Tourist information about Phu Quoc island
General information about Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc island (Phu Quoc) island in the Gulf of Thailand. It is the largest island of Vietnam. The length of the island – 48 km, width is about 25 kilometers.
The island is in the South, 45 miles off the coast. Around the island are scattered a large number of small Islands that you can visit during your holiday in Fukuoka.
The topography of the island is mainly mountainous. Phu Quoc is also called the island of "99 mountains" because of its chain of mountains (they are really exactly 99), gradually sloping down from North to South.
Phu Quoc island is often compared to the popular Thai island of Phuket. It really is something reminiscent of it, they are even in size are the same. But compared to Phuket, Phu Quoc island is more wild, less developed and undeveloped. And a lot less quiet. So much fun Phuket discos, noisy bars, shopping, not to mention sex tourism, Fukuoka no. Even for historical and cultural attractions of Fukuoka significantly inferior to Phuket. This is not surprising, because even a few decades ago, Fukuoka was nothing but a prison for prisoners of war and several villages. Someone underdevelopment of the island may seem boring (although the entire tourist infrastructure on the island has and you there is nothing will need), but for someone the island really looks like a Paradise: calm, quiet and secluded. It is no exaggeration to say that Phu Quoc island - the peaceful resort destination in Vietnam.
The reason why this island Paradise were not enough developed, is simple: for many years the island remained a disputed territory between Vietnam and Cambodia and moved from one state to another. Now, the tension subsided, but Vietnam still keeps on the island a small military contingent that only the best impact on security on the island.
Phu Quoc island is definitely one of the most popular resorts of Vietnam. For many tourists who once visited the island, he always remained a Paradise island. Well known and popular resort in the first place, a beach holiday. The beaches here are some of the most beautiful in Vietnam, and their length is impressive. In 2008, the island and its beaches have been named the cleanest and most beautiful in the world. If you want to be on a secluded beach where in sight no one but you will not, even in the height of the season you will be able to find such a place. Well, if you want to relax on a popular beach with restaurants and cafes within a few steps from the water, such places are here, too, abound.
But not only beaches, interesting Phu Quoc island: on the island of magnificent nature. You can go into the tropical forests and mountains, to make eco-hikes to waterfalls and rivers, familiar with the local flora and fauna.
You are probably interested in: "And what to do on the island except sit on the beach?". Yes there are many. Can go on an eco-tour in the jungle and in the mountains. If you want to go there even for a few days. You can rent a motorbike or mountain bike to explore the island independently, simultaneously making remarkable beauty photos. Be sure to visit the farm and the Museum of pearl diving, because the second name of the island – "Pearl island". On the island there is a farm on cultivation of black pepper available to visiting tourists. One of the popular entertainment of tourists on the island is fishing. Moreover, you can not only catch fish but also to try yourself in the role of catcher squid, crabs and other sea creatures. Quite interesting to visit a factory for the production of fish sauce Nuoc Mam, if you are certainly not averse to unpleasant smells. There on the island and several historical attractions, but they are not numerous.
Another activity for which you go to island diving. This is one of the best places in Vietnam for diving and one of the cheapest places in the world. But not cheap in quality, namely the costs that you will incur. Rich underwater world with coral reefs, rare species of underwater flora and fauna along with the clear water make it ideal not only for diving but also for snorkeling. All conditions and for all other features: has a diving center, there is equipment rental, organized excursions to remote beaches and nearby Islands.
Well, in the evenings when you are tired during the day, you can dine in the many restaurants fresh and inexpensive seafood and mingle with other travelers.
What else is good, with the 2005 Fukuoka has a special visa regime, according to which to visit Phu Quoc for up to 15 days without a visa citizens of all countries. In this case, before the expiry of the passport should not be less than 45 days. Of course it works, if you arrive in transit through another airport of Vietnam without leaving the transit area, or if you arrive by boat from another country. If you decide to extend your stay or head to the mainland of Vietnam, you will have to apply for a visa, what can be done on the spot in the immigration office. The exceptions are citizens of Russia, who within 15 days can move freely throughout the territory of Vietnam.
