I must admit I knew little to very little about Phu Quoc in Vietnam prior to this interview with Melissa from Thrifty Family Travels, so many thanks to her for sharing her insights into this beautiful island.
Just a little background info before we begin….Phu Quoc is located in the Gulf of Thailand and is the largest island in Vietnam, boasting a population just over 100,000, this 222 square foot island has an economy made up mostly of fishing, agriculture, and ever-increasing tourism.
Melissa and her family recently holidayed in Pho Quoc and immediately fell in love, mostly because it is so underdeveloped and has a great laid-back vibe. Her favorite memory is relaxing on the beach with a cocktail while her daughter happily played in the calm, shallow water.
In fact, Melissa shares that this is an island for pure relaxation, so sitting on the beach and taking in the gorgeous water is a perfect activity, especially since there isn’t much else to do. She recommends eating at Rory’s at Long Beach, which is a cool old-timber pub/restaurant on the beach. There are beautiful colored lanterns at night and bean bags on the sand. It is has a “great chilled out vibe” and is also incredibly family friendly. Melissa was surprised most with how beautiful the island is, especially coming from Australia where they are spoiled with beautiful beaches.
As far as travel advice goes, Melissa would recommend staying 3+ days, but ideally 7 days. She suggests staying in a bungalow on Long Beach. You can fly or catch the ferry but with the pricing of the flights, she recommends just doing that and getting there quicker. While on the island, if you are up for it, hire a motorbike and explore the other beaches and villages; or just grab a cab.
Has Melissa peaked your interest? She certainly has mine. For more on this stunning island, check out her latests post: http://thriftyfamilytravels.
She also has this post for more info on Vietnam travel: http://thriftyfamilytravels.com/vietnam-itinerary/
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