Spend Vietnam day tours to Dai Lai Flamingo Resort

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

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Dai Lai Lake

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

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Flamingo Dai Lai resort from above view

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

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

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A villa in the resort

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

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

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

What you need to know about Vietnam’s weather

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

Weather in Northern Vietnam

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

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

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

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Hanoi in fall (Source: Internet)

Weather in Central Vietnam

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Nha Trang weather (Source: Internet)

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

Weather in Southern Vietnam

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Best time to visit Saigon (Source: Internet)

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

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The weather in the Mekong Delta (Source: Internet)

When is the best time of year to visit Vietnam?

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

Cat Ba Island in Summer

Cat Ba Island in summer (Source: Internet)

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

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How to avoid taxi scams in Vietnam

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

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

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

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

Vinasun Taxi

VinaSun Taxi (Source: Internet)

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

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

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

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

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Taxi at airport (Source: Internet)

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

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

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

Tourists trying Uber in Vietnam

Tourists trying Uber in Vietnam (Source: Internet)

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

 

HOW TO HAVE A GOOD TRIP TO VIETNAM ISLANDS?

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

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

1.When is the best time to visit?

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

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

Ha Long Bay in a sunny clear day of May

Ha Long Bay in a sunny clear day of May

2.How to have a good trip?

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

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

Colourful fishes in a local market of Ly Son Island

Colourful fishes in a local market of Ly Son Island

3.TopVietnam Islands:

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

Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island:

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

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

Chilling on a quiet beach on Cat Ba Island

Chilling on a quiet beach on Cat Ba Island

Ly Son Island:

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

A peaceful dawn on the sea of Ly Son

A peaceful dawn on the sea of Ly Son

View from ThoiLoi Peak that surprises tourists with magnificent landscape

View from Thoi Loi Peak that surprises tourists with magnificent landscape

Con Dao Island:

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

Crystal clean water around beautiful Con Dao

Crystal clean water around beautiful Con Dao

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

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

 

Top 5 Things To Do in Cat Ba Island

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

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

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

1.Chilling on Cat Co Beach:

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

One of the most beautiful beaches in Cat Ba

One of the most beautiful beaches in Cat Ba

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

2.Having a boat day trip on the ocean:

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

One of the most beautiful beaches in Cat Ba

Go Kayaking in Cat Ba Island

Snorkeling in the cool water of Lan Ha Bay

Snorkeling in the cool water of Lan Ha Bay

3.Trekking and Hiking in Cat Ba National Park:

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

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

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

Enjoy the pristine natural beauty of the forest through trekking activity

Enjoy the pristine natural beauty of the forest through trekking activity

4.Cycling  around the island:

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

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

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

5.Viewing the sunset on Cannon Fort:

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

Sunset view from Cannon Fort on Cat Ba Island

Sunset view from Cannon Fort on Cat Ba Island

One day in Phu Quoc island paradise

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

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

Location of Sao beach – Phu Quoc

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

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

Why is it called Sao beach?

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

Sao beach - Phu Quoc

Sao beach – Phu Quoc

Sao beach – An essential Vietnam tours

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

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

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

Attractive beauty of Khem beach – Phu Quoc

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

Khem beach

Khem beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mong Tay island

Mong Tay island

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

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

Along the sea of Vietnam

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Let’s discover tourism heavens in this narrow coastal strip and earn some experience while having Vietnam islands tours.

If you are craving for a piece of tropical paradise in South East Asia, Vietnam has some magnificent and intriguing offerings in islands and beyond, including white sandbanks and crystal clear beaches that surely lock up the heart of many foreign tourists. So do not hesitate to consider your own Vietnam islands tours with the list of exciting things below.

In the north, the Ha Long Bay area has earned its enormous reputation with majestic landscape of craggy limestone islets, but you need to choose your boat trip carefully as this UNESCO-listed region is wildly popular. So why do not invest a little time to explore the less-visited, outer islands?

Near the famous bay is Cat Ba, the largest island in the Ha Long Archipelago. Off the central coast, Ly Son Island will be a great escape to nature, while in the Deep South; Phu Quoc is developing fast as one of the biggest tourist attractions but still preserves its unspoiled wild beauty. All of them are well recommended for some ideal Vietnam islands tours.

Cat Ba Island

Being fed up with common suggestions found in the countless number of travel reviews, such as swimming, kayaking, snorkeling or boat tours around the bay? Here is another thing you can do only in Cat Ba area. The island is well-known for its majestic limestone ranges of mountains, which challenge the conquering instinct of the adventurous. Thus, there are some rock climbing tours organized in Cat Ba Island to meet the increasing demand.

