Although it is just seven miles off the Cambodian coast, Phu Quoc is owned and administered by Vietnam. A fact, that has been the cause of friction between the two countries for many years. This is the largest of all Vietnam’s islands and is extremely beautiful enjoying a pleasant almost all year round climate. The island is a 222 square mile paradise and is home to about 85,000 permanent residents. The administrative district includes not only Phu Quoc but 21 other much smaller islands. Tourism is a huge contributor the islands economy. Pepper plantations and fish sauce factories providing the main two cash crops. Pearl farming is also now developing on the island. Despite having relatively high average rainfall figures, the island is a huge draw for tourists and the beaches here are quite magnificent. The rain though, being monsoon precipitation, tends to fall over a couple of hours in the afternoons and during the monsoon season of May to Oct. The fishing villages, restaurants and bars provide plenty of interesting things for tourists to see and do. This is a lovely island and is popular not just with international tourists but also Saigon’s middle classes for whom it has become a favourite short break location. [divider]
How to Get There?
By Plane: There are five Vietnames Airlines flights, Two Vietjet and two Jetstar flights daily from Saigon to Duong Dong Airport on the island. Once at the airport buses and taxis are available to ferry people to their hotels. Vietnam Airlines customer service: +84 (0) 20 3263 2062 Jetstar Call Centre: +84 (0) 1900 1550 Vietjet customer service: +84 (0) 1900 1886 By Boat: Hydrofoils operate between Rach Gia, Hat Tien and Hon Chong to the island. Journey time is two and a half hours. A combined bus and hydrofoil ticket from Saigon can be booked from most travel agencies, with collection at your hotel. [divider]
Motorbikes By far and away the most popular form of transport is a hired motorbike. These are readily available everywhere and most hotels will have a contact. For just a few dollars per day, you will have access to the entire island. Traffic here is not like in the big cities and with care, it can be perfectly safe to idle around on a motorbike all day. Taxis and Jeeps If you do not wish to ride a bike, Jeeps and taxis are available for hire with a driver. The Jeeps can work out a little more expensive but the extra is well worth paying. For short trips taxis are normally available, but expect to pay more than in the big cities. They can also be hard to track down late at night. Boats Boats can be chartered on a daily basis and provide a pleasant and different way of getting around.
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