Rach Vem Phu Quoc – Explore the “Kingdom of Starfish” and Capture Stunning Check-in Photos

Renowned as the “kingdom of starfish”, Rạch Vẹm fishing village is always an attractive destination for many tourists, especially young people. So what’s interesting about Rạch Vẹm? When should you visit Rạch Vẹm? How to get to Rạch Vẹm? What to eat and do in Rạch Vẹm? All will be answered in the article below.

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Check-in photo shooting at Rạch Vẹm

1.Introduction to Rạch Vẹm, Phu Quoc

Rạch Vẹm beach has clear water, fine white sand, turquoise sea and many starfish. There are also many small streams here, which are home to many marine species.

Rạch Vẹm has a large mangrove forest area and is surrounded by low mountains, creating a majestic natural setting.

1.1 Where is Rạch Vẹm?

Rạch Vẹm belongs to Gành Dầu commune, located in the north of Phu Quoc island. It is about 25 km north of Duong Dong town.

1.2 The origin of the name Rạch Vẹm

Rạch Vẹm is a coastal area with many small streams, which are home to many mussel species. Perna viridis are shellfish with shells, they often cling to rocks or bamboo stakes in brackish water. The name “Rạch Vẹm” originates from this characteristic to help local people distinguish it from other areas.

2. When to go to Rạch Vẹm, Phu Quoc

From October to March of the following year is the best time to visit Rạch Vẹm fishing village because the sea is extremely calm at this time and starfish appear densely on the white sand. This is also the season when Phu Quoc has warm sunny weather, rich and high-quality seafood, making it a great time to visit Phu Quoc.

You should go to Rạch Vẹm in the morning because the way to Rạch Vẹm is quite far from the center, even with many difficult sections.

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October to March is the best time to check in with Rạch Vẹm starfish

3. How to get to Rach Vẹm Fishing Village

If you are young and want to experience a lot, choose to go by motorbike to make it easier to stop for photos or learn about the life of the fishing village people.

To get to Rạch Vẹm from Duong Dong, you can take DT973 road. This is the main road from Duong Dong to tourist destinations in the north of Phu Quoc island.

The road to Rạch Vẹm fishing village is about 20km long, relatively clean and smooth, except for the section leading to the fishing village is still a red dirt road, so it is not suitable for pregnant women to jostle around, currently the road is being completed but not completed. Adults and children in general are still very healthy and happy to go.

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The distance from Duong Dong to Rạch Vẹm

The cool roads and pepper gardens along the way will be interesting for you to see. Going by motorbike is also convenient for enjoying the food of the local people.

It will take you about more than 30 minutes to travel from the center of Duong Dong to Rạch Vẹm fishing village and have fun at the starfish beach. To access the starfish beach, you should seek the help of the locals and of course will receive their very attentive help.

If you want to experience with your family, you can book a tour of Rạch Vẹm fishing village or rent a car to ensure the most comfort for the whole family. The price of the Rạch Vẹm fishing village tour in Phu Quoc is not too high and will be suitable for families with young children or the elderly.

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Rạch Vẹm beach is pristine and clear

4. What to do in Rạch Vẹm, Phu Quoc

4.1 Swimming and checking in with starfish

Rạch Vẹm beach has soft white sand, clear blue water and fresh air. This place is ideal for you to swim, relax and enjoy the pristine nature. Visitors can freely swim, have fun with the waves or lie on the sand to sunbathe.

Not only that, Rạch Vẹm is known as the “kingdom of starfish”, visitors can easily find bright red starfish on the sand or under water. Taking pictures and checking in with starfish is definitely a must-try activity when coming to Rạch Vẹm.

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Check-in with Rạch Vẹm starfish (Photo: hnhatrang.kth)


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Rạch Vẹm Starfish, Phu Quoc (Photo: miho_1409)

4.2 Explore Rạch Vẹm fishing village

Rạch Vẹm fishing village is famous for its simple stilt houses, the simple life of the locals and fresh seafood dishes. When coming here, visitors can visit the rafts – houses built on bamboo poles, located along the coast.

