The best Vietnam off the beaten track tours – One day on Robinson Island

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Robinson Island sounds so strange. In fact, not many people know that there is an island called Robinson in Vietnam. Let’s discover it with Vietnam off the beaten track tours and see why it is worth paying a visit.

Where is Robinson Island and how to get there?

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Robinson Island is the common name which is often called by tourists of Hon Dam Island. It is one of the 4 most beautiful islands in Phu Quoc Town. Located in An Thoi Islands, Kien Giang Province, Hon Dam is considered to have the largest number of coral reefs. There is no internet here and the citizens use solar electricity instead of hydroelectricity.

To get to Robinson Island, you need to rent a canoe or tourist boat. One disadvantage is that they can carry about 10 people at a time. So if you want to have a beach vacation in Vietnam for one day, you should arrive at the boat station early in the morning to avoid long queues.

The best time to visit Robinson Island

Traveling to Vietnam in general and Hon Dam Island in particular, you barely have to look for the best time. The reason is that all seasons on the island are appropriate for traveling. Nevertheless, if you would like to have safe boat rides, the best months will be from October to April.

The weather at that time is quite comfortable with smooth waves and a low rainfall rate. So sailors will find riding to Hon Dam less difficult. Furthermore, according to tourists’ experiences, the number of travelers coming to the island from October to April is not as high as it is in summer. Hence, you will not have to spend too much money on means of transportation, hotels, and food.

Where to stay on Robinson Island

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If you decide to live on the island for one day, you should consider two choices: camping on the beach or renting a room in the only homestay on Hon Dam. In case you choose the homestay, which is bungalows by the sea, you will have a chance to use all of the available services and not have to worry about food.

On the outside, the bungalows look like simple bunkhouses on a deserted island. But on the inside, you will find all of the necessities. This type of accommodation is suitable for those who want to have some quiet and uncrowded places to take a rest. Besides bungalows for solo travelers and couples, Hon Dam homestay also offers dorms for groups.

In contrast to the homestay, if you want to be a real “Robinson,” it is recommended to camp. Asking experienced tourists for some directions to pack your luggage and prepare food is what you need to do in this situation.

One day on Robinson Island and things you can do

  • Sea-bathing

The first thing that you will see when arriving at the island is a blue color of the sea water. Combining with the Colgate-white tone of the seashore, the beach looks just like a crescent moon in the middle of the ocean.

Nothing can be better than taking a sea-bath and releasing your tension after waiting for days to get to the island. The warmth of water can wipe out all of your discomforts and give you the best tour in Vietnam.  

  • Snorkeling

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snorkeling robinson island

Snorkeling is a favorite activity of travelers. This is easy to understand because snorkeling is a chance for them to contemplate coral reefs. There are so many coral reefs under Robinson Island that you can plainly see them just by facing down the water.

Hon Dam is regarded as the place where one of the most magnificent coral reefs are located. It ranks the first among all islands in Phu Quoc Town in particular and in Vietnam in general. Besides, Hon Dam is the natural habitat of thousands of diverse sea creatures. And snorkeling will give you an occasion to see them as close as you can.

You can even touch them if you want. Because there are not many locals living on the island, the inshore area is mostly untouched by people and the marine life here is still abundant.

  • Fishing

On Robinson Island, you can catch fishes anywhere. But it is best to ask some fishermen for the most appropriate place to fish. Normally, they will let you release your bait right on their boat or drive you to a large rock somewhere around the island to fish. There are not many spots in Vietnam where you can sit for hours fishing without being paid attention or bothered by other people like Hon Dam.

So don’t waste your opportunity!

  • Having dinner with your partner

The island named Robinson does not mean that you have to travel alone. A lot of couples choose Hon Dam for their vacation and they always seem extremely happy with their choice. The small cabins made of leaves on the seashore are where couples often have dinner. And it is always the most unforgettable moment.

Enjoying some seafood while listening to the sound of the ocean is one of the most romantic things that you can ever do with your partner. He or she will absolutely love this.

  • Watching the sunsets

Watching the sunsets on this unpopulated island is also a great experience in Vietnam off the beaten track tours. You don’t have to go anywhere to contemplate it. Just stay in your tent on the beach or in your bungalows facing towards the sea.

When the sunbeams start fading, the whole Hon Dam Island is filled with an orange tone. The clouds do not keep their purely white color anymore. The entire island becomes so quiet and peaceful. That is why many people usually say that the sunset on Hon Dam Island is surprisingly attractive. And once they have seen it, they can never forget it. 

5 most spectacular islets for your best tours in Vietnam

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On summer days, traveling will give you a great time to rest and re-boost your energy. However, it is also a tourist season so most famous destinations will be quite crowded. Therefore, choosing some uncommon places will allow you to enjoy your holiday without getting exhausted.

The following 5 islets will definitely satisfy you and bring you the best tours in Vietnam. Let’s pack up and go!

