What’s up guys!
Bringing you another location review today. I recently visited the island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam. Phu Quoc is a large island off the coast of Cambodia in the gulf of Thailand. For some reason it belongs to Vietnam. I spent five days on the island and now I will tell you my thoughts. Is Phu Quoc single man’s paradise? Let’s get into it!
Phu Quoc, Vietnam – Women Rating – 2/5
Phu Quoc is an island with just over 100,000 inhabitants (2012) so your dating options with be limited. However, it is Vietnam and I’m sure you can find a few beautiful Vietnamese girls to date. I did a quick search on my favorite dating site here Vietnam Cupid. I usually search for girls 18-30 that were active within the last week. The search yielded ten results and half of them were cute.
Not great results… But it tells me there are some cute girls on the island. I would also try badoo if I was staying there. Or just get out and look around the cafes, resorts and restaurants. I met several cute, friendly girls working at the travel offices. I would just pretend I wanted to book a trip or ask some questions about the island. The girls on Phu Quoc are very sweet and friendly. 🙂
It’s a tourist hot spot so many of the jobs on the island are in the hospitality industry. Many of the girls working in the hotels and travel agencies will be able to speak english. They will probably be bored out of their minds too because Phu Quoc is pretty quiet. A lot of the girls are from Kien Giang province on the mainland and they moved to Phu Quoc for work.
Mongering on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
I didn’t see any mongering options on Phu Quoc but I didn’t really look either. It’s not a party spot, that’s for sure. If I was looking for some pay for play action then I would try one of the massage shops. I saw a few seedy looking ones while riding around. I’m sure you could find a decent rub and tug if you looked around. 😉
If you want to go nuts and date a bunch of girls then forget about living on Phu Quoc. It’s a decent place to bring a date and chill out for a few days. If you stayed long term I’m sure you could find a nice girl but your options will be severely limited.
Phu Quoc, Vietnam – Cost Of Living Rating – 4/5
I think all of Vietnam is very affordable and Phu Quoc is no exception. I stayed in a decent room for $15 a night. I ate where the locals ate and the food was cheap and delicious. I didn’t look into long term housing so I can’t speak on that. Seeing that you could live in a hotel for less then $500 per month I’m sure you could find a long term rental for a fraction of that.
The only extra expense is getting to the island. You can fly or take a ferry from the mainland. I took the ferry which involves a long ass ride from Ho Chi Minh City and then a boat ride over. It wasn’t bad… I was exploring the Mekong Delta region on my bike so that’s the way I did it.
If I were to go again I would just fly there. Flights are cheap enough and it’s much more convenient. I usually book domestic flights on jetstar. They seem to be the cheapest airline here.
Phu Quoc, Vietnam – Quality Of Life Rating – 3/5
Phu Quoc is developing fast. Maybe too fast… The entire island seemed to be a construction site when I was there. Half built resorts blocked the ocean views. Large piles of construction materials and debris were laying on the sides of the roads. Beat up looking dump trucks barreled down the main roads belching black smoke out of their exhausts. They would lay on their air horns while forcing motorbike drivers onto the sandy shoulder of the road.
Phu Quoc is mostly made up of thick jungle. It really is a naturally beautiful place. However, the Vietnamese seem determined to destroy this beautiful island. A lot of places in south east Asia are somewhat gritty and polluted compared to the west. However, I’ve never seen such total disregard for the environment then what I witness here in Vietnam.
While out exploring I spotted a nice section of beach so I decided to take a walk. I had to park my bike on the road and walk through a construction site. The locals used a grassy area near the beach as their garbage pit. It was loaded with styrofoam food containers, plastic cups, plastic bags and other crap.
I made my way to the beach and I was surprised that nobody was there. One lonely security guard smiled and waved at me from the resort which was under construction. The beach itself was beautiful, but walking along the sand I was saddened to see it was littered with trash. 🙁
Maybe I was looking in the wrong places, but I wasn’t impressed with Phu Quoc. It’s in a weird position where it’s developed just enough to be ruined, yet it’s still too boring to be a party spot. Allow me to explain further.
If you go to a place like Phuket Thailand, you will notice how developed the place is. Patong Phuket is like a small city. There’s plenty to do around there to keep you busy. You can also go explore more quiet parts of the island if you want to get away from the crowds.
Phu Quoc is brutally quiet at night. There’s no night life. No action at all. It’s a place to escape and get away from the noise. However, even the quiet areas of the island are not really impressive.
Now it’s entirely possible that I didn’t find the “hidden gems” on the island. I talked to several people who told me they loved Phu Quoc. I know Manuel over at Single Dude Travel enjoyed his stay on Phu Quoc. But if you want my honest opinion, I’d give it a miss.
Vietnam isn’t really a beach holiday destination. You’re better off going to a Thai island if you’re seeking white sand and crystal clear blue waters. If you want to visit the beach in Vietnam then I recommend going to Nha Trang or Da Nang / Hoi An. Those places have nice beaches but also lively cities with plenty to explore.
I enjoyed my stay on Phu Quoc but I have no desire to return. Maybe in five years when the place is a booming resort town full of Chinese tourists then I will check it out. But right now it’s just a muddy, pot hole ridden construction site with trash strewn all over the place.
Women – 2/5
Cost of Living – 4/5
Quality of Life – 3/5
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam – Single Man’s Paradise Rating – 9/15
If you want to live on a laid back island and it must be in Vietnam, then Phu Quoc might be for you. I was underwhelmed by the place and I was happy to get back to civilization after my five days there. To me, Phu Quoc has nothing going for it. Average beaches, no nightlife, requires an extra flight or long bus ride, limited amenities.
If you’re looking for the tropical island experience then I believe there are much better places to live in the region. For example, Sihanoukville is right up the road and there are a number of islands to explore off the coast there. Those islands look more beautiful, less developed and the visa is easier.
My personal favorite islands are Ko Samui, Koh Phangan and Ko Tao. They are better then Phu Quoc in every possible way. Just my humble opinion. Another honorable mention in Thailand is Koh Chang Island. Also a laid back and sleepy island but there is a beer bar complex if you’re looking for company. 😉