Ham Ninh Fishing Village in Phu Quoc

Located in the eastern part of Phu Quoc island, about 14km from Duong Dong Town, Ham Ninh Fishing Village belongs to Rach Ham hamlet, Ham Ninh commune, Phu Quoc city, Kien Giang province. This place appears with the peaceful, gentle beauty of a coastal village of nearly 70km², with an estimated 10,000 people living.

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Peaceful view in Ham Ninh Fishing Village. ©Tinh Bien Restaurant

In addition to the endless blue scenery of the sea, the beauty of Ham Ninh revolves around the daily life of gentle, very close, and friendly fishermen.

With the advantage of facing the mainland, Ham Ninh is almost calm all year round. Thanks to that, this place has become a peaceful harbor for fishing boats. That is also why the first people came here to anchor their ships and establish the village more than 400 years ago.

Over the centuries, Ham Ninh has retained the features of a small fishing village, simple and rustic. Here, there are almost no modern architectural works. Instead, images of cozy homestays, a few restaurants floating on the surface of the shallow sea, and a lonely wharf – in front of the doorstep opening to the vast ocean.

Highlights in Ham Ninh

Almost all people love Ham Ninh Fishing Village because of its inherent simplicity. At the same time, this place also attracts tourists thanks to its unique culture. It is the result of the interference between the characters of fishing villages on the mainland and the lifestyle of fishing villages on the islands.

Outstanding things in Ham Ninh that you can participate in:

1. Sightseeing and taking photos at the wharf

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Enjoy the fresh air and take pictures. ©Pham Thu Ba

Currently, only about half of Ham Ninh Wharf remains, and this pier is separated from the mainland because the bridge connecting to the shore has been demolished. But this defect unintentionally adds more to the beauty and romance of this special bridge.

According to our research, in the past, people used wooden trees to build this bridge to serve the needs of anchoring and transporting goods and seafood from ships to shore and vice versa. By 2003, a reinforced concrete bridge replaced the wooden bridge.

The newly built, spacious, and beautiful bridge had contributed to improving the lives of fishermen here. At the same time, many restaurants and floating rafts selling seafood appeared on both sides of this pier, attracting tourists from everywhere to gather here to buy, sell, and enjoy seafood.

By 2020, the bridge began to deteriorate seriously. The Ham Ninh government has dismantled a part of the bridge for safety. That is why Ham Ninh Wharf is separated from the mainland and accidentally takes on a strange beauty.

Coming to Ham Ninh, you definitely cannot miss this bridge. This spot is an ideal place to enjoy the cool breeze of the sea, immerse yourself in the vastness of heaven and earth, or look at the small village of houses on the peaceful shore.

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Beautiful traquil in Ham Ninh. ©Tinh Bien Restaurant

To get to the rest of the wharf, you only need to pay a small amount of money, about 20,000 VND, for a person to row a boat to take you from the shore to the far end of the bridge. This route is about 1km long and takes 5 to 10 minutes to travel.

In addition to the beauty of the sea and sky, the charm of the incompleteness of the broken bridge, with many bamboo and wooden poles and traces left by floating rafts on both sides of the bridge, the scene becomes even more strange, a beauty with a unique color.

A few photos taken here will enrich the uniqueness of your photo collection. It also helps you save many beautiful memories during your trip to Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam.

2. Explore the most peaceful hamlet of Ham Ninh – Hamlet 7 Bon

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Most tourists only stop at the boat wharf area and Ham Ninh Wharf. But we like the peacefulness of Hamlet 7 Bon more.

This destination is the most remote hamlet of Ham Ninh and has almost no tourism activities. Therefore, coming here, you will be able to see firsthand the simple lifestyle of the fishermen. From the tiny houses nestled under the shade of coconut trees to the rafts floating on the sea, all exude a gentle, leisurely look.

It’s more wonderful to be here in the early morning or at dusk. The entirely coastal countryside is nestled in a quiet, relaxing, and poetic space.

There were moments when we suddenly realized that life did not include the hustle and bustle of the city, which existed in 7 Bon Hamlet, helping our souls become pure.

Try stopping here once, who knows, you will find valuable things for your soul.

3. See and enjoy seafood in Ham Ninh

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The next thing that many tourists do not miss when visiting Ham Ninh is watching the fishing, farming, trading, and enjoying seafood.

The sea in Ham Ninh has large shallow waters, which can stretch for kilometers before touching the deep waters of the distant ocean. Therefore, you can easily see images of fishermen working near the shore on small rowing boats. It is truly a scene that attracts the curious eyes of many tourists.

Besides, larger ships will take on the role of offshore fishing to ensure a rich supply of fresh seafood for the island people and tourists. Aquaculture is also highly developed in Ham Ninh fishing village.

Here, there are also restaurants serving the visitors’ needs to enjoy seafood. Most of these restaurants gather near the Ham Ninh port area, offering stunning sea views and cooling by the freshening breezes.

You can stop by any restaurant to enjoy your tasty lunch or dinner. But remember to ask the price of each type of seafood before deciding to order. This step is to help you avoid unnecessary situations that arise when making high payments.

fresh seafood in ham ninh village

Reference prices that we can suggest to you:

  • Crabs will cost from 350,000 to 450,000 VND/kg, depending on the size
  • Grouper: 400,000 VND/kg
  • Mantis shrimp: 650,000 VND/kg
  • Oysters: 150,000 VND/kg

Ham Ninh village is classified as one of the most beautiful fishing villages in Vietnam. This place preserves a genuine, rustic marine culture and a generous lifestyle like the vast ocean itself.

However, the minus point in Ham Ninh fishing village is the phenomenon of garbage remaining in many places. Hopefully, in the near future, this region will become neater and cleaner.

In addition, this fishing village is still relatively poor and underdeveloped, so the lives of coastal people here still face difficulties. With hope, as tourism develops, more tourists visit Ham Ninh, and the lives of the fishermen of this land will have the opportunity to change and improve.

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