Ham Ninh fishing village is all the way to the East of Phu Quoc. While I disliked the crabs served at the dodgy restaurant, the village itself is quite nice.
Ham Ninh village from the pier | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
Hàm Ninh Beach is, as the name already suggests, the beach around Hàm Ninh fishing village. The village is famous for it's flourishing fishing industry and a visit with or without a fishing tour or even a nightly squid fishing expedition, can be found on many itineraries.
Ham Ninh fishing village | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
Rumor has it that tourists rarely catch any squid, but the crew of the boat may - and they prepare the tasty cephalopodes for their guests right there on site.
White squid | photo: Klaus Stiefel (cc-by-nc)
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.
Scenic Ham Ninh village | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
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.
Boats at the Ham Ninh pier | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
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!
Crab | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
You can avoid this by having the staff pick the animals in your presence, rather than just ordering one kilo of crabs.
Crabs | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
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.
Bunch of starfish for sale | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
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.
Fishing village Ham Ninh | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
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.
Not so nice restaurant in Ham Ninh | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
South of Hàm Ninh is Vong Beach. This area is also not really a place to swim, because it's the main harbor where all tourists arrive who decide to come to Phu Quoc by boat.
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
Fishing and squid fishing advertisement in Ham Ninh village | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
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