One of the most popular organizers is Asia Outdoors. Depending on your own skill, the climbing guides will help you choose the suitable destinations to get the most out of experience in Cat Ba. The climbing areas around Cat Ba require either an access pass or direct payment to the property owner. Visitors can purchase the access pass through travel agents as well as inquire about direct payments. The fee ranges from VND50,000 to VND70,000 per hour. For further information, you can seek on its own website at www.asiaoutdoors.com.vn or contact the local telephone number to get the best services.

Steep rock wall at Tiger Beach in the south of Cat Ba Island

Steep rock wall at Tiger Beach in the south of Cat Ba Island

The Face is an incredible challenge for the climbers

The Face is an incredible challenge for the climbers

Ly Son Island

Ly Son Island has an utterly unhurried ambiance. The slow pace of local life creates the specific tranquil atmosphere all over the island. Although it has been fastly commercialized in the last 2 years for potential tourism, the wild beauty is still seducing many nature lovers to have Ly Son island tours. Besides popular activities like swimming, snorkeling and sightseeing, tourist can savour brand new thing at here: overnight camping.

The final point of the island, close to the Duc Temple, is the ideal campsite for groups of friends and romantic couples. Not far from the residential area but still quiet, it is a paradise for wilderness camping with rock hollows forming natural corners on the beautiful curved beaches, crystal clear sea water and deep blue sky.

Opening view to the blue world around Ly Son Island

Opening view to the blue world around Ly Son Island

Do not forget to bring adequate food, water and basic personal items with you if you plan to go camping there. Ly Son Island does not have fresh water so you must bring enough water; along with tents, blankets and camping utensils. You can also hire at some rental shops in the island center or local families at reasonable prices (from VND100,000 to VND200,000 per night)

Recommendation: Gio Bien Homestay and Camping, Dao Be, AnBinh Commune, Ly Son District.

                                                                                                       

Phu Quoc Island

In the deep southern part stays the largest island of Vietnam. With the abundant resources of seafood given by Mother Nature, Phu Quoc is world renowned for producing some of the best fish sauce (nướcmắm) It is also one of a handful places in the world where tourists can actually witness how the stinky sauce is made. Thus, a visit to a traditional fish sauce factory is no doubt a novel experience in the Phu Quoc Island tours.

Tourists can visit warehouses where large wooden vats containing tons of anchovies are held, look at the drainage pipe with every single drop of the sea essence and stop by the gift shops for local souvenirs. There is no admission charge to visit these factories and a guide is not necessary as the making process is too simple for foreigners to understand.

The following are a list of fish sauce factories in Phu Quoc that worth paying a visit:

Khai Hoan Fish Sauce Factory

Khai Hoan Fish Sauce Factory

Address: 11 Hung Vuong Street, Duong Dong Town

A tour to Phung Hung Fish Sauce Factory

A tour to Phung Hung Fish Sauce Factory

Address: 201 Nguyen Van Cu, AnThoi Town

Vietnam honeymoon tour to Phu Quoc Island

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Honeymoon trip is the most awaited trip for any newly-wed couple. If you are seeking for a romantic and tranquil tourist destination, why don’t join a Vietnam honeymoon tour to Phu Quoc Island? Check out this below article from vietnamislands to explore what Phu Quoc Island honeymoon trip awaits!

Phu Quoc Island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, near Cambodian border. Nicknamed as “The Emerald Island”, Phu Quoc Island is known for its glimmering natural greenery. With white sandy beaches, beach-resorts along the palm-lined southwest coast and rustic fishing villages, this paradise island can satisfy any tourist.

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island – Honeymoon paradise island

As you are on Phu Quoc Island, one of the top islands in Vietnam, you can’t miss the pristine beaches in this tropical paradise. With white sand and crystal clear water, Sao Beach, Dai Beach, Hon Thom Beach and Ganh Dau Beach are the most beautiful beaches preferred by tourists traveling to this island. You can also dive into the water to watch the colorful coral reefs under the sea. In your Phu Quoc Island best tour in Vietnam, nothing can be more romantic than holding hands and strolling along the beach with your lover. Watching the sunset over the ocean with your loved one is one of the most unforgettable experiences awaiting you in Phu Quoc Island.

