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This commune known as “heaven’s gate” in central Vietnam

Saturday, September 23, 2023, 10:03 GMT+7
This commune known as “heaven’s gate” in central Vietnam
Sun rises in An Toan Commune, An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Around 40 kilometers from An Lao District in the south-central province of Binh Dinh, the An Toan Commune is dubbed as a “heaven’s gate’ thanks to its stunning beauty.

The road leading to the commune is also one of the most beautiful routes to explore in Binh Dinh Province, especially for motorcyclists. 

A road snaking through forest leads to An Toan Commune in An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre
A road snaking through forest leads to An Toan Commune in An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Located more than 1,000m above sea level, An Toan Commune offers cool air as well as fresh and peaceful scenery all year round.

An aerial view of An Toan Commune, which is dubbed as ‘heaven's gate’ in An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre
An aerial view of An Toan Commune, which is dubbed as ‘heaven's gate’ in An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre

The commune is home to the An Toan Nature Reserve which has an area of over 22,000 hectares.

More than half of the reserve has diverse primary forests which house rare animals and plants listed in Vietnam’s Red Book.

Sunrise and sunset are the best time of the day to enjoy the scenery as visitors get to watch the sea of clouds in the valley, making the commune an ideal place for photo seekers.

A homestay in An Toan Commune, An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre
A homestay in An Toan Commune, An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre
A tourist views the surrounding scenery at a homestay in An Toan Commune, An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre
A tourist views the surrounding scenery at a homestay in An Toan Commune, An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Currently, there are two homestays in An Toan Commune to accommodate tourists to the area.

Besides, local delicacies appear to be a magnet for visitors. 

With many rivers, streams, lakes, and favorable climatic conditions, An Lao District has a wide range of vegetables and aquatic food.

People prepares local delicacies in An Toan Commune, An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre
People prepares local delicacies in An Toan Commune, An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre
Local fish is grilled for a meal in An Toan Commune, An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre
Local fish is grilled for a meal in An Toan Commune, An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre
Rau don (vegetable fern), a local type of vegetable in An Toan Commune, An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre
Rau don (vegetable fern), a local type of vegetable in An Toan Commune, An Lao District, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Xuan Vinh, secretary of An Lao District Party Committee, said the district has plans to develop tourism for places with great potential, with the An Toan Nature Reserve being an important highlight.

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