Phu Quoc is the biggest island in the Gulf of Thailand with an area of approximately 600 sq. km, which means it is difficult to get around the island in one day.
Phu Quoc lies 15 km south of the coast of Cambodia and is 65 km away from the south-west coast of Vietnam. This island has become a very popular tourism destination, it’s population (approx. 140 000 people) is growing due to lots of people come here to work in tourism or to open a business. Local people traditionally earned their living from the sea and farming.
Phu Quoc is the only place in Vietnam where they don’t produce rice, but the island is well-known for its high quality pepper. Official currency is Vietnamese Dong (VND) and the banknotes are made of plastic polymer, which doesn’t fall apart when wet. If you will exchange 100 USD, you will become a millionaire.
Phu Quoc is also called pearl island as there are few pearl farms where local pearls are cultivated. This island is home to the best fish sauce (nuoc mam), which has become popular all over Vietnam and the world. There are plenty of hotels on the island and tourists can choose between luxury resorts and rustic family-run bungalows. Phu Quoc’s coastline is approx. 120 km and you will definitely find the beach for yourself with overhanging palm trees. It seems like this island was made for relaxing tropical getaway.
It’s climate is monsoonal sub-equatorial with temperate weather and water temperature all year round. The best time to visit Phu Quoc is during the period between the end of October to the end of February, when the daily temperature is about 27 – 31 C and 24 – 26 C at night, water temperature is 28 – 30 C and the humidity is at its lowest throughout the year, the sky is blue and the sea is calm. In March and April the temperature and humidity are a bit higher and the monsoon season starts in May with heavy rains in August, September and October.