A detailed handbook to travel to Phu Quy Island, Phan Thiet

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Introduction of Phu Quy Island

Phu Quy Island is a small island district of Binh Thuan Province, about 120km away from Phan Thiet City, and covers an area of 16 km2. For a long time, Phu Quy Island has become familiar with many people with other names such as Co Long, Thuan Tinh, Cu Lao Khoai Xu, Cu Lao Thu, etc.

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Phu Quy Island

Although the island is isolated with the mainland, the found remnants show that this island had been discovered early. Experiencing many variations of history, Phu Quy is the convergence of many flows of migrants from different parts of the country with different ethnic groups.

The most beautiful time to have a Phan Thiet tour to Phu Quy Island is during the period from December to June. At this time, the sea is calm and blue, which would be convenient for moving and relaxing on the island. With beaches, coral reefs, clusters of black rocks and colorful rock cliffs undulating on the sea and cool weather all year round, Phu Quy is definitely a must-see tourist attraction in Phan Thiet.

How to move to Phu Quy Island?

The only way to get to the island is coming to the port of Phan Thiet City and take the boat to Phu Quy Island. However, the boats do not run every day because it also depends on the weather, so you need to contact the port in advance to see the schedule.

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Boat to Phu Quy Island

Places that should not be missed on the island

With an area of nearly 16.4 km2, there is no better way to explore the island than riding a motorcycle. The rent of motorbikes on the island ranges from 100,000 to 120,000 VND / day depending on the quality of the car. You can have a motorbike rental service in any hostels or hotels on the island. Its pristine beauty and undeveloped tourism is an advantageous point to tourists. In particular, Phu Quy island possesses a lot of crystal clear beaches with long stretches of sand and beautiful coral reefs.

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Crystal clear beaches on Phu Quy Island

Bai Nho – Ganh Hang

Bai Nho is one of the beautiful beaches of Phu Quy with crescent shape. The beach is small but very clean and quiet for you to bathe. The water here is very blue with fresh air and few boats anchored is definitely the ideal place in Phan Thiet private tours for any visitors who want to immersed totally with nature. Whereas, Ganh Hang is a large cliff standing close to the sea, with the waves beating the cliffs creating a majestic scene.

Van An Thanh

Van An Thanh lies on a white sanded beach next to the shore in the village of Trieu Duong, Tam Thanh Commune. It has the second largest skeleton of whale in Southeast Asia, followed by the one in Phan Thiet. According to the legend of the local people, the whale, also known as “Ca Ong”, has helped fishermen and boats many times at sea. Therefore, when the fish died and washed to the shore of Phu Quy, the local people had made the funeral solemnly, and every year hold the Nghinh Ong Festival.

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Whale skeleton in Van An Thach

Trieu Duong Bay

Thanks to the wide, white and smooth sandy beach as well as clear blue water, this place has become a familiar destination with both the locals and visitors. Especially, on the shore, there is a pine forest with shady shadow, which is suitable for a group picnic during a Phan Thiet tour in Vietnam.

Linh Quang Pagoda

This is a national historical monument located on a high hill in My Khe Hamlet, Tam Thanh Commune. Currently, the pagoda still holds the special and outstanding features of the Nguyen dynasty.

Giant wind turbines

Giant wind turbines were built to create electricity to serve the people on the island. At present, there are 3 wind turbines, each is 60m in height and the propeller is 37m in length. From the lighthouse or the top of Linh Son Pagoda, you can easily see these huge wind turbines. Especially, the way out these turbines is very beautiful, with one side is the sea, the other is the beautiful tree rows along the road.

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Wind turbines

Phu Quy Lighthouse

Phu Quy Lighthouse – the highlight of a Phan Thiet tours – is located on Cam Mountain at 108m above sea level, 3km west of Ngu Phung Commune. The terrain on the island is quite flat, with no high mountains so Phu Quy lighthouse is the highest point on the island. To visit the lighthouse, visitors have to walk, climb up the mountain with more than 120 steps. Although climbing is tired, once you get there, you will feel that it is completely worthwhile because from the lighthouse, you will be able to have the panoramic view of the island from above, and see the fishing boats running on the sea.

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Phu Quy Lighthouse

Top five hidden islands in Central Vietnam

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When we talk about Vietnam off the beaten track tours, the list may seem to never end. They can vary from F&B spots to natural landscapes latent somewhere far off the mainland. For those who love the high blue sky above the deep blue sea, Central Vietnam is where you must drop by at least once in a lifetime. However, touristy spots may blow you a fuse. This archive below walks you through the best-hidden islands in the Central Coast of Vietnam you will never be disappointed.