Thu Islet

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Thu islet (source: Internet)

One of the best islets that you should visit while taking Vietnam tours is Thu Islet. Located in Binh Thuan Province, it is lucky to have a breath-taking beauty. It has many other local names, such as Khoai Xu Islet, Thuan Tinh Island, or Phu Quy Island. This is an extremely attractive tourist destination in Binh Thuan and a gift from Mother Nature, which shows the power of the natural world.

Not only are there precious natural resources but also various landscapes on Thu Islet. You will be able to contemplate spectacular beaches, ranges of coral reefs, and large rocks going up and down on the water. The weather here is very comfortable and the air is fresh all year round.

Because the islet is preserved well and likely undamaged, you will have a chance to live with nature and enjoy the pure atmosphere. Don’t forget to try interesting activities, such as sea-bathing, fishing, climbing, and driving around the islet.

Re Islet

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sunset re islet(source: Internet)

Re Islet is the common name of Big Island, located in Ly Son Island, Quang Ngai Province. Although this is a small islet, you will find numerous historical traits of a Vietnam’s magnanimous time here. They show important battles of the Vietnamese against invaders for dominion over Ly Son Island. Today, Re Islet is a charming and peaceful destination for tourists to visit.

Beaches on Re Islet are clean and fresh so feel free to dip your body into the blue sea water. Moreover, don’t miss the sunrise and sunset on the islet. You will be surprised at how magnificent they are. The best place to contemplate them is Thoi Loi Mountain Top. Standing on it, you will have an overview of the ocean and garlic fields of the citizens.

There are also three remains on Re Islet that you should not miss, which are An Hai Communal House, Am Linh Pagoda, and Hang Temple. They reveal the deepest secrets of numerous soldiers on Hoang Sa and Truong Island in wartime.

Cham Islet

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cham islet (source: Internet)

Cham Islet is one of the ideal destinations if you want to have a Vietnam beach vacation. Situated about 15 kilometers from Cua Dai Beach and having 8 small islets in the combination, Cham Islet has won the love of tourists for years. It is compared to a paradise on the ocean with a peaceful beauty. 15 minutes is the time you need to travel from Cua Dai Beach to Cham Islet.

One of the fascinating activities here is snorkeling and watching coral reefs. You will have a chance to contemplate an abundant marine life under the islet. In the evening, there are many common activities for tourists that you can try, such as cycling or going fishing inshore. Due to the increase in the number of travelers every year, the nightlife on the islet has recently been quite eventful.

Don’t hesitate to try all activities on the islet because you will definitely have unforgettable moments. 

Cau Islet

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camping cau islet(source: Internet)

In case you are too tired with the noisy and bustling atmosphere of the city you are living in, Cau Islet in Binh Thuan Province will be a perfect place to hide. Together with Thu Islet, Cau Islet makes an excellent tourist destination.

It looks surprisingly majestic in distance, which is just like a kingdom of odd-shaped-rocks. The islet also attracts travelers due to its clear blue sea water. In fact, it is so clear that you can even see the bottom. That is why the scuba-diving service is popular here as well.

If you want to see floristic compositions, coral reefs or try catching fishes and shrimps on colorful rocks, this service will provide everything you need. When the night comes, you can hold a BBQ party on the beach, make a camp-fire, or play games with your friends. Enjoying yourself while listening to the sound of ocean waves is a very interesting activity that you should not miss.

Xanh Islet

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xanh islet(source: Internet)

As a small island in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, Xanh Islet looks just like a precious pearl on the ocean. It is one of the most recommended destinations for you when traveling to Vietnam.

A special thing that you should know about this islet is that there is only a small number of citizens living here. Most of them are old folks and children. Therefore, staying on the islet will let you experience a strange but exciting feeling of a desolate destination.

The name of the islet comes from its green and clear sea water. If you love sea-bathing, it will ideally satisfy you. Traveling in groups, you will have various interesting things to do, such as camping or throwing a barbecue on the beach. Comparing to other destinations for holidays, Xanh Islet is still uncommon to tourists. So don’t think too much about where to go and be one of the first travelers to discover it. You will have the best tours in Vietnam.

Spend Vietnam day tours to Dai Lai Flamingo Resort

When speaking about the best Vietnam day tour for family, you should consider the places around Hanoi. Moc Chau, Tam Dao, Bat Trang Village, Dai Lai Lake are the best places for family in Vietnam. Especially, Dai Lai Lake with the wonderful Dai Lai Flamingo Resort is one of the top choices for a Northern Vietnam day trip.

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Dai Lai Lake

Dai Lai Lake is located in Vinh Phuc Province which is about 50km from Hanoi. It has been invested for tourism for over ten years. The lake is featured with nice weather, beautiful natural sceneries and a lot of resorts and hotels as well as other amusement services for the family. In your Vietnam day tour, you can enjoy the poetic sceneries of mountains, valleys, forests and the lake and join a lot of interesting services such as the amusement park, the artificial beach on the lake, the green park, etc.

