Imagine waking up to this.
No longer remote, no longer restricted, no longer a challenge to get to via motorbike or even by bicycle, and no longer a mystery… it is time for you to visit Thom Beach (Bai Thom).
Region: Xa Bai Thom | Vietnamese name: Bãi Bien Thom | Family Friendly: Yes | Recommended Time: 4 hours | Directory | Rating: 3.5/5
Thom Beach is located in Bai Thom Commune which is approximately 35 km from Duong Dong Town and in the vicinity of the most lush, dense, and diverse region of the Phu Quoc National Forest. The road from Duong Dong Town to Thom Beach is well paved and it is probably the most enjoyable motorbike road trip in all of Phu Quoc Island.
Swimming & Water Activities
The sea at Thom Beach is very shallow and tidal in nature. At low tide, the water recedes leaving behind it a boundless sandy beach with a lot of tidal animals (e.g. crabs, crustaceans, etc). At low tide it is possible to walk across to nearby Mot Island which is only meters away from the coast. When the tides rise very little of the beach remains. The slope into the ocean is low making it easy to enter and exit it however the ocean floor consists of rocks and coral debris so you need to be careful where you plant your feet. The water clarity varies depending on the season and the sea here can be quite quite rough at times, especially during the wet season.
While swimming at Thom Beach you have to be aware of sea urchins (year round) and jellyfish (seasonal). There is also coral present at shallow depths. If you venture off to the forest nearby you may see silver langurs, macaques, wild boars, flying squirrels and deer.
Things To Do On Bai Thom Beach
There are a few activities that you can do at Thom Beach. You can rent a boat and cruise along the shoreline, fish off the boat, and also visit Mot Island. If you catch a fish (or squid) you can have one of the restaurants cook them for you for a small fee. You can also snorkel in the waters off Thom Beach as there are a few hard corals in the area. If you do not have your own snorkel and mask with you, you can rent one for the day for 50,000VND at Cay Vong Nem Resort.
Need To Know
Mosquitoes can be a problem here during the wet season so please pack insect repellent. If you plan on snorkeling, we advise that you wear water booties or snorkel fins as the sea bed is very rugged.
Imagine waking up to this.
North of Thom Beach you will find a lot of cashew nut plantations which you can visit.
Wild and not maintained yet beautiful in its own right.
The coast surrounding Bai Thom experiences tidal activity. If you are seafood lover, you can forage off the land and sea and collect sea urchins, clams, sea snails, small crabs, conch, and other shellfish and have yourself a nice shore lunch.
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