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TRAVEL TIPS Kien Giang Friday, 20 January 2017

Tho Chu (Tho Chau) Kien Giang travel experience

Apart from famous Con Dao and Phu Quoc with pristine and romantic beauty, Kien Giang is also well-known for “heaven beach" Tho Chu.

Something about Tho Chu Kien Giang

Tho Chu Island
Tho Chu Island

Tho Chu is also known as Tho Chau, a big island including 8 small islands under Con Dao district, Kien Giang. Far from Ca Mau 80 sea miles and Phu Quoc 100km, Tho Chu Island is not only beautiful with pristine, majestic beaches but also the place that marked relics from war time.

If you want to visit Tho Chu, you need to have good health because you will have to be on boat about 16 hours. There is no food service on boat so you have to prepare food yourself. It would be great if you go in right season which is in November and December.

After 8 hours on boat to Tho Chu, you will stop at Phu Quoc for a while to take a rest. Meanwhile, you can visit Phu Quoc and enjoy cuisine here. How wonderful!

Besides, because Tho Chu is the special military one, there are some notes to notice before you go.

Some notes before backpacking to Tho Chu
Some notes before backpacking to Tho Chu

-          Ask for permission before you get on the island.

-  Check for photograph sign before taking picture.

-  Ask for permission if you want to go camping and BBQ on the island.

-  There is only Viettel phone network on the island and there is no 3G.

-  Going in big group (over 10 people) may make it hard to ask for permission.

-  Bring personal ID, paper with you.

Means of transport to Tho Chu

There are two routes for you to travel:

-  From Rach Gia to Tho Chu: From Saigon, you take a bus to Rach Gia harbor and then go straight to Tho Chu. The boat departs at 8 am on 5th each month and back at 26th and 31th. You should travel by this boat because it is free, you only need to pay for hammock rent to lie in 16 hours.

-  Backpacking from Tho Chu to Phu Quoc: From Hanoi, Saigon or Rach Gia, you take a flight to Phu Quoc, then from Phu Quoc, take a boat to Tho Chu. Boat from Phu Quoc – Tho Chu departs at 8 am on 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th and back at 5 am on 6th, 11th, 21st, 25th each month.

Means of transport to Tho Chu
Means of transport to Tho Chu

Tho Chu is not too big but not too small, it only takes 2-3 days to explore the whole Tho Chu. Tho Chu is known as “heaven beach” and you may never come back when you come here.

-  Bai Ngu is the center has the most pristine clean blue sea in Tho Chu.

-  The most romantic and poetic seashore connects Bai Ngu and Bai Dong Beach.

-  Tho Chau lighthouse with the best view of Tho Chau.

-  Hon Xanh Beach, the best beach and camping on Tho Chu.

-  Hon Nhan, the house of mocking bird.

-  Coral reef diving, fishing, campfire, BBQ…

Places to visit on Tho Chu Island
Places to visit on Tho Chu Island

Those are destinations and interesting activities on Tho Chu Island for you to consult. If you have time, you can visit Quyet Thang, Hon Cao beach and fish ferries…

Accommodation on Tho Chu

Tho Chu has no motel or hotel. There are 3 ways for you to spend the night on the island: ask for local people to stay, border post or ask for permission to camp.

Each way will bring you different experience and feelings, if you have plenty of time, you can try all the ways to have best experience.

Tho Chu’s cuisine

Tho Chu (Tho Chau) Kien Giang travel experience

You don’t need to worry about what to eat on Tho Chu because there are many restaurants and stalls on the island. The main specialty of Tho Chu is seafood, you can go to the market or fishing village to buy some and have a BBQ party on the beach.

After dinner, you can visit some cafés to enjoy live music. When you get back, remember to buy seafood as souvenir.

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