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Flamingo Dai Lai resort from above view

There are a lot of resorts and hotels around Dai Lai Lake, but the Dai Lai Flamingo Resort is the most popular. It is a five-star leisure resort with the luxury services. It is recognized with 34 international awards for a wide range of luxury services including hundred of elegant villas on the lakeside and among the stunning pine forests; five amazing restaurants; other beauty and healthcare services; as well as golf, tennis, yacht, etc.

The combination of poetic sceneries and modern resorts with classic services can make your trip unforgettable. The poetic mountains and rivers, the peaceful and quiet atmosphere, the charming villas are perfect for your family.

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A villa in the resort

With the total area of 1,23 million square meters, Flamingo Dai Lai contains four peninsulas, two islands and more than 10 square meters of surrounding mountains and pine forests. The architecture is designed to harmonize between nature and family-oriented. Each villa is like a house with well-equipped facilities and furniture, from the kitchen to the living room. Moreover, the villas have front swimming pools and an opened space with grass yard, stone steps to the pine forest, etc.

‘Luxury in nature’ is the main style of Flamingo Dai Lai. Luxurious and comfortable architectures go along with green forests, stunning lakes, and mountains around. You can enjoy your high-class meal beside the romantic lake, experience yoga and spa services in the rhythm of leaves and wind, wake up in the fresh morning in the mist and the singing of the birds. Besides, the resort usually holds a lot of interesting activities and events for family members in Wonder Park, beach club, etc. You can feel an eco-lifestyle when you spend your Vietnam day tour in the resort. You and your family can have the very peaceful, comfortable and unforgettable moments in here.

A Northern Vietnam day trip to Dai Lai is perfect for a summer holiday. Your Vietnam day tour will be refreshing when you spend one or two days discovering the natural beauty of the lake and great Flamingo Dai Lai resort.

What you need to know about Vietnam’s weather

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If making a decision on the best time to go is one of the first questions coming to your mind, let’s check out the article from vietnamislands on: “What you need to know about Vietnam’s weather”. Let’s break up the country into three areas — the north, the center and the south to get your head around.

Weather in Northern Vietnam

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Best time to visit north of Vietnam (Source: Internet)

The Northern Vietnam has a distinct winter and summer season: a warm to the hot wet season (from May to October) and a cool to the cold season (courtesy of the northeast monsoon from November to April). In the summertime beginning in May and ending in October, the whole region experiences a hot and humid weather together with its highest rainfall with July and August being the wettest months of the year in Hanoi. After the warm and sunny weather, cold winter sets in, accompanied by fine persistent mists which can be seen for several days.

The cool but mostly dry winter months beginning in November and ending in April experience the average temperatures of 17-22°C with December and January being the driest months and January – March being the coldest ones. If you are planning to visit the far north of Vietnam in December and January, make sure to pack accordingly to the weather, which in particular can get quite frosty or even a rare snowfall. The heavy mists during this time of the year can reduce visibility in some destinations such as Sapa and Halong Bay, which can prevent junks sailing in Halong Bay and trekking in Sapa.

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Hanoi in fall (Source: Internet)

Weather in Central Vietnam

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Nha Trang weather (Source: Internet)

Weather in Central Vietnam is considered as a transitionary area climate-wise between the Northern and the Southern regions. Further south, the southern coastal strip from around Nha Trang to Mui Ne is less affected by the rain and sees a longer dry and sunny season with the wet season starting with a flourish in November and continues through December. Further north, Hue and Danang receive considerable rain, from September to February and the temperatures reach their maximum (often in the upper 30s) from June to August.

Weather in Southern Vietnam

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Best time to visit Saigon (Source: Internet)

Without the protection of the Truong Son mountain range, the climate of the south is split into two simple seasons, wet (from May until early November) and dry (from November to April/early May) with temperatures remaining constant year round. In the region, daytime temperatures rarely drop below 20°C occasionally reaches 40°C during the hottest months (March, April, and May). During the southwest monsoon from April to September, with June and July being especially wet, the southern Vietnam, especially the Mekong Delta, gets rainy, hot and humid.

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The weather in the Mekong Delta (Source: Internet)

When is the best time of year to visit Vietnam?

With such a complicated weather picture, it is difficult to find out an exact answer to the question: “What is the best time to travel Vietnam?” In fact, even when you do the search or ask experienced travelers for their advice on a particular season to recommend as the best time for visiting Vietnam, chances are that not all of you are able to plan it exactly as advised. Due to the opposing monsoonal season, each region from the Northern Vietnam to Southern Vietnam has a different weather pattern. Moreover, each of you has a preference: some are not familiar with the scorching heat of the tropical climate, some want to experience the exciting festival atmosphere, some do not expect to be stuck in terrible tourist crowds while others prefer to meet Vietnamese to talk with them to know more about the local unique custom and culture. Therefore, every month or season in Vietnam has its own advantage to meet one of your expectations, if not all.

