TO THE SOUTH OF PHU QUOC
Often called by the name ‘pearl island’ by Vietnamese people, Phu Quoc Island is one of the most beautiful islands in Viet Nam . Phu Quoc is no doubt the best place for you to get away from the bustling city life. Nowhere else other than Phu Quoc you can find perfect combination of modernity and tranquility.
08:30 – 09:00: First of all, transportation and tour guide from Dandy Travel will pick you up at your hotel or resort. We will introduce the plan of the tour on the bus. Guide will give you more information about Phu Quoc, for example: history, culture, food, people, etc.
- First point: Pearl Farm
- History of Pearl Farm:
Before 1990s, Phu Quoc local dived about 10ft to pick up clams, check every single one to get pearl. Unfortunately, the clam not always have pearl. Only 15%~20% of them can generate the perfect pearl.
Nowadays, Phu Quoc local have more than 20 years experience in pick up and raise clams,so that they build Pearl Farm to show visitors their technique and product from the pearl. It just magnificent!
- Pearl farming on Phu Quoc
The quiet and calm sea waters off Phu Quoc are the ideal place for pearl farming and thanks to the application of modern techniques from Australia and Japan, it has blossomed in a short period of time.
The first step is to nucleate oysters with bits of old oyster shells. Depending on the expected shape of the pearl-to-be, pieces are gradually built up into a round or water-drop shape.
Farmers are required to select oysters aged between six months and two years. After nucleating, oysters are placed in cages, six per cage, which are then put on the sea bed. Cultured pearls are usually harvested after about two years.
During the period, the oysters must be cleaned weekly by removing barnacles from their shells. The water also must be kept clean to make pearls shiny and beautiful. The pearl is a solid substance in a spherical shape, produced by some species, mainly mollusca, including oysters and freshwater mussels.
- Second point: Bee farm
Tourist can come to bee farm and learn about honeybee conservation, life-cycle, the ecological importance of bees in a up close and personal manner.
- Third point: Pepper farm
In Vietnam, pepper farms are called vườn tiêu (peppercorn garden), easily identified by the tall columns of bushy pepper vines.
The soil on Phu Quoc can be sandy and the pepper vines wind around poles to keep their fruits well exposed to the sun.
- Fourth point: Sim wine factory
Sim Wine (Ruou Sim), a local wine made using the fruit fro the myrtle tree. The recipe originated from various ethnic minority groups living in the central highlands. Most locals drink Sim Wine when they are eating seafood.
- Fifth point: Coconut Prison
Phu Quoc Prison or Coconut Tree Prison is one of the most important historical destinations in Vietnam, representing a dark time in the country’s history. Inside the prison, visitors still can find the evidence of the crimes against human rights of USA troops.
Built by the French then used by Americans during Vietnam-America War to confine and torture more than 40,000 north Vietnamese soldiers. The prison is also a museum with actual outdoor setup with barb wire, guard towers, tiger cages and prisoners to reenact the horrors once had happened here. A trip to Phu Quoc is as educational and eye-opening as it could be.
- Sixth point: Ho Quoc Pagoda
The Ho Quoc Pagoda (also known as Chua Ho Quoc or Truc Lam Ho Quoc) is a new Buddhist temple on Phu Quoc Island that was inaugurated on December 14, 2012. It is perched at the base of a lush mountain that faces the sea and the rising sun.
- Seventh point: Sao Beach
This is the most well-known beach not just in Phu Quoc but also in Vietnam. Sao beach is located just 25km from Duong Dong town, has everything you need in a perfect beach – white powdery sandbank, turquoise clear water, swing by the beach, palm trees, jungle backdrop and few bars to enjoy the drinks.
15:30 – 16:00: After the trip, having a memorable day, we will return you to the hotel.
Let’s travel with Dandy Travel!