The Ban Than cliff for traveler


After visiting Hanoi and feeling the heat of 41*C and had a free walking tours in hanoi with Hanoi free tours by foot I come to Ban Than cliff

Ban Than cliff in Nui Thanh district will make traveler imagine that the beach in the small island of Ly Son. but, this place even has a special feature.

Tam Hai Island commune in Nui Thanh district of Quang Nam province is located in a place surrounded by vast sea and strong waves. The ferry will bring visitors to the locality where is the house of more than 2,000 households and 8,000 inhabitants. Tam Hai town is as graceful as other island towns where are beautiful and peaceful with footpaths, small houses and  shady coconut trees combine together/

Local people here often say that, if have an opportunity to you go to Tam Hai but forgetting to visiting Ban Than cliff, you will be considered not to place your foot on this land. With its absence of tourists and primitive feature , Ban Than has made many tourists ad people who has visited here moved because if the charm of the cliff is advertised and promoted , it will attract a huge number of visiter.

The name of Ban Than Cliff (or  Bang Than as written in some documents) has many different explanations. “Ban” can be understood as the surface of a table, a flat surface and “Than” means black. This simple explanation is very reasonable because this land has a lot of black rock with flat smooth surface due to tectonic processes as well as the sea water corrosion. Coming to this area, many tourists has been startled and thought that they’re lost in Ly Son island district (Quang Ngai provinces) because there are many similarities between the two places.


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Ban Than landscape has many massive stone blocks with bizarre shapes, but the most famous one which is ever mentioned in the poem “There is Ba Che with flowing stream, there is Ong Dun with scales and fins.”

This folk- song mentions to “unique”  rocks of the strange shapes. Ong Dun, a rock with rock layers overlapped each other, is near the seaside. Ba Che is a huge boulder emerging to the sky and looks like a the giant fish head with a space in the middle, where waves can go through. The two blocks are stacked and become attached to each other all “their” life.

This stone makes people think of To Vo gate (the archway) in Ly Son. According to some people in Nui Thanh, the recent collapse of the stone clusters makes a lot of people feel pity for everything is just a memory now.

In Ban Than Cliff , in addition to Ong Dun, Ba Che, there are many other rocks with bizarre shapes: the devil fish, the whale, sea monster … There are also rocks which look like giant mushrooms spreading. Many other rocks are just under sea water surface creating a sparkling black under the water. The rocks here seem to be formed and placed every where by the hand of the Creator. There are large plain surfaces, there are areas where rocks are stacked as huge double cream puffs. If roaming and exploring this large area all day, visitors do not feel bored.

In the journey discovering this scenic land, you can stop at the entrance with coconut trees, cool breeze blowing in from the sea. Looking to the distance, you can see the vast sea with blue water, the boats anchored near the beach.

The only disadvantage of Ban Than Cliff this is that this place gets a huge amount of garbage drifting from the nearby waters each day. Garbage drifts along the coast, gathers in Ban Than forming a great deal which forces local youth groups continuously organize campaigns to clean the environment every year.

Than Cliff people wish this scenic site would be interested by more visitors, tourism could be developed as well as more reasonable measures could be carried out to eliminate waste, keep the rawness, clean and beautiful feature for a place which is often compared to “the second Ly Son island”.

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