52 Coolest Things to Do in Phu Quoc

So many cool things to do in Phu Quoc, trust me. I spent a week there and totally could’ve made it months. It’s one of my most favourite trips I’ve ever been on.

Phu Quoc is a relatively little island off the coast of Cambodia, in the Gulf of Thailand, but it’s part of Vietnam.

Of course, being an island, one of the best activities in Phu Quoc is just to relax on the beach. There are dreamy beaches all round the island, in fact, quite a few of them made my best beaches in Vietnam post.

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Phu Quoc has some great restaurants, and the almighty nightly street food market too, with some of the best seafood around.

Over half of the island is covered by Phu Quoc National Park, which I motorbiked through, making the air fresh and the view, amazing. If you’re worried a little island like Phu Quoc won’t be exciting enough, you’re wrong!

52 Coolest Things to Do in Phu Quoc

1. When you first arrive, spend some time unwinding on Sao Beach, the most popular on the main island of Phu Quoc.

2. Pick up one of the largest overseas cable cars at Bai Truong and test your nerves on the 15-minute journey to Hon Thom island.

3. Get your souvenirs and a snack from Duong Dong Market – the almighty food market I was talking about. 

4. Visit the traditional Ham Ninh Fishing village on the east coast for half a day and have lunch in one of the floating restaurants.

Great things to do in Phu Quoc

5. Get the binoculars out on a trip to Bai Ganh Dau and see if you can spot what’s going on across the ocean in Cambodia.

6. The Coconut Tree Prison may sound like a nice name but don’t let it fool you. During the Vietnam War, this place was pretty grim but now, under its official name Phu Quoc Prison, it’s open to the public for free so you can learn what it was like for the 40,000 living there at one time.

7. Fish sauce is this area’s speciality and you can tour an actual fish sauce factory like Khai Hoan to learn how they go from anchovy to amazing sauce.

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8. Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s top location for watersports, so test that out with some paddle boarding on many of the islands’ bays.

9. Bun cha is a traditional Vietnamese dish made of grilled pork and vermicelli and you have to try some at Bun Cha Hanoi. The restaurant serves only this dish so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing.

10. Hire a motorbike and feel the open road as you explore the main island’s more remote locations like Gahn Dau.

11. Watch the sunset with views of the sea at Rory’s Beach Bar on Long Beach.

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12. Try your hand at a little black jack or practice your poker face in Casino Phu Quoc.

13. Go for a night time swim in the sea to see the underwater life glow in the dark with bioluminescent algae.

14. The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is the most popular dog you’ll see on the islands and you can watch them as they speed around a purpose-built race course twice a day for the official dog races for just $2.

15. Snap those postcard beach views complete with coconuts at Long Beach or Ong Lang Beach.

16. Get a little vitamin C by buying the fresh fruit sold by the ladies on the beach.

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17. Take a boat trip to the 15 An Thoi Islands off the south end of Phu Quoc Island for more crystal clear waters and dreamy beaches.

18. If you’re visiting in November or December, keep an eye out for whales and dolphins as you pass by the An Thoi archipelago.

19. Hike to the top of the Suoi Tranh Waterfall in the centre of the Phu Quoc island.

20. Congratulate yourself for making it by knocking a few back at the popular Embassy Bar.

Coolest things to do in Phu Quoc

21. Make friends with bamboo sharks, cuttlefish, octopus and moray eels by getting your PADI certification in Phu Quoc.

22. Continue getting close to the animal kingdom with a visit to Vinpearl Wildlife Park where there are over 150 different species to see.

23. Try a glass of coconut infused wine at Coco Bar.

24. Dare yourself to eat a frog or snake at the Dinh Cau night market.

25. Cao Dai is its own religion combining lots of elements from other religions and Phu Quoc Island is considered its birthplace. Visit the Cao Dai temple to watch a worshipping ceremony and learn more about it.

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26. Get buzzzy at the bee farm where you can do some planting and harvesting before enjoying a coffee, with a dash of honey of course, in the cafe.

27. We all know how tough it can be lugging that backpack about. Treat yourself to a traditional Vietnamese massage somewhere like Spa Linh to ease all those knots.

