ISLANDS AND ARCHIPELAGOS OF VIET NAM 14

Hon Khoai Island
Hon Khoai is one of the clusters of five adjacent islands in Ca Mau province. It is located southwest of Nam Can town, Ngoc Hien district, about 14.6 kilometers from the mainland. These five islands are Hon Khoai, Hon Sao, Hon Doi Moi, Hon Da Le and Hon Tuong. The total area of these five islands is over 4 km2, of which Hon Khoai is the largest and highest (its height is 318 meters).
In former times on Hon Khoai island were many freshwater streams, where grew the dioscorea alata (Linn potato) to be used as food for fishermen at sea. It was also called Hon Khoai (Potato) for this reason. This island is famed for the rebellion of ten revolutionaries led by teacher Phan Ngoc Hien against the French colonialists in 1941.
Hon Khoai is a rock island. Virgin forests on hills with many valuable kinds of wood have been preserved almost intact. The most predominant kind is Hopea odorata. There are also rich plant and animal populations. The landscape is still wild. There is a lighthouse. The people mostly live on fishing.
With virgin forests and freshwater streams, Hon Khoai is an ideal place for eco-tourism. Coming here, tourists may take sea bathing or adventurous mountain climbing. The tours “Revisiting old battlefields” have now begun to develop. From Nam Can town tourists may arrive on Hon Khoai Island by two ways as follows: one, arriving on civilian ships to the Rach Gioc Sea, from which they may board military boundary ships to Hon Khoai; two, arriving on civilian ships to Ca Mau Cape and then boarding military ships to Hon Khoai. However, for safety, the Viet Nam People’s Navy and military boundary soldiers only permit tourists to visit Hon Khoai in the season of the calm sea, from the 3rd lunar month to the 8th lunar month.

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