All Things You Should Know Before Travelling to Kien Giang
Kien Giang, a land owned by pristine islands and pristine beaches. It is increasingly attracting tourists because there are so many great places to discover recently. Enjoy the wonderful moment of your Vietnam vacation to discover the pristine and pristine looks of the islands that will surely delight you. In this article, Originvietnam.com will accompany you to travel through every word and picture before actually arriving here.
What is the best time to travel to Kien Giang?
Before choosing a travel time in Kien Giang. You should be aware of the storms or refer to the weather forecast to make sure the trip to Kien Giang is not affected by storms.
From April to September:This is the summer break for students also this is summer holiday for Vietnamese tourist. So you can make a family trip to Kien Giang. In April to September, Kien Giang tourism will be in high season and the number of tourists coming also very high.
From October to February:Although the number of tourists at this time has decreased. However, if you like a comfortable tour. There is not “touristy”. This is the right time to travel to Kien Giang.
Transportations to Kien Giang
From TP. Ho Chi Minh to Kien Giang can move in two ways:
Passenger bus:There are many bus from HCM to Rach Gia City always comes straight to the places near the famous islands with the price of 150,000 – 200,000 VND.
Take the train:You can book tickets in advance or buy at train stations. However, on holidays, you should book in advance to avoid running out of tickets. Train ticket prices range from 90,000 to 150,000 VND.
Top Sightseeings in Kien Giang
Phu Quoc island
Referring to Kien Giang people immediately think of Phu Quoc. The island is praised as the most ideal island in Vietnam with a truly impressive scenery. Phu Quoc is the largest island in our country (approximately Singapore area) and possesses beautiful beaches, diverse eco-tourism areas or even precious historical sites. The beauty of Phu Quoc is not only satisfied by the people in the country. But also praised by numerous tourist sites or foreign magazines.
Phu Quoc Island boasts idyllic beaches, romantic sunsets, evergreen forests, and a serene atmosphere, making it an ideal holiday destination for travellers looking to escape bustling city life. Located 45 kilometres west of Ha Tien in the far south of Vietnam, the northern part of the island is relatively untouched due to its status as a UNESCO-listed national park but there are plenty of luxurious resorts, funky bars, and quaint cafes along the southern coastline. Aside from beachside activities, visitors can also explore traditional villages, expansive nature parks and Buddhist pagodas, all of which are easily accessible via motorcycle, taxi, bus or even daytrips by reputable companies. Catering to just about any budget level and preference, Phu Quoc’s dining scene ranges from local markets selling fresh seafood and Vietnamese street food to expat-owned bistros offering authentic western and European fare.
Sao Beach attracts tourists with its wonderful natural scenery, crystal clear waters and white fine sand shores endlessly stretching. Thanks to these advantages, it has long become one of the most impressive tourist attractions in Phu Quoc. Here, you will have an opportunity to immerse in the fresh air from the cool breeze blowing from the sea. Beaches in Phu Quoc with the blue waters definitely bring moments of relaxation and tranquility for tourists. Sao Beach is probably a tourist site the couples or the families loving private and tranquil space choose to rest and relax.
Phu Quoc National Park
Phu Quoc National Park comprises more than half of Phu Quoc Island’s northern region, where adventurous travellers can enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits throughout their tropical vacation. Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2010, this massive natural attraction spans over 314, 000 square metres of unique flora and fauna, evergreen forest, and dense mountain ranges. While the majority of Phu Quoc National Park is strictly protected by the Vietnamese government for research purposes, visitors can make their way to the Khu Rung Nguyen Sinh Forest Reserve via Ganh Dau Village as it’s accessible for camping, hiking, bird-watching, and photography. Nature lovers can also spot rare wildlife such as long-tailed macaques, silver langurs, slow lories, otters, and hornbills.
