A quick reference guide to the Islands best beaches to get the most out of your holiday in the sun!
You may well be staying on a stunning beach at your resort or hotel but with hundreds of kilometers of coastline waiting to be explored, Phu Quoc’s crying out for some sand based discovery!
Phu Quoc not only has some of the best beaches in Vietnam but is the only place in the country that faces
west for magnificent sunset views.
Generally, the better beaches are to be found on the west coast where Long Beach dominates the scene stretching for over 20 km’s and though it’s very developed in some parts you can still find a deserted
patch here and there.
My top recommendation on the west coast for total seclusion is the southern end of Vung Bau beach (just before Fusion resort) here you can find an amazing stretch of beach and wont see too many folk unless it’s a Sunday, you can reach it by car or motorbike.
It’s a bit of a trip but if you long for a day on a deserted beach, pack some lunch and plenty of water for a great adventure where you will drown in serenity!
Of course I couldn’t go on without mentioning a couple of pretty impressive beaches on the South Eastern side of the Island.
Sao beach though currently a little localized is still highly recommended for a visit, a beautiful white sand
beach with lots of restaurants to choose from, it can get busy with groups and jetskis in places but at the
northern end you can find plenty of quiet space.
Then at the next bay there is the equally beautiful and incredibly kept Khem beach, home of the 5 star
JW Marriott, if you feel like lapping up some luxury this is certainly the right place.
Of course some beaches are a little harder to get to than others but all of the beaches in Phu Quoc are
worth visiting, whether it’s perfect warm clear water for swimming and snorkeling, small local seafood or BBQ joints or just the simple pleasures of a deserted white sand beach.
As the name suggests this is the longest beach and is situated on the west side of the island where most
of the Hotels, Resorts, Restaurants & Bars are located.
You will find some parts totally deserted and to yourself, while in the main areas it can be busy with
plenty of eating & drinking options and a great place to party the night away.
If you are looking for that perfect sunset cocktail just about anywhere along the main part of Long Beach is
a great place to perch yourself with the camera at the ready!
Located in the southeast corner of the island is Phu Quoc’s most beautiful beach and probably one of the
better beaches in Vietnam. Now at the cross roads of massive resort development, the beach in recent times has become quite localized so don’t be surprised to find jet skis and rowdy tourist groups in the main area, either end of the beach is still relatively peaceful and worth a visit.
Cua Can Beach
Located on the north west coast 10km from Duong Dong town and close to Cua Can village lies this quiet deserted beach with a beautiful river estuary. Its best accessed by boat but if you try you can find your way by trails to the beach, once you find it though you will rarely see a soul here! If you travel further just north of Cua Can (just past Chez Carole resort) you can find spectacular views of the beaches and estuary below.
An Thoi Archipelago
Just off the southern tip of Phu Quoc is the An Thoi Archipelago, a group of 14 islands brimming with amazing deserted beaches, colorful coral reefs, colonies of diverse fish species and amazing bird life.
Be sure you get to Fingernail Island at the southern end, with the boat anchored swim in to its gorgeous beach and you will feel like Robinson Crusoe for the day!
You can also enjoy a fantastic a seafood lunch at May Rut Island where the guy takes you out on a rickety
polystyrene makeshift raft to a large net with all the live catch of the day, just pick out what you want and island time will determine its arrival!
Ong Lang Beach
A beautiful long stretch of beach, only 6km from Duong Dong town, protected from the currents and waves at one end by a rocky point and is a great beach to visit.
In recent times this area has boomed and you will find many resorts both on and near the beach (depending on your budget) and at night the main road is bustling with small bars & restaurants.
If you just wanted to access the beach, you can try the road before the main turn off to Ong Lang and head to the end where there is a small local café on one side and the Dinh Ba temple on the other.
Ganh Dau Beach
On the top northwest side of the island lies the sleepy area of Ganh Dau and home to the magnificent Nguyễn Trung Trực temple. Just as you enter the village keep to the left and follow it to the coast where you’ll find this small quiet beach with crystal clear waters to cool off in and great views of the southern Cambodian coastline.
You can also venture to the north coast of Ganh Dau where you will find a handful of beachside resorts with nice views, you can laze the day while enjoying some great food in a very peaceful setting.
Vung Bau Beach
Located on the northwest coast about 5km past Cua Can lies this beautiful half moon bay and beach that stretches quite are a way, this would be my top getaway choice but to be alone you need to stick to the southern end where there are no resorts.
On the northern end a handful of resorts and a great spot for taking a lunch, swimming or snorkeling and perfect to take out a small kayak or SUP for a run.
In the southeast corner of the island you will find one of the most beautiful well-kept beaches on the Island and certainly worth a visit even if only for a lunch. The impressive 5 star JW Marriott is located here. Though the price is high end, if you are looking to treat yourself it’s worth a day here relaxing on their amazing beach with some top quality food & beverages on offer.
Rach Vem Beach
Located in the north, this is not really a swimming beach as such but well worth visiting with awesome views across the water to Southern Cambodia. It’s here you can access a large number of local restaurants where you can dine in a bamboo structure on the water to the tune of fresh seafood and hopefully cold beers!