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Vung Chua – Yen Island

Vung Chua – Yen Island is a land containing many values, both natural and historical. This place is not simply a tourist destination, but a place where history blends into nature, weaving many heroic but no less poetic stories.

From the gentle waves crashing on the shore, to the story of the famous General, you can find it all here. Let’s start the journey with Origin Vietnam to explore this poetic and mysterious land.

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1. Where is Vung Chua – Yen Island?

Vung Chua – Yen Island is located in Tho Son village, Quang Dong commune, Quang Trach district, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. About 7 km south of Ngang Pass, about 65 km north of Dong Hoi city and about 440 km south of Hanoi capital.

2. How is Vung Chua – Yen Island unique?

Viewed from above, this place is shaped like a fan blade, with Hon Nom, Hon Gio and Hon La surrounding it. Thanks to that, this location is very airtight, and possesses beautiful nature with blue sea, white sand, golden sunshine, extremely peaceful and relaxing. Especially, for souls who love to explore and want to find a relaxing place without the hustle and bustle, this is the most suitable choice.

The name Vung Chua – Yen Island was born because of the characteristics associated with this place. Because it is located between three large islands, there is an extremely sacred ancient temple, local people have called this place Vung Chua. Not far away, only about 1 km is Yen Island – home to thousands of swiftlets – with a charming, poetic, peaceful and pristine landscape.

Perhaps with the advantages of geographical location and charming nature, this “good land” is a “resting place” for many national heroes. More than 600 years ago, famous generals Tran Dat – Tran Khai, after defeating the Ming invaders, chose to rest on Yen Island. After experiencing many ups and downs in history, in 2013, General Vo Nguyen Giap also chose this place to “rest”.

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3. When is the best time to visit Vung Chua – Yen Island in Quang Binh?

Vung Chua – Yen Island Quang Binh is located in the tropical monsoon region and is divided into two distinct seasons: rainy season and dry season. Thus, the most suitable time to visit this place is from April to August. In these months, the temperature ranges from 25 – 30 degrees Celsius, the weather is sunny, cool, and convenient for activities. Sightseeing, exploring, swimming,…

From September to December, this area will have sudden rains, making travel difficult. The rainy season also coincides with the last months of the year so the weather will be a bit chilly. Therefore, if you go sightseeing on this occasion, remember to pay attention to the weather forecast to ensure your travel schedule.

4. How to get to Vung Chua – Yen Island?

4.1 Moving to Dong Hoi city – Quang Binh

To get to Dong Hoi, you can choose many different types of transportation. But the 3 most popular means of transport are bus, train and plane:

4.1.1 Passenger cars

Most major bus stations have routes to Dong Hoi. If departing from Hanoi, it will take about 9-10 hours. If departing from Saigon, travel time is 20-22 hours. Ticket price is about 200,000 – 600,000 VND/person/turn depending on departure point, vehicle type, seat type,…

4.1.2 Train

Train ticket prices will vary depending on the type of bed or seat.

  • Train tickets Hanoi – Dong Hoi range from 375,000 VND – 640,000 VND/person/trip. Travel time is about 10 – 12 hours.
  • Train tickets from Ho Chi Minh – Dong Hoi range from 360,000 VND – 1,070,000 VND/person/trip. Travel time is about 22 – 24 hours.

4.1.3 Aircraft

Besides traveling by bus or train, flying is a reasonable choice for those who want to save time. Airlines such as Vietnam Airline, Vietjet Air, Jetstar, Bamboo Airways all operate round-trip flights. Ticket prices range from 1,200,000 VND – 2,500,000 VND/ticket/round trip depending on the departure location.

4.2 Traveling to Vung Chua – Yen Island from Dong Hoi city

The distance from Dong Hoi city center to Vung Chua – Yen Island is 65 km. Once you are in Dong Hoi city, you can move to Vung Chua following the following route:

Go straight along Highway 1A to the North -> cross Ngang Pass -> Dong Hung Junction, turn left onto Hon La. From here, you go straight about 2km more to reach Vung Chua. If you want to move to Yen Island, you will have to take a boat for about 30 more minutes.

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5. Exploring the beauty of Vung Chua – Yen Island

5.1 Vung Chua – beautiful location, charming and peaceful scenery

According to the explanation of the people of Tho Son village, “Vung” means a quiet sea area, and “Pagoda” means that hundreds of years ago, there was a very sacred temple here, but through many storms, events, now only the foundation remains. Stemming from those reasons, the name Vung Chua is called by people for the sea here.

Vung Chua is a land with a prime location, overlooking the East Sea, surrounded on all sides by majestic mountains shaped like the body of a dragon. Not only that, this place also has the Dragon’s nose sticking out to the edge of the waves, the sea and sky are in harmony, and the people are brave and simple. It is the wildness and simplicity of Vung Chua that makes visitors surprised.

5.2 Hon La sea area – capital of royal products

One place in Yen Vung Chua Island that tourists cannot miss is Hon La beach. According to the book Dai Nam Domination of the National History Office of the Nguyen Dynasty, this place is famous for the products offered to the court. Specialties here, in addition to bird’s nest, blood cockles, and lobsters, are also “Cuu Khong Quyet Minh”, also known as abalone.

Currently, Hon La does not have tourist services, but if you are someone who loves to explore, this place is worth experiencing!

5.3 Tho Mountain is majestic, surrounded by sky and sea

The next place on the journey to discover Vung Chua – Yen Island that you should not miss is Tho Mountain. This place impresses visitors with its majestic and extremely poetic landscape.

Moreover, this mountain is connected to Dragon’s Cape, creating a solid bow shape reaching out to the sea. At the foot of the mountain is a long stretch of white sand, surrounded by green trees. Looming halfway up the mountain is a pagoda and tower, all blending together to create a majestic landscape. When standing from the top of Tho mountain, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the Vung Chua – Yen Island area. It is difficult for a camera to capture all the nuances of this place.

