Phu Quoc Island
Location: In the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc District, Kien Giang Province, 45km from Ha Tien Town and 15km south of the coast of Cambodia. Characteristics: Phu Quoc is the largest island in Viet Nam with an area of 537km² and also part of an archipelago consisting of 36 islands and islets.
Phu Quoc is called the island of "99 mountains" because of its many sandstone chains gradually descending from the north to the south. The longest one is Ham Ninh which stretches for 30km along the eastern edge with its highest peak called Mt. Chua (603m).
Phu Quoc has a monsoon sub-equatorial climate. There are two seasons in the year: the rainy season (October only) and the dry season (November to September). The average annual rainfall is 2,879m and the average temperature is 27oC. Trips to Phu Quoc can be made all year round, but the best time is dry season when the sky is always sunny, clear and blue.
◊ Tourism Potential
Phu Quoc is also called the Emerald Island because of its natural treasures and infinite tourism potential. The island is well known for its high-quality fish sauce; Phu Quoc fish sauce smells particularly good since it is made from a small fish, ca com, with a high level of protein. The island produces 6 million liters of fish sauce every year.
Phu Quoc Island has many harbors such as An Thoi and Hon Thom where international and domestic ships anchor. Also, there are several historical sites on the island: National Hero Nguyen Trung Truc’s military base, King Gia Long relics from the time he spent on the island, and Phu Quoc Prison.
Off the coast of the island emerges a group of various islands of all sizes. Some of them are densely inhabited such as Hon Tre and Kien Hai, 25km from Rach Gia. Visitors can spend time on the beach or hike while observing the wild animals. Especially, visitors have the opportunity to experience diving service to discover the sea life. The best time for diving is during the dry season, from October to April. The ideal places for this activity are islets of Hon Doi Moi, Hon Mong Tay, Hon Thom, Hon Dam Trong, Hon Dau, Hon Dua, etc.
Air: Phu Quoc International Airport (Group 2, Duong To Hamlet, Duong To Commune; Tel: 84-297-3595 959, Fax: 84-297-3988 686). There are domestic flights from Phu Quoc to Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Thanh Hoa, Dong Hoi, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Tuy Hoa, Quy Nhon, Da Lat, Pleiku, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho and Rach Gia; international flights between Phu Quoc and Singapore; Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Bangkok (Thailand); Jakarta (Indonesia); Manila (Philippines); Phnom Penh, Siem Reap (Cambodia).
Boat: High-speed boats are convenient means of transport for visitors who are interested in travelling Phu Quoc Island. The boats run Phu Quoc - Rach Gia route by Supper Dong (Zone 1, Duong Dong Town, Tel: 84-297-3980 111) departing from Phu Quoc at 8am, 1pm. The boats run Phu Quoc - Ha Tien route by Supper Dong departing from Phu Quoc at 8am, 1pm; or by Ngoc Thanh departing from Phu Quoc at 10.20am, 2.30pm.
Vong Beach Wharf at Bai Vong Hamlet, Ham Ninh Commune.