Phuquoc Natural Reserve
Established in 1986 and later expanded to a total are of 37,000 ha, Phu Quoc Nature Reserve with diverse flora and fauna covers mainly the mountainous northern part of the island. There are nearly 929 tree species of which 19 newly-found species are first recorded in Vietnam. The forest is home to many species of birds and small mammals (flying squirrels, sloth-monkeys …) As explained by the French Larousse dictionary, the famous Phu Quoc dog is a well-tamed wild canine species which has become hunters’ favorite companion. Trekking through the park should be done in the dry season only.
White sandy beaches
First-time visitors to Phu Quoc are often surprised of its beaches which look sugary-white and the water is so crystal-clear. All are rated to be the best in Vietnam. The most spectacular beaches mostly spread along the western coast and gather around the southern tip of the island. Not far from the district town, private beaches next to all kinds of cozy hideaways are perfect for the family holiday. For young couples, the best choice of a secluded heaven is deserted bays ringed by sand, bushes and hills at the southern tip of the island.
Dinh Cau Rock
Situated by the mouth of the Duong Dong River, Dinh Cau Rock is considered the symbol of Phu Quoc where sand, sea, sun, and stone blend in perfect harmony. It is not only an odd-shaped scenic beauty but also a quaint sacred holy place. Local fishermen pray to God here before setting sail. The romantic steps take you to the top, where you can feel the gentle sea breeze, watch sunset over the eroded rock formation and enjoy a peaceful view of the Duong Dong River.
Away from the hustle-bustle of the mainland, Phu Quoc is an ideal serene retreat for those who wish to put away the time in contemplation or meditation. Quite a few temples and shrines lie scattered across the island, in the district town and in the surrounding countryside as well. Built in the early 19th century, Sung Hung Pagoda, with its original structure and intriguing statues, is well worth visiting. Nestled in thick vegetation on a hill side, Su Muon Pagoda is always an inspiration for visitors thanks to its unique blend of nature and architecture. All the rest is yours to discover and explore.
Duong Dong Riverside market
A nice way to get an insight into the life of a locality is socializing yourselves in its marketplace. Everything in Duong Dong market looks so different from anything else in town: huge fish, odd fishing tools… A lively and cheerful atmosphere permeates the marketplace from vendors in conical-palm hats sitting on the ground with their small baskets of little fruits and vegetables to salespeople at their big well-stocked stands. A walk to the market jetty where you can take wonderful snapshots of boats constantly loaded and unloaded in a hurry is also worth trying.
An Thoi Islands
Off the southern tip of the main island (30 minutes by boat from An Thoi), the 15 islands of An Thoi abound with with scenic beaches, azure waters, colorful coral reefs and colonies of diverse fishes. Large of tiny, some of them are still uninhabited and perfectly pristine. A host of leisure activities awaits you such as swimming, snorkeling, boating, fishing or just lounging. Don’t fail to stop at a fishing village in Hon Thom to see the locals’ daily chores and experience their friendliness. Boats can be arranged at your hotel.