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Ly Son island, must-discover untouched beauty

May 11, 2020 | 17:23

Ly Son island, well known as the “Kingdom of garlics”, is the holiday paradise boasting a long stretch of white sand, crystal-clear seawater, together with ancient and sacred temples and pagodas. 

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A unique wonder of nature

The geography and terrain of Ly Son were shaped after volcanic eruptions about 10,000 years ago, according to Dr. Pham Thi Ninh of the Vietnam Archaeology Association.

The geological tectonics created original landscapes on Ly Son which are rare anywhere else in the world. Among the beautiful sites are Cau cave, To Vo Arch, and Gieng Tien and Thoi Loi craters, which have high scientific and tourist value.

“The Ly Son-Binh Chau sea area is a large ‘volcano park’ and a rare geological heritage with all the conditions to become a global geopark,” said Dr. Tran Van Tan, director of the Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, according to Vietnam Pictorial.

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(Photo: Viet Travel)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
Bird-eye view of the island (Photo: Quang Ngai)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
To Vo gate in Ly Son is a favorite check-in spot for photo lovers (Photo: Dat Viet tour)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
(Photo: Viet Travel)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
(Photo: Thoi Dai)

The gorgeous geopark is also home to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Flotilla which protected Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes four centuries ago.

ly son island must discover untouched beauty
(Photo: Viet Travel)

Ly Son Island district is located northeast of Quang Ngai province, 15 nautical miles from the mainland.

The island includes three smaller ones, namely Lon Island, Be Island and Mu Cu Islet. It receives an annual influx of around 250,000 tourists, as reported by Thoi Dai.

ly son island must discover untouched beauty
(Photo: Viet Travel)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
(Photo: Viet Travel)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
(Photo: Zing)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
(Photo: Zing)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
(Photo: Best Tour)


Ly Son beach offers a sheer beauty, with fine white sand, golden sunshine, turquoise water surrounded by magnificent lava cliffs, all guarantee a blast. Plus, visitors can even see flocks of fish swimming around and color coral reefs through the crystal clear water.

ly son island must discover untouched beauty
(Photo: Viet Travel)

Ly Son Island covers an area of less than 10 sq.km, but it has nearly 100 relics, most of which are related to the Hoang Sa Flotilla. They include Am Linh temple, the empty graves built for those Hoang Sa soldiers who never returned, the communal houses of An Vinh and An Hai Villages, the chambers worshipping Pham Quang Anh and Vo Van Khiet who were captains of the Hoang Sa Flotilla, according to Vietnam Pictorial.

Additionally, ancient temples, sacred pagodas such as Hang Pagoda, Chuc Pagoda, Cau Cave, Ba Chua Ngoc Temple, Ba Dinh Palace also give the island a tranquil, religious vibe.

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Hang Pagoda offers stunning scent (Photo: Viet Travel)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
A view from a cave in Dao Be (Photo: Flickr)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
(Photo: Zing)


Visitors will also get overwhelmed once seeing the lava rocks, clear blue sea and endless garlic fields on the island.

Sau beach in Be island considered the most beautiful beach in Vietnam will deepen tourists’ impression.

As the nickname “Kingdom of garlic” suggests, the island district of Ly Son is well-known for its garlic which has distinctively delicious tastes, high in economic values.

In Vietnam, garlic is planted mainly in the deltas of the rivers. Yet, these varieties of plants have stuck deep roots into the sand and grown well on Ly Son Island and become famous specialties.

About 400 years ago when the ancestors reclaimed Ly Son Island, they only saw Re – a variety of plants under the ginger family on the island. For this reason, the island is also called Cu Lao Re (Re Island). At that time, they brought onions and garlic to grow on the island to serve their daily life that then became the second variety of plants to grow on the island, Vietnam pictorial reported.

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(Photo: Nguoi Lao Dong)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
Aerial view of garlic fields in Ly Son island (Photo: Tour Du Lich)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
(Photo: VNP)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
Garlic flowers (Photo: Viet Travel)

Local people lead a peaceful, candid life, with fishing and growing garlic are their livelihood.

Hac My watermelon, Ly Son fish ball, spinach, Huynh De crab, are among the other delicacies besides garlic in Ly Son island.

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Fishing and selling seafood helps Ly Son locals earn their livelihood (Photo: Zing)
ly son island must discover untouched beauty
Seafood makes a wide choice on the menu on the island (Photo: VNE)

The People's Committee of Ly Son district has recently issued a Code of Conduct in tourism. Subjects governed by the Code include Residential communities, tourists, tour guides, organizations and individuals doing business in the tourism industry.

Accordingly, people should have a friendly attitude, limit the use of plastic bags. Taking advantage of local knowledge to deceive visitors and earn illicit profits, trading on wild and rare animals are forbidden.

Visitors must also comply with rules for civilized behaviors such as no jostling, follow strict dress code at religious places.

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