Khem Beach is, according to some, off limits. Give it a try though.
Khem Beach, similar to Sao Beach, is a curved bay of white sand to the southeast of Phu Quoc Island. For a long time visitors have been sent away by miltary personnel if they tried to access the paradise beach. Certain sources claim that this time is over and the beach is, wild and undeveloped as it is at the moment, open for swimming in the azure sea.
When we asked the locals in An Thoi about Khem Beach though, they advised us not to go there, because it's strictly controlled by the military, so we went directly to Sao Beach instead. Khem Beach is rumored to be the ultimate, untapped real estate of Vietnam and according to these rumors, the government has plans to develop the area to become a secluded 5-star environment with resorts and even luxury condos for the wealthy and the beautiful.
The problem is, as everywhere in Vietnam, the authorities of An Thoi were expected to reveil the investment plan for the Bãi Khem area by 2010. Now that I am writing this, it's 2015 and the beach is still empty, guarded by bored guys in uniform. Well, the mills grind slowly in the land of the Dragon Children, so be it.
The pristine landscape of the beach is very similar to Sao Beach: Dark rocks jut out of the white sands, palms and other trees form a beautiful green backdrop and the water is crystal clear. If you are into abandoned paradise beaches, give it a try. If they don't let you access Khem Beach, just head on to Sao Beach instead.
Boulders jutting out of the white sand at Sao Beach | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)
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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