Among four extreme points of Vietnam, the Easternmost point remains controversial. The Easternmost point of Vietnam is currently marked at Dien Cape, Hoa Tam village, Dong Hoa town, Phu Yen province. However, in terms of longitude, Doi Cape is the farthest east; and also, Doi Cape receives the sun rays 36 seconds earlier than Dien Cape. Therefore, it is understandable that Doi Cape is considered to be the Easternmost point of Vietnam.
Doi Cape is located at Hon Gom peninsula, Van Thanh village, Van Ninh town, Khanh Hoa province. The road to receiving the first sun rays of Vietnam is definitely an interesting and challenging experience to adventure lovers.
When to visit Doi Cape?
The weather in the Easternmost point carries the feature of Khanh Hoa province with two seasons – rainy and sunny. Rainy season is usually quite short (September – December), especially in October and November. From January to August, it is sunny season; the coolest time is from January to May, and the weather of the rest is very hot, reaching 34-380 sometimes. The most suitable time to conquer the Easternmost point is in the beginning of a year with cool weather and little likelihood to rain.
How to get there?
At Nha Trang, you can rent a motorbike right at your hotel with the price ranging from VND 80,000 to VND 150,000 per day.
From Nha Trang city, ride the motorbike along 1A national highway towards North for 65km, then turn to the road to Dam Mon for 18km, curving along extremely beautiful Van Phong Bay, especially in the summer when the water is emerald, which definitely takes your breath away immediately.
Upon arrival, you leave your motorbike at a local’s house with the price of VND 10,000 per night, and buy some stuff if necessary.
How to conquer the Easternmost point of Vietnam?
There are two ways:
– Roadway: Adventurous people usually use GPS devices for exploration; while, the others hire a guide to reach the Easternmost point.
To hire a guide, you can contact Mr.Thi (Phone number: 01659994929) and say that you are Khoi’s friend to get privilege. Price: VND 400,000 – 500,000 per time.
– Seaway: the advantage is that you do not need to take much time and effort to get the Easternmost point; however, the price is quite high with 2 – 3 million dong.
Roadway to the Easternmost point
In this post, I will show you how to go there by roadway to test your endurance and have an unforgettable experience of emerging yourself in nature.
To reach the Easternmost point, you need to overcome 13km of sand dune, three high hills, and giant rock hills.
At the first 4km, you will face a very long sand dune. The next part of the road seems easy to go, but you still need to be very careful because of dangerous gravel.
After going for another 2km, you will approach a valley called Co Ong. The landscape here will amaze you with sea on one side and forest on another side. You can also go around for sightseeing and taking a rest.
Then, you will reach the forest gate. It is advisable that you find a guide to avoid being lost, because for the next 7km, you will have to go through the forest.
After that, you have to overcome three high hills with thickly interlacing shrubs which grow up to a human’s shoulder height. It is better if you go trekking with a stick. After overcoming all the high hills, a beautiful landscape will be open before you, sweeping your exhaustion away. The wind from the sea blows to your every muscle to help you regain energy. Also, you can camp here to recharge your batteries after a long journey.
In the next morning, you should get up at 4 a.m, and ready to take the last challenge to reach the Easternmost point. The road in this part is the shortest one, but it is the most dangerous one, because you have to overcome giant rock hills. Then, you have to swing on the rope with the height of 3m to put your feet on the Easternmost rock jutting out of the sea.
Someone says that the journey to Doi Cape is an extremely hard one to an extremely beautiful landscape. You will undergo a variety of feelings, from hot sand dune to cool forest, and then suddenly wake up before breathtaking sea. You will also swing on the rope to reach the Easternmost point.
All wrapped in two words: Exciting and Challenging!
How to go back?
To go back to your starting point, you can choose either of the two following ways:
1/ Take the same road (13km)
2/ Rent a boat to go back to Dam Mon. (You can also contact Mr.Thi)
Some useful tips:
1/ At Dam Mon 0km, turn left to the flat paved road. Notice the left side! Beside a cemetery is there a track. Ride along the track to Co Ong.
2/ It is advisable to carry as much water as you can. Bring some fresh lemons for refreshment. Surely, after the first high hill, you will eat lemon with a different taste. Give it a try!
3/ If you plan to stay for one night to watch sunrise, prepared to bring necessary stuff for sleeping, eating and campfire activities. Note that the wind here at night is extremely strong.
4/ Medicines and some medical instruments. Remember to bring insect repellents.
5/ Rain clothing.
6/ Swimming suit.
Lastly, you need to have GOOD HEALTH and STRONG WILL to conquer the Easternmost point of Vietnam ^^
Writer: Khoi Nguyen – Minh Nguyen