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Finding treasure on Pirate Island

Stories about a violent past serve as a major source of entertainment on a small island off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.


 

Life is very different from those days. The island is now home to more than 1,000 families who live mainly on fishing. There are schools, clinics and post offices, and the pleasant, peaceful island bears no resemblance to its popular name.

 GETTING THERE

Đốc and 15 other islands make up the Hai Tac (pirate) Archipelago. A landmark graved with the archipelago’s location and name can be found in the west side of Đốc. It was built in 1958.

Ha Tien is some 350 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. Tourists can take a direct bus to the town. Or go to Rach Gia Town by bus or by air, and then take a bus to Ha Tien, which is some 100 kilometers away.

Bus tickets to Ha Tien and Rach Gia can be bought at HCMC’s Mien Tay (Western) Bus Station – 395 Kinh Duong Vuong Street, Binh Tan District.

From Ha Tien, tourists can take a boat with the fare of VND36,000 ($1.7) per person, and reach Đốc more than one hour later. The boat leaves Ha Tien at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m. every day.

Or, from Rach Gia, take hydrofoil. A one-way trip costs VND65,000 ($3.11) per person and takes 45-60 minutes. 

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