All about the secret paradise island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc - an unassuming Vietnamese island sitting pretty just off the coast of Cambodia - is one of south-east Asia's best-kept secrets.

  24/04/2019 14:06
Phu Quoc island is just 45 kilometers off the coast of Ha Tien province. It boasts one of the most beautiful beaches of the world, together with the best seafood in Vietnam. 

Covered by a vast mountainous landscape, dense rain forests and a population of more than 100,000 people in a huge area, it is worthwhile to stop by for a couple of days to explore. However, the weather can always affect your vacation in Vietnam and therefore having knowledge of the best season to visit Phu Quoc will surely help you get the most out of this pristine island.

The Seasonal Diversity of Phu Quoc Island

Unlike the seasons of other destinations in Vietnam, which are commonly split into the dry and the rainy seasons, Phu Quoc tropical climate is divided into three seasons, reflecting its volume of visitors as well. Therefore, I will call these seasons as high, shoulder and low season so you can easily distinguish between the three. When packing, clothing options do not really matter since it is hot all year round.

High Season – November to March

Most travelers will choose this period for a trip to Phu Quoc. Why is that? The weather is extremely pleasant for a tropical getaway with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius throughout the day, with shining sun and crystal-clear sky. This season is so perfect that most people will visit during this time, the only downside to the season.

The number of tourists is at its peak during this time, which is also known as the jolly and merry season because it falls in the winter and spring holidays of the West. This means that accommodation rates and the prices of your dinner will also be at its peak. I advise you to arrange reservations in advance for every service, since hotels and restaurants will be fully booked. It is also not an exaggeration to say that the foreign travelers outnumber the local population.

On the other hand, if you are into cultural spotlights, this is the perfect season to go as the locals are celebrating the Lunar New Year (Tet – usually in February but preparations are made even months before). It is ideal because everywhere else in the country closes down for the holidays but most of the establishments on Phu Quoc are operating at full speed, and you get to witness and enjoy the festive culture of Vietnam as well.  This season is easily the most accessible to groups and families.

Shoulder Season – April to June

These are the sweatiest months of the island, literally. Chances of good weather are fifty-fifty, between a perfect sunny day and sudden downpour, but it won’t affect your trip that much. The humidity level is around 80 to 85 percent and everybody is sweating because it feels like a sauna. The tourist population starts to decline.

In April and May, the temperature is at its peak and there is a low chance of rainfall. You will surely get a bad sunburn and become dehydrated if you’re not prepared properly. And under those beautiful pristine beaches are floating flocks of stinging jellyfish. They surround the whole island, everywhere. Therefore, activities will be mostly on the island rather than in the water- but there is still a lot to do!

June is considered the worst month if you are looking for a relaxing Phu Quoc atmosphere. Vietnamese tourists will start to invade the island in waves. Crowded beaches, fully booked hotels and restaurants for the travel agencies, lines of honking buses and vans, why bother to add to the noise?

Low Season – July to September

It’s raining cats and dogs, and the Vietnamese! It is raining everywhere. But even the heavy rain can’t stop the Vietnamese tourists from having a hard-earned precious summer holiday. And the mixture of these two are the worst in July.

At the end of the summer, in August and September, the crowds have pretty much left Phu Quoc. But the rain still stays, and it stays for a whole day, every day. Everything is either offered at a discount of at least 40 percent or closing down for renovation and maintenance. The only attractions during these months are the streams, the waterfalls, the food, and the spas.

If you’re a person that enjoys a peaceful atmosphere and the patter of rain, then this season may be for you. And not to mention the freshest smell from Earth, coming from the cleansing jungle rains! Take a mindful trip to one of the most pristine natural spots of the planet, here in Phu Quoc. There are lush green forests with running streams, hidden waterfalls, and lakes all included in the mysterious national park. What could be more suitable for a such great experience for meditation and calming your soul?

Honestly, just forget about the beach and enjoy the rain.

The Sneaky Best Months to Visit Phu Quoc – October and Early November

Just like the calm between the storms, these months feature the most desirable setting for the best Phu Quoc trip. Rains have faded away and the tourists have yet to come. Every beachfront is calm and relaxing without a lot of people.

Prices are also at their best value, and tourism facilities start to operate again. You could be among the first guests and enjoy the best that is offered! The island is blooming and saves all the best only for you. Activities are fully available and fun because you don’t have to wait in line. Phu Quoc becomes a heaven to those water-sport lovers during these months.

No doubt this is the best of the best time to get a flight to Phu Quoc, especially if you are planning a romantic and singular honeymoon.

Here are the beaches to check out on Phu Quoc.

Sao Beach

Sao Beach is nestled into an alcove on the eastern side of the southern tip, a short drive from the French colonial prison that’s now a spooky museum. This beach is busy during the tourism season because it’s an oasis, but, even with the crowds, you’ll still love the stunning views.

Ganh Dau Beach

At the north-west corner of the island, within sight of the Cambodian mainland, this length of beach is a favorite of many regulars to the island. It’s moderately developed with bungalow-style resorts, but there are still places where you can enjoy some alone time for a while.

Bai Dai Beach

This beach is home to several luxury resorts, along with the Phu Quoc Casino and a 27-hole golf course. For snorkelers, Turtle Island is a short boat ride away.

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