Sao Beach Phu Quoc: Discover One of the world’s most Pristine and Tranquil Beaches

What to Do in Phu Quoc

Sao Beach (Bãi Sao) is a captivating gem nestled on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, approximately 25 kilometers south of Duong Dong Town. Renowned for its pristine white sand, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and swaying coconut trees, it offers a serene escape for those seeking to unwind and immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.

When you come to Sao Beach, you can participate in many fun activities such as swimming, sunbathing, and playing water sports such as surfing, kayaking, and diving to see the coral reefs. In addition, you can also enjoy fresh seafood at the restaurants along the coast.

If you are planning to visit Sao Beach Phu Quoc in the near future, join Rooty Trip as we explore some essential travel tips based on our 6+ years of experience operating tours in this stunning location.

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Sao Beach Phu Quoc

1. Introduction to Sao Beach in Phu Quoc

Sao Beach Phu Quoc: Where is it located?

Sao Beach Phu Quoc is located in Ap Bai Sao, An Thoi Ward, Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province. It is approximately 25 kilometers south of Duong Dong Town.

Nestled in the gentle embrace of mountains, the beach boasts a stunning 7-kilometer coastline:

  • Swaying coconut trees line the shore, painting a picture of tranquility.
  • The calm sea beckons visitors to bask in its gentle embrace.
  • Pristine white sand, soft as cream, stretches along the beach, offering a truly unique experience.

In 2015, Sao Beach was recognized by CN Travel as one of the 10 most pristine and tranquil beaches in the world.

Sheltered from the southwestern monsoon winds, the beach features shallow waters with gentle waves, ideal for children and non-swimmers to enjoy safely.

Sao Beach captivates visitors with:

  • Crystal-clear turquoise waters reflect the sky and clouds, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.
  • An atmosphere of peace and tranquility, perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Why is it called “Sao Beach”?

“Sao” in Vietnamese means “Star”. Legend has it that on moonlit nights, thousands of starfish would wash up on the fine white sand, creating a magical scene. This led the locals to name the place Sao Beach.

In reality, based on Rooty Trip’s tour experience, Sao Beach either has no starfish or very few. However, according to many locals and travel documents, Sao Beach did indeed have a large number of starfish in the past.

Despite this, Sao Beach remains stunning and retains its original name as a testament to its magical and romantic beauty.

The water is so clear that you can see the bottom of the sea. The white sand is bright, not yellow like other beaches, and stretches endlessly along the coastline. This beach has attracted many tourists, from families to couples. It is the most checked-in beach in Phu Quoc to date.

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Blue sea, white sand, green coconut trees at Sao Beach (Photo: hasunekyoko)

2. When is the best time to visit Sao Beach?

The best time to visit Sao Beach is from June to October, which is the dry season in Phu Quoc. During this time, the sky is clear, there is little rain, the sun is beautiful, and the sea is calm, making it ideal for swimming, playing on the sand, and participating in water sports.

However, you can also visit Sao Beach during the rest of the year.

  • November to March: This is the rainy season in Phu Quoc, however, the rainfall is not too heavy and usually only occurs at night. The sea can be rougher at this time, but it is still possible to swim.
  • April and May: This is the shoulder season in Phu Quoc, the weather is quite erratic, and there may be sudden showers so you can still swim and do outdoor activities well. The only thing is that checking in and taking photos will not be optimal for you.
Cảnh đẹp tại bãi tắm sao phú quốc

Beautiful scenery of Sao Beach (Photo: rai.svg)

3. How to get to Sao Beach Phu Quoc?

3.1. Directions to Sao Beach

  • From Duong Dong town, you go south on Tran Hung Dao street and National Highway 46 for about 20 minutes. You will reach Bai Sao village after crossing a bridge.
  • Continue straight through the market and turn onto the road with the “7UP” sign.
  • At the end of the three-way intersection, you can choose Long Beach Restaurant, Lang Toi or My Lan to get to Sao Beach. According to tourists’ experience, the most convenient way is to go from Long Beach Restaurant.

