8 Places for afternoon visit in Phu Quoc Island

Published:  02:17 Monday - April 24, 2017

It's rare to find an island as unspoilt and yet so bursting with possibility as Phu Quoc Island (Phú Quốc), which rises like an emerald from the waters off the south-west coast of Vietnam. Gorgeous scenery might be dime a dozen in Vietnam, but the landscapes on Phu Quoc belong to a different order of loveliness altogether.

Dinh Cau Rock Temple

Phu Quoc’s religious and cultural symbol

Located in Neighbourhood No. 2 of Duong Dong town, Dinh Cau Rock Temple is considered the religious and cultural symbol of Phu Quoc. The temple was built to worship the Dragon King, who protects the fishermen on their offshore fishing voyages. It is unclear when Dinh Cau was built, but this old temple is imposingly located on a cliff and seems to have been put in front of the ocean with a bit of magic. In addition to sightseeing, visitors to the temple also worship here and pray for peace. Dinh Cau Lighthouse is another great place to enjoy the sunset, but beware; its beauty can overwhelm you.

Must-see: Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau is located only 100 metres away. This place is dedicated to goddess Kim Giao, according to legend she was instrumental in the creation of Phu Quoc.

Where to eat: Ngon Seafood Restaurant (Neighbourhood 1, Duong Dong Town), Cat Bien Café and Pho Bien Café.

 

Da Ngon Stream

Picturesque poetic scenery

The bold and majestic Da Ngon Stream is comprised of seven picturesque waterfalls. The stream is surrounded by primary forest, adorned by orchids and wildflowers vibrant in the sunlight, making the rustic, picturesque scenery here burst with colours.

Top Tips: Da Ngon Stream is located in the North of Phu Quoc, near Duong Dong Lake and is part of Phu Quoc National Park. The best time to visit the stream is from November to April, when the stream still flows, allowing visitors to sightsee, photograph or even bathe in the spring water.

Must-see: Da Ban Stream on the way to Da Ngon Stream.

Where to eat: You should bring your own food and water and have a picnic, or return to Duong Dong Town where there are many restaurants including Vuong Co Thu, Ot Xanh, Ngoi Sao Do, Song Xanh and Le Giang.

 

Conservation Centre and Racetrack of Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dogs

Learn about the rare super breed of Vietnam

The Conservation Centre and Racetrack of the Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dogs – also known as Thanh Nga Farm is located in Cay Thong Ngoai Hamlet in Cua Duong Commune. It is home to the rare Phu Quoc ridgeback dogs, and doubles as a tourism hub. The farm has a research centre and a racetrack for ridgeback dogs, so visitors can learn about the instincts of the Phu Quoc ridgebacks. In addition to visiting and seeing a dog race, you can buy a purebred Phu Quoc ridgeback from 1,000,000 VND. Prices depend on colour and age.

Where to eat: Ngoi Sao Do Restaurant (No. 3 Le Hong Phong), Phu Quoc Seafood Restaurant (272 Nguyen Trung Truc), Den Long Café, Bao An Café (Nguyen Trung Truc).

 

Phu Quoc Fish Sauce Factory

Visit a centennial fish sauce factory

Phu Quoc fish sauce is considered the best in Vietnam, thanks to its 100-year-old traditional recipe. Many fish sauce factories here are located in Duong Dong Town, along the Duong Dong River, including Kim Hoa, Thinh Phat, Khai Hoan and Hung Thinh. Many of these factories allow visitors to witness the processing of fish sauce and feature showrooms where the produce is sold. After visiting a fish sauce factory, and seeing the making of premium fish sauce, you can buy fish sauce, dried seafood or pepper as souvenirs.

Must-see: The famous Bay Gao Rose Myrtle Wine Factory (124 Ba Muoi Thang Tu Street, Duong Dong Town), located near many famous fish sauce factories.

Where to eat: Many famous restaurants are located on Ba Muoi Thang Tu Street in Duong Dong Town: Song Xanh, Zen, Trung Duong Marina and Ra Khoi Restaurant.

 

Phu Quoc Pepper Farm

Learn about the island’s famous pepper

Phu Quoc pepper is famous for its pungent taste and aroma, which is much stronger than most other pepper from elsewhere. Stepping on a lush pepper farm you are welcomed by the overwhelming aroma of the sea of red ripe pepper covering the fields.

Top Tips: The areas with the most pepper farms are Ganh Gio Hamlet and Suoi Da Hamlet, Suoi May Hamlet with the best-known pepper farm being Khu Tuong, located about 15 kilometres north of Duong Dong Town. Learn about the farming techniques used to grow this Phu Quoc specialty. You can also buy dried peppercorns as souvenirs for your family and friends.

Where to eat: Most pepper farms provide dining services, or you can return to Duong Dong Town for dinner.

 

Phu Quoc Pearl Farm

Shop for real pearl jewellery

Pearl is a famous produce of Phu Quoc and visitors to Phu Quoc can learn can learn all about the farming of it. Phu Quoc used to have four large pearl farms, but only one, the Ngoc Hien pearl farm in Duong To, is still in operation.

Top Tips: Learn about the meticulous process of growing and harvesting pearls and buy a variety of jewellery made from white, black, rose, or gold pearls, or cosmetics made from pearl powder as souvenirs.

Where to eat: Along Tran Hung Dao Street, toward Duong Dong Town, there are many restaurants including Cami Restaurant, Baikal Phu Quoc, F5, Su Coffee and Ballroom Salinda.

 

Coi Nguon Museum

Learn about the history and culture of the island

This museum is the keeper of Phu Quoc’s history, with over 3,000 artefacts, including 300 precious sets of documents written in Chinese, Vietnamese, English and French on display. Covering an area of 1,200 square metres, the museum has five floors, each with differently themed exhibit. Level one showcases Phu Quoc’s natural history. Level two is dedicated to the history of the island’s discovery and protection. Level three is home to antique potteries. Level four is an exhibition of shipwrecks found in the waters around Phu Quoc, and level five features displays about the island’s culture.

Top Tips: The museum is located at 149 Chan Hung Dao Street, Neighbourhood 7, Duong Dong Town. Travellers should visit the exhibitions of art created from driftwood and seashells, the conservation centres for ridgeback dogs and eagles.

Where to eat: Coi Nguon Restaurant is located inside the museum. They serve seafood and host live traditional music performances.

 

Duong Dong Market

Shop for Phu Quoc specialties

Located in Duong Dong Town, this is the largest market on Phu Quoc. The market is always busy, filled with buyers and sellers, and the atmosphere fascinates visitors.

Top Tips: The market has an indoor and an outdoor area. Inside, you can find a wide variety of goods, from household items to souvenirs and seafood specialties. The outside area is dedicated to selling fresh seafood, including sardinella, barracuda, cobia, needlefish and squid.

Where to eat: Anh Vu Restaurant (No. 79 Nguyen Trung Truc), Pizza Regina (No. 28 Bach Dang), Bun Quay Kien Xay (Bach Dang Street) and Thu Hanh’s noodles.

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