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Mong Tay Island – The paradise in Phu Quoc
Mong Tay Island in Phu Quoc

Mong Tay Island – The paradise in Phu Quoc

Located near the most famous island in Vietnam – Phu Quoc Pearl Island, Hon Mong Tay or Nail Island is a paradise that will win the heart of anyone who love traveling and exploring. Due to the not favorable location and conditions, there are few people live here. This has become an attractive element to international tourists. It can be said that Mong Tay Island possesses a romantic beauty that is not far different from other famous island in the world such as Bali, Maldives or Koh Rong Saloem.

Mong Tay Island in the south of Phu Quoc
Mong Tay Island in the south of Phu Quoc

How to get to Nail Island?

Hon Mong Tay belongs to Duong Hoa Commune, Kien Luong District, Kien Giang Province. The island is about 14km from the main island of Phu Quoc, between Ba Lua and Hai Tac islands.

Mong Tay island on the map
Mong Tay island on the map

To get to Mong Tay Island, you have to go to Phu Quoc first. Then you can kayak off the coast of Bai Vung bau or take a shuttle boat from Bai Truong, Duong Dong, Cua Duong and Ganh Dau to reach the destination.

When is the best time to visit Nail Island?

The ideal time for you to travel to Phu Quoc as well as Mong Tay Island is from September to March lunar month. At this time, the weather is warm. It is sunny and has no or little rain. The quiet sea will make your trip perfect.

Read more: How to spend 3 days in Phu Quoc

See and Do in Mong Tay island

Not crowed nor noisy, but there is a bunch of interesting activities for you to experience at this beautiful island.

Admire the pristine scenery of the sea and join underwater activities

Hon Mong Tay has two zones. One in the south is the islands bar and one in the north is a small beach with coarse yellow sand. If you come to this place in dry season, it will be the ideal destination for camping activities on the beach.

The blue sky and clear sea water at Mong Tay Island
The blue sky and clear sea water at Mong Tay Island

The reason why this island called Hon Mong Tay is because there are many Nail plants here. You can easily find them anywhere on the island. Lying on the white sand beach, see the blue sea and listen to the song of the wind will be the best healing time you can have.

Snorkeling to see the coral reef

In the dry season, the sea is very calm and there are no underwater currents that makes Hon Mong Tay a perfect place for snorkeling to see the coral reef. The coral reef ecosystem of Nail Island is ranked in the list of top most abundant in types in the world. Colorful reefs will surely give you unforgettable memories.

Snorkeling to see coral reefs
Snorkeling to see coral reefs in Mong Tay Island

Take stunning photos

With the wildness scene in Mong Tay Island, you can choose any corner on the island to “check-in” and show nice photos to your friends and family. The unique scenes on this small island are the best backdrops you can find for any shot. Especially, you definitely should not miss the chance to watch the sunset and sunrise here.

A stunning view of Hon Mong Tay, Phu Quoc
A stunning view of Mong Tay Island

Listen to Robinson’s anecdote

Nail Island is also known as Robinson Island with a true anecdote about the island god named An whom the seafarers call with the nickname “blind knight”. Mr. An is the person who brings life to the deserted island. What is better than sipping a bit of wine, enjoying some seafood while listening to the anecdote about Robinson from the locals?

What to eat at Hon Mong Tay?

Eating services at Nail Island has not developed yet. So, to serve the best for yourself, you can buy fresh seafood and hold an BBQ party on the beach. It will be an interesting experience.

Hold party on the beach and enjoy seafood in Phu Quoc
Hold party on the beach and enjoy seafood

Note: After holding parties, remember to put garbage at the right place to keep the ground clean and protect the environment.

A day trip to Hon Mong Tay is not a bad choice when coming to Phu Quoc. A new experience at a wild island with stunning sceneries will be an unforgettable memory, isn’t it?

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