Those who love hanging out with fellow beach bums and being steps from food and drink options, Long Beach is the ticket. Ong Lang Beach has several upscale au naturel options and the location is a good compromise for those who want to feel worlds away while still being able to pop into town. One beach up from Ong Lang, intimate Vung Bau Beach offers peace and quiet. Over on the east coast, stay on Sao Beach, often considered the island's best. Cay Sao Beach is a true getaway - what Phu Quoc was like a decade ago. Jungle and plantations fill the heart of the island and a stay here is ideal for those fond of a rural experience.
With so many places to stay on Phu Quoc Island, trying to pick the right place for you can be a little overwhelming. With that in mind, here is a primer with some of our favourite spots.
As more and more same-same bricks and mortar accommodation continue to spring up all around Phu Quoc, it means travellers have to dig that much harder (and dig further into their pocketbooks) to find a good quality, good value place to stay. We personally checked out more than 50 hotels and resorts in search of that something special – special in a good way, not special in a screaming... Read our full review of Great places to stay on Phu Quoc Island.
The vast bulk of hotels on Phu Quoc (and the vast bulk of construction sites) is on Bai Truong, also known as Long Beach, a 20-plus kilometre stretch of yellow sand that runs down the central west coast of the island. In wet season the seas here are rough and not great for swimming, but in dry season, it's a placid pool with the gentle lapping of waves lulling you to sleep. It’s the liveliest beach of the island, the entire length offering beachfront accommodation and places to play, laze and eat with your feet in the sand.
On Long Beach you’ll find everything from budget dorms to posh hotels, though expect to pay mid- to top-range prices for beachfront accommodation. The northern part of the beach, which is closest to Duong Dong town, has the highest concentration of places to stay. Tran Hung Dao is the main road that runs north-south parallel to the beach. Duong Dong town itself is rather charmless but the truly frugal who are in need of a private room can shop around town for a local guesthouse (nha nghi).
Further south are some more affordable options and a little more breathing room between properties – for now. Construction of familiar international hotel brands is now underway.
The best hotel of Long Beach isn’t even directly on Long Beach. Opened in 2014, Daisy Resort is visionary in design and style: bungalows are built into the hillside so that all can have a panoramic view of the treetops and the lush greenery that envelops the resort. The grounds, layout, pool and bungalows are all remarkably well done. Natural materials such as exposed stone, terracotta floors... Read our full review of Daisy Resort.
Ngoc Viet Bungalow looks like a carbon copy of its neighbour Huynh Gia, right down to the three clocks at reception delivering Hanoi, London and New York time. Same-same aside, this family-owned hotel offers fantastic comfort and value. It was clearly brand new when we stayed in December 2015 and it has more poise and polish than the average bungalow. All bungalows face a leafy central pathway.... Read our full review of Ngoc Viet Bungalow.
Walk down the leafy pathway into the reception of Cassia Cottage and you’re instantly hit with warm service and a pleasant aroma of spice, which sets the tone of this enchanting tropical oasis. Whether it is a garden or sea view room, interiors are imbued with the lightness of laidback tropical seaside living, a palette of neutral tones accented with a tasteful mix of earthy warm hues and cool... Read our full review of Cassia Cottage.
Located right on the main road Tran Hung Dao -- which unfortunately was undergoing a major, messy road widening when we visited in December 2015 -- Dong Xuan Hong is an excellent pick for flashpackers. To get to the beach, simply walk across the road through Moon Resort and you’ll be deposited in the happening section of Long Beach. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants within walking... Read our full review of Dong Xuan Hong Guesthouse.
Located on the main road Tran Hung Dao, just across the street from an access point to the northern terminus of Long Beach, Hiep Thoai Hotel is an excellent guesthouse-sized hotel. Rooms are bright, clean and tidy, filled with functional solid wood furniture including a desk/vanity, wardrobe and mini fridge. The addition of a wall mounted flatscreen TV and bedside table is a pleasant flashpacker... Read our full review of Hiep Thoai Hotel.