If you’re looking to test out your endurance, Mount Heaven in Phu Quoc National Park is accessible within a challenging four-hour trek through the evergreen forest followed by a 10 metre-tall bamboo ladder. The highest peak in the national park is Mount Chua, which stands at 600 metres above sea level, but hiking trails and viewing platforms for the mountain are currently under construction. Located 26 kilometres north of Duong Dong, the best way to get to Phu Quoc National Park is by booking a day tour or renting a motorcycle. The roads leading towards Ganh Dau Village can rather bumpy, so only opt for the latter if you’re comfortable navigating through dirt roads.
Nam Du Island
Nam Du is a glistening archipelago of small tropical islands off the southwestern coast of Vietnam. Lying in the calm waters of the Gulf of Thailand, travel to Nam Du Islands is still in its infancy. Pioneered by young, Vietnamese ‘Instagram-backpackers’ just a few years ago, Nam Du Islands have been gaining a reputation as an off-grid beach retreat. A good percentage of my younger Vietnamese friends in Saigon have already been there and done it, as have a handful of expats, and some adventurous foreign travellers. But, for at least two of the last four years, since Nam Du opened to visitors, foreign travellers weren’t allowed on the islands. However, that’s all changed now, and Nam Du Archipelago is easily reached by regular ferries from the mainland, making independent travel to these beautiful and undeveloped islands absolutely possible for all nationalities. Nam Du is gorgeous, but already the impact of tourism and development is changing the islands, in many cases for the worse. It’s probably best to visit sooner rather than later.
Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc
One of the great destinations for your premier Vietnam tours or Phu Quoc island tour is Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc, where you can experience the best things with the world nature as well as understand more the wildlife. Let’s see how exciting the trip to Vinpearl Safari is and what you can to do here.
Situated at Long Beach of Phu Quoc Island, Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc is the largest safari park in Vietnam and based on the model of world safari in terms of structure and conservation. Open to the public on December 24th 2015 at Ganh Dau commune, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, the park has the area of 500 hectares and is home to around 150 species of rare wild animals (about 3,000 units for all of those species), some of which are white lion, black-and-white ruffed lemur, Bengal tiger, Arabian oryx, and white tiger. More than that, this is also where the largest number of endangered species, like rhinoceros, flamingos, and giraffe are being preserved.
Upon coming to Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc, visitors not only witness wild animals from other areas in the world, but also go for a stroll in the forest or have a picnic. The park is split into two key zones: Open zoo and Safari park (wildlife park). Entrance fee: VND400,000 – 500,000
Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc
Come to Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc, you can enjoy to the fullest all of interesting indoor and outdoor games, from easy to most adventurous games for people from different age group. While playing, you can still satisfy their desire for great gastronomy at food village or spend until drop in amazing shop streets. Another highlight in Vinpearl Land Phu quoc is the daily Water Show. You can easily enjoy circus show with appearance of friendly and lovely dolphins. The Water Show stage is a great combination of light and sound, movements of water, and other visual effects that would create an unforgettable experience.
Suoi Tranh Waterfall
Suoi Tranh Waterfall is a four-metre-tall waterfall within the Ham Ninh Mountains that’s surrounded by lush greenery, natural caves, and rock pools. A 10-minute drive from Duong Dong, this natural attraction is ideal for those looking to escape the bustling town centre. Nature-lovers can enjoy recreational activities such as picnicking, camping and bird-watching, with small walking paths available for those who prefer a leisurely hike through the jungle. Various flora and fauna such as shrimps, birds, orchids, ginseng and mushrooms can be found here.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hike further up from the main waterfall site, following the 15-kilometre stream to reach Hang Doi (Grotto of Bats), which measures 200 metres in height and houses unique stalactites. Suoi Tranh Waterfall is also located near Hamn Ninh Fishing Village, where you can experience the daily life of the local fishermen and enjoy authentic regional specialities. Like most waterfalls, the best time to visit Suoi Tranh is during the rainy season (May until September). Entrance is priced at VND 5,000 while parking is available at an additional VND 10,000.
Ho Quoc Pagoda
From Duong Dong Town head south on National Highway 46 towards Bai Sao Beach, Khem Beach, and An Thoi Town. When you reach the Phu Son Ha Noi Resort, make a left. This side road that takes you to the Phu Son Ha Noi bungalows. Travel down this road for about 2kms and you will reach Ho Quoc Pagoda. Parking is free at the base of the pagoda.
