2. Phu Quoc: Pearl Farm, Coconut Prison, and Bai Sao Beach Tour
Your island adventure begins with pickup from your hotel or private accommodation, then heads to the first stop of the day. Arrive at one of the island’s many pearl farms and gain a fascinating insight into the process of oyster cultivation which turns a simple oyster into a stunning piece of jewelry. Pearls are one of Phu Quo’s most famous exports, since the sea surrounding the island provides the perfect breeding ground for these precious gems. Next, delve into the island’s dark history with a visit to Coconut Prison, also known as Phu Quoc Prison. The prison was established during the French colonization of Vietnam in the 1940s and expanded in the 1960s by US-backed Southern Vietnamese troops in order to imprison Vietnamese soldiers. Wander around the prison and see a selection of exhibitions which document what life was like here and depict the brutal conditions and torture that were commonplace. After the prison, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to a nearby fish sauce factory. Phu Quoc Nuoc Mam is a popular and famous Vietnamese fish sauce that locals still make in the traditional way. Enjoy a tour of the factory and learn about the process of making fish sauce, which is similar to that of a brewery. Travel to one of the island’s most beautiful beaches next, the stunning Bai Sao Beach. Soak up the sunshine as you stroll along the white sandy shore, or cool off in the glistening turquoise water. Finally, visit the island’s biggest Buddhist temple, Ho Quco Pagoda, which boasts sprawling views across the ocean.