The Best beaches in Phu Quoc Island

The Best beaches in Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam and boasts of white sand beaches and the dense tropical jungle. The island has several beaches that are perfect for vacations. Although parts of the island are currently under development, most of Phu Quoc is still uninhabited providing the perfect environment to unwind and relax. Let’s take a look at some of the best beaches on Phu Quoc.

Where are the best beaches in Phu Quoc Island

The Best beaches in Phu Quoc Island map
The Best beaches in Phu Quoc Island map

Long Beach (Bai Truong)

Just like its name suggests, Bai Truong is a long stretch, of around 20 kilometers, along the southwestern coast of Phu Quoc island. The long beach is divided into two with the northern part a bit more popular and attracting more people. If you would love some quiet beach time, the south part of the beach would be the best for you. The seas get rough on Long beach during the wet season. The dry season, however, would be the perfect time for a swim as the waters are cool and placid.

While visiting the Long beach, places to stay in are plenty, and it all depends on your budget. Bai Truong North is busiest and is congested with hotels, resorts, bars, and restaurants. You can easily find motorbike rental places and a public access beach.

The Bai Truong South, on the other hand, is where all your upscale dining options and luxurious resorts are to be found. With some places having imported white sand, the prices here are a bit on the higher end. I, however, think it is a small price to pay for the serenity and privacy on the beach.

Sao Beach (Bai Sao)

Considered by many as the most beautiful beach in Phu Quoc, Sao beach is indeed mesmerizing with the white sandy beaches and distinctive blue waters. Over the last few years, the beach has been increasingly developed. The beach can get crowded, especially during the peak months (December to March). It would, therefore, be best if you would arrive early in the morning, or better yet, late in the afternoon and get to watch the beautiful sunset.

Accommodation options are limited on Sao Beach. You could choose to either stay at Nha Hang Resort or My Lan Guesthouse. The limited accommodation spots make this beach a favorite for day trippers.

On the northern part of the beach is the romantic ‘paradise swing’. While it is just a simple wooden swing attached to a palm tree, the spot is a favorite among most tourists who visit the beach.

One of Phu Quoc beaches

Sao Beach is also one of the few places in Vietnam where you can kitesurf. Phu Quoc is not the best place to surf as it does not receive much wind. However, Bai Sao is just the perfect place to learn a bit of kitesurfing. Just ensure you are on the lookout for boats while at it.

The one thing I do not particularly enjoy about Sao beach is that, although it is still a beautiful beach, some of its charm has been lost to trash and development.

Ong Lang Beach (Bai Ong Lang)

Ong Lang beach is quite similar to Long beach; the only difference being that it is less developed. Rather than being one continuous beach, it is a series of small sandy breaks in a rugged shore. The atmosphere at Ong Lang is serene, with a couple of pleasant spots to relax. Just like at the Long Beach, you can watch the beautiful sunsets as you watch the fishing boats float across the ocean. At Ong Lang, you will also be able to see the cows roam freely along the beach too.

Ong Lang is not quite developed, and as a result, there are just a few resorts along the shore. Most resorts and guest houses are located inland. The best thing about this place is that the prices of accommodation in the resorts range. You can, therefore, be sure that you will certainly find a place to stay, whether you are a budget traveler or are out to look for a luxurious stay.

Although there is very little to see, besides some shellfish, you can decide to go snorkeling on the beach. Most resorts own kayaks, which you can either borrow or rent. I suggest kayaking to the Cua can river and following it to Phu Quoc National Park.

If water sports are just not your thing, you can also go-cart. The BS Racing go-cart is located just off the main road and is opened from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. With the 2000cc carts and 320 m of track, you will probably have an amazing experience.

Vung Bau Beach (Bai Vung Bau)

Development on this beach is currently underway and that means that it will not remain isolated for long. Thick tall grass grows along the shores of Vung Bau making this beach so peaceful and private. If you want a beach all to yourself, then Vung Bau is your best option.

From the beach, you have a perfect view of Fingernail Island that has a great reef for snorkeling. You can borrow a kayak from the nearby resorts and paddle to fingernail Island. From Mai Phuong resort, on the southmost point of the island, you can also swim to the island. You, however, need to be very careful as the currents are really strong.

Vung Bau is quickly getting developed, with the construction of a large resort at the center of the island the roads being upgraded, this beach will not remain uninhabited for long. I would suggest visiting the beach before it becomes too crowded.

