the pillars are made of ironwood.

The pagoda is located completely in the eco-tourism, which has an area of over 110ha. In particular, the square of the pagoda is around 12%; the remaining area is the protective forest. The investment for the construction of pagoda and roads is about 100 billion VND. The calculation of the separating building for only the pagoda is 80 billion. All have investment capital from donations.

Read more : Ho Quoc pagoda

Pearl farming

Mổ trai để lấy ngọc (Ảnh – thanh nguyenvan)

If your keen to see the Pearl farms of Phu Quoc you’re best bet would be start at the pearl farm shop run by an New Zealand based company in Duong To Village about 9kms south of Duong Dong along the dirt road that follows Long Beach.

Here you will find some remarkable pearls and some information about the history of pearl farming on the island. You might find the prices are also quiet remarkable too, judge for yourself.

Ngọc trai Phú Quốc (Ảnh – Le Thanh Ni)

Truong Beach

Bãi Trường (Ảnh – Bluewind2210)

On the west side of the island lies the main beach called Long Beach.  It is here that most of the hotels and resorts are located.  The beach on this side of the island is more than 5 miles long, heading south from Doung Dong Town. You will find some sections here totally deserted, while other parts are packed with hotels.

Ảnh – Minh Ha Nguyen

 

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