Kien Giang is the tip of the southwestern part of Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Its shares borders with An Giang, Hau Giang and Can Tho in the east, ca Mau in the south and Cambodia to the north.
Kien Giang has two beautiful towns, those are Ha Tien and Rach Gia, and 11 other districts. It also owns the gem of Vietnam’s tourism: Phu Quoc Island- the must-come destination of every trip to Kien Giang.
1. Sights & Attractions
Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc Island is definitely a wonderful tourist attraction of Vietnam. The island is home to around 80,000 inhabitants largely concentrated in the biggest town of Duong Dong.
The poetic beauty of Phu Quoc island
Phu Quoc is a paradise for sun and sea seekers. Here, you may spend a whole day just relaxing with a hammock on the lovely pure beaches and listening to the sound of wave until the sunsets, the moon reflects itself on the sea and stars start their dances in the night sky. That’s for the peace-seekers who come here to find some relaxation after stressful days, for the ones who love activities, they can keep them busy with cycling, trekking, snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing.
A favorite activity on Phu Quoc island
Phu Quoc possesses many sublime and pristine beaches. Bai Truong or Long Beach is among the best. Stretching over 20 km of grainy gold sand and gorgeous blue water, it offers magnificent backdrops for a full resort strip in the western side. The beach is also gracefully shaded with forest of coconuts swaying in sea breeze. This is the ideal place to relax and unwind.
Winning any heart ever been to Phu Quoc, Sao Beach (Star Beach) is worth the best vote. It is located on the east coast leading to the southern tip of the island. Bai Sao offers the whitest sand, warm and turquoise water,… such an ideal place for swimming and sunbathing. Continuing towards the south end, you will see the stunning Bai Khem. This beach is justas beautiful as the Bai Sao. However, you are not allowed to set your foot here, as it belongs to a military zone. There are, anyway, several other unexplored options like Bai Vong, Ong Lang, Bai Thom or Bai Dai awaiting for you.
Ham Ninh Fishing Village
Most tours in Phu Quoc will take you to a fish sauce factory or a pepper plantation where you may learn and even try experiencing the local ways of working. You would rather ride a bike to Ham Ninh.
Ham Ninh fishing village
This is a small and peaceful fishing village with some pearl raising farms. Andfrom the white stone cliff, you may get panoramic view of the village harbor packed with colorful fishing boats.
2. Food & Drink
Coming to Phu Quoc island, all you need to do is just making an order then taking a dip or relaxing on a hammock before your food is ready. You can look around the Long Beach and you will easily find what appeal to your taste. Seeking for local cheap and tasty food, you can head to Duong Dong township.
A specialty of Phu Quoc
3. How to get there?
From Ho Chi Minh City or Rach Gia (Mekong Delta), you may fly to Phu Quoc. The first takes 1 hour. The latter takes half an hour.
By bus and speedboat
This is the most popular and handiest way for budget-minded travelers. From Ho Chi Minh City, you should catch a Mai Linh night bus in Mien Tay Bus Station to get to Rach Gia, Kien Giang. From Rach Gia bus station, take a motorbike taxi to get to the wharf and then jump into Dong Duong or Super Dong Express Boat, which both depart at 8.am. You may land on Phu Quoc Island 2.5 hours later. There are also passenger boats from Ha Tien, but for safety reason (especially in rainy season Jun-Oct) you should not try the service.
Travel to Phu Quoc by boat
Phu Quoc is equivalent in size with Singapore. It is large enough for a several-day excursion and small enough for a scenic ride. Hiring a motorbike may be also tempting.
From Rach Gia, you may also catch buses to Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh City and Long Xuyen (An Giang).