Nam Du Island Travel Guide From A To Z

Located 250 kilometers from Saigon, Nam Du island is considered as the best destination for visitors looking for ideal beach’s paradise to relax in the holiday. Nam Du Island Travel Guide From A To Z will introduce useful information for you to make a perfect Nam Du island trip where you can enjoy both nature beauties and experience the culture of the land.

 

Nam Du Island Travel Overview

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Nam Du is the farthest archipelago of Kien Hai ( Kiên Hải) district Kien Giang (Kiên Giang) province, about 80 km from Rach Gia ( Rạch Gía) city. 21 islands form beautiful archipelago in the middle of the sea. This archipelago stretches over two communes of An Son ( An Sơn) and Nam Du, is becoming an attractive destination for backpackers heading to the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.

 

 The Nam Du Archipelago sits in the Gulf of Thailand, consisting of over 20 islands, islets, and rocky outcrops. Photo: @letuananh
The Nam Du Archipelago sits in the Gulf of Thailand, consisting of over 20 islands, islets, and rocky outcrops. Photo: @letuananh

 

Weather in Nam Du Island? When is the best time to visit to Nam Du Island?

From Nam Du island travel guide, there are two main seasons in Nam Du Island: dry season (December to March) and rainy season (April to November). Obviously, the dry season is much more favorable for exploration and a whole lot of other activities. So, the best time to visit Nam Du Island is from December to March when the sea is peaceful and turquoise, the temperature is comfortable and the weather is consistent and sunny.

 

Nam Du island is an ideal place for sunbathing and relaxing. Photo: @lukdop
Nam Du island is an ideal place for sunbathing and relaxing. Photo: @lukdop

 

The best time to visit Nam Du is from December to March. During this time, the weather is quite beautiful with blue sky and mild-wave sea.

Almost territorial seas of Kien Giang are not directly affected by hurricanes, but the rainfall caused by hurricanes occupies a huge density. The rainy season starts from April to November.

 

How to get to Nam Du Island?

Nam Du Island is about 83 km from Rach Gia ( Rạch Giá) City, Kien Giang ( Kiên Gaing) Province and is reachable by boats only. Therefore, you have to take a bus from Ho Chi Minh to arrive at Rach Gia ( Rạch Giá) and then take a speedboat or a ferry to travel to the Nam Du Island.

 

Airplane

You can take a flight from Ho Chi Minh City or Phu Quoc ( Phú Quốc) to Rach Gia ( Rạch Giá) Airport (Kien Giang Province) and then take a bus or taxi from the airport to Rach Gia ( Rạch Giá) wharf to catch a ferry or speedboat to Nam Du.

 

Coach

A bus ticket to Rach Gia ( Rạch Giá) at Mien Tay ( Miền Tây) Bus Station will cost around VND 150, 000 – VND 170, 000. Some coach brands you can choose from are Mai Linh, Phuong Trang ( Phương Trang) bus line, Kumho.

 

Phuong Trang Bus Line

+ Address: 272 De Tham ( Đề Thám) street, District 1.

+ Tel: 1900 6067

 

Kumho Samco

+ Address: 326 Le Hong Phong ( Lê Hồng Phong) street, District 10.

+ Tel : 0283 752 7878.

 

Speedboat From Rach Gia (Rạch Giá) To Nam Du Island

 

At the Rach Gia ferry wharf, you can take Phu Quoc Express Boat, Superdong Speedboat, Ngoc Thanh ( Ngọc Thành) speechboat or Ho Hai ( Hồ Hải) slow boat to Nam Du Island.

 

Rach Gia port in Kien Giang province. Photo: @letuananh
Rach Gia port in Kien Giang province. Photo: @letuananh

 

Some coach brands you can choose:

 

– Ngoc Thanh (Ngọc Thành) Express

+ Departure time: 08.15 at Rach Gia harbor and 12.15 at Nam Du.

+ Duration: 2 hours.

