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Sunset on Ke Ga Lighthouse

Updated on April 18, 2017

Remarkable Lighthouse

When it comes to Binh Thuan Province, people always think of Mui Ne - the travel hub that hosts a number of beautiful resorts and scenic tourist spots, or Lagi Coastal Town or Ta Cu Mountain. However, there is a place called Ke Ga Cape (Mũi Kê Gà in Vietnamese) that is increasingly emerging as a spectacular destination for visitors to travel during their trips to this province. About 30 kilometers to the due Southeast away from Phan Thiet City, there lies a strip of soft sandy beach that embraces a rocky island where a lighthouse stands out as an amazing landmark.

This lighthouse was built in 1899 by French colonial army so as to warn ships and vessels of reefs abounding in the surrounding sea proximity. The whole building was made from granite with over 60 meters in height above sea level, which the structure itself is 41 meters high and the light can stretch out as far as 22 meters. Regarded as the tallest and oldest extant light-houses in Vietnam, it has survived 115 years in operation since 1900 and becomes an fantastic place for travelers to pay a visit to.


Ke Ga Cape

Ke Ga Cape from afar
Ke Ga Cape from afar | Source
A popular cute means of transport there
A popular cute means of transport there | Source

How to get there

As traveling to Phan Thiet, you catch a bus # 6 bound to the Cape in southeast. However, it sounds better if you hire a motorbike and head to the lighthouse. From the heart of Phan Thiet City, you wind up riding on Tran Hung Dao Str. passing Doi Duong Beach and running along Lac Long Quan Str., and finally there you are at Ke Ga Cape.

During the day as the tide is low, the lighthouse is connected to the mainland through a sand trail. You can walk there quite easily. As the night is young and the tide rises, you'd better arrange a boat trip whose price is around VND50k to VND150k to land on the nearby island.

Or if you're looking for some funny adventure, you must make a trip on a round bamboo-ratten basket boat or coracle. It is moved by shaking the boat side to side with a paddle to direct the way. Nothing else but joy and a flash of nerve come up, you'll absolutely enjoy yourselves there as finally making it to the lighthouse. Just think of the way back to the shore, you're gonna have more fun then.

Means of transport to the lighthouse

Fishing boats and round basket boats scattering around there
Fishing boats and round basket boats scattering around there | Source
Fishing boats floating in the sea
Fishing boats floating in the sea | Source
A fisherman is making it to the sea on a round basket boat
A fisherman is making it to the sea on a round basket boat | Source

What makes it stand out?

You may say, 'well there's nothing exceptionally different from other beaches in the province, so why the cape?'. And I tell you why you should make it to Ke Ga Cape, especially in summer. It's because the sunset there is definitely astonishing to watch. The lighthouse stands on an island that juts out to the sea, upon which you first welcome the sunrise and bid farewell to the sunset. And especially, the sunset during summer enthralls you right away as you sit quietly on the dock at Ke Ga Station, looking westward to see the nightfall. The water turns golden yellow flashing up and down on constant waves moving toward the shore. Breezes bringing a distinctive smell of the sea and the sticky feel of saltwater come up and caress your skin, which arouse a touch of homesickness.

As you feast your eyes over the sundown, you're gonna see a giant natural rock statue of Buddha lying face up to the endless sky. The sun is falling down whilst the tide is rising up, and you rest down attentively admiring such an excellent scene of the day. Or if you're honeymooning with your life partner, walking hand in hand along the soft sand beach toward the dusk will absolutely mark an unforgettable memory in your eternal love.

At night, you can join fishermen to have a catch on the sea. It may costs 10 bucks or so to have a fishing tour through the night. With a floating work vest on, you end up sitting still on a boat holding a bamboo rod that is typical in Vietnam, with hook and line thrown down the water. The light is quite dim, it's just bright enough to lure fish. You're gonna see your string going up and down. Porrch! Heave the line backward quickly and you're getting what you expect to see.

Gorgeous Sunset

An awe-inspiring scene of the day
An awe-inspiring scene of the day | Source
A nostalgic sunsetting sight
A nostalgic sunsetting sight | Source
The sea seems tired after a long active day
The sea seems tired after a long active day | Source
A guy's sailing toward the fishing boat that is ready for a night catch
A guy's sailing toward the fishing boat that is ready for a night catch | Source
When the sunset bids humans farewell
When the sunset bids humans farewell | Source
Hold on!
Hold on! | Source
Finally the sun hits the hay
Finally the sun hits the hay | Source

Anything else?

Ke Ga Cape is quite near to Phan Thiet City - the capital of Binh Thuan Province, so it's better for you to make a day trip to this destination and come back at dusk to join in a fascinating nightlife of the coastal city.

