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Phu Quoc hotels  |  Flight to Phu Quoc  | Diving in Phu Quoc

 

Phu Quoc

Phuquoc is not only a beautiful island but also one of the most interesting places to visit in Vietnam
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, the hear-shaped island lies just 62 nautical miles from Rach Gia and nearly 290 nautical miles from Laem Chabang (Thailand). It covers an area of 567 sq. km (about 62 km long and 3-28 km wide) .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 30 km 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 2,879 m 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.

 

Information

Internet access:

IT’s not easy to find a cafe internet here.

Just in the hotel like Tropicana Resort.

 

Bank:

Agricultural bank, in downtown Duong dong.

However, we highly recommend you to exchange money in Ho CHi Minh or Rach Gia before coming here

 

 

Sights

Phuquoc Natural Reserve: Established in 1986 and later expanded to a total are of 37,000 ha, Phu Quoc Nature Reserve with diverse flora and fauna covers mainly the mountainous northern part of the island. There are nearly 929 tree species of which 19 newly-found species are first recorded in Vietnam. The forest is home to many species of birds and small mammals (flying squirrels, sloth-monkeys …) As explained by the French Larousse dictionary, the famous Phu Quoc dog is a well-tamed wild canine species which has become hunters' favorite companion. Trekking through the park should be done in the dry season only.
 
White sandy beaches: First-time visitors to Phu Quoc are often surprised of its beaches which look sugary-white and the water is so crystal-clear. All are rated to be the best in Vietnam. The most spectacular beaches mostly spread along the western coast and gather around the southern tip of the island. Not far from the district town, private beaches next to all kinds of cozy hideaways are perfect for the family holiday. For young couples, the best choice of a secluded heaven is deserted bays ringed by sand, bushes and hills at the southern tip of the island.

Dinh Cau Rock:Situated by the mouth of the Duong Dong River, Dinh Cau Rock is considered the symbol of Phu Quoc where sand, sea, sun, and stone blend in perfect harmony. It is not only an odd-shaped scenic beauty but also a quaint sacred holy place. Local fishermen pray to God here before setting sail. The romantic steps take you to the top, where you can feel the gentle sea breeze, watch sunset over the eroded rock formation and enjoy a peaceful view of the Duong Dong River.

Religion sites: Away from the hustle-bustle of the mainland, Phu Quoc is an ideal serene retreat for those who wish to put away the time in contemplation or meditation. Quite a few temples and shrines lie scattered across the island, in the district town and in the surrounding countryside as well. Built in the early 19th century, Sung Hung Pagoda, with its original structure and intriguing statues, is well worth visiting. Nestled in thick vegetation on a hill side, Su Muon Pagoda is always an inspiration for visitors thanks to its unique blend of nature and architecture. All the rest is yours to discover and explore.

Duong Dong Riverside market: A nice way to get an insight into the life of a locality is socializing yourselves in its marketplace. Everything in Duong Dong market looks so different from anything else in town: huge fish, odd fishing tools … A lively and cheerful atmosphere permeates the marketplace from vendors in conical-palm hats sitting on the ground with their small baskets of little fruits and vegetables to salespeople at their big well-stocked stands. A walk to the market jetty where you can take wonderful snapshots of boats constantly loaded and unloaded in a hurry is also worth trying.

An Thoi Islands: Off the southern tip of the main island (30 minutes by boat from An Thoi), the 15 islands of An Thoi abound with with scenic beaches, azure waters, colorful coral reefs and colonies of diverse fishes. Large of tiny, some of them are still uninhabited and perfectly pristine. A host of leisure activities awaits you such as swimming, snorkeling, boating, fishing or just lounging. Don't fail to stop at a fishing village in Hon Thom to see the locals' daily chores and experience their friendliness. Boats can be arranged at your hotel.

