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Ngoc Vung island, worth-discovering off-the-beaten-track pearl

11:23 | 11/10/2020

Ha Long Bay would surely the first name springs to one's mind when it comes to Quang Ninh tourism. However, it'd be quite a regret if visitors miss our Ngoc Vung island, the lesser-known destination nearby. The hidden gem has bunches of gorgeous corners and must-try activities to fulfill your holiday.

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ngoc vung island worth discovering off the beaten track pearl
(Photo: Lu Hanh Vietnam)

The small island in Van Don District has blue sea, white sand, friendly people, no noise and fresh and peaceful space.

Ngoc Vung Island is about 50km from Van Don harbour. Ngoc Vung means “glowing pearl” and it was named this as in the past, the island had many kinds of precious pearls.

ngoc vung island worth discovering off the beaten track pearl
(Photo: Bao Quang Ninh)

Pearls here were famous for being beautiful and bright. It is said that at night, ships from afar often saw the island's glow.

People in the area still look for pearls on the seabed, but the profession of raising mussels for pearls has also developed.

ngoc vung island worth discovering off the beaten track pearl
(Photo: VNS)

As one of the five island communes of Van Don District, Ngoc Vung has an area of ​​40km2, including eight land islands and hundreds of large and small rock islands, of which natural land area is 32,000ha. The commune has about 1,000 inhabitants, living in three villages.

Hoang Van Quang, chairman of Ngoc Vung Commune People's Committee, said nearly 70 per cent of all households in the area make their living from the sea. Most people use the water surface area to raise aquatic products such as fish, oysters and geoducks.

Surprisingly, there's even rice farming on the island thanks to local freshwater sources.

ngoc vung island worth discovering off the beaten track pearl
(Photo: VNS)

The island has 88.7ha of mangrove forest, creating a fresh nature. Under the canopy of this mangrove forest, there are hundreds of types of seafood. The island commune also has natural forests with rich vegetation, creating favourable conditions for ecotourism development.

The south of the island has a beach with white sand stretching nearly 3km and is still untouched. The beach is clear, with a comfortable slope and not too deep, so it is very suitable for swimming. From the centre of the island, it takes about 15 minutes to walk to the beach.

The beach is named Truong Chinh because in 1962, late Party General Secretary, chairman of Viet Nam’s State Council (1907-1988), Truong Chinh visited the army and people on the island. To commemorate this event, people named the most beautiful beach on the island after him.

ngoc vung island worth discovering off the beaten track pearl
(Photo: Lu Hanh Vietnam)

From the centre of the island, visitors also can visit historical sites such as the Uncle Hồ memorial area at the national flagpole.

The national flagpole is essentially a military area on the island, so you must get consent from border guards to explore it. The flag place more than 100m high flys like a landmark marking national sovereignty at sea.

You can also visit Cong Yen and Cong Hep port in the northern area of ​​the island. They were the busiest and most important wharves of the Vân Đồn trading port system from the Ly to Nguyen dynasties.

ngoc vung island worth discovering off the beaten track pearl
(Photo: Du Lich Viet Nam)

ngoc vung island worth discovering off the beaten track pearl

(Photo: VNS)

Perhaps the most interesting activity is to cycle among the tall shady trees, visiting the forests along the coast.

You can order dinner at a homestay at an affordable price. The dinner can conclude a bowl of barnacles cooked with wild betel leaves, a plate of fish cooked with banana and stir-fried spinach for a simple yet delicious meal.

ngoc vung island worth discovering off the beaten track pearl
(Photo: Bao Quang Ninh)

Visitors can try catching fish in the sea with local people. The island is an ideal destination for young people who love exploring and wild beauty.

ngoc vung island worth discovering off the beaten track pearl
(Photo: Lu Hanh Vietnam)
ngoc vung island worth discovering off the beaten track pearl
(Photo: Lu Hanh Vietnam)
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