Ga Choi islet – the symbol of Halong bay

Ga choi Islet (Fighting Cock Rocks) or Trong Mai islet (Cock and Hen Island) is situated on the southwest side of HaLong Bay, 5 km from the tourist wharf near Dinh Huong Islet. In a somewhat large expanse of open sea, the island seems to grow up from the bottom of the deep emerald waters.

At sunset, the over 10 m high islet turns bright red.and because the tiny rock “legs” support the heavy rocks above, it appears that one strong wave could throw the large stone blocks into the sea. However, hundreds of millions of years have passed, and the Ga Choi islet is still there. An image of this island is the symbol of  HaLong Bay and Vietnam Tourism.


Withstanding natural elements for hundreds of million years, Halong Bay’s karst islands are either immovably imposing or bear various interesting shapes that locals or anyone who lays eyes on them can not resist gifting them a personality, a name or a legend. One of them is Ga Choi Island, which is no doubt one of the most unique and popular features that has appeared on guidebooks and magazines as symbol of Halong Bay tourism.

An amusing shape

Ga Choi Island is a pair of limestone islets shaped like two chickens with heavy bodies and tiny legs on a facing position. On the way to Bo Hon Island and Sung Sot Cave or at the beginning of the Halong cruise, visitors will see them right away, seemingly tottering on the surface of the deep emerald water.

That invite endless imagination

Despite the height of 10 metres, from most angles, the island looks more like a female and a male about to kiss than two cock is fighting. Maybe it is the stunning natural symmetry of these two contrasting islets, one masculine and one feminine on a romantic background that results on such impression; as well as the other name of the island as Trong Mai Island.

Ready your camera once get on Halong bay cruise to capture this special island.

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