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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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 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.

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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Plan a trip to Vietnam: Best places to explore in Vietnam

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Vietnam is a beautiful and peaceful country. Visiting Vietnam, you’ll see a lot of picturesque landscapes, join in many interesting festivals, eat various tasty food and experience lots of new things. Let’s check out the best places to explore in this country before planning a trip to Vietnam.

1. Terraces

The terrace is one of the most famous attractions of Vietnam. It’s a unique attraction that you can hardly see in most of the countries in the world. It’s beautiful all year round, so you can visit terraces whenever you want when planning a trip to Vietnam.

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Vietnamese terraces (Source: Internet)

In the rain season, when all the terraces and fields are full of water, they look sparkling under the sunlight. In spring, all the terraces are colored with green. And in the harvest, you’ll see a yellow carpet covering the hills, villages and everywhere. How beautiful the picture is! So, it’s fair when Vietnamese terrace is elected as one of the most beautiful green landscapes in the world.

2. Hanoi

If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, you shouldn’t miss Hanoi – the capital city of this country. This city has an irresistible attraction from its “soul”. Its beauty is the mixture of ancient value of thousand years of civilization and modern lifestyle of a developing city. Hanoi is beautiful all year round, in each season, you’ll feel its unique taste, unique attraction.

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Hanoi – a city of integration and development (Source: Internet)

Visiting Hanoi, you’ll feel its peaceful atmosphere in 36 old streets, fresh air in Guom Lake with Turtle Monument, the ancient atmosphere in the Temple of Literature – the very first university of Vietnam, etc. That’s why Hanoi is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam.

3. Ha Long Bay

Not only be recognized as one of the World Natural Heritage Sites by UNESCO in March of 2012 by its natural beauty, Ha Long Bay also received a title of one of the 7 new Natural Wonders of the World launched by 7 New Open World.

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Ha Long Bay Boat Cruise (Source: Internet)

Ha Long Bay looks like a giant painting with thousands of islands in various shapes, contributing to the lively, gorgeous beauty of this site. Visiting here, you can experience an interesting floating trip on the sea, see a lot of natural landscapes, and enjoy the peaceful life here.

4. Son Doong Cave

Recognized as the longest natural cave in the World, Son Doong Cave is one of the best places to explore if you’re planning a trip to Vietnam. It has a unique beauty that you cannot find anywhere else.

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Son Doong – the best cave ever (Source: Internet)

The deeper you go into this cave, the more natural fossils you’ll see, which make Son Doong Cave look more pristine and mysterious. Inside the cave, there are huge tropical forest, white sandbanks, and a mysterious plant system.

5. Hai Van Pass

This way is so charming that a lot of people, especially craven people, want to make a journey along Hai Van Pass by motorbike. This way also appeared in a reality TV show named Top Gear in 2008 of England. The producer, Jeremy Clarkson said: “Hai Van Pass is one of the most beautiful seaside roads in the world, like a wonderful wild silk”.

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The Hai Van pass (Source: Internet)

Located at the height of 500 meters above the sea level, this 23-kilometer pass crosses the majestic slopes of Truong Son Mountain and stretches along the East Sea. One side is high mounts, the other side is deep sea, it’s one of the most alluring landscapes that you must see when planning a trip to Vietnam.

6. Nha Trang Beach

Nha Trang was ranked on the list of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Its wonderful beauty is one of the greatest pride of the local people. Nha Trang beach is a favorite site for not only the splendid scenery with blue sea and long white sandbanks, but also pristine islands with a virtual coral ecosystem. It’s fair when Nha Trang is named “the Pearl of the Eastern Ocean”.

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Nha Trang beach (Source: Internet)

These are some best attractions of Vietnam that you shouldn’t miss if you’re planning a trip to Vietnam. Don’t just listen, let’s come and explore!

 

Top 8 Vietnam Island

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Vietnam has a coastline of 3,260 km and thousands of islands. Some are really famous not only in Vietnam but also around the world, others are still hidden gems that need discovering. For nature lovers, you have to visit one of these top 8 paradise islands at least once whenever you have an opportunity to come to Vietnam.

