Handbook for a Hai Tac Island (Kien Giang) travel

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Hai Tac Island is located in Tien Hai Commune, Ha Tien District, Kien Giang Province. It is an archipelago of 16 islands, the largest of which is Tre Island (Doc Island) about 40 km away from Phu Quoc Island. This island has such a strange name like that because, since the ancient times, it has been famous for many mysterious stories related to piracy (“Hai Tac” in Vietnamese means “pirate”). Probably because of that, people named it Hai Tac Island.

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The best time to visit Hai Tac Island

The best time to have a Vietnam off the beaten track tour to Hai Tac Island is from December to April, when the sea has calm waves with only a few small storms, the seawater is clear blue. Therefore, anyone who has seasickness will also reduce the discomfort when moving by boat. Meanwhile, tourists should not travel in the period between April and November because it is the rainy, stormy season on this island.

Transport to Hai Tac Island

From Saigon, you can take a coach to Ha Tien, go sightseeing some places in Ha Tien, then from Ha Tien go to Hai Tac Island. The only way to get to Hai Tac Island is to buy a ticket at Ha Tien Wharf.

On Friday, Saturday & Sunday, there are 2 ships daily from Ha Tien to Hai Tac Island and 2 ships back to Ha Tien Island departing at 9 am and arriving at 2:30 pm. On weekdays there is only one ship at 9 am from Ha Tien and 2:30 pm from the Hai Ta Island. Therefore, you need to pay attention to arrange reasonable schedule when planning a South Vietnam tour to this island. You are recommended to call Ha Tien Wharf for more information.

You should arrive 30 minutes early to buy tickets, its price is from 40,000 VND for one time. If you have any motorbikes, on each ship, the owner with about more 30,000 VND. From Ha Tien it takes about 1 hour 30 minutes, the ship will reach Bai Nam of Hai Tac Island.

Transport on Hai Tac Island

On the island, you can drive around without any fear of getting lost, because the island has only one road, which one side is the majestic mountains while the other side is the beautiful sea.

Moreover, you can have a motorbike taxi tour around the island with the cost about 50,000 / person (7km). The motorbike taxi drivers here are friendly, hospitable, they can even become your guide if you want.

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Local-boats

Especially, if you are comfortable with the cost and time, you should go to the harbor to rent a small boat (run by the local people) running around the island and visit other small islands in the Hai Tac Archipelago. The price for a 10-person boat is also very affordable, only about 300,000 – 400,000 VND per trip. That will definitely become one of your memorable experiences during this Vietnam off the beaten track tours.

Where to live on Hai Tac Island?

Many tourists visiting this island in Vietnam have shared that even though there are no tourist services on the island, it is still attractive.

At present, Hai Tac Island does not have any guesthouses or hotels apart from rooms built by the local people here for visitors to stay overnight with a price of 50,000 VND per person. There is a cheaper room for 2 – 4 people, or a group of 10 people. Or if you have any intentions to go on a picnic, you completely can bring your own tent for camping on the beach.

What to eat on Hai Tac Island?

Hai Tac Island is famous for seafood dishes, such as fish, shrimps, crabs, etc. In particular, you can catch fish, crabs, snails by yourselves and enjoy right on the island. The seafood here is very cheap and delicious. The price only ranges from 120,000 to 140,000 for a kilogram of groupers, 20,000 VND for oysters, 130,000 VND for crabs. You should go to the market early in the morning so that you can buy cheaper seafood and have local peoples process.

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Where to play on Hai Tac Island?

Hai Tac Archipelago has 16 islands located near each other, including Keo Ngua Island, Kien Vang Island, Tre Lon Island, Tre Vinh Island, Gui Island, U Island, Giang Island, Cho Ro Island, Duoc Non Island, Bo Dap Island, Doi Mo Island. Among them, Tre Island (Doc Island) is the center of Tien Hai Island where most of the local people live. On the island, there are many beautiful white sand beaches stretching over a few meters where you can freely roam and do scuba diving, snorkeling. Besides, there is also a freshwater pond, which is the freshwater reserve for the whole island, so it is very important.

