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Conquering Doi Cape: A journey towards the sun
Referring to the central province of Khanh Hoa, people often think of Nha Trang, but few people know that this place also has another destination with blue sea, white sand, golden sunshine, and diverse landscapes. That is Doi Cape, the first sunrise viewing point on the mainland from the easternmost point of the country.
Doi Cape belongs to Dam Mon fishing village located on Hon Gom peninsula of Van Phong Bay, Van Thanh Commune, Van Ninh District, Khanh Hoa Province, about 80km north of Nha Trang City.
Doi Cape is also known as Ba Dau Cape. It’s called Doi Cape because at one location there are two rocky outcrops jutting out into the East Sea.
According to the Department of Culture and Sports of Khanh Hoa Province, Cape Đôi is the easternmost point of the country, the place to receive the first sunlight on the mainland in Việt Nam. Since 2005, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has recognized the cape as a national scenic spot.
Journey to conquer Doi Cape
However, it is not easy to conquer the cape as backpackers must spend two days undergoing a number of challenges: hiking through sand dunes, trekking through forests, and crawling up and down slippery rocks.
There are two ways to reach Dam Mon fishing village. Departing from Nha Trang City, you have to take an 80km route through Ninh Hòa and Vạn Giã towns, turn right at the foot of Co Ma mountain pass and go 18km further. Or you can depart from Tuy Hoa City, Phu Yen Province, heading up Ca mountain pass and turn left at the foot of Co Ma mountain.
The journey to conquer the easternmost point on the mainland included many emotions, from the first rays of sunlight of a new day, the midday heat of the central region to the shady roads alternating under the forest trees, and ending with the image of seagulls flying over the horizon in the vast blue ocean. It was an extremely interesting and rewarding journey.
Of the four poles of Vietnam, the westernmost is the most difficult to conquer, the easternmost is ranked second because of its diversified terrain. Particularly, the trekking distance (hiking) from Dam Mon to Doi Cape is more than 10km.
The way to conquer the easternmost point on the mainland is a distance covered by a thick layer of sand like a desert plus the harsh heat of the sea region. On the way to conquer the cape, you can stop at small stages to rest gently, drink some water, recharge your energy and continue the journey through about 4km of semi-terrain.
Crossing a very large sand dune about 4km long was rather difficult because walking on sand and severe weather in the central region made people exhausted. Make sure you bring a hat and always drink enough water along the way to avoid dehydration and heatstroke.
At the end of the sandy terrain is a small strait. The clear seawater is a sparkling blue under the golden sunlight, the water is so clear that we can clearly see everything below. Through about 1km of the coast, continue along the forest slopes with typical shrubs of the central rocky mountains.
The beautiful scenery across the strait is the large and small rocks stacked on top of each other of various shapes and sizes. In front of you is a mountain on one side, and a sea on the other. The cool sea breeze will blow away the heat and fatigue after your journey across the desert. From the hillside, listening to the sound of waves lapping rhythmically against the rocky shore, you will see a charming and poetic mountainous area.
The last challenge before reaching the easternmost spot is that you have to overcome a 7m high rock. The reward of this effort is the feeling of extreme excitement when you get to touch the easternmost landmark of the country, where the first sunrise on the Vietnamese mainland is welcomed.
“The journey is more than 10km long with mountain roads and high sand dunes under the hot sun that easily exhausts visitors, so not everyone can go. However, it is also very interesting to feel the cool sea breeze. The scenery of waves, mountains, and sea blend together to create beautiful scenes when arriving at Doi Cape,” said Nguyen Thanh Chung from Nha Trang City.
In the evening at Mui Doi, visitors can organize a camping fire at Bai Rang Beach. Sitting around the fire listening to the waves crashing, the guitar echoing, watching the night sky full of sparkling stars, you will feel so peaceful and relaxed.
Welcome a new day on the beach
What could be more wonderful than seeing the sunrise at the easternmost point of the country? All you need to do is get up early, climb a high cliff, sit and listen to the love song of the sea and wait to enjoy the first warm sunlight reaching the mainland of Vietnam.
The road to conquering the easternmost point is full of sunshine and wind, difficult and tiring, but it will make us feel stronger, more stable, and love our homeland even more.
According to Wanderlust Tips | Cnet
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