Holidays to Duong Dong deliver authentic experiences by the bucketload, from sunset fishing to buzzing market streets.
Sun, sand and seafood
Fishing is Duong Dong’s lifeblood, and everything in the town is tinged with a maritime theme. Wooden boats crowd along the riverbank, and the daily seafood markets are a hive of activity. Where the waterway meets the Gulf of Thailand, a pair of palm-lined sandy beaches roll out in either direction. Closer to the centre, the shoreline’s sprinkled with colourful temples, street cafés, and an iconic stripy lighthouse.
Big on bartering
Haggling’s part-and-parcel of holidays to Duong Dong, and you’ll be an expert by the time you’re finished here. Ease yourself in with some low-key bartering at a street food stall, before stepping things up at the town’s lively night market. For something a little more mainstream, you can browse a couple of small-scale shopping centres close to the river.
You’ll find one of the oldest sites in Phu Quoc here – the Sung Hung Pagoda. Wrapped in a ring of lofty trees, it feels a million miles from the bustling shopping streets, despite being just a couple of minutes’ walk away. Culture-wise, it’s Duong Dong’s crowning glory, and the peaceful grounds are dotted with Oriental statues, a Buddha-lined altar, and a famous piece of art known as the Flying Dragon.
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