Phu Quoc’s Beaches: A Guide

Last updated February 2017 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle


Lying in the balmy waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island and home to some of the country’s best beaches. A halo of sand encompasses this green and forested isle, 45km off Vietnam’s southwestern-most coast. Currently undergoing major development, now is the time to visit Phu Quoc’s beaches, before the construction of big resorts, casinos and other facilities for mass tourism rob them of their tranquility and honest natural beauty (in many cases, it’s already too late).

Phu Quoc Island's best beaches, VietnamPhu Quoc Island is developing fast, but there are still large swathes of empty beach

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My Guide to 10 of the Beaches on Vietnam’s Largest Island

In this guide, I’ve written a description of each beach, including suggestions of places to stay on or near them. Every beach is illustrated with a photograph and they are all plotted on my map. Thanks to new roads, most of these beaches are now easily accessible, but a couple still lie hidden at the end of dirt tracks: a hired motorbike is by far the best way to visit them (take a look at my guide to exploring Phu Quoc by Motorbike). The best time to visit is from December to April, when the weather is sunny and dry, the colours bright and tropical, and the sea so calm and unruffled it’s as if the entire Gulf of Thailand were your own private infinity pool. Note that the following beaches are not in order of personal preference. (For more posts about Phu Quoc see Related Posts.)

Click on a beach below to read more about it:

            1. DAI BEACH (Bãi Dài)

            2. VUNG BAU BEACH (Bãi Vũng Bầu)

            3. ONG LANG BEACH (Bãi Ông Lang)

            4. GANH DAU BEACH (Bãi Gành Dầu)

            5. SAO & KHEM BEACH (Bãi Sao & Khem)

            6. LONG BEACH (Bãi Trường)

            7. RACH TRAM & RACH VEM BEACH (Bãi Rạch Tràm & Rạch Vẹm)

            8. THOM BEACH (Bãi Thơm)

            9. CUA CAN BEACH (Bãi Cửa Cạn)

            10. VONG BEACH (Bãi Vòng)

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Phu Quoc Island’s Beaches:


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Location: northwest of the island [MAP| Vietnamese name: Bãi Dài

This long, long stretch of fine sand beach with turquoise water lapping at the exposed roots of casuarina trees, was for many years one of my favourite beaches in Vietnam. In the northwest of Phu Quoc Island, Dai Beach was, until quite recently, completely undeveloped, save for a handful of seafood shacks dotted on the grass under the shade of large tropical trees. However, that has changed dramatically with the opening of the giant resort-casino-golf course-amusement park-zoo complex, called Vinpearl. Other construction is rapidly taking over the entire length of Dai Beach, but there is still a small, undeveloped slither near the southern end where you can enjoy the beach. But, I’m afraid, it won’t last long: the writing is on the wall.

Dai Beach, Phu Quoc Island, VietnamDai Beach: completely deserted until a couple of years ago, when resort construction gobbled it up

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Location: northwest of the island [MAP] | Vietnamese name: Bãi Vũng Bầu

A wide crescent bay backed by dense tropical foliage, Vung Bau Beach is just south of Dai Beach. Calm blue water, white sand, and thick tall grass growing close to the shore make this a peaceful and private beach; so much so that many foreign visitors who make the trip here don’t feel the need to don swimwear. Bring a simple picnic and a good book, and find yourself a hideout among the grass to while away the day. This is the last stand of ‘old’ Phu Quoc on the western side of the island. But it’s already starting to be developed: a large resort is being constructed in the middle of the bay, before the river crossing, which has divided the bay in two. There are a few, low-impact, mid-range resorts at the northern end of Vung Bau, all in glorious positions looking over the bay. Try Bamboo Cottages and Wild Beach Resort for a couple of very tranquil nights by the beach. Sadly, litter can sometimes be a problem, largely due to Vietnamese picnickers who neglect to take away their trash. The dirt track from Cua Can Village to Vung Bau Beach is slowly being upgraded to a paved road, so expect some construction along this route and, after it’s finished, I’m guessing the big resort developers will move in. Visit Vung Bau now, while you still can. 

