Hon Mau - is one of the 21 islands in the Nam Du archipelago, about 90 km from the mainland. To reach this “raw pearl” you have to take the boat in Rach Gia to the main island of the Nam Du archipelago: this is Hon Lon (also called “Cu Tron”). From there you have to take the boat to the island of Hon Ngang. This trip takes 30 minutes, from Hon Ngang you can take a small ferry to take the island of Mau. The ferry goes 2 to 3x per day to Hin Mau. The Hon Mau jetty is built of concrete posts, on which wooden planks have been laid. So it is not suitable for anchoring large boats. To the left of the pier is the island registry office and a small Ba temple.
A homestay is easy to find. If you walk further, you wander through the small streets. You can't get lost here, but you might find a fish stall with fried fish, where you can sit quietly before going to your homestay.
Hon Mau a small and beautiful island that is ideal for exploring. The 200-hectare island is populated by 120 families. Most of the island live from fishing.
When you go to the beach early in the morning, there is a buzz, as the fishing boats return to the coast with all kinds of seafood.
The new day starts here for older men, women and children, who sort the catch of the boats.
Another group of residents will take the nets out of the boats, clean and repair them in preparation for the next catch.
A few others begin to dry fish by placing them along the water. The sun and wind, which goes over the beach, gives the dried fish a special taste. You can also chat with the fishermen to learn more about their work and possibly pick out different types of seafood.
The old Pier
After getting acquainted with the inhabitants and fishermen of the village, you can explore the temple of the whale, which has many intriguing stories. A whale bone weighing many tons has been placed in the center of the altar. This temple is located directly on the sea, where the children of the village often gather to play.
The people on the island, from the elderly to children, all know that you come from somewhere else. That's why you shouldn't be surprised if someone asks you where you come from, what you do and how many people in your family are.
HDid you have a nice meal?
There are three pristine beaches on Hon Mau: Chuong Beach, Bac Beach, Bai Nom Beach.
Chuong Beach, with its beautiful white sand and immense blue water, is considered by many visitors to be the most beautiful in Hon Mau. It has more than a kilometer of white sandy beach, decorated with coconut palms in the wind and the turquoise blue sea. You can eat ice cream, order a fresh coconut or enjoy the aromatic seafood right on the beach. In addition, there are also some eateries, specializing in serving freshly prepared dishes.
Nom beach, on the other hand, attracts tourists with its long rows of green coconut palms dancing in the wind. It is located on the right side of the wharf, the front of Hon Mau with white sand, calm waves, calm sea all year round. It is a place where people gather, anchor boats, trade.
Bac Beach (also known as Black Stone Beach) has an untouched appearance with the waves touching the beach with rocks of various sizes. Black Stone Beach is small, tucked away behind the residents' homes, but well worth a visit.
After 11 p.m., when the generator stops working, people have gone to sleep, it's time for Hon Mau to return to nature.