Visiting Fish Sauce Factories in The Pearl Island

Phu Quoc Island is known as the Pearl Island of Vietnam. Phu Quoc, naturally bestowed with many beautiful landscapes, blue beaches as well as abundant sources of seafood. Come to Phu Quoc, tourists not only can visit wonderful sceneries but also can visit fish sauce factories.

For a completely unique experience visit one of the many fish sauce distilleries in either Duong Dong or An Thoi towns. Phu Quoc is famous for its production of very high-quality fish sauce which is exported worldwide and is a major contributor to the islands economy. Fish sauce or nuoc mâm is a dipping sauce which complements most Vietnamese meals to add a saltiness flavor. It is made from combining anchovies, salt, and water and sometimes the pepper grown on the island and fermented through various stages for six months up to a year before being drained from the large barrels into different grades from the top quality lighter coloured sauce to the basic cooking sauce, both of which are high in protein. Phu Quoc produces over an incredible 12 million liters of fish sauce each year and has around 85 factories on the island, so it’s well worth visiting one of the many factories on the island.

Most factories in Duong Dong are located along the river and they will let you have a look at the large storage barrels which flow into smaller vats and then plastic containers to the bottling process. Some of the organized tours visit these fish sauce factories, however, if visiting on your own there’s no admission charge, however, you may need a Vietnamese-speaking guide. Some factories also have a small shop selling different grades of fish sauce. Please note that when departing Phu Quoc by air, carrying fish sauce on the airplane is not allowed and some airlines have banned it altogether because of the risk of breakage and the pungent fumes that are extremely difficult to remove. You can, however, purchase some fish sauce at the airport in the departure lounge, and they currently organize delivery for you to Ho Chi Minh (somehow).

Here're a few addresses to start with: 

Khai Hoan
Hung Vuong Street
Phone: 077 848 555

Location: go towards Ham Ninh on the east coast along 3 Thang 30 Street then turn left onto Hung Vuong Street and you’ll see the buildings to the left near the river.

Hung Thanh – Largest Phu Quoc fish sauce producers
Address: Khu phố 3, Dương Đông, Phú Quốc
Phone: 077 846 124

Admission free; 8-11am & 1-5pm

Nam Huong – based in An Thoi Town
Address: 95 to 3, Khu phố 1, An Thoi, Phú Quốc
Phone: 077 844 003

Phu Quoc fish sauce is famous for its high quality worldwide. This trip will be a totally new and unique experience for tourists when being here :)

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