Vung Bau Beach, Phu Quoc Island, VietnamVung Bau Beach: find a secluded spot among tall grass by the beach to while away the day

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Location: centre-west of the island [MAP| Vietnamese name: Bãi Ông Lang

Several gentle bays of glowing sand, punctuated by black rocks and lined with leaning palm trees, make up Ong Lang Beach. On the central-west coast, just north of Phu Quoc Island’s main town of Duong Dong, this pretty beach is peppered with excellent-value mid to high-end resorts. Follow the signposts off the main road to any one of the resorts, order a cocktail and have a swim in the warm sea, before retiring to a sun lounger under a coconut palm. Mango Bay Resort is particularly good – both for its sunset cocktails and for its rustic-chic accommodation. Thuy House is fantastic for budget travellers; and for anyone looking for some serious luxury and contemporary design, head to the Shells Resort. If you’re not planning on staying here (or on splashing out on a cocktail), follow the signs to the ‘public beach’, where there’s access to a beautiful bit of sand next to Coco Palm Resort (the latter is also a good mid-range place to stay).

Ong Lang Beach, Phu Quoc Island, VietnamOng Lang Beach is a series of gentle bays dotted with great mid to high-end resorts

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Location: north of the island [MAP| Vietnamese name: Bãi Gành Dầu 

On the remote northwestern tip of the island, Ganh Dau Beach is a gorgeous corner of flour-white sand fringed by palm trees. Reached via a newly paved lane from a dusty fishing village, Ganh Dau Beach is sheltered and shaded; the water is calm and shallow with a cluster of wooden fishing boats just offshore, and the Cambodian islands lying only a few kilometres in the distance. The discreet Peppercorn Beach Resort is set in an orchard of coconut palms on powdery sand. Simple, tasteful and elegant bungalows are set right on the beach, and there’s a great restaurant too. Even if you don’t stay here, it makes for an excellent lunch stop while exploring the island. Next door, the Gold Coast Resort has cheaper rooms. Continue past these resorts for some excellent portions of undeveloped beach.

Ganh Dau BeachGanh Dau Beach, at the northwestern tip of the island, is quiet, remote and rarely visited

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Location: southeast of the island [MAP| Vietnamese name: Bãi Sao & Bãi Khem

Sao and Khem beaches are both curving stretches of fine white sand backed by tropical trees, in the southeast of the island. Sao is one of the most popular beaches on the island, while Khem is rarely visited because access used to be restricted by military personnel who controlled the area, but now it’s because the huge new Marriott Emerald Bay Resort occupies the beach here. (It is still possible to access Khem Beach via a dirt road alongside the old prison, just north of the entrance to the Marriott complex.) Sao Beach, with its arcing palm trees, snow-white sand and distinctive blue-sapphire coloured water, has been increasingly developed over the last few years. There are restaurants, bars, resorts, and water-sports on offer here. It gets pretty crowded on sunny days during peak months (December to March), but this still doesn’t detract from the exotic beauty of this beach, particularly the vibrant colours of the sand, water, sky and foliage. Accessed by a red-dirt road, my favourite place for food and drink on Sao Beach is Paradiso Beach Club – their grilled fish and a gin and tonic for lunch really hits the spot. For accommodation, My Lan Guest House has decent beachside bungalows. Although Sao is still a great beach, it has lost some of its charm in recent years due to overuse and slapdash development and, once again, trash.

Sao BeachWhite sand and blue water make Sao Beach one of the most popular on the island

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Location: centre-west of the island [MAP| Vietnamese name: Bãi Trường

Aptly named, Long Beach stretches for almost 20km along the southwestern coast of Phu Quoc Island. Rows of coconut palms stand along its entire length. The beach’s yellow sand is backed by a grassy verge, and during the dry season months (November to April) the water is almost completely motionless; a liquid mirror to the sky. Most of the southern end of Long Beach is still deserted; only a few fishing shacks made of palm leaves dot the shore, served by a dusty, red-dirt road. Until recently, it was possible to ride all the way down here along the dirt road, stopping for a quiet swim whenever you felt like it. But land clearance for the construction of large resorts has made the ride far too dusty to bear, as trucks ply back and forth from the building sites. The central section of Long Beach is currently a gigantic construction site for enormous integrated resorts. The northern end of Long Beach is where the vast majority of Phu Quoc Island’s tourist industry is: dozens of hotels, resorts, guesthouses, cafes, bars and restaurants jostle for prime beachfront space along the paved road leading toward Duong Dong Town. Development is quickly moving southwards, and resorts are moving more and more upmarket with each year. My favourite for budget (well, relatively budget) rooms is La Mer Resort; mid-range beach accommodation is excellent at Thanh Kieu Resort, and for high-end travellers, Salinda Resort is plush and luxurious.

