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Hon Son Island, located in Kien Giang Province, is a new hidden gem of beach destination in Southern Vietnam. With its pristine beauty, graceful stunning beaches reflecting the vast ocean, Hon Son appears as a sparkling jewel surrounded by coconut groves along the beach with a wild look, no trace of mining. Below is information that you should know before traveling lớn Hon Son Islvà.

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1. Overview


Hon Son Island, often referred to as Hon Rai, is located in Lai Son commune, Kien Hai District, Kien Giang Province. It lies between Hon Tre Island và Nam Du Archipelago, about 65km from the west of Rach Gia City. The total area of Hon Son Islvà is 11.5 square kilometers with 7 undulating mountains and 6 surrounded beautiful beaches. Hon Son is a trang chính to more than 8,200 people living on aquaculture, shipbuilding, shrimp and fish processing và fish sauce making. Lai Son, the island’s main village, sits on a bay in the middle of south coast. The village has an attractive sầu, laid-bachồng air and a tangible sense of the past.

Since there are many coconuts growing from the beach up to lớn the hill, Hon Son is also called “Coconut Island”. Biking along the coast under the tilting coconut shadow, next khổng lồ the sea is one of the must vì chưng on the islvà. Additionally, tourists will be surprised by the natural stone blocks with different shapes, lượt thích dolphins, turtles, lying under the clear water. The scenic seafront road at Lai Son village is perfect for promenading in the mornings và evenings.

2. Best time lớn visit Hon Son Island


Weather information is essential for any beach vacation, especially to lớn islands. Port operating office will ban all ships sailing because of rough sea, big wave và svào wind. To avoid rain and storms as well as have a memorable trip on Hon Son Isl&, you should come here between May và December. During this time, the weather is quite pleasant, the sea is calm và seafood is abundant và cheap such as squid, shrimp & crab.

3. How to get lớn Hon Son Island

Hon Son Islvà can be only reached by speedboat from Rach Gia Pier, 3 km from center of Rach Gia City.


* From Ho Chi Minh City: It is possible lớn take a direct flight from Ho Chi Minc City to lớn Rach Gia Airport, just 50 minutes flying. There is only one flight per day departing in the early morning so you should kiểm tra the flight schedule & book the ticket in advance. It is operated by VASCO, a part of Vietphái mạnh Airlines. One-way airfare is around 40 – 50 USD. Of course, travelling by car/ bus khổng lồ Rach Gia from Ho Chi Minh City is a common way that tourists often choose as they can combine a visit khổng lồ Mekong Delta’s highlights such as My Tho, Cai Be & Can Tho’s floating market.

* From Hanoi: No direct flight from Hanoi to lớn Rach Gia, thus you have to book a flight to Can Tho or Ho Chi Minch City instead & catch a local bus khổng lồ Rach Gia City. The journey time is roughly 6 hours from Ho Chi Minh City và 3 hours from Can Tho. Phuong Trang is a popular bus serving these routes & price varies from 150,000 – 250,000 VND one way. If you are looking for the convenience and flexibility, a private car is recommended.

Once you arrive Rach Gia pier, catch a speedboat to lớn Hon Son Islvà. There are several companies such as Ngoc Tkhô nóng Express, Superdong, Phu Quoc Express… Almost the speedboat will depart in the morning so it is better to stay one night in Rach Gia or take a night bus khổng lồ come there.

FerryRouteDeparture – Arrival TimeAdultChild
Ngoc Tkhô cứng ExpressRach Gia – Hon Son08:05 – 09:45135,000 VND95,000 VND
Hon Son – Rach Gia12:15 – 13:45
SuperdongRach Gia – Hon Son06:35 – 08:15

08:40 – 10:25

140,000 VND100,000 VND
Hon Son – Rach Gia11:00 – 12:4512:00 – 13:45
Phu Quoc ExpressRach Gia – Hon Son06:30 – 07:50170,000 VND70,000 VND
Hon Son – Rach Gia11:10 – 12:20

Alternatively, you could also travel by traditional ferry for 90,000 VND, which takes around 3.5 hours.

Vietphái nam Travel recommends you to choose Phu Quoc Express or Superdong for traveling between Rach Gia City và Hon Son Islvà. They are simply the best và the most professional operators in the region’s public marine transportation.

* Getting around Hon Son Island


Getting around Hon Son

There is no taxi on the islvà so the only way khổng lồ get around Hon Son is khổng lồ hire a motorbike from your motel or guesthouse. The price is about 200,000 VND – 250,000 VND per day. One of the most memorable things to lớn bởi on this islvà is to ride around the coast at sunrise or sunset when the scenery is so stunning và the ocean is absolutely gorgeous.

4. Accommodations in Hon Son Island

As the isl& is still largely unknown to many, there are not many accommodation options. In the absence of modern hotels, luxury restaurants or high-kết thúc services, homestays & guesthouses are alternative sầu và good choices. The communal People’s Committee is working with relevant agencies to provide training on communication skills and tourist services for businesses and households which want to lớn do tourism activities. In the short term, the local authority will focus on home-stay service, protecting the environment and natural landscapes & ensuring safety for visitors so that Hon Son will truly become an attractive & friendly destination.

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Hotels, guesthouses and homestays are located around Hon Son Isl& such as Bai Bac area, Thien Tue hamlet, nearby Lai Son wharf và they are quite cthua to the beach. It is very crowded at weekends và public holidays, so you should book room in advance before traveling to the isl&. Most accommodations on Hon Son Isl& are in the budget or mid-range category.

