The 2nd part of “Shopping in Phu Quoc for non-locals (Part 1)”.
There are a couple of shops in Duong Dong that now specializes in selling arts and crafts, and while most of the products are from the mainland, these shops are still fairly new and offer discounted prices from time to time. A couple of shops are located opposite Phu Quoc Airport road entrance in Duong Dong, including Phu Quoc Crafts & Cafe (109 Nguyen Trung Truc), Phu Quoc Fine Arts (Khu Pho 4, Duong Dong) with another shop on the way to Long Beach called Phu Quoc Creation (30 Tran Hung Dao Street).
Another large souvenir shop can be found on the road heading south from Duong Dong Town on Long Beach called Coinguon at 149 Tran Hung Dao. They sell a wide range of souvenirs, pearls, jewelry, and art and also have a fairly extensive museum towards the rear of the left-hand side shop which contains an interesting array of items includes Vietnamese pottery, animal skeletons, old money and more. There is a wide range of souvenirs available so you might like to think twice before purchasing any items made from the many sea shells in the store.
Phu Quoc airport
Looking for a last minute purchase, then the airport offers a decent range of postcards, pearls, and other jewelry items, along with Phu Quoc books and maps, t-shirts and caps and of course fish sauce (after immigration). There is also currency exchange counter in the arrivals hall, which offer reasonable rates.
If you’re after the real deal, the pearl farm shop run by a New Zealand based company in Duong To Village about 9kms south of Duong Dong along the dirt road that follows Long Beach. Here you will find some remarkable pearls and some information about the history of pearl farming on the island. You might find the prices are also quite remarkable too, judge for yourself.
For alternatives to the best that money can buy, there are numerous pearl shops around the island and many places that sell pearls, most of these are located in Duong Dong town near Saigon Phu Quoc Resort. At these places, you can pick up a wide variety of pearl gifts from bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings and much more, all at very reasonable prices.
Unique shopping items
Besides the pearls, you can not go past the opportunity to either visit or purchase one of the products that Phu Quoc Island is world famous for and that is the Fish Sauce. Please note that when departing Phu Quoc by air, carrying fish sauce on the airplane is not allowed and some airlines have banned it altogether because of the risk of breakage and the pungent fumes that are extremely difficult to remove. You can, however, purchase some fish sauce at the airport in the departure lounge, and they currently organize delivery for you to Ho Chi Minh.
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