Location: Phu Quoc Island lies in the Gulf of
Thailand, Kien Giang Province, 45 km from Ha Tien and 15 km south of the coast
Characteristics: Phu Quoc, the largest island in
Vietnam, is also part of an archipelago consisting of 22 islands and islets. The
island covers an area of 585km2 and is 50km long.
Phu Quoc Island covers an area of 567sq.km
(about 62km long and between 3km and 28km wide), and its population is
approximately 95,000 (in 2005).
Phu Quoc is called the island of "99 mountains"
because of its many sandstone chains gradually descending from the north to the
south. The longest one is Ham Ninh which stretches for 30 km along the eastern
edge with its highest peak called Mt. Chua (603m).
Phu Quoc has a monsoon sub-equatorial climate.
There are two seasons in the year: the rainy season (October only) and the dry
season (November to September). The average annual rainfall is 2,879 m and the
average temperature is 27oC. Trips to Phu Quoc can be made all year round, but
the best time is dry season when the sky is always sunny, clear and blue.
Phu Quoc is also called the Emerald Island
because of its natural treasures and infinite tourism potential. The island is
well known for its high-quality fish sauce; Phu Quoc fish sauce smells
particularly good since it is made from a small fish, ca com, with a high level
of protein. The island produces 6 million liters of fish sauce every year.
Phu Quoc Island has many harbors such as An Thoi
and Hon Thom where international and domestic ships anchor. Also, there are
several historical sites on the island: National Hero Nguyen Trung Truc's
military base, King Gia Long relics from the time he spent on the island, and
Phu Quoc prison.
Off the coast of the island emerges a group of 105 islands of all sizes. Some of
them are densely inhabited such as Hon Tre and Kien Hai, 25km from Rach Gia.
Visitors can spend time on the beach or hike while observing the wild animals.
It is possible to reach the island by either
plane or boat from Rach Gia, Ho Chi Minh City (40minutes, by plane), Ha Tien (8
hours, by boat).