We take advantage of a weekend after Tet to visit one of the most pristine and peaceful islands in the south of Viet Nam: Nam Du Island off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.
Tourists can catch a night bus at Mien Tay Coach Station at 11pm to get to Rach Gia City, Kien Giang Province at 5:30am the next morning. They are advised to take a sleeper bus at the fare of VND150,000 per person. After getting off the bus, they should take another car drive to Ngoc Thanh motorboat pier where they book a boat ride for VND205,000 per person to Nam Du Island. The boat with a seating capacity of 100 passengers departs at 8:05am and arrives at the island at 10:30am Many visitors find it comfortable to travel in a smooth and air-conditioned boat trip.
Nam Du has a chain of 21 islets and is seen as Ha Long Bay of southern Viet Nam. The first destination is Cu Tron, one of the biggest islets of Nam Du, which has the biggest population in Nam Du and hostels for guests to stay overnight. For instance, Thuy Kiep hostel has air-conditioning, wifi, and water heater. It also serves delicious seafood at good prices, including small crab, oyster, fish and squid and hotpot, and especially fried fish rice.
After lunch, tourists should visit Hai Bo Dap Islet to swim, dive and catch sea urchins and snails. The next destination is Mau Islet where fresh and delicious crab and fish can be found. This is a good place to swim thanks to crystal-clear water or soft sand beach. It takes tourists around four hours to get back to the first destination of Cu Tron Islet.
Sunset on the island is worth seeing as it is beautiful. Tourists are recommended to join local fishermen in an exciting squid fishing trip or enjoy fresh seafood at Hien Hau or Ven Dong eatery.
Tourists can rent a car or a motorbike for VND120,000 per person to have a nice tour around the island. Men beach is the most beautiful place on Nam Du with lines of coconut trees, clear water, and no waves.