Tourist service at the Cape seems poor. Though many resort constructions have been under way, most of them have long been abandoned due to the provincial unsuccessful planning. Actually there are quite a few resorts and hotels along the way to the Cape, but there's not much to do at night there. You'd end up dining in a resort restaurant and hang around to kill time. It doesn't matter if you look for a place to contemplate or escape from your everyday hustle and bustle life. During the day, you can ride a bike or motorcycle around the neighborhood for sightseeing. Plenty of Casuarina equisetifolia or Australian pine forests exist along the way, where you can stop by for a pinic with friends.

Especially, you can pay a visit to Rock Water Bay (Vịnh đá nhảy in Vietnamese) that hosts a large cluster of rocks with various sizes and shapes leaning one another toward the sea. You can clamber over those rocky cliffs and boulders to catch sea winds and enjoy yourselves.

If you just decide to head south, you can carry on the main road to visit Lagi Town whose beache still remains primitive, or take a west-bound turnoff for Ta Cu mountain town.

Rocky Water Bay

A load of rocks piles up the area
A load of rocks piles up the area | Source
Boulders stand by the shore
Boulders stand by the shore | Source
Toward the sea
Toward the sea | Source
Huge clusters of rock form a spectacular bay
Huge clusters of rock form a spectacular bay | Source
The sea joyfully plays about
The sea joyfully plays about | Source
Sometimes the sea seems gentle to the rocks
Sometimes the sea seems gentle to the rocks | Source
The rocks seem to do nothing, but the sea gets stirred up
The rocks seem to do nothing, but the sea gets stirred up | Source
A ridiculous rock formation. What do you think of?
A ridiculous rock formation. What do you think of? | Source

Ke Ga Cape

Author's notes

Thank you so much for your attention.

All the pictures posted here belong to the author. For further information, please contact me at nhphuc2310@gmail.com. 'hope you guys will make it to this particular destination, and enjoy yourselves then.

For other articles of the author, please check them out:

Tay Ninh Province at https://hubpages.com/travel/Tay-Ninh-Province-Why-not
Thu Duc Town at http://hubpages.com/travel/Thu-Duc-Saigon-A-joyful-suburb
Da Lat Half Way to Heaven at http://hubpages.com/travel/Do-we-need-a-long-trip-to-change-horses-in-midstream
Life Trap Escape at http://hubpages.com/travel/Life-Trap-Escape
Ke Ga Cape at http://hubpages.com/travel/Sunset-on-Ke-Ga-Lighthouse
Mui Ne Beach at http://hubpages.com/travel/Mui-Ne-Such-a-Paradise
Da Nang City at http://hubpages.com/travel/Thomas-Wanderlust
Hai Phong City at http://hubpages.com/travel/Hai-Phong-Once-Coming-Then-Staying
French Colonial Structures in Saigon at http://hubpages.com/travel/French-Colonial-style-Architecture-in-SG
Top 3 things to do in Saigon Vietnam at http://hubpages.com/travel/Top-ten-things-you-must-do-in-Saigon-Vietnam
Can Gio a nice choice at http://hubpages.com/travel/Can-Gio-A-nice-choice
Cat Ba Island at https://hubpages.com/travel/Cat-Ba-Island-Shining-in-the-Sun
Ta Dung at https://hubpages.com/travel/Ta-Dung-Vietnam-A-Pearl-of-The-Highlands

Enjoy!

Pensively nailing my eyes over the ocean
Pensively nailing my eyes over the ocean | Source

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 3 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      @Ken: You should come back and feast your eyes on the sunset there ^^ Real gorgeous!

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      Ken Hatherinne 3 months ago

      Actually this place has nothing much to do, but it's such a nice place to drop by on the way to Phan Thiet or Mui Ne. I havent watched Sunset there, but your photos are gorgeous.

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      裴工织 8 months ago

      Oh! So interesting! I've got it, thanks for your explanation.

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 8 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      Ke Ga literally means "balls" (testicle) of a cock, but I don't know how they called that place such a name.

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      裴工织 8 months ago

      What is "Ke Ga" literally mean?

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 16 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      Yep, that place is right there near Phan Thiet. Hey, come there as the sun is setting. Such sunset is glamorous!!!

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      bud_saint 16 months ago

      This place is quite near to Phan Thiet, right? Okay, I plan to spend 3 days there in town and hanging out to several places nearby.

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 19 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      Thanks for your sharing.

      It's nice to hear your family visited VN :) 'hope your wife and daughters had such a good time in HCMC.

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      Mazlan 19 months ago from Malaysia

      The place looks fantastic and the sunset looks spectacular. The round boat that you had in your photos remind me of similar boat that I saw in Danang.

      My wife and my two daughters were in HCM city last month, but they were busy shopping to explore other places:-)