ABOUT PHU QUOC ISLAND
Phu Quoc is the largest island of Vietnam. The island is part of Kien Giang Province. The district of Phu Quoc includes the island proper and 21 smaller islets. The district seat, Duong Dong, which is located on the west coast, is also the largest town on this island, whose total area is 574 square kilometers (222 sq mi).
Open year round with a peak season from November to March, Phu Quoc is becoming well known for stunning beaches, untouched natural environment, the easy going and relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals, and fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling.
Phu Quoc Island never has a shortage of places to explore or new things to do and see. Wild idyllic beaches with white sands, calm seas and warm waters: Truong Beach, Ganh Dau Beach, Sao Beach, Bai Dai Beach, Bai Vong Beach is beaches you do not want to miss. While Coconut Tree Prison, War Memorial are historical landmarks remarked wartime against France and the United States of Vietnamese. If you would like to escape the heat of the daytime sun, a walk along a park trail or motorbike ride on one of roads in Phu Quoc National Park will give you a taste of natural environment.
Phu Quoc is famous for its three traditional products: fish sauce, local myrtle wine and black pepper. The rich fishing grounds offshore provide the anchovy catch from which the prized sauce is made. The Myrtle wine is a slightly sweet tasting wine similar to alcoholic blackcurrant juice that has a violet colour and smells of the sim fruit or tomentose rose myrtle fruit from which is made. Pepper cultivation is located inland in the center of the island. More recently pearl farms were established. A tip is you should start at the pearl farm shop run by an New Zealand based company in Duong To Village about 9kms south of Duong Dong along the dirt road that follows Long Beach.
HOW TO GET THERE
Tourist can travel to Phu Quoc by air or sea. Flying to Phu Quoc is the most convenient way to get to the island, with at least 10 daily flights direct from Tan Son Nhat Airport - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and the capital city of Vietnam - Hanoi.
Vietnam Airlines currently has 9 direct flights a day to Phu Quoc and one indirect flight via Rach Gia. Check their website for flight schedules - www.vietnamairlines.com
Jetstar currently has 2 direct flights a day - www.jetstar.com.vn
VietJet Air has 2 - 3 direct flight a day - www.vietjetair.com
The island's monsoonal sub-equatorial climate is characterized by distinct rainy (June to November) and dry seasons (December to May). The average annual temperature is about 300C (860F).
Vietnamese is the official language. Hotel, Restaurant, Shop can both use Vietnamese and English
Lightweight cotton and wool fabrics will be comfortable & suitable for tropical year round like Phu Quoc Island.
CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE
Dong (VND) is Vietnamese currency unit. US$1 is approximately equal to VND21,500. There are money changers and banks for currency exchange. Almost hotels & resorts are authorized foreign exchange dealers.
Major credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted by most business establishments.
The standard supply is 220 volts, 50-60 Hz. The following electrical plugs are used in most hotels
The standard Viet Nam time zone is GMT+7
Whether you arrive in Phu Quoc by air or sea, there is a wide variety of transport options for getting around the island, from the back of a motorbike to being guided around the island with a driver in a 4WD vehicle, here’s a brief outline: Boat services, Bus, Car rental, Cycling, Motorbike rental, Motorbike taxis, Taxi services.
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