Ha Long Bay, the world-renowned landscape of Vietnam, is said to be a gift of nature. Each of scenes in Ha Long Bay such as caves, grottoes, rocky mountains…, in a way, is the purposeful arrangement of Mother Nature. Coming to Ha Long, you should spend your time visiting gorgeous tourist spots including rocky islets with special names. One of them is Dinh Huong Islet – the familiar image printed on the paper money with par value of 200,000 VND. I recommend you to visit this landscape at least one time if you arrive at Ha Long.
Attractions in Dinh Huong Islet
Dinh Huong Islet (or Lu Huong Islet) is known as a tourist destination that cannot be missed in the discovery of Ha Long Bay. This islet is located in the southwest of Dau Go Grotto, near Cho Da Islet, 6km from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. It can be easily found on the way to Thien Cung Cave and Titop Beach. With unique beauty, Dinh Huong Islet attracts a lot of visitors, becoming a favorite landscape when they come to the World Natural Heritage – Ha Long Bay.
Among hundreds of islets in Ha Long Bay, Dinh Huong is appreciated as an artwork of nature. It is in the shape of an incense burner, so the name “Dinh Huong” or “Lu Huong” also derives from this feature (Dinh Huong means incense burner in English). It comprises only one huge stone standing majestically amidst the sea. When the tide is low, visitors can see four pins of Dinh Huong Islet underneath.
The huge stone with the shape of an incense burner in the middle of the sea is considered a sacred object to worship Heaven and Earth. Dinh Huong Islet seems to remind Vietnamese to keep national traditions in mind, especially the gratitude on heroes who had dedicated to building and protecting the country.
Experiencing millions of years with influences of nature, Dinh Huong Islet still maintains its majesty from massive shape to cultural significance. Amidst the vast sea, it looks like the highlight of a gorgeous natural setting.
How to explore Dinh Huong Islet
It’s easy for tourists to visit Dinh Huong Islet. There are many boats which are available to take you to this landscape. To reach here, visitors can buy the boat ticket from Management Board of Bai Chay Tourist Wharf and then go on the boat. Sitting on boat and enjoying the harmonious beauty of this islet and surroundings will help you have a good view of Ha Long Bay. Listening to the tour guide’s sayings, you might even know more about interesting legends or stories behind the name or the formation of the islet.
At the end of the journey, it’s a good idea for tourists to buy some postcards with the image of Dinh Huong Islet as a lovely souvenir.
Of all majestic and spectacular limestone islets in Ha Long Bay, Dinh Huong Islet still remains attractive with its spiritual values. Along with Thien Cung Cave, Dau Go Grotto, Trong Mai Islet and numerous other islets, Dinh Huong Islet is really a symbol of Ha Long Bay tourism. It is a vivid evidence of the unique geological values of Ha Long Bay. The image of this islet has become something popular in posters of a large number of tourism agencies. Nowadays, its image is also printed on the paper money of Vietnam (200,000 VND bill) as a way showing cultural and tourism values of Dinh Huong Islet.
If you are still wondering where you should go during your trip to explore Ha Long Bay, Dinh Huong Islet is a must-have destination in your itinerary. Trust me! Come here and you won’t feel disappointed with its beauty.
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