DestinationsAsiaCheck-in the Beautiful ‘Starfish Kingdom’ at Rach Vem, Phu Quoc Island
Check-in the Beautiful ‘Starfish Kingdom’ at Rach Vem, Phu Quoc Island

Check-in the Beautiful ‘Starfish Kingdom’ at Rach Vem, Phu Quoc Island

More than 20 km from Duong Dong town on Phu Quoc island, Rach Vem fishing village, which is located in the north of the pearl island, attracts a lot of visitors by the wild picture of floating houses and wooden bridges on the sea. This place is also considered the “starfish kingdom” of thousands of red sea stars because, in season, they come together in a herd, hidden under the clear water, and create a spectacle to hold tourists’ feet.

If you are familiar with the attractive destinations on Phu Quoc island such as Long Beach, Star Beach, Thom Islet, etc., you can go to Rach Vem fishing village and immerse yourself in a quiet, rustic space. Yes, a hidden gem that isn’t yet exploited for tourism too much.

The Best Time to Travel to Rach Vem

A seafood restaurant at Rach Vem Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
A raft house at Rach Vem.

The dry season from November to April is an ideal time to visit Rach Vem. At this time, the climate is cool, sunny, and the waves are calm, helping visitors enjoy the most beautiful sea views. Furthermore, This is also the starfish season in Phu Quoc island.

In contrast, the rainy season from May to October is not the right time to check in the fishing village. During this period, the waves are strong and the water is cloudy so you cannot see the starfish. Besides that, moving to Rach Vem is also difficult. If you choose to go on this occasion, you should review the weather forecast to make sure the trip is more convenient and comfortable.

Different Ways to Going There

There are different ways to go to Phu Quoc island that you can choose. Then, depending on your location of staying, you will have 3 main roads to the fishing village of Rach Vem:

  • Going from the center of Duong Dong town is the most popular direction. To illustrate, you just need to go straight towards ĐT973. Many people love this road because of its location near the airport with many resorts, eateries, restaurants, etc.
  • From Vinpearl Phu Quoc, you take the way back to Duong Dong town. Before approaching the Cua Can bridge, turn left when you meet the intersection.
  • Starting from Thanh Thoi ferry, you turn right to Duong Dong town, then Thom Beach, and finally to Suoi Cai junction. This line is for those who take the ferry from Ha Tien to Phu Quoc Island.

To sum up, all three roads will reach the Suoi Cai – Ganh Dau junction. Afterward, you turn left and continue to run for about 6 km to reach the fishing village of Rach Vem. The passage to the fishing village is relatively difficult to go to, it’s quite dusty and bumpy.

the road to rach vem fishing village with many potholes
The road to Rach Vem fishing village is dusty and bumpy with many potholes.

Transportations on the Island

A motorbike or car is the popular means of transportation to Rach Vem. Indeed, many hotels or homestays offer motorbike rentals for between VND 150,000 and 200,000 per day. In addition, a group of friends or a family can rent a car for VND 700,000 per day.

Things to Do at Rach Vem Fishing Village

Let’s get ready, a modest destination as Rach Vem has many attractions for visitors.

Taking Photographs with the Red Starfishes

As the nickname “starfish kingdom”, surely you will find here at the place a lot of red starfishes. Evenly, it’s the Chocolate Chip starfish, which is one of the most beautiful kinds of sea stars. Definitely, taking photos with the starfish is an experience that shouldn’t be missed in “Starfish Kingdom”. It’s hard to find a herd of starfish on other beaches in Vietnam.

Red Sea Stars at "starfish kingdom" Rach Vem Beach Phu Quoc Island Vietnam
I saw a lot of red starfish at the beach of “Starfish Kingdom” Rach Vem fishing village. They are just exposed to the air so probably taking them to the water could help.

The sea in Rach Vem is not too deep. Particularly, in the dry season, it can be seen at the bottom so starfishes are also easier to see. Yes, you are welcome to take pictures with the starfish but make sure you do not bring them out of the water for more than 30 seconds. As they are sensitive to sudden temperature changes and can not breathe without water, they will die just a few seconds after exposing to the air. Thus, please take this note when you travel to this fishing village.

Swimming and Exploring the Raft House

One of the raft houses at Rach Vem fishing village
One of the raft houses at Rach Vem fishing village.

The beach here is still unspoiled. Yet, the water level is not too deep, so it is quite safe for you to enjoy the activities on the sea. After swimming, you can explore the raft houses along the sea. Especially, the House of Love, with clear and clean water, is a popular place for tourists. Here, you can sunbathe and enjoy the fresh nature of the sunny and windy sea.

Enjoy the Seafood

In Rach Vem, seafood is caught during the day and processed fresh. Moreover, they have a fairly affordable price. Herring salad and crab fried rice are the must-try on the menu that you shouldn’t miss.

Some of the raft houses for seafood that you can refer to are Quán Con Sao, Sơn Hải, and Nhà bè Tình Yêu aka the House of Love.

Other activities

In addition, hunting dawn and sunset, fishing with villagers, or squid fishing at night are also unforgettable experiences in Rach Vem that you should try. Some of the activities require the right timing so you must consider that.

Places to Stay for the Trip

Vinpearl resort on Phu Quoc island
The Vinpearl resort on Phu Quoc island.

