Compared to a fairytale island, Ly Son in Quang Ngai province has
become a popular tourist destination in recent years.
Its beautiful landscape and numerous historical and cultural relic sites
asserting Vietnam’s maritime sovereignty attract plenty of visitors.
Ly Son island is accessible by speedboat from Sa Ky port. Formed by a crater
millions of years ago, the area is comprised of Big islet, also called Cu Lao Re
in the center of Ly Son, Small islet or An Binh islet, and Mu Cu, the smallest
and uninhabited islet in the east of Ly Son.
There are a number of craft villages on the island but growing garlic and onions
are the most popular trades. Ba Huy, a visitor said he was impressed by the
unspoiled beauty of Ly Son.
"Ly Son has many magnificent scenic spots, many of which have not yet been fully
tapped. With adequate investment, Ly Son could become a more attractive tourist
destination. The beach here is very beautiful”, said Mr Huy.
Hang pagoda and To Vo gate in the north of the island offer spectacular view of
the island, especially of the sunset. Mu Cu islet with black stones of diverse
patterns and Cau cave boasts a magnificent scene being between the sea and Thoi
Loi mountain. The Small islet is home to a soft sandy beach.
In Ly Son, visitors can experience the daily life of local fishermen and sample
local seafood. King Crab is one of Ly Son’s specialties which also include
seaweed salad, garlic salad, and various dishes made of snails.
Nguyen Phuong Thao, a visitor from Hanoi said, “This is my third visit to Ly
Son. Each time, I experience a new feeling. The landscape is very beautiful.
People are friendly and enthusiastic.”
There are approximately 100 historical and cultural relics on Ly Son, many of
them are nationally-recognized. They include An Hai communal house and the
monument of “Hoang Sa Bac Hai Fleet”, a symbolic assertion of Vietnam’s
sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.
In the 17th century, the Nguyen Lords set up the Hoang Sa fleet to exploit the
archipelago. The An Hai communal house is the venue for the Hoang Sa Bac Hai
fleet where they also organize a ceremony to commemorate soldiers who sacrificed
their lives during their sea voyages and delineation of maritime border.
Pham Tuyen, a member of the Pham clan whose many members joined the Bac Hai
Hoang Sa fleet, said "Soldiers of the Hoang Sa Fleet went to Hoang Sa island to
collect sea products, iron and bronze objects, and other precious things
drifting in Hoang Sa. Some others soldiers were assigned to measure the depth of
the sea or to plant trees on the islands to protect Vietnam’s sovereignty.”
The Quang Ngai Provincial People’s Committee has developed maritime tours of Ly
Son island which gained access to the national power grid in 2014..