Ho Quoc Pagoda also know Chua Ho Quoc or Truc Lam Thien Vien. Ho Quoc Pagoda is the ideal point of tourists every occasion to visit the emerald island. Because of its beautiful scenery and cool climate, where daily should attract a lot of tourists and monks, Buddhists to visit and Buddhist ceremonies. Locals and tourists come here offering incense in the holidays and relaxing retreat after hours of labor tension. Ho Quoc Pagoda is the new temple, which was opened in 2012, is located on a high mountain, overlooking the sea. The projects include: Great hero home electrical protection, a group of temples made of wood and stone primitive integrity valuable use of 700-1000 years … With unspoiled scenery, quiet, Truc Lam Monastery.
Explore the Pagoda built by the ancient architecture, with tile, wall tile, high thresholds, wooden door. You will feel all created familiarity, intimacy, and old, whether entirely new buildings.
Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park
As part of Sun World – an amusement and recreational subsidiary of Sun Group, Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park instills a wholly spectacular sense of atmospheric buoyancy and excitement.
The first phase of the complex was officially inaugurated on February 4, 2018 with Hon Thom Cable Car System honored by the World Guinness as the “World’s longest cable car system”. Cable cars are supposed to carry visitors to the unspoiled realm of Hon Thom, its picuresque beaches, enchanting beach sports and even furious circus shows and magic from Ukrainian street artists.
In subsequent phases, Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park is about to be added with further developments and facilities in operation such as the Water Park, Theme Park or Aquarium…
Hon Thom Cable Cars
World’s longest sea-crossing cable car system – 7,899.9m
Hon Thom cable cars connect An Thoi Town to Hon Thom – a perennially lush islet that still preserves untouched wonders as if no human traces are ever found.
The journey on cable cars to Hon Thom is on its own a fascinating experience as passengers are stupefied with the 360-degree panorama of the landscape and Southern Phu Quoc in sight, adorned with most radiant and splendid shades of life.
Dinh Cau Shrine
Dinh Cau Rock, also known as Cau Temple, is an odd-shaped natural formation in Phu Quoc Island, which local fishermen pray to before embarking on fishing excursions. Located just next to the Duong Dong Fishing Harbour, it features a brightly-coloured lighthouse and Buddhist shrine, making it a popular photography spot among travellers. Dinh Cau Rock was constructed in 1937 to commemorate Thien Hau (the goddess of the sea), whom locals believe provides protection for fishermen heading out to the open sea. There are 29 winding stone steps to reach Cau Temple’s rooftop terrace, where you will be greeted with spectacular sunset views of Dinh Cau Beach, traditional fishing boats, Duong Dong Town, and neighbouring islets.
The temple is relatively quiet throughout the year, apart from annual festivities such as Tet (New Year) and Dinh Cau Festival (15–16 October), when locals offer prayers and burn joss sticks at Thien Hau’s altar. There are plenty of food and beverage stands at the base of Dinh Cau Rock but, if you’re craving fresh seafood after your visit, Dinh Cau Night Market is a just five-minute walk away
Ham Ninh Fishing Village
Ham Ninh Fishing Village is an ideal locale for foreign visitors looking to experience the daily life of local fishermen as well as authentic regional dishes at affordable prices. Widely known as one of the oldest villages on Phu Quoc Island, its residents’ main sources of income include diving for pearls and sea cucumbers, fishing and, in recent years, selling handmade souvenirs and seafood delicacies to tourists. Not far from the village is a pier that stretches far out to the sea called Bai Vong Port, where cargo boats carrying a wide range of fresh produce, seafood, and household items from mainland Vietnam stop by in the early morning. Travellers can also enjoy relaxing sunset views of colourful fishing boats, Ham Ninh Mountain range and coastline, and the Hai Tac Archipelago during their visit here.
