of Quang Ninh tourism people think of HaLong bay and
Bai Chay beach, Van Don or Quan Lan island....
However, Quang Ninh also has an island that few
people know, the Ngoc Vung Island.
Ngoc Vung Island., also known as Gem Island is a
beautiful island located between two small rocks
and islands is Net Rock and Phoenix rock in Van Don
island district. Looking from above, Ngoc Vung
island is beautiful like velvet shawl, with white
flashing lights floating on the water.
Ngoc Vung island commune belongs to Van Don
district, is a land of rich history, it preserves
vestiges of the ancient commercial port of Van Don,
Citadel of Mac Dynasty...
In the American war, Ngoc Vung was an outpost island
protecting eastern skies of the Vietnam country,
local people made brave victories and were awarded
the title "Hero island". It was also at the white
sand beaches to the east of the island, in 1937 the
first stone tools belonging to the ancient Halong
culture period, the post-Neolithic period were
discovered, opening for excavations and
archaeological research, study the secrets of Halong
in ancient time.
Preserved legends about the name of the island: the
area has many ancient species of rare pearls
glowing at night skies. So the island took the name
Ngoc Vung. Today people around this area are still
hunting oysters for pearls, and pearl farming is
also developing here. From the cruise ships visitors
can see the farm floating on the sea surface.
To the east of the island has a long sandy beach,
pure white sand stretches out reaching the port.
From the tip of the Dragon's Eye one has a panorama
view of the Co To islands.
Located in the south of Ngoc Vung island are
beaches, a sandy beach about 3km long under golden
sunlight. Here visitors are swimming,
sightseeing...Seafood is cheap and plenty and is
supplied by the local fishermen.
Ngoc Vung island is full of geographical factors
such as rivers, beaches, bay, harbors and plain ...
On the island there is plenty of freshwater and
people grow rice. At this time the island only has
about 1,000 residents. Landscape and peaceful life
here that many visitors see it like a beautiful
village in the middle of the ocean.
To visit the island visitors can go high speed boat
from Pier in Hon Gai (Halong City) or can choose to
travel by wooden boats from Cai Rong wharf or Do
port to the island. If travelling in big groups
visitors can rent a tuk tuk to the centre of island.
From the center, visitors can tour the historic
sites such as Uncle Ho history site on the island,
take a comprehensive view from the hill above, flag
pole... Most interesting perhaps, is to do
sightseeing by tuk tuk or bike between tall shady
trees, casuarina forest around the coastal beaches.
The Truong Chinh beach, Stronghold rock at the end
of the beach. The most attractive place on the
island is the 3km long sandy beach, unspoiled., uncrowded by mass tourism. Water in the sea is clean
and blue, gentle, smooth sand beaches. In a peaceful
space tourists can let their feelings floating
around or listening to the whispering waves. This is
the ideal destination on hot summer days.
Going to Ngoc Vung visitors can have homestay in the
village, also an interesting option. People on the
island are honest and friendly. If you want to tour
the island by bicycle do not hesitate to ask to
borrow a bicycle or motorcycle, they are willing to
lend you. It is really interesting to visit the
tranquil seaside fishing villages, around the paths
and the little houses, joing sea fishing trips,
pulling nets enjoy fresh delicious seafood also make
the island more fascinating for visitors.
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