Located on the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Rach Gia is the capital city of Kien Giang province, in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, and also a thriving port with the lively waterfront and bustling backstreets.
For most travelers, Rach Gia is better known as a jumping-off point and gateway to other tourist destinations, most popularly being Phu Quoc island and provinces in Cambodia and Thailand. However, if you're in town for a couple of days, there is a handful of interesting sights that are worth your time to visit. With its easy access to the sea, Rach Gia has a bug ship station to many other nearby islands. The most famous site is Nam Du islands, the little known archipelago of 21 islands and islets located more than 80 km off the coast of the town. The island attracts a number of young travelers and intrepid wanderlusts with its pristine white sand beaches, crystal turquoise waters, lush jungle, and a banquet of seafood.
Inside the port town of Rach Gia, you will also find several exiting tourist attractions for a quick whizz through. Nguyen Trung Truc Temple, dedicated to Nguyen Trung Truc, a leader of the 1860s resistance against the French, is a great site for history buffs. The temple has been enlarged and rebuilt several times, and there is an exciting annual festival here with the participation of many local people. Kien Giang Museum is another delight in Rach Gia, where you can see collections of war photos, Oc-Eo artifacts and pottery in a French-colonial-era building. The waterfront and Ton Duc Thang Street are also fantastic place to admire beautiful sunsets and enjoy delicious seafood dishes.