Fringed with white-sandy beaches and surrounded by crystal clear waters, it is hard to see why Phu Quoc Island has taken quite so long to become the must-visit beach escape it now is. Perhaps because much of it is still cloaked in dense, tropical jungle and remains a heavily protected national park. The best places to stay in Phu Quoc thoroughly tap in to this sense of the unspoiled and pristine.
Snorkeling and scuba diving are the most popular water sports here, though jet-skiing, sailing and squid fishing – yes, squid fishing – are other activities on hand.
As well as of course lounging on any of the island’s beaches – Sao beach on the island’s southern tip may be one of Asia’s most spectacular beaches.
There’s also a great night market open every evening until midnight. Undoubtedly the most atmospheric and affordable place to eat on the island.
Phu Quoc is best discovered by motorbike. The roads are well paved and there is hardly any traffic. Watch out for the monkeys!
Phu Quoc is not really part of the Mekong Delta and doesn’t share its extraordinary ability to produce rice. Instead, islanders have traditionally earned their living from the sea. Phu Quoc is also famed across Vietnam for its production of high-quality fish sauce (nuoc mam), the island has several factories that provide tours – not for those with an overly developed sense of smell!
Our pick of the best places to stay in Phu Quoc offer perfect beach holiday destinations whether you fancy some serious luxury or want to completely tune out!
If you are looking for pool side service and air-conditioned rooms, then you cannot go wrong with either of these choices.
Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc)
A hamlet of thatched huts spread across a wild garden, sloping down to the private beach, on Phu Quoc island. Private huts with luxurious open air bathrooms, well situated terraces and netted fourposter beds. Cuisine and views are second to none. Simple, beautiful and wonderfully unspoilt.
Phu Quoc (Duong To Commune)
Ten minutes from the airport, the Salinda Resort blends traditional Asian charm with cutting edge design, all on a beautiful tropical island. A magical retreat from everyday life, with a serious injection of style. Stylish rooms feature state of the art bathrooms and private balconies.
Phu Quoc (Duong Dong Beach)
Once a 19th century colonial French mansion, now a smart boutique hotel set in lush tropical gardens. The beach chic decor sets a laid back luxury vibe. Think candlelight barbecues on the beach and cocktails by the pool: honeymoon stuff.