 

Getting there and around

By Air : Vietnam Airlines have daily from Ho Chi Minh and 5 times from Rach Gia (Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri., Sat.) to Phu Quoc and back (2006 flight schedule).
By Ferry : Public boats ply between An Thoi (in the south) and Rach Gia (6 hours, daily) and between An Thoi (in the north) and Ha Tien (4 hours, once every other day). The best season for these short voyages is from late October to late September when the sea is calm.

By boat: From Ha Tien to Phu Quoc by boat, it takes 8 hours

 

Ha Tien's Beauty
Located about 90km from Rach Gia City.
Ha Tien is a seaside and fishing resort which offers several beautiful and interesting sites to discover.
People visit Ha Tien hoping to capture the magic of the land in South Vietnam, where many heroic historical places such as imperial tombs and ancient pagodas can be visited. Ha Tien is such a delightful location that a French film company chose it to produce the movie "L'amant" (The Lover) in 1995. It is an ideal location to spend holidays.
There are several attractions in the area: Thach Dong stone grotto, a piece of green stone emerging from the ground; Chong stone; Hon Phu Tu, Father and Son rocks which lie approximately 100m offshore; and Hang Pagoda. By boat, one can reach Hai Tac islets, 16 islets around which the water is 4m deep. On the coast of Hon Doc, the largest islet is a magnificent white sand beach running towards the sea.
Near Hon Chong Beach is Tien Cave that has 2 openings; the east door on the sea and the west door, opening on Duoc Beach. In the cave, there are many oddly shaped stone drops, some suggesting King Nguyen’s gold throne. Hon Trem Beach, 1000m from Hon Chong Beach offers the nicest white sand in Ha Tien. Hang Pagoda is also very interesting. This pagoda, 40m underground, somber and foggy, echoes the sounds of the pagoda’s bell on the stone drops.

 

 

Activities:

Scuba Diving and PADI were introduced to the island during 2002 by Jeremy Stein, better known for his 5 Star diving and Instructor Training Centres in Nha Trang. So whilst diving is relatively new here you have a rare opportunity to be amongst  the first to dive this area and to discover new dive sites.

Diving is similar to the rest of Vietnam whereby there are not the large pelagics, mantas or sharks. However the hard and soft corals here are pristine and the mass of the small islands to the south of Phu Quoc are home to a huge variety  of small  colourful reef/coral fish, many of them endemic to the Vietnamese waters. The mysterious Dugong has even been sighted here.

All PADI diving and experience  courses are offered here, as well as daily dive trips. Rainbow Divers is the only PADI dive centre on the island and is run by the highest qualified Instructor in Vietnam together with the Rainbow Divers team.

Jeremy Stein is an English PADI Course Director. He has lived in Vietnam for six years and introduced PADI to the country in the late 90's. Jeremy is considered one of the pioneers of diving in Vietnam and he also runs PADI Instructor courses at their 5-Star centres in Nha Trang.
The rest of the team comprises Instructor and Divemasters from Vietnam , France , Scandinavia and England Their primary focus is to ensure that you have fun and safe diving experiences!
Your day with Rainbow Divers begins when we board our 18-meter, purpose built dive boat either in Duong Dong or after a pleasant 45 minute journey to the islands in the south. During this time you will have your briefings  and can enjoy light refreshments. There are 2 - 3 dives of approx, 45 - 60 minutes each with traditional Vietnamese lunch in between. We aim to return  you to your resort around 4pm . We do restrict the number of divers to ensure comfort, relaxation and enjoyable day. Accordingly, we recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Eating

Trung Duong Restaurant
Address: Duong Dong St., Phu Quoc Dist., Kien Giang

Sai Gon Restaurant
Address: Duong Dong St., Phu Quoc Dist., Kien Giang
Tel: 846999

Gop Gio,
Add: 145 Bach Dang str
Tel: 847 057

Tuoi Tham,
Add: Tran Hung Dao str,Tel: 846 368

Le Giang,
Add: 289 Tran Hung Dao str.,
Tel: 846 444

Tropicana resort
Kim Hoa resort

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