Ly Son Island district (previously known Re Islet) has long been considered the Fatherland’s outpost because of its important strategic position on Vietnam’s East Sea. In addition to this, the island recently emerged as an attractive tourist destination for its amazing and wild beauty. Let’s take a tour to explore Ly Son in mid-July.
* Tips: – Summer time from June to September, with lots of sunny weather, is most suitable for recreational activities at sea if travellers intend to take a trip to the island. Also, visitors taking a trip to Ly Son during its special garlic season from September to December should closely monitor the weather as this is hurricane season in the East Sea.
– Foreign tourists must register with border guards at Quang Ngai’s Sa Ky port before buying high-speed boat tickets to the island.
Located about 15 nautical miles offshore from central Quang Ngai province’s Sa Ky port, it takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes on a high-speed boat to reach the island.
Ly Son impresses visitors with its peaceful life and pure waters.
As a volcanic island, millions of years tectonic activities have given the island magnificent landscapes with imposing cliffs.
Dawn on Mu Cu islet with unique black lava stones. The islet is about 3.2km east of Ly Son island district centre, where tourists can enjoy the most beautiful sunrise on the island.
The first fishing vessel full of gifts from the sea arrives on shore.
Ly Son fish market is busy right from the crack of dawn.
The ten-square-kilometre island has more than 50 ancient pagodas, temples and shrines. One of the most famous is Hang (cave) Pagoda located in the rocks by the sea, with ancient architecture and a statue of Avalokitesvara facing the sea.
Am Linh Temple worships the ancestors who explored and reclaimed the land four centuries ago, as well as sailors who sacrificed themselves in missions on the East Sea.
The monument dedicated to the militia heroes of the Hoang Sa Flotilla in the Nguyen Dynasty, who rowed boats to Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago to plant sovereign landmarks and defend the islands.
Plaques list the names of sailors on the Hoang Sa Flotilla.
A view of Ly Son from Thoi Loi Mountain, the highest point on the island. Ly Son is also well-known as ‘the kingdom of garlic’ as most of the island is used for garlic and onion cultivation.
At this time, Ly Son farmers are in onion season. Vast fields of green onion from above looks like inland rice fields.
Close-up on a green onion parcel. Garlic season normally starts from September and is harvested in early December.
Ly Son is also considered an ideal place to take great photos thanks to its wild and unspoilt beauty. Many soon-to-be married couples choose the island as a must-go destination for their pre-wedding photos.
Sunset on the island
White and smooth sandy beaches on An Binh islet commune of Ly Son island district. A boat trip from Ly Son to An Binh takes about 30 minutes.