3.2. Means of transportation

To get to Sao Beach, you can travel by motorbike, car, taxi or join a tour with pick-up and drop-off service.

  • Motorbike

Motorbike is always the most popular way of transportation chosen by many tourists when traveling to Phu Quoc. This way, you can control your sightseeing time as well as explore many other destinations in Phu Quoc.

You need to prepare papers and driving license before departure. Also, make sure the motorbike you rent has been serviced before. The motorbike rental price is around 100,000 VND – 150,000 VND/day.

  • Car or taxi

You can rent a motorbike or self-driving car at rental points such as hotels, resorts or car rental service shops. This is a suitable way of transportation for the majority of tourists coming to the pearl island.

If you take a taxi from the center of Duong Dong ward to Sao Beach, the price for a trip will be around 360,000 VND.

  • Join a tour with pick-up and drop-off service

Besides traveling by motorbike or car on your own, tourists can also choose to travel to Sao Beach through pre-designed tours such as Rooty Trip.

Most of the tours at Rooty Trip such as the 5 South Island Tour provide pick-up and drop-off service for tourists, which brings you a complete trip without having to worry too much about transportation.

4. What to do at Sao Beach Phu Quoc?

Sao Beach is not only attractive to tourists from all over the world for its beautiful scenery, but it also offers a variety of fun and exciting experiences beyond just swimming in the sea. Let’s find out in detail what Sao Beach has to offer!

  • Swimming – Enjoy swimming and check-in

The sea at Sao Beach is very calm and the water is quite shallow, even during the rainy season, so it is ideal for feeling the “heartbeat” of the ocean. Immersing yourself in the warm sun, gazing at the white sandbank, and blending into the cool seawater is a wonderful experience for visitors to Sao Beach.

In addition to swimming, you can take countless beautiful photos at Sao Beach such as taking pictures with white sand, taking pictures under coconut trees and swings, taking pictures with clear blue water,… Here is a little tip for you! In fact, it is very rare to see starfish when swimming at Sao Beach. Therefore, when you go swimming, you can prepare artificial starfish models, starfish toys to check-in and take pictures for beauty, for example, the photo below.

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Swimming at Sao Beach

Tourists can also swim and play exciting games such as:

  • Throwing ball: If you go in a group, you can stay underwater and throw the ball to each other and try not to let the ball fall into the water. Anyone who drops the ball into the water loses.
  • Building sandcastles: Use mini tools such as shovels, and buckets,… to build unique castles with white beach sand.
  • Swimming competition: Choose a landmark and see who is the fastest to swim there.
Khung cảnh hoang sơ, yên bình tại Bãi Sao

A pristine and peaceful scene at Bai Sao (Photo: viktariasa)

After swimming, you can enjoy a light snack of fruit, bread, or yogurt. You can also go to a cafe with your friends to sip a drink and chat. Swimming is an energy-consuming activity, so take some time to rest and relax before continuing your schedule.

  • Take photos and check-in

Among them, the most famous is the scene of the swing hanging beautifully next to the coconut tree leaning towards the sea. This is always the corner where most tourists check-in when stopping at Sao Beach. However, decorations such as domes, and swings,… along Sao Beach usually cost 10,000 – 20,000 VND each time, so ask the price first!

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Taking photos at Sao Beach (Photo: wikaema)

Chụp hình check-in tại Bãi Sao Phú Quốc

Take check-in photos at Sao Beach Phu Quoc (Photo: agarwalpallavi)

  • Kayaking – a gentle and exciting experience

It would be a big miss if you didn’t list kayaking as one of the interesting experiences here. Sitting on a kayak floating in the endless space, admiring the clear blue sea and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere will be something you will remember forever. The rental price is usually around 100,000 VND/hour.

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Experience kayaking

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Kayaking at Phu Quoc Star Beach (Photo: lee_l_)

  • Parasailing – adrenaline-rush activity

Parasailing is an adrenaline-rush activity, often loved by men. Admiring the entire beauty of Sao Beach when flying in the windy sky will be an unforgettable experience when trying parasailing. Looking at the clear blue sea, the white sand beach and the green coconut trees will surely make visitors fascinated. The rental price of parasailing ranges from 650,000 VND/person to 1,200,000 VND/2 people.

