It’s also a good time for visiting Phu Quoc since there are less crowds, cheaper price and fairly good weather. However, April and May could be hottest months of the year with average temperature of 32 Celsius as well as the humidity around 80%.
1. The best time to visit Phu Quoc island
Phu Quoc, a largest tropical island in the South of Vietnam, is known as one of the best destinations in Vietnam traveling map. Phu Quoc Island is surrounded with an amazing beach that was once voted as “The Most Cleanest and Beautiful Beach of World” by reputable magazines in 2008. Not to mention, this place also offers the best seafood in the country with reasonable prices. In addition to the beautiful beach, this island also has many mountains and dense forests, which were a part of Kien Giang – a World Biosphere Reserve recognized by UNESSCO in 2006.
Phu Quoc fascinates domestic and international tourists with many interesting activities, such as going out on a boat at night to fish some squids by yourself, or visiting Phu Quoc National Park to see rare animals and plants. As a tropical island, Phu Quoc has the climate changing throughout the year. It is worthwhile for tourist to anticipate what kind of weather can occur in Phu Quoc Island before going there. In fact, Phu Quoc has three main seasons: High, Shoulder and Low season.
High Season – from November to March
This season can be considered as the best time to visit Phu Quoc, since the weather is really mild and comfortable. The temperature in these months is usually around 25-28 Celsius and the humidity remains at the low level and the sky is clearly sunny, making it a great time to visit the island. Because this is the best season to visit Phu Quoc, there are many tourists going there, so you need to book the tours and hotels in advance; otherwise, there is no available room for you.
Shoulder Season – From April to June
It’s also a good time for visiting Phu Quoc since there are less crowds, cheaper price and fairly good weather. However, April and May could be hottest months of the year with average temperature of 32 Celsius as well as the humidity around 80%. It is suggested that tourists should book rooms with air conditioner and stay close to the beach to avoid the heat.
Low Season – from July to September
This is monsoon season in this island, when the weather is wet and rainy. The rains can last some hours, making the red dirt roads more slippery and even impossible to pass. Thus, this season is not recommended for visiting Phu Quoc Island.
Your vacation to Phu Quoc will be perfect only if you choose the right company with well-planned tours. You can refer to the tours Phu Quoc listed in VIETNAM CHARM TRAVEL, which was suggested by many tourists, to have a perfect vacation in Phu Quoc Island.
2. How to get to Phu Quoc island
Visitors from any country arriving to Phu Quoc by cruise ship or via connecting flight no longer need a visa for stays of up to 30 days. A passport with at least 45 days' validity is still necessary.
If arriving by a flight, to get the visa waiver a passenger would have to have a same day connecting flight to Phu Quoc from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, would have to remain in a transit area and clear the immigration at Phu Quoc.
2.1. By plane
You can fly to the Duong Dong airport (PQC) from Ho Chi Minh City on about five daily Vietnam Airlines turboprop flights with ATR-72 (55 minutes), as well as Airbus A321 jets. Jetstar also flies twice a day, using Airbus A320 jets, and so does Vietjet Air. Flights can be very cheap with all above mentioned airlines (from $35 US). From Rach Gia there are two Vietnam Airlines flights per day. Since late 2014 there are also regular international services to Siem Reap and Singapore operated by Vietnam Airlines.
There is a wide variety of transport options available on arrival. Many of the more expensive hotels have somebody pick you up on arrival. Taxis are of course available. It is only a short walk to the centre of Duong Dong too. If budget travellers arrive late without reservations they stay the first night in inexpensive guest houses opposite the airport entrance.
2.2. By boat
There are hydrofoils between Phu Quoc to Rach Gia, Ha Tien and Hon Chong. Actual departure times and prices can be found at the website of the boat operator SuperDong. A ticket on the boat costs 320,000 VND. The journey takes 2 1/2 hours. There are lots of ticket offices near the port where you can buy a ticket. You may be told by tour agents that the fast boats are full, but if you go to the dock where the boats depart you may have the opportunity to buy tickets from street sellers.
When coming from Ho Chi Minh City you can book a combined night-bus + boat ticket ( including pick up from hotel ) at VIETNAM CHARM TRAVEL.