Phu Quoc Islands

Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc – the largest island of Vietnam – is considered as one of the most must-see destinations not only in Vietnam but also all over the world. The island has many beaches with the primitive beauty such as Sao Beach and Long Beach. Moreover, its specialties are very abundant with the variety of different seafood.

Con Dao Islands

Listed in top islands in Southern Vietnam, Con Dao is truly a charming destination. It boasts a pristine beauty with white beaches spreading for miles enfolded by the crystal clear ocean and long lines of coconut trees, which create a green paradise. Coming to Con Dao, tourists can not only admire the beauty of nature but also visit many places such as Con Dao National Park and Con Dao Museum.

Ly Son Islands

Ly Son Islands

A part of Ly Son Islands

Situated in Quang Ngai Province, Ly Son Islands, which have been formed through volcanic activity, attracts a lot of tourists recently as it is famous for the wonderful land where mountains and the seas seem to merge. Besides enjoying the emerald-water beaches, you should not miss visiting some highlight places on this island such as To Vo gate, Hang pagoda, and Thoi Loi peak. Additionally, the specialty of Ly Son is quite different from others island, it is garlic.

Binh Ba Islands

Binh Ba is in Khanh Hoa Province, it is a new destination on the tourist map. Known as one of the attractions welcoming the earliest dawn in Vietnam, the islands enchant both domestic and foreign visitors for its wild beauty. With a variety of well-preserved corals, low sea level, and clean water, this is an ideal place to dive and see the coral reefs as well as colorful fishes. Also, tourists can get on the top of the radar station to have the amazing view of Binh Ba Islands.

Nam Du Islands

Nam Du is located in Kien Giang province. This mountainous island archipelago is widely considered as one of Vietnam's best natural wonders thanks to clear blue water, shady coconut trees on the sandy shores. Coming to Nam Du, tourists shouldn't miss visiting the Nam Du lighthouse, the highest point of the islands. From the top of the lighthouse, you can not only see the beautiful view but also enjoy the moment of poetic dawn or sunset.

Co To Islands

Co To Island

A part of Co To Islands

Co To is an archipelago located in the Gulf of Tonkin. It attracts thousands of tourists coming to explore the wild nature and beaches with clear water reflecting the mountains and islands. Coming to Co To, tourist can have a chance to sightsee many highlights here such as natural forests, lighthouses, parks and memorial statues of President Ho Chi Minh.

Cat Ba Islands

Cat Ba belongs to Haiphong city. It is composed of 367 islands and nearly half of its area is covered by Cat Ba National Park, which is the home to a variety of endangered species. Cat Ba Island’s climate is cool (the average temperature is 25 Celsius degree), fresh and suitable for tourism. With many beautiful beaches and pristine forests, this island is not only an amazing relaxing spot but also an ideal adventurous place for exploration enthusiasts.

Ba Lua Islands

Ba Lua Island

A part of Ba Lua Islands

Kien Giang province is where Ba Lua Islands situated on. The islands are surrounded by blue and beaches all year round. Moreover, its water is so clear that tourists can see fishes and some sea creatures swimming. There are a number of rare medicinal plants and animals on Ba Lua, which creates biological diversity. The peaceful atmosphere here is an ideal space for people to enjoy their holidays.

Vietnam islands are so beautiful that quickly attract a large number of visitors, both domestic and foreign ones. It will be definitely an amazing and unforgettable experience when spending your holidays on these islands.

Camping experience in Coto

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Quang Ninh, a northern city of Vietnam, is very famous for Halong Bay which is known by many tourists around the world. However, Halong is not the only thing that this city offers. Coto is an unspoiled charming island and another great option when you travel to Quang Ninh. Coto has everything that you had wished for a beach: fresh air, white sand, and crystal-like water.

Eco-friendly tourism is no longer unfamiliar with many travelers, especially in the sea tourism. A new type of accommodation is now emerging in Coto, giving you a fresh relaxing experience during your stay. You’re gonna do camping on the beach!

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Coto Island

Camping in Coto is one of the most exciting memory that one might have when visiting this beautiful island.  This type of accommodation can really save you a bunch of money yet still very tempting. At any time, you can go out for a walk and do other fun water sports like swimming, surfing or beach volleyball. And after a day full of energy, what could be better than a barbecue night on the beach?

