At the moment Rach Vem Beach, or Bãi Rạch Vẹm in Vietnamese, is a working beach of the rustic Rach Vem fishing village that belongs to the commune of Ganh Dau. While this beach is littered with the debris of the fishermen's trade and is not really a nice place for tanning and beachbumming, it provides an excellent background for artistic photography. Quite like the beaches of nearby Rach Tram as well.
The people are really friendly and since tourists are rare in this part of Phu Quoc Island, they are curious and always open for a chat. In Vietnamese or Khmer of course, English speakers are rare and usually restricted to a cheerful "Hello!".
The village is sheltered between Cape Hàm Rồng and Cape Gành Dầu. But in winter the sea can get pretty rough nonetheless. Despite the storms, many fishermen build huts on stilts right on the shallow ocean, which also serves as some sort of parking lot for the smallest vessels. The rest of the bay is dotted with traps for various sea creatures.
Quiet and calm is the coastline to the West, with the spectacular backdrop of jungle mountains. You may take a stroll and discover hidden beaches there. Life at the village has not changed much during the past decades. People fish and make a living. They also breed chickens and ducks. Most of them are of Khmer ethnicity. Curious children and Phu Quoc dogs alike might follow you around, because tourists are a rare sight at Rach Vem Beach.
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.