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Cat Ba Island in summer (Source: Internet)

But if you are still waiting for my advice, I can only give you a small tip: fall (from Sept to December) and spring (February and April), when the temperatures are more pleasant, moderate and rainfall is lighter, are probably the most favorable seasons if you are covering the whole country. Hanoi capital city and other destinations in the Northern Vietnam including Halong Bay, Sapa, Ninh Binh shine at their fullest charm in October, November, and December, when there is little rain, the skies are clearer the weather is temperate while the first half of the year from mid-January to late August, when it is hot and dry, is the best time to visit the coastal stretch from Hue down to Nha Trang and the dry season beginning in November and ending in April/early May with late February to May being slightly hotter and more humid are the best time for Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta.

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How to avoid taxi scams in Vietnam

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Taxi is the most suitable way for a foreigner tourist to get around in Vietnam. The price of taxi in Vietnam is usually quite reasonable. However, unfortunately, taxi scams do exist even though it’s only a minority of the whole service.

While unlikely to cost you a fortune, it’s still not a good experience to be over-charged. Here is some “Vietnam do and don’t” things from vietnamislands for you to avoid any taxi scams in Vietnam.

First of all, you have to be well aware of what kind of scam you’re dealing with. You might have the problem with a fake taxi, illegitimate drivers, and dodgy meter.

Fake taxi does exist in Vietnam with of course unreasonable over-charging price. Choose some well-regarded companies with a meter in use. You can try some popular name in Vietnam travel guides like VinaSun Taxi or Taxi Group.

Vinasun Taxi

VinaSun Taxi (Source: Internet)

Whenever you enter a cab, make sure the meter is on. It usually runs automatically the moment you open the door. You can see prices in every kilometer and therefore control your budget. Some drivers would start driving without turning on the meter. Remember to check this out.

Even when the meter’s running, you’re not safe. Some taxis have their meters jumped wildly even when you are stationary. Then you know you’re in a scam.

Because taxi meters are based on distances, some drivers who claim to take shortcuts but are in fact longer and roundabout routes. It’s always good to have an idea where you are going and a street map to follow your route.

Transport hubs like airport and train station are the hotbed for taxi scammers. Tourists get out of their long-hour flight or train, obviously feel tired and unfamiliar, just want to hop in the first cab they see – the easiest target of all scams! Drivers sometimes take tourists to the wrong hotel, as they are working on commission. You should write down the detailed information about the hotel you have booked, including name, address and telephone number. You can always make a call in case of necessity.

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Taxi at airport (Source: Internet)

Going on a fixed price could be really tricky. Either you have done your research and know the market rate or you’re going with a local, or else, insist on the meter. It’s a smarter move in a strange country.

By the time this article is written, which is the end of 2017, the taxi price in Vietnam often ranges from 13,000 to 15,000 VND per kilometer (around 60 cents). It’s never too careful to have some idea about the price here.

One good news for foreigner visitors travel to Vietnam is that Uber and Grab are now available in the country. This probably the best choice so far for tourists trying to book a cab.

Tourists trying Uber in Vietnam

Tourists trying Uber in Vietnam (Source: Internet)

Despite this small inconvenience, Vietnam is still worth visiting. Those shameful scammers don’t represent Vietnam culture which is full of nice and friendly people. Taxi scams are probably the one thing travelers complain most about in Vietnam.  Be a smart traveler and stay one step ahead of scammers while enjoying your holiday!

 

Vietnam – The Dream of Island Travel for Your Vocation

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Viet Nam, a renowned beautiful land, is not only well known for the 4000-year-old history of rebuilding and preserving but also for many tourist attractions in Southern Vietnam. It is certain that you will have to take more time for more other must-see destinations to travel to like Phu Quoc, Diep Son, and Ha Tien Island for example.

Viet Nam, a renowned beautiful land, is not only well known for the 4000-year-old history of rebuilding and preserving but also for many tourist attractions in Southern Vietnam. It is certain that you will have to take more time for more other must-see destinations to travel to like Phu Quoc, Diep Son, and Ha Tien Island for example.

Firstly, Phu Quoc is the biggest among the twenty-two islands in Vietnam and has a great number of searches on the Internet. It is about 590km2 in width (2005) belonging to Kien Giang Province, which was affirmed as a biosphere reserve of the world by UNESCO in 2006. The weather here is usually quite cool, breezy and mild with the tropical monsoon climate that is typically divided into dry and wet seasons; so if you are to have a perfect journey, you should choose specific days from November to August. Due to “high season” at that time, you need to prepare carefully. Many people soon realized to buy ticket and book hotel 30 days before their departure time to make sure that their trip would not be postponed. In Phu Quoc Island, religious festivals are seemed to be very important in July calendar. People usually go to the pagodas named Sung Hung, Sung Duc, and Su Muon to pray for luck for their family. When setting foot in Phu Quoc, you will have a chance to observe Nguyen Trung Truc temple, dedicated to Nguyen Trung Truc’s efforts of expelling the enemies. Phu Quoc contains well-known aquatic places like GanhDau, Hon Thom, Dinh Cau, Tranh Stream, and Da Ban Stream, etc. Tourists tend to plan about one or two weeks in advance to get the best time for the whole tour and it is not enough for them if they choose Phu Quoc as a final destination to travel because they will not resist against its beauty. Here is Phu Quoc Travel guides.

