Vietnam, Phu Quoc, Food

Yushima Fishmarket Restaurant

To be frank, we didn’t go out as much in the evenings as we might have thought we would. Baby Ellen was just too tired, and both the restaurants at Premier Village and its room service was really good. However, we did try out the Japanese Yushima Fishmarket one of the evenings we craved sashimi and Ramen. It is located in An Thoi (South Phu Quoc) and was both authentic decorated as well as very nice food. As a bonus, we could watch both the sunset and a lot the fabulous laser show at the harbour.

It should be mentioned, that the An Thoi area (also known as Sunset village now) is under heavy development and can be quite desolated. We had a hard time getting a taxi back to the hotel, but the restaurant helped us get one. Either have the Grab app ready or make arrangements how to get back before you go. The Yushima Market had business to do the evening we were there, and there were other really nice restaurants next to the market as well, however, no other people in sight, which made the atmosphere a little bit depressing, to be honest, when walking around in this area.

And we also heard that the hotels J.W. Marriott and the La Veranda have excellent restaurants, if you are in the mood for a little dress up and some fancy eating for lunch or evening as well.

Of other recommendations the Phu Quoc Duong Dong nightmarket is worth going for.

It’s open daily from 6PM-11.30PM – usually the busiest time is around 8PM.

Local Nightmarket

Surely there are lots of places that are nice to have lunch or dinner or just a fresh coconut. The Rach Vem fishing village in North Phu Quoc (for lunch) on one of the floating restaurants is also super nice 👌🏼 or just the local street kitchen around the corner where you stay. We didn’t try anywhere in Phu Quoc we wouldn’t go for once again.

Vietnam, Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc by sunset

So much of a good vacation depends on the right hotel. To us, it counts as half of the full experience.

We flew out here with Singapore Airlines, which is one of our favourite Asian companies. It took us almost 28 hours to arrive, due to transfer time in Singapore airport and Ho Chi Minh airport, but it was worth it.

We had planned to stay at the Premier Village Resort for a full week to get use to the new time zone and to get in a low vacation gear. Normally we prefer to stay in small places, however, now as a family of 5, we were looking to find a villa (to stay under one roof, instead of having 2 rooms). It turned out, that the options were not that many (Phu Quoc is still under development), but Premier Village has these huge villas, with both private and public pools, 2 private beaches, kids club, in-house dining and much more, which was just the perfect combo for us. Somehow they have managed to make it feel luxurious and not too “giant resort” and the girls absolutely loved to small electrical cars we went around on the resort ground, when going to the restaurant or beach.

We did use the room service a lot, since baby Ellen most of the time was too tired to go anywhere in the evenings. We also tried the floating breakfast, which was the first time we ever tried that. However, 10 minutes after we received the breakfast the local monkeys came and we have to run inside to safe the food and phones. So, if you go, and try the floating breakfast don’t do it if your have a hilltop villa (it’s where the monkeys are), I would say it is a better option to try it, if you have one of the beach villas for sure.

We also did a private barbecue on the beach for my birthday. We had it during sunset and it was so beautifully organised by the hotel and the food was amazing.

The breakfast was soooo good, with its own little kids corner and a barista corner. The was also a small shop at the resort were you could buy drinks, food, sunscreen, etc.

The kids club, was the best we ever tried, the staff was so nice and the activities and the little house/club itself was so full of toys, trampoline, a kids cinema (yes, an actual mini cinema), mini toilets, games and much much more. There was also an outside playground, but baby Ellen was too small for that and the girls were too big.

The beach was cleaned up every day and was so beautiful with lots of water activities to enjoy like kayaking, sup boards and more. It was a little windy in the mornings while we were there (which was nice), but in the afternoons, the water and the temperature was just perfect.

All in all this stay was so lovely, and for anyone going to Phu Quoc, we would definitely recommend this resort.

The only thing we can think about that would have made a difference; was that it is located very isolated. So every time you have to go “into town” or on tour or outside of the hotel for dinner, you have to take a taxi 20-40 minutes. It is super easy, and the front desk helps out with everything, but for us, it would have been nice to take the stroller for a walk around the corner or have somewhere nearby to go.


Phu Quoc

We are travelling back to Vietnam after visiting the first time 6 1/2 years ago.

