48 hours to conquer Doi Cape
Mui Doi (Doi Cape) in Khanh Hoa province has established itself as a travel destination that is trending with young people.
However, it is not easy to conquer the cape as backpackers must spend two days undergoing a number of challenges: hiking through sand dunes, trekking through forest and crawling up and down slippery rocks.
In the last stage of the journey, backpackers have to get up early and climb up and down huge rocks of different shapes in order to observe the sunrise at Doi cape.
Doi Cape is located on Hon Gom Peninsula in Van Thanh Commune, Van Ninh District, Khanh Hoa Province.
The starting point for the two-day journey is Dam Mon village. There are two ways to reach Dam Mon. Departing from Nha Trang city, you have to take an 80km route through Ninh Hoa and Van Gia towns, turn right at the foot of Co Ma mountain pass and go ahead 18km. Or you can depart from Tuy Hoa City (Phu Yen province), heading up Ca mountain pass and turn left at the foot of Co Ma mountain pass.
On the way to Dam Mon, travellers will be impressed by sand dunes which stretch far into the horizon.
The total distance of the trek is around 14km, including 4km hiking through sand dunes, which is a challenging warm-up requiring great source of energy, particularly under the scorching heat of the area.
It takes adventurers around two hours to cross over the sand hills before taking a rest at Mr Hai’s house, a local man who provides food and drink services for visitors.
In the afternoon, when the sunlight calms down and the conquerors’ energy levels are refuelled after after lunch break, they will enter the second stage of the journey, during which they have an 8km-walk into the forest and must climb up and down across three hills.
Rang beach is the resting place for the first day of the journey. With crystal jade seawater and endless white sandy beaches, it is a perfect destination for campsite.
Pitching a camp, cooking on campfire on the beach. Recently, local porters have worked together to provide backpackers with clean water, showers, and even food or drink.
In the last stage of the journey, backpackers must get up early and climb up and down huge rocks of different shapes in order to advance to a triangle metal stele that reads “Mui Doi” (Doi Cape).
Touching the triangle metal stele and observing sunrise at Doi cape.
Nguyen Chi Nam