Ly Son Island – An Idyllic Retreat for Summer Sojourns in Vietnam

A volcanic island encircled by a ring of reefs, Ly Son is a stark, striking, and geologically fascinating destination off the coast of central Vietnam.

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Ly Son Island district in Quang Ngai province is located 15 nautical miles (about 30 km) from the mainland, including Lon, Be, and Mu Cu islands. Currently, about 20,000 people are living on the island.

When tourists set foot on Ly Son Island, they will be deeply impressed by the harmonious combination of the sun, clouds, water, mountains, rocks, and nice and friendly local people. Being covered by the immense sea, Ly Son is captivating visitors with plenty of stunning beaches and the black stone abysses formed by the sediment left by volcanoes jutting far out to sea.

When tourists set foot on Ly Son Island, they will be deeply impressed by the harmonious combination of the sun, clouds, water, mountains, rocks, and nice and friendly local people. Photo: Dulichtphcm

Ly Son Island is evidence of volcanic eruptions from 25 to 30 million years ago. Belonging to the Central Coast, Ly Son Island has the basic characteristics of a deep-water beach, with white sand and golden sunshine, surrounded by magnificent lava walls.

In addition, Ly Son Island also possesses colorful coral reefs under the turquoise sea water. All are made together to sketch a magnificent and poetic painting. Visitors can see the seaweed and several kinds of fish swimming under the crystal clear water. From Ly Son, tourists can spend about one hour traveling by boat to the small Ly Son Island, which has a small number of populations. The island features rocky holes in the seaside cliffs to create striking beaches.

Ly Son Island has clear beaches and beautiful rocks. Photo: Dulichtphcm

The island is formed from 5 extinct volcanoes and has a bowl shape, which is the result of volcanic eruptions. In addition, there are very special landscapes such as To Vo gate or caves.

One of the most popular ingredients in Ly Son is garlic, and the seafood is also amazing. The local people always love to cook with natural taste and smell, as well as ensure sufficient nutrition in the dish. Therefore, it is common to see Salad in the meal of Ly Son’s people.

The island is formed from 5 extinct volcanoes and has a bowl shape, which is the result of volcanic eruptions. Photo: Dulichtphcm

Ly Son is known as the “garlic kingdom”, with a total agricultural land area of about 550 hectares and most of them grow garlic. In particular, Ly Son garlic has great vitality. They are grown on arid sand fields, arranged in a terrace shape clinging to the mountainside. Limited irrigation water sources combined with salty sea breezes do not hinder the growth of garlic but also give it its unique flavor. Ly Son garlic has a fairly high essential oil content, serving as both a spice and a valuable source of medicinal herbs.

Ly Son’s symbol dish is made with garlic, which is called Garlic Salad. For this dish, they will remove the garlic’s outer shell, then wash and steam them without water. After that, processed garlic is mixed with spices and a little peanut, herbs, and fresh vegetables. The salad tastes amazing and provides abundant nutrition for people’s health, preventing illnesses like colds, fever, sneezing, and flu.

Another remarkable dish tourists can try when visiting Ly Son is the Jellyfish Salad. To make this dish, the fishermen have to catch fresh jellyfish in the early morning, then soak them in water with a chopped green banana to prevent the water lost. Then, they mix the fresh jellyfish with sliced mangos, garlic, aromatic herbs, fish sauce, chili, and other ingredients. Additionally, sprinkled peanuts and fried onion on the top will help boost the smell of the dish, making it an attractive, must-try dish when tourists come to Ly Son.

How to get to Ly Son Island

Tourists have to start from Quang Ngai Province to reach Ly Son Island. They can take a speedboat to travel to the island and then rent a motorbike to go around discovering many famous attractions on the island.

The garlic field of Ly Son Island. Photo: Thao Dam

There is only one high-speed train from Sa Ky to Ly Son, which departs at 7.00 am or 8.00 am. Hence, tourists have to book tickets in advance and arrange time so as not to miss the ship and wait for another day to get to the island.

The best time to visit Ly Son Island

Since the ship will be canceled or terminated due to bad weather, tourists should check the weather before booking a tour to Ly Son, preferably fine and hot days to fully experience the scenic beauty and great food that the island offers.

Summer would be the best time to visit Jewel Island. June is the hottest season on the island, suitable for beach trips, and between July to August is the best time for fishing. During this period time, Ly Son often welcomes flocks of visitors, including families, groups of friends, and big tour groups.

Charlotte Pho