Ta Cu Mountainis a nature reserve located 30 km southeast of Phan Thiet. Visitors may hike up the mountain for free or take the gondola (cable car) through a beautiful tropical rainforest to the pagoda at the top. The current pagoda was built in 1879 and is surrounded by a series of 3-door gates, temples, Buddha statues, tomb towers and a cave. Legend says that a boy once followed the cave all the way to the sea, 20 km away. The main attraction is Vietnam’s largest reclining Buddha, at 49 meters long.
On the way to Ta Cu you can visit Khe Ga Light House. The island lighthouse of Ke Ga is the tallest in Vietnam and was built by the French in 1897. The island is located off Tien Thanh, the longest continuous beach in the province. It’s a beautiful spot, where large boulders jut out of enormous, wind-swept dunes. Visitors must be sure to bring proper sun protection, as this is one of the hottest and most desolate areas of South East Asia.
Bau Trang, or the White Sand Dunes, are an immense Saharan range of golden and snow-white dunes, 45 minutes drive from Mui Ne. Nestled in the dunes are two large reservoirs and a series of smaller lakes, which offer excellent opportunities to see native bird species, including four species of heron, the red-wattled lapwing and several species of bee-eaters. There are always village kids standing by, waiting to rent sleds to visitors for “dune surfing.” Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat.
The Fairy Stream cuts across layers of blood-red, gold, and silver sand dunes undulating through the countryside. Freshwater crabs and tasty mud-fish make their home in the stream, while dollar birds and kingfishers perch in the branches above.
The walk is about 30 minutes return. Leave your shoes at the shop near the road for a few VND. You’ll be wading in ankle-deep water all the way to the small waterfall at the other end. A guide is not necessary.
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