Are you taking a few days to travel to Phu Quoc for some much-needed R & R? Along with enjoying the beach, make sure to go into town and visit the quaint Temple of Dinh Cau. Here’s why you’ll love it.
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Phu Quoc with its stunning beaches and gorgeous sunsets makes it super easy to never leave your resort and really enjoy relaxing for a few days. However, it would be a tragedy if you didn’t visit a few key places before flying on to your next destination.
There are so many things to do in Phu Quoc, and we really enjoyed stopping at the Coconut Tree Prison, riding the SunWorld cable car, taking an all-day boat tour, and visiting a couple of the beautiful temples on the island. One of the smallest yet fun temples is Dinh Cau.
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What to Expect at Dinh Cau
We planned to arrive at Dinh Cau right around sunset because we’d heard how beautiful it was. As we drove up, the sun was just beginning to set and the light cast long shadows around the small temple. It made the photography a little bit of a challenge, but it was worth it.
At first, I was surprised at how small the temple was. With its mere 29 steps, the temple is built on a jutting rock precipice about 200 meters west of Duong Dong. It’s so easy to find on the map, and if when we were there is any indication, it’s always a little busy.
With a striped blue and white lighthouse, waves crashing against the rocks, and the sun setting in the background, it was just as peaceful and tranquil as one would want.
You climb up the steps, go through the gate, and you have arrived at the back of the temple. You must walk around to see the main part of the prayer hall.
Like all wonderful Vietnamese temples, the paintings were bright and colorful, and plenty of people were there to make donations and say prayers asking for help or guidance.
Planning Your Visit
Easy to get to, Dinh Cau is of course free to enter. It is open all day long every day, at least from sunrise to a little after sunset. They will lock the gate when the last person goes home for the night.
It’s so small that you don’t have to worry about bringing water, but it’s a good idea to wear a sunhat as there is only a little shade, more to the back of the precipice.
Things to Visit Nearby
Duong Dong is the main city in Phu Quoc, and it’s a good idea to visit Dinh Cau towards sunset, then go in to explore the Phu Quoc night market or eat at one of the many restaurants in the area. Because it’s such a tourist destination, you can find foods to please any palate.
If you go earlier in the day, you can spend some time at the beach right there. There were plenty of folks swimming, and they were walking down the beach eating ice cream from the vendor in the parking lot. The kids were definitely smiling.
Don’t miss one of the most memorable sites on Phu Quoc, Dinh Cau. You will love it.
Author Bio: Corinne Vail is a travel photographer, food lover, and a perpetual traveler who has been travel writing for over 14 years. For many years she lived overseas in Germany, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands teaching the children of the US. military. She’s visited over 90 countries, and she’s not stopping anytime soon.