Stone Dog Islet – a special shape islet on Halong bay

If you have ever been to Halong Bay, you cannot forget the special beauty of thousand images of huge islands and islets. One of them is Cho Da islet.

Most of Vietnamese people know well about “stone dog” image even young or old. Talk about the stone dog, we think about 2 useful meanings: the guardian or the worship statue. In the old time, you could see the stone dog at the gate of every villages, temples, pagodas,… He liked a guardian, who take care the lives of the residents or against the miasma which harmful for people. But you also can find out the Dog Statue in some temples because stone dog is also the special god.


Nowadays, you rarely see the stone dog at the gate of the villages but the dog statue is worshipped in some temples. I sure that dog is a good friend and it is so popular in each family. It is a loyal animal with his owner even his boss is poor or rich. It’s so accidental that there is a stone dog in Halong Bay.

When you have time to visit Halong Bay, almost the Halong bay cruise tours will mentioned about the caves, the beaches and the time for kayaking, all most time for the trip is not only for Cho Da islet but you will be easy to find it out in the middle of the bay. Cho Da islet is about 8 meters high. It is located near Dau Go grotto to the west. It takes 10 minutes by boat from the harbor. It seems so difficult to realize Cho Da islet when the cruise Halong bay toward from the harbor to the bay. But when the boat pass the islet, the beautiful picture of the bay is appeared with a dog turn the back to the sea and emerald water. All of them make a harmonious poetic picture of the Nature. Every day, the dog likes a guardian who take care the life of the bay and keep the peace for the tourists’ Halong bay tour. Moreover it is also a luckiness of the fishermen before they go far away for fishing.

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