Phu Quoc - Peaceful area for tourists
Phu Quoc – Peaceful area for tourists

A Famous Pagoda located in Phu Quoc
A Famous Pagoda located in Phu Quoc

Pepper Garden was throughly taken care in Phu Quoc
Pepper Garden was thoroughly taken care in Phu Quoc

Watching beautiful sunset at DinhCau
Watching beautiful sunset at DinhCau

On top of that will be Diep Son Island, it is located in Van Phong bay, Khanh Hoa Province about 500 km from Ho Chi Minh City which deeply attracts a large number of tourists from different country with a special point “the longest sidewalk on the sea” lying between that is up to 700m in length. Walking on this line will create interesting feelings that nowhere has. Diep Son is created by three small islands. Sand as well as sea water here is absolutely clean that you are able to see yourself in. This is a good point of it tourists do love when they get into. Even though there have few arrant places, it still maintains their specific value in their own way. There are many options for you to reach there by ship or on foot. Diep Son is going to welcome you with rows of green trees or even some ships coming across. According to most people, Diep Son is a tiny pleasant tour for those who prefer peace to noise.


Walking line among other islands in Diep Son
Walking line among other islands in Diep Son

The last one is Ha Tien Island (or called Pirate Island) that situated in Northwest of Ba Lua Island. It is about 11 miles (28km) off Ha Tien shore. The name Pirate Island stems from the belief that it used to be where pirates hid their treasure. It has over 16 small and large islands: KienVang, Tre Lon, Bo Dap, and Doi Mo, etc. It is estimated that only 80 families live in Ha Tien Island, which makes it a perfect place for you to relax and escape the big cities’ bustle.

Two Vietnamese tourists enjoy their trip at Ha Tien Island
Two Vietnamese tourists enjoy their trip at Ha Tien Island

A corner of Ha Tien Island with ships going sailing
A corner of Ha Tien Island with ships going sailing

Above are several sources of wonderful tourist attractions that Vietnam is luckily received from nature from the north to the south. Each person always has his or her own thoughts that make them a little bit hard to forget. They always want to come back someday because of having had a good time in Vietnam when they were far away from home or maybe not.

 

 

Top 5 must-see islands in Vietnam

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Vietnam, S-shaped country with long coastline where there are many beautiful natural wonders. Let’s discover attractive Vietnam places to visit!

Vietnam has over 3,000km of coastline and thousands of islands. Here are the most wonderful islands for nature lovers in the S-shaped country.

1. Cat Ba island

Cat Ba is the most beautiful archipelago in Haiphong, with Lan Ha Bay which is one of the most beautiful places to go in VietnamA half of Cat Ba is a lush green national park, and it is a paradise for those who wish to come here to kayak out to the sea. You can also go back to the uninhabited islands of Lan Ha Bay for swimming.

A half of Cat Ba is a lush green national park

A half of Cat Ba is a lush green national park

Those who love scuba diving to view the coral can use a mask (cheaper price) or a scuba (more expensive) to dive. Visitors can also visit Monkey Island (Cat Dua), where there are funny monkeys or visit the peaceful beauty of CaiBeo Fishing Village.

2. Phu Quoc

You will never regret with decision of traveling to Phu Quoc

You will never regret decision of travelling to Phu Quoc

Being the largest island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc is an ideal resort destination with pristine rainforests, undamaged coral reefs and large beaches with clear water. Outstanding things among them isBai Dai, which is on the list of 5 beautiful beaches in the world voted by ABC News. To find out about culture – history, visitors should go to Ham Ninh fishing village, “NhàThùng” where produces famous fish sauce or Phu Quoc prison. Read travel guides to Phu Quoc for more info before travelling.

3. Ly Son

Ly Son Island, one of top islands must-see in Vietnam is located in Quang Ngai Province. Recently, many people have shared this new place with each other, but for people in Quang Ngai and Central Vietnam, Ly Son has existed and has long historical significance. There are not many hotels here, so homestay business is so popular in here.

Here in the island of Ly Son, one can discover its amazing cuisine, the charm and holiness of temples deep in the mountains, the renowned wind graves, and for the most part, the warmth and friendliness of the local people.

 

4. Con Dao

Magical dawn in Con Dao 

Magical dawn in Con Dao

The Vietnamese people are not only proud of Con Dao by the military meaning, heroic history but also by the rare beauty of this place. The island has been selected by many foreign newspapers to list the top 10 most attractive islands in the world, the top 20 islands containing the most mysterious in the world, etc. And this is also an island that the famous Brad Pitt – Angelina. Jolies choose to visit when coming to Vietnam.