Waters along the Ham Ninh coastline are relatively shallow, resulting in expansive beaches during the low tides. It can get rather polluted with rubbish from the main village, though, so we highly recommend walking further up north to enjoy a better beach setting.
Phu Quoc Prison Museum
Phu Quoc Prison serves as a bleak reminder of Vietnam’s turbulent past, where thousands people were imprisoned and tortured during the Vietnam War. Also called Coconut Tree Prison, this war museum now houses authentic torture instruments, photographs of former detainees and exhibits of brutal punishments. Built in 1949 by French colonists, it is believed to have detained over 40,000 Vietnamese soldiers and political figures who have opposed both French and American forces. After the end of the Indochina War, most of the prisoners were released to their families but developed physical and mental disabilities due to the barbaric tortures of Phu Quoc Prison.
In 1995, the prison was declared a national historical site and opened to the public by Vietnamese government. Phu Quoc Prison also has a retail outlet selling handicrafts, local snacks, and books about the Vietnamese War. There are numerous life-sized wax mannequins depicting graphic scenes of torture within the two-storey exhibition centre, including crucifixion, food deprivation, and electrocution. Another prominent site in Phu Quoc Prison is the row of tiger cages. Prisoners were kept in total darkness and subjected to extreme heat and cold for a prolonged period of time, resulting in pneumonia and blindness
Su Muon Pagoda
Su Muon Pagoda, sitting atop a hill about four kilometres east of Duong Dong Town, is the oldest Buddhist shrine on Phu Quoc Island. Also known as Chua Su Moun Hung and Long Tu Pagoda, local monk Nguyen Kim Muon founded this temple in 1932, attracting mostly locals due to its rather hidden locale
Housing statues of Buddha, painted rock formations depicting various animals, plenty of greenery, and a 300-year old Kenia tree, Su Muon Pagoda is a good place to see devotees and monks paying their respects to Buddha. You can also get their fortunes told or simply enjoy the peaceful ambience during their visit
Duong Dong Market
Duong Dong Market is Phu Quoc Island’s busiest and largest outdoor market, where travellers can experience the local lifestyle and purchase a wide range of fresh produce during their holiday. Set along Tran Phu Street, Duong Dong Market features a wet zone that’s set close to Duong Dong Port, where you can see throngs of fishing boats drop off freshly-caught seafood such as eel, squid, mackerel, barracuda, and shellfish, to be sold by local vendors. Phu Quoc Island is also renowned for its fish sauce, mushrooms, peppers and cashew nuts. We highly recommend making your way to the dry section to pick up a few as souvenirs for loved ones back home. Thanks to its growing popularity among tourists, there’s also a few stalls selling handicrafts and t-shirts, though most carry the same stock.
Like most Asian markets, Duong Dong Market also houses plenty of food stalls serving fruit juices and Vietnamese cuisine at relatively low prices. Must-tries include banh tet (Vietnamese Cylindrical Sticky Rice Cake), echinus porridge, and raw herring salad. The best time to visit is in the early morning, where you can see the locals bargaining hard for household items, fresh and dried seafood, meats, sweets and fruit from mainland Vietnam.
If seeing starfish in their natural habitat is something on your bucket list, then you definitely are in the right place. Phu Quoc Starfish Beach is the perfect place to observe these little creatures and admire their beauty. The beach has only been recently discovered but it instantly gained popularity among tourists because of the many red starfish that can be found here. The white sand and the palm trees add to the beauty of this place.
Da Dung Mountain
Da Dung Mountain is a historic sites (and a scenic) which was ranked as National Monument on Aug, 03, 2007. This is a beautiful landscape which is praised a lot by the poetic and magnificent beauty, coupled with interesting stories, it still remain intact as the original value over time.
Da Dung Mountain is located near the border between Vietnam and Cambodia, in My Duc commune, Ha Tien town, Kien Giang Province.
From Ha Tien town, you can go along The National Highway 80 toward Xa Xia border gate. At Thach Dong Mountain, there is a road at the right side; you go along this road over 1 km further, you will see Da Dung Mountain. This landscape is close to the border of Vietnam and Cambodia about 4 km.