Long BeachLong Beach is the most developed on Phu Quoc Island, but there’re still some empty patches to explore

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Location: north of the island [MAP| Vietnamese name: Bãi Rạch Tràm & Bãi Rạch Vẹm

These two, seldom-visited beaches lie in the island’s remote north. Thick tropical jungle covers the hills here, as they drop down to meet the pristine waters of the Gulf of Thailand. On each of these shimmering beaches, both accessed via meandering dirt roads (in the process of being paved) through dense foliage, there are rustic fishing villages, almost completely undisturbed by tourism. Quiet and calm, the beaches are lovely and the backdrop of forested hills is spectacular. However, these are ‘working beaches’, so there’s a fair amount of fishing-related debris around; some of which is picturesque, such as the rotting hulls of abandoned wooden boats; and some of which is unsightly, such as polystyrene boxes, discarded fishing nets and general trash. For the time being, there’s no accommodation at either beach, but I expect that will change soon, once the access roads have been paved. However, you can stay inland nearby at the atmospheric Pepper Farm Bungalow.

Rach Tram Beach, Phu Quoc Island, VietnamRach Tram & Rach Vem are picturesque ‘working beaches’ in the remote north of Phu Quoc Island

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Location: northeast of the island [MAP| Vietnamese name: Bãi Thơm

Thom Beach has a stark beauty. Silent, still, hot, sparsely populated, and filled with the scent of cashew fruit and the sound of midday cicadas, there’s something beguiling about this remote northern tip of Phu Quoc Island. Most of the beaches are hidden from view – reached via dirt tracks – and the water’s very shallow and tidal here. There’s not much to do yet, but the area is ripe for exploration. So far, Thom Beach hasn’t seen much development, but for a few food shacks and a couple of simple resorts and seafood restaurants, such as Luna Beach. Once or twice a day, the red dust on the dirt road is disturbed by vehicles coming off the car ferry from the mainland, at Da Chong Port, just a couple kilometres to the south. But, now that the highway to Duong Dong Town is finished and they are starting to pave the road along the east of the island, from Thom Beach to Ham Ninh Village, perhaps it won’t be long before slumbering Thom Beach is awoken.

Thom BeachThom Beach is sleepy, quiet and undeveloped; a perfect contrast to busy Long Beach

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Location: centre-west of the island [MAP| Vietnamese name: Bãi Cửa Cạn

As one of Phu Quoc Island’s short, snaking rivers empties into the Gulf of Thailand, it creates a long sweeping sand bar, lined with casuarina trees. This is Cua Can Beach, a lovely arc of sand with the choppy sea on one side and the placid river on the other. It’s possible to weave your way through the small fishing village and onto the sands of Cua Can Beach for a swim. But I prefer to experience this beach from a distance: at the bar of Chez Carole Resort, with a cocktail in my hand, looking out over the broad sweep of Cua Can Beach to the sloping, forested ridges in the distance.

Cua Can Beach, Phu Quoc Island, VietnamCua Can Beach is a long, arcing sandbar where an island river empties into the sea

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Location: southeast of the island [MAP| Vietnamese name: Bãi Vòng

Vong Beach is a gaping bay on the southeast side of the island. It’s sandy and lined with casuarina trees, but the water here is often thick with jellyfish. For many visitors, Vong Beach will be their first impression of the island, because this is where the majority of passenger boats from the mainland dock. The large, long beach is impressive enough, especially with the forested hills of Phu Quoc National Park rising behind it. But Vong Beach is more of a port than a place to relax: at present there are at least two more long concrete piers under construction here, stretching hundreds of metres out to sea, in anticipation of the rise in tourist numbers and to accommodate boats from the mainland laden with building materials for all the new resorts that will be constructed. There are a few seafood restaurants around the pier. (For boat times and fares to Phu Quoc Island see this.)