Phu Quoc - Ha Tien
Small fast ferries (not Hydrofoils) take 1 hour 30 mins and cost 230,000 Dong. Daily at 08:00 and 13:00 Large car ferry (steel hulled,capacity 400 pax 300 m/cycles and 30 cars) leaves at 08.20,takes 2 + 1/2 hours and costs 165000 VND m/cycles 100,000 VND
The best time to travel by sea is during the dry season when seas are calm (late October to May), as seas are rougher during the monsoon season (June – September). Depending on the season, you may not find taxis on arrival in Phu Quoc, though there will likely be a few motos. Minibus ply to the two main towns, but tickets are sold on the boat and sell out before arrival. Shortly after departure from Rach Gia a women will walk by with a booklet in her hand screaming something in Vietnamese only. Stop her and buy a ticket from her as you will not get another chance later on. Cost 30,000 Dong (November 2013). This ticket can be used with the minibusses at the front of the queue to get a ride to the Duong Dong city center. From there you can walk to the hotels, catch a taxi or make a deal with a motorbike driver to take you where you need to go. Transfer can also be arranged through your hotel. On Sep 2011, three choices to leave the pier: taxi ~210,000 Dong, mini-bus down to 120,000 Dong (three persons) or moto-taxi (but it's a long ride on a not so good road).
Be warned that the boat can get overcrowded and may have the unfortunate lingering odor of previous passengers' weak stomachs. The journey is pleasant and smooth during the low season but is often beset by jarring waves during the high season; hotel staff can advise you of ocean conditions.
You can arrange a transfer from ferry port ( Bai Vong port ) to your hotel. Taxis and motorbikes congregate outside the ferry port and can shuttle you to the bus terminal (some 15 km out of town).
3. Hotels and resorts in Phu Quoc Island
Tropical weather, a laid-back vibe, and white-sand beaches make Phu Quoc a great destination for families. Here are the top kid-friendly hotels on the island, the largest in Vietnam.
|HOTELS AND RESORTS||ADDRESS||PHONE NUMBER|
|La Veranda Phu Quoc Resort||Tran Hung Dao str, Duong Dong Beach, Phu Quoc Island||0297 3982 988|
|Ancarine Beach Resort||No 3 Ong Lang, Phu Quoc Island||0297 3996 685|
|Peppercorn Beach Resort||Chuong Vic, Ganh Dau, Phu Quoc Island||0297 3989 56|
|Phu Quoc Eco Beach Resort||Ong Lang, Cua Duong, Phu Quoc Island||0297 3986 986|
|Daisy Phu Quoc Resort||Tran Hung Dao str, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc Island||02973 844 412|
|Cassia Cottage Resort||KP 7 – Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island||0297 3848 395|
|Langchia Village||Duong To, Phu Quoc Island||0297 399 2212|
4. Some suggestion for tours in Phu Quoc Island
Suggestion for daily tour in Phu Quoc island
Be ready at 8:00 AM pick up at your hotel by private car and start the land tour to explore Phu Quoc Island! Visits to following sites ( itinerary is tentative and some sites may be skipped if the tour is faced with time constraints ).
- Sim wine factory. Sim wine is made from the fruit of the Rose Myrtle tree and its origins trace back to ethnic minorities living in the central highlands.
- Pearl Farm. Learn about the history of pearl farming on Phu Quoc Island
- Coconut Prison Fish Sauce Factory. One of the main industries of Phu Quoc. Sao Beach (Relax – Swimming - Sunbath)
- Ham Ninh Fishing Village
- Waterfall Tranh Stream (for rain season only)
- Cape Ganh Dau (Cambodia view)
- Vung Bau Beach
- Phu Quoc Bee Farm
- Lunch included in the tour program. Return to your hotel around at around 4:00 PM
On this Phu Quoc boat tour, you will have the opportunity enjoy water activities such as snorkeling, swimming, and fishing, plus enjoy an overall tour of the nearby islands. Lunch and dinner are included.
Your guide picks you up at your hotel in Duong Dong (pickup from other areas is available for an additional fee) at midday to begin your tour with vehicle transfer to the harbor.
Hop aboard your tour boat, and enjoy a late lunch on board as you cruise around Phu Quoc and neighboring islands. Go swimming or snorkeling with provided equipment, and enjoy an exploration of the island. When it's time for sunset, relax on board to watch it, and then your captain will anchor the boat so you can experience night squid fishing, a popular activity on Phu Quoc. Once the sun has gone down, start fishing for squid, and then a traditional fisherman's meal will be served for dinner before you head back to your hotel to end your tour.
Food options Lunch: Fish or chicken with ginger, eggs, vegetables, noodles with seafood, potato soup, and rice Dinner: Noodles with vegetables and seafood, barbecue squid, and rice soup with squid
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