Ham Ninh Fishing Village
Ham Ninh Village is a rather large and picturesque fishing village located on the east coast of Phu Quoc Island and about 15kms away from Duong Dong Town. The village is next to a stunning turquoise sea and surrounded by a rather large mountainous forest which is part of the Ham Ninh mountain range that runs for about 30kms and sits at the border of the Phu Quoc National Park. The sea at Ham Ninh is quite shallow and contains the largest concentration of seaweed beds on Phu Quoc.
In the past Ham Ninh Village was a place where many fishermen went to seek shelter from the storms. Slowly a community was established that centered around fishing and diving for pearls. The inhabitants lived in either thatched bamboo huts or on their boats and led a simple life. Today Ham Ninh Village is a village in transition. With the influx of tourists and the development of the islands infrastructure and power grid, Hamn Ninh has seen a sizable growth. There are more restaurants, hotels, shops, and even a few gas stations now than 10 years ago. The main economy here is still based on fishing however a lot of locals are transitioning to servicing the booming tourist industry. Rustic bamboo thatched homes still do exist however they are slowly being replaced by the concrete variety.
What To See
- The Pier – the pier juts out far into the ocean where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Ham Ninh mountain range and the coastline. At the end of the pier there are usually a few colorful fishing boats unloading their daily catch.
- Ham Ninh Beach – The beach has yellow soft sand however there is a lot of rubbish near the town. If you want to enjoy the beach here, walk 10minutes north along the coast.
- Hai Tac Archipelago – You can see small islands in the distance while standing at the pier or on the beach. These islands area also known as the “Pirate Islands”. These islands are currently not accessible unless you are a fishermen or part of the Vietnam military/navy. South East of the Pirate Islands you will see Nghe Island.
- Ham Ninh Market – There is a small market here where you can buy fresh seafood, fruits, and vegetables.
- Cock Fighting – If you are lucky, you may be able to witness a cock fight in town.
What To Do
- Swim – You can swim at Ham Ninh beach, just be aware that the sea has a lot of seagrass as well as a variety of floating debris.
- Fishing – You can fish off the pier with the locals.
- Seahorses – Ham Ninh is a place where you can buy fresh or dried seahorses. You can see the live seahorses still swimming in the tanks.
- Photography – The village, the mountains, the sea, the small canal, etc all make great subjects for the serious photographer.
Where To Eat & Drink
- Seafood – Crab is the specialty here in Ham Ninh Town and you can find restaurants and street side eateries serving crab as well as other seafood near the pier. The price of crab in Ham Ninh is by far the cheapest on the island. Crab in Ham Ninh is usually steamed and enjoyed with a dipping sauce made out of lime juice , salt, and pepper. The other specialty here is sea cucumber soup – a unique Phu Quoc dish. If you do not care for crab or sea cucumber, then there are a lot of other seafood and traditional Vietnamese dishes you can try.
- Medicinal Drinks – At Ham Ninh you can try a variety of “medicinal drinks” made from seaweed, ginseng, and even sea horse which has been soaked in rice wine.
What To Buy
Shellfish – At the pier you can buy a variety of shells, starfish, dried fish dried seahorse, and a variety of natural traditional medicine harvested from the surrounding forests.
How To Get To Ham Ninh Village
From Duong Dong Town head north on Tran Hung Dao Street and make a right at the intersection on 30 Thang 4 Street. Head east until you reach the end of the street as well as the city limits.