The world's longest cable car system begins at the southern end of Phu Quoc, passes over a fishing harbour and two islands, and ends at Hon Thom (Pineapple Island) of the An Thoi archipelago. The departure terminal resembles Rome's Colosseum and houses a café and gift shop.
From the time Phu Quoc was settled, fishing has been an integral part of life on the island. Ham Ninh, Rach Vem and other charming fishing villages dot Phu Quoc's shores. Beachfront eateries and floating restaurants offer up locally caught seafood for hungry explorers.
Phu Quoc is known for its handcrafted nuoc mam, the pungent ingredient that adds incredible flavour to much of the country's cuisine. The island is home to many small manufacturers that produce fish sauce, made by fermenting layers of fresh anchovy and local salt.
Three types of ridgeback dogs exist in the world, and one of them comes from Phu Quoc. Ridgeback Dog Conservation Centres work to preserve this rare breed. Visitors can walk through the forest to see Phu Quoc Ridgebacks of all ages and discover what makes them unique.
Peppercorns are one of Phu Quoc's top exports. This popular spice is grown, harvested and processed on small farms around the island. Tours are available. Farms offer tastings of a variety of flavoured salt-and-pepper blends that are found in almost every kitchen and restaurant dining room.
Sim (rose myrtle) grow only in a few places in Phu Quoc and Vietnam's mainland. A few decades ago, locals on the island started turning the berries into syrups, candies, jams and wines. Sim plantations run tours, including the chance to sample all the delicious products from this distinctive fruit.
Phu Quoc is nicknamed Pearl Island, both for its natural beauty and because oysters thrive in the area's clear waters. Several pearl farms offer guided tours. Learn about local oysters, and then watch as craftspeople transform pearls and fossilised giant clam shells into works of art.
Duong (pronounced sa-zoo-ong) Dong is Phu Quoc's compact capital. Shops and restaurants line busy streets, while colourful boats fill the harbour. At the nearby pagoda, locals pray for fishermen's safety. The bustling Night Market is the place to sample street foods and shop for souvenirs.
Private boat tours offer a taste of the open waters. Go fishing for squid and other seafood, and then dine on your fresh catch the crew has cleaned and prepared. Island-hopping around the An Thoi Archipelago is also a favourite among snorkellers and divers on the lookout for marine life.
Phu Quoc is fast becoming known for ecotourism, and one reason is its national park. This remote area in the island's north comprises both forested mountains and marine zones. In recognition of the fragile habitat for rare flora and fauna, UNESCO listed the park as a biosphere reserve in 2010.