Explore the South of Phu Quoc Island during the Lunar New Year

KIEN GIANG – Nam island gathers beautiful beaches, large entertainment areas, and especially the longest 3-wire cable car in the world.
Check-in archway near An Thoi fishing village. Photo: Devil Coc Tu

Located in the southern sea, Phu Quoc at the end of the year (November – April) has a calm sea, quiet waves, less rain, a warm climate suitable for planning fun, especially for the coming Lunar New Year holidays.

Tourist destinations on Phu Quoc are divided into 4 main areas: Central area (Duong Dong town now Phu Quoc city), South Island, North Island and East Island. After many years of developing tourism infrastructure, Phu Quoc is recognized as the first island city in Vietnam.

Move

On the occasion of Tet, there is a high demand for travel, so tourists planning travel should book train tickets, airplanes early. Most of Vietnam’s airlines operate direct flights from Hanoi, Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho to Phu Quoc. The round trip ticket price on the occasion of Tet and the Lunar New Year is about 1.1 – 4 million VND / person.

From Phu Quoc airport, tourists book a taxi, car or shuttle service of the hotel and resort you stay (note check this service when booking your room). From the airport to the South of the island – An Thoi costs about 250,000 VND for a taxi, about 150,000 VND to the center of Duong Dong, and to the North of the island, the taxi price is up to 350,000 VND.

If in Ho Chi Minh City or the southern provinces, tourists have the choice of passenger cars to the port and transfer by ferry, speedboat … Most, tourists will move to Rach Gia, or Ha Tien ( Kien Giang) to take a high-speed train or ferry to the island. Travel time is about 1-2 hours with Rach Gia – Phu Quoc ticket price is 330,000 – 540,000 VND / person, Ha Tien – Phu Quoc route is 130,000 – 250,000 VND / person, depending on ticket class and age.

Staying

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Hotels, motels and homestays in Phu Quoc may run out of rooms or increase service prices during Tet, so tourists should book early. If you want to save money, you choose motels, homestay, 2 – 3 star hotel in Duong Dong for convenient travel. If you are traveling with your family, or need a private space or resort, a resort, villa, bungalow or beach hotel is the ideal choice.

The luxury accommodation establishments in the South of Phu Quoc Island are Muong Thanh, Sol by Melia, Sunset Sanato, Salinda, InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach, Pullman, Novotel, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, Premier Resideces, Premier Village … Mid-range hotels are Xuan Hien, Hotel Amon, Vida Loca, Phu Quoc Kim, Chili Bungalow, OYO 614 Phu Quy, Hoang Bach …

The homestay price is less than 600,000 VND / night, the price of a high-class hotel room is from 1.2 to 6 million VND / night, some places are 14 million VND / night.

Eating

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Restaurants and eateries are mainly located along the 30/4 route, Nguyen Van Cu street facing the South of the island, along the coast along Tran Hung Dao street to the center of Duong Dong …

If traveling as a family, groups of many people should visit the restaurant Ra Khoi, Cat Bien, Com Bac 123, Pizza Home, Hoa Bien, Hoa Thien Dieu … If you want to eat seafood and local dishes such as bun bo, vermicelli …, tourists can go to Ham Ninh fishing village, Phu Quoc night market, Ut Ha restaurant (An Thoi) …

Popular cafes and bars for the beautiful location, diverse drinks and open spaces in Phu Quoc are Chuon Chuon Bistro & Skybar, Bittersweet – Hidden cocktail bar, the highest bar in Phu Quoc INK 360, Skyline ..

If you like the beachfront bars to watch the sunset, enjoy food and take pictures, you can look to Ocsen Beach Bar & Club, Tiki Beach Bar, Rock Sunset Island, Sunset Sanato …

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Experience

Take the longest 3-wire cable car across the world: The nearly 8 km long cable car route from An Thoi to Hon Thom gives visitors a panoramic experience of Phu Quoc from above. To avoid crowding and take more photos, wait for other groups to come first and go last.

Enjoy the beautiful beaches and islands: Bai Sao, Bai Khem, Hon May Rut, Hon Mong Tay … are famous destinations that almost anyone coming to the South of Phu Quoc Island is not to be missed. To go to the island, tourists should choose a tour of 4 islands (going to Hon May Rut, Gam Ghui, Mong Tay, Hon Thom) diving, watching coral, fishing, taking photos, swimming … Tour price is from 800,000 – 1,2 million / person.

Check-in “Mediterranean town”: This area has nearly a hundred colorful buildings built in terraces like in the coastal towns of Spain, Italy, Greece … For more Beautiful shooting angle, visitors should go from early morning or late afternoon to catch romantic moments of sunshine.

Sitting on Hon Thom cable car and watching Phu Quoc on high. Photo: Khanh Tran
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Watching the sunset at the clock tower: This is also a very suitable “virtual living” shooting spot because there are many beautiful simulated architectures such as ancient stone arches adjacent to An Thoi fishing village, coffee shop to the right of Hon Thom cable car station … The ideal time to visit and take photos is late afternoon when sunset falls.

Explore Aquatopia Water Park: The park is located in Hon Thom with more than 21 water games, giving visitors all kinds of feelings from relaxation to adventure.

Going to the secret garden in Truong beach: There is a wooden path through the forest leading to many quiet corners for visitors to “live slowly”. Take pictures and visit this place best in the early morning or late afternoon as well.

Walking on the bottom of the sea to watch the corals: Coming to the coral conservation park in Hon Thom, visitors can see with their own eyes more than 200 types of corals, fish, sea anemones … Each visitor gets 1 more free video filming the scene under the sea with many pictures. Tour costs 950,000 VND / person.

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Visiting Ho Quoc Pagoda: Coming to Phu Quoc on Tet holiday, do not miss Ho Quoc pagoda (Ho Quoc Forest Monastery), the temple has a unique architecture, facing the sea, with its back against the mountain. On the 1st and the full moon of every month, people and visitors to the temple pray for good luck.

In Phu Quoc, at the beginning of the new year, there is the Dinh Than Duong Dong festival (January 10-11 of the lunar calendar), and the Dinh Ba Ong Lang festival (January 18-19 of the lunar calendar). This is an opportunity for visitors to experience lively performances, demonstrating cultural and beliefs of the islanders.

In addition to the above points, visitors who have more time and want to shop, visit pepper gardens, fish sauce houses, pearl farms, sim wine making …

Khanh Tran/vnexpress