Phu Quoc beach guide: Everything you need to know about this pearl island
Phu Quoc is well known in Vietnam, especially for its beaches. The island is said to own the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam and is therefore widely advertised as a holiday paradise.
More and more western tourists as well as locals visit Phu Quoc for a beach holiday. Precisely for this reason, Phu Quoc continues to be expanded for tourism.
Phu Quoc beach guide: the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam?
The island has a few beaches on the west and north coast. We tried to find out during our stay on the island in the south of Vietnam which are the most beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc.
How to get to Phu Quoc
The easiest and fastest way to get to Phu Quoc is by plane. The island’s own airport is served by several airlines directly. These include e.g. Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air and Jetstar with a connection to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok Airways with a connection to Bangkok or Air Asia with a direct flight to Kuala Lumpur.
The prices are very different depending on the route. To find the cheapest flight for you and compare the departure times, we recommend Skyscanner. There, after entering your departure and arrival destination you will get the best overview of all information.
Furthermore, there is also the possibility to reach Phu Quoc by bus and ferry from the mainland of Vietnam. The best option is to start from Ho Chi Minh City and then either drive to Ha Tien or Rach Gia, where the ferries to Phu Quoc leave. Tickets and information can be found at our partner 12go.asia.
Note: If you travel directly to Phu Quoc from abroad, e.g. from Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur, there is a visa-free stay of 30 days for many nations. The island enjoys special visa rules.
Accommodation in Phu Quoc – our hotel tip
In our opinion, the best place to stay on Phu Quoc is at Long Beach or south of Duong Dong. That’s the most developed area and you have a wide choice of accommodation and restaurants. From Long Beach you can watch wonderful sunsets every evening.
The hotels on Long Beach are often large complexes. A nice hotel that stands out here is the La Mer Resort. Although it’s not right on the sea, it offers a beautiful and well-maintained garden environment in which you will feel comfortable. There is also a nice swimming pool.
You can discover more hotels on Phu Quoc here if you like it a little more quiet and secluded.
Phu Quoc: Tours and tickets
1. Bai Truong (Long Beach)
Bai Truong is often referred to simply as Long Beach, which is not its official name. It’s called like that because it’s simply the longest beach of Phu Quoc. It leads nearly 20 kilometers from the Dinh Cau temple in the capital Duong Dong down to the south.
This is also the most touristic section of Phu Quoc, where most hotels and restaurants, as well as some bars and nightclubs have settled. In some places, the Bai Truong is already very busy in the main season, but with its size you should always find a free and lonely spot.
In the very south of the beach it is still very natural, but also very narrow and filled with pearl fishermen. Otherwise, the Long Beach has very fine sand and is great for swimming. The water is not too deep near the beach, so that children can swim here.
In addition, the Bai Truong is great to watch the beautiful sunsets of Phu Quoc. Of course, this works best in one of the beach bars, such as the Rory’s.
2. Ganh Dau Beach
The Ganh Dau Beach is located on the northwestern tip of Phu Quoc in a village with the same name. There are however two beach sections there. A short, rather unspectacular before the actual village at the Ganh Dau Cape and a gorgeous paradise beach right after the village.
Personally, we think the Ganh Dau Beach after the village is the most beautiful beach of Phu Quoc. It is secluded and a little hidden behind some resorts.
After the village of Ganh Dau you have to drive east on a dirt road. There you will find on the left side the Peppercorn Beach Resort. Here you can park your scooter and walk through the resort to the beach.
The beach is really a dream. There are many coconut trees, white fine sand and crystal clear water. Perfect for relaxing under the shade of the palm trees, swimming and eating delicious food, which the Peppercorn Beach Resort has to offer.
3. Ong Lang Beach
Ong Lang Beach is located a few kilometers north of the main town of Duong Dong on the west coast of Phu Quoc. With a scooter you can visit the beach in about 15 minutes from Duong Dong. The beach is very quiet, as not many visitors come here. Mostly only the guests from the adjoining resorts stay on the beach.
