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The Adventurous Traveler’s Guide to Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc Plage SaoFor adventurous travelers, another day spent on a busy, tourist-filled beach might not sound like a very exciting vacation. For anyone who wants to venture into the unknown and explore destinations off the beaten path, the island of Phu Quoc is an exceptional spot to consider.

Travel agents will impress clients simply by knowing about this majestic island, and the right resources can ensure that visitors have the epic getaway that deserve while visiting the island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

Getting to Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc Bateau de PecheAs an independent travel agent, one of your biggest jobs will be arranging how your customers get to Phu Quoc. The island has a small airport with five flights daily from Ho Chi Minh City, so travelers will first need to fly there from their home town.

Alternatively, there are hydrofoil boats that head from Vietnam to Phu Quoc. Keep in mind that the island is actually just off the coast of Cambodia, but is part of Vietnam. Therefore, there are far more transportation options from mainland Vietnam to the island than routes from Cambodia.

Best Time of Year to Visit Phu Quoc

Marché Duong Dong, Phu QuocThere are three major seasons in Phu Quoc, and each can be a wonderful time to visit. Between November and March there are typically warm temperatures, sunny skies and little to no rain, making it the most popular and expensive time of year to book hotels on the island.

July through September is known as the low season thanks to a minimal number of tourists, which is due to the monsoons that are common. For those on a budget or who don’t mind the occasional rain, however, the summer might be a great time to go to Phu Quoc.

Many travelers are quite happy to visit during the shoulder seasons, or April to June and early October. Rain and crowds are both minimal, offering up the best of both worlds to visitors.

Recreation on the Island

Phu Quoc HotelOnce on Phu Quoc, there are countless ways to pass the time. You might choose to walk along the lush forest trails of Ganh Dau, you could explore the island on a rented scooter or you could take pictures of the breathtaking Suoi Tranh waterfalls after a heavy rain.

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To fish alongside locals, grab a net or a fishing pole and head to the Ham Ninh fishing village. Of course, thrills are also possible at sea.

You can hop abroad a chartered boat for a full day of snorkeling at sea, take scuba diving lessons and investigate the underwater life around An Thoi or just kick back and work on your tan from the beautiful and crowd-free beaches found around the island of Phu Quoc.

Cultural Exploration on Phu Quoc

The island of Phu Quoc is a wonderful place to get to know the culture, language and cuisine of Vietnam. It is possible to visit local temples, burn incense with island residents or do some shopping at the night market in Duong Dong. Of course, you’ll also want to dine on the freshly-caught local seafood and the traditional Vietnamese dishes. The island of Phu Quoc may require a little extra travel time, but it is more than worth it for those travelers who seek adventure and excitement.

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