 

–  Superdong 

+Departure time: 07.20 at Rach Gia harbor and 10.15 at Nam Du.

+ Duration: 2 hours.

+ Tel: 0919664660.

 

–  Ho Hai (Hồ Hải) ( Slow boat)

+ Departure time: 09.00 at Rach Gia harbor and 10.00 at Nam Du.

+ Duration: 5 hours.

+Tel: 077 3863019

 

Vehicle/ Moving in Nam Du island

 

Boat

To explore islands around Nam Du and other beautiful places, the best way is to travel by boats. There are some persons who have boats for renting. (If you cannot find any boats, just go straight to the harbor and find any fishing boats of the locals. Remember to discuss about price and destinations you want to go).

If you are travel in a small group, you can contact Mr. Ngai at 01636977859 or Mr. Bay at 01692701208 to rent a boat for about one million VND.

Mrs. Tu Tho (01664840940) offers a group tour for different small groups or solo travelers with a reasonable price.

 

Visitors can rent a boat to explore islets around Nam Du island. Photo: @Sontruong
Visitors can rent a boat to explore islets around Nam Du island. Photo: @Sontruong

 

Motorcycle

The main road to Hon Lon Island is paved and you can rent a motorbike from your motel/guesthouse for about 150,000 VND – 200,000 VND per day. One of the most memorable things to do in Nam Du island is to ride around the coast at sunset. The scenery is so stunning and the ocean sunset is absolutely gorgeous.

 

The beautiful places in Nam Du Island

 

Cay Men (Cây Mến) Beach

At just 600 square meters, Cay Men Beach (Bãi Cây Mến) is the best beach on Cu Tron islet and the second best beach in all of Nam Du.

 

With pure beauty Bai Cay Men is said that it looks like paradise of Madives. Photo: @ didau.angi
With pure beauty Bai Cay Men is said that it looks like paradise of Madives. Photo: @ didau.angi

 

Ngu (Ngự) Beach

Ngu is located in the west beach Cu Tron. This park is set to name people Ngu’s because before, when our country was in the feudal dynasty, one day, King Gia Long to Siam. Come here tourists can see firsthand Well-ancient king, the king came to visit this place has to dig a well for fresh water people use.

 

 Because of the wildness, exploring Ngu beach is very worthy. Photo: @ Ruan.ming.jin
Because of the wildness, exploring Ngu beach is very worthy. Photo: @ Ruan.ming.jin

 

 Nam Du Light House

The Nam Du Lighthouse is located 300 meters above sea level and it is one of the highest lighthouses in all of Vietnam. It is situated on the top of Hon Lon (Cu Tron) in An Son commune, Kien Hai ( Kiên Hải) district. At the top of Nam Du lighthouse, visit can own a panoramic view of the entire Nam Du Island.

 

This is the ideal place to see the beautiful scenery of Nam Du Island. Photo: Collection
This is the ideal place to see the beautiful scenery of Nam Du Island. Photo: Collection

 

Nom ( Nồm) islet

Nom ( Nồm) islet is completely separated from other islets and is surrounded by both sea and forest. Especially, there is only a household living in Nom islet. The whole wide area on the island of 10 hectares including 3 hectares used easy cultivation, the rest is rocky.The scenery in this peaceful, unspoiled, visitors will come here to relax and admire the beautiful rocky.

 

Hon Nom islet is pristine and deserted, suitable for visitors relaxing, swimming. Photo: Collection
Hon Nom islet is pristine and deserted, suitable for visitors relaxing, swimming. Photo: Collection

 

Village of fishing boat in Ngang islet

Ngang islet is the center island of Nam Du, where most of the people live. It takes 30 minutes to get here from Cu Tron ( Củ Tron) island by boat. There is no means of transport on this island, you have to walk around to explore the island, visit the pier to see a sea inundated with fishing boats and fish farms for a photo opportunity. Tourists can also rent a room in the local’s guesthouse for an overnight stay.

