Dinh Huong Islet, Halong Bay (With photos)

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Dinh Huong Islet

If you’re ever take a look in the back of Vietnam Dong 200,000 notes, you’ll see a huge limestone islet, common icon of Halong Bay. It’s Dinh Huong (Incense Burner) Islet. But what’s make this islet so special that it had been chosen among thousand others in the bay ? Let’s explore the beauty of Dinh Huong Islet now!


Dinh Huong (Incense Burner) is a little islet located in Halong Bay, just around 2km away from Tuan Chau Marina towards the southeast. The islet lies right next to Cho Da Islet and Trong Mai Islet.

On any normal day, Dinh Huong Islet looks like a sturdy shield, dressed with lush greenery on its top, seamlessly blending into the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay. But when the tide goes down, it reveals the foot of the islet. At that moment, Dinh Huong transformed into a shape of a massive Incense Burner, lying on four thin limestone rocks.

Dinh Huong Islet in 200,000VND note
Dinh Huong Islet in 200,000vnd note -@nhim0312

In Vietnamese culture, burning incense is a common practice to honor and show respect to ancestors, heroes, and gods. That’s why the unique shape of Dinh Huong Islet is seen as a spiritual icon of Halong Bay, reflecting the respect of the locals towards the national heroes and gods who have blessed the bay with safety and peace for many centuries, and will be for many years to come.

To visit Dinh Huong Islet, you could buy a day boat ticket to visit Halong Bay from Tuan Chau Marina. It will be covered in the tickets for Halong Bay Route 1, Route 2, and Route 5.

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