Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc Island, located at the southern tip of Vietnam, has some absolutely stunning beaches and is one of the top places to visit in Vietnam. Lying in the tranquil water of the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island and home to some of the country’s best beaches. Phu Quoc Island is the largest island in the 28 island archipelago that makes up Phu Quoc District. With 150 kilometers of coastline, there are countless number of beaches for which you can discover.
The best time to visit Phu Quoc is from November to April. But better still, visit during the shoulder months (October and May) when prices are slightly lower, availability is higher, tourist numbers are fewer, the weather is good, the sea as calm as an infinity pool, and the island is beautiful and lush. Combine the beautiful beaches with some great little beach cafes and bars complete with funky bean bags, colourful lanterns and bonfires after dark and you will be in absolute paradise.
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If you want to escape other travellers, there are plenty of quiet beaches too, in fact, some beaches are completely deserted and you can have a whole stretch of beach to yourself. Whatever style of beach you’re into you are sure to find it in Phu Quoc, a must stop on any Vietnam Itinerary.
Among all beaches, Long Beach is the one I recommended due to its beauty. Bãi Trường, or also called Long Beach is a beach resort area located in the central west area of Phu Quoc Island, with many luxury hotels, villas and spa as well as high-end shopping, yacht club, marina and restaurants. As referred to as Long Beach, Bãi Trường is Phu Quoc’s longest beach.
Long Beach is a 20 km stretch of beach located just 10 minutes west of the Phu Quoc. In case you don’t know, most expats visited Long Beach called this place “20 km of heaven”. The beach, however, is not continuous as the Song Tranh Estuary breaks the sand bar into 2 distinct zones – Long Beach North and Long Beach South.
Beginning just south of Duong Dong town and stretching almost as far as An Thoi on the southern-most tip of the island, the beach’s yellow sand is backed rows of coconut palms along its entire length. During the dry season months (November to April) the water is almost completely motionless: a liquid mirror to the sky.
2) Things to do
During the day you will find tourists lazing about on deck chairs and sun loungers as resort staff bring out cold drinks and local vendors pass by selling freshly cut fruit. If your body is aching from all that lying around you can walk a few feet to one of the many beach massage ladies for a cheap massage right there on the beach.
Just before sunset the beach bars start filling up as tourists grab a bean bag and a cocktail just in time to watch a spectacular sunset. You then have the difficult decision as to which beach café you will dine at.
The great thing about Long Beach is that whilst it certainly is the most popular spot on the island, it is not overcrowded or crazy full of tourists like some other gorgeous south east Asian island destinations are. Upscale bars and clubs with busy sunset scenes line Long Beach, which are wide, West facing stretches of Gulf of Thailand shoreline.
The Phu Quoc Marina is a 155 hectare mixed luxury residential and commercial area located in Duong To, 7 km South of the airport. The Phu Quoc marina consists of a boutique waterfront complex and the InterContinental Phu Quoc Resort both of which contains shops, restaurants, bars, hotels and a waterpark. There is also a Yacht club, one of two in all of Phu Quoc District, the other being on Hon Thom Island.
The Northern section of Long Beach is the busiest and oldest tourist hub on Phu Quoc Island. It is a heavily congested area with hotels, restaurants, bars, etc. Prices here vary considerably and there are many bargains to be had. The beaches is usually busy during sunset hours. The backpacker hub of Long Beach is known as Long Beach Village. Here you can find a cheap food, motorbike rental places and a public beach access area.
The Southern section of Long Beach is where you will find the new luxury resorts, villas, shopping streets, pearl farms, a marina and upscale dining options. Collectively this entire Southern beach area is called the “Long Beach tourist complex”. The beach here is less crowded and some sections even have white sand, which has been imported from other areas. Price here tend to be higher compared to the opposite side, but a small price to pay for more space and privacy.
3) Where to stay
As the most popular beach in Phu Quoc, Long Beach has a lot of great (and cheap) accommodation options. Check out Tropicana Resort if you are looking for a killer swimming pool and with bargain prices of less than $45 for 2 people sharing.
If you’re looking for a little more privacy with direct beach access Kim Hoa Resort has some great garden and beach bungalows and is even cheaper than Tropicana – with prices starting from just $30 per night.