Opened in 2015, Huynh Gia is tapping into the self-catering market, which is all the rage in other Vietnam beach destinations but hasn’t yet appeared on Phu Quoc. Three of their bungalows are equipped with a kitchenette with gas cooker, all the kitchen and dinnerware you could possibly need, as well as a washing machine. While you can stay for as little as one night, it certainly makes life... Read our full review of Huynh Gia Bungalow.
Drenched in sunny yellow and white hues, La Veranda Resort radiates French colonial style with a hint of old Caribbean. Located at the epicentre of Long Beach, you will either see this prime location as a gift or a curse. The section of sand the resort lays claim to is surprisingly small. A private retreat this is not, and you’ll have the masses walking past your sunbed and your dinner table.... Read our full review of La Veranda.
You’d think that a dorm resembling an enormous storage shed (concrete walls, high corrugated metal ceiling) would be soulless, but there’s a surprising amount of spunk and charm in those on offer at Lanchia. The concrete walls are a canvas for colourful guest scribbles and a stripped down tree in the middle doubles as a communal clothes rack. One dorm has 20 beds, the other 10 and both... Read our full review of Langchia Village.
If clean, comfortable and character is more important to you than location, then Lien Tho Guesthouse is a great place to stay. To be clear, this guesthouse is located in town, on a quiet local road, but they’ve made the best of it – it really is a charming, cute little enclave with all doors facing a central garden walkway. Brightly lit rooms are on the small side but stocked with useful... Read our full review of Lien Tho Guesthouse.
Mai House has 30 lovely white stucco and thatched-roof bungalows on an expansive lawn rambling down to Long Beach, set with plenty of breathing room in between each. Rooms are understated and tastefully decorated, with bamboo blinds, terracotta tiled floors and Vietnamese comforters on four-poster beds draped in a mosquito net. There are tasteful details and more atmosphere here that most new Phu... Read our full review of Mai House.
Located on Long Beach close to the distinctive finger of boulders jutting out into the water, Nhat Lhan is a welcoming spot for budget conscious travellers – beachfront accommodation for a backpacker is certainly within reach here. Renovated in 2012, there are two tight rows of bungalows set on either side of a tropical garden of coconut palms and bird of paradise flowers. Bungalows have... Read our full review of Nhat Lhan.
Follow the trickle of people down Lane 118 through Long Beach village and you’ll eventually hit Phuong Binh House, their bungalows and restaurant in the epicentre of Long Beach action, where most visitors seem to gather. A tight, neat row of 20 brick bungalows runs up from the beach and they offer guests simple, clean rooms with a front terrace. The most expensive are the two bungalows directly... Read our full review of Phuong Binh House.
Located in small tourist hub sometimes referred to as Long Beach village, Sunshine Bungalows hits the right notes with their neat, tidy and clean rooms just a two-minute walk to the most popular section of Long Beach – follow the road and you’ll find yourself right at Phuong Binh House restaurant and Rory’s Bar. A cheerful and very sweet family own this hotel – they speak some English and... Read our full review of Sunshine Bungalows.
This is one of our top picks for accommodation right on Long Beach. Set in a veritable maze of tropical gardens, Thanh Kieu Beach Resort’s brick bungalows are simple yet elegant and have charming natural touches like bamboo furniture and an open-air bathroom with stone shower and its own walled garden. If you love that detail about the open-air bathroom, then read on. Rooms have terracotta... Read our full review of Thanh Kieu Beach Resort.
This local modern guesthouse is located in town close to the Superdong Ferry booking office and the nightmarket. Similar to our advice for Lien Tho Guesthouse, another Duong Dong town accommodation option, if clean and inexpensive is more important than location, then Ngoc Tuyet is a decent place to stay and a base for island explorations rather than a dream beachfront vacation. Ngoc Tuet... Read our full review of Ngoc Tuyet Guesthouse.
Located right on the main road, Phu Quoc An Guesthouse offers large, bright, clean rooms with private bathrooms. The tile floors sparkle and though there are only a few pieces of furniture, everything is kept orderly and tidy. Budget travellers can look forward to WiFi, air-con or fan and new-ish hot water bathroom. The room we saw even had a foot rinse area, handy since you are walking distance... Read our full review of Phu Quoc An Guesthouse.
