When to visit Phu Quoc?

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Resort in Phu Quoc
Resort in Phu Quoc

High Season: The island Phu Quoc monsoonal sub-equatorial climate is at its best in the November to March period. Sunny skies and consistent temperatures of 25 – 28 Celsius make it a good time to be here. On the down side, prices are high and the island becomes more congested. You won’t be alone in finding your way to Sao Beach and many of the most popular hotels and resorts are heavily booked long in advance. Flights can also be a real problem.

Shoulder Season: May – June and Sept – Oct can be good with less crowding, cheaper prices and reasonable odds of good weather. April and May are the hottest months with temperatures reaching 35 degrees, worth paying for air conditioning at this time of year. June and late Sept can be good depending on luck with rain. In October many resorts schedule annual maintenance so check before you book.

Khem Beach, Phu Quoc
Khem Beach, Phu Quoc

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Low Season: July and August is the time to avoid for most. Monsoon seasons can be very wet and wild. Under prolonged deluges the red dirt roads turn to slippery sludge and roads become impassable. You may get lucky with some sun and prices are generally more competitive.

Getting to Phu Quoc

Traveling to Phu Quoc by boat, ferry, hydrofoil and cruise liner is becoming a popular option as the number of tourists visiting the island increases each year. Services generally take around 2:30 hours from Rach Gia and 1:15 hours from Ha Tien, with most vessels docking at An Thoi Port where Minibus and motorbike taxi connections are available.

Vietnam Airlines fly turbo prop ATR72 aircraft to the island. If you plan on visiting during the months of January or February and weekends or public holidays, it is worthwhile booking early as seats can sell out far in advance.

Phu Quoc airport
Phu Quoc airport

An international airport on Phu Quoc is currently in the initial stages of development, with a planned completion in 2010 and an investment of approximately US$180million. This airport will be built in Duong To Commune which is approximately 10kms southeast of Duong Dong Town, and will cover an area of 800 hectares with the capability to handle large commercial jet aircraft such as Boeing 767s and Airbus A320 and A321. The new airport is forecast to receive around 2.5 million passengers annually by the year 2020.