Ha Long Bay is considered must see tourist attractions in northern Vietnam. One can leisurely cruising pass the thousands cliff rook emerged from green water, feast on the fantastic scenery or take a dip in the crystal clear cool water. Most of the islands in the bay are already well-known among local and foreign tourists.
But very few knowing this hidden gem it called Mat Rong island where have white sandy beach, spreads across hundreds of meters.
We are always desire to look for new beautiful adventure to offer to travel lovers. Recently discovered an island called Bai Dong (also known as Mat Rong or Dragon Eye Island), which is located on the southern edge of Ha Long Bay is really amazing untouched island where is far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Mat Rong is a little beautiful island, it’s shaped like an octopus with a big head and long tentacles that twist and turn. The lake in middle are build up by cliff mountain surround make it look like an eyeball that resembles an octopus head. The island is named Mat Rong mean dragon eye
How to get there?
From Hanoi, you can travel by motorcycle or car in the route of Hanoi – Quang Ninh provided by prestigious brands such as Kumho, Viet Thanh, Phuc Xuyen … You’ll get off at the bus station and then continue going to Bai Chay by bus, taxi or motorcycle taxi to move to Bai Chay pier. From here, you buy tickets to go to the island of Dragon’s Eye. It takes you about 2.5 hours to travel from the mainland to the island. In addition, you can also go to the Jumbo Dai Duong to catch a speedboat to the island, the speedboat only takes about 30-45 minutes.
For first time and departure from Cam Pha
From Cam Pha city, get to the Vung Duc harbor, asking locals who know every well about Long Bay, such as Bai Tu Long and Lan Ha Bay, about Mat Rong, but no one had heard of this island, it mean this place is no one have been before.
If you come here to ask for orientation, highly recommended to speak Vietnamese words for description is ” Mat Rong” it take about a 30 minute high-speed boat ride, finally arrived at the crescent-shaped area. Except for a 30m sandy shore during low tide is easy surrounded by Rocky Mountains. This paradise island with its 300-400m natural white sand beach impressed and excited us with its pristine magnificent beauty.
Since there was no fresh water, tourist services nor even cellphone signal on the island, here is absolutely a place to escape to enjoy relaxing and swimming from daily busy. Beside you are also can explore the island through the bushy mountain pass; behind it is a whole new world. In the middle of the island was a round lake that looked like a giant well, about 100m in diameter and surrounded by rocky hills. Surrounding the water was the foliage hanging from the rocky cliffs. The landscape was absolutely stunning, not to mention the mystical blue shade of the water. This was salt water despite its paler shade, probably because the lake is connected to the sea through a deep cave system. Around the edge of the lake, I noticed peculiar varieties of kelp and seaweed that I hadn’t seen in the sea or in any fresh water marsh.
Millions of years ago, this island was probably a lush limestone mountain. Time, rain, wind and the waves had eroded it completely, and now, there was no soil left on the island. The limestone inside the rocks had also worn away, leaving behind the core that consisted of slates of black rocks with sharp edges stacked on top of each other.
The trees were hard as steel with their strong roots going deep through the cracks of the rocks. Along the foothills was a small sandy shore, only visible when the tide was low.