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Have you heard of Vietnam’s ‘kingdom of garlic?’

Friday, November 04, 2022, 15:00 GMT+7
Have you heard of Vietnam’s ‘kingdom of garlic?’
Ly Son, a ten-square-kilometer volcanic island surrounded by reefs sits just 24 kilometers off the coast of Quang Ngai Province in central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Yes! It’s Ly Son Island in the central province of Quang Ngai.

Ly Son, a ten-square-kilometer volcanic island surrounded by reefs sits just 24 kilometers off the coast of Quang Ngai Province. It has long been an attractive destination for Vietnamese backpackers but remains relatively off the radar for foreign tourists.

The island's most popular attractions include hiking volcanic craters, riding motorbikes along coastal roads, swimming in the island's clear waters, snorkeling, and taking day trips to nearby Be (Small) Island, which is notable for its historical and cultural sites and museums.

Landmarks on Ly Son’s Lon (Big) Island include Cau Cave, Hang Pagoda, To Vo Arch, and Thoi Loi Mountain.

 
 

Besides being full of natural beauty, Ly Son Island is dubbed “the kingdom of garlic” because of all the delicious garlic it produces.

With unique soil and climate, the island produces some of the most delicious garlic and shallots in Vietnam.

A must-try delicacy of the island is tỏi cô đơn, or single clove garlic (solo garlic).

 
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