Tho Chu

Fishermen's Island

Thổ Châu Phú Quốc

Tho Chau is an 8 island archipelago which is one of the 8 communes that makes up Phu Quoc District. It is currently off-limits to foreigners as it is under military control however the restrictions will be lifted shortly.  Those in the media and medical fields can receive special permission to visit Tho Chu.  In 2017 a new fast ferry from Phu Quoc to Tho Chu was launched.  Learn more today by scrolling down.

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About Tho Chua Commune

Tho Chu Islands, locally known as Tho Chu, is an archipelago commune consisting of 8 islands:

  • Hòn Cao Cát
  • Hòn Mô
  • Hòn Cao
  • Hòn Từ
  • Hòn Nước
  • Hòn Keo Ngựa
  • Hòn Nhạn
  • Thổ Châu

The Xã Thổ Châu commune is located 160 km northwest of Cau Mau, 220 km west of Rach Gia, and 160 km south west of Phu Quoc Island.  The largest island, Tho Chau, lies 50 km away from the other 7 islands and it is here where most of the people reside.

Map of Tho Chua

The Tho Chu archipelago consists of the following 8 islands: Tho Chu Island, Kho Islet, Nhan Islet (Hon Nhan), Xanh Islet, Tu Islet (Hon Tu), Cao Islet (Hon Cao), Cao Cat Islet (Hon Cao Cat), and Mo Islet.



The main source of income for the people comes from the sea however with all the development and interest happening in Phu Quoc District, the local tourism sector is heating up especially since new ferries started to arrive beginning in 2017.


The weather is governed by the monsoon and can be quite rough at times.  With the strong winds this island has the potential to be another Kite-surfing destination such as Mui Ne.


As of 2017, Tho Chu Commune has 621 homes with about 1,916 inhabitants. Most of the population live near the coastal areas of Bai Ngu and Bai Dong on Tho Chua Island.

Where to eat and drink

 You can find local eateries serving seafood and traditional Vietnamese food near the market on Tho Chu Island by Bai Ngu.

tho chu island market

Where to stay

Currently the island is not setup for tourism but that will change as the government has a plans to turn Tho Chu into a eco-tourist island.  However you can freely camp on any of the islands or stay with a local family for about $10USD/night, assuming you are allowed to come here.



bai ngu tho chua

Tho Chu Island

Tho Chu (9˚18'N, 103˚28'E), the largest island among the eight islands in the archipelago, houses the communal administrative center and holds a special strategic position of being near international maritime routes in the Eastern Sea.    The island is well developed and has a market, dock, residential area, schools, health clinics, a post office, and two beaches: Bai Dong Beach and Bai Ngu Beach. 


Tho Chu lighthouse

Tho Chu Lighthouse

Built in 2000, the lighthouse is an interesting place to visit mainly because of the picturesque view of the island and the sea from on top  as it is located in one of the island’s highest location (167m).

Bai Ngu Beach on Thu Chu Island

Bai Ngu

The best beach on Tho Chu has turquoise water and white sand. The best time to visit this beach is during the dry season from October to April.

Bird watching at Hon Nhan, Tho Chu

Bird watching at Hòn Nhạn

Black terns are residents on this little rock island.

flying foxes Phu Quoc

Observe the world's largest bat

At Hòn Cao, nature lovers can observe flying foxes.  During the day they just sleep and become active during the sunset hours.

coral reefs of phu quoc

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

The Tho Chu archipelago is surrounded by coral reefs and thus great for observing underwater marine life.

tho chu tu islet

Relax on a powdery white sand beach

On Hòn Từ there is a picture perfect white sand beach which you can laze on.

tho chua waterfalls


Discover gorgeous waterfalls found in the interior.

Ecotourism on Tho Chua

Giant Trees

The trees on some of the islands are quite large.

tho chu island xanh islet

Fishing at Hon Xanh

The deep sea fishing is really good around Xanh Island.



How to get to Tho Chua

The only way to get to Tho Chua is by taking a ferry.  There is helicopter service available as well, but mainly for emergency situations.

From Ho Chi Minh City:

Take the bus to Rach Gia and then catch a ferry to Tho Chua.  The total travel time is approximately 16 hours however ferries are not always available.

From Phu Quoc

There are two ways to get to Tho Chu from Phu Quoc, both of which depart from Bai Vong Port in Ham Ninh Commune.

  1. Slow Ferry To Tho Chu: Departs for once every 10 days with a total duration of 8 hours (weather dependent)
  2. Fast Ferry to Tho Chua:  Departs for Tho Chu every 3 days with a total duration of 4 hours.

tho chu ferry

The Tho Chu ferries depart Phu Quoc at 8:00 AM and depart Tho Chua at 5:00PM.


A ferry from Phu Quoc's Bai Vong Port directly travels to Tho Chua with a total duration of 7 hours.




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