Vong Beach, Phu Quoc Island, VietnamVong Beach looks nice from afar, but it’s more of a port than a place to relax


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60 Responses to Phu Quoc’s Beaches: A Guide

  1. Steve says:

    Tom, thanks for your review. I’m on Pho Quoc now, and – a couple of things.

    The people here are beautiful. They’re friendly and hospitable. I really enjoy their company.

    But Pho Quoc is history. It’s done. The island hasn’t figured out what to do with the results of exploiting tourism – sewage, trash, etc. It – or those who are in political control – smell the almighty buck, so you have rampant growth everywhere. And yes, the great wtf moment is seeing Vinpearl. That says it all. It is bizarre yes also but heart-breaking. The island itself is becoming a giant amusement park. You have to make an effort to seek out genuine Vietnam. In fact, Vietnam really isn’t here anymore. The entire island is catering to tourism and is rapidly consuming the island like a ravenous animal.

    Admittedly, I look to avoid heavily touristed areas. Remote and beautiful, particulately beaches, is what calls my heart. So I’m up at Gold Coast and Peppercorn, north side. It’s cool how you can look out to Cambodia from the beach. And again the folks up here are super sweet. But the amount of trash is unbelievable. It’s in the once clear-and-beautiful waters, and in the dead and dying coral. It surrounds the very clean resorts. It’s a small island and it’s producing more garbage than it knows what to do with. And other things are washing up on shore, from cruise ships and whatnot. Anyway, I’m sure some folks who don’t know better or have different sensibilities will be fine here. For me, Phu Quoc is done.

    • Hi Steve,

      Yes, I know what you mean. Some of the problems, such as trash and construction will gradually get better – the island has gone through such momentous changes over the last 5-10 years that it hasn’t had time to catch up with itself. I’m confident that trash will start to be controlled (in the sense that you won’t see it on the beaches etc but not as a wider issue), and that construction will gradually slow down and will exist in pockets rather than across the entire island.

      I think a lot of the problem is travellers’ expectations of what Phu Quoc will be: it was for so long touted as a quiet tropical island, undeveloped compared to Thai beaches – a backpackers’ paradise etc. But that is not the reality anymore, nor is it the way that Phu Quoc wants to be seen: it wants to be a big, sophisticated, money-making, package holiday and high-end integrated resort island – and that’s what it’s on its way to being.


  2. Justine of Travel Lush says:

    This is awesome. I’m on Phu Quoc now and your guide is so useful, as always! I can’t wait to get out and explore these beaches tomorrow morning. Thanks so much for putting up such a useful and informative guide!!

  3. Grace McAuley says:

    First off, great post! I have almost all the information I need. But I was just wondering about the tides on the southern beaches. Recently I have been to the Thai islands in the Gulf of Thailand and the waves were just too big to swim in at the beaches we stayed on and I want to know if the sea of southern beaches of Phu Quoc are more or less calm for swimming?

    Thank you,

    • Hi Grace,

      At this time of year, all of the beaches on the north and west coasts of Phu Quoc Island should be very calm and perfect for swimming, especially in the mornings. The eastern and southern beaches are usually a bit choppier at this time of year, but still suitable for swimming.

      I hope this helps,



    Hey Tom:

    My name is Fatima and i am travelling from Pakistan with my family. Last month we been to Thailand and it was a wonderful trip. Next Year, we are planning to hit Vietnam and Phu Quoc especially but we dont really know where to stay and which beaches to see/stay during our visit? Plus based on your recommendations, we will plan our stay in terms of no of days in phu quoc. So kindly let us know how many days are enough to be in phu quoc with locations wise beaches?


    Fatima (Pakistan)

    • Hi Fatima,

      How long you spend on Phu Quoc depends on how much you want to do and see. Anywhere between 3-7 days is a good amount of time to spend on the island. If, for example, you spend 7 days on Phu Quoc then you could stay at one part of the island for 3 days and then change to another part of the island for the next 4 days.

      I hope this helps,


  5. Derek Woodhead says:

    Hi Tom,
    Many thanks.

    As mentioned, 6 of us are staying in Phu Quoc 10 nights from 26th Oct to Nov 5th Nov.

    We are thinking of booking ahead a hotel for the first 4 nights to give us a chance to explore the isle ; and then to find a place we like and book it there ; ( we’ll book our hotels via your website).

