By Giang Thanh
If Vĩnh Linh attracts tourists due to its heroic historical landmarks, Mũi Trèo Beach is the place to soothe the sadness hidden in this land (Quảng Trị Province) with its scenic landscapes.
Mũi Trèo is located in Quảng Trị’s Vĩnh Linh District, 40km north of Đông Hà City centre, and is known for its peaceful and beautiful sea.
Quảng Trị might not be the first pick on the Việt Nam tourist map, but we love this heroic land, and took our backpacks to explore it before the coronavirus pandemic had broken out in the country.
To get to the beach, we traipsed through a primeval forest. On both sides of the road, there are many bomb craters still left as scars from the war, though most were covered with crop fields.
Mũi Trèo juts out from Vĩnh Kim and is covered by the dense Rú Bàu forest. As you walk across it, it grows on you gradually, impressive, as a vast expanse of space appears, the complete opposite of the lonely forest left behind.
In front of our eyes, we saw a rocky cape lengthening by dozens of metres, reaching out to catch the sun and wind of the sea, as it surely does every day.
We were amazed by the wild beauty of the place. Standing in Mũi Trèo, looking out into the distance, we saw all the majestic nature that was bestowed on Quảng Trị. It was truly stunning. Looking out at the fishermen floating in the sea, we felt so small compared to the ocean which seemed to go on for eternity.
At low tide, about 300m from Mũi Trèo’s rocky cape, facing the sea there is a beach of about 2,000 square metres littered with rocks of fancy shapes and beautiful dazzling colours.
Mũi Trèo not only has a cape protruding into the sea, hovering at a height of tens of metres, but also a beautiful ravishing beach running for kilometres with clear turquoise water and smooth white sand.
We enjoyed playing among the soft sand and cool waves, immersing ourselves in the crystal water of the immense ocean. It took us about half a day to experience Mũi Trèo, so we continued on to explore several nearby spots
Mũi Lay Lighthouse is located in Vĩnh Thạnh Commune, Vĩnh Linh District. It keeps the task of lighting the way at night for ships on the seas of the provinces of Quảng Bình and Quảng Trị. The lighthouse is an ideal place to again watch the spectacular majesty of the surrounding nature, the ships on the sea, and birds soaring across the sky.
Nearby Mũi Si has many rocks topped with rows of green moss, and brings something extremely wild, as do the rows of green casuarina trees dotted throughout the region. The brown-skinned locals here also warm the heart with their kindness and gentle smiles.
Mũi Trèo is surely one of the pearls of the region, and not to be missed. VNS
To get to Mũi Trèo from Đông Hà City, try the following two ways:
– Moving along National Highway 1A to Hiền Lương Bridge, head to Vĩnh Kim Commune and then ask people for directions to Mũi Trèo.
– Moving along the Xuyên Á road to Cửa Việt Port, turn left and follow the coastal road to Cửa Tùng, and then find Vĩnh Mốc Tunnel where you can ask people for help to Mũi Trèo.