A Tourist Port for Ly Son Island in Central Vietnam

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Construction of the new Ben Dinh Tourism Port in Quang Ngai Province’s Ly Son Island district kicked off on November 23, an investment of US$9 million. The project integrates an 87m-long dock and 153m-long wharf which will allow to accommodate simultaneously passengers’ flows from a 2,000 tons vessel, one 1,000 ton vessel and a 400-seat vessel .

The port area stretches along 3 hectares integrating a 1,000 m2 cruise terminal. The project is expected to meet the increased number of visitors to the island district, and is planned to be completed in 2018.

“The construction of Ben Dinh Port, which aims to complete the local system of seaports and inland waterway ports, will contribute to fortifying national defence and preserving national security and sovereignty of sea areas in the East of the country,” said Director of the Quang Ngai Department of Transport, Ha Hoang Viet Phuong.

The port is expected to become a hub for transportation of goods and to facilitate the travel of local people and visitors as well.

Recently, Quang Ngai Province invited Japanese specialists to help make proper planning for Ly Son Island aby integrating on the island into an ecological marine urban area, securing national defence presence – which contributes enormously to the local economy- while responding to climate change.

Ly Son Island is already well known for its pristine beaches, the Thoi Loi mountain offering panoramic view of the archipelago as well as historical temples such as Am Linh Hu Temple, which honours the memory of Hoang Sa soldiers who established Vietnam’s sovereignty over the archipelago more than 300 years ago. The island can be easily reached by speed boats from Sa Ky Port in Quang Ngai City, in Central Vietnam. For international travellers, the closest air gateway is Danang International Airport.

In 2015, central Quang Ngai province attracted 650,000 tourists, including 47,000 international visitors. Ly Son Island District alone received over 100,000 domestic and foreign visitors last year, and nearly 150,000 in the first ten months of this year.