Explore the “Grand Canyon” of Vietnam

Nestled in the northern portion of Phu Quy Island, Cao Cat Mountain beckons nature enthusiasts with its captivating allure.


Standing tall at 85 meters, Cao Cat Mountain is the second highest peak on the island, following Forbidden Mountain. Featuring uniquely shaped rock walls with horizontal grooves formed by weathering, Cao Cat Mountain is a must-visit spot while exploring Phu Quy. Often likened to the valleys of the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States, Cao Cat Mountain is a sight to behold.

At 85 meters tall, Cao Cat Mountain is the second highest peak on the island, after Forbidden Mountain.

This peak stands at a height of 106 meters above sea level, making it one of the tallest mountains on the island. It is also renowned for being the site of Linh Son Pagoda. While not as towering as other mountains in Vietnam, Cao Cat Mountain captivates with its distinctive and unique shape. The mountain’s peak is composed of black rock formations that resemble stacked beehives, forming uneven layers that have withstood the relentless winds from all directions. Over time, these black rocks have been weathered and eroded by the forces of nature, resulting in bizarre and extraordinary formations found nowhere else on the island. The mountaintop scenery is enchanting, with giant rock formations in various peculiar shapes, mountain caves, and cliffs that create beautiful wave-like patterns, highlighted by towering mushroom-shaped formations.

Cao Cat Mountain serves as an ideal check-in location for adventurous young travelers. At first glance, the ascent to the mountaintop might seem daunting. However, there’s a trail leading to the summit located just behind the mountain, demarcated by tall fences. Along this path, visitors can experience the thrill of conquering the mountain while admiring the scenic greenery that flanks both sides of the trail, instilling a sense of tranquility and relaxation.

Cao Cat Mountain is a top check-in spot for thrill-seeking youngsters. Photo: Tran Thu Quynh

From the mountaintop, tourists can revel in panoramic views of the vast white sand dunes that stretch along the coastline, contrasting with the emerald-green sea. Visitors can observe the island’s vast expanse and witness the fishing activities and diverse types of boats used by fishermen on the sea.

Cao Cat Mountain offers a captivating perspective of the vast sea area. The water is as clear as turquoise, the white sand stretches far and wide, and groups of boats sail out to sea from the distant horizon. Together, they create a harmonious and serene natural vista.

Cao Cat Mountain is considered the Grand Canyon of Vietnam. Photo: Nhi Tam PQ

Cao Cat Peak on Phu Quy Island is not only known for its unique landscape but also as a sacred mountain, home to the renowned Linh Son Pagoda, constructed in the 20th century. Over the years, Linh Son Pagoda has become a sacred destination for local Buddhists and tourists alike.

With its captivating beauty, Linh Son Pagoda and Cao Cat Mountain have become unmissable destinations for travelers to Phu Quy.

Tourists can soak in panoramic views of the vast white sand dunes along the coastline and the emerald-green sea from the mountaintop. Photo: im_rot

Cao Cat Mountain is a must-visit for those seeking an unforgettable tourist experience. To reach the summit, tourists can hire a motorbike for VND 100,000/day (approximately US $4) from the Tam Thanh island commune. The journey to the peak takes about 10 minutes, covering a distance of roughly 5 kilometers.

It’s important to note that when visiting Cao Cat Mountain, tourists should wear suitable attire, pack light, opt for sturdy footwear to navigate the mountain’s steps, and bring a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection.

Cao Cat Mountain is an ideal destination for adventurous travelers. Photo: im_rot

Phu Quy Island is the largest among ten islands in Phu Quy District, with a population of 20,698 residents spread across an area of 16.5 km2. The topography of Phu Quy is predominantly flat, with some areas featuring barely noticeable undulations. The two highest points on the island are the lighthouse in the northwest and Cao Cat Mountain in the northeast. The coastline boasts long and open bays, broken only at the northern and southern tips of the island, where volcanic bluffs rise dramatically, forming striking escarpments.

Charlotte Pho