    Do you think there is a risk that there may not be much availability of hotels rooms if we leave booking until we are there ?
    (we will need 3 double rooms)

    Many thanks,

    • Hi Derek,

      In October, the tail end of the low season, you should be fine booking once you get there. If your dates fall on a weekend then there’s a possibility that rooms might get booked up. But I think you have the right plan: book your first few nights in advance and feel the island out for a place to stay for the next few nights.


  6. Julietta says:

    Hi Tom!
    I really enjoy your notes, very helpful 🙂
    We are travelling to Phu Quoc in the beginning of November. It looks like the eastern beaches are more beautiful and peaceful to from your pictures. I wonder if that is true? The most appealing (in terms of beautiful water) to me seams Sao Beach. Is there enough places to eat/drink if we stay at one of the few hotels there (e.g. My Lan Guest House).
    Like you we enjoy journeys out of beaten track, but don’t want to be isolated after all 🙂
    And one more question is there a way to get to Sao Beach if we stay somewhere else and don’t get a bike?
    Thank you for the answer and all your effort 🙂

    • Hi Julietta,

      Sao does have nice water, but it can get crowded during the day – however, if you’re staying on the beach then you will have plenty of time when it is quiet. If you’re not staying on Sao you can easily get a taxi to take you there. There are enough places to eat for a few days.

      Ganh Dau, Ong Lang and Bau beaches are also beautiful and relatively quiet beaches to consider staying on. Ganh Dau in particular is very isolated and beautiful. Wherever you are on Phu Quoc you can always get a taxi to take you other places.

      I hope this helps,


  7. mike zimmerman says:

    Hi Tom,

    This post is really helpful, thank you!

    We are headed to Pho Quoc in January 2018 with 3 kids and hoping to find a nice mid-range place with pool, some facilities and a nice stretch of beach nearby, and not in a completely bustling area. We were looking at at Ong Lang based on your description, but neither Shells or Coco Palms have availability. The Novotel seems to have a great pool and is on a beach but not sure about the area (Cua Lap).

    Any other suggestions?

    thank you!

    • Hi Mike,

      I’m surprised to hear there’s no availability at those resorts – but January is the high season.

      Ong Lang is definitely a good choice – the Novotel is fine but it’s a string of newly built mega-resorts so not such as great area.

      There are many good accommodation choices on Ong Lang to choose from. Also bear in mind that because the sea is so calm and clear and the beach so sandy that it’s not really necessary to have a pool, even with kids. I’ve made a custom search for you of resorts on Ong Lang in January – take a look at the options at here – you can change the dates at the top to suit you.

      I hope this helps you find a place for your holiday,


  8. Pip says:

    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for such a wonderful resource on Vietnam! My partner and I are travelling in October this year and for the final part of our holiday we’re looking to have some chill out beach time. We are contemplating Phu Quoc (in the final week of October). I know this is the tail end of the wet season and was wondering if you’d recommend it at this time? Or if there would be better options for that time of year?

    About the same time last year we went to Cat Ba Island and were very blessed with the weather. Hoping to try someplace new, that isn’t too difficult to get to (I’m probably a bit of a scaredy-cat when it comes to operating a motorbike on my own!).

    Thanks again,

    • Hi Pip,

      Yes, I think Phu Quoc would still be OK at that time of year – and the accommodations would be cheaper too because of the low season. However, you would still get some rain and the sea probably won’t be as glassy flat as the high season months.

      You could also consider Mui Ne – easy to get to, lots of beach, lots of accommodation, and good weather.

      I hope this helps,


  9. Pati Serra says:

    Hello again Tom,

    Really appreciate all your tips.

    This thursday I am going to Phu Quoc with my boyfriend.

    It is necessary to book the accomodations in advance?
    Our idea is expending 10-20 usd per night

    Once again, thank u very much 🙂

  10. Lynda Maloney says:

    Dear Tom,

    My daughter (27) myself (66) and my sister (62) are visiting Phu Quoc in a few days time. We’re hoping to spend a couple of weeks there. I’m glad I came across your website. I’ve bookmarked it and will refer to it often in the days to come.


