Phu Quoc Island Vietnam Information
Total area: 574 km2
Located in the Gulf of Thailand
Population: about 85,000
Beaches, fish sauce production.
Phu Quoc Travel Vignette:
Our own little piece of paradise and all the sentimental value it will always hold, how I never wanted those three days to end. Who would have thought, Viet Nam for our honeymoon?!
Exotic and romantic. The weather was perfect. The beaches were ours – all ours. In the days, we explored, built sandcastles, walked along the beach, and drank from coconuts. We sipped champagne as the sun fell behind the ocean, and with our little portable ipod we danced on the moonlit sand. Barefoot from the time we arrived!
So that I never forget our secret little island, I keep my little upturned shell filled with sand on my bedside table.
One of the best beach resorts in Vietnam is Phu Quoc Island, which covers an area of about 62km long, and between 3km and 28km 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.
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 105 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.
It is possible to reach the island by either plane or boat from Rach Gia, Ho Chi Minh City (1 hour by plane), and Rach Gia (2.5 hours by hydrofoil).