What To Explore In Phu Tu Islet
Phu Tu islet used to be a symbol of Kien Giang tourism before collapsing a part in 2006, but it is still one of highlight destinations in this province thanks to it gorgeous beauty and its magical story. Let’s take a trip to Phu Tu islet before moving to Phu Quoc island.
The legend of Phu Tu islet
According to legend, in the past there was a very evil fish in the sea, he often sank the boats to eat fishermen. At the foot of An Hai Son, next to the Cave pagoda, there was a family including a father and a son who earned living by fishing. They couldn't stand the guilt of the evil fish, the father made up his mind killing the evil animal by all price to leave the peace back to villagers. After many nights thinking about how to kill the evil, he finally saw the only way to kill it was to sacrifice his life. So he immediately poisoned himself and lie close to the sea to lure the fish. Seeing the delicious bait, the evil moved close to his body and bite the father's head, then the evil was poisoned and died. The son went to find his father, he found the father's body, and embraced it and cried. The poison from his father's body permeated the son and killed him too. Feeling pity for the fate of father and son, it was raining for several days. And where the father and son laying on two big rocks turned into the big island, called Phu Tu, whereas, the big one is the father and the small one is the son.
Phu Tu islet
What to explore around Phu Tu islet
Phu Tu islet
This is a small island of two stone blocks lying on a rock pedestal 5m high above the sea level. The big stone is called Phu, which is about 33,6 meters high, whereas the small one with about 30 meters high is Tu. Phu Tu islet is tilted in the same direction symbolizes the image of father and son together looking to the sea.
In the past, Phu Tu was considered the symbol of beautiful Kien Giang province and was recognized as a national tourist attraction in 1989. Unfortunately, the natural disaster in 2006 caused the collapse of Phu islet. Nowadays, only Tu islet is lying in the middle of the sea.
Located in the tourist area of Phu Tu islet, Duong beach expands about 2km along the tree line, it is a peaceful spot to anchor for fishing boats. In the bright arrays of sunshine in the afternoon, Duong beach shapes like a bow embracing the sea, where the waves hit the golden sand beach and the breeze is like whispering the trees.
Duong beach is located in the shallow water zone, the beach is covered by the golden smooth sand, it is an ideal place to immerse yourself in the cool water, or take a walk along the sand, as well as discover the large rocky nearby. There is a cave near the beach that you can find a way to the sea through the cave. Then from here, you can overwhelm the beautiful and peaceful view of Phu Tu islet and the sea and enjoy the cool breeze rising up the calm water.
After bathing on the beach, along Duong beach, there are a lot of stalls and restaurants selling all kinds of fresh seafood or dry specialties.
And sunset is the most poetic moment in Duong beach, it is time the sun leaning to the west and about to sink into the ocean, the sunlight seems to be redder and more glorious, the ocean surface is covering a silver color and the boats in the far distance are just like the dots highlighting in the wonderful painting.
Standing on the coast of Duong beach and looking out the Phu Tu islet, you will have a feeling like admiring a romantic mountain and sea painting.
Cave pagoda (Chua Hang)
Located in Phu Tu tourist resort, Cave pagoda is also called as Hai Son Tu which means a pagoda near the sea and mountain. This pagoda is the only cave pagoda in Kien Giang province.
According to a legend, princess Ngoc Tuyen was the sister of Lord Nguyen Anh, who died here while fleeing the Tay Son army. Later, in order to memorize his sister, Lord Nguyen Anh commanded to build the pagoda in the cave to worship, so the people used to call it Cave pagoda.
In front of Cave pagoda, the statue of Maitreya Buddha weighing up to 22 tons was transformed from Non Nuoc village of Danang city in Central Vietnam. Upper space is cliffs with many ancient trees holding, dropping down the beam of long roots suspended in mid-air, which makes the place more sacred and mysterious.
Cave pagoda is located in the heart of the cave with two doors. About over 50 minutes along the winding road, you will feel the wind from the sea blowing and illuminating the sunlight into the cave. Continuing to go along the road about 60 meters, you will catch the sea that looking out Phu Tu islet.
Phu Tu islet is a beautiful islet off the coast of Kien Giang province in the southwestern sea of Vietnam. Let’s come to this destination in Phu Quoc tour to feel its natural and religious beauty. If you have any inquiries, please contact us. Thank you!