NAM DU ISLAND VIETNAM - A PRISTINE ISLAND SHOULD NOT BE MISSED


19 Jan 2021

Nam Du island Vietnam title
Source: Jaery

Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Nam Du Island Vietnam belongs to An Son Commune and Nam Du Commune of Kien Hai District, Kien Giang Province - about 60km from the mainland and 300km from Ho Chi Minh City. Actually, Nam Du is an archipelago consisting of 21 islands, including Hon Lon Island, Hon Ong Island, and Hon Tre Island,... The best time to come here is from December to June, because of the little rain, calm sea and a lot of sunshine. 

I - How to get to Nam Du Island?

1 - From the mainland of Kien Giang Province

Image of NamDu Island

Source: VnExpress

From the mainland, you have to get to Rach Gia Port for ferries or high-speed boats to Nam Du Vietnam. Rach Gia Port is located at Nguyen Cong Tru Street, Vinh Thanh Ward, Rach Gia City, Kien Giang Province. Some of the companies offering the services: 

Superdong High-Speed Boat Company

- Traveling time: 2.5 hours from 7:30am to 10am and 8:30am to 11am

- Drop-off point: Nam Du Wharf on Hon Lon Island - Nam Du Island

- Ticket price: 150,000 - 210,000 VND / person ($6.5 - 9)

- Hotline: 0297 3877 742 

- Email: rachgia.sales@superdong.com.vn 

- Website: superdong.com.vn

Ngoc Thanh High-Speed Boat Company

- Traveling time: 2.5 hours from 7:30am to 10am

- Drop-off point: Nam Du Wharf

- Ticket price: 210,000 VND/person ($9)

- Hotline: 0918 894 088 

- Facebook: https://vi-vn.facebook.com/taungocthanh

2 - From Phu Quoc to Nam Du Island

In Phu Quoc Island, you can refer to the following companies

Superdong High-Speed Boat Company

- Traveling time: 1.5 hours from 7:50am to 9:20am

- Drop-off point: Nam Du Wharf

- Ticket price: 200,000 - 250,000 VND / person ($8.5 - 10.8)

- Hotline: 0919 664 660 

- Email: info@superdong.com.vn 

- Website: superdong.com.vn

Ngoc Thanh High-Speed Boat Company

- Traveling time: 2.5 hours from 8:30am to 10am

- Drop-off point: Nam Du Wharf

- Ticket price: 250,000 VND / person ($10.8)

- Hotline: 0918 894 088 

- Facebook: facebook.com/taungocthanh

II - What to do in Nam Du Island Vietnam?

1 - Hon Lon Island

Hon Lon Nam Du island Vietnam

Hon Lon Island - Source: Dulichocean

Also known as Hon Cu Tron Island, Hon Lon Island is the largest island in the Nam Du archipelago, covering an area of ​​over 700 hectares. It is surrounded by a road stretching over 11km, passing through many poetic sceneries, suitable for you to have a motorbike trip and breathe in the fresh air. This island is also famous for its charming beaches, endless sand shores, rows of green coconut trees, and so on. The most outstanding tourist spots and activities on Hon Lon Island include:

Cay Men Beach

Considered the most beautiful beach on Nam Du Island, Cay Men Beach certainly makes you say “wow” by its white sand shores, cool blue water, and green coconut trees that are almost a hundred years old. Coming here, you will have a chance to not only free play and swim, but also walk barefoot on the beach, catch snails on the rocks around the bay, or dive to catch squids and admire the brilliant corals in the clear water. You can also buy fresh seafood at cheap prices right on the beach to process and enjoy with your loved ones.

Location: 4.5km from Nam Du Wharf

Chet Beach

Traveling to Nam Du Island Vietnam, you also have the chance to immerse yourselves in a pristine beach, namely Chet Beach (Bãi Chệt in Vietnamese). The beach features a simple and untouching beauty, especially charming at dawn and dusk. Chet Beach is associated with a story about a naval battle that took place in the 16th century, between Chinese and Dutch merchant ships. 

Although not the calmest Nam Du beach, in general, the waves at Chet Beach are still quite peaceful, and suitable for swimming and playing. From Chet Beach of Nam Du Island, you can overlook the bustling wharf, and nearby is the local seafood market where you can enjoy fresh seafood. Having the time to come here, you can also organize a small picnic or BBQ with friends or family, using the fresh ingredients just bought at the market.

Location: right next to Nam Du Wharf

Nam Du Lighthouse

 

Lighthouse Nam Du island

Nam Du Lighthouse  - Source: Medium

Built-in 2001, this lighthouse is located on the top of Hon Lon Island. Nam Du Island Lighthouse has a height of only 11.6m but is located on a hill 308m above sea level, making it the highest lighthouse in Vietnam. From the top of the lighthouse, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Hon Lon island and the whole Nam Du Archipelago. That is why the best time to come here is at dawn and dusk when you can admire the scenery while breathing in the fresh air coming from the sea. 

