Published: 09:09 Monday - March 06, 2017
Dinh Cau night market is a shopping and dining hub, featuring all of Phu Quoc’s specialities. The market takes place from 5 – 10 p.m., and is always crowded with tourists and locals who are here to shop and sightsee. The night market is located in the centre of Duong Dong Town, on the busy Vo Thi Sau Street, about 100 metres from Dinh Cau Cape.
Must-see: Dinh Cau Beach is a great destination, located right next to the night market. You can take a walk to watch the sunset or the sea t night near Dinh Cau Rock Temple, and enjoy a cold drink on the beach.
Where to eat: The food court inside the market, offers a rich selection of local food at reasonable prices, good eateries are La Café (No. 11 Tran Hung Dao) and Pho Bien Café (No. 2 Bach Dang, Duong Dong Town).
Spreading over 300 metres, the night market on Bach Dang Street features 12 souvenir booths, 20 booths that sell Phu Quoc specialties, and 12 food booths. It is Phu Quoc’s second night market.
Top Tips: Located on Bach Dang Street, the new market is less busy, perfect for couples or visitors who like their market stroll to be less crowded.
Must-see: Behind Bach Dang night market is the Duong Dong River. At the end of the night market, there is a big bridge, and across the bridge is Duong Dong Seafood Market.
Where to eat: The food court inside the night market, offer many dishes of the Phu Quoc cuisine as well as Japanese and Korean food, beer gardens and cafés.
The water puppetry performed on Phu Quoc, is a folk art form commonly known in Northern Vietnam or Saigon and makes seeing a performance makes for a unique cultural experience. Dao Ngoc Water Puppet Theatre was created by Associate Professor Ha Luong Thuan and is performed by artists from Thai Binh Province. The theatre aims to foster tradition water puppetry with the passion and enthusiasm of enthusiasts of this art form.
Top Tips: The theatre is located at No. 129 Tran Hung Dao, Neighbourhood 7, Duong Dong Town. The theatre can accommodate up to 150 guests, and two shows are performed daily during the week, and three shows daily during the weekends. Tickets are 150,000VND per adult and 120,000VND per child.
Where to eat: BoBa Beer Club, Chinaski’s Bar, Gecko Bar, Cay Bang Cafe, Mon Bungalow or Let’s Try Boroda 3.
If you are looking for solitude after visiting the busy, crowded tourist areas, travel to Ham Ninh fishing village, where you can immerse yourself in the shinning golden moonlight and cool ocean wind, and experience the ancient, quiet, and peaceful lifestyles of the local fishermen. Modernity doesn’t seem to affect the lives here, as people still live in makeshift bamboo-walled cottages. People make a living from pearl mining and fishing for sea cucumbers and crabs. Ham Ninh is also known on Phu Quoc for its cheap seafood market. The most famous seafood here is crab, which is always fresh and meaty and a favourite among tourists.
Top Tips: The fishing village is located 20 kilometres northeast of Duong Dong Town. You can reach the village with a rented motorbike or taxi.
Where to eat: You can buy fresh seafood, including Ham Ninh crab at the fishing village and ask a local to prepare a dish for you.
When night falls, Phu Quoc island goes silent. However, offshore, fishermen are still working in their boat’s shimmering lights. And you can join them for a relaxing yet exciting experience of squid fishing, during which you can fish for your own dinner and enjoy the delicious fresh squid, swordfish or garfish afterwards.
Top Tips: You can book a 3-hour squid fishing all-inclusive tour (with instructions, pick-up and drop-off and fishing gear) at only 200,000VND per person.
Where to eat: Your catch will be cooked and served right on the fishing boat.
Located away from the hustle and bustle of town life, Ong Lang Beach remains pristine and strangely peaceful. Fields of rocks, creating a more interesting landscape, occasionally interrupt the long, sloping sandy beach. A painting of many elements: sky, air, wind, sand and rocks are sure to mesmerise you.
Top Tips: Ong Lang Beach is located in the West of Phu Quoc, between Ganh Dau Beach and Dong Duong Town. Walk on the smooth sand, enjoy thee romantic view across the ocean, and soak in the fresh ocean air. After your stroll, visit one of the many restaurants and bars along the beach for a cold drink.
Where to eat: You can choose from the many restaurants and bars along the beach including the Shell Resort & Spa, Coco Palm Resort Phu Quoc, Blue Sea Resort Phu Quoc, Phu Quoc Eco Beach Resort or Bo Resort.
This is one of the best places to visit on Phu Quoc. The bar is located on the beach, near a few resorts, so it’s a convenient spot. It offers a wide range of delicious food at reasonable prices. Spend your evening at Rory’s Beach Bar, have a beer, and lounge on a sofa to soak in the fresh ocean air and the sound of the wind harmonising with passionate music.
Top Tips: The bar is located at 118/10 Tran Hung Dao Street in Duong Dong Town.
Dining: In addition to its colourful drinks menu, the bar offers a variety of food including salad, fries, pasta, curries and fresh Phu Quoc seafood dishes.
Coco Bar is rated on TripAdvisor as one of the best bars on Phu Quoc. With its airy open space, Coco Bar offers both indoor seating options and a porch for guests to enjoy the fresh ocean air. The bar’s casual décor has a coastal town feel. The food and drinks here are cleverly prepared. All together these element make for an unforgettable experience for guests.
Top tips: The bar is located at 118/3 Tran Hung Dao in Duong Dong Town.
Dining: Both cocktails and barbecued dishes served here are highly rated.