Experience the raw beauty of central Vietnam's Mai Nha Island

By Nguyen Thanh Tuan, Tam Linh   May 11, 2020 | 03:17 pm GMT+7

Mai Nha Island off the coast of Phu Yen, Vietnam's easternmost province, has a charming beauty that is waiting to be discovered.

Mai Nha Island is situated in Phuoc Dong Village, Tuy An Districts An Hai Commune. The island has an area of 1.2 square kilometers and is surrounded by high rocky mountains, with caves and long beaches. The best time to visit the island and Phu Yen Province is between March and August when adventure seekers can experience calm sea and sunny weather. The series of photos taken during a picnic by traveler Nguyen Thanh Tuan on May 2.

Mai Nha is part of Phuoc Dong Village in Tuy An District's An Hai Commune. The 1.2-square-kilometer island has rocky mountains, caves and long beaches.

The best time to visit the island and Phu Yen Province is between March and August when the sea is calm and the weather is sunny. Here is a series of photos taken by a traveler, Nguyen Thanh Tuan, on May 2.

An Hai Pier is where visitors can book boats from the mainland to the island. Some boat owners, who used to be fishermen, took visitors to the island at any time of the day by wooden boats for a price of VND50,000 ($2.16)  per person.

An Hai Pier is where visitors can get boats from the mainland to the island. Some boat owners, who used to be fishermen, take visitors to the island at any time of the day in their wooden boats for VND50,000 ($2) per person.

Other options for Travelers to choose from are motorboat, which costs VND100,000 - 150,000 ($4.33-6.49) for a round trip per person, or rent a canoe for VND300,000 ($13).

Other options for travelers to choose from are motorboats, which costs VND100,000 - 150,000 ($4.3-6.4) for a round trip, and renting canoes for VND300,000 ($13).

After traveling for nearly 2 km, the first thing tourists can see are a long white sand beach and a fence of tall pine tree (Casuarina equisetifolia).

After traveling for nearly 2 km, the first thing tourists can see are a long white sand beach and a fence of tall pine trees (Casuarina equisetifolia).

Seeing that the water can not anchor close to the shore, Ngo Thinh, a fisherman who has lived for more than 20 years on the island, will leisurely pull a coracle to transfer passengers from the ship to the mainland or vice versa, Nguyen Thanh Tuan (right ) said.

Since boats cannot come close to the shore, Ngo Thinh (left), a fisherman who has lived on the island for more than 20 years, uses a coracle to bring passengers ashore and vice versa, Nguyen Thanh Tuan (right ) said.

The beach has smooth white sand, clear and not too deep water and scattered coral reefs. Since the waves here are gentle, this beach is suitable for camping and snorkeling.

The beach has smooth white sand, clear and shallow water and coral reefs. Since the waves are gentle, the water is suitable for snorkeling.

The southwestern side of the island is deserted and has caves and rocky cliffs, where tourists say has a more beautiful beach than the front part of the island. Wanderers will need to take 20 minutes walk on a quite rugged and bumpy terrains to reach this part of the island.

The southwestern side of the island is deserted and has caves and rocky cliffs, and reportedly a more beautiful beach than the front part of the island. It takes 20 minutes over rugged and bumpy terrain to reach this part of the island.

Since Mai Nha is one of Vietnams places located furthest most to the east of the mainland, the sun rises very early in the morning and sets late at night. The sea water around the island sparkls like silver during dawn.

Since Mai Nha is one of Vietnam's easternmost places, the sun rises and sets very early.

Mai Nha does not have any hotels but allows travelers to camp over night. Visitors will need to bring their own tent and camping gears to set up the by the beach, where will be able to witness the sky full stars late at night.Currently, the island has two leaf houses of two households residence who make a living via fishing and assiting tourists. On the island there is a fresh water well, so visitors can ask for permission to use for bathing.

Mai Nha does not have hotels but travelers can camp overnight. Visitors will need to bring their own tent and camping gear and set it up by the beach, from where they can see a sky full of stars at night.

The island has two thatched houses whose occupants make a living by fishing and assisting tourists. There is a freshwater well, and visitors can bathe after seeking permission.

Guests must bring their own food and drink to the island by themselves since there are no travel services. Fresh seafood is the only food available here and guests can order fishermen to catch and cook for them, including sea urchin, shrimp and fish. A plate of four-piece grilled sea urchins with onion costs VND80,000 ($3.46). The less than 24-hour trip costs a total of around VND200,000 ($8.66) including train and meals. Near An Hai Pier, there are a number of homestays and guest houses for those who do not wish to camp. To explore the Mai Nha Island, visitors need to go to Tuy Hoa Town in Phu Yen Province by bus, train or plane and continue to travel 27 km by motorbike or taxi to the pier. The price of renting a motorbike in Tuy Hoa town is between VND100,000 - 200,000 ($4.33-8.66) a day, or taking a taxi about VND 300,000 ($13) one way.

Visitors must bring their own food and drink. They can ask the fishermen to catch seafood like sea urchin, shrimp and fish and cook for them. A plate of four grilled sea urchins with onion costs VND80,000 ($3.4).

A trip to Mai Nhat costs around VND200,000 ($8.6) including train fares and meals. Near An Hai Pier are a number of homestays and guest houses for those who do not wish to camp.

To explore Mai Nha Island, visitors need to go to Tuy Hoa Town in Phu Yen by bus, train or plane, and from there travel 27 km by motorbike or taxi to the pier. The cost of renting a motorbike in Tuy Hoa is VND100,000 - 200,000 ($4.3-8.6) for a day, while a taxi costs VND300,000 ($13) one way.

A video of Mai Nha Island at sunset

 
 
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