Once only known to few, the pristine beauty of Rai, a complex of caves in south-central Vietnam, has recently earned it a top-spot as an emerging destination for young Vietnamese travelers.
The complex, located in Ninh Thuan Province’s Nui Chua National Park, has been dubbed a ‘stone park’ by Vietnamese travelers for its towering boulders and shallow caves.
The name Rai, which means otter in English, comes from the small caves shaped by overlapping blocks of stone that once were home to otters in the region.
The complex is also home to dozens of ancient stones, rock formations, and big coral reefs, creating a natural park for tourists to explore.
With minimal diving equipment, tourists can enjoy the beauty of the colorful coral under the blue ocean water.
Nui Chua National Park also has great lookout points for visitors to catch both the sunrise and sunset.
Hiking, camping, and tours that involve watching turtles lay eggs help make this park a promising location for those looking for a relaxing vacation.
The small caves are shaped by overlapping blocks of stone. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A road leading to Rai Cave. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Tourists climb over sharp stones. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A small wooden bridge in Nui Chua National Park. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Unique stone surfaces cover the landscape. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A tourist watches salt crystallized in a rut. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A group of tourists walk on the beach. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A heart-shaped water niche. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Waves kissing the shore. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A nature ‘pool’. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A man fishing in the park. Photo: Tuoi Tre