There are several fishing villages and fishing towns you can visit during your stay on Phu Quoc Island. Some of them are quite big, like Duong Dong or An Thoi, while others are just assemblies of ramshackle buildings and fishing boats.
Fishing Vessels in An Thoi | photo: Frank Fox (cc-by-sa)
Duong Dong Town
Duong Dong is the biggest town and centre of Phu Quoc and of course there is a fishing harbor. The town is not a fishing village to speak the truth, but it is interesting to visit Dinh Cau, the temple of Thien Hau and witness fishermen or their wives burning incense sticks for the goddess of the sea before they head for the open ocean. You can eat seafood and the sometimes quite odd catch of the day at the famous Dinh Cau night market on Vo Thi Sau street.
Dinh Cau | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
An Thoi Town
An Thoi is the town and deep sea harbour at the southernmost end of Phu Quoc Island. It has the biggest fishing harbor of the area and it is possible to moor large vessels and even container ships in the bay, protected from the weather. An Thoi is the origin of many scuba diving and snorkelling tours to the southern archipelago and men who own a boat are there to take you out to the beautiful offshore islands.
Tour Boats in An Thoi Harbour | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
Ham Ninh Fishing Village
Most Phu Quoc tours include a visit to Ham Ninh, located at the east coast of the island. The most famous attraction at Ham Ninh is the nightly fishing tour in pursuit of tasty squid. As far as we know, tourists rarely catch a squid on these tours, but the crew is more experienced and they prepare their catch right on the boat for curious foodies to sample.
Pier of Ham Ninh Fishing Village on Phu Quoc Island | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
During the day Ham Ninh is a picturesque place to visit as well. At the pier you get swarmed by children selling starfish they collected in the shallow waters. If you follow the pier, you see the water gradually getting deeper until it reaches a depth where the smaller fishing vessels are moored.
Children are selling these starfish as souvenirs | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
Le Bat Fishing Village
Le Bat is really one of the most picturesque, tiny, hidden fishing villages on Phu Quoc Island. Actually there is nothing there but an interesting background for photographers. You pass this small hamlet on your way to Vung Bau Beach if you decide to explore Phu Quoc along the coast by motorbike.
Follow the street from Duong Dong to Cua Can.
North of Ong Lang Beach you pass Hoang Yen Resort, cross a bridge and turn left.
Follow the street and you will find Le Bat.
A scenic dirt road follows the coastline northwards, so if you are on motorbike and have time enjoy your trip, it's beautiful!
Le Bat Fishing Village on Phu Quoc Island | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
Rach Vem Fishing Village
The fishing village at Rach Vem beach is merely a collection of ramshackle huts and houses, that stretches for about 600 metres along the northern coast of Phu Quoc. Nonetheless, it is an interesting place to visit, inhabited by cheerful folks of mainly Cambodian descent.
Rach Vem beach | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
The locals work hard to support their families and some of their houses are built on poles out in the bay. The sea can get pretty rough there, depending on the time of the year and I have deep respect for the people living under such conditions. From the shore you can see the coast of Cambodia right across the waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
Rach Vem Village on Phu Quoc Island | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
Other Places for Observing Fishing Activities
Fishery is the main source of income for the people of Phu Quoc Island, so tiny fishing huts and seemingly abandoned fishing boats are what you encounter frequently along the shores of Phu Quoc. There are countless opportunities to take pictures of hard working fishermen hauling in the catch of the night or their wives, labouring equally hard to collect snails, clams and small crabs in the shallow waters. Life is not easy here, but it is straight forward and simple, and people are friendly and cheerful.
Fishing Boat on Long beach, Phu Quoc | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
From time to time you may encounter an abandoned hull, rotting away in peace, but most fishing vessels are a valuable asset to their owners and well taken care of by generations who live off the sea. Phu Quoc's fishing villages are a picturesque sight to behold, especially during sunrise or sunset.
Hon Dam Trong, an Island of the An Thoi Archipelago | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
This collection is not complete at all. There is Rach Tram for example or Ganh Dau, and more. Check them out!
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