With twenty one small islands, the unspoiled Nam Du archipelago in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has emerged as an inviting tourist attraction for those who look for pristine tropical beaches surrounded by pure atmosphere, glittering sea and smooth white sand.
Situated some 80 kilometres from Rach Gia Town on the mainland, Nam Du Archipelago, which was created by two volcanic formations, can only be reached by boat – two hours by speed boat and five by ferry.
Billed as “Halong Bay in the south”, the islands drew nearly 20,000 tourists in the first three months of this year, said Tran Van Du, vice chairman of Nam Du commune People’s Committee.
Together with untouched landscapes, local fresh seafood and floating fish farms they all bring new experiences to the holiday-makers, Du highlighted.
Sustainable development of Nam Du islands
According to vice chairman Du, the commune is asking local service suppliers to zone off safe swimming areas while checking boats and life buoys when transporting tourists to visit the islands.
In its socio-economic development strategy to 2020, Nam Du will build sustainable and environmentally-friendly tourism as well as focus on protecting and enlarging forest areas to create an immaculate landscape and maintain fresh underground water resources.
It is crucial for the locality to build roads around the islands as well as make investments in ports, re-zoning coastal settlement areas, and to build sea embankments and reservoirs to store water during the dry season.
He added that local tourism will be on an upswing when the islands are connected to the national grid and the construction of reservoirs and water stations are completed.