Phu Quoc Island & National Park
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, 45km from Ha Tien, 120km from Rach Gia by sea, Phu Quoc is an island district of Kien Giang Province. This island is the largest one in Viet Nam, covering a natural area of 593km2, with a length of 50km, of which the widest area is 25km, 99 hills from the north to the south of the island. This island endowed with great tourism potentials, seafood. Hence, it is considered as a “Pearl of the Southern sea area”. Phu Quoc is also an evergreen island. View from above, Phu Quoc covers green colours, a variety of resplendent green colours that mix altogether, creating a splendid landscape. Situated in the northeast of Phu Quoc Island and surrounded by the coastline, Phu Quoc National Park has a total of 31,422ha, owns a rich ecosystem of primeval, secondary and indigo forests. The flora system in the park is very plentiful with more than hundreds species, including species of wood (melaleuca, anisoptera, beech foliage…), species of orchids (Van Hai Lan, Lan Ai La Dep, Am Lan Nui), precious herbal species (multiflorous knotweed, licorice, artemisia, amomum…), etc.
Besides, the fauna system is also diversified, including 30 species of mammals, of which five species are listed in Viet Nam’s Red Book such as: wolf, white monkey, pileated gibbon…; 200 species of birds with 4 ones recorded in Red List of the IUCN and 3 ones listed in Viet Nam’s Red Book; 50 species of reptiles, of which 9 ones listed on the IUCN list and 18 species listed in Viet Nam’s Red Book… The sea creatures in Phu Quoc National Park are also varied with coral reefs with different shapes, sizes. It has nearly 100 species of hard corals, 20 ones of soft corals and 62 species of seaweed…Phu Quoc National Park proves it to be a fantastic destination for tourists as it offers a wide range of activities such as relaxing, camping and trekking. It is also ideal for those who want to study the tropical forest. Coming to Phu Quoc, visitors can also bathe ^ in the beaches as Truong, Khem, Sao… and . visit some destinations as Cau Temple, Phu Quoc Prison, Ham Ninh Fishing Village, Cau Temple Night Market…It is possible to reach the island by either plane or boat from Rach Gia.
The temple is the main tourist attraction in Duong Dong, chief town of Phu Quoc. This temple was built in 1937 and was dedicated to Cau, the God of the Sea who protects fishermen and sailors from storms and other sea dangers. The temple has maintained its ancient architectural style, and there is a great view from here.
An Thoi Archipelago
It stretches out in the south of the Phu Quoc Island, consists of 15 small and big islands stretching in the south-west direction. The sea is very deep and blue, attracting tourists with many tour sports: discovering the nature under the bottom of the sea, sightseeing, swimming and diving.
The Anniversary of Nguyen Trung Truc
The 26th to 28th days of the 8th lunar month
This festival is held annually at the communal house, at 18 Nguyen Cong Tru Road, Vinh Thanh Quarter, Rach Gia City. It is dedicated to the memory of Nguyen Trung Truc, a hero celebrated for his services in fighting against aggressors to protect the country. Before losing his life, he made this very famous statement, “Only when all the grass in Viet Nam is pulled up will there be no more Vietnamese people to fight against the French aggressors”. Every year, on the anniversary of his death, thousands of visitors attend the festival and pray to Nguyen Trung Truc. Co Hoa Ceremony (the ceremony of staging a procession for a throne) is held on the 28th day of the 8th lunar month. The communal house also provides accommodations for the groups of visitors who attend the festival.