Photo: The view from Mount Thoi Loi.

A day around Ly Son

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A day devoted to exploring Ly Son can be rewarding, especially if visitors balance the main attractions that are usually crawling with domestic tourists with poking around the uncrowded corners of the island.

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The best way to get around is by renting a motorbike, which we were easily able to do from our guesthouse. If travelling through the country on your own bicycle, you can certainly bring it on the ferry. By foot, this itinerary can be covered over the course of two or three days.

Looking over the east of Ly Son from Mount Thoi Loi. Photo taken in or around A day around Ly Son, Ly Son Island, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Looking over the east of Ly Son from Mount Thoi Loi. Photo: Cindy Fan

The first spot to head to is Mount Thoi Loi, the highest point of the island. The panoramic view will give a good orientation and overview. The road up is on the eastern side of the mountain: go to the eastern village Thon Dong, then head towards the north coast on the road along the foot of the mountain. There’s a signposted path for “Mount Thoi Loi and National Flag Tower”—turn left and follow the extremely steep road up. Midway, there’s a fork; head right. At the very top is a military base/coast guard and it’s strictly off limits. Stop well before the gate. The flag is a good spot, with a sensational vantage of the rugged, undeveloped northern coast, the dark volcanic rock contrasting with the vibrant green foliage, white sand and turquoise water.

Return to the fork and head left. This road leads to the crater-turned-reservoir. The view along this road reveals that every inch of useable land on this island is devoted to growing garlic, shallots and onions. Ly Son garlic is coveted throughout the country. The bulbs are small and good quality, especially a variety that grows with only one clove, it almost looks like a pearl. The island floor is a pretty patchwork of greens and beige from the top soil of sand. We asked some women who were planting a crop why and were told it prevents the soil from getting too hot in the day while cooling down very ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,000 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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