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Interesting parasailing activity at Sao Beach (Photo: bolanda07)

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Experience parasailing activity

  • Jet skiing 

Jet skiing is an exciting sport for those who love speed and want to experience the feeling of surfing the sea waves. Throttle, feel the motorbike rushing on the sea, and let the sea breeze and the cool water touch your face. That is truly an exciting and vibrant feeling.

With 200,000 VND, you can enjoy jet skiing, enjoy the beautiful sea scenery and experience new and exciting emotions.

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Riding a jet ski at Phu Quoc Sao Beach – (Photo: _tampham1712)

  • Surf on the sea with Banana Boat

The banana boat game is an exciting and lively game for visitors when coming to Sao Beach. This game uses a long banana-shaped float, inflated and tied to a speedboat. Visitors will sit on the banana boat and be towed at high speed on the water.

The banana boat game brings a strong and exciting feeling when you are towed by a boat at high speed. You will experience the feeling of floating and swaying on the water and can admire the beauty of Sao Beach from a different perspective. This is a very fun game and suitable for the whole family to participate.

The rental price of banana boats at Sao Beach ranges from 120,000 VND to 150,000 VND/person/turn. This price may vary depending on the time and service provider.

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Extremely fun banana boat game

Here are some tips for taking beautiful photos at Sao Beach:

  • Choose the right time: The best time to take beautiful photos is at dawn or dusk when the light is soft. You should not take pictures at noon when the sun is strong and the picture is burnt.
  • Choose the shooting angle: You can take pictures from above to capture the whole view of Sao Beach, shoot towards the sea to see the vast landscape, or on the shore with the white sand,…
  • Add props: Straw hats, sunglasses, swings, long chairs, artificial starfish,… will make the photo more lively and full of “beach” vibes.

Please note:

  • Entrance to Sao Beach is free.
  • However, there are some services that are subject to a fee, such as sun loungers, showers, umbrellas, etc.
  • The following are the prices for these services:
Service Reference price (VND)
Hammock 30.000 VND
Umbrella 30.000 VND
Sun lounger 60.000 VND
Mattress 30.000 VND
Shower 20.000 VND
Float 30.000 VND

5. What to eat at Sao Beach Phu Quoc?

In addition to the exciting activities mentioned above, Sao Beach also treats visitors from all over the world with its characteristic seafood dishes, which are full of the flavor of the pearl island:

  • Fish salad: Considered the “number 1 specialty” of Phu Quoc’s island cuisine, fresh sardines are cleaned and sliced thinly, then mixed with a mixture of onions, lemon, chili, peanuts,… Although simple, the dish has a special and irresistible flavor.
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Herring salad – A rustic specialty in Phu Quoc

  • Grilled Conch Trumpet: Conch trumpet is actually a type of sea clam, characterized by its triangular shape and the size of an adult’s hand. This is a very nutritious dish, which can be prepared in many ways, but the most attractive is still grilled conch trumpet. The dish conquers diners with the salty taste of salt, the spicy taste of chili and the sweetness of the conch trumpet meat.
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Conch Trumpet specialty

  • Grilled Sòng fish: It would be a big miss if you didn’t enjoy grilled sòng fish when traveling to Phu Quoc. The dish “fascinates” many tourists because of its delicious taste, firm and chewy meat, and it is served with fresh forest vegetables.
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Fragrant Grilled Sòng fish in Phu Quoc (Photo: hoanghaiyennnn)

  • Grilled sea urchin with scallion oil: Sea urchin or sea urchin is one of the famous specialties in Sao Beach, Phu Quoc. The best sea urchin is still grilled with scallion oil and roasted peanuts on a charcoal stove, the sea urchin meat mixed with strong spices creates an irresistible aroma.
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Grilled sea urchin with scallion oil

To enjoy fresh seafood at Sao Beach, you can refer to some restaurants near Sao Beach such as:

Chez Dugong Restaurant: Chez Dugong Restaurant offers a variety of seafood dishes from local cuisine to other Asian and European dishes. In addition, the restaurant also has a spacious and airy seating area, suitable for families.

