Thinking Of Vietnam Group Tours? Head For The Coto Islands!


At this time, you may start to plan a summer trip as a self-reward for hard-working days. Going by yourself is easy, but things get more complicated if you travel with friends or family because people have different interests! In that case, Coto islands may be the solution!

Today, I’ll give a Coto travel guide and you can consider going on a group tour to the island after reading this!

Coto island in Quang Ninh

Coto island in Quang Ninh (Vietnam)

About Coto

Coto is not an individual island but in fact, it’s the name of a group of islands, or you may call it Coto archipelago. Comprised of 50 islands, Coto is home to a wide variety of species with the flora and fauna being extremely rich and diverse. Here you can find natural forests containing valuable trees that have existed for many decades. Coming to Coto islands, you’ll be amazed by the alluring beaches, crystal clear water and the blue sky. Also, Coto would please any picky eaters, because the seafood tastes unparalleled! No wonder it has been among the top islands in northern Vietnam.

So you see, Coto islands is an optimal choice when it comes to group tours in northern Vietnam. Many participants? Don’t worry as the vast Coto archipelago will cater for each of you!

Coto, an island for relaxation

Coto, an island for relaxation

What would a three-day trip to Coto be like?

Imagine that you had three days (with two nights) on Coto islands, what would you do? Here I’m providing you with an ideal schedule and hopefully, you will find it useful for your future tour.

Day 1:

Early morning: the car/bus of the tour operator picks everyone up and take you all to Cai Rong Harbour in Van Don, Quang Ninh.

To reach Coto, tourists often go on high-speed boats from Cai Rong Harbour, which takes around 1.5 hours. Or you can just go on a normal boat which will double the time.

In the afternoon, you’re already on Co To islands, a masterpiece of the Mother Nature. Now you can get your rooms which were booked in advance by the tour company. Take a rest. Go for a walk on the charming beaches. Go swimming. Enjoy beautiful sunset.

Dinner time! You’ll have a chance to taste amazing seafood of Coto, including fish, crabs, shrimps, squids, blood cockle, mussels, and so many mouth-watering local dishes. You can join in some outdoor activities with your companions as well. Have fun!

Day 2:

It’s extremely likely that the tour operator will take you to the Little Coto island, which is often considered to be one of the most attractive islands in Southeast Asia.

As an island with no residents, Little Coto impresses the visitors deeply with its untouched captivating beaches. Wooden boats are available to bring you here from the Big Coto island. On the way, you can see through the crystal clear water shoals of fish swimming around colourful coral reefs and seaweeds. You may visit Sea Lion Mount, which is called the symbol of Little Coto. Also, the stones by the beach have interesting shapes, many resemble the shape of dinosaurs.

Dinosaur-shaped stones in Coto

Dinosaur-shaped stones in Coto

Many tourists coming to the island love to get up early to go to the local market and buy fresh seafood such as squids, oysters, etc., and then bring back for their own small parties by the sea.

Or, you can choose to get to see jellyfish instead, where you and your friends will be able to see how the fishermen catch, sort and process jellyfish – a famous specialty of Coto islands. To the local residents, jellyfish is just as precious as gold because it provides them with a stable source of income that can feed a whole family.

As the day is about to end, it’s time to gather around the dining table and taste best-on-earth seafood!  Jellyfish salad, for example, is a signature delicious and nutritious dish made by mixing jellyfish with vegetables and fish sauce. A lot of people call it, “a gift from the ocean”.

Day 3:

Time to go home. Wake up early to watch the sunrise and enjoy the fresh atmosphere. After having breakfast, you’ll be taken back to Cai Rong Harbour to return to Hanoi.

In this busy days, it’s always hard to find time to travel with your loved one. Therefore, you should opt for a good destination and a reliable tour operator to make sure that your trip will be as wonderful as it can be. Good luck with your journey to Coto!