Whale Island

Whale Island, more commonly referred to as Ông Islet, is a small island located in Vân Phong Bay, Vạn Ninh District, Khánh Hoà Province. Vân Phong Bay is usually known as a place where you can find probably the top islands in Vietnam. However, Whale Island is still something unfamiliar to the local wanderlust community. There are no inhabitants recorded, yet only one accommodation named Whale Island Resort provides most of the services on the island. Ông Islet is suitable for sea lovers, explorers who love silence and peace in contrast to the hustle and bustle of city life. One thing you should keep in mind is not to catch fish or birds due to the strict environmental protection.

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Crystal clear water

Green Islet

This islet is a clandestine gem belonging to Quy Nhơn City, Bình Định Province. Green Islet is known for its charming green and owns a breathtaking landscape with a calm sea, crystal water, and white sand, which all make it not only a perfect place to spend your wintering or simply look for a quiet tropical sunny beach, but also ideal for those who love scuba diving. Green Islet is mostly deserted, which makes it more than just an impeccable site to run away from the mainland’s noise. If traveling in groups, you can consider setting a campfire and having seafood BBQ on the beach. Green Islet’s specialties are Cellana, Mackerel, silverside and fresh squid newly caught.

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Peaceful Green Islet

Mái Nhà Islet

Mái Nhà Islet is situated in Tuy An District, Phú Yên Province. The Islet is a small island in the middle of the ocean and lied over 4 kilometers away from Ô Loan Lagoon. The population all over the islet is pretty much a dash and gains little reputation from tourists, which is accordingly given the name “Robinson Island of Vietnam” as such. The total area of Mái Nhà Islet is roughly 1.2 square kilometers, surrounded by gigantic mountain ranges spotted with stone caves and pristine beaches. The best time to visit Mái Nhà Islet is from March to August as the weather is cooler while the ocean is getting calm. One of the various selections to reach the islet is to take part in one of the best group tours in Central Vietnam and request to have a customized package to the islet.

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A corner of Mái Nhà Islet

Câu Islet

Câu Islet, widely known as Cù Lao Câu in Vietnamese, is situated in Tuy Phong District, Bình Thuận Province. Câu Islet is approximately 10 kilometers away from mainland and ideal for picnic and camping activities. This is just a small island and takes you only a day to explore it all. Several spots you should check out such as Love Cave, Yến Cave, Ba Hòn Cave, Coral Reef Beach, Whale Temple and so on. Câu Islet is under surveillance of Vietnam People’s Coast Guard. Hence, you may need a permit before stepping on the Islet.

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Câu Islet

Lý Sơn Island

Lý Sơn Island has been roaming for a couple of years and that status does not seem to halt. If starting from Hanoi, you can choose to take a direct flight to Chu Lai Airport, from where you may take another 45 minutes on a speedboat from Sa Kỳ Station to arrive in Lý Sơn Island, Quảng Ngãi City. There are plenty of famous destinations for you to explore, such as Tò Vò Gate, Thới Lới Mountain, and Câu Cave. In addition, you can choose to combine Lý Sơn Island along with other reputed sites of the city by taking part in a Central Vietnam group tour.

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Lý Sơn Island

Vietnam has never failed to fully satisfy its travelers, even when they are local or outlander visitors. Each specific region will reward you with its own distinctive specialty and topography that you may see yourself searching for something in there. Central Vietnam, is this case, can offer you the best authentic cuisine, pristine landscapes, untold stories, might history, stunning architecture and a lot more. If you are thinking of a way to get all of these in one package, do not hesitate to contact a local Central Vietnam group tour operator for the best memories.

Wonderful islands in Kien Giang Province

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Summer is coming, that is the time for us to chill out after hard working days. So do you have any plans for this summer? We would like to introduce you Vietnam off the beaten track tours to 5 wonderful islands in Kien Giang Province to those, especially, who want to get away from it all. Let find out what they are.

Hon Son Island – one of the top pristine and charming islands in Kien Giang

Hon Son – one of the top islands in Vietnam is famous for its clean beach, white sand, blue sea and coconut trees, wild rocky terrain, quiet space suitable for travelers to refresh their minds after busy days in the city.

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Tourist taking pictures with the coconut trees in Hon Son Island

Hon Son Island is located between Nam Du Island and Hon Tre Island. It possesses an unspoiled beach and coconut palms which are checked in most.

Coming here, besides swimming in the beach, you can dive and admire the coral reef between Da Bang and Doc 3 Floor, conquer Ma Thien Lanh mount with the view of the mass blue sea.

In addition, Hon Son also own Than Lai Son Temple, Ba Chu Temple, Hai Son Pagoda, Pho Tinh Pagoda. All of them are located at the Bai Nha (House Beach) that is quite convenient for sightseeing. This is a great place for introverts, like spiritual travel.

