Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam, located in the Gulf of Thailand, 45 km west of Ha Tien Town. The island is 50 km long and covers an area of 537 sq. km. Phu Quoc Island has a large area of mountains and primeval forest which is rich in timber and wild animals. Like a gem emerging from the emerald seawaters, Phu Quoc is endowed with many natural resources and tourist potential. Ringing the island are unspoiled beaches which are excellent for swimming and diving. The water around the island is transparent emerald, affording a fantastic view of the underwater marine life. Off its shore is a group of about 22 islands of all sizes, some of which are densely inhabited; the others are deserted. Phu Quoc is well known for its production of high-quality fish sauce (nuoc mam), black pepper, and the thriving fishing industry. The island has a domestic airport and two seaports which can accommodate international ships. Phu Quoc is accessible either by plane from Ho Chi Minh City or by boat from the towns of Rach Gia and Ha Tien. The best time of year to visit is from November through April (dry season) Rainy season is from June to October and can bring harsh storms.
Several of the islands are uninhabited and pristine while on some of the others a host of leisure activities awaits you including swimming, snorkeling and fishing. Don’t fail to stop at a fishing village in Hon Thom to see the locals’ daily chores and experience their friendliness.
Off the southern tip of the main island (30 minutes by boat from An Thoi), the 15 islands of An Thoi abound with scenic beaches, azure waters, colorful coral reefs and colonies of fish.
Phu Quoc produces 6 million liters of fish sauce every year. At first glance, the giant wooden vats resemble those in vineyards. It does that a little while to get used to the pungent aroma of the sauce.
The island is famous for its production of high-quality fish sauce.
Phu Quoc National Park was established by the Vietnamese Government in 2001 after upgrading the previous Natural Protection Area and Nature Reserve to include an area of 31,422 hectares, which includes 8603 hectares of strictly protected area, 22,603 hectares of biological restoration area and 33 hectares for administration and services.
An additional 6,144 hectares is dedicated to a land-buffer zone and around 20,000 hectares of sea-buffer zone, though the final Marine protection zones are yet to be declared.
You will need some local help to get here. If you take a taxi, it won’t be so difficult to find the place, however remember it is a little isolated. There are a couple of restaurants here and one place with basic accommodation.
On the east side of Phu Quoc lie some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Getting to Sao beach is a bit tricky.
Mountains and forests are at the back and the immense sea at the front. People live by Ham channel. Houses here remain primitive with cottage roofs and bamboo wattles. The community life relies on pearl diving, catching holothurians and netting crabs.
Ham Ninh commune is located on the east of the island.
The company has a sea lease of 4 km and a land lease of 6,000 m granted by the Kien Giang Provincial Peoples Committee. Situated on the West coast of Phu Quoc Island, the Pearl Farm is located 8 km South of the main town, Duong Dong.
According to the evaluation of culture pearl specialists, Phu Quoc pearl is ranked the world's best kind.
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