What are impressions about Ninh Thuan in the eyes of many people who have never been to Ninh Thuan? Many people think that Ninh Thuan does not have any interesting things because Ninh Thuan has long been known as the hottest land in Vietnam. Then, what is there to play? What is there to enjoy?

However, if you still keep that intention, and continue to keep Ninh Thuan away from the list of exciting places to go once in a life, then surely that is a mistake. Forget about the heat in the legend, Ninh Thuan now contains many more interesting things.

Ninh Thuan tourism

Ninh Thuan tourism

Located on the famous tourist road  Nha Trang – Mui Ne – Da Lat, Ninh Thuan is full of charm, special characteristics of people and the scene. Ninh Thuan is surrounded by three sides of the mountain, one sea, natural abundant from the pristine Nui Chua, quiet Vinh Hy Bay, shriveled Cham tower, to the salt fields sparkling and the vineyards green. Ninh Thuan belongs to the South Central Coast. Visitors can come here anytime; however, from April to June is a good time to enjoy the exciting summer on the sea. Besides, August, September, and October are the time for the ripe grape season and unique festivals of native Cham people.

Tourists visit vineyards in Ninh Thuan

Tourists visit vineyards in Ninh Thuan

There are many ways to go to Ninh Thuan. Visitors can go to Ninh Thuan by motorbikes, private cars, buses, the plane, the train from Hanoi, Saigon or Da Nang.

Taking the train to Ninh Thuan

Taking the train to Ninh Thuan

The beautiful, pristine beaches such as Ca Na, Ninh Chu, Vinh Hy, Ca Tien, Binh Tiên always is one of the must-go places in Ninh Thuan in Vietnam. Binh Tien is the pristine waters newly discovered recently. Binh Tien is also known as a sleepy fairy. The water in Binh Tien is so clear that you can clearly see the coral below. And the more interesting thing is here tourism has not developed, it means that visitors will experience the wildest nature as possible.

Binh Tien beach

Binh Tien beach

Being one of the four most beautiful bays in Vietnam, Vinh Hy is located in a small valley, with four sides are wide sea, high mountains. The romantic village of Vinh Hy with the hospitable fishermen is the highlight of Vinh Hy Bay. Vinh Hy appeared as a watercolor painting which puts you in the sights and charm you from far. Here, you can also experience to watch the coral. Guests immerse on Ba Dien beach, dive under the sea, enjoy fresh seafood at the raft, or experience the adventure sports like surfing.

Vinh Hy Bay

Vinh Hy Bay

Besides, there is one of the best destinations in Ninh Thuan in Vietnam which are introduced above. If you drive to Ninh Thuan, you will see the great coastal road. You can try to imagine, launching cars on vast streets next to the blue sea, sunshine on top. What experiences are more interesting?

Thap Cham has long been considered a symbol of Cham people in Ninh Thuan. Thap Cham is not far from the center of Phan Rang city. Thap Cham’s architecture, as well as its history, is what you should not ignore this relic.

Thap Cham

Thap Cham

The deep sand dunes, the fine white sand grains become an ideal destination for travelers on the journey to explore the different regions in Vietnam. The land of Ninh Thuan is gifted with great potential to develop tourism. One of the potentials is the sand dunes such as Nam Cuong sand desert- a form of tourism exploring the most exciting and impressive sandy desert in Vietnam.

Nam Cuong sand desert

Nam Cuong sand desert

This is one of the wildest destinations in Ninh Thuan. It is recommended not to go here on sunny afternoons because the sand will be very hot. It is best to come in the afternoon and preferably when the sunset is over because the experience of watching the sun go down on the sand dunes is extremely exciting.

The number of foreigners who choose to Vietnam tours which have the destinations in Ninh Thuan increases in recent times. They come to Ninh Thuan not only to enjoy the beautiful sceneries or relaxing here but also to participate in exciting activities including kitesurfing activities. My Hoa Village, Vinh Hai Commune, Ninh Hai District is the ideal location in Ninh Thuan for passionate travelers of this adventure sport.