Hotels and resorts in Ganh Dau or Cua Can, which is about 8 to 10 km from Rach Vem fishing village are the perfect suggestion for staying. In particular, I have some particular accommodations that you can consider below:


Vinpearl Wonderworld Phu Quoc

Vinpearl Wonderworld Phu Quoc is a luxurious 5-star resort located on the idyllic island of Phu Quoc. It offers guests an exclusive villa experience that emphasizes privacy and a close connection with nature, featuring lush gardens and expansive private beaches. The resort is situated near an international-standard golf course set amidst an old-growth forest, providing a unique blend of leisure and adventure. Guests can indulge in a range of accommodations, from ocean-view villas to family-themed villas with private pools. The Akoya Spa offers a comprehensive system of wellness treatments, and the resort is equipped with modern amenities to ensure a memorable stay.

  • Address: Bai Dai Zone, Ganh Dau Commune, Phu Quoc Island.
  • Room rate: Starting from VND 7.6 million (~ USD 307) per night.

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

A luxurious retreat set along the pristine shores of Khem Beach, Vietnam. Once a 19th-century French university, this unique resort has been transformed by architect Bill Bensley into a lavish beachfront playground. It offers guests an eclectic mix of luxury rooms and suites, private villas with plunge pools, and a variety of dining options. The resort features a seashell-shaped pool, a private beach, and the Spa by JW for wellness therapies. It’s a place where every detail is designed to inspire and delight visitors on Vietnam’s largest island.

  • Address: Khem Beach, An Thoi, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.
  • Room rate: Starting from about VND 7 million (~ USD 283) per night.


Vinpearl Resort & Spa Phu Quoc

Vinpearl Resort & Spa Phu Quoc is a luxurious sanctuary nestled on the idyllic shores of Phu Quoc Island. With its Indochine-style architecture and nearly 5,000m2 outdoor swimming pool, the resort promises a fun-filled journey amidst the natural splendor of the pearl island. Guests can indulge in a seafood buffet with stunning sunset views at Pepper Restaurant, enjoy Balinese massages at spa huts above the lake, and experience the thrill of VinWonders amusement park. The resort offers a range of accommodations, from deluxe rooms with ocean views to expansive villas with private pools, ensuring a stay of unparalleled comfort and elegance.

  • Address: Bai Dai, Ganh Dau.
  • Room rate: From VND 2.7 million (~ USD 107) per night.

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Khoi Nguyen builds The Broad Life with a desire to inspire people go exploring the world and live a more interesting, experience, and adventurous life. This blog shares the stories, pictures, and experiences at destinations where he has traveled to.


  • Cristina Petrini

    Some places don’t even seem to exist in real life due to their uniqueness and beauty, I was thrilled!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I’m so sure that you will be stunning by the beautiful scene at this place.

  • Kevin Brotac

    I did not know about this place, it will be the perfect destination for my next vacations, I want pictures with the starfish.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      So you may need a ticket to Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam when the time comes.

  • kidneyfornikki

    That looks amazing! It reminds me of Stingray City in the Caymans. I love the red starfish!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      One of the best places to travel right after the pandemic ends to relax with the starfish.

  • Gervin Khan

    The place looks so awesome, and mesmerizing. This is what everybody wants right now and hoping to materialize in the near future.

  • Dris w

    This place looks like paradise. The color of the water alone is quite magical!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yes, it’s even the first island city of Vietnam. Don’t miss it when traveling to the country.

  • Meki

    I have always loved visiting Vietnam, but have not heard of this yet! The beach looks inviting, and those red starfish would be so photogenic! Will note this for my next visit.

  • Marina

    I don’t travel so much. That is why I love posts like this… You take me to places and I really enjoy it!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I hope my blog is able to take you around the world. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Eileen M Loya

    I have only seen a live starfish once in my entire lifetime. It would be lovely to see a lot of them in their natural habitat. Hopefully someday we can visit Rach Vem Fishing village! It is so beautiful there!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      You could put this place on top of your bucket list as a nice reminder for the next trip.

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea

    Wow, that definitely looks like a wonderful place to visit with the family and have a vacation in. The view looks absolutely beautiful and all those starfish are quite amazing.

  • Daniel Sierra

    The beach looks amazing, it is for sure one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. I need some vacations having a good time on the beach.

  • Claudia Blanton

    the midrange hotel is quite affordable, not too bad for a trip of a lifetime. And I adore the color of these starfish! Beautiful – blessings!

  • Samantha

    Wow that starfish picture is amazing!! I would love to visit.

  • emman damian

    There’s so many starfish! I want to visit Rach Vem Fishing Village! Maybe after the pandemic?

  • Ivan Jose

    What a stunning-looking place. I do miss traveling when I read travel posts such as this one.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      There are many posts in my blog that will surely inspire you. Have a read.

  • anas

    I was in Phuc Quc 2015! LOVED the place and all the places to eat! will keep this spot in mind for my next visit.

  • Anosa Malanga

    Love the place! I hope I can visit this too in the future. Hopefully we can travel back normally very soon and yeah, I used to book too!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yeah, the pandemic will end soon and we can continue traveling around.

  • katrina m kroeplin

    i would love to visit here, it sounds amazing.

  • Archana Singh

    Such a gorgeous beach. I miss going to the beach.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      You will be able to go to the beach soon when the pandemic ends.

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