It’s increasingly difficult to find budget accommodation on Long Beach – but it’s not impossible. Viet Thanh Resort has two small bungalows, rooms 21 and 22, which directly abut the beach, have a fantastic view and are 10 steps from the water. For some reason this is considered a cheaper category than the “beach” rooms to the side, which are ridiculously overpriced during high season.... Read our full review of Viet Thanh Resort.
What we appreciate about beachfront Lien Hiep Thanh is that there is something for every budget, including backpackers who may want to consider stretching their wallet for the convenience of staying right on Long Beach and in the section with many of the eateries. Lien Hiep Thanh’s bricks and mortar bungalows are staggered down a stepped terrace running down to the beach. More effort has... Read our full review of Lien Hiep Thanh.
Located on the other side of Tran Hung Dao and surrounded by some greenery, this chilled out hostel offers both fan and air-con dorm rooms for the same price. The dorms are extremely small and cramped, but this place is more about spending time outside chewing the fat with other backpackers or strumming a guitar than finding much comfort and refuge inside, though at least you do get a lockable... Read our full review of Mushrooms Backpackers Hostel.
Orange Resort caters more to Vietnamese tourists than foreigners. You may be willing to overlook the stiff management and lacklustre service once you learn this resort has beachfront bungalows with large sliding glass doors that will literally have you tumbling out of bed and into the ocean. The other star is the enormous pool at the centre with views to the sea. Rooms have been refurbished... Read our full review of Orange Resort.
Sunny Resort is neither sunny nor a resort. What it is: cheap dorm and private rooms will appeal to backpackers on a tight budget who don’t mind a basic and charmless offering. Rooms are function over fashion but they are clean and have a surprising number of extras such as solid wood table and chairs, a mini fridge, free bottled water, air-con, WiFi, a solid wood bed frame with rock hard... Read our full review of Sunny Resort.
If your beach holiday dream involves rickety thatch bungalows and grumpy, surly staff, Moon Resort is the ticket. Though new brick bungalows are sprouting up all over Long Beach, Moon has eschewed solid walls for a rustic, earthy feel though the bungalows, which are dotted throughout the jungley property, have been upgraded with a solid concrete base. Backpackers can now look forward to comforts... Read our full review of Moon Resort.
Ong Lang Beach is a quiet sweeping bay located on the western coast just seven kilometres north of Duong Dong town. While the beach isn't as beautiful as Bai Sao, this is a good compromise for those who want to feel worlds away while still being able to pop into town. Ong Lang attracts long-stay guests and it's easy to see why: there are standout properties on offer including favourite Mango Bay Resort.
One of the first properties to realise the potential in Phu Quoc’s wilderness, Mango Bay is a sensational resort that harmoniously balances nature with the finery and comfort luxury travellers expect. With over a decade under their belt, Mango Bay Resort’s reputation as an intimate haven is well deserved. Everything has been thought of and it has all been done remarkably well. Beach bar... Read our full review of Mango Bay Resort.
Surrounded by greenery, Aroma Spa & Bungalow is a pleasant hideaway with more frills than your typical guesthouse. The emphasis here is tropical greenery, less about beach – though Ong Lang is only about a 10- to 15-minute walk away. Modern bungalows all face inwards to a single gardened pathway. The front of each bungalow has a sliding glass door and terrace with reclining chair, the lush... Read our full review of Aroma Spa & Bungalows.
“A passionate love story with Nature” is stamped on Bo Resort’s business card and it’s exactly right. The grounds have been kept as natural as possible, and guests can have a rustic romance with one of the 20 inviting and creatively decorated wooden bungalows that dot the jungle shrouded hillside which slopes steeply down to Ong Lang Beach. Rooms have an air of the bohemian, with... Read our full review of Bo Resort.
As Long Beach begins to get more and more crowded with people and development, it’s only a matter of time before travellers start looking elsewhere. Mia B&B is just the ticket for backpackers and flashpackers looking for budget accommodation within short walking distance of Ong Lang Beach. Not only is this new guesthouse clean and comfortable, guests can expect the most warm and welcoming... Read our full review of Mia B&B.
