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Phu Quoc Island attractions

Duong Dong Market
Not only limited to its stunning beaches, Phu Quoc Island attractions also extends to Buddhist shrines, historical sites and fishing villages that have stayed the test of time. In spite of the rise of high-end beach resorts, international dining venues and modern facilities, during their holiday, travelers can still enjoy plenty of sightseeing chances. Pelican cruise halong

Suoi Tranh Waterfall

Suoi Tranh Waterfall

Suoi Tranh Waterfall- source: internet

A 10-minute drive from Duong Dong, Suoi Tranh Waterfall is a natural four-meter-tall waterfall attraction within the Ham Ninh Mountains that is surrounded by rock pools and lush greenery, natural caves ideal for those who are looking for an escape from the bustling town center. Here, nature-lovers can take part in some recreational activities such as bird-watching, camping and picnicking or a leisurely hike through the jungle on small walking paths available. Various flora and fauna such as mushrooms, ginseng, orchids, birds and shrimps can be found here.

Adventure-lovers can hike farther up from the main waterfall site and then follow the 15-kilometer stream to reach 200-meter-high Hang Doi (Grotto of Bats), which houses impressive unique stalactites. Located near Ham Ninh Fishing Village, Suoi Tranh Waterfall is also where you can know more about the daily life of the local fishermen and enjoy awesome authentic regional specialities. Like most waterfalls, during the rainy season (May until September) is the best time to visit Suoi Tranh. Parking is available at an additional VND 10,000 while entrance is priced at VND 5,000. You can read more: Indochina Sails cruise halong

It is highly recommended to head there early to get the best picnicking spot as during weekends and national holidays, Suoi Tranh Waterfall is usually packed with locals, due to its close proximity to the main town.

Dinh Cau Rock

Dinh Cau Rock

Dinh Cau Rock- source: internet

Also known as Cau Temple, the odd-shaped natural formation in Phu Quoc Island, Dinh Cau Rock is where local fishermen pray before they embark on fishing excursions. Situated just next to the Duong Dong Fishing Harbor, this rock features a Buddhist shrine and brightly-colored lighthouse, making it a favorite photography spot among travelers. Dinh Cau Rock was built in 1937 to commemorate Thien Hau (the sea goddess), whom is believed to provide protection for fishermen who head out to the open sea. You will pass 29 winding stone steps to reach Cau Temple’s rooftop terrace, where you will be greeted with magnificent sunset views of Duong Dong Town, traditional fishing boats, Dinh Cau Beach together with neighboring islets.

 Dinh Cau Rock is open for visitors

Dinh Cau Rock is open for visitors- source: internet

Apart from annual festivities such as Dinh Cau Festival (from 15th to 16th October) and Tet festival, when locals visit to offer prayers, show their respect to Thien Hau and burn joss sticks at Thien Hau’s altar, the temple is relatively quiet throughout the year. At the base of Dinh Cau Rock, there are plenty of food and beverage stands, Dinh Cau Night Market is a just five-minute walk away if you are craving fresh seafood after your visit. Dinh Cau Rock is open for visitors, however, they are advised to appropriately dress out of respect for the Phu Quoc locals who frequent this temple.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00AM to 06:00PM
  • Address: Bach Dang Street, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong Market

Duong Dong Market

Duong Dong Market-source: internet

If you want to experience the local lifestyle and buy a wide range of fresh produce during your holiday, it is a must to visit Duong Dong Market – Phu Quoc Island’s busiest and largest outdoor market. Set along Tran Phu Street, Duong Dong Market has a wet zone that is not far from Duong Dong Port, where you can observe throngs of fishing boats drop off newly-caught seafood such as shellfish, barracuda, mackerel, eel and squid, to be sold by local vendors. Phu Quoc Island is also famous for its fish sauce, cashew nuts, peppers and mushrooms. It is highly recommended to make your way to the dry section to pick up home some as souvenirs for loved ones. Thanks to its growing popularity among travelers, there is also a few stalls selling T-shirts and handicrafts, however, most of which carry the same stock.

Seafood at Duong Dong Market

Seafood at Duong Dong Market- source: internet

Like most markets in Asia, Duong Dong Market also features a number of food stalls serving Vietnamese cuisine and fruit juices at relatively reasonable prices. Must-tries are raw herring salad, echinus porridge and banh tet (Vietnamese Cylindrical Sticky Rice Cake). The early morning, when you can watch the locals bargaining hard for household items, meats, dried and fresh seafood, sweets and fruit from mainland Vietnam, is the best time to visit.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 – 09:00PM
  • Address: Tran Phu Street, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

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