Winter Holiday Destinations: Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam is a great winter holiday destination, since the weather is perfect at this time of year with average temperature around 31 C. The peak season begins in November and last until March. During these months it is usually very sunny and the humidity is low. It is a great winter escape for those who fancy a holiday in the sun without too much night life and plenty of daytime adventures.

Phu Quoc is a lovely tear-shaped island with long white-sand beaches and a tropical jungle. It is a densely forested island of 1320 sq km with a population of approximately 80,000 people. Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, 15 km south of the coast of Cambodia and 45 km west of Ha Tien, Phú Quôc has the best beaches and seafood in Vietnam. Almost 70% of the island is protected after becoming a national park in 2001.

Walking is a great way to explore the island, but you can rent a motorbike or a taxi as well. Renting a boat is also a good idea if you wish to explore bays and surrounding islands, but when you don’t feel too adventurous, you can just enjoy lounging on the beach and eating delicious fresh seafood. Sao Beach is one of the prettiest and is situated at the southeastern side of the island, a few kilometers north of An Thoi.

Visiting a pearl farm is one of the most exciting things you can do at the island. The Phu Quoc Pearl Farm is a great choice because it has a nice café/restaurant and a shop where you can buy pearl souvenirs. Since the island is also well known for growing pepper, you can also make a trip to a pepper farm.

A visit to Phu Quoc National Park is a must, and one of the nicest things you can do there is relax in the swimming pool surrounded by tropical plants.  Among many places you can visit, there is also a Ham Ninh fishing village on the east coast, but you should definitely not miss the opportunity to go fishing with the locals at night. In order to attract squid, they are attaching lamps to their boats, and it looks very romantic. If you are fond of diving, you can enjoy wonderful sights surrounded by corals and interesting rocks.

Some of the best places to stay at Phu Quoc are Mango Bay Resort, La Veranda, Mai House, Eden Resort and Cassia Cottages. If you are looking for a budget accommodation you can try places like Nhat Lan, Viet Thanh or Lien Hiep Thanh. Some of the nicest restaurants are Ocean Bar and Grill, Bich Nguyên and Vietnam’s Pearl, but you should also visit a food market and find some of the amazing Vietnamese fruit and fresh seafood.

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