Nam Du island. (Then)
Nam Du island situated in Kien Giang Province, about 45 miles away from Rach Gia mainland. Actually, its name refer to Nam Du archipelago which has 21 big and small islands and islets, and there are only a few inhabited islands in the archipelago.
When I first went there, I had to take a metal ferry which used to transport only local people and other supplies from the mainland to the island. That ferry took us about 5 hours to get to the big island. Now you can imagine how boring it was sitting tightly between one another for 5 hours. At that time, nobody knows what Nam Du island was but Phu Quoc island except local people like me.
After sitting on the ferry for 5 hours, eventually I arrived. Getting of the ferry, the turquoise water got my attention right away. It was translucent and clear enough to see through the water. You could see group of fish and jelly fish swimming underwater. Another thing you could expect, when visiting an isand that rarely received visitors, was being stared at and the local people could immediately detect a newcomer.
Did I tell you that there was no hotel nor guest house in the island? I needed to take a motorbike taxi to get up to the mountaintop, asking the lighthouse’s chief permission to stay there. It was beautiful up there. It offered panoramic view and you could see the whole island and other islands in this area.
Bai Men and Mau island were the best spots where you could see the most beautiful beaches in the whole archipelago. At that time, getting to Bai Men is quite a challage, even thought it was located in the big island where i stayed, as there was no trail nor road to that beach. The only way was to rent a boat, to get to the or side of the island, to access Bai Men. It took about 30 minutes to get there. That was a long beautiful beach where coconut trees lined a long the beach. Surprisingly, that long beach belonged to only one person and there was only one house there. The owner built that house to store freshwater, and to make a living by exchanging water for fishermen and local people around the island during water shortages.