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Phu Quoc bucket list: 7 unique experiences you can’t miss

 

Phu Quoc bucket list: 7 unique experiences you can’t miss

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21:48 - 28.04.2020

Caption: A whole new world on a single island. Copyright: Tuan Dao Photography

Adventures fill souls. Call it a dream that we are always looking for exotic trips, from the extreme regions, remote deserts, to once golden kingdoms in the corners of the world.

Phu Quoc, a dreamy pearl-shaped island with jade blue sea and white sands, is a wonderland only an hour’s flight away from Ho Chi Minh City. Today, the largest island in Vietnam has become a favored tourist spot. Its hidden beauty awaits explorers ready to traverse this pristine earthly paradise.

Discover a different world as you try these seven remarkable off the beaten track adventures to explore a Phu Quoc not quite as you know it.

1.Hunting the perfect sunset on Doi Moi Island

 

Where the sea grazes the sandy beach with a kiss that sparkled the last sunbeam of the day, Doi Moi Island, a small spectacular island 1km away from Vinpearl Phu Quoc, holds an exceptional secret that all adventurers want to find out. Some say that the sunset on Doi Moi Island is one of the best in the world as the crepuscular light at that moment is so perfect and breathtaking.

Taking a boat ride with your travel buddy to catch the impeccable sunset on the island, named after a rare sea turtle, is one of the unique experiences that Phu Quoc generously offers to us.

2. Finding Nemo: Coral scuba diving tour in Phu Quoc

Caption: Best way to observe a fish? Become one. Copyright: Phu Quoc Xanh.

With over 360 types of colorful corals spread across 480 hectares, Phu Quoc endows a vibrant aquatic ecosystem. The warm climate, pure water, and serene environment are ideal conditions for developing one of the most beautiful coral reefs in Vietnam. Scuba diving lovers can find the perfect diving spots at the north side of Phu Quoc island, mainly: Doi Moi island and Mong Tay island which possess a pristine and diverse marine life. The average price is about 500,000 VND / person for a scuba diving tour.

Scuba diving allows you to explore the extensive waters and have a better view of the glamourous coral reefs and creatures harmoniously living in that ecosystem. Remember not to trample or crack corals as they are fragile creatures that play an important role in ecological balance. Take only photos, kill only time, and leave only bubbles.

3. Mysterious quest: Finding your way out of Khu Tuong – the largest pepper garden in Phu Quoc

The pepper gardens that are carefully cared for by the farmers on the island are a fascinating must-see destination in Phu Quoc. With all the care of rich soil and favorable climate, it should come as no surprise that Phu Quoc peppers bring a distinctive taste famous throughout the country. The gardens are not only a place where you can find spice but they also offer many Instagrammable spots.

From street food to delicacies in luxurious restaurants, pepper plays an irreplaceable role as a spicy aromatic spice that enhances the taste of food. Dubbed as the kingdom of pepper, Phu Quoc offers a premium spice, with firm seeds, distinct taste, and special aroma. About 15 kilometers north of Duong Dong town, Khu Tuong pepper garden is the largest pepper field in Phu Quoc. Hundreds of towering pepper trees create an aromatic green matrix for visitors. Learning how to grow and cultivate different exotic types of pepper is just one of the countless ways to experience Khu Tuong..

4.The art of 200 year-old fish sauce

Caption: From the ocean to the dish, it is the flavor that brings you home. Copyright: Red Boat Fish Sauce / Megan Fawn Schlow

The ocean around Phu Quoc is rich in seaweeds and marine life, which attracts vast amounts of anchovies, the main ingredient to make fish sauce. Nowadays, most prominent fish sauce production tanks are located in Duong Dong and An Thoi towns. Some renowned factories worth visiting in Phu Quoc are the Red Boat, Hung Thinh, Khai Hoan, and Phung Hung will open up the world of aroma with spacious infrastructure but still retain the traditional method of making fish sauce.

Copyright: Phung Hung Fish Sauce Factory.

Phu Quoc residents are active in preserving the two century old tradition of producing such a delectable dipping sauce. This is a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors to taste Phu Quoc fish sauce with its unique puce color and aromatic flavour as well as learn about the production process of the famous local specialty.

5.Try your luck at Corona Casino nearby VinOasis Phu Quoc

Dubbed as Las Vegas of Vietnam, Phu Quoc Casino – also known as Corona Casino boasts around 300 card game tables, 400 roulette wheels, and 2000 slot machines. Situated right beside Phu Quoc’s most beautiful beach – Long Beach, this 17,000 square meter casino can accommodate over 5,000 guests who want to experience top-notch casino service in Southeast Asia.

Caption: Enter into a world of happiness. One roof for your luxurious needs. Copyright: Corona Casino.

This is also the first establishment in Vietnam to legally allow the locals to play casino games. They showcase games like Roulette, Baccarat, Black Jack, Traditional Poker, Texas hold ’em, Sic Bo, and slot machines.

6. Indulge your seafood cravings at Ozone Seafood Restaurant

 

Located in the Almaz complex, the Ozone Seafood restaurant is a must-see for foodies. Dive in the sea of flavours and take off to the land of taste. You can find numerous fresh local and imported seafood such as lobsters, crab, squids, clams, and oysters. In addition to fair prices and unparalleled preparation , Ozone is situated right next to Vinpearl hotels & resorts and other facilities, making it convenient for guests.

Caption: Thinking about dinner? Think of Ozone! Copyright: Ozone Seafood

Ozone Seafood Restaurant is where you can come to enjoy special drinks such as Rose Myrtle Syrup – a Phu Quoc speciality famous for its aroma and pleasant taste. The restaurant also entertains diners with a view of the splendid water stage. The restaurant also has the ability to host large groups with their buffet or canapé and finger food selections. Feast on a delectable spread straight from the sea at Ozone, is surely the best dining experience in Phu Quoc to satiate your appetite.

7. Experience the state of the art Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc

Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc embodies an unparalleled golfing experience. The state-of-the-art golf course, surrounded by fascinating forests and the emerald sea, has been praised as one of the most intriguing experiences on the island. Visitors can enjoy the manicured lawns combined with lush patches of the rainforest while the crystal sea serves as a beautiful backdrop. This place has everything golfers could ask for to work on their shots.

Copyright: Vinpearl Phu Quoc.

8. Catch the thrills in VinWonders Phu Quoc

Caption: Multiple attractions that appeal to all ages with its photogenic landscape. Copyright: VinWonders Phu Quoc

There are only a few attractions that can compete with a well-established amusement park when it comes to the family vacation time. VinWonders Phu Quoc strikes a perfect blend of thrilling adventures and modern facilities suitable for family members of all ages. This 50 hectare attraction has six themed areas, namely: the game arena, a water park, a castle, a fairy-tale zone, and a Viking ride. Offering nearly a hundred exclusive games like the top-of-the-line roller coaster and excellent shows comparable to the world’s leading theme parks, VinWonders also steps up the game with the largest water park in Southeast Asia houses two giant water slides along with countless other fascinating experiences waiting for visitors to explore.

9. Safari Phu Quoc

Copyright: Safari Phu Quoc

Safari Phu Quoc offers its guests an exceptional opportunity to see wildlife in their natural terrain. Catch a glimpse of elephants lounging near the lake, a flock of flamingos leisurely foraging, or a majestic tiger lying in the shade. Safari Phu Quoc allows guests to witness the wonders of nature through the interactive experience of “captive people, released animals” set-up and observe endangered species at a conservation center. With just a base price of 500,000 VND per adult person, you may experience this wonderful and playful adventure.

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