Location: 2.5km from Nam Du Wharf

2 - Camping at Hon Dau Island

Hon Dau Nam Du island

Hon Dau Island is an ideal place for overnight camping - Source: Vietfu

In your Nam Du Island tour, Hon Dau Island is a special highlight. It would take about 20 mins to travel from Hon Lon Island to Hon Dau Island by boat, which can be found at Nam Du Wharf. Hon Dau Island is dubbed as a “hidden gem” that you should not miss, with a pristine beauty typical of the archipelago of Nam Du Vietnam. 

This island is quite large compared to other islands in the same area, but it is 90% covered by primeval forests and very few people live on the island. The water here is very clean, while on the shore there are many coconut trees leaning towards the sea, where you can hang out in hammocks and enjoy the sea atmosphere.

3 - Hon Ngang Island

Road in Nam Du island

Nam Du Island photo - Source: Vietnammoi

It takes 30 minutes for you to travel from Hon Lon Island to Hon Ngang Island by boat at Nam Du Wharf, with 2 trips at 7am and 3pm daily. As the center of Nam Du Commune, Hon Ngang Island also has the quietest harbor in the area, attracting thousands of boats, ships, and fish cages. This is the richest and most populous island in the archipelago of Nam Du, with the majority of the 900 households living and making their ends meet by fishing. 

Coming to Hon Ngang Island of Nam Du Island, you can sunbathe on the charming sand shores, immerse yourselves in the blue clear water and climb on the craggy cliffs with unique and strange shapes. You can also rent a boat to visit the side-by-side fish cages, explore the daily life of the local fisherman and enjoy the delicious seafood. On Hon Ngang Island, there exists a sacred temple namely Ba Chua Xu Temple waiting to be discovered.

4 - Scuba diving in Nam Du Island Vietnam

Scuba diving Nam Du beach

 Scuba diving - Source: VnExpress

Nam Du Vietnam is extremely famous for its charming and colorful corals. The calm sea and the clear water facilitate your diving tour. You can contact these agencies for advices, equipments, and transportation: 

 Bai Soi Beach
- Tour length: 2 days 1 night 

- Price: 1,500,000 VND/person ($65)

- Website: http://www.baisoibeach.com

Nam Du Explore

- Tour length: 9 hours from 8am to 5pm

- Price: 500,000 VND/person ($21.5)

- Website: https://namduexplorer.com

4 - Explore the cuisine on Nam Du Island

The island of Nam Du surely impresses you with its rustic and delicious dishes, including:

Sea urchin Porridge

 

Sea Urchin Nam Du island

Sea Urchin Porridge promises to blow your taste - Source: Delightfulplate

Sea urchin is a specialty of Nam Du. Its flavor is sweet with the aroma of the sea urchin and other spices such as ginger, pepper, and scallions. The price is about 50,000 VND/bowl ($2.15).

Grilled squid

Grilled squid in Nam Du Island Vietnam has a very distinct flavor. You can enjoy this dish at the Nam Nuong restaurant mentioned above.

Grilled scallop with onion oil

 

Grilled scallop Nam Du island

Grilled scallop with onion oil - Source: Justin Walker

Scallops are very fat and have white flesh. When enjoying this dish, you feel the chewy sweet taste of scallops, the aroma of grilled onions and the greasy taste of roasted peanuts.

You can try this dish in Nam Nuong Restaurant (next to Nam Du Wharf, phone number 0392476540).

III - Nam Du Island accommodation

There are not so many accommodations on this island. You have the following choices:

1 - Homestays system

Hotels in Nam Du island

Source: Vietnamcoracle

Thao Thuong Camp homestay

- Location: Hon Lon Island, 3km from Nam Du Wharf

- Phone number: 0985 388 885

- Website: http://thaothuongcampnamdu.com

Phong Vu Nam Du homestay

- Location: Hon Lon Island, 3.9km from Nam Du Wharf

- Phone number: 0919138369

- Facebook: https://vi-vn.facebook.com/phongvunamdu

Nam Du Homestay

- Location: near Chet Beach, Hon Lon Island

- Phone: 0355 768 440

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/www.homestayNamdu

Hong Dau Island homestay

- Location: Hon Dau Island

- Phone: 0372 780 072

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hondaunamdu

2 - Nam Du Island hotels system

Royal Hotel

- Location: Hon Lon Island, 60m from Nam Du Wharf

- Phone: 0939 626 459

- Website: https://hoanggianamduhotel.com.vn/

Khang Vy Hotel

- Location: Hon Lon Island, 2.7km from Nam Du Wharf

- Phone: 0354 045 205

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/khangvynamdu

3 - Nam Du Island resorts system

Langchia Nam Du Resort

- Location: Hon Lon Island, 750m from Nam Du Wharf

- Phone number: 0973 302 044

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LangchiaNamDuResort

Humiso Nam Du Resort

- Location: Hon Lon Island, 4.5km from Nam Du Wharf

- Phone: 0855 558 888

- Room rates: 400,000 VND / room / night ($17.24)

IV - Nam Du map 



Above is our overview of tourism in Nam Du Island Vietnam. Let's come here to immerse yourselves in the charming beaches and admire the colorful corals,...

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