The place cannot be ignored while having a Vietnam beach vacation to Hai Tac Island is the national sovereignty landmark, naming all 16 islands of the Hai Tac Archipelago. Coming here, you will have a chance to experience the natural wild landscape. Other interesting activities on the island are night catching fish or squids, etc. When you stay at local houses, you can ask them to let you follow the boat to the sea to try new feelings.

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Hai-Tac-landmark

Exploring Cu Lao Cham – a tourist island in Quang Nam

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There are many ways to come to Cu Lao Cham. You can go trekking by yourself or have a package tour in one day. Usually, a Vietnam private tour to Cu Lao Cham is much more suitable for those who lack time. However, if you would like to explore and relax, you can totally travel with the schedule of 3 days and 2 nights.

When to go to Cu Lao Cham?

The best time to visit Cu Lao Cham is from March to August every year because of the warm weather and calm sea. In other months of the year, the sea is turbulent with many storms, boats almost cannot access to the island and it becomes an isolated area.

If you also want to go sightseeing Hoi An – the lantern ancient town during your trip, you should go on the full moon days in lunar months. But surprisingly, on the 14th day of the lunar month, the town is much more shimmering than the 15th day.

Or if you want to participate in the cultural festivals of the people on the island, you can choose to go on the festival occasions such as Le hoi Cau ngu (3rd – 4th lunar April) or Le gio To nghe Yen (9th – 10th lunar March).

How to get to Cu Lao Cham?

From Hoi An you have two means of transportation to Cu Lao Cham, which are canoes and wooden boats.

It only takes about 20 minutes to travel by canoe, but the price is quite high, 150,000 VND/ person but it is suitable for those who love strong feelings. There are a lot of canoe trips during the day departing from Cua Dai Pier. Tickets can be purchased from the pier or from any Vietnam local tour operators in the Ancient Town.

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Canoeing to Cu Lao Cham

If you choose wood boats, it will definitely be slower but more economical, and the feeling of floating on the sea is quite adventurous. However, if you are seasick then you are highly advised to travel by canoe. Wooden boat starts from Bach Dang Pier at 8 am, costing 50,000 VND/ Vietnamese, 100,000 VND/ foreigner and 30,000 VND/ motorbike. In the afternoon, the boat departs from Cu Lao Cham Pier at 1 pm.

Where to stay in Cu Lao Cham?

Cu Lao Cham does not have any hotels or resorts but homestays, and it is an interesting experience for anyone who wants to explore this beautiful green island. The cost ranges from 50,000 – 100,000 VND/ person or 150,000 VND/ double room for 2 people. Most homestays are near Ong Beach, Lang Beach and Huong Beach.

These homestays provide not only accommodation services but also a full range of others such as meals, laundry, motorbike rental, tour guides, boat rentals, coral reefs viewing, etc. The local people here are very gentle, friendly and enthusiastic, so do not hesitate to ask them anything you do not know on this island.

In addition to homestays, you also have another option, which is camping on the beach if you go in big groups. There are many supporting services for camping in the area of Ong Beach, Huong Beach. But if you like a completely open space, then you can consider Bim Beach and Xep Beach.

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Camping on the beach

What to do in Cu Lao Cham?

Going to the beach is certainly a must-do activity in any Vietnam off the beaten track tours to Cu Lao Cham. Cu Lao Cham island has up to seven beaches with different characteristics, so you can freely choose some suitable for swimming, relaxing and playing. Besides, Cu Lao Cham also has many other entertainment activities to make it become one of the best tours in Vietnam.

Sea Trek – Self-feeding fish and watching the coral reefs at the bottom of the sea

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Sea-trekking

This service has been available in Cu Lao Cham since the end of 2016, but now it is very famous to both domestic and international visitors. With the equipment from the US, you can freely walk on the seabed without knowing how to swim or dive. If you have been to Cu Lao Cham, then you can contact Sea Trek, they will hook you up for Sea Trekking with the price of 850,000 VND/ adult. Or else you can buy a full tour, including hotel picking, canoe to and out the island, meals, island tour, swimming, watching coral reefs and of course sea trekking.

Diving and watching coral reefs

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Diving and watching coral reefs

Most of the Cu Lao Cham tours offer this activity. However, if you want to go on your own, you can buy tickets at the pier with the price of 150,000 VND/ person with full equipment, life jackets, ships taking you to the diving area, etc. and also a guide to accompany you.

