Experience Vietnam’s Largest Island - Phu Quoc

by Exotissimo, Dec 17, 2009 | Destinations: Vietnam
Phu Quoc Island - Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island - Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island - Vietnam

Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam, located in the Gulf of Thailand, 45 kilometers west of Han Tien on the Vietnamese mainland and 15 kilometers off the Cambodian coast. It is sometimes called the Emerald Island because of its triangular shape and its 99 mountains. The district of Phu Quoc includes the island and the surrounding islets.

It is a mountainous and densely forested island which presents many day trip opportunities. For one, you can snorkel off the island’s coast. If you are the adventurous type, you can rent a 4x4 jeep and venture through the jungles and mountains of Phu Quoc. Or, if you like, you can rent a scooter and explore the island on two wheels. Be warned though Phu Quoc has its shares of potholes so be very careful when navigating your way around the island.

Long Beach is the biggest beach on the island, situated on the western end of Phu Quoc. It stretches 5 kilometers and is home to most of the island’s hotels and resorts. On the east side lie some smaller but equally relaxing beaches such as Bai Dan and Bai Sao.

You must also try the famous fish sauce and pepper. The shores of the island provide the anchovies needed to make the sauce. Pepper cultivation in the center of the island supplies the fruit necessary for the island’s famed black pepper. The island is also known for its unique breed of dog. The Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dog is one of the world’s rarest dogs and are easily distinguished by the spiraling fur on their backs.

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