Nam Du – the heavenly island in Southern Vietnam
Nam Du Island is about 250 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. It is one of the most favored weekend get-aways for the city-dwellers. Nam Du is one of the best lesser-known islands of southern Vietnam.
The best time to visit Nam Du Island is from December to March. During this time, you are most likely to have a favorable weather with the clear sky and calm sea, which makes it more comfortable to transit and travel. From April to November, the island frequently encounters heavy rain and bad weather.
How to get to Nam Du Island
From Ho Chi Minh City, you will have to take an express bus to Rach Gia City, Kien Giang Province. The bus would take from 150.000 to 170.000 dong. And from Rach Gia, you have to board a ferry to Nam Du Island. A return ticket might cost you 440.000 dong. In severe weather conditions, the ferries are not available. It will take you about 2 hours to finally embark on the island.
Ngoc Thanh and Super Dong are the two suppliers providing ferries to Nam Du Island. The ferry departs in the morning, from 7 a.m to 12 a.m.
How to travel around the island:
When arriving at the island, you can hire a motorbike to navigate around. Or if you want to explore the other nearby island, you can hire a ship. Another option is to get on a boat with the fishermen to set off.
On this island, there are no luxury hotels or starred hotels, you can stay at hostels or homestay at local’s house. It is also possible to camp on the beach.
Highlights of Nam Du:
Hòn Lớn (the Big Island)
Hon Lon is the most charming islands of the Nam Du archipelago. It is also the center of the accommodation, where you can find most of hotels and homestay here. The island is bordered with ranges of mighty coconut trees of about 70 to 80-year-old. Men Beach is where you can immerse in the sea. The most attractive thing about Men Beach is its primitive beauty with barely any one around to interrupt the tranquil and laid-back atmosphere.
Hon Dau is another lovely island that you should visit. With 90 percents fo the landmass is covered by the jungle. Hon Dau is permeated with a calm and peaceful natural atmosphere. The crystal water is not so deep and the coconut tres also bend their trunk and lean on the water. You can rest your back on the coconut trunk and enjoy the cool breeze from the sea.
Hon Mau is home to five heavenly beaches and rocky shores. Chuong Beach looks like a small sized bay. The beach is picturesque with greenery ranges of coconut trees, crystal clear water and various sized rocks
Hon Son is also a no-brainer when traveling to Nam Du archipelago. Hon Son could be recognized from a far distance with the distinguished shiny rocks on the beaches
Ma Thiên Lãnh Hill
The greenish hill has been long associated with folklore. Nevertheless, it is a must visited destination on the island. From the hill, you can have the broad view of the island and the sea ahead. The place was once a favorite retreat for the recluse.
What to eat on Nam Du Island
The island offers you the fresh and excellent seafood. People own a lot of unique recipes which will ensure taste you have never experienced before.
Grilled needlefish (cá xanh xương nướng bẹ chuối), greasy grilled scallops with scallion (sò điệp nướng mỡ hành), steamed pregnant squids (mực trứng hấp gừng), sour soup with cobia (canh chua cá bớp), dried fish are some must eat for you to try.