If you decided to travel with family, you cannot miss Phu Quoc Island – the unspoilt gem of Vietnam.
Despite a total acreage of 574 square kilometers, Phu Quoc offers a full package of activities that suits every family member, from leisure travel, adventure travel to entertaining facilities and so on. However, there are some of the top things to do with your family as well as some tips to travel with kids while visiting Phu Quoc, listed below.
1. Swimming in the Starfish Beach (Sao Beach)
Starfish Beach, also known as Sao Beach, is a natural wonder within walking distance. This place is a guilty pleasure for urban dwellers living in metropolitan areas. There, you with your family can observe huge amounts of starfish close to the beach through clean, shallow water, which will definitely amaze your children.
However, if you want to see bigger ones, you can go snorkeling to see them since the further you go out the larger the starfishes are. Besides starfishes, there are coral reefs located in the north and south ends of the beach too, which makes the marine life of Sao Beach pretty lively. Also, snorkeling is a kid-friendly activity, so you can explore the underwater world together. This quality time will bring an unforgettable, fun, and educational experience for the kids.
Moreover, if you visit Sao Beach just to search for starfishes, do not forget sunscreen and bikinis, because you will stay there longer to admire the natural beauty of Starfish Beach!
2. Vinpearl Safari Park
Vinpearl Safari is the first semi-wild zoo model in Vietnam, located in the north of Phu Quoc Island. If you have seen wild animals on the Discovery Channel before, this is your chance to snap those images in real life. Vinpearl has created a forest-like ecosystem. By doing this, the animals here can survive and fully develop as in the natural environment. When you come here, you will not observe the animals locked in cages like in the zoo!
The park welcomes visitors with a variety of greenery, figures, and installations. Vinpearl Safari Park is divided into two main areas: Safari Park and Open Zoo. Not far from the entrance is the Safari Park area with flamingos ponds and other beautiful birds. Further, there is a variety of primates living in the enclosures, very active and fun. Besides, there are so many animals that you may have not even heard of before, so it would be nice to expand your and your kids’ understanding. The park also has some close communication areas where you can go into the aviary and touch the animals.
The Open Zoo is home to 40 local fauna rare species together with many wild animals from main geo-biological regions on earth like Africa, Europe, India and Australia… While traveling by bus, you will move through the natural habitat of animals that came from all places on earth, such as lions, tigers, bears, zebras, ostriches, rhinos, giraffes, and many others, to examine them.
It would leave your whole family with indescribable feelings!
3. Phu Quoc Bee Farm – fun and educational experience
The Bee Farm is reaching down a beautiful road with stunning views of the National Park beyond with a taste of jungle as you approach. When you arrive, it may look like a scrappy little garden with lots of rickety box beehives. However, take some time to explore, and you will start to understand the wonderful charm and incredibly important work they are doing here.
The farm is a small well-maintained garden area with many exotic flowers and trees to walk around and get away from the heat, hustle and bustle. When you reach there, dont forget to join a tour hosted by the locals. It would help you and your kids as well learn a lot about the bees and the huge environmental impact they have on the planet.
Besides, Bee Farm has a lovely shop and cafe with lots of honey and honey-based products. Taste the honey, have a drink with honey, and try the Bee cake in the restful place with a lively heart. Immersing in the peacefulness and serene, you would not want to leave this place. Worth a visit!
4. Vinpearl Land Amusement Park
Vinpearl Land Amusement Park is a perfect place to spend all day. The park has a lot of lures such as attractions, aquapark, beach, oceanarium, orangeries, Japanese house with the tea ceremony, zoo, cafes, picturesque corners throughout the territory, fountain shows, evening performance, etc. There is plenty to keep you and your kids busy with entertainment, as everyone can find something to their liking. Furthermore, children will be impressed by the fountain and laser shows, so don’t miss them!
Vinpearl Land Amusement Park is the best thing that can happen to you in Phu Quoc since you will experience the whole spectrum of emotions, from gladness to tears, tears of happiness, of course.
However, please keep in mind that daylight hours to visit all places may not be enough. So be sure to go there early in the morning and think over carefully about the order of visiting places of interest to try all or most of them since the queue will be unrealistically long.
5. Go to the picnic in Suoi Tranh Waterfall
Suoi Tranh Waterfall is the most popular four-meter-tall and the most beautiful waterfall, located about 9km to the east of Duong Dong. This natural attraction is ideal for nature-lovers and those who are looking for a place to escape the bustling town center and immerse themselves in nature.
There, you can enjoy outdoor activities such as picnicking, camping, and bird-watching, with small walking paths available for those who prefer a leisurely hike through the jungle. Also, since Suoi Tranh Waterfall is located near Ham Ninh, you can combine all those activities with exploring the daily life of the fishermen from Ham Ninh’s Fishing Village and enjoy authentic regional specialties.
You will love Suoi Tranh Waterfall due to its quiet atmosphere and the picturesque scene of the sunlight shining through the trees’ canopies, reflected by the water.
However, due to its proximity to the main town, Suoi Tranh Waterfall can be crowded by the locals during the peak seasons (weekends and national holidays), so visit this place early to get the best picnicking spot.
6. Boat trip & Water activities
A boat tour can bring excitement to the children with all the fun water activities. To go on a big adventure over water, you can rent a boat yourself or book a half-day boat tour from agencies. It is highly recommended to choose well-trusted agencies to guarantee the safety and the best experience for your family.
Boat tours itinerary often features the An Thoi Archipelago where you can swim, snorkel, fishing, kayaking…
The islands have some stunning beaches, decent coral reefs, and primeval forests, making them one of the best places in Phu Quoc to enjoy nature.
☺☻☺ Tips for mamas and dadas ☺☻☺
Traveling with young kids in Phu Quoc can sometimes be difficult because you have to keep your eyes on children most of the time. Also, you may worry about whether the food is friendly to them or not. Therefore, you may not be able to relax and enjoy your trip to the fullest. There are some nice little tricks to help you deal with it!
1. The younger the children, the lower the pace
Kids can easily get tired of the abundance of new information and different experiences. Therefore, plan your excursions and entertainment abroad, taking this fact into account. Push off your usual sightseeing pace, reducing it by about 2 – 3 times. In other words, traveling with childrens to places of interest should not be too intense and dynamic.
Make a list of the necessary items in advance, and try to take only the essential ones to not carry a huge suitcase. Remember that some items you can purchase locally. Also, check if the young traveler has not forgotten his/her player, tablet, book, or favorite toy, which will help them brighten up the time during the flight or road trip.
3. Bring snacks and water with you
Be sure to bring something to eat and drink on every trip for your kids. Of course, it is not about thermos with soup or cutlets with macaroni. Take a drinking yogurt, banana, apple, bun, or a couple of sandwiches in a bag. While sightseeing or conquering water slides in the local water park, children tend to work up an appetite. So that child does not become capricious while waiting for dinner, it will be enough to bring him/her a small snack.
4. Bring essential items in the separate bag
While traveling with young children, keep your baby’s essential items such as milk, candy, diapers, towels, windbreaker in a separate backpack and bring it with you throughout the trip for convenience at any time.
Writer: Nhat Le and Long