  11. Neville says:

    Hi Tom I’m on Phu Quoch island now arrived 7th Feb I was here last year tet to early Feb and the change is unbelievable inside a year the island is a big construction site more or less wherever you go . It’s sad how they are ruining a lovely island don’t think I will be able to use Vung Bau beach way things are moving up that coast.

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  14. Karan Narula says:

    Hi Tom:

    I am visiting Phu Quoc in Feb 2017 with my wife for honeymoon. Can you suggest the top most beach to stay and enjoy our stay? Also if you could give us an idea how & where to go around the island in 3 days. Any information is much appreciated.


    • Hi Karan,

      Congratulations on your honeymoon!

      Have a look and read through the beaches in my guide on this page and see which one you like the sound of the most. Personally, I like Ong Lan Beach for relaxation (there are lots of good places to stay here, including Mango Bay), or Ganh Dau Beach for isolation if you stay at Peppercorn Resort. Long Beach is also good, as long as you stay in a nice accommodation, like Thanh Kieu Resort.

      For trips around the island, most people like to visit Sao Beach, although it can get quite crowded these days. The waterfalls are popular too, and the pepper farms, fish sauce factories and boat trips too.

      I hope this helps,


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  16. Nat Jane says:

    Hi Tom,
    Thank you so much for your articles! We were considering a handful of places to visit to celebrate our 20th anniversary in May 2017, and after coming across your site we were sold on Vietnam.
    We are travelling from North to South (wanted to be in Halong Bay for a specific date early May), and ticking off several of your motorbike road trips along the way.
    We were hoping to spend the last 5-6 days in Phu Quoc, but are a little worried about the weather at the end of May.
    Is there a better part of the island to be at this time? We plan on hiring motorbikes to explore the whole island but want a base somewhere we can relax with a nice place to swim, but not too windy or secluded.
    We did look at Con Dao island, but as beautiful as it looks it seems just a bit too laid back for what we were after.
    Do you think we should consider spending the time somewhere like Mui Ne instead?
    Your advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • Hi Nat,

      Great to hear that you’ve chosen Vietnam to celebrate your anniversary!

      May should be fine on Phu Quoc – it will be hot and increasingly humid because May is a transitional month, you may even get some rain too. But I was on Phu Quoc late April to early May and it was good.

      In general, April-May is a good time to be travelling the length of the country.

      I think you should be looking at Long Beach and Ong Lang Beach if you want to relax, swim but not too secluded.

      I’ve reviewed a couple of good places to stay on Phu Quoc here.

      If you book your accommodation through my site I’d be very grateful.

      Any other questions, just let me know.

      I hope this helps,


      • Nat Jane says:

        Thanks so much for your insight Tom.
        We will check out your reviews and will most definitely book through your site.

  17. Lindsay says:

    Hi Tom, we have a group of 4 friends headed to Phu Quoc in November. I was wondering which resort/beach you would recommend between the Shells and the Vinpearl?

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  21. Schang says:

    Great detailed informative post about the beaches. Planning to go to Phu quoc early next month (July) I know it’s rainy season but do you think I could catch some sunny days or mornings? How bad is the rain early July? Do you think it’s not work going at all? Thanks!

    • Hi Schang,

      Yes, it is the low season, but you should still see some sunshine too 🙂 One of the good things about going to Phu Quoc at that time of year is that you should find some good discounts on hotels and resorts! 🙂

      I hope the weather holds out for you.


  22. Mez says:

    Hi Tom, I’m so glad i’ve found your blog before my trip to Vietnam so I can follow some of your advice and guides.
    I’ve planned a trip to Phu Quoc for the beginning of July staying on Ganh Dau beach but I am now unsure about the weather during this time on the island. Do you have any idea of what the weather may be like at the beginning of July as we are looking for a calm sea and sun but I have now read that it is the start of monsoon season but i just wanted to know if we will be affected by it during this time.
    If so do you have any other beach recommendations in Vietnam during this time? We love idyllic beaches and are looking for time to just shut off. We are also visiting Hoi An after.
    Thank you so much for any help!

    • Hi Mez,

      Yes, that is a good question.

      July is, indeed, the rainy season. But that doesn’t mean it rains all the time (unless you are very unlucky). However, it is the low season during that time on Phu Quoc, and the weather is the reason for this. On the other hand, the low season prices are extremely good value. It’s a good idea to contact whichever resort you’re thinking of staying in on Ganh Dau and asking their opinion of the weather. You should also make sure that the resort is open in July, as many places close during the low season.

