Thom Beach

Thom Beach is right at the northeastern tip of the island. Remote and beautiful. Since I could not make it there with my camera, I have a pretty mermaid here instead.

MermaidMermaid | photo: Frank Kovalchek (cc-by)

Thom Beach or Bãi Thơm in Vietnamese is right at the north-western tip of Phu Quoc Island. Sparsely populated and home to just a few mid-level resorts and seafood restaurants, Thom Beach is one of the most quiet spots on the map.

In the past, access to the area was restricted by the military due to the close proximity to Cambodia. Now, slowly the beach is slowly awakening and while it is still not easy to access (your best bet is the motorbike), you can find some rather authentic, tropical dining experiences here.

Bãi Thơm may not be the prettiest stretch of sand on the island, but it's gruff beauty and tidal shores make it a retreat for poets and other people who love to be undisturbed.

Since the highway that crosses Phu Quoc from North to South is finished, at least in the northern part of the island, the area around Thom Beach may see some more development in the coming years.

If you go north from Thom Beach, which is hard since there is no road as far as I know, you reach Trâu Nằm Cape, the northernmost tip of Phu Quoc. Following the Duong Dong - Bai Thom street south, you reach the picturesque Hòn Một which can be translated to "Island Number One". Hòn Một is connected by a sturdy monkey bridge and a beautiful sight, well worth the visit.

Further to the South, you reach Đá Chồng Cape with a ferry port that connects Phu Quoc with Ha Tien.

Across the mountain range that looms behind the shores lies Rach Tram Beach, also a nice place to visit when the weather is fine.

Check out Ganh Dau Beach next!
Hut by the Sea at Ganh Dau BeachHut by the Sea at Ganh Dau Beach | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

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Thom Beach is right at the northeastern tip of the island. Remote and beautiful. Since I could not make it there with my camera, I have a pretty mermaid here instead.