This area of Phu Quoc Island is probably one of the most picturesque. A fishing village with a pier that stretches out into the shallow sea in front of a backdrop of the pristine mountain chain of Phu Quoc National Park. No wonder they called Phu Quoc the island of 99 mountains - the scenery is just beautiful.
You already get the general idea I hope - Hàm Ninh Beach is one of Phu Quoc's industrial beaches and therefore not really ideal for taking a dip into the ocean. However, nothing wrong with sitting in one of the waterfront restaurants to enjoy the commotion and have some sea food. The live animals are kept in tanks and guests pick their favorites.
Be careful though. We had those crabs you know, the speciality of Ham Ninh. And they probably picked some old and dead ones to get rid of them... I have no idea. Fact is, I got one of these viral adversities that drag on for weeks until a final fever cleanses the body with holy fire - and I blame the crabs!
At the pier children are selling red starfish for 10.000đ. The starfish don't serve any purpose, actually they are quite fragile and easily chip. But collecting and selling them to tourists is what ensures some fish on the rice of the next meal.
I had to wait there for about 15 minutes and during that time I got approached by a horde of children, putting their meager English skills to the test. I decided to teach them a few phrases, so if you encounter an exceptionally polite child asking you to buy a starfish, it could be one of my 15-minute students.
While foreign tourists rather hang around at the pier and marvel at the colorful fishing fleet, Vietnamese visitors focus on the local market. Phu Quoc fish sauce, dried fish and sea food of all kinds is on display and can be purchased at a good price.
Phu Quoc Water Sports Holidays on a tropical island would be odd without the opportunity to do sports. Water sports. Here is a selection of stuff that you can try on Phu Quoc.
Shopping on Phu Quoc You can get some really interesting products from Phu Quoc, mainly pepper, pearls and fish sauce. There are other things too, just check out the variety of shopping opportunities on the island.