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Phu Quoc, which literally means “Pearl Island”, is located just off Vietnam’s south coast, surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand. This idyllic setting creates the perfect conditions for beachfront bliss, with powder-soft sands, gently swaying palm trees and crystal clear seas; pure paradise. Phu Quoc also features a ridge of lush, jungle-clad mountains known as the 99 Peaks, which run down the center of the island and create a spectacular natural backdrop for any adventure. With a verdant national park, traditional villages, markets, temples and modern attractions, including an over-sea cable car to an offshore island, Phu Quoc has much more to offer than just sun, sea and sand. Indeed, the entire island is so idyllic that it has been listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. But Phu Quoc’s main draw is undoubtedly its immaculate coastline and warm, shallow seas that are ideal for all ages. With visa-free stays for international guests and direct flights from many major cities, Phu Quoc is set to become one of the world’s leading island destinations.
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Phu Quoc National Park
Phu Quoc National Park is a vast tropical wilderness that covers more than 31,000 hectares in the northern and eastern parts of the island. Featuring dense forests, rippling streams, coastal mangroves and soaring mountains (including Phu Quoc’s highest peak, 603-meter-high Mount Chua), this vast national park provides the perfect setting for soft adventure - and a great option for guests who want a break from the lying on the beach. Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking and photography, and nature lovers can look out for more than 1,160 varieties of flora and over 200 species of fauna in the park, including long-tailed macaques, silver langurs, otters and hornbills.
Dinh Cau Night Market
Located in the town of Duong Dong, on Phu Quoc’s west coast, Dinh Cau Night Market is a vibrant street bazaar where visitors can stroll at leisure and savor authentic local sights and smells. Many of the stalls specialize in fresh seafood, including fish, squid, crab, prawns and scallops, which can be cooked to order. This makes the night market a great place to sample the local cuisine and soak up the vibrant street life. Souvenir hunters can also browse a selection of stalls selling everything from clothes and sunglasses to locally-made jewelry and handicrafts. Other authentic items include Phu Quoc’s local fish sauce, peppercorns and sim wine.
Phu Quoc Cable Car
Phu Quoc Cable Car is a spectacular over-sea ride that connects the southern part of Phu Quoc with neighboring Hon Thom Island. Opened in February 2018, this impressive attraction features 70 glass-walled passenger cabins, each of which can carry 30 people for a total distance of 7.9km at a maximum speed of more than 30km per hour, making it one of the longest and fastest gondola rides ever built. The most impressive aspect of Phu Quoc Cable Car however, is the panoramic scenery that stretches out in all directions, as guests gaze out over the turquoise seas and the verdant islands of the An Thoi archipelago.
Another of Phu Quoc’s newest attractions, Vinpearl Safari is a major new nature park and zoo located in the northwest of the island. Covering 380 hectares, the park features approximately 3,000 animals covering 150 different species from all around the world. These include Bengal tigers, Asian elephants, lions, camels, hyenas and bears, plus a large bird park with three themed gardens and Primate World, which features monkeys, gibbons, macaques, lemurs, langurs and more. Vinpearl Safari is billed as an “open zoo”, meaning that it doesn’t keep its animals in cages. There is also a selection of restaurants and a shopping street for souvenirs.
Phu Quoc Prison
While Phu Quoc appears idyllic today, the island has a dark past. In the colonial era, Phu Quoc was used as a prison camp in the First Indochina War, mainly for high-ranking officials who were considered a danger to the government. Later it was used to detain communist revolutionaries during the Vietnam War. Now, Phu Quoc Prison has been opened to visitors who can see the terrible conditions and tortures suffered by prisoners. Scenes have been recreated in a series of harrowing displays, including the infamous “tiger cages”. There is also a two-story gallery and exhibition showcasing original artifacts from the prison.
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