The sand is very fine and the water is great for swimming. The only negative thing on Ong Lang Beach, however, is that there are not too many places in the shade. During a beach trip on Phu Quoc, Ong Lang Beach is definitely worth a visit. By the way, the northern part of the beach is also called Ganh Gio Beach.
4. Cua Can Beach
The Cua Can Beach is a still quite lonely and natural beach on the west coast of Phu Quoc. The nearly 2 kilometer long beach is slightly difficult to access and consists of two sections, which are divided by the Cua Can River.
Unfortunately, there are not many shady spots on the beach. However, you can enter the fine sandy beach in the north, e.g. through the resort Chez Carole. Here you will find real loneliness and peace.
5. Vung Bau Beach
Further down the coast, a scooter ride of 5-10 minutes from Cua Can Beach, lies the tranquil and natural part of Vung Bau Beach. A largely lonely beach with a secluded location.
The sand is fine and the water is very clear and beautifully turquoise. In the low season, however, it is not that suitable for swimming, since strong currents can occur here. Otherwise, this part of the Vung Bau Beach is a true idyll and a few shady spots can also be found under the trees.
A little further north there are also a few resorts on the beach. Here it is not that lonely, but still not overcrowded. You can also visit the Vung Bau Resort, which is located directly on the beach (even if you are not a guest). There are cool drinks and something to eat available, otherwise you will not find much of it on the beach.
6. Bai Dai Beach
A little further behind the Vung Bau Beach you will find the Bai Dai Beach. It is also located on the west coast of Phu Quoc and is a bit more difficult to access as it is the beach of the huge Vinpearl Resort. The resort spans almost over the entire beach. Only the northern section is not yet built.
Nevertheless, you will find a lot of peace at Bai Dai Beach. The sand is very fine and the sea is good for swimming. The water is very shallow, which is why the beach is also suitable for children. You can also see the island of Hon Doi Moi (Turtle Island), which is a popular spot for snorkeling.
7. Bai Thom Beach
Bai Thom Beach is located in the north of the island near the same-named village of Bai Thom. The beach is still very natural and a touristic infrastructure doesn’t really exist here yet. You can reach it only on a gravel road that leads through the village.
From the beach you have a great view of Cambodia and you can enjoy the peace. For a pleasant swim, the beach is hardly suited. You can also visit the offshore island called Hon Mot Island, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge.
8. Bai Sao Beach (Star Beach)
Bai Sao Beach, also known as Star Beach, is being advertised as one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. It is located on the southeast coast of Phu Quoc in a beautiful bay and is visited by many day trips, which then populate the local beach bars.
The beach should be very clean, fine and white with wonderfully turquoise water. Unfortunately, we had to note with disappointment that this time has probably already passed.
During our visit, the beach was partly dirty and heaps of garbage were washed up. It was tidied up on the spot, but still the beach was far behind our expectations and recommendations. In addition, the waves were very strong, but perhaps this was also because of the low season.
Incidentally, you can also visit the Bai Sao Beach on a tour of the south of Phu Quoc.
9. Bai Khem Beach
A little further south than the Bai Sao Beach in the direction of the village An Thoi is the Bai Khem Beach located. Until 2014, this beach was closed to the military, but is now open to the public. There are a few small local beach bars and virtually no visitors on site.
Unfortunately, the beach was even more littered than the Bai Sao Beach and there was no one to clean up. If the local bars would clean up the garbage, then Bai Khem Beach could be a really nice place. It has some potential!
Conclusion to the beaches Phu Quocs
The beaches of the island are often still very lonely and natural, which is a real plus. Unfortunately, some of these beaches are a bit dirty with garbage. However, as the island is being developed for tourism, this could no longer be the case in the future. Our personal favorite beach is definitely the Ganh Dau Beach.
By the way, a true beach paradise that we can recommend to you is located south of Phu Quoc in the An Thoi Archipelago on Fingernail Island.
Here you can find more sightseeing tips for Phu Quoc.