The history of the island has been mixed, having been under the control of both Cambodia and France.
During the Vietnam War, Phu Quoc was home to the largest prison camp, holding up to 40,000 prisoners in 1973.
Annual rainfall is high, with the more mountainous regions receiving even more rainfall than lower lying lands.
The monsoon season runs from June to November.
Average temperatures are around 31º year-round with the hottest months being April and May when temperatures can reach 35º centigrade.
Things to do
Nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc Island is the perfect place to enjoy a number of activities.
The smaller islands that make up the Phu Quoc region are surrounding by waters that are perfect for scuba diving amongst the off-shore coral reefs and other water sports.
The tropical paradise island has kilometres of unspoilt white sand beaches and crystal clear tropical waters lap against the palm-tree and forest framed beaches.
Head inland and you will find the refreshing Suoi Tranh waterfall which culminates in a beautiful dip-pool surrounded by the native ferns, the ideal place to unwind.
Unlike many of the other tropical island destinations in the area, Phu Quoc has remained much more tranquil, with a more mature night life.
Take a trip to the night market which is full of vibrant colours and wonderful smells of local street food.
Getting To Phu Quoc
Getting to Phu Quoc is straightforward, just a 50-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Alternatively, you can take a boat or ferry to the island which is a relaxing way to reach this paradise location.
As the largest island in Vietnam it is no surprise that Phu Quoc is a favourite destination amongst travellers to the region.
Being a huge tourist attraction, the Vietnamese government introduced a free visa for those wishing to visit for up to 30 days, a great initiative which may tourists are taking advantage of.
The island is famous for two exports, fish sauce made from the abundant anchovy stock found off the coast of the island and also black pepper, which is cultivated inland and considered one of the best black peppers in the world.
Phu Quoc is predominantly a National Park and protected marine environment which ensures the natural environment will remain untouched for years to come.