The Rocks of Phu Yen

Sometimes nature creates something which looks like it's from another world. The rocks, the coin-like rocks of Ganh Da Dia are just that. Found in Phu Yen, the province north of Nha Trang, this out-of-the-way spot has gone from obscurity to tourist site in a matter of five years. Yet they remain untouched.


Ganh Da Dia


About 130km north of Nha Trang, Vietnam’s coastline takes an unexpected turn. The volcanic rocks form into coins, stacks of coins or basalt columns that look like steps leading into the sea.


Until recently no-one had picked up on this unusual site. We were first told about it six years ago by Silvio, the owner of Jungle Beach, a beachside resort in the Nha Trang area. He had heard about the place from someone else who had heard from someone else. It was a whisper. A rumour. We didn’t even know its name.


All we knew was that somewhere north of Tuy Hoa, the provincial capital of Phu Yen, there was a part of the coastline that looked like the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and the Devil’s Postpile in California. We went to find it.


Through no doing of our own, Ganh Da Dia, or literally, stone plate bay, has now become a tourist attraction, one of the few reasons to head to the otherwise under-visited province of Phu Yen. Surrounded by cacti and soaring coastline, it’s a drive even from Tuy Hoa. Yet it’s a drive to see the only example of this natural phenomenon in Southeast Asia.


To see more articles in this story, please click on the links below:


The Undiscovered Coast


Undiscovered Binh Thuan


The Paradise of Ninh Thuan


The Wildness of Con Dao


The Rocks of Phu Yen


The Beaches Around Quy Nhon


The Abandoned Church


The Other Side of Halong Bay


North of Cua Lo


The Islands off Phu Quoc


Where The Mekong Hits the Sea

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