Don’t forget to visit Ham Ninh Fishing Village – the oldest village in Phu Quoc Island. Ham Ninh is known for Bai Vong Port Bridge which connects the mainland with the sea. At dawn and dusk, contemplating view from Bai Vong is such an enjoyment. You can admire the spectacular beauty of this fairyland where sky, clouds, mountains, and water all blend into a picturesque scenery.

Ham Ninh Fishing Village

Ham Ninh Fishing Village

Moreover, Phu Quoc Island is peppered with luxurious resorts hidden among the lush tropical forest along the coast. In your Phu Quoc Island honeymoon trip, staying at a fancy resort is highly recommended. A lazy day massage in a spa, relax on a swimming pool with a direct view to the beach, a cozy dinner in the sparkling candle lights, that sounds relaxing enough for an ideal honeymoon tour for a couple. With the peaceful, tranquil atmosphere and romantic ambiance, Phu Quoc Island will whisk you away from the fast pace of daily busy city life. You will feel revived, full of energy and eager to fall in love more deeply after this best tour in Vietnam.

A luxury resort in Phu Quoc

A luxury resort in Phu Quoc Island

In addition, Phu Quoc is known for the famous Phu Quoc Fish Sauce. If you want to find out the process to make this famous specialty, you can go to Phu Quoc Fish Sauce factory. Here, you can also try the finest fish sauce in Vietnam and buy it as a gift for friends and family after an amazing Vietnam honeymoon tour.

The best Vietnam island travel guide for an unparalleled holiday

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It is fortunate for Vietnam to have some of the most splendid islands in the world. Today, vietnamislands will bring you to a comprehensive Vietnam island travel guide for your holiday.

Cat Ba Islands

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island

When to visit Cat Ba

June and July are the best months due to comfortable weather of autumn in Cat Ba. However, there is a difference between domestic and foreign tourists. While domestic tourists often come to Cat Ba in summer and autumn (April to October), foreign travelers tend to love winter and spring (November to March).

How to get there

  • By motorboat

If you start from Hai Phong City, taking a motorboat will be an ideal way to save your time. Binh Station is the place you need to go and buy tickets from. It takes about 200,000 – 250,000 VND per ticket (about $8.8 – $11) and 45 minutes to get to Cat Ba.

  • By ferry-boat

Ferry-boat is available to help those with a private car. Although it takes 2-3 hours to arrive at the island, 4 times more than taking a motorboat, you will need to pay only 50,000 – 70,000 VND per person (about $2.2 – $3.8). Come to Dinh Vu Station if this means of transportation is your choice.

Where to go

  • Sea-bathing

It would be ashamed if you don’t take a sea-bath once in Cat Ba beaches. Three most famous ones are Cat Co 1, 2, and 3, which are very close to the center of the island. Cat Co 2 seems to attract the greatest number of tourists because of crystal clear blue water. It takes 10,000 VND per person (44 cents) to enter the beaches.

One notification from local travel guides for you is that you should go ashore before 6.30 pm. The tides can go high and waves can crash severely after that time.

  • Visiting Monkey Island

Its former name was Cat Dua (Pineapple Sand) due to a large number of wild pineapple trees found on the island. Today, the name Monkey Island is more familiar because 20 little monkeys often go down to the beach and play with travelers. Located on Lan Ha Bay of Cat Ba Islands, Monkey Island will be an unforgettable destination.

  • Cai Beo ancient fishing village

As one of the oldest fishing village in Vietnam, Cai Beo is very famous in Cat Ba Islands. The houses there are floated on the sea-water surface, making it easy for villagers to raise their farm. Unlike the crowded station in Lan Ha Bay, the village is very peaceful and lovely.

You should rent a boat and listen to the stories about Cai Beo village from the ferryman. You will see how wonderful the place is.

Ly Son Island

Ly Son Island

Clear blue water in Ly Son

When to visit Ly Son

The best time to come to Ly Son is from June to September. It is summer in Vietnam and almost sunny every day on the island.

How to get there

  • By motorboat

Before going to Ly Son by motorboat, which is located on Sa Ky Port, you need to get to Quang Ngai Province. There are three options to arrive there, including by plane, by train, and by coach. You can choose the means you want depending on your budget.

Where to go

  • Cave pagoda

The pagoda is situated on An Hai commune in Ly Son Island. It was built by one of the founders of An Hai commune thousands of years ago. The pagoda has such a strange name because it lies in one of the largest caves in Ly Son.