Visiting other islands by boat

There are seven other islands around Hon Lao, so if you can rent a boat to visit these islands. If you rent a package tour for the whole morning or afternoon, the price is 600,000 VND/ boat, carrying about 10 people. At this price, the boat owners will take you to visit Hon Ba, Yen Island, diving and watching coral reefs (more diving fees) and bathing on Bim Beach. But if you just want to visit Yen Island, the price is only about 300,000 VND/ boat. Cu Lao Cham is the only place in Quang Nam Province where salanganes live.

Bathing on Bim Beach

Night sky watching

At night, here in Cu Lao Cham, there is not much light like in the city. Therefore, nothing is better than lying on the sandy beach, listening to the waves and watching the starry sky. This will undoubtedly be the most romantic experience of your Vietnam off the beaten track tour.

Moreover, there are some other games that tourists often such as boat rowing in Huong beach, or deep diving, etc. Depending on your likings and purposes, you can also consider trying these activities.

Discover Diep Son Island This Summer

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The image of the white sandy beach, blue water in Diep Son Island must be kept in mind of the visitors who had Nha Trang island tours. For those who have never been to Diep Son, why don’t you set a plan to discover the new land? Here are some experiences of Diep Son Island tourism in the summer.

Diep Son is a series of 3 small islands lying in the waters of Van Phong Bay, Khanh Hoa province. Hon Dat – Hon Giai – Hon Dau are connected by natural sand dunes of which width is less than 1 meter.

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Diep Son Island

About 6 am when the ebb tide happens, the sand dunes will reveal a road in the middle of that corner of the island, allowing visitors get through from one island to another one without any sea guard.

Because Diep Son Island is 100% uninhabited island, there are only about 80 households on the island, living conditions are very limited. So if you are waiting for a Nha Trang luxury tour, you should not drop in this island. Every day these households have just about 3 hours of electricity, mostly in the evening. Residents in this inhabitant of the island mainly work as fishermen.

Traveling to Diep Son from December to the next June will be the best time for your Nha Trang tours as the sea is quite calm and blue. This time is also better for visitors to reduce the situation of seasick if they take a boat to here.

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Visiting Diep Son from December to next June

Some highlights in Diep Son

The first experience will be the unique beach road. From Van Gia, after about 1 hour floating on the sea, the archipelago Diep Son with 3 small islands will appear clearly on the horizon. Do not take the train to go straight to Diep Son; stop at the middle island where you can see the road under the sea, stretching about 800 meters, connecting with the big island Diep Son.

After experiencing this route, let’s visit Diep Son Island consisting of about 80 households, mainly living by fishing. The inhabitants of the island rely on generators in the evening, each family having only three hours of daily electricity. The life of the people is difficult, so tourists can combine tourism and charity.

Visiting Diep Son Island, you can explore the small island around, the most prominent part of which is Hon Mot, about 15 minutes away by train. Here, the most interesting point is the pristine, deserted, blue beach and a small grass field. This will be the ideal place for you to take photos, record photos sparkling memories of Van Phong Bay.

Since the tourism, if Diep Son Island has not developed yet, there are no hotels and motels so you can bring your own tents to camp on the beach. Coming to the island, you should meet the village headman, asked for permission to stay on the island and then meet Pha Bang police chief to report.

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Young people visiting Diep Son

The island is very secure, so there is not necessary to worry much about theft. However, of course, we should protect our belongings.

One more thing visitors should notice is that there aren’t many places which can offer food and drinks, so you should prepare Nha Trang food tours by yourself. There is a chicken farm on the island, people can buy to eat.

Electricity on the island is only from 6 to 9 pm, so people should take the initiative, in a case using locals’ electricity, you should also pay them because they have to pay for it.

The island is very clean with no industrial waste, so people should not litter and consciously keep their surroundings clean.

Summer on the island is quite hot, however, the wind is very strong and cold in the rainy season, so if you go camping in the rainy season, it is best to meet the village chief to camp in the school.

