Situated at the end of the newly-built 19-km road leading to the Hon Gom
Peninsular, Dam Mon, covering 128 sq. km, remains untouched with casuarina
forests and the primitive wetland forest of Tuan Le.
from the new 12-room hotel, visitors to Dam Mon can temporarily leave
behind comfortable yet bustling life to indulge themselves in nature and
an almost desolate land. After bathing in the blue sea in the Van Phong
Bay, which is well known for coral reefs said to be more beautiful than
those at the Hon Mun Nature Reserve in Nha Trang, one can rest in a
hammock under the shady coconut trees, reading or talking with children of
the fishing village.
waiting for hotel staff to prepare dinner, tourists can walk across the
sand dunes towards Dam Mon. There they can stop for a while to learn about
how the local fishermen smear chai (a type of material made from plant) on
the bottom of fishing boats to make them waterproof. When reaching the top
of the hill, they can sit to enjoy the sunset on the horizon, take a deep
breath and maybe feel surprised at how the fresh air is wonderful and
night, visitors return to the hotel and enjoy dinner with a wide choice of
seafood, including fresh squid and grilled shrimp.
sea services at Dam Mon include diving to discover coral reefs, rowing or
fishing for squid at night.
tour to Dam Mon and Van Phong Bay of Nha Trang also takes in tourist
attractions along 70 km of national Highway 1a from Nha Trang to Van Ninh
before arriving in Hon Gom Peninsula. The sites include Doc Let beach, Co
Ma pass and shrimp farms in Van Gia. Visitors can drop by Khoi island to
witness the remnants of a boat used to transport weapons for the
Vietnamese revolutionary forces during the American war, one of the boats
creating the legend "The Ho Chi Minh Trail at sea".
Nha Trang, one can rent a boat to reach Dam Mon and visit a number of
islands in Van Phong Bay such as Hon Lon, Bai Lach and especially Xuan
Dung-which has recently been discovered to be home to Ha Dang, an ethnic
minority group that has been living separately from civilized life for a