Welcome to Phu Quoc
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, 45km west of Ha Tien and 15km south of the coast of Cambodia, Phu Quoc Island is bordered with white-sand beaches and with large tracts still covered in dense, tropical jungle. It has been quickly changing itself from a sleepy backwater to a perfect seaside escape spot for Western expats and sun-seeking tourists. With its gleaming sands, swaying palms, sparkling and limpid waters and glamorous coastal getaways, Phu Quoc challenges Nha Trang as Vietnam’s top beach destination.
Beyond the chain of resorts lining Long Beach, it’s still largely unspoiled – and unlike Phuket, to which it aspires, you won’t find a lot to do here after dark but it is never short of fun outdoor activities in the daytime, including diving the reefs, kayaking in the bays or exploring the backroads on a motorbike – or live the life of a lotus eater by lounging on the beach, indulging in a massage and dining on fresh seafood.
Those seeking an idyllic escape will find it in Phu Quoc, a forested island dotted with pretty beaches, freshwater springs and empty dirt roads (ideal for motorbike adventures). Good diving and white-sand beauty have led to its growing popularity, with a selection of cheap bungalows and five-star resorts along a pristine and peaceful coastline.