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Phu Quoc

Location: Phu Quoc Island lies in the Gulf of Thailand, Kien Giang Province, 45km from Ha Tien and 15km south of the coast of Cambodia.

Characteristics: Phu Quoc, the largest island in Viet Nam, is also part of an archipelago consisting of 22 islands and islets. The island covers an area of 585km2 and is 50km long.

Phu Quoc Island covers an area of 567sq.km (about 62km long and between 3km and 28km wide), and its population is approximately 85,000 (in 2001).

Phu Quoc is called the island of “99 mountains” because of its many sandstone chains gradually descending from the north to the south. The longest one is Ham Ninh which stretches for 30km along the eastern edge with its highest peak called Mt. Chua (603m).

Phu Quoc has a monsoon sub-equatorial climate. There are two seasons in the year: the rainy season (October only) and the dry season (November to September). The average annual rainfall is 2,879 m and the average temperature is 27oC. Trips to Phu Quoc can be made all year round, but the best time is dry season when the sky is always sunny, clear and blue.

Phu Quoc is also called the Emerald Island because of its natural treasures and infinite tourism potential. The island is well known for its high-quality fish sauce; Phu Quoc fish sauce smells particularly good since it is made from a small fish, ca com, with a high level of protein. The island produces 6 million liters of fish sauce every year.

Phu Quoc Island has many harbors such as An Thoi and Hon Thom where international and domestic ships anchor. Also, there are several historical sites on the island: National Hero Nguyen Trung Truc’s military base, King Gia Long relics from the time he spent on the island, and Phu Quoc Prison.

Off the coast of the island emerges a group of 105 islands of all sizes. Some of them are densely inhabited such as Hon Tre and Kien Hai, 25km from Rach Gia. Visitors can spend time on the beach or hike while observing the wild animals. Especially, visitors have the opportunity to experience diving service to discover the sea life. Phu Quoc sea has a diversified ecosystem of 929 species of flora, 89 species of hard coral, 19 species of soft coral, 62 species of seaweed… The best time for diving is during the dry season, from October to April. The ideal places for this activity are islets of Hon Doi Moi, Hon Mong Tay, Hon Thom, Hon Dam Trong, Hon Dau, Hon Dua…

It is possible to reach the island by either plane or boat. It takes 60 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City, 40 minutes from Rach Gia by plane. It takes 155 minutes from Ha Tien Town by boat.

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