Ly Son, located off the coast of Quang Ngai Province, is home to over 50 shrines and temples, sandy beaches, and garlic farms. Due to its remote location, it’s usually frequented by locals during the holidays. The island is known for its garlic fields, but you can enjoy a day of sightseeing as there are more than 50 Buddhist temples and shrines that are easily reachable via motorcycle. There are also plenty of pristine beaches with affordable hotels and seafood restaurants. Check out our comprehensive guide below to find everything you need to know about Ly Son.
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Best Time to Go
Ly Son’s summer lasts between June and September, offering the best conditions for outdoor activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, and island-hopping. If you’re planning on purchasing quality garlic, harvesting season is from February to March. The island is also very popular during annual festivities such as Hoang Sa Soldier Feast and Commemoration Festival (19th - 20th day of the 2nd Lunar month) and Tu Linh Boat Racing Festival (4th - 8th day of the 1st Lunar month).
Getting to to Ly Son
Getting to Ly Son can be challenging as it requires a few transport methods. From Da Nang, you need to make your way to Quang Ngai, located 150 km southeast of Da Nang Airport. You can take a taxi or bus to the city. The journey takes about three hours. From there, you travel to the main island of Ly Son via ferry from Cang Sa Ky Port, which costs VND 115,000 for a 1½ hour-long journey. It departs every two hours, every day, starting from 07:30 until 15:30.
If you’re travelling to Ly Son during the weekends, annual holidays and festivities, be sure to buy your ticket early to get a seat. Without a reservation, you can still board the ferry by paying a fee of VND 100,000, but you’ll be standing through the entire journey. Those who opt for speedboat will reach the island within an hour, depending on the weather.
Getting Around in Ly Son
When you arrive in Ly Son, there are plenty of metered taxis waiting nearby the port that can take you to your hotel. Base fares are priced at VND 17,000, plus VND 25,000 per kilometre, but the island is relatively small so chances are you won’t be spending more than VND 200,000 for a one-way trip. The best way of getting around in Ly Son is by motorcycle. The island is relatively small, and there are plenty of rental shops in the main town that offer daily rates starting from VND 85,000.
Ly Son Attractions
Ly Son’s most prominent attraction is its vast garlic fields, but it’s also home to over 50 Buddhist temples. These shrines not only serve the local community, but some of the hilltop locations also offer expansive views of the sea and surrounding islets. Adventurous travellers can also enjoy a day of hiking on Thoi Loi Mountain and swimming on the neighbouring Little Island (Bo Bai).