Summing up overall, the island can be recommended for recreation and not for active travel or entertainment. Moreover, in the first place for a beach holiday, diving or snorkeling.
To visit Phu Quoc island can not only independently, but also by purchasing a package tour. Tours to Phu Quoc island with a stopover in Ho Chi Minh city are among the most popular tours from Russia to Vietnam and one of the first appeared on our market in Vietnam. Choose the tour you can visit tours to Phu Quoc island.
Well, if you have decided to visit the island on pages of our site you will find practical information for independent travelers: "how to get to Phu Quoc island and Islands transport", "hotels and beaches of Phu Quoc island", "Map Fukuoka", "Fukuoka Attractions".
Weather in Fukuoka, tourist seasons
Phu Quoc island is a tropical hot climate. Throughout the year it is warm (the average temperature is 27.7 C) and the tourist season here lasts all year round, however, it is customary to distinguish three seasons in a year, differing from other weather conditions:
High season. Lasts from November to March. This is the perfect time to visit the island, and so many tourists flock here during this season. The weather is most favorable: not too hot temperature and simultaneously low rainfall and little humidity. The flip side of this season is that prices for flights and hotels go up, it is often difficult to find a free hotel room at this time. Strongly recommended to book your hotel in Phu Quoc, this period in advance, it is better for a few months.
The hot season. Lasts from April to June. This time is quite good to visit in the surroundings, including a beach holiday, but very hot and frequent rains. What is good in the hot season a little lower prices on hotels. You can safely go in the period on Phu Quoc island, if another time does not work.
Wet season (rainy season). This season lasts from July to September, sometimes delayed until October. Despite the fact that at this time still warm, receiving massive amounts of rain. You should not go at this time on Phu Quoc island just for a beach holiday, as there is a big chance to get under the rains. Of course, the weather during this period is unpredictable and there is a chance that in a few days the sky is not a drop of rain, but the overall statistics of the rainfall shows the difference compared to the high season, dozens of times. Anyway, even in this season, many tourists visit Phu Quoc island, especially among locals, and leave here happy, especially given the fact that hotel prices during this time is minimal.
Seasons for Fukuoka by months*
*best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
Graph of weather in Fukuoka during the year:
The time in Fukuoka
In summer and in winter time in Fukuoka ahead of Moscow is +4 hours.
Currency exchange in Fukuoka. Fukuoka quite a lot of places to exchange currency (including in hotels), but most of them work illegally and offer the best rate. On the island there are banks where you can exchange money at favorable rates, and to withdraw money from plastic card. ATM is located at the Saigon Phu Quoc Resort (24 hours).
The tides on the island. The tides in Fukuoka appear quite small and will not affect your beach holiday.
Food in Fukuoka. Food in Fukuoka as in Vietnam, very cheap. As for the food at hotels in Fukuoka, it is submitted, high, modest Breakfast. The hotel you will be served and lunch and dinner for an additional fee, but the big fun you get. It is much better to eat in restaurants and cafes, in the street "cafes, restaurants" the Vietnamese, outside of the hotels. The prices are minimal. Dinner for two with drinks will cost $ 10. Are the kitchen Asian region. Large selection of fresh seafood. Some restaurants have menus in Russian.
Communication, Internet. Cheap fixed and mobile telephony and free Internet on the island is everywhere. Home can call from a landline (about 5 rubles a minute) or buy a local SIM card and make calls from your mobile at the same price.
Shopping. Count on the island for shopping, even to buy simple Souvenirs, not worth it. You can buy everything you need for living and recreation. To bring the island with local pearl farm, fish sauce local produce, crafts made from shells.
The fish sauce. Brand Phu Quoc fish sauce is considered one of the best in the world. However, it can not be exported from the island to comolete because it was banned due to the fact that the glass bottles with the sauce broke, and the cabin flew smell (and it is not pleasant). If you really want, you can try to move it, pour into a plastic bottle of soda. There is also unconfirmed information that Phu Quoc fish sauce you can buy at the airport of Ho Chi Minh city on arrival with the island.