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Nam Du Questions

Posted by jeannem on 9/11/2017 at 11:23

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I have a few questions about Nam Du island for anyone that can help?

1) Do foreigners need a letter from the police station to go to Nam Du and if so is it easy to get?

2) Can you hire motorbikes on Nam Du or must I hire in Rach Gai and take on the ferry with me?

Thanks

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Posted by UsTwo on 10/11/2017 at 03:08

This link may answer your questions, but it is dated March 2016

e.vnexpress.net/news/travel-life/travel/nam-du-island-new-paradise-to-discover-3376399.html

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Posted by jeannem on 10/11/2017 at 23:20

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Thanks :)

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Posted by somtam2000 on 11/11/2017 at 02:50 admin

We haven't had a writer back there since our original Nam Du guide was researched, but it seems it is a very difficult one for foreigners to visit. Supposedly you can arrange papers in Rach Gia , but an online report from early 2017 said this was not possible in practise. Perhaps check with a hotel in Rach Gia for more information.

No idea if there is motorbike hire on the island, but there certainly are motorbikes.

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Posted by jeannem on 11/11/2017 at 08:59

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I've already booked accommodation via bookings.com so let's see.

I'll get back to you either way to let you know how fabulous it was or if we were stuck at Rach Gia for 4 days - lol!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 11/11/2017 at 18:05 admin

ha ha ha! Yes please report back, would be interesting to hear how you go.

Cheers

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Posted by somtam2000 on 11/11/2017 at 19:02 admin

Just another thought on this—I was amazed to read your comment that you'd booked a room on Booking.com as I didn't think Booking had any properties there, so I took a look.

There are three places listed, and all the reviews I could find on Booking.com are from Vietnamese guests, so it may be a good idea to drop the place you picked a line to see if they have any thoughts on access for foreigners—if only to avoid an unexpected surprise of four days in Rach Gia !

Good luck!

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Posted by jeannem on 12/11/2017 at 01:42

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I have sent messages via booking.com but I haven't had a response - probably because they don't understand the English.
I'll let you know.

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Posted by jeannem on 12/11/2017 at 22:45

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Okay, so no foreigners allowed and no permits are being issued to foreigners, so that's that!

I have had to cancel my booking so now have 3 nights to fill between Can Tho and Pho Quoc - any suggestions?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 14/11/2017 at 08:38 admin

Ahhhhh crap!

Bad news, but I guess, better to know now rather than arrival at the ferry landing.

A couple of thoughts:

A homestay in VinhLong perhaps? It isn't that far out of the way from CanTho and the islands are in the middle of the river, so quite interesting. Very low key.

Otherwise, perhaps an extra day In Can Tho? Cindy found some good stuff there when she did the update recently.

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Posted by jeannem on 14/11/2017 at 09:21

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You read my mind... I think a homestay on Vinhlong is also the best way to go.
We'll probably do an extra day here in Can Tho and 2 nights in Vinhlong and then head to Rach Gia.
Thanks for the assistance!

PS. We had hot pot with an abundance of prawns at the local (not tourist) market here in Can Tho this evening. Ridiculously cheap and delicious! And not another tourist in sight!

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Posted by MotHaiBa on 21/11/2017 at 06:27

Hi guys,
Nam Du is still accessible to foreigners but restricted. You need permission by applying to the police in Rach Gia or through selected travel agents that handle tours to the island. Some have offices in saigon.
Motorbike hire can be arranged when the superdong arrives. Avoid weekends. And stop in Hon Son on the way over or back.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 21/11/2017 at 15:54 admin

Hi MotHaiBa,

Have you heard of foreigners being able to do this recently? As the post above says, a hotel on the island said is not possible anymore and reports elsewhere I've read re getting the police permission in Rach Gia have said in practise is not possible.

Cheers

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Posted by MotHaiBa on 21/11/2017 at 16:04

Hi there,

I haven't heard of any foreigners doing it, just relying on what my mate in saigon is telling me. He does back of the bike tours but not to Nam Du. I wont mention his name but i did ask many times whether it is possible and he was insistent it was. He did give me some industry contacts that i will follow up next year on return.

Making access to these islands difficult is annoying but at least it will delay turning them into another Phu Quoc.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 21/11/2017 at 18:42 admin

OK cheers - it seems (from what I've read elsewhere) that groups of domestic tourists hit the islands regularly—all the reviews (what few there are) on Booking.com are from domestic travellers. Be great to see things loosen up ... a little!

Cheers

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Posted by MotHaiBa on 21/11/2017 at 19:05

Thats correct Stu. Large groups, particularly on weekends, hence my advice to go over during the week.

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