Ganh Da Dia – Vietnam’s Own ‘Giant’s Causeway’

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Vietnam is a big country, with a lot more to see and do outside of the typical ‘banana pancake trail’. One thing that not many people know is that Vietnam has its own version of the famous ‘Giant’s Causeway’ in Northern Ireland – Ganh Da Dia.

Ganh Da Dia

Located only 40km north from the town of Tua Hoa, this beautiful spot in the Phu Yen province rarely receives any visitors besides local Vietnamese tourists.

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If you are travelling between Hoi An and Nha Trang make sure you stop by Ganh Da Dia to see one of the Vietnam’s most interesting sights.

The theories behind how the rocks came to be shaped like this are still not conclusive according to scientists and geologists. The most accepted theory is that the intriguing phenomenon found at Ganh Da Dia was formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.

The same that is thought for the Giant’s Causeway. During the years molten basalt rock has pushed up through the earth’s surface to form these fascinating, beehive-like formations.

Ganh Da Dia Rock Formations

 

Ganh Da Dia Rocks Close Up

Each stone ‘column’ varies in height from as short as 30cm right up to lengths greater than 2 metres.

Everything fits together like a giant puzzle, with no gaps left in between the different rock shapes.

Some rise to the sky vertically while others lay on their side on top of each other. No definite count has been made of how many stones are in the collection, but there is suspected to be over 35’000 pieces. Truly a remarkable sight.

Ganh Da Dia is a great stop off for a couple of hours to explore one of Vietnam’s unique national heritage sites. Once you walk around the awesome stones, don’t forget to stop by the beautiful beach close by for a refreshing swim. If you have a fascination in geology, beautiful coastlines or just like getting off the beaten path, don’t miss out on this hidden gem!

Ganh Da Dia Backside

Ganh Da Dia Boat Man Vietnam

How To Get To Ganh Da Dia

Visiting Ganh Da Dia is one of the best things to do in Vietnam, and you should definitely check it out if you like finding unique, offbeat places on your travels.

The closest town is Chi Thanh, which has a number of different lodging options. The nearest major city is Tuy Hoa which has more choices for places to stay. If you are taking buses you can arrive in Chi Thanh from either direction on Highway 1. From there flag down a taxi to take you the 15km to Ganh Da Dia.

Ganh Da Dia More Basalt Rocks Vietnam

If you are riding a motorcycle from the north, turn left onto Cau Lo Gom straight after the bridge and follow the road through beautiful farmland and a few small villages until you see a sign for Ganh Da Dia.

If riding from the south we recommend taking the main road between the coast and the highway (named ‘Le Duan’ from Tuy Hoa). It is far more picturesque less dangerous. There will be the standard white and red markers with distances to Ganh Da Dia to help you find your way. When you reach the village at the end of the road follow the sign to the right to take you up the hill.

Ganh Da Dia has no entrance fee, although there is a small cost of 5’000 dong if you wish to park your motorcycle in the shaded parking lot.

Ganh Da Dia Beach Vietnam

Ganh Da Dia Stones Vietnam

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Charles Kuhn

    Spent several hours here in March. I’m traveling from Hanoi to Ca Mau & then back to Hanoi with Vietnamese 2 families, fun and exciting. They take me everywhere off the beaten track. So I’m posting on my blogs and websites, facebook to and need info on Ganh Da Dia and found you. Great signed up. Traveled for 3 months Tet Feb to April 2017. Now Vietnam has only 1 yrs visa 2017, so I will be back in Jan 2017. Love your adventure.

    Kirstie

    Did you swim? We stopped by when we cycled down Vietnam earlier this year and had a nice cool off in the cove round to the left as you approach from the steps. Such a beautiful spot.

    Tam Nguyen

    Another mistake is Le Duan, name of the president of communism party aslo wrote wrong as La Duan. You should correct it.

    Tam Nguyen

    The author wrote wrong name of Tuy Hoa city not Tua Hoa, this is my home town and Ganh Da Dia is my favourite size for wedding photos.

      Lesh Jazza NOMADasaurus

      Thanks for the corrections, Tam. We have fixed the article now 🙂

    Rich – RichyFeet

    Awesome! loving the pictures. Vietnam is high on my list of places to travel, hopefully it will be easier once I’ve relocated to Oz in a few month’s time!

      Lesh Jazza NOMADasaurus

      Thanks for reading, Rich. Vietnam is indeed only a few hours from Australia – very easy to visit from there. You will love it once you get here.

    Dale

    This is so cool, like really cool. Knew nothing about this whatsoever.

      Lesh Jazza NOMADasaurus

      Neither had we, Dale, and would have missed it completely if we weren’t told about it from a friend. Glad we got a chance to see it.

    Anne Dovel

    Beautiful pictures. We visited the Giant’s Causeway a few years ago. It’s captivating. I wanted to sit there all day.

      Lesh Jazza NOMADasaurus

      Thanks Anne. It truly is quite spectacular. Stoked to hear you got a chance to visit the Giant’s Causeway a few years ago. We will have to make our way there eventually.

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