Under the gate of the temple, there is a skylight whose water is originated from underground. The moss and stalactites created by the skylight make the whole pagoda look mysterious and fabulous.

  • Mu Cu Island

If you want to watch the sunrise, this island will be a perfect place. About 3.2 kilometers (1 mile) away from the center of Ly Son Town, Mu Cu is right close to An Hai anchor. The island is beautiful due to exclusive black boulders overlapping one another.

However, things that are most attractive about the island are the quiet, peace, and excellent places to watch the sunrise. It is an appropriate place for anyone looking for a silent space and enjoying the nature.

  • Thoi Loi Mountaintop

Thoi Loi is the highest mountain on Ly Son Island and also an extinct volcano. The way to its mountaintop have relatively a lot of obstacles and difficulties. Although it is only 149 meters high and cannot be compared to Fansipan or Everest, the mountaintop is enough to horripilate the bravest ones.

But when getting to the top, all efforts will be paid. A freshwater lake will appear in the sunlight, combining with a herd of cows grazing on the meadows, make everything look like a magnificent oil painting. Try to get to the top and you will see.

Con Dao Island

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Ca map cape Con Dao

When to visit Con Dao

The first special thing that you should know about Con Dao is that you can visit it anytime in a year. From March to September, it is the rainy season. However, the rain never lasts longer than 1 hour and the weather is always fine. From October to February, although the waves are usually big, the West and South-West side of the island are appropriate for sea-bathing.

How to get there

  • By plane

If you start from Ho Chi Minh City or Can Tho City, taking the direct airline of Vietnam Airlines will be an outstanding option. If you get going from Hanoi, you will need to transit in one of the previous cities. The flight often takes 55 minutes.

  • By sea

Taking a trip with a minimum budget is always on the top priorities of many people. And traveling by sea is a way to do that. To buy a boat ticket to Ben Dam harbor on Con Dao Island, you will need to get to Cat Lo harbor in Vung Tau City. 350,000 VND per ticket ($15.4) is the money you need to pay.

Nevertheless, there might be a chance that you will have seasick while staying on the boat, especially from September to March. So prepare yourself.

Where to go

  • Dam Trau Beach

Considered the most staggering beach on the island, Dam Trau is 12 kilometers away from Co Ong airport. The place is famous for its pearl white seashore, soft sand, and unique primeval forests. Therefore, tourists can choose to sea bath, sightsee, or particularly, scuba-diving to see coral reefs. It will be a brand new experience for risk-takers.

  • Con Dao prison

Con Dao has a system of prisons, built by the French in wartime to keep Vietnamese soldiers under their watch. The most popular cell room in the system was the “Tiger Prison,” which is also the fiercest one. To have deeper understandings on Vietnamese history and character, visiting Con Dao prison is an exceptionally good way.

  • Suoi Nong Beach

This is another magnificent beach on Con Dao Island. Its difference from Dam Trau Beach is that travelers do not come here to sea-bath. They come to visit a remarkable mangrove forest, which is not easy to be found in other islands. If you want to try rowing a boat and take a look at one of the most exclusive marine ecology in Vietnam, Suoi Nong Beach is always welcomed.

Phu Quoc Island

Sunrise on Phu Quoc

Sunrise on Phu Quoc

When to visit Phu Quoc

Similar to Con Dao Island, Phu Quoc weather is beautiful all year round because the average temperature is always approximately 28 Celsius degrees. Nonetheless, Phu Quoc is the most stunning in the dry season, which is from October and March. And the most important thing is to keep track of the weather forecast to pick the best time to go.

How to get there

  • By plane

Traveling by air is a recommended means of transportation in this situation. Again, Vietnam Airlines will be your best friend because it is the only brand having a direct flight from almost anywhere in the South Vietnam. It will take about 50 minutes to get to Phu Quoc Island.

  • By motorboat

If you have time to spare, hitting the road on a motorboat seems so fantastic. You will have to wait for over 2 hours before taking the first steps on the island. The price for a person is about 320,000 VND (about $14). There is an air-conditioner and high-tech television that they want to tall around the world. The staff on the boats are always willing to help passengers when they meet difficulties.

Where to go

  • Bai Sao Beach

Bai Sao is one of the most spectacular beaches on Phu Quoc Island. The place has an over 7-kilometer white and curved seashore. Looking from above, you will see how it is similar to a moon on the wane. Bai Sao Beach is always crowded with tourists in the afternoon so coming at early times will be better for you.