28. Listen to electronic beats at one of the only nightclubs in the area, Happy Buddha Club.

29. Work those upper arms with some kitesurfing on Rocks Beach east of the island.

30. For a wow moment, visit the Old Mountain Pagoda known as Su Muong at sunrise.

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31. And you thought only the French ate snails? Try the slimy critters Vietnamese style at Sang Tuoi Restaurant.

32. When it’s lunch time and you can’t be bothered to move too far from the beach, head to Hieu’s Family Restaurant where they serve barbecue greatness.

33. Take advantage of this paradise location and perfect your happy baby with a yoga class.

34. Clear waters are Vietnam’s thing and you can see what lies beneath them with a snorkelling session around Turtle Island.

35. Stay somewhere cheap, beautiful yet eco friendly like the beachside Ecolodge Phu Quoc Resort.

36. Kayak from from Vung Bau Beach to Fingernail Island.

37. Go crazy for crabs at the Crab House.

38. Find your inner piece with a trip to the Ho Quoc Pagoda. It’s the largest buddhist temple in Phu Quoc and beautifully located at the base of a mountain facing the sea.

Looking at the water in Phu Quoc

39. Amp up your Instagram game by snapping the lighthouse and colourful Dinh Cau Rock temple by Duong Dong Fishing Harbour. Maybe even say a little prayer like local fishermen do before they head out to sea.

40. Try and keep your calm as you discover that Sao Beach has a beachside swing overlooking the water. Make sure you get a snap of you swinging into paradise.

41. Learn how pepper is cultivated with a tour around a pepper plantation. They’re extremely popular here and generate over 1,100 tonnes of the stuff each year.

42. Take it a step further and stay in a pepper farm homestay to really experience Vietnamese farm life.

43. Learn how to put some of that pepper to good use with a traditional Vietnamese cooking class.

44. Go to Starfish Beach where you’ll see loads of…starfish. Snap away but be careful not to damage them.

45. Hustle your way into a luxury resort to get a jet ski excursion on the go.

46. Munch on a herring salad with fresh fish of the day at Kem Beach.

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47. Make all your Little Mermaid dreams come true with a mermaid show. They take place daily at the Vinpearl amusement park.

48. Try a few glasses of the local sim wine and see how it’s made at the Simsom Wine Factory on Phu Quoc Island.

49. Walk the tiny bridge from Bai Thơm to Mot Island for a picnic.

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Best things to do in Phu Quoc

50. Feel a little scared on a visit to the Phu Quoc Crocodile Farm.

51. Lace up for a four hour trek to Mount Heaven in the Phu Quoc National Park. Once you get to the top, make the last push by climbing the 10 foot ladder.

52. Prepare to be patient as you set out to sea to go squid fishing. Once you get a catch and enjoy it all cooked up it’ll be worth it.


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  1. by bestfest on December 6, 2018  4:36 pm Reply

    your blog is awesome

  2. by Jocelyne on March 31, 2019  6:53 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for this list!! I’ll be going to Phu Quoc with my boyfriend in just 4 weeks, and we really needed to plan - this is a huge help! Thanks for the details, Vicky :)

    • by VickyFlipFlop on March 31, 2019  7:53 pm Reply

      Oh no worries – I'm glad I could help!

      There's quite a bit of info on Phu Quoc on my blog so have a look around. And I hope you have a fabulous trip. I loved it there!

  3. by Indi on September 25, 2019  3:11 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing this. We are on phu quoc island right now 09/2019. We are only staying for 3 nights so your blog have given us many ideas.
    Hopefully we will vlog this experience on our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/vagabondsvintage

    • by VickyFlipFlop on October 16, 2019  11:29 am Reply

      Oh I love to hear from people who've used my advice to have the best time on Phu Quoc – I really loved it there and when I look back that was a really magical week on the island. I had a fantastic time. Hope you did too!

  4. by Erin on October 23, 2019  8:19 am Reply

    Phu Quoc is an amazing place! Not only does it has crystal clear beaches but also tasty food and relaxing atmosphere!
    Your blog post make me wanna visit Phu Quoc again :(

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