New tourist magnet in Gia Lai province

An ancient stone stream has been discovered in Chu Pah district, in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai. Since news of the discovery became public, many tourists have flocked to the site to take Instagrammable photos featuring the unique local geography.

Ia Ruai Stream flows through many villages in Ia Ly township before spilling out into the reservoir of the Ia Ly Hydropower Plant.

Believed to date back over 100 million years, the two sides of the stream have hexagonal stone blocks arranged closely together. They are similar to rock formations at Ganh Da Dia (or Reef of Plates), a special national relic site in the nearby coastal province of Phu Yen.

According to Chu Pah district’s Culture and Information Division, Ia Ruai Stream has potential in tourism so needs to be protected.

It suggested the district People’s Committee upgrade the road leading to the stone stream and plant trees along the roadside to provide shade for tourists.

The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said it will conduct a survey to develop a plan for tourism development and compile a dossier in the near future requesting recognition for the stream as a national relic site./.