Enjoying fresh air in Sao Beach

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If you are looking for that perfect beach, one with white powdery sand, turquoise clear water, swaying palm trees, jungle backdrop, and maybe a few bars to enjoy a cocktail while looking out into the open ocean then Sao Beach – Phu Quoc island is your beach. We have seen most of the beaches in Vietnam and have to say that Sao Beach is probably Vietnam’s best beach in terms of accessibility, water clarity, sand quality and color, water safety (safe for kids, no currents), and not being too overdeveloped (well not yet). If you are a beach lover then Sao Beach is a must see. Have fun here in Phu Quoc and remember to like us below if you haven’t already!

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How to get there

From Duong Dong town, travel south on Tran Hung Dao street and head towards the airport. When you see the sign for the airport, make a left and continue for another 5 minutes. Pass the toll booths and then make a right when you reach the roundabout. This road is known as National Highway 46. Head south for about 25 minutes. Around the 25 minute mark you should pass over a bridge. The road here is not paved so be careful. Once you cross the bridge you are in Bai Sao Village. Bai Sao Village has a small market, coffee shop, etc all of which are located next to the main road. Continue down the road for another 3 minutes. Look to your left for a giant “7UP” sign – that is the entrance to Sao Beach. Make a left and head down the dirt road for another 8 to 10 minutes. Near the end of the road you will reach 3 different paths – 1 will take you to Không Sao Beach Bar, another will take you to GeckoJacks and My Lan resort, and the third will take you to Long Beach Resort. The choice is up to you as all of these roads lead to the beach.

The whitest and cleanest beach

Ranking high amongst not only the best beaches in Vietnam but also in all of Southeast Asia is Sao Beach (“Bai Sao” or “Star Beach”). Located on the south eastern side of Phu Quoc Island in An Thoi Town, Sao Beach is 7km’s of white sandy heaven.  The following sections provide you with a general overview of Sao Beach. Sao Beach is famous for its white sand. The sand is powdery and light, reminiscent of the sand found in the Caribbean’s. The “whitest and cleanest” stretch of sand can be found in the northern part near the Paradiso Restaurant. Far south, the sand becomes more coarse with a yellowish hue.

Bai Sao via Du Lich

The best thing to see

The best thing to see here is the beach itself. You can walk up and down the beach and look for crabs, snails, and other small crustaceans. In the far northern and southern part of the beach you can enter the jungle through some small trails made by the local people. If you want to snorkel or introduce your children to snorkeling, you can do so near the rocks by the Long Beach resort. There you will see some fish and shell fish. There you will see some fish and shell fish. There is even a beach swing that makes for a great photo opportunity.

What to do

White powder sand that squeaks and squelches underfoot, luminous plankton in the water at night. Plastic deck chairs and tables crowded under thatched roofs by the tree-line, where barefoot waitstaff buzz about dishing out delicious seafood and cold beer. Bai Sao is one of the most popular beaches on Phu Quoc but it manages to remain strangely deserted for much of the time. For many tourists staying at Long Beach, Bai Sao is the second beach they see, often on day trips organized by their resort or hotel. The tours usually include snorkelling and fishing from a boat. Any fish that get caught will later be cooked up and eaten on the boat or onshore, along with the obligatory sea anemone (a Vietnamese favorite), and plenty of Phu Quoc fish sauce. Despite their initial misgivings many tourists end up loving the sea anemone (and even the Phu Quoc fish sauce!) Give both of them a try because they might surprise you.

If you think it would be neat to stay at Bai Sao long after the day-trippers have gone home, there are a few accommodation options. One of the cheapest is My Lan, a collection of rudimentary beach shacks and a simple restaurant. Bai Sao is also home to Gecko Jacks, a resort literally hacked out of the jungle (but perhaps the jungle has reclaimed it: Gecko Jacks’ website has seemingly disappeared from the Internet.) The resort has established a good reputation, and is recommended by those who have stayed there.

Bai Sao via An Binh Travel

The water surrounding the beach is calm, warm, and with a distinctive turquoise blue color. The further out you go, the darker the ocean becomes. The sand leading into the water contains no rocks and there is no sudden drop, but rather a gentle slope. The ocean here is relatively shallow( for up to 100 meters) which makes it safe for kids and non swimmers.  During low tide you can see sand ripples which resembles a sand bar.  The ideal time to take that perfect beach picture is during low tide (in the morning). Sao Beach is famous for its white sand. The sand is powdery and light, reminiscent of the sand found in the Caribbean’s. The “whitest and cleanest” stretch of sand can be found in the northern part near the Paradiso Restaurant (formerly known as Không Sao “No Problem” Beach Bar & Restaurant). Far south, the sand becomes more coarse with a yellowish hue.  There is also a lot more trash in the southern part of the beach.

In the ocean you will find schools of small fish, needle nose fish, and sometimes even a small squid. There are a few shell fish here as well. At the very north and south end of the beach there are a few areas where you will find corals and it makes for a good spot to snorkel). In October and September you will find a lot of starfish near the shore. Occasionally you will see a sea urchin, but they are very rare here.

The water surrounding the beach is calm, warm, and with a distinctive turquoise blue color. The further out you go, the darker the ocean becomes. The sand leading into the water contains no rocks and there is no sudden drop, but rather a gentle slope. The ocean here is relatively shallow( for up to 100 meters) which makes it safe for kids and non swimmers.  During low tide you can see sand ripples which resembles a sand bar.  The ideal time to take that perfect beach picture is during low tide (in the morning). Sao Beach is famous for its white sand. The sand is powdery and light, reminiscent of the sand found in the Caribbean’s. The “whitest and cleanest” stretch of sand can be found in the northern part near the Paradiso Restaurant (formerly known as Không Sao “No Problem” Beach Bar & Restaurant). Far south, the sand becomes more coarse with a yellowish hue.  There is also a lot more trash in the southern part of the beach.

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