5. Co To

Co To Island is an archipelago located in the Gulf of Tonkin, including large Co To Island, small Co islands, the island of Thanh Lam and Tran, and countless small islands.

Coming to Co To, you will see the crystal clear sea reflecting the mountains and islands scattered across the ocean.

In Co To, besides swimming, you can visit natural forests, lighthouses, parks and memorial statues of President Ho Chi Minh, wharves, fishing villages, the bay, rocks, and many peaceful Northern styles local villages.

A boat is the only way to get in Co To. The boat starts from CaiRong town (Van Don – Quang Ninh). Boats run through the BaiTu Long Bay, pass Quan Lan Island and come to Co To island. Each trip takes between 3 to 3.5 hours depending on the weather.

The beauty of Co To Island

The beauty of Co To Island

Due to the military presence on the island, a permit is required to stay. The permit needs to be acquired in Ha Long city beforehand.

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HOW TO HAVE A GOOD TRIP TO VIETNAM ISLANDS?

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Wanna have a good trip to Vietnam Islands? This review is all you need.

Lying along the Coast of East Sea, Vietnam is famous for thousands of islands with a magnificent landscape. Here are some tips for nature lovers around the world to have an affordable but still enjoyable trip to these heaven-on-earths.

1.When is the best time to visit?

As Vietnam is a narrow S-shaped strip of land, it covers three different climate zones. The climate of North Vietnam is humid and subtropical, while the South is completely in the tropics. Central Vietnam lies somewhere in between. Therefore, researching carefully the destinations you want to visit and choose suitable time is very important.

The North is best visited around March and May, when it is not too hot but still warm enough to chill on a cruise on Ha Long Bay. Central Vietnam benefits from a more consistent climate than its northern neighbour, with hot, sunny temperatures and little rain throughout January to July, so you can choose any time during that period to have a Vietnam islands travel.December to March is recommended for visiting the South as there will be less monsoon rain and not as busy as tourist season. Normally storm season starts from late June to August, so remember to check the weather forecast at least one week before the trip.

Ha Long Bay in a sunny clear day of May

Ha Long Bay in a sunny clear day of May

2.How to have a good trip?

Here are some tips for foreigners when travelling in Vietnam islands, especially amateurs who visit for the first time.

  • Hunt for cheap airline tickets fromVietjet Airlines, Jetstar or Air Asia to reach Vietnam. However, islands are all located far from main land so you have to take ferry or ship. Common means of transport from airports to piers to the island arebus or passenger car. Check the carrier's website for ticket fares as well as service packages based on the estimated time of the trip and book in advance if possible.
  • Famous tourism islands are offering various types of accommodation service, from 5-star resorts,  hotels to cheap homestay. You can choose depending on personal budget, but living with a local family to explore new culture is definitely not a bad experience.
  • The most convenient means of transport on the island is motorbikes because taxis are quite scarce and expensive; moreover, using motorbikes to crawl around every corner of the island is much more exciting. There are many motorcycle rental shops with average rates ranging from 100,000VND to 150,000VND per day. Be sure to check the brake and fuel tank before renting.
  • Local cuisine is plentiful with affordable prices, especially seafood. Each island area has a famous speciality. Do not forget to check out menus of different places before deciding on a restaurant and be careful if you have allergies to seafood or some local spices.

Colourful fishes in a local market of Ly Son Island

Colourful fishes in a local market of Ly Son Island

3.TopVietnam Islands:

While considering a Vietnam islands travel, you must have come across some familiar names below. They are all suggested as best places that tourists should not miss when paying a visit to Vietnam.

Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island:

There is no need to promote much of the site recognized by UNESCO as one of the seven natural wonders of the new world. Blue lime water with thousands of limestone mountains given in all shapes by Mother Nature creates a charming silk scarf across the Tonkin Gulf. Besides that, the majestic cave system with diverse ecosystems is suitable for adventurous travellers.

Located in the south of Ha Long Bay is Cat Ba Archipelago, known as a world biosphere reserve, in which Cat Ba Island, also known as Ngoc Island, is the largest of 1969 islands in the Ha Long Archipelago. Cat Ba has hundreds of caves with many beautiful original shapes, diverse and plentiful vegetation. There are many bays with golden sand, colourful coral reefs. Nature favours Cat Ba with a very rare forest resources and a variety of seafood. This will be an excellent option in the North Vietnam.

Chilling on a quiet beach on Cat Ba Island

Chilling on a quiet beach on Cat Ba Island

Ly Son Island:

Situated 15 nautical miles from the mainland of Quang Ngai, Ly Son Island is among best destinations when travelling in Central Vietnam. Standing on the top of Thoi Loi, look down on a deep blue coastline and enjoy the breath of the ocean. The sea in Ly Son is not suitable for bathing and relaxation, but it is ideal for those who like to dive under the sea, discover coral reefs, fish and catch snails. In addition, you can visit cultural vestiges such as Hang Pagoda, Dau Pagoda, Chua Ngoc Temple, An Hai Village Communal House or camp overnight at Cau Cave, Small Island. Do not forget to buy some black garlic as a speciality souvenir from Ly Son.

