Phu Quoc is the largest island of Vietnam, located in Thailand Bay. Phu Quoc has Phu Quoc national park with many wonderful scene and lovely animals/plants, and also has its own unique specities: Phu Quoc dog, one of the oldest dog breed in the world, stunning beaches and fishing villages
An Thoi Town
An Thoi is a small town at the southernmost end of Phu Quoc Island. It is the biggest fishing harbor of the area and it’s possible to moor large vessels and even container ships in the protected bay. An Thoi is the starting point of many scuba diving and snorkeling trips to the southern archipelago. You can read more about such a trip right here: Boat Tour on Phu Quoc Island: The Southern Archipelago.
An Thoi is the southern sea port town of Phu Quoc Island and increasingly popular among tourists. There are several points of interest nearby. The Coconut Tree Prison that once was hell on earth and now serves as an educational center about war crimes and torture, Sao Beach and Khem Beach, the first one of the most famous white sand beaches of Vietnam, the second one supposedly off-limits and destined for 5-star development, Phung Hung fish sauce factory with it’s natural fish sauce and pungent aroma, and of course the southern archipelago with several interesting islands as well as countless tiny ones. The reef is a popular diving spot and snorkeling tours are offered by cheerful fishermen at the harbour.
Rach Vem Fishing Village
Rach Vem Beach and the local fishing village is not really a place for lying around on the beach. The locals work hard to support their families and you will find interesting houses, built on poles right out on the sea. The people are friendly and from the shore you can see the coast of Cambodia right across the Gulf of Thailand. The village itself is a really tiny hamlet, built along the shore and maybe 500 meters wide. A very authentic thing to see.
Duong Dong Town
Duong Dong town is the biggest settlement on Phu Quoc Island and of course there is a fishing harbor. The town is, strictly spoken, not a fishing village, but it’s interesting to visit Cau Temple and witness fishermen or their wives burning incense sticks for the goddess of the sea before they head for the open ocean. You can sample seafood and the sometimes quite bizarre catch of the day at the famous night market of Duong Dong.
Le Bat Fishing Village
Le Bat is one of the picturesque, tiny, hidden fishing villages on Phu Quoc Island. Actually there is nothing there but an interesting landscape for photographers. You pass this hamlet on your way to Vung Bau Beach. Follow the street from Duong Dong to Cua Can. North of Ong Lang Beach you pass Hoang Yen Resort, cross a bridge and turn left. Follow the street and you will find Le Bat. From there, a scenic road follows the coast northwards, so if you are on motorbike and have time, enjoy the trip.
Ham Ninh Fish Village
Ham Ninh Fish Village Located 20km northeast of Duong Dong town, Phu Quoc district, Ham Ninh village is renowned for its breathtaking natural scenery and peaceful daily life of local fishermen. Located 20km northeast of Duong Dong town, Phu Quoc district, Ham Ninh village is renowned for its breathtaking natural scenery and peaceful daily life of local fishermen. Originally, the residents in Ham Ninh used to solely rely on fishing to make a living, but in some recent years, tourism is a major source of income as they sell seafood, handmade souvenir to tourists. In hot summer days, traveling to Ham Ninh, visitors are likely to leave their bustling life behind, and be lost into the picturesque scenery here. Stunned by the turquoise sea, tourists are certainly tempted to immerse themselves into the cool water and contemplate small fishes swimming beside them, and seaweeds floating in the blue water.
Visiting Ham Ninh, travelers have a golden chance to taste mouth-watering and healthful drinks and seafood like ginseng- seaweed water, “Tram” mushroom (a special kind of mushroom in the island), sea-horse soaking in the liquor and so on. And it is so great to lie on the sand, enjoy boiled flower crab meat and watch the stunning sunset on the beach. Before coming back home, visitors can buy some flower crabs, a bottle of sea-horse in liquor or some souvenirs made of shell as gifts for friends and family.
Other opportunities to spot fishing activities
The inhabitants of Phu Quoc Island mainly live from fishery, so small fishing huts are what you often find along the seafront. There are many opportunities to take pictures of fishermen or their wives collecting sea snails, clams or small crabs. Life here is hard but simple, and the people are cheerful. Sometimes you find an abandoned hull, peacefully rotting between the rocks, but usually the vessels are well taken care of and kept functional – for generations. Check out Phu Quoc Island’s fishing villages, it’s really a beautiful sight and especially recommended during sunrise or sunset.
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