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Old October 21st, 2009, 02:03 AM posted to rec.travel.asia
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Default Lake of wild islands

There’s much to see and do at Phu Ninh, the biggest manmade lake in
the central province of Quang Nam.

With an average depth of 32 meters and a surface of 3,433 hectares,
the reservoir waters more than 23,000 hectares of cropland, and is
also used for flood control.

Located seven kilometers west of Tam Ky, Phu Ninh Lake was created by
a dam on the Ba Ky River. As the water rose, it turned rocky hills
into verdant islands.

Early in the morning is the best time to travel around the lake by
boat and watch the sun rise.

Small rays of sunlight break through the thin film of fog that shrouds
the dozens of islands.

Swimming in the water is legal and highly recommended, especially near
the rocky shores of the “wild islands,” as they are called.

A good place to visit is Tam Son, a fishing village where they use
nets to catch carp.

If you feel so inclined, you can grab a fishing rod and bait to catch
fish in the rock cavities that dot the shoreline.

There are so many fish that even a novice angler is bound to haul in
something tasty.

In the afternoon, you can visit a hot spring where water of more than
70 degrees Celsius whooshes up from the depths of Phu Ninh, then look
for a “wild island” to pitch a tent and cook your fish.

Exploring the lake comes to an end when the sun sets behind the Truong
Son Range.

At night, as a cool breeze blows and tiny waves splash against the
rocks, it’s pleasant to put out some mats by the boat house and drink
rice wine while waiting for the moon to rise.

The developers have not ignored Phu Ninh Lake. Already there is a
resort with places like Duong Lam Dike, Dong So Island, Ong Nghe
Mausoleum and Ba Trang Pit to see.

A package tour is available for VND300,000-1 million (around US
$17-56). If you wish to explore the area on your own, renting a
rowboat costs VND20,000-40,000 per hour.
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