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Nam Du Islands
(no tourism)

"Nam Du is one of the best places I'd strongly love to come back. It is not a well develop place so you can not find any luxury hotel or service here. Not suitable for family with small kids... All is back with local people, to join in their local life, even there is not enough electricity throughout the day and the water quality is also not good. BUT, back to the nature.
To me, it is a beautiful island with beautiful and gentle people that I was lucky to have a chance meeting. Just, I hope the people will gain more knowledge for protecting the sea... wonderful place for me"


Bay Men

          You want to be away - from the bustle of the city, then you choose a trip to the Nam Du Islands in Vietnam, where you are close to the middle of nowhere. Nam Du is a brand new destination, so there is no modern accommodation such as 5 star hotels or expensive restaurants. Nam Du has a population of 10,000 people who work in fishing and marine related services.
It takes five hours to reach the Nam Du Islands by boat, 84 kilometers off the coast of Rach Gia, the capital of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang. There are 21 islands in this archipelago, which you can only reach by boat. The islands cover a total area of only 40 square kilometers. The largest island of the archipelago is called Hon Lon or 'Big Island'. The town of Hon Lon is known as Cu Tron and Bai Tret is the small but growing port area, where you will find the main ferry port, accommodations, restaurants and much more. It is the center of all economic activities. It is the first stop that makes the boat from Rach Gia in the Nam Du Archipelago.

When someone arrives on the island, one will immediately feel attracted by the color of the blue, crystal clear sea and the white sandy beaches.
The beaches here are not so long and wide like Mui Ne or Nha Trang, but they are always clean and crystal clear to the bottom of the sea
The sea is shallow, calm and it takes a few tens of meters, until the water comes to your breast, you can see the coral below you.
The people on the island live by fishing, especially lobster. Their houses are all located by the harbor in the vicinity of the sea.

 

 


From the quay in Hon Lon a paved road of three kilometers goes up to the hills and ends at the top (295 meters) at the lighthouse, from where you have a beautiful panoramic view of the archipelago. There are fishing villages on the east and west side of the island and at night the lighthouse is a beacon at sea for the ships.

Hon Lon has a beautiful coast and the road is well paved. One of the most memorable things to do in Nam Du is to drive around the coast at sunset. The scenery is beautiful and sunset in the ocean is absolutely beautiful.From the quay in Hon Lon a paved road of three kilometers goes up to the hills and ends at the top (295 meters) at the lighthouse, from where you have a beautiful panoramic view of the archipelago. There are fishing villages on the east and west side of the island and at night the lighthouse is a beacon at sea for the ships.

Hon Lon has a beautiful coast and the road is well paved. One of the most memorable things to do in Nam Du is to drive around the coast at sunset. The scenery is beautiful and sunset in the ocean is absolutely beautiful.


the map

Don't expect luxury on the island. This is a place for the more adventurous traveler. It's hard to find English here, so a Vietnamese dictionary is handy.
A boat trip around the entire archipelago costs around 4 Euro. Nam Du has many picturesque islands, such as the island of Dau, the island of Nom, the island of Mau, etc. Tourists can go to the island of Ngang, where you can rent a room for an overnight stay. There are no notable hotels on the islands, just a few local residences, which residents have converted into "guesthouses." Rooms cost around 4 euros per night.

The region is so remote that it is not yet connected to Vietnam's electricity grid and relies on generators to survive. Nam Du is very unspoilt. Foreign visitors may only visit this region since 2018. The Vietnamese tourists in particular are coming here now.
There are two sailings from Rach Gia a day to Ngang, one at 7 a.m. and one at 3 a.m. The boat trip to Nam Du departs from the quay at Nguyen Cong Tru Street in the provincial capital. The crossing takes approximately 5 hours. You can also leave from Ha Tien to the archipelago.
Mau Islet (200 hectares) has a fishing village, two sandy beaches and three rocky beaches. It is interesting to let you sail there once.

 


Mau island

You can rent a boat to explore the islands around Hon Lon or to visit some beautiful places. On the island there are a few people who rent out a boat (if you cannot rent, go directly to the quay, fishermen want to earn something extra. You have to negotiate about the price and tell where you want to go.You can rent a boat to explore the islands around Hon Lon or to visit some beautiful places. On the island there are a few people who rent out a boat (if you cannot rent, go directly to the quay, fishermen want to earn something extra). You have to negotiate about the price and tell where you want to go.
You can also easily rent a bike.
The best travel period to Namdu is in the dry season: from December to March. The best weather is from January to March, because the sea is then fairly calm. Seasickness then gives the less inconvenience when sailing by boat.

 

 

 

 


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