How to travel to Diep Son

From Van Gia Town, go along Tran Hung Dao Street to reach the pier. Normally, the train runs early in the morning, late afternoon, at about 3 pm. If you take the train from here to Diep Son, you have to depend on the other local passengers.

If you rent a whole boat of fishermen to go to the island, go along Tran Hung Dao Street to see Hai uncle who is the driver of the boat. The cost of transportation for a Nha Trang island tour is just about 500,000 VND.

Hope you will have a wonderful summer vacation there!

GORGEOUS ISLANDS IN VIETNAM ATTRACTING MILLIONS OF VISITORS

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Vietnam is famous for much natural beautiful scenery such as Ha Long Bay, Doong Cave, Hoian ancient town and so on. Today, we would like to share with you some gorgeous islands with cool blue water and long sandy beach. Hope that you enjoy them.

1. Ly Son Island

Ly Son is an island district of Quang Ngai Province, located about 30 kilometers from the seashore, with an area of nearly 10 km2 and a population of over 20,000 people. Ly Son Island has left an unforgettable impression in the hearts of visitors with its warm sunny days, the beautiful beaches and the extremely welcoming local people. If you do not know where to go in this summer, Ly Son Island would be an ideal destination for your Vietnam beach vacation.

Ly Son Island consists of 3 islands: Big Island, Small Island and Mu Cu Island. The Big Island is also called Re Island, which is the center of Ly Son. Small Island is also known as An Binh. Mu Cu Island in the east, located close to Big Island, is the smallest and uninhabited island.

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Breath-taking view in Small Island

Dubbed as the “fairy island” in the middle of the sea with blue jade water, Ly Son Island will definitely be the destination that you cannot miss.

2. Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc is one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam located in the Gulf of Thailand in Kien Giang Province. Phu Quoc has long been famous for tourists from all over the country and internationally.

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Phu Quoc Island with clear blue water

Phu Quoc has many beautiful beaches stretching from the north to the south, with 99 hill ranges and pristine forests with abundant fauna and flora. In the south of the island, there are 12 different small islands such as the An Thoi archipelago, or in the north, there are Mong Tay, Doi Moi, Bang, and Thay Boi archipelago … these ones are ideal places for fishing, scuba diving, wilderness exploration, and picnics.

Clear blue seawater, peaceful streams, and much unique seafood are the great advantages of Phu Quoc tourism. It is worth to be one of the best islands in Vietnam.

3. Nam Du Island

Located 250 kilometers from the south of Saigon, Nam Du Island is considered as a destination that Southern peoples must visit during the holidays.

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Nam Du Island – an ideal destination for holidays

Nam Du is a small archipelago of Kien Hai district in Kien Giang Province. The largest island in the Nam Du archipelago is Hon Lon, in An Son commune. Nam Du Island tourism has not developed, everything is quite wild and natural. So if you are who have a great sense of adventure then we suggest that you should come here and enjoy your Con Dao tour.

4. Vinh Hy Bay

Vinh Hy Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in Vietnam. Vinh Hy is located 40 kilometers from the north of Phan Rang city (in the North East of Ninh Thuan Province). The sea here is extremely blue, also there are many attractive seafood rafts. When it comes to Vinh Hy, you cannot forget to pay a visit to Binh Hung Island. Therefore it is very suitable for the Saigoners to have Vietnam tailor-made tour.

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The picturesque beauty of Vinh Hy

Vinh Hy Bay is an ideal destination for travelers who like to explore the wild and poetic nature. The three sides are green hills interspersed with bizarrely shaped limestone around embracing Vinh Hy. The green sea ripples in the ripples like soft silk ribbon flutter. Sure that you will be overwhelmed by its beauty at the first sight.

5. Cau Island

Finally, we recommend you Cau Island. It is located in Lien Huong Town, Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province. Not many people know about this place because there are not many tourist services there and vehicles to the island still have to face many difficulties as well. However, once you have arrived at Cau Island, you will not believe your eyes with the color of the sea here.

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Cau Island with clear sea water

Coming to Cau Island, you will be immersed yourself in the “real” sea paradise: it is so wild and beautiful that you will feel amazed. The clear water along with the stones which are eroded by the wind into many interesting shapes. This island is not large when getting here, you can walk around and explore it easily. Around the island are green beaches in succession, each one is so attractive that you can jump to soak in the water as long as possible. It would be definitely one of must-go destination in your Con Dao tours.

