For most foreign visitors Gành Dầu means one thing: Bai Dai Beach — the long stretch of idyllic yellow sand that lures in tourists from all over the world. The attractions for fun-seekers are hard to resist: you can visit an amusement park and safari here, play golf, gamble at the Phu Quoc Casino, snorkel and scuba dive or enjoy sunset cocktails at one of the beach front resort bars. In fact, you can do just about everything that the average Vietnamese can only dream about. But to suggest that Ganh Dau terminates at Bãi Dài is like saying Hanoi begins and ends with Halong Bay.
Getting to Ganh Dau Beach from the main town of Duong Dong is easy. Just take the Cua Can Road from Duong Dong Town all the way up until you reach Vinpearl Phu Quoc. Stay on the paved road and keep heading north and you will eventually reach the Ganh Dau region. The total journey is approximately 30kms from Duong Dong.
Rach Vem is a small fishing village (800 meters wide and 4 km long) located within Ganh Dau commune. There are about 160 household with approximately 1,100 people living here. Rach Vem is accessible by traveling down a relatively wide side road heading east away from Ganh Dau. The village is located between the "Nhum" and "Coc" canals and faces the sea where Cambodia can be seen in the distance. You can expect to see very basic houses built on stilts, chickens and ducks being farmed, stray dogs and cats running around, and children following you around. The original inhabitants of Rach Vem do not speak much English but are very friendly and helpful. The life here is simple and there is a certain charm that exists in the village.
The beaches in the Ganh Dau region — especially those located along the north western coast are the stuff of dreams. You can find long stretches of beach which you can have to yourself and other stretches of beach dominated by luxury resorts, beach bars, and sea view restaurants.
Chuong Vich Hamlet - location of the beach with resorts.
Ganh Dau Beach (Bai Ganh Dau) is located in Ganh Dau Village up in the northern part of Phu Quoc Island and it is widely considered to be one of the best beaches on the island. The beach is surrounded by pristine forest & mountains and it also famous for its revolutionary past, where a Vietnamese fisherman named Nguyen Trung Truc set up a base near by and fought off the French.
The beach is arch shaped and about 500 meters in length, fringed by palm trees, and is shielded by two mountains. The sand is yellow in color and a bit coarse due to the vast amount of coral found in the water.
For beach aficionados, bird lovers, fishing enthusiasts, sunset chasers, foodies, and those who want a glimpse of what Phu Quoc looked like a long time ago, Rạch Vẹm is a required day trip. Rach Vem is particularly famous for its coastal fishing village (Làng Chài Rạch Vẹm) that has a few rustic seafood restaurants set out at sea.
The floating seafood restaurants located off the coast of Rach Vem were established in 2016 and were created soley to cater to tourists. There are several restaurants out at sea and you can either walk to them from shore via a wooden bridge or be taken out to them by a small boat. Technically these restaurants are not “floating” but built on stilts otherwise they would be swept away during the monsoon season. The attraction here is not the restaurants per se, all of which serve the same style of seafood, but rather the views of the sea and the long wooden bridges built over the shallow bay of Rach Vem Village. The best time to visit is at high noon when there are less crowds and when the water is at its bluest.
From the western coast of Ganh Dau you can see three islands, Turtle Island (Hon Doi Moi), Ban Island (Hon Ban) and Mouse Island (Hon Thay Boi).
Hon Bang Island is located off the north west coast of Ganh Dau across nearby Mouse Island. The island is popular with picnicking locals, who apparently do not like to pick up their garbage. Hon Bang is not worth visiting due to the island inundated with trash.
The Ganh Dau Coral Gardens
Starfish Beach is a small area located on the far eastern section of Rach Vem Beach where you can find a lot of giant red starfish in only a few feet of water.
Nguyen Trung Truc was a leader of the Anti-French Colonist movement of Vietnam from 1861 to 1868. He is known for two great military achievements: 1) The sinking of the French warship named Esperanza (December 10, 1861) and 2) Taking back Rach Gia from the French on June 16, 1868. Nguyen Trung Truc was eventually captured on Phu Quoc Island, imprisoned, and executed. There is a temple devoted to him at Ganh Dau Village on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.
One of the first things you will notice at the temple is a variety of different colored bark laid out on mats and left to dry. These barks are actually used to treat a variety of illnesses and are available for free for all guests. Just ask for a small bag and grab a handful.
The bed Bark is called “Cao Dang” and it is used to treat headaches. The lighter yellow bark is called “Phuch Linh” and it used for heart aches, insomnia, and for urinary tract infections. The darker yellow bark is called “Do Trong” and it is used to treat arthritis. The way you process the bark is by boiling it in water, filtering out the bark, and then drinking the juice or “tea”. Some also put the bark in alcohol, usually rice wine, and let it sit for several days before consuming it.
The Phu Quoc casino is a unique casino in Vietnam that allows international visitors as well as locals to gamble. The casino has numerous hotels and resorts connected to it and offers more than just gambling. There are live shows, concerts, and great international cuisine.
Imagine a magical place on a tropical island that has fast water slides, heart stomping roller coasters, a castle, and some of the best local and international food found in all of Vietnam. That place is Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc. If you ever get bored of the sun, surf, and beach living on Phu Quoc then this is the place to go to. The amusement park is a stones throw away from Bai Dai Beach, the Phu Quoc Casino, and The Phu Quoc Safari. There are also shuttle buses that will take you from Bai Truong Duong Dong, and Ong Lang to the amusement park.
Embark on a fascinating journey through Vietnam's first safari park on Phu Quoc Island. This safari is the largest open-range safari park and wildlife care and conservation park in Vietnam. The Safari Zoo Phu Quoc will have approximately 3,000 animal representing 150 species and 400 species of plants on 380 hectares of land. Launched on Dec 24, 2015 the open air zoo concept is modeled after a similar safari-style zoo found in Singapore.
There are two beach front restaurants that serve a good selection of seafood and Vietnamese dishes. Dishes start at around 100,000VND and up.
Name: 725 Restaurant
Location: Right on Ganh Dau Beach
Name: Bien Hai Quan Restaurant
Location: Right on Gan Dah Beach
Near town you can eat Pho, Bun Bo Hue, and other traditional dishes for only 35,000VND.
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Scroll down to explore the regions that make up Phu Quoc District.
Duong Dong is Phu Quoc's largest town and it is located along on the western coast of Phu Quoc island. Duong Dong is famous for its mighty river that bears the same name, temples, fish sauce factories, pepper farms, and of course the plentiful accommodation options available at all price points. Duong Dong is a busy urban place but there is electricity in the air. The town comes alive after the sun has set.
Nested in between Phu Quoc's two major towns (Duong Dong and An Thoi) lies Duong To, a vast central area that is home to the Bai Truong Tourist Complex, Phu Quoc's main tourist area. The Bai Truong Tourist Complex is often referred to as just "Long Beach", the literal translation of the Vietnamese words in English. Duong To is a hip modern commune with posh bars and restaurants, luxury beach resorts, and home to the Phu Quoc International Airport.