If you have the chance to have a long week of holiday, and are looking for something to do, somewhere to go, here is an idea! 3 days in Phu Quoc and 2 days in Chau Doc by flight, boat and bus. Get ready for a combination of little of adventure and relaxation.
A SUM UP OF THE IDEA:
- Get a ticket flight from Saigon to Phu Quoc
- Explore the island and stay 2 nights
- Hop on the boat to Ha Tien
- Get on the bus to get to Victoria Nui Sam Lodge in Chau Doc
- Relax at the infinity pool and go around Chau Doc
- Get back to HCMC by bus.
HOW TO GET TO PHU QUOC:
You can get a cheap flight ticket to Phu Quoc if you book on Vietjetair. Depending on the season, last minute or not, you get your ticket more less than a million Vietnam dong. It is only 1H flight to get to Phu Quoc island.
The island has drastically changed since few years. More and more resorts are opening, the landscape of greenery and forest is slowly backing off to leave room to attraction and hotels. But there is still lots of places to discover and explore.
WHERE TO STAY:
You can stay at Lahana hotel, the location is great, only 15 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from the night market. It is very convenient. Another option is Mango Bay but it is pretty far from the city center and the airport. The place is a piece of heaven with a private beach and has one of the best restaurant on the island.
Lahana does not have a direct access to the beach, but the place is perched on the hill and surrounding by greenery, trees and small ponds with big goldfish. There is an infinity pool next to the restaurant, you can overlook the sea while having breakfast/lunch/diner or taking a sunbath. The room is large and super comfy. it is a great value for money
EXPLORE PHU QUOC ISLAND DAY1: HALF DAY
From any hotel, you can rend motorbikes, it is super easy. It costs 150,000 VND per day. You can go to the famous Sao Beach in the southeast of Phu Quoc or choose to go on a hidden beach where there is nobody.
For the latter, head to Green Bay Phu Quoc Island Resort & Spa, and then go on until the end of the road, it will take you roughly 40 minutes to reach the beach. You can park your bike for free or give a tips to the guard looking after. Then you can walk along the beach, and do snorkelling. From there, you can admire the sunset, it is pretty cool and peaceful.
Check out the screenshot of the map attached.
For this beach, it is better to stay 2-3 hours only, because there is no way to get drinks or food. So better to get there after lunch.
DINNER AT THE LOCAL RESTAURANT AND EXPLORE THE NIGHT MARKET:
Don’t eat at the night market, better to check out local restaurants around. There is plenty of choices: Banh Canh Cá, Bun Gá etc. The night market will be good if you want to get a coconut ice cream for instance, and do some souvenir shopping.
WHERE TO HAVE A SUNSET DRINK:
As it is quite far from the city center, unless you stay at Mango Bay, it is better to have a sunset drink at Phu Quoc Eco Lodge right after the half-day beach that we mentioned above. It is literally on the way back to the hotel, so it is a perfect plan!
It is a very unique place alongside a lagoon, and it is very peaceful. The place is surrounding by greenery and trees, a real piece of heaven. You can enjoy drinks on the deck, it is pretty cool! The juices are around 40,000 VND.
You can stay over for the night for roughly 900,000 VND.
EXPLORE THE ISLAND DAY 2: ALL DAY
You can still go and check Sao Beach, but the idea it is to avoid the crowd. For that, ride your motorbike for around an hour, to the north of the island, to get to Ganh Dau beach or the starfish beach.
Before you get to Ganh Dau beach which is on the right, get out the floating fishing village on the left. See the screenshot attached.
Then head to the starfish beach, it is a white sand beach with cristal clear water. A real paradise with not a lot of people.
On the beach, you can rent a deckchair for 50,000 VND a day only. You can order drinks at the beach bar as well, a bottle of water is 10,000 VND.
Then for lunch, head to the floating seafood restaurant, and get fresh seafood.
WHERE TO EAT IN PHU QUOC:
The Spice House: The restaurant is located at inside the Cassia Cottage resort, few minutes only from Lahana resort. The menu offers local and international dishes. The food is amazing, prices are reasonable and the service is excellent. The decoration and the ambiance is also fantastic.
Sailing Club: Located next to Intercontinental Phu Quoc, this place is just AMAZING. The interior design and the decoration is above and beyond expectation, with an open kitchen. Sailing club is a restaurant chain with high standards, therefore no disappointment regarding this place. The food is excellent, as well as the cocktails; the service is perfect. With a dance-floor and great music, it promises to be the place where to have fun at night. During daytime, if you dont have a swimming pool at your hotel, you can enjoy the swimming pool at Sailing club, and its facilities, if you spend at least 500,000 VND per person on food and beverage, with an extra cost of 100,000 VND.
Mango Bay: One of the most famous place on the island to have food and drinks. Many outside guests come to enjoy the view and the service. It is totally a must-try place if you spend time on Phu Quoc island. Probably the best place in term of location as it is facing the sea. You have indoor and outdoor. Needless to sat that the food and service is wonderful, this is perfect for a romantic dinner.
HOW TO GET TO CHAU DOC FROM PHU QUOC:
It is super easy and will take you 4-5 hours. You will need to get to N.10, 30 thang 4 street to get your ticket for the Superdong which is the boat that goes from Phu Quoc to Ha Tien or Rach Gia. The ticket is 230,000 VND and there are 3 departures per day. You should book the one at 9.45AM to be sure to get to Chau Doc early in the afternoon. You can also book the shuttle bus that costs 30,000 VND, it will drive you to the port. The bus leaves at 8.50AM and you will arrive at 9.30AM at the port. The bus as well as the boat are pretty modern and comfy. It takes 1h30 to get to Ha Tien.
From Ha Tien, take a Xe Om for 20,000 VND to drive you to the bus station. From the bus station, book a bus to go to Chau Doc bus station, it should take you 2H-2H30 to get to Chau Doc, and cost you around 70,000 VND. From Chau Doc bus station, take a Xe Om for 100,000 VND or 150,000 VND for a taxi, to reach Victoria Nui Sam Lodge.
2 DAYS & 2 NIGHTS OF RELATION AT VICTORIA NUI SAM LODGE:
There is not much things to do at the hotel apart from chilling at the pool, and admire the landscape of rice-fields. With the infinity pool, the view is breathless. You can book tours from the hotel to go and see around, there are few activities like the visit of pagodas, and going up to the mountains.
HOW TO GET BACK TO SAIGON:
Simply ask the hotel, they will book for you. The ticket to go to Saigon is 155,000 VND and takes 6 hours with all stops. You will hop off at the bus station in D5. To take the bus, take a taxi to the bus station, it will cost you 150,000 VND.