Our first time travelling from north to south in this great country was such a good experience, that we have wanted to come back ever since.

This time we will stay primarily in the Southern region we’re the weather is more stabile this time of the year (March).

Our travel itinerary is: Phu Quoc, Da Nang (Hoi An), Quy Nhon, Nha Trang (Ninh can Bay), HaLong Bay (a short de-tour), Ho Cho Minh city (also Mekong delta) and then we have a short stop over in Singapore on the way going back home.

Our first stop is Phu Quoc (pronounced fu cook). The island is nicknamed Pearl Island due to its many white sand beaches. It is the largest island in Vietnam and it is located in the Golf of Thailand. The climate is nice and warm all year around (with an average of 27 degrees), and it is a still under development from various enterprises both in terms of hotel expansions and tourist experiences.

Travelling with kids always requires a bit more preparation, and even more so when travelling with a baby. We brought a lot of stuff for baby Ellen and thank God we did. Everything is of course available in the larger cities, however, less is definitely available everywhere else. And mind you that baby food is rice congee here in Vietnam, so anything else is not really available.

Here is what we brought: diapers, wet wipes, foam cloths, instant organic porridge mix, baby fruit mash, sunscreen, UV 50 top and sun hats, a portable / foldable seat/baby harness and a stroller.

Phu Quoc is a little bit similar to Phuket in Thailand, however, the island’s environmental conservation efforts, fishing and agriculture remain as primary industries and more than half of the island has been protected by the UNESCO biosphere Reserve since 2006. The island is locally known for fish sauce, pepper and pearls, but also hosts caves, waterfalls and colourful snorkelling trips for the more adventurous.

Phu Quoc, sightseeing

Phu Quoc is especially known for its watersports and beautiful beaches.

Recently the longest non-stop 3-way cablecar was build, and it stretches an impressive 8km from the south tip of the “Sun World”going up till 174 meters at the tallet point and taking just 15 minutes to ride. The Sun World also offers tickets with a laser show, that is quite extra-ordinary. We didn’t try the cable cars this time around, since a ccouple of us are affraid of heights, but the view would be pretty amazing, and definitely an experience worth.

Instead we stayed on the ground and went for the Star-fish beach. Very important to note, that there is a star-fish season (which apparently is October), and if you go out side of this season, there are very few starfish to see. The beach is still beautiful, and the small local restaurants on water serves really nice food and cold drinks (the small fishing village Rach Ven is just next to the Star-fish beach and very authentic with great local seafood). We also paid to go with a small wooden boat just 5 minutes up the coast, and it was worth the 400.000VND as this area was true secluded paradise with small shaded chairs, a hammock in the ocean and a tiny kiosk for cold beverages. The Star-fish beach is located on the Northern shore of the island and the road there is very rough the last part of the way up there. But it is super nice to spend a day exploring the area, and even though it felt a bit disappointing at first (as there weren’t really any starfish), we ended up having a nice day swimming and hanging out).

Phu Quoc also has a couple of Pearl farms, and we visited Ngoc Trai Ngoc Hien to do a Little shopping. Vietnamese pearls are really nice and very fair in price when visiting one of the Pearl farms. This Pearl farm at Phu Quoc has pearls from all over Asia, and a large vamriaty of prices.

As Phu Quoc is a tropical island, it offers a diverse marine ecosystem and striking coral reefs. The tours offered to go scuba diving or snorkling are many. But we booked for a private tour, since we only wanted to go for half a day and avoid the “tourist traps”. Both Dagmar and I get sea sick very quick, so we wanted the chance to get into shore if we were too sick and we didn’t want any visits to “photo option location” and such. Finally, we wanted to go out early, to catch the reefs before the rest of the many tourists ;-). This plan was a succes (we actually did get very sea sick, but we always do), we went off 1 hour before the many other tours from the An Thoi harbour heading towards May Rut island, and we had the spot entirely to ourselves. Later we had lunch at the Ham Gi island. A lot of the other tours offers 2-3 island snorkling visits for a full day and I am sure that is nice, if you don’t get as sea sick as us.

Of other things to do on the island can be mentioned trekking to waterfalls and through the “jungle” in the national park area.