Rach Vem Beach is a working beach with a fishing village protected by the northern capes of Phu Quoc Island.
Rach Vem Village on Phu Quoc Island | photo: Frank Fox (cc-by-sa)
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.
Fishermen at Rach Vem Beach on Phu Quoc Island | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
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!".
Fish Traps at Rach Vem Village, Phu Quoc | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
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.
Red Starfish at Rach Vem Beach | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
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.
Rach Vem beach | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
If you believe Vietnamese investment news, the whole area is destined to become an ecotourism resort area, so if you are interested in the life of local people, visit them now.
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
Rach Vem Fishing Village | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
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