May Rut Ngoai Island- The picturesque island in Kien Giang

Hon May Rut Ngoai Island cannot be missed when traveling to Southern Vietnam, typically Kien Giang. The island always gives us very strange emotions, difficult to determine from the moment of contemplation. Beach in May Rut Ngoai is pretty wild, there are many rocks and less sand so the water is very clear. Especially in the sandy seasons, the beach will have only white sand and blue water as beautiful as a painting.

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Clear water in May Rut Ngoai Island

Hon May Rut Ngoai is located in the south of Phu Quoc Island, about 3 nautical miles from the center of An Thoi town. To reach this spot, you can go by train for about an hour.

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Gorgeous Hon May Rut Ngoai Island from high above

Travel to this island, you can not only enjoy swimming but also have a relaxing hammock, listen to the surfing waves or wander the island and take beautiful pictures. When it falls down, you can admire the sunset and have a party with your friends as well.

Hon Xuong Island – Astonishing beauty in Kien Giang

Regarding the geographical distance between the center and the islands, Hon Xuong is the farthest one, located in the south of Phu Quoc Island. The sea water here is extremely clear that you can see the bottom.

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A breath-taking view in Hon Xuong Island

If you have a chance to visit Hon Xuong Island, the most interesting thing you should do is pay a visit to a large cave with magnificent cliffs. From this cave, you can spoil the beautiful sea view at the island. It seems that you are lost in a fairyland. You also can watch the colorful coral reefs there. Thus, Hon Xuong is definitely a great tourist destination for your Southern Vietnam tours.

Hon Tre Island –The cleanest bathing beach in Kien Giang

Hon Tre is 3.5 km long, the largest area is about 2 km. Its beach is considered as the cleanest one which still remains a wild beauty.

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The cleanest beach in Kien Giang Province

Residents of the island live on gardening, fishing, and processing seafood. Visiting Hon Tre, you not only are overwhelmed with the beautiful scenery like pictures but also enjoy the contemplating dishes in your Vietnam off the beaten track tour.

Hon Mau Island – The island own a crystal beauty in Kien Giang

Hon Mau consists of 21 islands from small to large, bringing a natural landscape of sun and wind. Hon Mau is like a beautiful young woman with white sand beaches stretching along the clear blue water, the green coconut swinging in the clouds, waving in the wind.

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The rustic beauty of Hon Mau Island

In addition to the beauty given by Mother Nature, this landmark also serves a wide range of seafood such as crabs, fish, snail and so on. It also offers many attractive sea tourism services such as squid fishing, fishing, diving … you may be interested in.

Traveling To Cu Lao Cau

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Cu Lao Cau Island or Hon Cau Island is the name of a small island in Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, about 110km northeast of Phan Thiet City. The closest island is about 10 km;  the length of this beautiful island is 1.5 km; the largest is less than 800 m. The island is extremely pristine with blue sea water, surrounded by thousands of rocks of different color and shape, completely separated from the world of technology because there is no electricity, only solar energy. Freshwater is just from rainwater sources or the Fairy Tale well.

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CU LAO CAU

The weather here is divided into two distinct seasons: the south and the Northwind. Between January and June of the lunar year, the weather is good, many boats moored over the island. From June to December of the lunar calendar, tourists should not travel to here this time when they intend to have Vietnam luxury tours.

In addition, on the island, there is the Than Nam Hai Temple Festival on April 15th – 16th lunar year so if you are interested in spiritual festivals or folk beliefs, you should visit the island in this time.

To get to Cu Lao Cau, take a boat to go to Lien Huong town, Phuoc The fishing port or Ca Na town. Please contact the port owner prior to your arrival in port. If you take Vietnam private tours and want to experience the feeling of floating at sea, you can go by boat of fishermen.

From the fishing port, if you take the ship Song En, it takes about 45 minutes to go to the island. If you take a wooden boat,  it will take about 2-3 hours, depending on whether the sea is passive or not.

Cu Lao Cau has no guesthouse or hotel, only two cafes of Tu Huu and Uncle Ba. You can order in advance or go to the island or buy seafood, vegetables, and fruits.

Since there are no guesthouses on the island, if the group travels to a few people, they can ask for a stay in the home of uncle Tu Huu and uncle Ba. If you go to large group, bring sleeping bags, camping tents, bring fresh water about 4 liters for each person.

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The Coral in Cu Lao Cau

One of the characteristics of Hon Cau is that the surrounding water has the presence of typical tropical marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs and seagrass beds which is great biodiversity value. This is also home and spawning grounds of many rare aquatic species. So this is a great place for you experience best tours in Vietnam with coral.

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The Peace of Cu Lao Cau

In Vinh Tan commune, there is a tourism company specializing in organizing for tourists to snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing. The company has its own cruise ship that can carry 12 people to the island for $ 200 per trip. In the early morning, guests are taken to the diving island, watching the coral reef catch fish, shrimp on the reef. Evening back to shore (do not sleep on the island overnight).