To go on a camping trip to Coto, you can hire a tent by yourself or choose a registered camping site where everything is done for you. There is a popular place called Coto Park in Hong Van Beach, who offers this type of service. The modern tents are fully equipped with pillows, blankets, lights and mosquito nets. There are also installed bathrooms nearby. Storage cabinets for personal stuff do exist. The beach restaurant in the campsite will serve you the freshest seafood you can try. There is also a watersports complex with many exciting activities like kayaking, mountain climbing on the beach, beach volleyball or banana craft racing, snorkeling and coral reef watching.

camping in Coto

Camping in Coto

However, if you can’t handle too much of a wild experience while still wanting to be close to nature, a bungalow is the one for you. A nice small wooden house on one of the best beaches in Coto Island would light up your holiday. It might cost you more but also give you a more comfortable staying. There are some popular names like Coto Park, Coto Life or Coto Dragon Beach. In peak season which is summer, you might have to make a reservation for 2 to 3 months in advance.

To have a wonderful and safety camping trip to Coto, here is something vietnamislands thinks that you have to bear in mind.

The very first thing that you should do is check the weather forecast. A camping trip is all about the weather. Because where you head to is an island, it’s more crucial. Even a strong wind could stop you from your dream trip. You don’t want to go all the way there just to come back, do you? Then check it.

The tide clock is another thing that you should not ignore if you don’t want to get wet, or worse, swept away. And don’t put up your tend in the way that the front side facing the prevailing winds direction. To be prepared for this, once again, do your research with the forecast.

Some items are the must-bring-along: plastic bags, water-proof clothes, lighting equipment like torches, mosquito repellents, medicines (especially skin medicines) and instant foods, just in case. Although in summer the weather is quite hot, you should carry a light jacket. Because the weather in the sea is quite fluctuating. At night, the weather could drop drastically to under 10oC and you can easily catch a cold.

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Bungalow in Coto

Camping in the open-air is a fantastic way to experience Coto in Vietnam. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the most unforgettable vacation that one can have. See you in Coto.

Must-go places in Coto Island

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Coto is a beautiful set of islands in Quang Ninh Province which is in the northeastern region of Vietnam and also the home of the famous Halong Bay. Among many stunning Vietnam islands, it’s no doubt the best of the best.

Today, the sea tourism in Coto Islands has attracted many foreign and domestic tourists. People coming here to enjoy the fantastic scenery of nature where the sea is blue and the water is clear. The peaceful and majestic atmosphere on the island will offer us a relaxing trip that we all wish for. Who has never been to Coto can hardly imagine how wonderful and majestic it is.

Co To Island from afar

Coto Island from afar 

In fact, there are two of them, namely Coto Big Island and Coto Small Island. Coto Small Island is 1km away from the first one and you can get there by boat. As an uninhabited island, Coto Small Island has attracted many tourists due to its pristine unspoiled charm over years. Because there are very little marks of tourism on the island, there won’t be fancy hotels awaiting for you.  Instead, a night in a tent on the beach will definitely awake many sensations of yours. Really, if you’ve ever been here, you will know what I mean.

One of the reasons that make visitors keep coming to Coto Islands is its gorgeous system of beaches. There are some names that stand out like Hong Van Beach, Van Chai Beach and Uncle Ho Beach which are the best beaches in northern Vietnam.

Coto beach

Coto Beach

Coto isn’t all about beaches. Many others interesting destinations like primitive forests with thousands of rare species of animals and plants, Coto Lighthouse, Ho Chi Minh’s Monument, Coto Pier, fishing village and natural reefs and islets are also worth a visit.

The lighthouse was built in the late 19th century and now is one of 30 “eyes” in the seas of Vietnam. To get to the top, visitors have to climb up 72 steps from the bottom to the top of the lighthouse. However, the result is totally worth it. Coto Lighthouse offers a majestic breathtaking panoramic view of the whole island, from the dreamlike coastal city to the wild pristine forests.

