Khem Beach – An Unforgettable Summer Getaway in Phu Quoc

As the sun-kissed days of summer beckon, travelers embark on a pilgrimage to Khem Beach, an idyllic haven nestled in the southern reaches of Phu Quoc. Untouched by the relentless march of modernity, this pristine shore unfolds as a canvas of unspoiled beauty, where the silken embrace of sugar-white sands meets the vibrant tapestry of verdant forests.

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Phu Quoc is a beautiful island in the Gulf of Thailand with a temperate and warm climate all year round. The island is covered by primitive tropical jungles which overtake 62% of the island square. Khem Beach is the most beautiful and calm beach in Phu Quoc with its smooth white sandy shore.

The beautiful view of the beach. Photo: Chung Khoan

The sea of Khem Beach is home to many kinds of fish and ocean creatures. It is an ideal tourist heaven and in the list of one of the most beautiful islands in the world, according to the reader’s vote of Forbes magazine. In 2017, Phu Quoc attracted over 1,8 million tourists, increasing 25,5% compared to 2016.

It is not spacious and as long as Bai Truong Beach or other beaches on the island, Khem Beach with its curse that seduces tourists’ hearts with the pure white sand which is metaphorically compared to the ice cream.

International tourists enjoy their holiday. Photo: Chung Khoan

Khem Beach is blessed by nature with a fine white sand beach, blue sea water adorned with rocky rapids and a charming combination of casuarina trees rows run along the coast. The beach is also an unspoiled sea that has not been much affected by humans so tourists still feel quiet and private features when they come here to relax and get away from the summer heat.

Phu Quoc offers a mild climate with cool weather all year round so you can visit Khem Beach any time of year. If tourists travel in the dry season from October to April, the weather will be beautiful with light sunshine and calm waves suitable for swimming. They should avoid coming here from May to September, as the sudden rain and big waves might have a bad influence on their experience.

Come to Khem Beach, and tasting the delicious local dishes such as herring salad would be a must.

Khem Beach is blessed by nature with a fine white sand beach, blue sea water adorned with rocky rapids and a charming combination of casuarina trees rows run along the coast. Photo: Chung Khoan

Above Khem Beach is a peaceful small fishing village, with many basket boats which tourists can rent and have some fun while trying rowing, it is not easy but will be an interesting experience. The idyllic life here is also a feature that people can observe and interact with the locals.

Above Khem Beach is a peaceful small fishing village, with many basket boats which tourists can rent and have some fun while trying rowing. Photo: Chung Khoan

Phu Quoc Bun Quay (Phu Quoc Stirring Noodle) – the next famous specialty that any gourmet to Khem Beach should enjoy once in a lifetime.

Bun Quay is renowned for its ingredients and its fresh aromatic flavor. Spilling out of the front door and halfway around the block, eager visitors wait to try and experience Phu Quoc’s legendary, mouth-watering shrimp-based dish.

The early origins of Bun Quay (which translates directly to ‘noodle stir’ or ‘stirring noodle’) were brought to Phu Quoc from Central Vietnam in 1955, prepared with ground shrimp. It was known on the island as Bun Tom (shrimp noodle) until 1996, when the Kien Xay family began to experiment with the flavors, trialing many of Phu Quoc’s fresh seafood and locally sourced seasonings. With the new recipe in place, the restaurant saw a considerable rise in popularity. From 1996 to 2012, the Kien Xay family restaurant became known across Vietnam as the place to experience the exclusive, flavor-popping ‘Bun Quay’.

Bun Quay – a delicious dish you can try in Phu Quoc. Photo: VinWonders

The rich waters surrounding Phu Quoc are an important source of livelihood for fishing families on the island. Many fishermen catch anchovies that are carefully processed into the island’s famous fish sauce.

Visitors also benefit from the abundance of the sea when staying in Phu Quoc. They can try having lunch in a floating restaurant out on the water, and visit the buzzing night market for an unforgettable barbecued seafood dinner.

Charlotte Pho