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Why not extend your trip to Indochina with three nights on the tropical white sand beaches of Phu Quoc Island?
3 nights comfortable hotel
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
Transfer to the airport in Hanoi and take the short flight to Phu Quoc Island. Upon arrival you will be met by the hotel shuttle service where you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Your hotel has a large stretch of private beach you can relax upon, a large outdoor swimming pool to enjoy, or you could take advantage of some of the hotel's facilities like its wellness spa. For those that wish to trade relaxation for exploration, there are a number of optional excursions that can be booked directly with the hotel.
This afternoon you might like to take an optional sunset cruise out from Duong Dong harbour where you can try your hand at some squid fishing. You can enjoy your catch as a fresh seafood dinner is prepared aboard the boat, and if you are adventurous you might like to try the local delicacy - squid porridge!
Please note: These activities are booked and paid for directly with the hotel and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.
The excursions and/or activities mentioned below are usually available and are arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices are quoted correct as of the date these trip notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations.
T his is a stand-alone extension and can be booked on any date of your choosing, subject to availability. Whilst this itinerary has been designed to complement a number of our group tours, we wish to point out that this extension is not a group experience, so you are unlikely to be travelling with other Explore customers .
Amarin Resort and Spa (or similar)
Today has been left free to relax with no planned activities.
Instead of relaxing, it is possible to book trips to explore the north of the island; you could explore the northern coastline by boat, with opportunities to snorkel in the warm waters of Turtle & Fingernail islands, or you could turn inland and kayak up the Cua Can River with a chance to visit a pepper garden and spot birds in the forest. More details on these excursions are available from the hotel's reception.
Today is another free day to relax or enjoy further activities.
If you are interested in the Vietnam War or Indochinese history, it is worth visiting the museum at the so-called 'Coconut Prison'. Phu Quoc prison was originally set up by the French to imprison Vietnamese nationalists during the Indochinese wars, but in 1967 it was rebuilt to house communist prisoners from Northern Vietnam. These prisoners were subjected to overcrowding, brutal conditions and medieval torture methods in a way to project the strength of Southern Vietnam and extract information about the North. It is a tough and harrowing visit, but provides a very real insight into the prison at that time.
Today you will be transferred to the airport by hotel shuttle, where your trip ends.
As Vietnam is a long, narrow country from north to south climate conditions vary considerably. The climate can be divided into three distinct patterns between the north, central and south regions. The climate in the north is generally humid and subtropical, although the winter months from November to March can be colder with temperatures from 10 - 15 degrees. Summer months, May to September can be quite hot with temperatures from 30 - 35 degrees. Meanwhile south Vietnam enjoys a tropical climate all year round, with little variation throughout the year (around 27 - 32 degrees), however May to November is the rainy season when short, heavy downpours are quite frequent. Central Vietnam lies somewhere in between. The coastal strip is usually dry and hotter from April to October while November to March is wetter and cooler. A light rain jacket and small umbrella are recommended year round.
2 Pin Round
Mahayana Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism
Sunset Cruise and Squid Fishing (Half day including dinner): $15 USD Snorkelling Northern Phu Quoc (Full day including lunch): $17 USD Snorkelling Southern Phu Quoc (Full day including lunch): $17 USD Kayaking on Cua Can River (Full day including lunch): $25 USD Tour of Southern Phu Quoc including prison and Ham Ninh fishing village (Full day including lunch): $21 USD Please note: These activities are booked and paid for directly with the hotel and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract. The excursions and/or activities mentioned below are usually available and are arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices are quoted correct as of the date these trip notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations.
Only lightweight clothing is needed.
Comfortable shoes and sandals.
The price of the trip is based on a twin-room at the Amarin Resort in Phu Quoc. For single travellers there is a mandatory solo supplement payable to secure your own room for private use. Please note that the accomodation is subject to avaialbility at the time of booking.
Can you drink the water?
The water quality is poor and therefore it is recommended to avoid drinking tap water during your trip.
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