There’s little to do at Sao Beach (Bai Sao), on Phu Quoc Island’s southern tip, and that is precisely its appeal. Among the Island’s—and some say, the country’s—most beautiful beaches, Sao Beach is little more than a thin strip of fine, white sand flowing into a clear shallow bay, a shape that earned it the nickname Fingernail Beach. The sliver of sand affords enough space for sunbathing and, occasionally, a beach volleyball game, while the hilly jungle interior looms large behind—a fringe of palms forms the boundary with a few bending toward the sea to lend shade. Small dining shacks share the sand by positioning their plastic chairs and umbrellas waterside—the perfect vantage for watching bobbing boats or splashing children.
There are only two basic hotel/hostels on Sao Beach, which means it’s a lot less crowded than popular Long Beach—and visitors have to work to get here. To do so, you’ll have to either rent and drive your own motorbike (from $5-$12 per day), or hire a taxi for the day for around $35USD. Though it’s pricier than paying for two one-way taxi trips, if you’re heading via taxi we’d recommend the full-day option as taxis can sometimes be scarce near the beach. Sao Beach is down a dirt road just north of Dam Beach and both are a few kilometers from the southern port town of An Thoi. Note that because of the beach’s remote location, the seaside restaurants tend to be a bit pricier than other Island locations.