Below are some recommend accommodation options on Hon Son:

4.1. Lai Son Wharf Area

• Thuy Duong Hotel (2 star): 300,000 – 700,000 VND per night. This four-storey townhouse, opened in 2019, is probably the most comfortable one in Hon Son Island, with terrific views over the wharf from the front rooms.


Thuy Duong Hotel

Windy Hon Son Guesthouse: 250,000 VND – 700,000 VND. Just opened in early 20đôi mươi, walking distance from the tourist pier & night market but no sea view.


Windy Hon Son Guesthouse

• Rai Ca Homestay: 550,000 – 1,050,000 VND. Best for sunrise view & open beach bar. It is located between Thien Tue Hamlet & Lai Son Pier.


A beer corner of Rai Ca homestay


Bac’s Homestay

• Bai Da Hon Son Resort (Rocky Beach): 450,000 VND – 750,000 VND. This trendy mini-resort in a highly scenic bay has a range of rooms clustered tightly within the confines of a rocky bay studded with big, photogenic boulders, aimed for Vietnamese youth.

4.3. Thien Tue Hamlet (about 2.5km from Lai Son Pier)

Dung Liem Hon Son Guesthouse: 250,000 – 400,000 VND per night. Budget homestay, cthảm bại to lớn Gieng local market in the resident area.

5. Things to vì on Hon Son Island

As a small islvà, it is recommended khổng lồ spkết thúc 2 or 3 days only on Hon Son. There are some attractive & interesting places for travelers to explore such as majestic mountains, beautiful blue beaches, historical temples…

5.1. Beach relaxation & Swimming


All tourists come lớn Hon Son for swimming and beach relaxation. All five sầu beaches on the isl& are pretty, clean, & pristine, including Bai Bang, Bai Nha, Bai Thien Tue, Bai Gieng, and Bai Bac. Each of them has its own beauty but Bai Bang is regarded as the most charming white sandy beach, in which the coastline stretches over a 1km in the shape of a crescent. Relaxing in the blue water và on the deserted beach, watching coconut groves along the coast swinging in the wind, & breathing fresh air makes you feel fully blended with nature.

5.2. Conquer Ma Thien Lanh Mountain Peak


For those who are into adventure, climbing up to the top of Ma Thien Lanh Mountain khổng lồ enjoy a panoramic view of Hon Son Isl& is an interesting experience. The summit is at 450m above sầu the sea level but it is quite easy khổng lồ conquer thanks to thousands of steps built by the local authorities instead of the rocky trail in the past. Legover has it that the spectacular Ma Thien Lanh mountain had a flat roông xã, surrounded by picturesque scenery, so fairies gathered there whenever they came down from the sky. The views on Ma Thien Lanh summit are breathtaking. You’ll need at least a half day to lớn trek there & baông xã. After hiking, you can swyên at Bai Bang Beach, which is quiet near the Ma Thien Lanh Mountain.

5.3. Experience local life at Bai Gieng Market, Thien Tue Hamlet


Bai Gieng is the central market in Thien Tue Hamlet, also the busiest seafood market of Hon Son Isl&. The sights, smells, & sounds will overwhelm your senses in the best way. The market gets very busy & crowded in the morning. The fishermen usually drop off their catch of the day around 7 A.M, và that’s when the bargaining begins. You can chat with vendors và “people watch” the locals going about their days. That will offer a quality view of the local culture.

5.3. Pay a visit lớn some relics and temples on the island

In addition to its beautiful landscapes, Hon Son also has some relics of the spiritual origin of the sea, associated with anecdotes of indigenous people such as Nam Hai Temple, Hai Son Pagoda. Legends are so mysterious và interesting, don’t you want khổng lồ know?

5.5. Visit Sake floating village


Sake floating village is 500m far from Bai Bang Beach. You do not need to book a boat in advance lớn visit the floating village as the locals often travel from và lớn the island. It means you pay about 30,000 – 50,000 VND/ person to lớn the local people for traveling around. Sea is wide and blue, và the village shimmers in the sun, backed by high, forested hills. Local people here rarely meet foreigners as tourism is less concentrated but they are very friendly. You can chat with them freely to lớn learn about their daily life. Other activities that you can experience while visiting Sake floating houses are squid or shrimp fishing, diving…

5.6. Wander the night market & enjoy seafood


Located in the central area, about 200m from wharf yard, Hon Son night market is quite large và offers full range of food and beverage options. Typical local dishes are fried mackerel, grilled squid, sour soup with rabbitfish, và herring salad… There’s a good noodle cửa hàng, called “Như Y”, where you can try “Bun Quay”, a fish noodle soup that’s a local specialty, from 30,000 VND.

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6. Other information & advice

• There is no xe taxi & public transportation on the island. A rented motorbike is the igiảm giá khuyến mãi way lớn explore Hon Son.• There is no ATM, so make sure that you bring enough cash in VND khổng lồ spend on the island.• Sao Bien Coffee, a few minute walking distance from Lai Son Pier, has a prime location for sunrise or sunmix và a good selection of drinks.• Try a Hon Son coconut. Coconuts for drinking are sold all across the isl&.• Hon Son is a new travel destination và mostly visited by Vietnamese youth from the mainland, therefore, international tourists will be difficulty in communication with local people on the isl&.• To buy speed boat tickets, passport is required.