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With natural stones, strangely structured rocks, columns or obliques of frozen mineral flows, Ghenh Da Dia (Rapids of Stone Plates) is considered as a masterpiece of stone gifted by the nature.


Located in An Ninh Dong Commune , Tuy An District, Phu Yen Province, Ghenh Da Dia is strangely structured rocks include large upright stones equally arranged in a star pattern. Being a riddle of nature, like a giant jigsaw, the rapids is irritatingly made of the same shaped pieces, and forms a solidified structure that has proved more than just a curiosity for thousands.

A strange geological phenomenon

Millions of years ago, during volcano eruption, mineral flows melting will be frozen when they encounter water and then the solid breaks into columns or obliques. That created the beautiful landscape of Ghenh Da Dia for the present time. Time over time, the landscape is rearranged as an artistic work by the hand of nature. Ghenh Da Dia is about 1km2 large, half in the sea and half above sea level.

Looking down on it, visitors often liken it to a gigantic beehive, others as a pile of stone plates. For despite a lengthy series of historical, archeological and scientific probes of the cliff’s square kilometer, its formation remains a mystery.

The stones in Ghenh Da Dia are bazan stones of dark black and light yellow. There exists large stones of tons and small stones with different shapes: round, pentagon, polygon and so on. The stones take the right column or a settlement close to each other like disks arranged on couples together. Even counting the stone columns has failed to yield an exact figure as exhausted researchers usually call a halt at around 35,000. The stones are 60-80cm in visible height and 20-30cm across and cluster round a small fresh water pond that is fed by underground rivers and never dries up.

and a wild beauty...

In Ghenh Da Dia, there only remains the unique scenery of the sea and stones, so everything is still primary, environment is so pure, air is fresh and comfortable.

Besides Ghenh Da Dia is Bang beach, with rocks “lie” quiet under the shadow of trees. This is quite ideal for relaxation, camping and extra activities. Ghenh Da Dia and the beach are closed with a famous tourist attraction which is "Hòn đá lực lượng" - a deep and wide grotto that saves the legendary people in a war period. In the war, our main force sheltered in the cave at night, waiting to the day to go on a sortie and dealt enemy thunderstruck blows.

Visiting Ghenh Da Dia, you have a chance to view many species of marine creatures, especially “Mứt” seaweed - a type of kelp which is salty and sticks to the stones, looking like a network.

Have been listed as a National Heritage Site by the Ministry of Culture and Information, Ghenh Da Dia is a potential tourist attraction to both domestic and foreign visitors. And a visit to the rapids, you will be certainly worth it...


Not surprisingly researchers find intriguing - and perhaps frustrating - comparison between Ganh Da Dia and half a world away in Northern Ireland and its Giant's Causeway, one of UNESCO's Natural Heritage Sites. There, its regularity-sided pillars form a coastal three-mile long carpet stretching out to sea and, some, think, as far as Scotland - 50 miles away.

Local legend, and the Irish are as keen on them as the Vietnamese, has it that it is the legacy of two giants who competed to connect the two main lands.


Less romantically-minded scientists, some of whom have inspected both, say the true reason for their being is slightly more down to earth - but no less dramatic: a volcanic eruption, several million years ago. That, they say, pushed molten basalt rock up from the earth's crust where it solidified into the regular forms of both structures.  Either way both have stood the test of uncertain Time, standing firm against the relentless force of often-harsh seas.


Attractions in Phu Yen

Long Thuy Beach: 

This is a beautiful swimming beach 12 kilometers from the town. The white sand beach is famous for its clear-cut blue water.

Mui Dien (Dien Cape)

Mui Dien (Dien Cape), also called Dai Lanh cape, is an attractive tourist destination. This spot contains a great value of natural landscape, history and culture. Mui Dien (Dien Cape) makes a wonderful landscape where the dawn is first seen daily, ideal for discovery.

Vung Ro: 

This is a regionally reputed tourist centre 25 kilometers south of the town. The place is famous for the several several nearby beautiful off-shore islands.

Chua Da Trang (White stone Pagoda): 

The pagoda, 20 kilometers north of the town, perches on a mountain slope. The place offers an unobtrusive view of the poetic landscape below.

O Loan Lagoon: 

It is 15 kilometres from the town. this is an ideal place for boat trips. the best seafood available is grilled blood clam.

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