Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island and most popular destination, boasts paradisaical white sand beaches and dense extensions of tropical forests. The island’s north remains relatively untouched thanks to its status as a UNESCO listed national park, while most beach resorts and attractions are concentrated on the island’s southern part. Aside from beachside activities, trekking is a popular activity here with routes crossing verdant jungles, traditional villages and Buddhist pagodas.
South of Duong Dong, the capital of Phu Quoc, you will find Long Beach, one of the most famous beaches on the island. It is only 10 minutes from Phu Quoc Airport and its coastline is 20 kilometers long. Long Beach is dotted by numerous large luxury resorts, though it remains relaxed and tranquil. The resorts offer multiple activities, from kayaking and snorkeling to jet skis, night parties and a varied gastronomy. In Phu Quoc you can enjoy some of the best seafood in Vietnam, so your stay in Long Beach can be a great opportunity to taste the best local products. The fish sauce considered the best in the world (nuoc mam) is also made here.
Sao beach is probably one of the most photogenic on the island with its crystal clear water and white sand. An environment surrounded by palm trees and a particularly calm sea. If you feel like snorkeling or kayaking, the calm waters of Sao will allow you to do so with ease. The depth of the water is very gradual and not sudden, ideal if you are traveling with young children. There is no accommodation here so you will have to rent a taxi or motorbike to come here. Sao is popular with local tourists during the high season.
Ong Lang Beach is located in the north of the capital of Phu Quoc. It is a somewhat rocky area and is actually made up of small beaches. If you are in the Duong Dong area and are looking for a quieter beach than Long Beach, this may be your best alternative. Meanwhile, Khem Beach is in the southeast of the island, and is home to the sprawling JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, a luxury heaven conceived by the renowned architect and interior designer Bill Bensley. The resort’s iconic seashell-shaped pool is already a symbol of the island.
After a ‘hard’ day by the beach, or perhaps exploring the island’s jungles and pepper plantations, find yourself a spot at a trendy beach bar, order yourself a cocktail and enjoy a romantic sunset. Phu Quoc is one of the few spots in Vietnam where you can see the sun set on the water, since most of the nation’s coastline faces the East Sea. The Intercontinental Phu Quoc boasts one of the few rooftop bars on the island, and is our recommended spot if you’re staying here or nearby.