Hy Bay, when approaching Vinh Hy Bay in Ninh Thuan Province,
be sure to drive slowly in your car or motorbike so that you
can capture the beautiful views of natural granite stones on
the mountains and hills of Nui Chua Natural Reserve.
You may wonder how thousands of stones of various shapes and
sizes came to be nestled in mountain creeks and perched on
the top, sides and base of the mountains and hills in the
Reserve, which covers an area of nearly 30,000 hectares on
the coast of the central province.
stones look as though they have been hand-crafted into
figures which resemble columns of a house, animals and
stylized phalluses worshiped as a symbol of the god Shiva.
But, local citizens say the harsh winds from the sea, rain
and other factors have shaped the stones into natural works
The asphalted approach road to Vinh Hy Bay is rather quiet,
you can stop here and there on the roadside to take shots of
the beautiful stones. There are sections of the road that
wind around the sides and cut through the mountains and
hills; those are the best places to take picture with the
sea and the forest of the natural reserve in the background.
The travel firm Vietmark offers a package tour for groups of
people who are interested in a trekking adventure in the Nui
Chua Natural Reserve. The trek is from Vinh Hy Bay to Binh
Tien, where there is a beautiful beach near Khanh Hoa
The director of marketing at Vietmark, Truong Hoang Phuong,
said there are options for participants to depart from Vinh
Hy Bay and trek in parts of the reserve before boarding a
boat to sail to Binh Tien, or walk in the forest to the
Phuong says locals need about three hours to walk through
the trekking route but estimates that it will take tourists
at least half a day to finish the trip.
Vietmark also offers an over-night camping package in the
Established as natural reserve in July 2003, Nui Chua is a
primitive forest that represents the dry ecosystem of the
Southeast Asian region. The reserve is home to black-shanked
douc langur and many other rare species, turtles and more
than 300 coral species.