Vung Bau beach is located on the northwest coast, one beach up from Ong Lang Beach and 18 kilometres from Duong Dong town. It’s a small cove with only a few properties, an ideal spot for peace and quiet.
First off, a round of applause please: Bamboo Cottage is 100 percent solar powered. This beachfront hotel is completely off the grid — the first on Phu Quoc — and you’ll feel unplugged from the cares of the world on quiet, small and pretty Vung Bau beach. It’s a serene spot; there are only a few hotels on Vung Bau, and it’s a bumpy couple of kilometres off the main road to get there,... Read our full review of Bamboo Cottages.
The well-appointed individual brick bungalows of Wild Beach Resort are all steps to the very small but pretty Vung Bau beach. There are only a handful of small hotels on Vung Bau and it is a couple kilometres off the main road on dirt track, so this is a quiet, low-key beach ideal for those who want peace and quiet. When we visited in December 2015, the rooms all looked brand new and had... Read our full review of Wild Beach Resort.
Located on the east coast near the southern tip of the island, Bai Sao’s white sand and turquoise water is often considered Phu Quoc’s best beach – but as its popularity continues to increase, so does the rubbish. For now it has just a handful of places to stay. Bai Sao is a popular spot for day-trippers.
Ai Si is a great option for budget travellers who want to be within walking distance to Bai Sao beach. Actually, at the moment it is also the only option. Located about 500 metres from Bai Sao’s white sand and blue waters, Ai Si offers simple bungalows at a reasonable price. The guesthouse is a family-run affair and you will probably be greeted and shown a room by one of the owners' four... Read our full review of Ai Si Guesthouse.
The Beach House offers two spacious rooms in the upper floor of the main wooden building, as well as three in a cottage located behind in the less than scenic parking pad. What you are really here for is the prime Bai Sao beachfront. We were only able to see the upstairs rooms, which give guests a stunning vantage over the sand and water mere metres away. Rooms look recently refurbished and... Read our full review of Beach House.
Flashpackers in search of a comfortable room may be willing to overlook Kinh Bac’s middle of nowhere location for its tidy, clean rooms. It’s located on the main highway that runs smack down the middle of Phu Quoc’s skinny southern tail. It’s five kilometres to Bai Sao beach, making this hotel ideal for travellers who are getting around by motorbike and don’t mind a commute. What you... Read our full review of Kinh Bac Hotel.
My Lan caters to the upscale Vietnamese market which means this place may not be to some tastes. While there is nothing wrong with the beachfront modern cottages – they feel fresh and well-appointed – you’ll find yourself in the midst of a chaotic scene that is far from relaxing. Between your room and the water lies their restaurant, which does brisk business with seafood, boisterous rounds... Read our full review of My Lan.
Set north of Ham Ninh ferry station, this area is probably the most deserted and undeveloped of the beachfront on the island. The coastline road Duong Dong Dao is not paved and can be challenging for inexperienced motor scooter drivers. Those with a sense of adventure though are greeted with dramatic unspoilt greenery and white-sand beaches.
This family-run homestay will give you a taste of what Phu Quoc was like 10 years ago. From Rach Ham, travel a bumpy seven kilometres up the eastern coast on dirt road to an isolated slice of beach where electricity is intermittent and amenities are limited but peace and quiet are in great abundance. Here you can get away from it all – though unfortunately when we visited in December 2015,... Read our full review of Kiki Coconut Beach homestay.
Phu Quoc is famed for its beaches but anyone with a window seat on the plane will be struck by how densely verdant the island is. Lush jungle and plantations fill the heart of the island, and accommodation here offers a different experience than surf and sand.
Pepper plantations dot the island and they’ve become a quick stop for organised tours and tourists exploring on their own. Those seeking a rural retreat can stay in one of Pepper Farm Phu Quoc’s simple rustic bungalows surrounded by pepper plants and trees. This family-owned plantation has been growing pepper for five years, along with vegetables and fruit for their own meals. Despite the... Read our full review of Pepper Farm Phu Quoc.