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How to get to and from Ly Son Island

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The green Mai Linh bus #3 is a great, cheap, air-conditioned way to get from Quang Ngai to Sa Ky port (Cang Sa Ky). From Quang Ngai bus station, it departs at 05:30; 06:30; 07:45; 09:30; 10:45; 12:00; 13:30; 15:00; 16:15 & 17:30, takes 1 hour, costs 13,000 dong. To catch the 07:30 boat, take the 05:30 bus.

Bus #3 route is: Ben xe Quang Ngai (Quang Ngai bus station) - ?uong Le Thanh Ton - ?uong ?uong Nguyen Du - ?uong Nguyen Nghiem - ?uong Quang Trung - ?uong Hung Vuong - ?uong Truong ?inh - ?uong Hai Ba Trung - Qua cau Tra Khuc cu - QL24B (Qua Nui Thien, Qua Cho Tinh Chau, qua ?en Tho Truong ?inh, qua Khu chung tich Son My) - Qua ?uong ven bai tam My Khe (My Khe beach) - QL24B (Cang Tinh Hoa) - Cang Sa Ky (Sa Ky port)

Two stops that would be of interest to travellers: Son My and My Khe beach – if well planned, you could see one or both along the way.

The bus may not pick up passengers in between designated stops. Look for the blue signs with bus symbol and “so 3”.

From Sa Ky port to Quang Ngai bus station, bus #3 departs at 05:30; 06:30; 08:00; 09:30; 10:45; 12:00; 13:30; 15:00; 16:15; 17:30. Costs 13,000 dong and takes 1 hr.

For up to date schedule and route, see this government website.

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Fast boats for Ly Son depart Sa Ky port (Cang Sa Ky) daily. Sa Ky port is located on the mainland 22 kilometres from Quang Ngai city centre, about 7 km north along the coast from My Khe beach.

The schedule changes weekly and reflects demand. In the busy season (during public holidays, Vietnamese summer holiday from June to August, weekends) extra boats are added and there are frequent departures. During this time it is best to purchase or reserve tickets the day before. Each person is only allowed to purchase a maximum of two tickets. It’s possible to reserve your ticket in advance, though you’ll need someone who speaks/writes Vietnamese. The contact for the ticket office T: (055) 362 6431;

In low or rainy season (approximately September to March), boats depart when there are enough people. The first departure at 07:30 is the surest bet. Buy your ticket at least an hour before the departure. If you’ve purchased your ticket in advance, you should still be at the port an hour before. Needless to say, boats won’t depart in rough seas.

The regular schedule:
Boat departs 07:30, 09:30, 13:30 and 15:30. Costs 95,000 dong and takes 1-1.5 hours.

Different boat companies service each departure and speeds will vary between boats. You can see the day’s schedule written on the white board at the entrance to the waiting hall. We travelled with Bien Dong at 09:30 and the boat was good, with air-conditioning, assigned seating and the requisite Vietnamese pop music blasting on TV screens; it took 1 hour. The Chin Nghia on our return was older, run down and less comfortable, taking 1.5 hours.

Important note: Foreigners must present their passport to buy tickets. As of late 2016, China and Hong Kong passport holders were not allowed to visit Ly Son.

From Ly Son, fast tourist boats depart for An Binh (little island) every morning based on demand – it will depart when full. It’s best to arrive to the port from 07:00-08:00, and a roundtrip ticket costs 50,000 dong. The other option is the wooden cargo boat. See our An Binh coverage for full details.

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Getting around

Xe om wait on the pier for arriving boats. There are tuk-tuk tour vehicles that shuttle tourists to the island’s sights and a lunch spot (a restaurant the tuk tuk is associated with).

There are also a few yellow Tien Sa taxis on the island; T: (055) 386 7867. They tend to park at the pier and around Muong Thanh Holiday hotel. Fare starts at 17,000 dong, then it’s 23,000 dong per kilometre.

The best way to get around the island is to rent motorbikes from your accommodation. We were able to get one for 100,000 dong/day.

The island is easy to navigate. The road can be rough and coated with sand and debris. There’s no street lighting so take care when driving at night, especially if staying in Thon Dong village. It’s a maze of garlic fields to get there.

An Binh island is small enough to get around by foot.

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