Ganh Dau

All the way to the Northwest of Phu Quoc Island you can find Cape Ganh Dau. We've been there and it's lovely!

More Impressions of Phu Quoc and Ganh Dau BeachMore Impressions of Phu Quoc and Ganh Dau Beach | photo: Frank Fox (cc-by-sa)

Ganh Dau Beach, Bãi Gành Dầu in Vietnamese, is one of Phu Quoc Islands picturesque beaches and well worth a visit. On the remote northwestern tip of the island, Ganh Dau is right north of Dai Beach and is home to the temple dedicated to Nguyen Trung Truc, a bay that is lined with the homes of fishing families and two distinct beaches.

Ganh Dau BeachGanh Dau Beach | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

The western beach is rather small but nice, with the wind coming in from the Gulf of Thailand. There is also a restaurant but we didn't try it. It is said to be excellent though, so if you are hungry just give it a try. If you follow the street to the East past the fishing village, you reach Chuồng Víc, an area near Ganh Dau that is home to a few nice resorts along a beautiful stretch of sandy beach.

Hut by the Sea at Ganh Dau BeachHut by the Sea at Ganh Dau Beach | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

From both beaches you can see the Cambodian islands Koh Seh and Koh Thmei a few kilometers away. The winds can get pretty nasty at the smaller beach, but Chuồng Víc is largely protected by cape Ganh Dau.

Bien Hai Quan at Ganh Dau BeachBien Hai Quan at Ganh Dau Beach | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

The village is one of the points of interest on Phu Quoc Island that can only be reached after a hard ride of around 40 minutes, but the wild landscape is interesting and well worth the effort. That makes the area uninteresting for beach bummers from Duong Dong.

Ganh Dau Beach ImpressionGanh Dau Beach Impression | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

Nguyen Trung Truc, who is revered in a temple right here is one of Vietnam's heroes of the resistance. He organized the militia and founded a guerilla base on Phu Quoc. More about spiritual points of interest in the section about temples and pagodas.

Palm Tree at Ganh Dau beach on Phu Quoc IslandPalm Tree at Ganh Dau beach on Phu Quoc Island | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

If you go south past Dai Beach and Vung Bau Beach, you reach Cua Can. The street to the East leads to the shores of Rach Vem and Rach Tram.

Beaches of Phu Quoc Island:
Long Beach - Dai Beach - Sao Beach - Khem Beach
Rach Tram - Rach Vem - Ong Lang - Vung Bau
Ganh Dau - Cua Can - Thom Beach
Vong Beach - Duong Dong - Ham Ninh

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