Rach Tram Beach
Rach Tram Beach, or in Vietnamese Bãi Rạch Tràm lies to the north of Phu Quoc Island near the fishing village Rach Tram.
Like Rach Vem Beach (Bãi Rạch Vẹm), Rach Tram Beach is one of the less-visited beaches on Phu Quoc Island and nearly totally undisturbed by the increasing tourism. A meandering dirt road passes by a calm fishing village. The location is sheltered by the nearby Du Bac Cape and the beach is lovely in front of the jungle background.
The beach is a place to work for local fishermen, as the debris points out, from picturesque hulls to the dirt of daily labor. Nobody cleans up the area, so maybe it’s not the very best location for beachbumming. However, it makes a nice place for photography. You might also spot the fishermen’s families when they are drying parts of the catch in Phu Quoc’s strong sunlight and calm breeze.
The jungle that covers the hills to the East almost reaches the Gulf of Thailand at Rach Tram Beach. At the moment, there are no accommodations either at Bãi Rạch Tràm or Bãi Rạch Vẹm, but in the currently fast developing tourism scene of the island, that might change soon.
Rach Tram Village
Rach Tram Village, which gives the strip of beach its name, is only 800 meters wide and 2,500 meters long and provides a great cultural experience. However, you need some language skills in either the Vietnamese language or in Khmer if you want to chat with the locals.
Coming to that topic, it is advisable not to mention here, or anywhere else on Phu Quoc, Pol Pot’s terror regime or the war between Cambodia and Vietnam. This is still a very sensitive topic, especially on Phu Quoc.
The village is divided by the Rach Tram Stream that flows in the lake of the same name, one of the four lakes found on Phu Quoc Island. Some of the local fishermen might take you out to the sea with them to experience a fishing trip.
The images used in the listing are taken by rotorhead85, also known as Dan who travels the world and takes pictures. I like his quote on his profile:
“Home is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”
Header image: Beach crab by Frank