10 Things You Must Do While In Phu Quoc Island
Clearly one of Phu Quoc's main activities, if you can call it that, is to lay on the beach and sunbathe, perhaps taking the odd swim now and then. But for many there's only so much 'doing nothing' you can do. Looking beyond the beach, nature lovers have lots to explore around the center of Phu Quoc, where there’s verdant rainforest with the Suoi Ban River running through it, waterfalls and natural springs. The natural park is definitely worth a look.
Sunset on Long Beach Take a position anywhere along this beautiful stretch of beach and look to the west for the best sunset in Vietnam! Beachside dining at Bai Sao Perhaps one of the better beaches in Vietnam, this place still boasts a fairly basic existence and is an essential trip when visiting this Island. Enjoy fresh seafood, swim or just laze the day away; this is a perfect place to do it! Diving or Snorkeling the reefs Though the best time of the year is generally from November to April, anytime when the sun out and the sea is calm is a great time to hit the water to enjoy its natural tranquility along with some great diving & snorkeling. Visit the famous Cao Dai temple of Phu Quoc Believe it or not the foundation of Cao Dai religion was right here in Phu Quoc, it was here that reputedly the third eyewas seen in a vision! This beautiful new temple was only built in 2008 using monies donated; it is well worth a visit to enjoy the spectacular architecture, paintings and tranquility it offers. Be sure to go upstairs and on the way out feel free to make a donation to help maintain this beautiful place. Experiencing a Pepper farm The Pepper from Phu Quoc is reputedly one of the worlds finest and a visit to any one of the farms on the Island is well worth it even if only to stock up on some tasty inexpensive black or white pepper to take home! Visit the local town market In the center of town beside the Duong Dong river is the Town market, this is a great place to experience the daily life of the locals and see many interesting fruits, vegetables, meats & seafood. Best time to visit is the early mornings from 6am to Midday Forest walk in the north Approx. 5km east from Ganh Dau on the right hand side of the road look for a sign and a path opening to enter the forest. This path goes for some kms so its recommended a 1km walk in will be enough to enjoy the beautiful virgin forest, keep your eye out for the many birds and animals of the forest. Sunrise at Su Muong Pagoda Though Sunrise is the best time, anytime really is a good time to visit this old Mountain Pagoda. For a special visit proceed to the back of the property to the right hand side of the existing Pagoda following the path up to the old pagoda, go up to the first level for some prayer and enjoy spectacular views! Mountain waterfalls Though the best time of the year for bathing at these places is generally from May to September, anytime with reasonable weather is a good time to enjoy a picnic or a stroll through the forest. Adventurous ride around the north east For experienced riders only but for those who do take the trip its well worth the efforts especially in the dry season. Follow the road from Bai Thom to Ham Ninh where it boasts sea views to the left and stunning mountain scenery to the right side, this is a great day trip. In or after heavy rain its not recommended to take this road, can be very steep in places & slippery!