      If you decide against Phu Quoc, you could try Con Dao. The rains reach there too, but I’ve been a couple of times in July/August and had wonderful weather and calm seas. Take a look at my Con Dao Archive here.

      Other beaches to consider are Nha Trang and Quy Nhon – the latter is great, you could stay somewhere like the Avani Resort there, for example.

      But, if you’re going to Hoi An anyway, check out An Bang beach, just 10 minutes from the town.

      You could also have a look at my guide to the Best Beaches in the South for some more ideas.

      May I ask that, if you’ve found my site useful and you ever use Agoda to book your hotels (in Vietnam or anywhere in the world), you could support the work I do by starting your Agoda search from my site (or simply click this link to the Agoda search page). If you ever end up making a booking then I receive a small commission, which is much appreciated and goes a long way to keeping my blog up and running.

      I hope this helps you make a decision of where to go,


      • Mez says:

        Hi Tom thank you so much for your detailed response and advice!
        We have booked to stay at the Peppercorn beach resort in Phu Quoc which seems perfect for what we are looking for so i’ll contact them and ask them about weather. Hoping the weather will be mainly sunny as it looks close to perfect!
        For sure in the future my girlfriend and I will definitely use your site to book our hotels via Agoda as we both love to travel.
        Thank you for also recommending Con Dao – that was also one of our top choices so if Phu Quoc doesn’t work out we will probably look at that next and will book our accommodation through your website.
        Thanks a tonne for all the help!

  23. Maitane says:

    Hi Tom,
    I live in Viet Nam but I have never been to Phu Cuoc. I was a bit discouraged by the articles about littering and experiences of friends about the development of the island, but my parents are visiting in May and I have decided to give it a try. I would love to explore it by bike and get to the most deserted beaches, but taking into account that my parents are in their 60s, which beach would you recommend us that it is not too crowded or full of litter but easy to access ?

    PD: your blog was a great guide to explore Ha Giang, so thanks again

    • Hi Maitane,

      Yes, Phu Quoc is experiencing a surge in development, and it is very obvious when you are there. But some of that development has made some beaches and parts of the island much easier to access than before – which, for most people, is a good thing.

      Litter is a problem on the beaches which haven’t been developed, because many Vietnamese tourists and locals picnic on them and then leave their trash behind (I’ve written more about that here). But some of the trash is also just normal flotsam and jetsam, washed up on the shore from the Gulf of Thailand.

      I don’t think Phu Quoc’s beaches are ruined by any means, but you need to pick the right spot to enjoyed them at their best.

      My parents and I stay at Thanh Kieu Beach Resort. It is on Long Beach so it is close to all the restaurants. The gardens and beach are fantastic and my parents love it – you can read my review here.

      Another good alternative is to stay on Ong Lang Beach – the beach is good and there’s a handful of nice places to stay, including Mango Bay and Coconut Palm Resort (see above for details). It’s an easy 10 minute taxi ride into Duong Dong Town and Long Beach.

      Or you could stay on Ganh Dau Beach way up in the remote north – the beach is great and Peppercorn Resort is excellent (again, see above for details).

      I hope this helps you make your decision.


  24. Areta says:

    Great! We found the bang mi opposite the one you suggested in town, absolutely beautiful! I’m still to hunt down the grilled beef lady. The southern part of the island was interesting, the road from An Thoi back to long beach was an adventure for my children 🙂 we are doing the north today so will check in if I find anything if interest. Thank you! Areta

  25. Areta says:

    Hi Tom
    Thank you so much for your advice and articles, I referred to your Ssigon guide on many occasions. We are now on Phu Quoc and are about to go out on a motorbike for the day. I thought I had sorted a little itinerary for us, thank god I double checked yours!
    Thanks again
    Kind regards

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  27. Job Ahmed says:

    Hi, Tom, thanks so much for your useful information about Phu Quoc Island, I will visit it in december this year and I have heard that the best and most beautiful beach in Phu Quoc is Sao Beach, even though I love beautiful beaches, I love places with good nightlife, I know that Phu Quoc is not precisely for that, anyway I would like to know if you recommend me a place with nice bars or a Discotheques in case they exist. Once again, thanks so much for your help. Greetings from Mexico.