A peaceful dawn on the sea of Ly Son

A peaceful dawn on the sea of Ly Son

View from ThoiLoi Peak that surprises tourists with magnificent landscape

View from Thoi Loi Peak that surprises tourists with magnificent landscape

Con Dao Island:

This Southern island will put a beautiful end to the list of top Vietnam Islands. As the place experiencing the ups and downs of history, this was once considered a hell on earth. The closest to Con Dao is VinhHai Commune, Soc Trang Province, 40 nautical miles away. This is now the resting place of Vo Thi Sau – national heroine, where revolutionary martyrs Le Hong Phong, patriot Nguyen AnNinh and thousands of other soldiers laid down.Con Dao Island is well known for not only its historical value but also promising tourism potentials. Although the island has inhabited for ages, it still preserves its wild beauty. Blue beaches along with white sand coasts, next to the majestic mountain ranges create Con Dao’s unique charm. You do not want to miss a chance to dive and contemplate one of the most beautiful coral reefs in Vietnam under the water of Con Dao.

Crystal clean water around beautiful Con Dao

Crystal clean water around beautiful Con Dao

Scary sight of Con Dao Prison – The witness of war crimes committed by French colonialists

Scary sight of Con Dao Prison – The witness of war crimes committed by French colonialists

 

Top 5 Things To Do in Cat Ba Island

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These are 5 outdoor activities that any tourist cannot miss out when traveling to Cat Ba Island.

Situated a mere 50 km east of Hai Phong City in the north of Vietnam, Cat Ba Island is part of the large Cat Ba Archipelago and also the biggest island that lie within the area of Ha Long Bay. In April 2005, Cat Ba was officially acknowledged as the World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO thanks to its stunning natural beauty and the precious ecological values. It is well known for majestic rugged limestone mountains, moist tropical forests, colorful coral reefs as well as pristine beaches. Therefore, tourists have a lot of interesting things to do during the trip. These are top 5 activities recommended by TripAdvisor that you can consider for your own Cat Ba bay private tours.

Noted that Cat Ba Island lies in North Vietnam is one of the best islands in Vietnam, where the climate is humid and subtropical, so the best time to visit is around March and May. During that time, the weather is not too hot but still warm and sunny enough to enjoy.

1.Chilling on Cat Co Beach:

Visitors can easily access Cat Co beach; it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to walk from the island center. There are 3 beaches named respectively 1, 2 and 3, all of which are beautiful. However, if you prefer the private and quiet space to relax, Cat Co 3 Beach is for you. Due to its location sheltered from the sea wind, the water is clear and calm. Rent a sunbed, buy a coconut and enjoy your relaxing time in the glow of sunset by the sea.

One of the most beautiful beaches in Cat Ba

One of the most beautiful beaches in Cat Ba

Instruction: From the island center, follow the road to the right next to the sea, you will pass some other resorts on the right side with a beautiful view. Continue to Cat Ba Sunrise Resort and at the end of the beach pick up the nice trail aside the sea.

2.Having a boat day trip on the ocean:

If you are much of an adventurous tourist, a boat day trip around Cat Ba Island is recommended. There are many prestigious Vietnam tour operators to provide guests with full packages of excellent services including tour guide and lunch. You can choose to go kayaking through majestic limestone cave and into hidden lagoons or snorkeling in the cool water of Lan Ha Bay. After that, energizing your exhausted body with the huge and delicious lunch on a luxurious cruise is absolutely a good value for money.  

One of the most beautiful beaches in Cat Ba

Go Kayaking in Cat Ba Island

Snorkeling in the cool water of Lan Ha Bay

Snorkeling in the cool water of Lan Ha Bay

3.Trekking and Hiking in Cat Ba National Park:

Trekking is the best way to explore the natural beauty, incredible ecosystem and biodiversity of Cat Ba National Park. In private tours, visitors will have the chance to discover the history of Vietnam War when stopping by Hospital Cave. After that, you can follow the trail to go through the jungle to enjoy bird-watching, bird-singing and squirrel-dancing. To get the panorama view of the landscape around requires tourists to climb up to one of the highest sightseeing points, so make sure that the health condition allows you to do strong activities. Besides that, remember to prepare mosquito spray, sun cream and suitable hats to keep yourself safe from tropical insects in the forest.

Hospital Cave – the secret three – floor hospital during the war

Hospital Cave – the secret three – floor hospital during the war

Enjoy the pristine natural beauty of the forest through trekking activity

Enjoy the pristine natural beauty of the forest through trekking activity

4.Cycling  around the island:

One of the most popular Cat Ba Island private tours is bike tour. This trip is exclusively made for environmentalists who care about protecting natural habitat while still enjoying Cat Ba’s ecosystem. Instead of spending the whole day trekking through the forest, tourists can bike to explore more fascinating places such as Trung Trang Cave, Cai Beo Fish Village and so on. You can hire a bicycle at any rental shop in the town at reasonable prices, around VND100,000 per day. However, an experienced tour guide is recommended if you want to save time and learn more about local culture.

