Want to enjoy Phu Quoc after dark? Here are some ideas to create memories, and explore local life and culture once the sun has set.
Keen to explore Phu Quoc after a day at the beach, on the golf course, or exploring the island’s sights? While it isn’t buzzing like the nation’s main cities-it’s a chilled island, after all − when the sun sets and the island cools down, Phu Quoc offers enough to lure visitors out and about. Shoot the breeze over sundowners, sample local cuisine, enjoy live music or dancing, go on a romantic rooftop date, or experience some traditional Vietnamese culture.
Savor beach sunsets
Phu Quoc is known for its spectacular sunsets. Mission to catch sight of the setting sun daily, while sipping on something refreshing. For sundowners, there are many beaches, restaurants, lookout points, and bars to choose from. Postcard-perfect moments are guaranteed.
Keep things casual and pick a spot or lounger along Long Beach’s many public and private beaches. As day turns to night, squid boats near and far add that authentic, distinctive Vietnamese beauty to the scene. On some beaches, outdoor sculptures help you get that ideal sunset shot.
Or enjoy sundowners in comfort, cocktail in hand, at the beach bars around Duong Dong. Relax on a beanbag at one of the relaxed beachside establishments. Or stay cool beside alluring hotel pools at the swanky places like Le Bar at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc. For a lush and peaceful garden setting steps from the sea, Malabar at Cassia Cottage is an absolute gem.
Want to sit back, relax, and be entertained? Many of these beach bars put on impressive fire shows. Recline on a comfy beanbag, feet in the sand, while the performers mesmerize.
Sample the foodie fare
A highlight of visiting a new place is undoubtedly its food. On Phu Quoc, dining options suit a variety of tastes, budgets, and preferences. Serious gastronomes will appreciate the island’s fine-dining experiences. Many hotels serve gourmet meals right next to the sea. Or savor a beach BBQ at elegant tables set on the sand. Budget travelers can take their pick from cafes and street food stalls around the main town.
A culinary experience you can’t miss is the Dinh Cau Night Market. Come 5 pm every day, the streets near the Dinh Cau rock temple are blocked off and the area becomes a pedestrian-friendly food-lover’s heaven until midnight. More than half of the 100-odd stalls sell food and drinks, with authentic local dishes at reasonable prices. You’ll be easily tempted by the many seafood stands. Pick your delicacy, pull up a stool, and people-watch as you sip on a local beer. Before leaving, purchase one of the food-and-drink items the island’s famous for. Try the fermented fish sauce, black pepper, myrtle wine, cashew nuts, dried seaweed, or squid.
After, work off some calories with a stroll along the pier. You’ll see local families enjoying the cool of the evening, friendly teens playing Vietnam Hacky Sack, and tour-boat skippers stretching their legs after a day at sea.
Enjoy the island’s nightlife
Like listening to live music, cocktail in hand? You’ll be pleased to know that Phu Quoc is a musical island as it’s home to many musicians who entertain holiday-makers. Upmarket bands play at many of the luxury hotels’ bars. Enjoy their talents as resident mixologists prepare you something special to drink. There’s also regular live music at the local watering holes around central Duong Dong, which bring locals, travelers, and ex-pats together. Like belting out classic tunes yourself? Some of these establishments host regular karaoke nights − another fun way to make holiday memories.
Keen to boogie next to the ocean? Move your body to the DJ’s beats as the sea breeze cools you, at beach bars like the Sailing Club or Sunset Beach Bar & Restaurant. There’s comfy seating outside, for a snack and fresh sea air after dancing. At certain times of the year, electronic music acts and DJs from across the country (and beyond) host parties on the island. Keep an eye on local events calendars.
Couples will enjoy the swoon-worthy views from the island’s rooftop restaurants or cocktail lounges. Check out the international hotels in the central part of the island. For cocktails or a nightcap, INK 360 at the Intercontinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort is one to remember. The elegant, octopus-themed setting offers many backdrops for snapping a couple of selfies.
Experience the local culture
When the sun sets and the squid-boat lights sparkle across the sea, Phu Quoc offers some authentic experiences that get you acquainted with the local culture.
To learn what happens on those boats glittering along the horizon, book a night squid fishing tour. Fishers teach you how to catch the squid, which you get to eat after. Delicious!
Culture buffs shouldn’t miss the chance to see a traditional water puppet show. Vietnamese water puppetry dates back to the 11th century in the North. After the harvest, rice paddies were used for puppet shows depicting ancient tales. Watch as small wooden figurines are seamlessly maneuvered by puppeteers standing waist-deep in water, hidden from view. The Phu Quoc Theatre is the only space showcasing this ethnic art form on the island. Enjoy stories, music and humor passed down for generations. You’ll be doing your part to preserve this ancient practice.