Another place that visitors should not pass is Cau My Reef which is located to the south of Coto Big Island. With a system of sedimentary rocks eroded over thousands of years by the seawater, Cau My has created a rare wonder that could not be seen anywhere else. Layers of stones with different colors and shapes are stacked up, making the whole area a vivid evidence of the amazing power of nature.

Co To in a sunny day

Sunny day at Coto 

Coto has remained in the memory of tourist as one of the top islands in northern Vietnam and this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Don’t blame yourself if you’re accidentally charmed by the picturesque view here and don’t want to get back.

 

 

Vietnam family package tours to Ly Son Island

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Nicknamed as “Maldives of Vietnam”, Ly Son Island is emerging as a favorite holiday destination for tourists traveling to Central Vietnam. Explore this suggested Ly Son Island – Vietnam family packages to make the most of your Ly Son tour for family with vietnamislands.

Ly Son Island is a 10-square-kilometer island located about 30km off Quang Ngai Province. With its pristine beaches and spectacular natural scenery, Ly Son is one of the top must-see destinations in Vietnam. Your Vietnam family packages to Ly Son Island awaits the most wonderful experiences ever.

Ly Son Island

Ly Son Island

Best time to travel Ly Son Island

The best time to travel Ly Son Island is from June to September. In this time, the weather in Ly Son Island is sunny and often less rainy so it is convenient for your travel plans. However, you should watch the weather forecast in advance to avoid bad weather or storms during your Ly Son trip. Besides summer holiday, you can go on Ly Son – Vietnam family packages in early December if you want to explore Ly Son in its garlic season.

What to expect on Ly Son Island – Vietnam family package?

Arriving on Ly Son Island, you will find yourself lost in a wonderland of spectacular landscapes. Endowed with stunning natural beauty, Ly Son Island lures both domestic and international tourists. Below are the things that you can expect on your Ly Son Island – Vietnam family packages.

To Vo Arch

To Vo Arch

Sunset in To Vo Arch, Ly Son Island

Walking along a narrow path from welcoming gate of Ly Son Island, you will find the nearby To Vo Arch, the unique natural arch formed from volcanic rocks. To Vo Arch is also an ideal spot for you and your family to catch the first sight of sunrise or admire the sunset slowly down on the island.

Be Island (Little Island)

Be Island

Be Island – Ly Son

Be Island (or also known as An Binh Island) is a small island located near Ly Son Island. From Ly Son Island, it takes about 30 minutes to go to Be Island by boat. This island has a very small area but offers the most pristine beaches with white sand and clear crystal water. On Be island, you can enjoy the relaxing beach day or take a stroll around the island to see vast garlic fields with a pungent aroma.

Thoi Loi Mountain

Thoi Loi Mountain

Thoi Loi Mountain

Thoi Loi Mountain is the highest mountain peak in Ly Son Island. This mountain peak used to be an inactive volcano. On the top of Thoi Loi Mountain peak is a water lake, which also is the main fresh water supply for the whole island. Standing on the peak mountain, you can admire the panoramic view of spectacular natural landscapes of the whole island.

Hang Cau (Cau Cave)

Cau Cave

Hang Cau

This Ly Son Island’s attraction has a magnificent natural setting with one side is mountain ranges and another side is the deep sea ocean. The waves and sea winds have scoured away the overhanging ledge of the cliff, creating an impressive natural scenery named Hang Cau.

Hang Pagoda

Hang Pagoda

Hang Pagoda

On this small island, there are over 50 temples, pagodas, and shrines. Among those, Hang Pagoda is the most noticeable attraction nestled on this island. Located inside the Thoi Loi Mountain, Hang Pagoda is an exotic pagoda with ancient architecture. One of the special thing about Hang Pagoda is that there has been no single monk since this pagoda was founded over 400 years ago. The pagoda has a large yard with lotus lake and surrounded by tropical almond trees, creating a peaceful ambiance for any tourist visiting here.

Food

Discovering this heavenly island, don’t forget to taste Ly Son’s seafood as they are so freshly delicious that you still feel the saltiness of the sea on your tongue. If you ask us to list some of the most noteworthy specialties here, our answers should be Huynh De crab (king crab), seaweed salad, sea urchin soup, etc.

