Vietnam off the beaten track tours and top things to do on Gam Ghi Island

Besides Phu Quoc Island, Gam Ghi Island is a flawless place for your Vietnam off the beaten track tours.

Where is Gam Ghi Island?


Odd shaped rocks gam ghi island

Gam Ghi Island, one of the untouched islands in Vietnam, has recently become famous to tourists all around the world. Perhaps, its long seashore, clear blue sea water, and green trees growing everywhere are the reasons why. Gam Ghi Island will be a perfect destination for your vacation this summer.

Located in the South side of An Thoi Town, Kien Giang Province, beside the Gulf of Thailand, Gam Ghi is one of the 17 small islands of Phu Quoc Islands. There are not many people living on it so the island is still undamaged and beautiful. For those who love the charm of the ocean and want to engage with nature, Gam Ghi will be a great option.

How to get there?

The only way to get to the island is renting a boat in An Thoi or Bai Sao Port. If you travel in groups, renting a large boat is the best idea to have a safe ride. It takes only about 20 to 30 minutes to arrive at the Island. Along the ride, you will be able to see the wonderful beauty of the ocean.

Where to stay?

Gam Ghi Island is considered a secret paradise, which is completely unexploited by the human. So there is no hotel or homestay here. In case you want to sleep on the island at night and return in the next morning, you can set up a camp or stay in some locals’ house. Otherwise, the only choice is to have fun on the island by day and return to An Thoi Port before 6 pm.

What makes the island so captivating?

There are many reasons why the trip to Gam Ghi Island can be your best tour in Vietnam. The first one is definitely the sea water, which is extremely blue and clear. Also, because the other islands around it make a perfect shield, you will only find small waves while taking sea-bathing. Therefore, the island is ideal for tourists who don’t know how to swim to have a pleasant time.


Coral reef gam ghi island

Gam Ghi beaches are more magnificent than ever with coral reefs. They surround the whole island and stay very close to the seashore. Because the island is one of the nature reserves of Phu Quoc Town, the coral reefs here are very thick. You can see them just by facing down the water surface.

Another thing which makes the island so special is the large and odd-shaped rocks. They appear in large numbers on beaches and under the water, making an impressive scenery. When the waves crash against them, churning the water to foam, the scene looks even more imposing. Due to the coral reefs and beaches, Gam Ghi Island is often considered a miniature of Bali in Vietnam.

Top things to do for your trip

There are not many entertaining activities on the island so you will have to be creative. One exciting suggestion is snorkeling to see the coral reefs. You will be stunned by the marine world as well. Although snorkeling is easy, it is recommended to have an instructor if you have never done it before. He will give you directions and help you in case anything happens.


Sea urchin Gam Ghi island

After a few swimming hours, you can borrow a fishing-rod from some fisherman and start fishing. That is how you have your lunch. If you travel to Vietnam with your friends, it will be the best seafood party that you can ever attend.

In case you travel with your boyfriend, girlfriend, or family, walking on the beach or sunbathing are some appropriate activities. Just lie on the beach, listen to the sound of trees and the ocean and all of your sorrows will disappear.

Some notifications for your Vietnam off the beaten track tours

  • Because Gam Ghi is not only an island but also a coral reserve, remember not to hit the coral reefs so hard or try to break them. They get only 1 centimeter longer every year so it is best to protect this masterpiece of Mother Nature. 
  • If you want to take part in a fishing tour, you have to make sure that you don’t have seasick.
  • You should go sightseeing only in tourist spots and avoid forbidden forests as well as places which are too remote and neglected.
  • Sea-bathing is a great thing to do. However, you should not swim too long or at the time when the sun is at its highest. It is easy to get sunstroke or catch a cold.