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PHU QUOC NIGHT MARKET | The Complete Guide 2024

The Phu Quoc Night Market in Duong Dong town is an absolute must-visit. This guide will tell you everything you need to know to make the most of your visit.

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Opening Times: Monday to Friday | 3 pm – 11 pm (get there at about 8 pm).

What To Expect: A chilled local vibe without many tourist traps. Affordable products including; souvenirs, seafood, jewellery and clothes. Big crowds add to the overall vibe.

How Long To Visit: I recommend a couple of hours. If you have a sit-down meal then take it to 3 hours.

Where Is It: Duong Dong town.

Where To Stay: Check out our top recommendations for hostel, hotel and 5* luxury.

Phu Quoc Night Market - The Best Night Market We Have Been To!

The Phu Quoc Night Market

We have been to quite a few markets in our time and we have to say that the Phu Quoc night market is probably the best either of us has ever been to. It gets this quite prestigious title by being a great place to chill, buy reasonably priced goods, eat and experience the local culture all in one place. All with the benefit of not being accosted into tourist traps at all!

So, it goes without saying that we recommend visiting the Phu Quoc night market but read this guide fully to find out all the information that you could possibly need.

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Best Time To Visit The Phu Quoc Night Market

The opening times for the Phu Quoc night market are;

  • Monday: 3 pm – 11.30 pm
  • Tuesday: 3 pm – 11.30 pm
  • Wednesday: 3 pm – 11.30 pm
  • Thursday: 3 pm – 11.30 pm
  • Friday: 3 pm – 11.30 pm
  • Saturday: 3 pm – 11.30 pm
  • Sunday: 3 pm – 11.30 pm

I had to say that the market starts at 3 pm because there are stalls at that time selling produce. However, this really is not the whole market and REALLY isn’t the experience you get from going in the evening.

Unofficially I would say that the actual time is 6 pm – 11 pm and I would suggest getting there at 8 pm. This is when the Phu Quoc night market really is in full swing and you will make the most of your evening.

Also, these kinds of markets are always going to be busier on the weekends and I think that adds to the vibe. If you agree then try to go on Saturday as I think this is the best day of the week to visit. If not then any weekday is going to be slightly quieter.

Dried fish at the Phu Quoc night market

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Where Is The Phu Quoc Night Market

The market itself is situated in the main town of Duong Dong. This town is easily accessible from anywhere on the island. The entrance and walking route around the market are in the map below.


How To Get There

If you are staying in Duong Dong then I highly recommend you walk as the traffic will be terrible in the evening. If you are a little further away (like we were) I recommend you download the Grab app (android/apple) and get a taxi from wherever you are. The price is pretty good and we had a lot of success with it.

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Pro Tip

Quite a few of the Grab drivers in Phu Quoc casually told us to cancel the trip and tried to charge us more money. This ‘casualness’ is to try to make you think it is normal, it isn’t. Don’t let them charge you more or cancel your trip.

Fresh seafood at the Phu Quoc night market

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What To Buy At The Phu Quoc Night Market

There is a pretty good range of stuff but here are a few of the best things to look for.

  • Jewellery: There are a lot of jewellery stands throughout the market selling pearls, rings, earrings, etc. This is actually a pretty good place to look for this as most of them have the prices out already and, as this is a local market, the prices are reasonable straight off the bat.
  • Dresses: I could’ve put clothing here but I really think Vietnam shines for the quality and range of off-the-shelf dresses you can find at markets like this. Jade is 6’1″ so she didn’t have much luck but if you are average height and love dresses then you’ll be in your element/
  • Food: You can buy all sorts of dried meats and fish, nuts and other food at the stalls but I think the best food can be found in the numerous restaurants and bars throughout the whole market.
  • Souvenirs: As you can imagine, there are plenty of souvenir stalls a little further into the market where you can pick up the normal sort of fridge magnets, locally produced nick nacks and the like.
Souvenirs at the Phu Quoc night market

Jade also says in the video that it’s a really good place to buy things like snorkelling equipment so if you have not brought your own then this might be a good time to have a look.

If you’re looking for a snorkel kit then check out this mask and snorkel. We have been on so many snorkel and boat tours where the snorkel hire was dreadful and it ruins the experience. If you have room then definitely take your own set. Take a look at our recommended kit here.

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Food & Drink

There are a few street food vendors as you walk around the market but If you are looking for a proper meal there are also loads of restaurants (especially seafood) dotted around the whole market.

These restaurants tend to have a lot of their produce at the front in a stall where you choose your meal and they then cook it and bring it to your table. I recommend going a little further into the market as the stalls tend to get a little cheaper than the ones at the very start.

Fruit Juice at the Phu Quoc night market

There are as many bars as there are restaurants and you’ll easily be able to find a drink as you walk the Phu Quoc night market. There are so many bars that it is not unheard of for the market to still be open at around 2-3 am the next morning.

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Where To Stay For The Phu Quoc Night Market

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FINE9 HOSTEL

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If you need a hostel then this is the one to get! Cheap, clean, quality rooms and is situated literally on the doorstep of the Phu Quoc night market. Picture the perfect hostel in your head, put it in the ideal location and this is it.

Hotel

Green Tree Hotel

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Just a few minutes drive down the coast, the Green Tree hotel is a very good option if you are looking for something a step up from a hostel. It boasts a gorgeous swimming pool, restaurant and bar to make your stay perfect.

5* Luxury

Salinda Resort

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I always go to write something about these 5* properties and revert to just saying ‘check out the resort by clicking through the button below’. My words are usually not enough to describe the beauty of these accommodation options.


