Attraction Stone garden, Vĩnh Phước, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Nui Hon Chong is special ?
Hon Chong is one of the attractive sights of the coastal city of Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa). Any visitor here are very interested to hear the stories of communities surrounding rock Hon Chong. The strange thing is attractive large boulders stacked together for centuries, but the waves and rain and wind can not overturn it.
In the language of Vietnamese, there are two meanings of Chong: to stack and husband. Normally, local people refer to Hon Chong in the second meaning. However, the first meaning seems to be more appropriate in explaining the arrangement of these giant stones.
Hon Chong’s large boulders are combined to form such an imbalance position that they shock anyone who glances at them for the first time. One by one, the boulders stack on each other, supporting and conflicting at the same time. The largest one has the size of a small hill; it makes the foundation to hold another huge boulder which has the size of a house on its peak. On the side facing the seashore, there is a handprint with 5 fingers, which nowadays still confuses and intrigues visitors, historians and scientists alike.
What to explore at Nui Hon Chong?
The narrow granite promontory of Hon Chong offers views of the mountainous coastline north of Nha Trang and the nearby islands. The beach here has a more local flavor than Nha Trang Beach, but the accompanying refuse makes it a less attractive option for swimming or sunbathing. There is a reconstructed Ruong residence here known as House of the Bay. While it makes for a good photo opportunity, the interior is more about tourist tat than tradition. There’s a gargantuan handprint on the massive boulder balanced at the tip of the promontory. According to legend, a drunken giant male fairy made it when he fell while spying on a female fairy bathing nude at Bai Tien (Fairy Beach), the point of land closest to Hon Rua (Tortoise Island). They fell in love but the gods intervened, sending the male fairy away. The lovesick female fairy waited patiently for him to return, but after a very long time she lay down in sorrow and turned into Nui Co Tien (Fairy Mountain). Looking to the northeast from Hon Chong Promontory, the peak on the right is supposed to be her face, gazing up towards the sky; the middle peak is her breasts; and the summit on the left (the highest) forms her crossed legs. About 300m south of Hon Chong (towards Nha Trang) and a few dozen meters from the beach is tiny Hon Do (Red Island), which has a Buddhist temple on top. To the northeast is Hon Rua (Tortoise Island), which really does resemble a tortoise. The two islands of Hon Yen (Bird’s-Nest Island) are off in the distance to the east.
By Hon Chong, visitors can sit on the cliff drop or move a few tens of meters to the shore to take a bath on the sand smooth, gentle blue waters and gentle. Offshore, the islands surrounded reduce wind speed and impact of the storm. So, on the beach of Nha Trang Bay and scenic Hon Chong is considered one of the beautiful bays and safe.
- “Bunch of tacky rocks”
- “Take your chances to get here”
- “Very good cafe with view to some big rocks.”
- “Best spot to relax”
- “Beautiful rock formations...”
Stone garden, Vĩnh Phước, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
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About 300m south of Hon Chong (towards Nha Trang) and a few dozen metres from the beach is tiny Hon Do (Red Island), which has a Buddhist temple on top. To the northeast is Hon Rua (Tortoise Island), which really does resemble a tortoise. The two islands of Hon Yen (Bird’s-Nest Island) are off in the distance to the east.Things nearby
Rocks are beautiful already to go to this place. They are huge and waves are breaking on some of them leaving you salty, wet and full of sea-emotions! After rock seeing you can climb (by stairs) to the top of the nearest hill to get the pleasure of panorama view and some drinks/ice-creams And by the way - you can get to this place free: get to the beach before rocks and go near the water line to the rocks. Then you can go to the cafe not from city (where you will pay fee for entrance) but from rocks. Good luck!