Rai cave or Hang Rái is one of the highlights when traveling to Ninh Thuan, Rai cave brings to visitors the perfect feeling to get into the land of fairy tales by almost perfect beauty. The rock formations stacked on top of each other creating countless beautiful small caves. Hang Rai beach hidden in the blue water of the sea changes in the sun is the opportunity for those who love art satisfied with their passion.
Creator always favors The Central of Vietnam the scenery that anyone had the opportunity to set foot here cannot forget. As a princess are sleeping in the deep forest and waiting for the prince come to wake her up, Rai cave lean her side to Nui Chua mountain in the lovely way and the vast ocean brings to visitors a rare wonder.
How to go to Rai cave?
From Ho Chi Minh City, you can go to Mien Dong bus station to catch a bus to Phan Rang – Ninh Thuan. In Phan Rang, you go along Ninh Chu River to Tri Thuy Bridge, turning right and continue along Highway 702 about 35km to Hang Rai in Thai An village – Vinh Hai – Vinh Hy.
If traveling from far provinces like Hanoi, you can fly to Cam Ranh airport. From Cam Ranh airport, it is possible to rent a car to go to Phan Rang. But, in order to save money you should take the bus, Tien Phong bus (phone: 0583854217). When you come to Phan Rang, you can rent a motorbike to go to Rai cave.
The road to Rai Cave is a beautiful way. You will have a great day to enjoy beautiful scenery with green fields, cute sheep, white salt fields and beautiful roads around the sea. Phan Rang – Ninh Chu – Vinh Hy road is considered to be the most beautiful coastal road in Vietnam.
Enjoy the charming beauty of Rai cave
Perhaps, the image of Hang Rai beach at dawn and dusk is best colored. Each small rock in Rai Cave is covered with green moss as it comes out from the story to make people infatuated. Besides, as you walk into the cliffs, small caves here, you can hear the call of the wind, the waves fluttering into the air as a perfect music for your trip.
Since this place has many otter (Rai in Vietnamese) living so the name Rai cave also derived from that. The stone park is an intriguing arrangement of hundreds of different large and small stones, creating beautiful shapes, caves that allow only one person getting through or cliffs to challenge your courage. Explore a round of the rocky area; you will admire the grandeur of the sea and mountains and panoramic view of the ancient coral.
In Rai cave, this will become completely normal: “Mars” is referred to the ancient coral reefs. Because of the geological tectonics millions years ago, the ancient coral reefs have grown into a large area that tourist call “Mars” or “Moon”. With the concave topography forming many strange shapes, there are places of sharp pointed rock up to 30 cm high ready to hurt any careless tourists, some places are concave down into the round hole, sparkling salt crystals look very interesting.
At the bottom of the coral reef is an ancient coral block, which is about the same sea level. This is also the characteristics attract many visitors to Rai cave. When the waves hit the rocks, the water is pouring in, the slope of the rock make the water flow back into the sea, creating the waterfall extremely strange. Many people call this amazing phenomenon is “the waterfall on the sea” and Rai cave is the unique place having this phenomenon.
The rock holes accidentally became the natural swimming pool that is both safe and cool for anyone who cannot control himself from the attraction of Rai cave.
Other activities you should do around Rai cave
Camping to see the sunrise
The best time to enjoy the scenery of Rai cave is at dawn, but the sunrise is quite early at about 5:30 am here. So camping overnight in Rai cave is also an interesting thing that you should try once. When dawn has just risen, the red sun shines down the first rays of sunshine on “the waterfall on the sea” makes the scene becomes more fanciful.
Visiting the sea turtle reserve
Rai cave is located in Nui Chua national park – one of the nature reserves of Vietnam. Every year sea turtles come up here to reproduce. They are not as many as on Con Dao Island but the number of individuals can be up to dozens. Sea turtles are a rare animal, listed in the book of almost extinct species and they are now protected by international conservation organizations.
Come to Rai cave, you will learn more information about sea turtles, the protection when turtles reproduce. Also, if you are lucky, you can also see the turtles over 30 years of age are rescued here, feed them with the kind of algae which are offered by the staff of the park. It will be a memorable experience and raise awareness about the conservation of turtles in particular and wildlife in general.
Visiting Thai An vineyard
When you come to Rai cave you should visit vineyards along the way. In the vineyard, you can visit, taking photo as you can, eating ripe grapes, trying grape juice and learning about the process of growing grape… all are free of charge. You just pay when you buy grape to bring back home with very cheap price.
Price of grape is usually about 50.000 VND – 60.000 VND per kg. It is up to how you bargain. At the moment, the tourism in Rai cave had a lot of services to meet require of tourist such as: accommodation, food, cafe, photography… so you do not have to repair to many things before your trip.
By Lai Tien