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Pristine Cu Lao Cau an emerging getaway in south-central Vietnam

Sunday, June 07, 2020, 12:39 GMT+7
Pristine Cu Lao Cau an emerging getaway in south-central Vietnam
Natural rock formations are seen by a beach on Cu Lao Cau, a pristine island off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

An island in south-central Vietnam has emerged as a favorite destination for travelers in recent years for its pristine beauty.

Cu Lao Cau, also known as Hon Cau (Cau Island), is located around ten kilometers off the mainland in Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, 275 kilometers northeast of Ho Chi Minh City.

The sparsely populated island boasts not only beautiful nature but also a diverse marine ecosystem, with sea turtles often coming on its beaches to lay eggs.

Cu Lao Cau has been dubbed a ‘stone kingdom’ with thousands of natural towering rocks scattered on the island.

The best time to visit Cu Lao Cau is said to be in the first half of a lunar year when the weather seems perfect for a retreat.

Visitors need to ask authorities for permission to stay overnight on the island because the place is under the management of border guards.

There are no accommodation services on the island so travelers need to prepare their own food and camping tents if they plan to spend the night here.

Visitors can depart for Cu Lao Cau from local seaports in Binh Thuan.

Fishing vessels are docked at a port in Vietnam's Binh Thuan Province. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Fishing vessels are docked at a port in Vietnam's Binh Thuan Province. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Visitors enjoy swimming near Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. The island often gets crowded on weekends. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Visitors enjoy swimming near Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. The island often gets crowded on weekends. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A beach on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A beach on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Local fishermen are seen at a beach on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Local fishermen are seen at a beach on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Visitors go trekking on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Visitors go trekking on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Sunset on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Sunset on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A fisherman removes a squid from his fishing nets on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A fisherman removes a squid from his nets on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Charcoal-grilled fresh seafood, one of the delicacies on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Charcoal-grilled fresh seafood, one of the delicacies on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Boats are docked by a beach on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Boats are docked by a beach on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Charcoal-grilled fresh seafood, one of the delicacies on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Charcoal-grilled fresh seafood, one of the delicacies on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A local fisherman showcases a pen shell he caught on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A local fisherman shows a pen shell he has caught on Cu Lao Cau off Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

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