  • Address: Bai Sao 1 Area, City. Phu Quoc, Kien Giang
  • Rating: 3.9/5

Sao Beach Club & Restaurant: The restaurant is combined with a bar, serving a variety of food and drinks. The restaurant also has an outdoor area facing the sea, perfect for relaxing and watching the sunset.

  • Address: Group 9, Bai Sao, Quarter 4, Ward, Phu Quoc, Kien Giang
  • Rating: 4.2/5

6. Things to note when traveling to Sao Beach Phu Quoc

To have a perfect and complete trip, you need to remember some notes when swimming at Sao Beach Phu Quoc as follows:

  • Prepare full equipment such as: Swimsuit, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, some cash,…
  • Prioritize choosing comfortable clothes that are easy to move in.
  • You should bring a pair of flip-flops for easy movement on the sand.
  • Prepare a plastic bag to put wet clothes in and also have a waterproof bag for your phone.
  • Although the water at Sao Beach is quite shallow and safe, you should also keep an eye on children if you are traveling together.
  • Ask the price before renting services such as canoes, water motorcycles, kayaks,…
  • Finally, don’t forget to prepare the “virtual living” poses to capture eye-catching check-in photos.

6.1 Which hotels are near Sao Beach Phu Quoc?

Sao Beach Hotel

  • Address: 108 Nguyen Van Cu Street, Ward 5, Duong To, Phu Quoc
  • Room rate: From 1,500,000 VND/night
  • Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, restaurant, bar, spa service, airport transfer service
  • Rating: 4.3/5 stars on Google Maps

Minh Toan Galaxy Hotel

  • Address: 118/14 Nguyen Van Cu Street, Ward 5, Duong To, Phu Quoc
  • Room rate: From 1,800,000 VND/night
  • Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, restaurant, bar, spa service, airport transfer service
  • Rating: 4.5/5 stars on Google Maps

La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc Hotel

  • Address: Bai Khem, Duong To, Phu Quoc
  • Room rate: From 2,200,000 VND/night
  • Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, Outdoor pool, Restaurant, Bar, Spa service, Airport transfer service, Kids club, BBQ area
  • Rating: 4.7/5 stars on Google Maps

Room rates may vary depending on the tourist season and the date of booking. You should refer to more detailed information and book directly on the hotel’s website or To save time and cost of finding a room, you should choose Rooty Trip’s Phu Quoc full package tours for the most complete experience.

6.2 Looking for affordable Sao Beach Phu Quoc tours?

Rooty Trip is currently offering all-inclusive Sao Beach Phu Quoc tours at a reasonable cost. Our professional and dedicated tour guide team ensures your trip is enjoyable and safe. Rooty Trip has modern means of transportation, bringing comfort and convenience to tourists. In addition, Rooty Trip’s tour packages often include unique experiences and excellent customer service, creating a perfect and memorable trip.

You can refer to and read information about the 1-day Sao Beach and Hon Thom Cable Car Buffet Tour and the 2-night Phu Quoc 3N2D 1500k Tour with extremely preferential prices from Rooty Trip.

Sao Beach Phu Quoc, with its white sand and turquoise water, is a great destination. Convenient transportation, attractive tourist destinations, and diverse cuisine here promise to bring you a unique discovery experience. Sign up for a Rooty Trip tour to experience an exciting journey with professional service and top-notch amenities.

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Here are some additional reasons to choose Rooty Trip:

  • We are a local tour operator with extensive experience in Phu Quoc.
  • We offer a variety of tours to suit all budgets and interests.
  • We have a team of experienced and knowledgeable guides.
  • We are committed to providing excellent customer service.

Book your Sao Beach Phu Quoc tour with Rooty Trip today!



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