 

Fishing boats and fish farm view in Ngang islet from Flycam . Photo: @letuananh
Fishing boats and fish farm view in Ngang islet from Flycam . Photo: @letuananh

 

Soi (Sõi) Beach

If visitors want to enjoy a true vacation on the paradise island of Nam Du, Bai Soi ( Bãi Sỏi) beach is the ideal choice. Bai Soi ( Bãi Sỏi) Beach is located in the Big islet (Cu Tron islet) belonging to Nam Du archipelago, Kien Hai ( Kiên Hải) district, Kien Giang ( Kiên Giang) province. The tourist sites in Bai Soi ( Bãi Sỏi) beach are built with natural materials with a view of the sea. Visitors can watch sunrise, enjoy landscape at the beach in there.

 

This beach attracts visitors by its natural and wild beauty. Photo: @toanh_she
This beach attracts visitors by its natural and wild beauty. Photo: @toanh_she

 

 Humiso Nam Du Resort

Humiso Nam Du Resort is located in Cu Tron ( Củ Tron) islet, An Cu ( An Cư) village, An Son ( An Sơn) commune. With a long coastline, a primeval forest with hundreds of years old trees, and the poetic wooden houses, Humiso Nam Du Resort attracts visitors everywhere. At Humiso Nam Du Resort, visitors are not only explore the islets, snorkeling and watching corals, but also discover natural vegetation, animals residing in the primeval forest.

 

Humiso Nam Du resort is the best choice for your vacation in Nam Du island. Photo: @metrip.vn
Humiso Nam Du resort is the best choice for your vacation in Nam Du island. Photo: @metrip.vn

 

Cu Tron ( Củ Tron) islet

Cu Tron islet ( Hòn Lớn) also known as Big Island, is Nam Du’s largest island on Nam Du, where you can find the majority of accommodations, restaurants and the ferry dock. Cu Tron ( Củ Tron) islet is famous for its lighthouse, a restricted military zone and has some stunning beaches: Dat Do ( Đất Đỏ) Beach, Nhun Beach, Men ( Mến) Beach, etc.

 

Cu Tron islet is pristine with fresh water sea and white sand beaches. Photo: @smaidao
Cu Tron islet is pristine with fresh water sea and white sand beaches. Photo: @smaidao

 

Mau (Mấu) islet

Mau ( Mấu) islet is about 2 square kilometers and has a small fishing village with a hundred households. This is famous for beautiful beaches lined with coconut trees and Chuong ( Chướng) beach is the best because it is the only real white sand beach.

 

The nature seems biased when giving this small island beautiful beaches Photo: @cchannii_ii
The nature seems biased when giving this small island beautiful beaches Photo: @cchannii_ii

 

Dau (Dầu) islet

A must-see location is Dau ( Dầu) Islet which is 95 percent forest and also boasts shady, picturesque coconut gardens, simple yellow sand beach. Tourists should take a boat trip around the whole archipelago, cruising along beautiful rocky beaches.

 

A special feature of Hon Dau is that coral reefs cover the sea's surface. Photo: @ bangthanh188
A special feature of Hon Dau is that coral reefs cover the sea’s surface. Photo: @ bangthanh188

 

Where to stay in Nam Du island? Hotel, Homestay in Nam Du island

 

Thao Thuong (Thảo Thường) Camp Homestay 

++ Address: Nam Du island, Kien Hai (Kiên Hải) district, Kien Giang (Kiên Giang) province.

 

Thảo Thường Homestay - Nam Du island travel guide. Photo: @thaothuongcamp
Thao Thuong Homestay – Nam Du island travel guide. Photo: @thaothuongcamp

 

Humiso Nam Du Homestay

++ Address: Cu Tron ( Củ Tron) islet, An Son (An Sơn) commune, Kien Hai (Kiên Hải) district, Kien Giang (Kiên Giang) province.

