Updated: Feb 28, 2020
You travel to Phu Quoc and want to visit some popular places there? Not only famous for beautiful beaches, Phu Quoc is also well-known for those places to visit and chill! Let's check it out!
In my previous blog, I have mentioned about the weather, the best time to visit it, how to travel to Phu Quoc and how to travel around, visit the link below if you miss it. https://www.hahatours.com/post/the-phu-quoc-weather-how-to-visit-phu-quoc
Phú Quốc is described as a jewelry island in Vietnam even though it’s isolated the main land. Recently, it has become more well-known for foreigners, but when it comes to domestic tourism, Phú Quốc has been being popular.
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Wanna try traditional cuisines? Wannna try affordable fresh seafood? Wanna buy souvenirs for friends and family? Wanna check out the night in Phú Quốc? Let’s come and visit the night market located at the T-junction of Bạch Đằng Street and Nguyễn Đình Chiểu Street, I mean the downtown.
Well, this night market is not too different compared with that in Vietnam, since there are tons of seafood restaurants, souvenir shops, dessert and cafeteria shops, street foods… The most special thing that I believe you cannot miss when visiting there is trying very fresh and affordable seafood in big or small restaurants.
It starts around 16:00 until midnight, the most crowded time is between 17:30 to 21:00 that you might be aware of bad guys. There are also some specialities which you can buy for your friends and family members, such as salted shrimp, salted caramel, coconut candy...
Phú Quốc Prison
Every year, Phú Quốc Prison welcomes thousands of tourists making it become one of the most attractive destinations to visit in Phú Quốc. Historically, it was built by the French colonialists to imprison Vietnamese, which was known as Coconut Tree Prison.
In 1967, Saigon Government rebuilt the Coconut Tree Prison into Phu Quoc communist prison in an area of 400ha, also known as Phu Quoc war prison, or Phu Quoc prison. This was the largest place to keep communist soldiers in the South with more than 32,000 prisoners.
There are hundreds of person-shaped statues around the prison to imitate the old prisoners, the cruel of the colonialists, the terrible fear of communists and the horrible war.
At that time, thousands of prisoners died in the prison because they couldn’t stand tortures. But with the resilience, courage and intelligence, the prisoners dealt with them in different forms of struggle from low to high levels, dividing the enemy ranks, tunneling to escape, etc.
Dinh Cậu Rock
Situated right next to the fishing harbor, Dinh Cậu Rock’s formation has been used for worshipping since time immemorial. The temple and lighthouse of Dinh Cậu were built in 1937, as a shrine to Thiên Hậu, the goddess of the sea.
There are 29 winding stone steps to reach the main part of Dinh Cậu (or Cậu Temple), where you can admire the spectacular sunset views of Dinh Cậu Beach, traditional fishing boats, the downtown, and neighbouring islets.
Well, it’s not so attractive that most tourists can come to visit; however, to visit this local temple is to understand the culture of the locals and enjoy your time at an isolated beach.
Phú Quốc National Park
There is where you want to take a nature-friendly trip ever to explore Phú Quốc. This is one of its natural wonders with immense forests and marine resources. This is also a part of the Biosphere Reserve of Kiên Giang Province (well, Phú Quốc belongs to it), which is a UNESCO designated site.
Phú Quốc National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, endangered species and human beings, of course. It covers half of the northern region in Phú Quốc Island. If you are an adventure lover, Phú Quốc National Park is for you where you can go hiking and explore the forests.
Suối Tranh Waterfall
Taking a 10-minute drive from the down town, Suối Tranh Waterfall is a place for those looking for a peaceful and friendly environmental place and escape from the bustling city. There, you can go for a small picnic with your friends, family or lover at the foot of the waterfall.
You can also go hiking in a short distance that will please you with beautiful and picturesque views and many orchids, exotic mushrooms and variety of moss and lichens.
Hàm Ninh Fishing Village
Before or after you visit Suối Tranh Waterfall, don’t forget to visit Hàm Ninh Fishing Village where you can admire the daily lifestyle of the locals. This is where local fishermen work everyday for their main income for lives.
There, you can also find really fresh seafood caught from the ocean with reasonable price. Also, don’t forget to join with locals and try to do their works. The best time to visit Hàm Ninh Fishing Village is the very early morning where the daily life just begin.
Well, no words can describe the beauty of the beaches in Phú Quốc Island, so I just list them out here that you cannot miss to admire and deeply enjoy them.
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