Phu Quoc Island
WHERE IS PHU QUOC ISLAND
Phu Quoc – The Pearl Island of Asia – is the largest island in Vietnam, located in the Gulf of Thailand, 45km West of Ha Tien and 15km south of the coast of Cambodia and is a part of Kien Giang Province as Phu Quoc District. Phu Quoc Island has a total area of 574 square kilometers and a permanent population of approximately 130,000. Phu Quoc island is no lightweight: at 48km long and has about the same size as Singapore.
The district of Phu Quoc includes the island proper and 21 smaller islets. The district seat, Duong Dong, located on the west coast, is also the largest town on the island. The economy is centered on fishing, agriculture and a fast-growing tourism sector. By 2020, Phu Quoc becomes the island marine ecological tourist city at a high level, competitiveness and the ability to connect with other countries in the world.
HOW TO GET TO PHU QUOC ISLAND
FLYING TO PHU QUOC FROM VIETNAM
Traveling by air is the most convenient way to get to the island with at least 15 daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and it takes approximately 40 minutes to fly from Tan Son Nhat Airport of Ho Chi Minh City and 2 hours from Noi Ba Airport of Hanoi.
Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, VietJet Air and Bamboo Airways are four main domestic commercial airlines, which flies directly to Phu Quoc Island. Usually, during the months of January and February or during public holidays, particularly Tet Holidays, more flights have been scheduled per day (up to 18 flights).
FLYING TO PHU QUOC FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
For international travelers, the best way to reach Phu Quoc is to fly via Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.
- Traveling by sea will give the traveler time to continue their journey by sea and explore Vietnam from another angle.
- The most convenient and comfortable time to travel by sea is during the dry season from late October to May. Check the weather conditions before choosing this mode of transportation.
- The duration of the trip varies from one and half hours from Ha Tien port and two and half hours from Rach Gia (it will take about 4-5 hours to reach Rach Gia Port from Ho Chi Minh City by bus).
- With continuous development, traveling by ferry and boat is becoming a popular option between the mainland of Vietnam and Phu Quoc Island, and a variety of services will be available in the years to come.
DO I NEED VISA TO ENTER PHU QUOC ISLAND?
Since it is designated as a Special Economic Zone, foreigners and Vietnamese holding foreign passports are eligible for a 30-day Vietnam visa exemption on Phu Quoc without going to any other destination in Vietnam.