Tip: Life at the beach is slow. You may want to carry your own water and any other supplies you might need while visiting the island.

Ganh Dau Beach (Bai Ganh Dau)

Ganh Dau is without a doubt one beach where you can get to do just about any fun activity you want. From visiting the amusement park and safari to gambling in Phu Quoc Casino to scuba diving and snorkeling, one cannot spend a single dull moment on this beach. Surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, the beach is also quite famous for its revolutionary history. A Vietnamese fisherman set up his base on this beach and fought the French off. there’s also a temple dedicated to him on the island, which you can visit.

The Cambodian islands are just a few kilometers away and on a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of them from the shore.

With just a few resorts, most of Ganh Dau remains uninhabited and you can certainly enjoy some quiet underdeveloped portions of the beach.

Cua Can Beach (Bai Bien Cua Can)

Cua Can Beach is a long snaking arc of sand where one of Phu Quoc’s rivers meets the Gulf of Thailand. Lined with lovely Casuarina trees, one side of the sandbar is the ocean while the other is the river. This beach really is unique to Phu Quoc in that it is is a coastal dune.

Cua can beach is wide enough for you to enjoy some beach sports with family and friends. The beach is distinctively divided into two with the northern part being more of a beach and the southern being more of a sandbar. The sandbar is home to an amazing variety of coastal wildlife and although it constantly gets dredged, the ocean always reshapes it.

You can experience the amazing view of this beach from a distance at Chez Carole Resort and Restaurant.

Dai Beach (Bai Dai)

Bai Dai certainly stands out as one of Phu Quoc’s popular destinations. The yellow sand beach coupled with the green-blue sea water lapping at the roots of the Casuarina trees make this beach a favorite for many. Until recently, Bai Dai was, for the most part, underdeveloped. The construction of a giant casino, golf course, amusement park as well as a resort, at the heart of the beach, has made Bai Dai lose that laid-back feel.

The Turtle Island is just a short distance from the beach and you can enjoy some scuba diving over there.

Vong Beach (Bai Vong)

This beach is more of a port rather than a place to relax and is probably tourists’ first impression of the island since many passenger boats dock here.  The beach, however, is long and impressive enough. The forested hills of Phu Quoc National Park lie just behind it, giving it a serene feel.

There are so many jellyfish on the water and the seafood restaurants on the pier will definitely leave you wanting more.

Although this may not be the best beach for some unwinding, it is still beautiful enough for a visit.

Thom Beach (Bai Thom)

Except for a few food joints, most of Thom beach is quiet and underdeveloped. It is located in a remote part of the island that is sparsely populated, hence the quiet atmosphere. There are only a few hard rocks in the water so you should be able to snorkel just fine. You can easily walk t the nearby Mot Island, especially during low tide. You, however, need to be extra careful as the ocean floor is full of rocks and coral debris.

The northern part of Thom Beach has so many cashew nut plantations which you can visit and enjoy some of the nuts. Seafood lovers are certainly at home on this beach. You can get sea urchins, crabs, sea snails and other shellfish and enjoy a lovely shore lunch.

Rach Tram and Rach Vem Beaches (Bai Rach Tram and Bai Rach Vem)

Located in the island’s most remote north, these two beaches hardly get any visitors. Rather than being typical islands, these two beaches are the homes to fishermen and their families. The beaches are quiet and lovely with a spectacular view of the thick tropical forests that cover the hills.

Bai Rach Vem is well known for its floating seafood restaurants. The two, are ‘working beaches’ and the fishing debris on the shores is quite a sight. At the moment, the only access to the beaches are dirt roads (although they are being paved). As a result, there are no accommodation spots on either of the two beaches. These two would, therefore, be perfect for a day’s trip.

 

It is without a doubt that Vietnam, and Phu Quoc in particular, has some of the best beaches in Asia. All of the above provides a perfect location to spend some quality time with family and friends. Whether you would love a beach that is buzzing with activity or just a small, almost private beach, Phu Quoc’s best beaches have got you covered. The ambiance of the beaches is quite lovely and watching the sunsets as well as the sunrises from the shore will be a lovely and unforgettable experience. Most of the beaches are accessible by road, although some of them are located at the end of dirt roads. A hired motorcycle, however, should easily get you there. I recommend visiting the beaches sometime around December to April when the waters are calm and unruffled and the weather is bright and sunny.

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