This place has two caves very special: Xa Loc Ky cave and Coi Hang Da cave. Xa Loc Ky cave connect through with outside world by a very small way, the cave has skylights with vines dropping, it makes the cave becomes very interesting, which according to the human imagination, the bristling green vines look like eye lashes naturally, happy when the sun rise up and become sad when evening falls.
Dinh Cau Night Market
Dinh Cau Night Market is one of should-not-miss attractions in Phu Quoc. This market is famous for fresh seafood, souvenirs made of pearl and other famous Phu Quoc specialties such as Phu Quoc fish sauce, pepper, Sim wine, and amazing dishes.
The market is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., even 10 p.m. There are more than 100 stalls divided into two rows stretching along the roadside of Vo Thi Sau Street. Dinh Cau Night Market has two distinct areas. Stands of souvenirs, handicrafts, cosmetics, jewleries and Phu Quoc pearls are lined at the end of the market. Apart from above items, Phu Quoc specialties like Phu Quoc fish sauce, pepper, Sim wine, and fried seafood are sold in this area. Back to the beginning of this market, this is the most attractive area with many stands selling delicious food which is processed from fresh seafood. It is also the focal point, creating a strong impression to visitors when popping in the night market, because the dishes here are prepared or baked on the spot. Perhaps so, seafood is always delicious, attractive and retains fresh quality. And perhaps, in the mainland, rarely does such market exist and sell diversified seafood as Dinh Cau Night Market.
Nguyen Trung Truc Temple
This temple is dedicated to Nguyen Trung Truc, a leader of the 1860s resistance campaign against the newly arrived French. The first temple structure was a simple building with a thatched roof; over the years it has been enlarged and rebuilt several times. In the centre of the main hall is a portrait of Nguyen Trung Truc on an altar. Among other exploits, Nguyen Trung Truc led the raid that resulted in the burning of the French warship Esperance. Despite repeated attempts to capture him, Nguyen Trung Truc continued to fight until 1868, when the French took his mother and a number of civilians hostage and threatened to kill them if he did not surrender. Nguyen Trung Truc turned himself in and was executed by the French in the marketplace of Rach Gia on 27 October 1868.
U Minh Thuong National Park
U Minh Thuong is one of the new attractive destination in Vietnam in 2016. With wild beauty and prominent biodiversity of a special wetland, the U Minh Thuong National Park in Kien Giang Province was recognized as the 2,228th Ramsar site in the world. U Minh Thuong National Park is located in An Minh district and Vinh Thuan district, Kien Giang province, 365 kilometers southwest of Ho Chi Minh City. It is situated in an area of freshwater wetlands, comprising peat swamp forest, seasonally inundated grassland and open swamp The soil layer is covered by a layer of peat, 1 to 3 m thick. The core zone of U Minh Thuong National Park is surrounded by perimeter canal and dike system, with a series of gates, which are used to manage the water level. Water is released during the rainy season, but at are other time of the year, water is retained to support production and daily activities of the local communities surrounding the Park.
This small speck of an island, covered in lush vegetation and with clear blue waters, has a sordid 500-year history as a pirate haven, which only came to an end during the reunification in 1975. Today the inhabitants make their living from the sea. A paved motorbike trail circles the island; you can hike up to the hill temple and visit the tranquil beach, and if you come with a Vietnamese speaker, you can arrange to go out with the fishers.
Besides the 100 or so inhabitants who reside in the four small, scrappy fishing villages, there’s an army base on top of the hill, keeping a vigilant eye out for potential invaders from Cambodia. Rumours of pirate treasure have circulated for years, and in 1983 the army promptly expelled from Vietnam a couple of foreign treasure-seekers who arrived illegally by boat from Cambodia, equipped with metal detectors.
There’s limited electricity until 10pm, after which the only light comes from candles and boat lights. Going out on a fishing boat at night, you may see the sparkly shapes of fish shoot through the water, thanks to the phosphorescence phenomenon.