11 things to do in Fukuoka, Japan

What to see in Fukuoka – pops and secrets

What to see on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam

Find out what to see in Fukuoka, from famous sights to hidden gems. We’ve explored the entire island up and down and compiled a list of the most interesting spots.

Phu Quoc Island is synonymous with beach vacations in Vietnam. It really is the best beaches in the country, but after a week of seal rest will bore everyone. What to do? Go and explore the island.

What can I see on Phu Quoc? Be warned: the sights are the weak side of the island. Almost all of them are pretty impersonal, many of them not even worth seeing. There are no beautiful landscapes (as in Halong Bay), no ancient temples and palaces (as in Hue) or mountains (as in the vicinity of Nha Trang). In Phu Quoc everything is much more prosaic. However, even among the fresh sights are really impressive.

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What to see in Phu Quoc

Hidden gems of Fukuoka

There are a few places in Fukuoka that impressed us. If you’re tired of the standard waterfalls, commercial factories, and boring museums, then this is the one for you!

Starfish Beach Bãi Rạch Vẹm (Rush Vem)

We think Rush Vem is the best beach in Fukuoka! We advise you to see it for sure. We hope it never suffers the fate of Bai Sao. The beach is amazing: crisp white sand, azure water, and most importantly – red starfish. There are hundreds of them in shallow water. And what sunsets here!

People come here by bikes and cabs. The road is unpaved, with bumps. There is no infrastructure. There are 4 gazebos and a covered pavilion – a former cafe, now it’s empty. There is no shade on the beach. In the sea goes a platform, which leads to a restaurant with seafood. Mostly natural debris, but there is also plastic – no one cleans up here.

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We spent half a day on the beach at Rush Vem, we didn’t want to leave such a beautiful place. We watched the sunset and shot the area with a drone, and were the last to leave with the sounds of the lively jungle.

Tip: Rent a bike or take a cab to see the sights.

What to see in Phu Quoc

Beautiful places in Fukuoc

Beautiful places in Fukuoc

Floating village Rạch Vẹm

We found the village by chance on the MAPS.ME map – no information on the internet. It is located at the left end of Rush Vem beach. Poverty and devastation reigns here, but how many picturesque details from the life of the Vietnamese can be seen! Locals come here to eat fresh seafood in floating restaurants.

Starfish Beach Rush Vem in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

What to see in Phu Quoc

What to see in Phu Quoc

Another starfish beach is Bãi Thơm

We were lucky enough to arrive on the right side of Bãi Thơm beach at low tide – and we saw large starfish, coral, nimble crabs and slow-moving clams. Our amazement was boundless, because we knew nothing about the beach. By the way, you can see Cambodia from the shore.

But the left side of the beach is better not to visit – very dirty coast.

Where to go on Fukuoka

Where to rest on Fukuoka

The port of An Thoi

We advise to come here for those who love the romance of ports: nets and tackle, fishing boats and longboats, drying squid and fresh catch. I love ports and everything to do with them to the point of puppyish delight.

What to do on Fukuoka

What to do on Fukuoka

Safari Park and Wynperl

We visited the Wynperl in Nha Trang – it’s great! The rides are cool. We advise both adults and children. Safari tourists like it. We also wanted to go, but it did not work. There is information about safari in Russian on the official site.

Road through a nature reserve

Rent a bike and ride the free asphalt roads! By the way, there are only two so far. It’s especially nice to ride at dusk, breaking through the humid and suffocatingly sweet scents of tropical nocturnal flowers.

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Where to go on Fukuoka

Popular Fukuoka spots: what to see?

Some will find these places interesting, but don’t rush to criticize us for being biased. Everything is learned in comparison: we have toured almost all of Vietnam, and these sights for us are boring. Most of them we did not even visit.

Here is a list of famous attractions in Fukuoka, which tourists tired of lying on the beach:

  • Coconut Tree Prison (Nha Lao Cay Dua / Coconut Tree Prison);
  • pepper plantations;
  • pearl farm;
  • fish sauce factory (Phu Quoc Fish Sauce);
  • bee farm;
  • Coi Nguon Museum with observation deck (admission 20,000 dong);
  • lighthouse and temple;
  • Ho Quoc Pagoda;
  • night market;
  • Vinpearl Land amusement park;
  • Ridgeback dog kennel;
  • Suoi Tranh and Suoi Da Ban waterfalls (best to visit during the rainy season);
  • Duong Dong Lake;
  • Bai Sao and Long Beach.

Tip: to the prison, factories and farms take tours – full buses of Russians and Chinese. If you do not want to wander in the crowd, come in advance. Best excursions in Fukuoka →

Let’s tell more about the places we visited from this list.

Night Market

It’s open from 18:00. Tourists write that you can eat cheap seafood here. Well, we do not know, in some city restaurants is cheaper. The market is big: there are clothes, souvenirs, street food, seafood restaurants. We are interested in such places because you can take colorful photos and portraits. We tried sea urchin, local hot dog, mussels, spring rolls and fried ice cream here.

food at fukuoka night market

Fukuoka pearl prices

Bai Sao.

That-some-paradise-beach that all the brochures shout about. It’s in the top 5 places to see in Fukuoka. The situation is like with Nha Trang Zoclet: you come here for the clean white sand and solitude, and you get hell. The southern part of the beach, to which a separate road leads – a dump. You can make at least a raft out of the trash there. The landscaped northern part was occupied by the Vietnamese and the Chinese, and all of them, wretched communists, crowded in the center of the beach. But if you walk to the sides, it is much freer.

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Access to the beach is a separate story. It leads to a narrow concrete road, and all – huge tour buses, bustling cabs and nimble bikes – eager to get to Bai Sao. The Vietnamese are very impatient drivers. Can you imagine what’s going on?

The pros of Bai Sao: white sand, shallow clear sea, beautifully bent to the water with palm trees. At sunset, the sky and sea are painted in pastel colors.

Paradise Beach Bai Sao in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

What to do on Fukuoka

Long Beach

The beach as a beach: clean yellow sand, clean sea, well-developed infrastructure. Sunsets are gorgeous.

Suoi Da Ban waterfall

The waterfall leads to it turned loose dirt track – we hardly passed on a bike and soiled the clay shoes. The waterfall itself in the dry season is not interesting. It’s shady and cool, and the Vietnamese come here for picnics.

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