Getting around on Phu Quoc Island mostly requires the use of motorized vehicles as the island is still relatively undeveloped and roads outside the main town of Duong Dong can get rather bumpy (and muddy during the monsoon season). A tropical island in Southern Vietnam that’s gaining massive popularity among foreign visitors, Phu Quoc features verdant mountains and unique wildlife on the northern part while pristine beaches and local villages can be found on the southern end.

    The main resort neighborhoods have pedestrian-friendly streets, particularly in prominent locales such as Duong Dong and Long Beach. It is easy to visit the local temples and markets on foot or by bicycle. Read on to learn about the methods of Phu Quoc Island transportation that are available for those looking to explore the countryside, fishing villages, rainforest, waterfalls, and pearl farms.

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    Taxi cab

    Taxi cabs are readily available outside Phu Quoc International Airport as well as prominent resorts and landmarks on the island. It is one of the fastest ways to get to the main town from Phu Quoc International Airport, plus most taxi cab drivers can speak English fairly well and are more than happy to recommend the best places and restaurants on the island. 

    Taxi cab fares differ according to the location of your hotel and there is an additional airport toll to pay if that's your departure point.

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    Motorcycle rental

    Motorcycles are great for adventurous travelers looking to explore Phu Quoc Island at their own pace. Traffic in the main town of Duong Dong is less congested compared to other cities in Vietnam while the roads heading toward the countryside and Phu Quoc National Park are rather winding and bumpy, making a motorbike a convenient option for both. 

    Bike rental shops can be found along Hai Ba Trung Street in Duong Dong. Most resorts also offer motorcycle rentals, albeit at higher rates. Always check the quality of the bike before driving – especially the brakes!

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    Xe om

    The quintessential xe om or motorcycle taxi cab lets you visit Phu Quoc Island’s many sights and sounds with the help of an experienced local. Prices vary according to distance, weather conditions and your bargaining skills – short trips within Duong Dong, Ong Lang Beach and Long Beach are usually extremely cheap while a full-day tour of the island is considerably more.

    photo by trungydang (CC BY 3.0) modified

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    Bicycle rental

    Bicycle rentals are offered by most hotels and resorts on Phu Quoc Island and are usually very cheap. Ideal for short trips within Duong Dong and Long Beach, cycling is a great way of keeping fit during your tropical vacation. 

    We highly advise against cycling outside the main town due to poor road conditions, but if you’re up for the challenge, be sure to wear a helmet and face mask.

    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveler

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