Chua Hong Grotto and Bai Duong

Bats, Buddha and the beach

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Hon Chong's only real attraction is a fine one, combining a beach, a shrine, and the region's unusual geology, about 1.5km south of the Hon Trem Resort. You can hire a xe om to take you (if you can find one), or simply walk -- you'll know you're there when you spot a clutch of souvenir stands. Pay the 2,000 VND entrance fee at the temple, and pass through to the cavern to find a shrine crowded with images of the Buddha. The incense lit interior is very atmospheric, though be mindful of the bats living overhead. Continue on, and you'll exit onto Bai Duong, an attractive beach shaded by pine trees. It's not a particularly swimmable beach, though it is lovely, and not a bad spot for sunbathing. It's also a great place to admire some of the region's limestone karsts. Sadly, the beach's star attraction, two rock pillars called father and son, was partly destroyed by the surf in 2006, leaving the son an orphan.

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1.5 km south of the Hon Trem Resort
Last updated: 22nd November, 2008

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