Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak | Phu Quoc Island

Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak | Phu Quoc Island

First published December 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle

A spine of jungle-clad mountains rises along the east side of Phu Quoc Island. Ascending steeply through thick rainforest, a pathway leads to a nest of giant boulders, from where 180-degree views take in the southern ‘tail’ of the island and the shimmering sea surrounding it. Free, easy to find and follow without the need for a guide, trekking up to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn (‘Fairy Mountain Peak’) is a rewarding, moderately challenging hike, and yet another way to explore Phu Quoc’s lesser-known but hugely impressive interior.

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A Steep Jungle Hike to a Stunning View Point

Although the hike to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak is easily accessible, it has yet to attract many visitors. The trek is quiet, beautiful, largely litter-free, and a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. The views are spectacular, the exercise invigorating and the nature pristine. Bring a picnic and plenty of water. The best time of year is the dry season (November-May). Be careful in damp conditions when the path becomes slippery and dangerous. Early morning or late afternoon is the best time of day, but make sure not to descend after sunset. The hike takes between 1-3 hours return, depending on how often you stop and linger over the views. So far, very few foreign visitors know about Đỉnh Tiên Sơn, but it’s bound to become more popular. When it does, let’s hope we all keep it clean and in its natural state. See below for more information and images:


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Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak

Difficulty: moderate | Time: 1-3 hours | Entry: free

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The hike begins at Cafe Tiên Sơn Đỉnh, located on the road to Hàm Ninh fishing village. You can either take a taxi from your accommodation or ride a motorbike and park at the cafe while you make the trek. Entrance is free and you don’t need a guide to follow the path, but it would be ‘good form’ to purchase a drink at the cafe in lieu of a parking fee. Walk past the cafe, keeping the building to your right, then through the back yard, beyond which lies a patch of grassy farmland. With a small, covered family cemetery on your left, head straight up into the jungle. Once you’re on the dirt path leading through the trees, you shouldn’t have any trouble following it all the way to the top.

Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

The tree cover is dense, the vegetation tropical and exotic: creepers, vines and epiphytes climb thick trunks soaring up toward the jungle canopy. The path is relatively steep and rocky: be careful in damp conditions, as the trail becomes slippery and treacherous. After 10-15 minutes of climbing, a large banyan tree appears in a clearing to the left of the trail. Old and gnarly, the banyan’s roots and branches spread like tentacles over a big boulder on the forest floor, creating a natural climbing wall. It’s great fun to try different ‘ascents’ of the tree and swing from the vines.

Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

After the banyan tree, the trek gets steeper and more rugged, sometimes requiring wooden ladders to traverse the complicated terrain. The rainforest is very beautiful and there’s hardly any litter around. Such is the density, only occasional shafts of sunlight penetrate the treetops. The jungle is still and silent apart from the intermittent screaming of cicadas and rustling of leaves in the breezes that sweep in from the sea. Nearing the latter stages of the climb, a sheer rockface is ascended via a rustic-looking wooden staircase. Take care and watch your step, because a wrong foot here would result in a painful fall.

Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Towards the peak, the pathway winds in on itself, opening a corridor through the trees that emerges into sunlight on top of a giant, flat boulder. This is Đỉnh Tiên Sơn – ‘Fairy Mountain Peak’. A small, carved milestone doubles as a altar with flowers and incense. The views due south over the airport, forested hills and tapering tip of the island at An Thới port are fabulous. The sea shimmers silver-grey all around. A few other boulders can be climbed at the peak for more views. It’s the perfect place for a picnic and to rehydrate for the (much easier and quicker) descent. This trek is another reminder of just how green, tree-covered and relatively unspoiled Phu Quoc’s interior is. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Trekking to Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

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  1. Axel PRADELS says:
    January 20, 2023 at 7:50 PM


    I’m Axel PRADELS, animator of a group of French minors.

    My group and I would to do Đỉnh Tiên Sơn Peak. This hikking is it secure for young group and is it possible to do it whitout guide ?

    Waiting for your feedback


    1. Tom says:
      January 21, 2023 at 6:44 AM

      Hi Axel,

      You can do this hike without a guide by following the information on the page above.

      The hike is very steep in some places and the ground can become slippery when damp. I cannot say whether it is secure for minors or not. I suggest that you take a quick trip to the trail by yourself and decide whether or not it is safe for your group.



  2. Morgan says:
    August 17, 2022 at 8:39 AM

    Absolutely amazing views thank you for this article, I would never have heard of it otherwise! Literally spent 2 hours taking it all in.

    1. Tom says:
      August 19, 2022 at 4:25 AM

      Hi Morgan,

      That’s great to hear. Glad you enjoyed this trek.



  3. Tom says:
    December 13, 2021 at 4:38 AM

    Hi Tom,

    Thank you for this beautiful article: it always reminds me how majestic Vietnam is, and how many hidden places are still left to be found :))
    I went in Phu-Quoc 2 years ago but didn’t have a chance to climb in the mountains, I just looked at them from the road below and it was already such a beautiful scenery.
    Thank you for making me feel like I was in the forest with you!

    Keep well Tom,


    1. Tom says:
      December 14, 2021 at 1:30 AM

      Thanks, Tom.

      Hopefully you’ll get a chance to do the hike next time you visit Phu Quoc 🙂