Huynh De crab

Huynh De Crab

The beauty of this island even can’t be simply expressed by words. Book Vietnam family packages to Ly Son Island and you will have truly unforgettable experiences!

 

 

 

Vietnam island travel guide – What to explore?

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If you are looking for an incredible destination for your upcoming summer holidays, one of these pristine beaches will definitely satisfy you and your beloved ones. With over 3,000km of coastline, thousands of lovely islands, and comfortable climate, Vietnam is one of the most appealing tourist destinations, especially for those loving beaches and islands. Now, let’s have a look at Vietnam island travel guide before choosing.

Ly Son island

Exploring the less touristy islands has been a new trend so hurry up to keep up with the trend by visiting Ly Son.

Known as an attractive and pristine island, Ly Son is suitable for those loving to conquer and explore new lands. A lot of exciting activities are waiting for you such as admiring the sunrise on the silver waves on top of Thoi Loi, witnessing the destitute of planting garlic from the white sand, taking sunset photos at To Vo Gate or enjoying “goi toi” – garlic salad.

Ly Son Island

Ly Son Island

Also, tourists can discover Ly Son’s amazing cuisine, the charm of temples deep in the mountains, the renowned wind graves, and especially the hospitability of the locals. In addition, the breathtaking natural beauty of the landscapes and the sea will certainly make visitors feel attached, peaceful and want to back to Ly Son.

Con Dao Island

If you wish to get a deeper understanding of the history of Vietnam, about the heroic days of its people, Con Dao will be a great choice. The wild stunning beauty together with white waves pounding the shore, blue sea, the blue sky and the green heaven of coconuts will surprise all tourists. 

Con Dao

Con Dao Island

Also, there are many different activities that visitors can take part in such as trekking up Rada Peak, diving to admire coral reefs in Ong Dung Beach, or embarking on a boat to Bay Canh Islet to see sea turtles and play with dolphins as well as visiting Bai Nhat Beach.

Cat Ba island

Another island for summer vacation in Vietnam is Cat Ba island. Nevertheless, being under the tropical weather of North Vietnam, the best time to visit Cat Ba is from April to October as it is warm and suitable for water activities like swimming, kayaking, diving or taking a boat to the sea. If you want to explore more stunning views, you had better hire a boat to visit Lan Ha Bay and swim at the sandy beaches in the bay or be deep in the clear sea water.

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba island

Also, Cat Ba island is a great choice for adventurous travelers when they can explore pristine forests to relax and be deep in nature.

What about cuisine? Wow, just “amazing” – it is the heaven of seafood like “sam”, snout, lobster, snapper, squid, and many more. They are all fresh. According to the local travel guides, you can easily find good seafood restaurants in the area of Cat Ba Market.

Phu Quoc island

Speaking of top beautiful islands in Vietnam, it would be such a big mistake to forget Phu Quoc. It is no surprise when people consider it as the paradise with the fresh air, peaceful atmosphere as well as cool breeze far from the hustles of the city life. The crystal-clear sea, white sand, stunning sunshine and green heaven of coconut trees will give visitors poetic and romantic moments.

With some characteristics of the tropical island, Phu Quoc’s cuisine will definitely impress everyone. Sea urchins cocktail, tuna soup cake, grilled herring with lemon, boiled crab with lemon-pepper-salt sauce, crab bologna or barely grilled grouper and many more amazing dishes are waiting for us to enjoy.

Phu Quoc island

Phu Quoc island

With the pristine beauty – “untouched” and romantic beaches, emerald green sea and white smooth sand, Phu Quoc is regarded as a precious gem and Maldives of Vietnam.

Do not forget to visit Sao beach – the most beautiful beach of Phu Quoc as well as admire the stunning dawn in Dinh Cau and be deep into the romantic sunset in Ham Ninh.

These above are top 4 must-see islands in Vietnam that vietnamislands has listed . Whether you wish to relax after the bustle and hustle of modern life, to entertain and join exciting water activities, to explore new lands, new cultures or just simply to spend time with your beloved ones, let’s come and enjoy it.

Author: Laclac