 

Humiso Nam Du Homestay - Nam Du island travel guide. Photo: @metrip.vn
Humiso Nam Du Homestay – Nam Du island travel guide. Photo: @metrip.vn

 

Chi Nguyen (Chí Nguyễn) KG Homestay

++ Address: Ngu ( Ngự) beach, An Son (An Sơn) commune, Kien Hai (Kiên Hải) district, Kien Giang (Kiên Giang) province.

 

Chi Nguyen (Chí Nguyễn) KG Homestay- Nam Du island travel guide. Photo: Collection
Chi Nguyen (Chí Nguyễn) KG Homestay- Nam Du island travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Bai Soi (Bãi Sõi) Beach homestay

++ Address: Bai Soi ( Bãi Sỏi) beach, Kien Hai (Kiên Hải) district, Kien Giang (Kiên Giang) province.

 

Bai Soi (Bãi Sõi) Beach homestay- Nam Du island travel guide. Photo: Collection
Bai Soi (Bãi Sõi) Beach homestay- Nam Du island travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

You can see more some hotels:

– Sai Gon Rach Gia Hotel. Address: 844 Nguyen Trung Truc (Nguyễn Trung Trực) street, An Hoa (An Hòa) ward, Rach Gia (Rạch Giá) city, Kien Giang (Kiên Giang) province.

– Kiet Hong (Kiệt Hồng) Hotel. Address:: 40 Nguyen Cong Tru (Nguyễn Công Trứ) street, Vinh Thanh (Vĩnh Thanh) ward, Rach Gia (Rạch Giá) city, Kien Giang (Kiên Giang) province.

– Nam Du Homestay. Address: An Son (An Sơn) commune, Kien Hai (Kiên Hải) district, Kien Giang (Kiên Giang) province.

– Phuong Duyen (Phương Duyên) Motel. Address:  Lai Son (Lại Sơn) commune, Kien Hai (Kiên Hải) district, Kien Giang (Kiên Giang) province.

 

What to eat in Nam Du island? Restaurants in Nam Du island

 

Sea urchin (Nhum)

Sea urchin can be cooked into many dishes, but the most popular one is sea urchin soup. This soup of Nam Du is never the same with any soup you have tried before. It is a mouth-watering harmony of the slight sweetness of oysters, the smoothing taste of shrimps and crabs. All make this spicy food a precious gift of the sea.

 

Another way to enjoy sea urchin is to split its shell, grill on charcoal fire until the meat shrinks then add a little bit fried onion. Photo: Collection
Another way to enjoy sea urchin is to split its shell, grill on charcoal fire until the meat shrinks then add a little bit fried onion. Photo: Collection

 

Grilled scallop with spring onion

Scallop is a familiar seafood with the delicious flesh which is suitable for both frying and roasting and is one of ingredients for many tasty and nutritious dishes such as, scallop with pepper and salt, scallop with spring onions…

 

Scallops are a popular seafood with delicious ivory flesh without toughness. Photo: Collection
Scallops are a popular seafood with delicious ivory flesh without toughness. Photo: Collection

 

Garfish

Garfish is a specialty in Nam Du Island. One version of the dish is to wrap the fish in banana leaves and grill in firing woods. Another way is that, since the fish is abundant on the island, it is usually seasoned and then dried in the sun before being fried.

 

Eating garfish with rice-paper rolls or rice is awe-inspiring. Photo: collection
Eating garfish with rice-paper rolls or rice is awe-inspiring. Photo: collection

 

Squid

Squid can be cooked into many delicious foods with pepper, frying powder, butter, chili sauce or satay. The most outstanding one is squid steamed with ginger because this dish preserve the true taste and offers easy cooking method

 

Squid is the dish you should enjoy when travelling Nam Du island. Collection
Squid is the dish you should enjoy when travelling Nam Du island. Photo: Collection

 

With Nam Du island travel guide from A to Z, Have a nice trip!