Phu Quoc is a very mountainous and densely forested Island, approx. 600 sq km situated in the Gulf of Thailand, shaped like a “tear” its approx. 48 km in length south to north at its longest point and 19 km at its widest point in the north.
It has a population of approx. 100,000 people and is 45 km’s west of Ha Tien on the Vietnamese mainland and approx 5 km off the south east coast of Cambodia near its northern point.
This supernatural island is surrounded by a number of smaller islands mainly to the south and arguably has some of most beautiful beaches in Vietnam as well as some of the best seafood.
Phu Quoc is not really a part of the Mekong delta and also it doesnt share the same extraordinary ability as the Mekong delta to produce rice or fruit, this is mainly due to the lack of soil quality and the inaccessible terrain on the Island.
Phu Quoc is however home to reputedly the best Fish sauce (nuoc mam) in the world, slowly however Tourism is catching up as main source of revenue with Seafood still the main industry in Phu Quoc, the Island is also well known to produce high quality pepper that is exported all over the world.
Another point of interest is the Phu Quoc Dog which was reputedly a wild animal before and later trained as a hunting dog by the local people.
These animals have unusually sharp teeth (as they tear their food when they eat it rather than bite) and have claws that over the years have been conditioned for catching their prey and are razor sharp, in saying this generally “their bark is worse than their bite!”