Photo: Late light, Rach Gia harbour.


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Set on the eastern edge of the Gulf of Thailand and 270 kilometres by road from Ho Chi Minh City, Rach Gia is a bustling port, transit point, gateway and capital of Mekong Delta province Kien Giang. Most find themselves in Rach Gia (pronounced “Rat Yah”) en route to somewhere else – that “somewhere else” most popularly being Phu Quoc island, a 2.5-hour fast ferry ride or 35-minute flight away.

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Rach Gia is also 90 kilometres to the Cambodian border, a choice way to get to Kep. Finally, Rach Gia is the jumping off point for the little known Nam Du, an archipelago of 21 islands and islets that we’re trying to put on the map. Despite once a day fast ferry service, few foreign travellers venture to Nam Du and Hon Son, islands that offer dramatic landscape, lush jungle, pristine white sand beaches, crystal turquoise waters and a banquet of seafood. Intrepid travellers who love off-the-beaten track, take notice: it’s magic.

Burp! Photo taken in or around Rach Gia, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Burp! Photo: Cindy Fan

The most people will see of Rach Gia is on their ride from the pier to the bus station and vice versa, but the city is not a bad spot to spend a night. Locals like to hang out on the large bridge in the evening and vendors even set up shop on the footpath, but there’s more fantastic sunset spots much further south on Ton Duc Thang Street, the coastal road. Look for Ben Du Thuyen Cafe, with bistro tables on a promenade at the water’s edge, along with a pier that runs to Tay Long floating restaurant. Gazing out to the horizon on a calm day, it almost feels like you at the edge of ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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