Here are 20 things that any visitor may wish to experience when they come to Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang Province:
Visit Ham Ninh fishing village:
Coi Nguon Museums:
Located on a small hill on Tran Hung Dao Street in Duong Dong Town, the museum was established in 2009 by Huynh Phuoc Hue, who has spent over 15 years collecting thousands of antiques and artifacts. There are 2,645 antiques made from stone, pottery, bronze and fossilized wood dated from the 15th century to the early 20th century, and 540 artifacts consisting of furniture, artworks and fishing tool and household appliances. There are also around 100 traditional paintings. Tourists can discover Phu Quoc’s natural conditions, an overview of the museum, and battles to protect the island on the ground and first floors respectively. The second floor exhibits antique collections, while the third floor displays the model of a wreck and numerous antique fish from sunken vessels discovered on the eastern side of the island. Images of local peoples’ daily lives are on display at the fourth floor. The rooftop has a panoramic view of Duong Dong Town, a pearl blue sea and an immense forest.
If you tire of walking, you can go to souvenir shops on the ground floor selling jewelry made from pearl, fossilized wood and shells and craft products made from lua wood. Or you can climb the hill to see a very interesting place – a sea eagle reserve in which you can admire numerous beautiful white and black birds standing inside a giant iron cage raising their strong voices or spreading their wide wings to fly around the cage.
Tourists can also escape the sunlight and heat under the shades of many romantic tree houses along the path leading to the sea eagle reserve. Coi Nguon Museum is located at 149 Tran Hung Dao Street, Quarter 7, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province.
Learn about Phu Quoc Prison:
Phu Quoc Prison was built in 1949-1950 by the French colonists to jail those considered especially dangerous to the colonist government. Many of the high ranking leaders of Vietnam were detained here in their earlier days. It is ranked as a special historical relic of national importance by the government of Vietnam. The most famous site in this prison is the “tiger cage”. The prison covers an area of 40,000 square metres. It was closed after the country united and opened for visitors later.
Nguyen Trung Truc Temple:
The temple was built as a dedication to the local hero Nguyen Trung Truc, after he was executed. Later, it was rebuilt spaciously. Each year, on the anniversary of his death, many tourists attend a festival here and burn incense to pray for Nguyen Trung Truc.
Buy Phu Quoc fish sauce:
There are over 100 fish sauce producers in Phu Quoc. Phu Quoc fish sauce is renowned for its traditional flavor that has been maintained for 100 years. You can buy fish sauce as gifts.
Ho Quoc Temple:
This temple was recently inaugurated near the town of An Thoi, with a good view down to the beach.
Go to Phu Quoc Market:
The market is bustling from early morning with all kinds of boats providing fruit and seafood. The everyday life of ordinary people on the island can be seen from this market.
In the harvest season in June and July, gardens along the road to the town of Duong Dong are dyed in the red color of rambutan. You can drop in at a garden and pick fresh fruit yourself. Be careful with the black ants on the trees.
Phu Quoc pepper is very famous for its pungent aromatic taste. After visiting a pepper garden, you can buy some dry pepper as gifts for your friends and families.
Enjoy seafood at Dinh Cau Night Market:
The market opens daily from 18h to 23h in Duong Dong town, where you can freely select and taste the delicacies that are not to be missed, such as lobster, herring salad and snails.
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