5.4 Yen Island – a crowded place for nesting birds

This beautiful and poetic island is only 30 minutes by boat from the mainland. Here, visitors can not only immerse themselves in the clear blue water, stroll on the sandy shore, and listen to the whispering ocean waves. You can also admire the flocks of swiftlets flying back to their nests. That’s why people named this place Yen Island.

Although the flora and fauna on the island are not too diverse, it attracts many swiftlets to make their home here. If you travel to Vung Chua – Yen Island during the bird nesting season, this beautiful island will not only hear the sound of waves. You can also listen to the sound of birds chirping in your ears, making the scene here feel peaceful and wild.

5.5 Visiting the grave of General Vo Nguyen Giap

This place possesses a majestic and wild natural beauty, and at the same time has many cultural and historical relics associated with the heroic history of the country. In particular, this is also a place that many people come to visit, commemorate the General and pray for happiness and peace. The General’s tomb is located at the foot of Tho Mountain, built in a traditional style. You must definitely visit this place when visiting Vung Chua – Yen Island.

6. Enjoying specialties when traveling to Vung Chua – Yen Island

After a tiring journey, rest with your friends and enjoy delicious and attractive specialties only found in Quang Binh. Some rustic dishes are loved by many tourists such as porridge soup, banh xeo, filter cake, fish potato, snakehead fish porridge,...Especially dishes made from seafood are extremely attractive.

In particular, coming to Vung Chua – Yen Island and not enjoying the famous delicious and nutritious bird’s nest dish would be a pity. In addition, Vung Chua – Yen Island also has many attractive specialties made from seafood waiting for you to explore.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Vung Chua – Yen Island

It is not difficult for you to choose a place to stay in Quang Binh because the system of resorts, hotels, motels, and homestays here is very diverse. Depending on your financial ability and service needs, you can choose a 3-star – 5-star hotel. Especially, some accommodation spots with good services are highly appreciated by tourists, such as:

7.1 Resorts:

  • MANLI Resort Quang Binh. Address: No. 379 Truong Phap, Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Gold Coast Hotel Resort & Spa. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Bao Ninh, Bao Ninh Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Sun Spa resort. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap street, My Canh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

7.2 Hotels:

  • Muong Thanh Holiday Quang Binh. Address: No. 119 Truong Phap, Hai Thanh ward, Hai Thanh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Vinpearl Hotel Quang Binh. Address: Quach Xuan Ky, Hai Dinh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel. Address: 121 Truong Phap, Bac Ly, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Nam Long Hotel. Address: 22 Ho Xuan Huong, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Riverside Hotel. Address: 15 Truong Phap, Dong My, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

7.3 Homestays:

  • Ocean View Homestay. Address: Truong Phap Street, Quang Phu Village, Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Dolphin Homestay. Address: 42 Nguyen Du, Dong My, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • RiverView HomeStay. Address: 93 Truong Phap, Bac Ly, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • ADP Homestay. Address: 42 Le Quy Don, Dong My, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.

7.4 Guesthouses:

  • High Dream Hostel. Address: 72 Cao Ba Quat, Dong An, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Motel April 30. Address: Truong Phap Street, Hai Thanh Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Tinh Tam Guesthouse. Address: 44 Ly Thuong Kiet, Dong Phu ward, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Phuong Anh Guesthouse. Address: 48 Le Quy Don, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Thien Loc Guesthouse. Address: 27A Hoang Dieu, Nam Ly, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
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8. Some other famous tourist attractions near Vung Chua – Yen Island

Quang Binh is blessed by nature with both mountains and sea, with many beautiful places such as:

8.1 Ngang Pass – Hoanh Son Quan

Actually, this is the natural boundary between Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces. Ngang Pass is a pass crossing the Hoanh Son range, a crucial point on the North-South natural road. Coming to Quang Binh, you will admire the majestic natural landscape through this literary work.

8.2 Lieu Hanh Holy Mother Temple

When coming to Ngang Pass, don’t forget to stop at Lieu Hanh Holy Mother Temple and light a candle to pray for peace. This temple has an area of ​​about 350m2, leaning against the Hoanh Son range, right in front of it is a freshwater lake. When looking into the distance you will see an extremely vast and vast seascape.

8.3 Canh Duong mural village

In fact, this is a village nearly 400 years old, people mainly make a living by fishing and processing seafood. Canh Duong mural village has a tradition of academics and fighting against the French.

To this day, people continue to promote old values. Therefore, if you travel to Quang Binh, remember to visit Canh Duong mural village to live and experience the unique culture here.

9. Some important notes when visiting Vung Chua – Yen Island

To make your trip to Vung Chua – Yen Island more fun and complete, you should refer to the necessary notes below:

  • Personal clothing, shoes, etc. You should bring loose, comfortable clothes to make it easier to move and visit.
  • Of course, when going to the beach, you can’t forget sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • If you plan to camp on the beach, prepare a tent and some snacks.
  • Note, when visiting the grave of General Vo Nguyen Giap, you should dress politely, speak softly, to avoid affecting the peace of the sacred place.
  • And the indispensable thing on this journey is a camera. Don’t forget to bring it along, because you will use it a lot.

A tour at Vung Chua – Yen Island will definitely make you remember it forever. With its picturesque beauty, quiet space and beautiful historical values, you will not only have beautiful memories and moments of ecstatic virtual living but also keep all your broken emotions.

Please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator, to get more useful information about the destination. Furthermore, we will also accompany you on your tours Vietnam to discover the Vung Chua – Yen Island in Quang Binh with the most wonderful experiences.

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