Although Phu Quoc is well-known for its quiet and unspoiled nature, the Phu Quoc nightlife is not as gloomy and dull as some people might think. Therefore, if you plan your trip to Phu Quoc, do not forget to add these below activities to your travel itinerary.
If you are a travel enthusiast, there are several cities in Vietnam that you should go to at least once during your lifetime, and definitely, Phu Quoc is on that list.
Situated on the south of the Cambodian coast, Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island. As known as Asia’s best-kept secret, Phu Quoc nowadays still preserves its pristine beauty. With several uninhabited islands, unblemished beaches, diverse marine life, primeval forests, and rich vegetation, Phu Quoc is a place to consider.
How to have a vibrant Phu Quoc nightlife?
After such a long day uncovering every part of Phu Quoc, it is time to chill at local beach bars if you still do not feel tired. Thanks to the majestic view of the ocean scenery and fresh air, beach bars provide all customers with an excellent location to relax and admire the beauty of nature.
Mango Bay bar is one of the top bars that travelers can come to enjoy Phu Quoc nightlife. Located inside the 5-star resort, this place is suitable for those who want a private space and not too loud music. Especially, Mango Bay Bar is lit mainly by candles, not electric lights, so that you will feel the coziness and fancifulness of the place.
Mango Bay Bar in Phu Quoc
Mango Bay Bar specializes in making innovative cocktails blended with tropical fruit, as well as fusion cuisine. Some renowned cocktails you should try are Vietnamese Caipiroska, Mango mojito, or Malibu Phoenix.
● Location: Mango Bay Resort - Ong Lang Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam
● Opening hours: 11:00 - 11:59 pm
Are you looking for a beautiful place where you can have a beach party with your friends while enjoying drinks made by skillful bartenders? Then, the Golden Sand bar is a perfect choice. Many tourists call the Golden Sand Bar ‘a little Hawaii’. Do you know why? That is because the decoration here is colorful but still in harmony with the vast seascape. In addition, the price here is reasonable, only from $2 - $7 per drink, depending on the ingredients and complexity.
● Location: Duong Bao - Duong To
● Opening hours: 10 am - 10 pm
If you are interested in the vibrant atmosphere and want to immerse yourself in electronic or house music, the nightclub list below is for you!
Thanks to the location, on the Ocean Pearl’s 10th floor, Skye Bar has a spacious bird’s eye view of Phu Quoc city and a remarkable sunset position from above. On both weekdays and weekends, this bar always has exceptional performances. All are performed by countless famous DJs and singers, with a wide range of music, such as EDM, techno, house, etc.
As estimated, each person will pay around $15, which is a reasonable price for a wonderful night.
● Location: 99 Tran Hung Dao
● Opening hours: 5 pm - 1 am
Another club to spend your memorable Phu Quoc nightlife is Lion Garden Beer. This club is the largest one in Phu Quoc, with a huge dance floor and robust audio systems.
When coming to this place, you are recommended to try Lion Plate. The signature dish of Lion Garden Beer is handmade sausages, Vietnamese spring rolls, ham, and a mixed salad.
● Location: Duong Dong
● Opening hours: 3 pm - late
Happy Buddha Club is a unique nightclub for people who love enjoying electronic music while drinking customized cocktails. Though this bar only opens on Saturday weekly, it still gets packed with visitors because of affordable drinks and free entry.
Furthermore, besides long drinks, beers, etc., some signature cocktails of Happy Buddha that you might want to try are Caipirinha, Weedsensation, Cuba Libre, and Tequila Sunrise.
● Location: 92 Tran Hung Dao
● Opening hours: Saturday only, 8 pm - late
There are two main night markets in Phu Quoc, let’s read through our introduction to decide which one you want to go to.
Night market in Phu Quoc island
Phu Quoc Night market’s former name was Dinh Cau night market. Pretty much everything you want to buy can be found here, including clothes, handbags, arts & crafts, jewelry, pre packed snacks, and many more.
Besides countless souvenirs and hand-crafted products, Phu Quoc night market is a paradise on earth for food lovers. From seafood, rustic snacks, street foods, to beverages, this place has it all.
Significantly, the live seafood (fishes, scallops, etc.) is put in a large water tank. So to order, just choose any live swimming creature, tell a local vendor how you want it to be cooked (grilled, fry, steamed, etc.), as well as flavors (spicy, sweet, etc.), and ready to be served.
Unlike other markets, the item’s price is displayed on the board that you can easily see.
● Location: District 1, Dong Duong, Vo Thi Sau, Phu Quoc
● Opening hours: 5 pm - 10 pm
Bach Dang night market was founded in 2016. Compared to the Phu Quoc Night market, this place is much more deserted. So, it is suitable for those who don’t like crowded places. However, it does not mean that there is a lack of products and food courts here.
Nestled near the Duong Dong River, Bach Dang night market is ideal for you to enjoy the sunset. Another highlight of this market is it opens until 2 am the following day.
● Location: Bach Dang Street, Duong Dong
● Opening hours: 5 pm - 2 am
As Phu Quoc is an island, the inhabitants here mainly make a living by catching seafood, especially squid. Therefore, if you want to explore more about local’s lives and do something new, participating in Squid fishing tours is excellent.
Squid fishing in Phu Quoc
The tour usually starts at 5 pm. When you are on the boat, an experienced fisher will instruct you to use the gears, the ways to catch squids, etc.
It will be more exciting when you can taste the live and fresh seafood you just caught while immersing yourself in the romantic sunset. Usually, the tour lasts for four hours.
Another exciting activity that you might try to make your Phu Quoc nightlife more memorable is going to Ham Ninh fishing village and experiencing fisherman’s life. Likely, you will not be able to experience anything like this for the second time.
Situated only 20kms northeast of Duong Dong Town, Ham Ninh Fishing Village is easily accessible by car or motorbikes. Here, you can have a seafood dinner and stay overnight at a villager’s house - a bamboo-covered cottage, while enjoying the pristine beauty of the deep sea.
From this short trip, your eyes’ will broaden about how locals live in a floating house. You’ll learn how they cook with a limited source of drinking water, how they dive pearls and sea cucumbers, and a lot more. Before returning to Phu Quoc, to the hustle and bustle of life, you must remember to taste boiled crabs caught and cooked freshly by Ham Ninh’s locals.
A water Puppet show was initially created in Northern Vietnam, from the 11th century, during the wet rice civilization. But now, after years of development, this exclusive show is widely performed in several of Vietnam’s cities to spread the rich traditions of folk arts.
Water puppet show in Phu Quoc
If you have not seen this kind of art form before, this is your golden chance to enjoy Phu Quoc nightlife. To describe these shows briefly, artists control the puppets by hand. Then, the puppets dance and move on the water to tell audiences about a folk story or folk music.
Moreover, do not worry about the Dao Ngoc water puppet show’s authenticity. All the performances are led and made by the artisans from Thai Binh, the hometown of this art. Each day there are two showings, so you can choose any slot that suits you.
● Location: 129 Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong (Dao Ngoc Water Puppet Theater)
● Ticket price: 120,000 VND/children, 150,000 VND/adult
There are various impressive things you can do, as well as many places you can go to enjoy your incredible Phu Quoc nightlife. Hopefully, you will have enough time to experience it all.