Vietnamese traditional trade village

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Where would you go if you are on Vietnam group tours? Have you ever traveled to villages in Southern Vietnam? If you haven’t then we highly suggest you to try group tour in Vietnam to visit these villages.

Trade villages are a special feature of Southern Vietnam as their popularity and delicate products. There are some of the trade villages that you should visit when traveling to Vietnam with Vietnam group tours.

Bat Trang pottery village

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Bat Trang pottery village

Bat Trang pottery village is now located in Bat Trang commune, Gia Lam district, Hanoi. The village has a history of over 500 years, though many generations Bat Trang pottery village has gained both reputations in and outside the country. Here the families still remain the skills and traits of the previous generations, therefore, the Bat Trang products are specific and sophisticated. Ceramic products of Bat Trang are also exported to many places in the world. With the long history, along with the variety of product design, the pottery village attracts a large number of domestic and foreign tourists to visit and learn about the history and pottery making process. Here you can visit the pottery village and join the pottery by the artisan guide and eat the traditional dishes such as bun cha.

Dong Ho Painting Village

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Dong Ho Painting Village

Dong Ho painting is not strange to every Vietnamese people. The village located in Song Ho Commune, Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province. The unique feature of Dong Ho painting is in the painting layout, paper, the harmonized colors and their own characteristics. The Dong Ho villagers know how to manipulate and filter the natural materials to create the traditional colors which are both bright and durable. Some of the traditional can be listed are the blue from copper rust, the indigo blue of the indigo tree, etc. Dong Ho paintings are sold most in Lunar New Year. In the days approaching the New Year, visitors come here to collect paintings make the village especially crowded. This is also one of the tourist attractions in and outside the country of Bac Ninh.

Ha Dong Silk Village

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Ha Dong Silk Village

Ha Dong silk or Van Phuc silk is a silk weaving village with a long history. The village is considered to have the oldest pattern in Vietnam. In the past, Van Phuc silk was used in the court thanks to the good quality and beautiful pattern. Nowadays, there are 800 families still doing the weaving silk job, in which the retaining of ancient weavings and modern mechanical frames is maintained. This shows that the villager still preserves the traditional feature integrating with modern devices in the trend of integration. With the famous brand and long historic tradition, a tour to Van Phuc silk village promises to bring many interesting things to the visitors. They will have the opportunity to buy genuine silk products. Not ending at that, you can also observe the making silk process of talented artisans.

Doi Tam Drum Village

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Doi Tam Drum Village

When mentioning the drum making job, we all mention the traditional village Doi Tam – Duy Tien – Ha Nam. Doi Tam Drum Village is such a famous village with its 1000 years of history and many famous masters throughout the region. The job of drum making is a hereditary succession. This later generation follows the previous generation to preserve and develop it. Here, people make many kinds of drums and produce thousands of all kinds of drums each year. Doi Tam drum is famous for its durability, beauty, roundness and so on. It is thanks to the secret of the village and the enthusiasm of the drum making artisans. Doi Tam drum village has been recognized as the typical traditional village of the country. Its drum products have been sold in European countries, this proves the value of the Doi Tam drum products.

Non Nuoc stone handicraft village

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Non Nuoc stone carving village

Non Nuoc stone handicraft village is famous both at home and abroad for marble handicraft products. Non Nuoc stone handicraft village belongs to Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang city. Every time when stopping at Ngu Hanh Son, people usually visit the village and buys gifts. About the history of the village, it was formed in the 18th century by the Thanh Hoa artisan Huynh Ba Quat exploring. Materials for making handicrafts are marble, previously from Ngu Hanh Son Mountain. Ngu Hanh Son mountain has many colors, luxurious beauty, is the preferred item in construction and architecture. From impassioned stone, the artisans create exquisite products. Visit the stone handicraft village, you will admire the artwork made from stone. Each work expresses the talent of the craftsman and the variety of sizes and shapes, from the Buddha statues, people statues, statues of Vietnamese celebrities, etc. All are engraved pattern very meticulous and sophisticated. So this is a promising destination for many interesting things for tourists.

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