  • Coi Nguon Museum

You will not want to bypass the place if you love history. The museum keeps “the soul” of Phu Quoc Island. Every piece of the stories about the island will be revealed when you come to the museum. There are over 3000 antiques are being preserved there. 300 of them are precious bibliographies about Phu Quoc, written in Chinese character, Vietnamese, English, and French.

  • Dinh Cau Cape

This is a common tourist site that no one wants to ignore. The cape has an odd shape, which is totally created by Mother Nature and concealed by the ocean. There is an ancient sacred temple on the cape with a pair of flying dragons on its roof. They make the temple even more beautiful and stunning.

We hope that this Vietnam island travel guide has satisfied you. And we also wish that you would have to most incredible holiday next time you come to Vietnam.

Best Vietnam tour for couples

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Granted with enthralling landscapes from mountains to islands and beaches, Vietnam must be on the top destinations to go on your honeymoon tour. Here are some places that vietnamislands thinks you should visit on the honeymoon tour.

 

Valley of Love in Da Lat

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Da Lat – the city of Love and Flowers

Located about 5km to the northeast of the heart of the city of Da Lat, the Valley of Love is one of the poetic beauty sites and always draws a large number of travelers, especially couples from different corners of the country and from abroad. What makes the Valley of Love in Da Lat an ideal place for dating? It is the great combination of year-round cool and pure weather and romantic setting created by Da Thien Lake and the pine forests that are always covered with green as well as a lot of entertainment activities.

The Valley of Love in Da Lat is considered as a symbol of love for all the challenges it surpassed in the past to gain its rightful name today. The Valley of Love was first called Vallée D’amour by the French in the 1930s before being renamed to The Valley of Peace under Bao Dai time. But it was not until 1953 that its name of was changed into Vietnamese name Thung Lung Tinh Yeu, which exists until today.

 The Valley of Love

The Valley of Love

On being asked about the reason why they choose the Valley of Love in Da Lat as a must-visit destination on their Vietnam honeymoon, most newlyweds will eagerly tell you about the unspoiled but impressive scenic sight. The Valley of Love gracefully nestles against tiny streams, lush green lawns and rolling hills with endless evergreen pine forest all year round.

Not only does it create favorable conditions for flowers flourishing, the mild climate in the little Paris in Vietnam also makes it easier for you to have many unforgettable memories with your beloved one. What can be better than walking hand in hand admiring the poetic of this valley, surveying the beauty of shining waterfall, and talking about your future? Besides, the 140-ha Valley of Love is a great place for camping, and teambuilding, ancient trains and paint-gun fights, or horseriding, jeep excursions, motorized and paddle boats on the lake. These amazing activities are designed to be meaningful and appropriate for the couples’ beautiful time in the city of flowers, of mystery and of love.

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc

If you want to spend your honeymoon in a tranquil, romantic environment away from the hustle and bustle of the modern life, Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam is the first idea to come up. The “pearl island” of Vietnam is always on the top destinations for couples in Vietnam for its irresistible classic beauty, a wide range of interesting activities, tempting seafood dishes, and the hospitality of the Islanders.

Stroll hand in hand along the deserted beach, laze around on the beach in a private space with white sands, calm seas, and warm waters; chill out in a hammock; have a one-of-a-kind dinner in a romantic ambiance under the starlight, Phu Quoc has all you can imagine about a honeymoon on this tropical island.

If you are feeling adventurous, there are many hidden spots around the island to explore as well as uncountable exciting activities to take part in such as diving and snorkeling to discover the marine life around the island, go fishing around the north or the southern An Thoi Archipelago, experience hiking and climbing 99 mountains from north to south, and a Jeep tour to survey the north, the south, and the whole island.

Best time to travel Vietnam

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Phu Quoc is beautiful all year round

Though the islands of Phu Quoc in the far south can be visited year-round, the period from December to April is considered as the best time to visit. At this time, the weather is sunny and dry and the seas are so calm and unruffled making it perfect for any outdoor activities. The dry and cold weather in Da Lat from November to May creates favorable conditions to enjoy this lovely town to its fullest.

If Da Lat is where you can find yourselves in the world of colorful flowers, Phu Quoc is where you two can immerse yourselves in a private space away from the noise.

Whatever kind of holiday you picture as a perfect romantic getaway, Phu Quoc Island, which is full of breathtaking landscapes and Da Lat – the little Paris of Vietnam are the best places for couples to travel together.