On the island, there is a temple of Nam Hai for fishermen dropping in worshiping fish annual festival on the full moon in April.

Around the island, there are many kinds of seafood, so if you like adventure, you can equip yourself with a fishing rod and some baits to find food by yourself or go along the coast to catch cuffs to cook soup. It is so great to set fire to the camp at night and eat the soup made by yourself.

Another option is that dropping in the grocery store to book food in advance. On the island, there are two stores which are regular opened. They are Song Bien of Mr. Tu Huu which is mentioned above, cooks are really delicious. He is very nice, friendly and enthusiastic. He is willing to be your tour guide for the whole day on this island because he loves this area the most.

The specialties that you should try is snail; the price is only about 50.000VND / kg. I thought this dish is only in Cu Lao Cham or Con Dao, however, we can find them here quite much; it is even cheaper than the other. Moon Crab, a kind of crab with spots on his cover. Many people think that it is as good as Huynh crabs, however,  its price is several times cheaper. Here also has scallops scattered peanuts, delicious and strange.

Cu Lao Cau,  a good place for Vietnam tours for family, helps your family relax after exhausted working weeks.

Exploring Phu Quy Island, Binh Thuan

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The first impression when travelers come here is very wild scenery and almost no contact with professional tourism services. Therefore, Phu Quy is gradually becoming a hot name in the minds of travelers loving Vietnam group tours.

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Phu Quy Island- the ideal destination for those who love the island

Phu Quy is one of the beautiful islands not to be missed in best tours in Vietnam. It is far from Phan Thiet city center about 56 miles. Phu Quy Island is known as Cu Lao Thu or Cu Lao Khoai Xu with the area of nearly 16,4 square kilometer in Binh Thuan province.

The best time to travel to Phu Quy Island in Vietnam group tours is from December to June. At this time, the sea is quite calm and blue, so those who are seasick will also reduce the discomfort when moving by boat to here.

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The sun is falling down on Phu Quy Harbor

No one visits the sea without watching the sunset. However, when coming to Phu Quy, although everybody has no reason or plan, visitors cannot take their eyes off the sunset in this place. There are many beautiful spots on the island such as Ngu Phung Embankment, Thuy Nai Palace, Trieu Duong Bay.

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The sunset in Phu Quy Island

There are not many tourist destinations where local people are happy to welcome visitors as in Phu Quy Island, and visitors will soon realize this as soon as you step into the territory of the island. Many visitors who have visited the island have the same opinion that the people in Phu Quy Island are very enthusiastic and kind. The local people can bring travelers the peace of mind and much laughter. Therefore, tourists are not surprised when anybody invites you into their houses to drink water and share interesting stories on this island.

Besides, Trieu Duong Bay is a popular place with many domestic and international tourists in the Vietnam group tours. This beach is known for wide sandy beaches, clear blue water. This place suits for going picnic.

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Bewitched by the beauty of Trieu Duong Bay

Especially, the status cramped, crowded at the beach is complete without in this island. Therefore, visitors can enjoy a dip in the clear water, and watch the vast sky in the sea.

Moreover, visiting Cao Cat Mountain is one of the things to do in Vietnam for any visitors when coming here. From the top of Cao Cat Mountain, visitors will be able to see the views of the sea, mountains, villages, boats and bustling Phu Quy port.

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The majestic beauty of Cao Cat Mountain

The highlight of this place is the cliffs, which are the difference of the mountain ranges coming to the sea. Mount Cao Cat in the north of Phu Quy Island is one of the two highest mountains in the island. It is also considered by local people as a sacred mountain.

Not only attracting tourists by many beautiful beaches with clear waters, Phu Quy also has many scenic spots and temples for tourists to visit.

Van An Thanh is located on a white sand beach in Trieu Duong village, Tam Thanh commune, Phu Quy district. At present, Van An Thanh preserved nearly 100 skeletons including whales, leatherback turtles. This can be considered an oceanographic museum with the rich collection of whales.

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The whale skeleton in Van An Thanh

Linh Son Pagoda is quite spacious with many unique architectural items, which is harmonious with the natural beauty. This temple plays a very important role in the spiritual life of people on Phu Quy Island. Linh son Pagoda is the spiritual support for the fishermen before going to sea.

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Mountain cliffs have an impressive shape on Linh Son Pagoda

From Long Hai Commune, visitors can easily reach the foot of the Cao Cat Mountain and walk the stone steps to the Linh Son Pagoda.

Moreover, when coming here, visitors can learn about the shrimp farming, aquaculture of fishermen. In addition, travelers can explore many beautiful islands such as Hon Tranh, Hon Trung, Hon Do, and enjoy the delicious fresh seafood.

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Enjoy the delicious fresh seafood in Phu Quy Island

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 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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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.

Vietnamese terraces

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.

Son Doong Cave

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”.

Nha Trang beach

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!