Holidays to Duong Dong hit you with a no-holds-barred taste of Vietnam – think haggle-happy markets, cyan fishing boats, and a pair of pinch-yourself beaches.
Phu Quoc’s premier town
Duong Dong’s top of the pile when comes to tourism in Phu Quoc. It’s the island’s capital, and balances its love affair with fishing with a handful of swanky beach resorts. Bluey-green boats bump together along the riverbanks, and a web of marketplaces twists and turns all the way to the seafront. Rainbow-like temples pop up along the way, and the beaches themselves are up there with the best on the island.
From al fresco eats to handmade arts and crafts, Duong Dong’s street stalls are on a different level. The famous night market majors in fresh-from-the-net seafood, and during the day you can pick up quick and easy snacks – like banh mi, a Vietnamese take on a pork baguette. Head to Bach Dang Street, and you’ll see people eating Italian-inspired banh trang nuong – a roasted disc of rice paper loaded with pizza-style toppings.
The Cao Dai religion is said to have been born in Phu Quoc, and one of its most-prized temples sits right in the heart of Duong Dong. It’s a real attention-grabber, with mustard-yellow walls, royal blue gates and red pagoda-style roofs. Inside, you’ll see colourful dragons coiled around marble columns. And there’s a staircase that leads up to a panoramic balcony – one of the town’s highest points.
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