WT032 - LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND
We are starting to have a love for motorbikes, as we cannot stop renting them everywhere we go. Same case here, the landlady of the guesthouse rented us her motorbike so we could drive to the Ta Cu Mountain, about one hour away. The mountain is located in Phan Thiet and comprises 250,000m2 of rainforests, wildlife like monkeys, limestone caves, and an huge Buddhist temple in one of the lower sides. Travellers can opt for a 2-hour hike through the forest or a 10-minute cable car ride to reach the other side of the mountain. The cable car goes one time up to the top and then down to the where the temple is situated. After leaving it, there's sort of a climb with many stairs and a winding footpath to get to the main pagoda. At the top, you’ll be greeted with vertigo-inducing views of the Thuan Nam Town, the Ham Thuan An Sea and the Ke Ga Lighthouse. Set atop the Ta Cu Mountain, the Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda, built in 1879, features several worship halls, three entrance pillars, animals sculptures, a small cave-sanctuary, and the main attraction - a 49m long statue of a reclining Buddha that’s hailed as the biggest of its kind in Vietnam. On the way to the impressive Buddha, many other statues like the Three Buddha Postures can be regarded at the peak. The park is open all year and its total price, with entrance fee and two cable car rides (including roundtrip), is 250.000 VND per person (9 EUR).