Going to the sea can offer more than swimming, sun bathing, cloud
watching, seafood, and coconut water on crowded beaches. Visiting fishing
villages along the coast is a less popular though no less amazing and unique
Pristine fishing village
On Dao Ngoc (Jade Island) in Phu Quoc, Kien Giang Province, there is a little
fishing village named Rach Vem. The village is located on the north of the
island, which is home to 170 households. Rach Vem Village is just 20km away from
Duong Dong Town, and can be reached with a hired motorbike while enjoying the
Phu Quoc has tens of fishing villages but Rach Vem is known as the smallest and
Like some other famous beaches on the island, Rach Vem has clear blue seawater
and a long white sandy beach. At times moss and seaweed cover the sand. The wind
rattles the coconut tree branches, creating a whispering symphony.
Not being a tourist haunt, the village offers a unique opportunity to relax and
admire every single wave rushing to the beach. Lying on the sandy beach, with
the sun shine on your body, breathing fresh sea air and listening to the
crashing waves is guaranteed to revive body and soul.
One of the highlights is a countless number of starfish in the clear blue
seawater, gorgeous creatures that imprint themselves on one’s memory.
Experiencing local life
Visiting a fishing village is also about sampling the lives of local fishermen.
Remember to wake up early to wait for the sunrise and walk along the coast at
sunset. These are the times you can enjoy both the shimmering, dazzling nature
of the coastal village and the typical daily activities of the residents. They
toss fishing nets and pull them to catch fish in the early morning, then head
for the market to sell their catch.
In Rach Vem you will find a household that raises bop fish (cobia) in cage. They
offer tourists a chance to experience aquaculture: feeding, arranging the cages,
etc. Local people are so friendly and hospitable that they can take you on their
boats and show you how to take care of the cages, and catch fish and squid.
Seafood in Rach Vem Village is fresh and diverse. One of the best known dishes
is the bop fish. Don’t look for too much sophisticated cooking of the bop fish
because it will prevent you from enjoying the freshness and sweetness of this
kind of oily fish. The bop fish are grilled with chili and pepper, and bop fish
Rach Vem Village is an ideal place to swim in the clear seawater without
worrying about noisy and annoying tourists and to enjoy delicious seafood at
fair prices. It is also a refresh glimpse of a simple life on an island far away
from the urban bustle. What more can one ask for?