Cycling is not only environmentally friendly but also the best way to discover every corner of the island

Cycling is not only environmentally friendly but also the best way to discover every corner of the island

5.Viewing the sunset on Cannon Fort:

Sunset on the sea is always a great moment, something worth to experience, especially in Cat Ba which is 177 meters above sea level. The blue ocean, majestic mountains, evening clouds in the glory of the red sun, all will collapse in your eyes. It is the charm of the "sunset viewpoint" on the top of the Cat Ba fortress, known as Cannon Fort. Just one step here, you will enjoy the full moment of interference between day and night, a mysterious and romantic beauty. Ending the day with your beloved ones at Cannon Fort is worth a lifetime. Do not miss out!

Sunset view from Cannon Fort on Cat Ba Island

Sunset view from Cannon Fort on Cat Ba Island

One day in Phu Quoc island paradise

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The best time to make a journey to Phu Quoc Island is from October to May every year.

Sao beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc. With its peaceful beauty, it’s really the best tour in Vietnam for tourists to drop by and refresh after.

Location of Sao beach – Phu Quoc

Sao beach is a beach in An Thoi Town, Phu Quoc island district, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam, which is located about 25km from Duong Dong Town and close to Khem beach.

Sao beach has a charming beach. It’s like the moon with fine sand that is as white as snow 7km long. Sao beach is considered the most appealing and lyrical beach in Phu Quoc island.

Why is it called Sao beach?

The story is: Once upon a time, when the sun went down on this beach and night began, thousands of starfish moved up to the shore and underwater. People there found it strange, so they gave it a name: Sao beach. Nowadays, there are very few starfish coming here at night.

Sao beach - Phu Quoc

Sao beach – Phu Quoc

Sao beach – An essential Vietnam tours

The first special thing when visitors come to Sao beach is that its sand here is not yellow like NhaTrang’sor dark yellow and brown as Vung Tau Beach, but it is smooth and as white as snow

Arriving at Sao beach, you will get hold of an amazing Vietnam islands tour with a tranquil scene. In the morning, taking a walk on the beach at leisure to see the sunrise or catch a glimpse of the sunsets down slowly is the quiet and peaceful moments you want to keep. The wind and waves here are also quite gentle enough to dispel the tired of visitants. You can rent a hammock or bench to overlook the sea with some grilled squids, cool coconut is an unforgettable experience.

Sao beach has attracted many tourists to come around by the natural beauty of the sea, a marvellous sand extremely ideal shore. There are few facilities as well as shops, so foreigners can enjoy a quiet, pristine and alluring space here.

Attractive beauty of Khem beach – Phu Quoc

Khem beach is located in the Southern of Phu Quoc island and in the same system as Sao beach. However, it is located in Duong Dong town, the center of Phu Quoc island, only 25km. Like Sao beach, you can go to Khem beach by taxi in Duong Dong to travel. If you want to knock around this place, you can either call for a Vietnam tour operator or hire a motorbike to look around. 

Khem beach

Khem beach

Especially, next to Khem beach, visitors can visit MuiOngDoi with two unique terrains on the sea. Both in the world and essential tours in Vietnam, MuiOngDoi is the only place that visitors can watch sunrise and sunset in the same position.

Phu Quoc Beach is a remarkably gorgeous beach with a bow shape lying between two slopes of dark green trees which carry wild and fascinating beauty.Although Khem beach is not as large as Sao beach or Long beach, it has its own charm that is very poetic. The special thing is clear and clean sea with sparkling sunshine spreading along the glossy and white sand and trees running along the seaside.

Stretching around the arc with a prominent white sand in the middle of the forest and the sea, Khem seashore is one of the most stunning shores in Phu Quoc with silky sand like snow, water like a blue jade that can see through the bottom.What a strange feeling!

Khem beach also is known as “Kem” beach because of the sand here and white asice cream. Being hit by waves or impacted by human activities, the sand does not change the colour of it as well as the green water as a jade of the coast.

Discover wonderful MongTay island – "Desert island" in Kien Giang

MongTayisland is a big island of An Thoi archipelago in Hon Thom ward, Phu Quoc district, Kien Giang province.

Possessing pristine beauty with clear blue water, white sand stretching along with cool coconut tree shadows, MongTayisle is considered the essential tour in Phu Quoc for those who love nature and want to find peace.

Mong Tay island

Mong Tay island

Come to Mong Tay island, you will be immersed in the clear water, scuba diving, fishing, fishing squid and enjoy taking photos with the scene of the romantic of this “desert island.”

The best time to go to explore MongTayenclave is from October to the end of September each year. However, Phu Quoc is cool and pleasant throughout the year, so you can check-in at any time of the year.