Top Tips For The Phu Quoc Night Market

  • Belongings: The Phu Quoc night market is extremely busy. This means that there may be people looking to pickpocket you, like anywhere else in the world. Just be aware of this as you walk around and make good choices with your belongings.
  • Weather: The Phu Quoc night market is very open so if it is raining hard it will take away from some of the enjoyment. See if you can plan your trip during a dry period.
  • Have Dinner: There are so many food options at the Phu Quoc night market that you should definitely not eat before going. The prices are pretty reasonable to so don’t expect to get ripped off.
  • Bartering: Bartering is always a good thing to try if you are not happy with the price of something. Too many people try to barter for the sake of it. If you’re happy then go for it, if you’re not, come down until you are happy or walk away. Simple.
  • Time There: I recommend spending a couple of hours at the Phu Quoc night market. If you are planning to have a big dinner and maybe some drinks afterwards then give yourself 3 hours.
BBQ food selection

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What To Pack

Here are a few items that we think are super important when visiting the Phu Quoc night market. We have also included some packing essentials and some items that are important for Vietnam as a whole.

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Osprey Daylite Plus Backpack

Jade has used this backpack throughout the world on our travels and we have both been very impressed with the design. It comfortably holds a 3L water reservoir in the specifically designed pouch and contours very nicely over your back to distribute the weight well. I have always had a full camera bag so Jade usually has to take enough for two people which it can do. It's a very reasonable price for a very good day pack.

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Travel Wallet - RFID Blocking

Anywhere tourists travel to in high numbers will be hotspots for thieves. Having your personal documents, cards, and cash in one of these discreet travel wallets is a very good idea for peace of mind. This one also comes with RFID blocking so people will not be able to scan cards through your clothing.

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Yoga Foam Flip Flops

I love wearing flip-flops all day which means that they must be more comfortable than the standard hard plastic ones. These yoga foam flip-flops have been designed for extended use and hope to be the most comfortable flip-flops you ever wear. They come in loads of different colours too!

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Anker Magnetic Power Bank

We have been using Anker portable chargers for years and highly recommend their easy design and reasonable size. This super cool 10,000mAh battery pack has magnetic wireless charging capability to help minimise wires and hassle even further. This makes it extremely versatile and helpful for those long periods away from a socket. A must-buy for any backpacking traveller.

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Other Things To Do In Phu Quoc

The Phu Quoc night market is pretty good but it’s not the only thing this incredible island has to offer! Take a look at these other activities for even more things to do in Phu Quoc.

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Snorkelling/Waterpark Trip

We went on a three-island snorkelling trip whilst were in Phu Quoc which was fantastic. We went to a couple of snorkelling spots and also got dropped off at the large Pineapple island in the south. This is where the huge waterpark is and where the world-famous Phu Quoc cable car goes. We travelled back on the cable car so it was a brilliant 1-day excursion including so many activities.

Check out the exact tour we went on here!

Greatever Snorkel Set

We all know how frustrating it can be to hire snorkels from local vendors as the quality tends to be below par, or they just immediately fog up. We have chosen the Greatever snorkel set due to its affordability, face fit, and anti-fog attributes, which all combined make for an excellent addition to your luggage!

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Water Park

As mentioned above, the south island has a world-class water park and is easily a full day’s activity for families and anyone who loves water parks (like me). When I say world-class, Sun World waterpark really delivers. It is one of the best waterparks I have ever been to so definitely check it out here.


Starfish Beach

We, unfortunately, went to starfish beach a the wrong end of the season and the water was dark and green. This meant that the only starfish we saw were a few unfortunate ones that had washed up on the shore and died. Check out how to actually enjoy Starfish Beach here.

Starfish Beach Phu Quoc - Worth It In The Low Season?

Nevertheless, it is a great place to go to see the starfish in the crystal clear water and grab something to eat on the large piers that go out into the sea. It’s very secluded so I recommend getting your grab to stay for the duration of your visit so you have a taxi home.

They will offer to do this as it saves them time and money and guarantees them a pretty decent fair in the other direction.


Beach Day

The beaches in Phu Quoc are considered to be some of the best in all of Vietnam so you simply have to get a few beach days in whilst you are there. I recommend checking out Bai Truong (Long Beach) in the south but there are plenty of others to have a look at.

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Microfibre Poncho Towel

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Sun Bum SPF 50 Sunscreen

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WOWSUN Polarized Sunglasses

A decent pair of polarised sunglasses is difficult to get at a decent price, especially if you want them to look good. These from WOWSUN have lots of different styles (male/female) and colours to choose from and they are very affordable. Click through to see all of your options.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

If you travel and you read then you almost certainly own or have thought about buying yourself a Kindle. You'll never have to choose which books will fit in your luggage again. This incredible new Kindle is perfect in direct sunlight, has an adjustable backlight, and can survive being submerged underwater!

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Cable Car

I mentioned the cable car above but didn’t really go into much detail about this insane bit of engineering. The Phu Quoc cable car is an 8km marvel that towers over the sea and small islands to the south.

I am not so good with heights but I managed to get through it and it was absolutely incredible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Opening Times For The Phu Quoc Night Market?

Monday – Sunday | 3 pm – 11 pm

How Long Should I Visit The Phu Quoc Night Market?

I recommend 2-3 hours depending on if you are going to have a sit-down meal or not.

Is The Phu Quoc Night Market Worth It?

100% Yes. The vibe is so much better than other night markets we have been to.

Where Is The Phu Quoc Night Market?

In the main town of Phu Quoc called Duong Dong. See our map for the exact location and walking route.


There you go guys, I hope this guide to the Phu Quoc night market was helpful! If it was then please let us know about your experience in the comments section below. If you have any information of pro tips we could add then also please let us know in the comments!


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