    • Hi,

      Yes, Sao is a nice beach. It can get busy during the day time, especially on weekends. There’s no nightlife on Sao Beach, but it’s a good place to meet other travellers during the day for food and drink.

      The nightlife on Phu Quoc is just south of Duong Dong Town, on Long Beach. There are several good beach bars that stay open late with drinks, music etc. Rory’s Bar is popular. When you’re there you’ll meet other travellers and be able to ‘follow the party’. But you are right that Phu Quoc is not (yet) a place with lively nightlife.


  28. Abby H says:

    Hi Tom-

    Awesome website you have here. I just moved to Vietnam and am working south of Saigon in Tra Vinh for the next year or so. I am planning a trip to Phu Quoc with some friends and they want to rent motorbikes. Since they are just passing through Vietnam, none of them will have official VN licenses. How big of an issue can this be? I’m currently working on getting my license from home recognized here, but they will most definitely be without them… Thanks so much and again, fabulous stuff here!

    • Hi Abby,

      Thanks. In reality most foreigners driving motorbikes in Vietnam do not have domestic licenses. Normally, if you get stopped by the police you will have to pay a fine (200,000vnd is standard). Be polite, friendly, smiley and on the vast majority of occasions the police will take the money and let you go on your way. This is especially true is popular tourist areas such as Mui Ne and Phu Quoc. If you are renting bikes then be sure to keep a contact number of the rental company – if you encounter problems with the police you can call the rental company and they should be able to offer some help.

      Good luck,


  29. Nice list of beaches! We just came back from Phu Quoc and wanted to say thank you for this as we would not have found Sao Beach otherwise.

  30. karen says:

    Dear Tom,
    Your guide has been a treat during our 3 months in Vietnam. We followed your northern loop; visited suggested waterfalls in Dalat and are rounding off our time on Phu Quoc. So, it with sadness I must tell you that your favourite Dai Beach has been wrecked. As you reported the bulldozers are well established and a shanty town of plastic awnings fringes the shore for the workers with huge craters in the sand where it’s been excavated presumably for building. We approached form the north and passed all this devastation until we were turned back by security just as we arrived near Dai Beach. We then retraced our tracks back to the main road and found another road further south leading back to the coastal route just beyond the Vinpearl Land entertainment complex which brought us out next to the peninsular of Vung Bau beach. We did then venture northwards again but not entirely to within sight of the Dai beach area. The coastal road south back from Vung Bau is still pleasant and hopefully will remain so for a very long time.
    You do not mention the coastal route to the north east from Bai Thom towards Ham Ninh…is the worth exploring?
    Best wishes and thanks again for your insights.

    • Hi Karen,

      Yes, that is very sad indeed 🙁 I was on Phu Quoc a couple weeks ago, but I didn’t have time to make it to Dai Beach. I suppose it’s inevitable really. But we are lucky to see it (the rest of the island, at least) before it becomes Vietnam’s Phuket. Thanks very much for the detailed update.

      I’m so happy to hear that you’ve had a great trip around Vietnam and that my guides have been useful to you. The northeast of the Island (in and around Thom Beach) is the most remote, and therefore the most untouched, part of Phu Quoc. Although the beaches aren’t quite as pretty as Dai and Vung Bau it’s still worth a trip if you have time because it’s very sleepy and undeveloped. Best to avoid going all the way from Thom to Ham Ninh because that road is a dust bowl.

      Enjoy the last days of your trip.


  31. Mat says:

    This is a wonderful article, it so deserves to be number one in Google for “phu quoc beaches”. The results above don’t have anywhere near the same amount of detail.

    Anyway I just wanted to say thanks for all the info. I shall be visiting soon for some videography and will be using your motorbike guide and map to help me choose locations.

    Plus there is plenty of great i formation for the rest of my party to use. I think this will be our travel guide for the 9 days.

  32. Hi Tom,
    This is an awesome article, I love the video, photos, and music. My daughter and son visited the island earlier this year and loved it. I will find out where they stayed. She teaches in HCMC and I think is planning another trip.
    Watching this video makes me long to visit VN again soon.

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