Phu Quoc's pure white beaches, clear waters, and laid-back vibes have earned it a spot in the hearts of many travellers. Days here are spent on the sand, while nights are for feasting on fresh seafood and stargazing. Vietnam's largest island is home to a beautiful coastline. The An Thoi islands offer some of the country's best snorkeling and diving, and Phu Quoc's northern roads run through lush forest and branch off onto a handful of do-it-yourself hiking trails, inviting you to explore on your own.
The main drag, known as Long Beach, is relaxed and offers easy public access to the water. Toward the island's southern coast, Bai Sao is famous for its scenery and comes with the added adventure of navigating Phu Quoc's dirt roads. Further north, you'll find more secluded shores, from Ong Lang beach to the long, empty stretch of Bai Dai.
With more than 50% of Phu Quoc's land area protected as a national park, a large part of Phu Quoc's best assets are hidden inland in sites such as Suoi Tranh. Hire a motorbike and find your way around the island, stopping off to explore independent hiking trails and freshwater springs.
To get a better sense of local life on Phu Quoc, pay a visit to Dinh Cau, a modest temple at one end of Long Beach. Curious foodies can also swing by the fish sauce factories in Duong Dong, to learn how Vietnam's most important condiment is made. On the opposite side of the island, Phu Quoc's Coconut Tree Prison reveals a troubled history, while Vinpearl Resort's many attractions up north signal a new age in the island's development.