Visitors can also learn about traditional fishing or walk around to explore the lives of the locals. In addition, visitors can also enjoy many delicious seafood dishes such as sea urchin, crab, squid, snails, … caught directly from the sea.

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Rạch Vẹm fishing village, Phu Quoc (Photo: nguyet_fis)


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Cani mini fishing (Photo: nguyet_fis)


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Fishing boats (Photo: nguyet_fis)


4.3 Enjoy seafood

When coming to Rạch Vẹm, you can enjoy a lot of fresh seafood from restaurants by the sea or rafts. Here are suggestions for delicious seafood restaurants in Rạch Vẹm:

  • Thu Bao Raft: Thu Bao Raft is loved by visitors for its spacious, airy space, beautiful sea view and fresh seafood. Some of the outstanding dishes here include: Grilled cheese oysters, bun quay, herring salad, grilled squid, stir-fried snails,…
    • Rating: 4.5/5 (104 reviews)
    • Opening hours: 07:00–18:00
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Enjoy Phu Quoc Anchovy Salad at Thu Bao Houseboat


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Bun Quay Phu Quoc specialty

  • Nhà Trên Biển Raft – Joy Adventures Local Phu Quoc: Nhà Trên Biển has seafood such as sea urchin, clams, squid, red snapper, grouper,… processed in many ways such as garlic sauce, butter sauce, raw lemon, steamed, dipped in vinegar,…
    • Rating: 4.9/5 (151 reviews)
    • Opening hours: 08:00–19:30
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Enjoy Phu Quoc seafood dishes (Photo: cungdiannao)

4.4 Admire the beautiful sunset

Rạch Vẹm sunset is one of the famous scenic spots in Phu Quoc. As the sun sets, Rạch Vẹm appears like a romantic painting with a colorful sky.

After a long day of sightseeing and exploring Phu Quoc, watching the sunset in Rạch Vẹm is a great way to relax and enjoy nature. You can combine watching the sunset with other activities such as swimming, visiting the fishing village, enjoying seafood,…

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Watch the sunset at Rạch Vẹm (Photo: cattuoong)

5. Frequently Asked Questions

5.1 Are there any tours to Rạch Vẹm, Phu Quoc?

Yes, Rooty Trip offers a “Rạch Vẹm Discovery Tour of North Phu Quoc Island 1 Day”. On this tour, you will explore Rạch Vẹm fishing village, Hàm Rồng Cape, enjoy seafood on a raft, and many other fun activities.

5.2 What to bring on a tour to Rạch Vẹm

Cash, hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, towel and especially a hungry stomach because here fresh seafood is prepared by the local fishermen. If you have children, you should bring an umbrella to shade them from the sun while they still have fun with the starfish.

Camera and phone are indispensable to capture the memorable moments of your journey.

5.3 Notes when swimming in Rạch Vẹm sea

During the process of swimming and checking in with starfish, be careful not to harm the starfish as well as protect the marine environment. Note the following rules:

  • You can take pictures with starfish but avoid taking starfish onto hot sand as starfish are extremely sensitive to changes in their living environment, especially temperature.
  • You should place the starfish in shallow water to take pictures while ensuring the safety of the starfish.
  • Do not directly hold starfish in your hands as this may inadvertently poison the starfish.
  • You should clean up any utensils or food and drinks (if any), avoid littering on the beach to protect the habitat of marine life.
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Join hands to protect Rạch Vẹm and the marine environment in general

The above is all the information you need to know before exploring Rạch Vẹm, Phu Quoc. Hopefully this article will help you have an unforgettable experience when visiting the “kingdom of starfish” Rạch Vẹm. If you are looking for a great tour in Rạch Vẹm, please contact Rooty Trip immediately for free advice!



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