Rach Gia, A Developing Port Town
Rach Gia which is pronounced “Rat Yah” is situated about 270km from Ho Chi Minh City. The city is considered a developing port town. It lies on the Gulf of Thailand. The city is generally only used as a quick stop for visitors who are traveling to Phu Quoc Island. Most of the inhabitants here are ethnic Chinese and Khmer. The waterfront is lively, and the backstreets are bustling. This port city, while not your typical Vietnamese destination is worth dedicating a little time too. Fishing along with the agriculture are the basic economics of this area. Furthermore 100 ton vessels can weave their way through the canals and rivers to Ho Chi Minh City.
Moreover before coming to Phu Quoc Island, you should spend a few hours to visit Kien Giang Museum. In addition the museum is housed in a beautiful French-Colonial period building and holds lots of photos of war pictures, pottery and Oc-Eo artifacts. Also near the jetty where the ferry departs, there is a temple dedicated to Nguyen Trung Truc. Nguyen Trung Truc is famous for leading the resistance campaign against the French colonialists in 1860.