Kitesurfing activities in Ninh Thuan

Kitesurfing activities in Ninh Thuan

People loving adventures usually choose Ninh Thuan because here there is roads suit for them. For a stark example, these are the passes connecting Ninh Thuan and Da Lat. Its adventurous have been admired by people having come here. So far, it is still one of the most difficult roads to conquer in Vietnam.


South Vietnam group tours – top beach getaways


For dispel the heat of summer and enjoy the ideal restful moments, beach tourism is the top choice for tourists. Let's look for the best charming beach getaways along with South Vietnam group tours.

1. Ca Na Beach

It is about 30 km from Phan Rang – Thap Cham town to Ca Na. Long ago, Ca Na beach attracts tourists with pristine beauty and natural charming landscape.

Enjoy the sunshine and let yourself be immersed in the scenery here

Enjoy the sunshine and let yourself be immersed in the scenery here

Ca Na beach is 32 km away from Phan Rang (Ninh Thuan) on the way to Phan Thiet (Binh Thuan). Ca Na Tourist Village consists of small houses (2- 4 rooms) which are built close to the beach. It is suitable for tourists to bathe, relax or climb mountains, visit the landscape such as the Ong Phat cave, Bac Mountain, Duc Well …

The water of Ca Na seashore is clean all around the year, with the average depth of one to two meters. Ca Na seaboard is about 3km long, curved like the crescent shape. Ca Na is one of the most idyllic beaches in Southern Vietnam.

2. Mui Ne seashore

Mui Ne Beach is located in the South of Vietnam, near the fishing village of Phan Thiet (Binh Thuan). In Mui Ne, visitors can stop at the convenience resort to contemplate the beautiful scenery or on the way to Hon Rom and stay in Tre Village (7000ha wide) with 14 hexagonal houses made of bamboo. It attracts visitors because of the unique and strange design.

As one of the familiar getaways of sea tourism, but few visitors know Mui Ne is a headland and its name derives from the fishermen fishing. When having the storm, fishermen often come here to take refuge… "Mui" is the cape to the sea, "Ne" means to avoid.

Nobody can ignore the charming loveliness of Mui Ne beach.

Nobody can ignore the charming loveliness of Mui Ne beach

Mui Ne seaboard with yellow sand, blue sea, cheap fresh seafood and interesting sea sports. Besides, when it comes to Mui Ne, people also refer to places like Bau Trang, Hon Rom …Here is an ideal site for group tours in South Vietnam.

3. Ninh Chu beach

Ninh Chu beach is 5 km east of Phan Rang town in Khanh Hai commune (Ninh Hai district, Ninh Thuan province). The 10 km long sandy beach with mountains surrounded by Tan An island, Chong Mountain, Ca Du Mountain … is very convenient for organizing tours of swimming, windsurfing, sailing combined with climbing, mountain hunting…

Ninh Chu seashore

Ninh Chu seashore is a famous spot for group tours in South Vietnam.

Ninh Chu seaboard has 10 km long white sand beach is one of the nine most beautiful beaches in the country, perfect for relaxing. Located in the tourist complex in the triangle Dalat – Nha Trang – Ninh Chu, so Ninh Chu beach to focus investment. There are three large-scale tourist resorts: Ninh Chu, Hoan Cau, and Den Gion. Many tourist observers have admitted that Ninh Thuan has become a breakthrough tourist destination. Traveling to Ninh Chu, you also have a saving travel. The hotel is adjacent to the beach, so there is no extra cost for renting chairs or using fresh water. The dishes sold along the beach are also quite cheap.

4. Bai Dai-Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is the largest tourist island in Vietnam, located in the Gulf of Thailand in Kien Giang Province. Since long, Phu Quoc has become well known to tourists all over the country and internationally. Traveling to Phu Quoc, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit Bai Dai is really a pity because Bai Dai is a beautiful and pristine beach. In 2008, Bai Dai was known for too many domestic and foreign tourists, voted in the top 13 most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in the world.

This is not only because of the beautiful view which is dubbed the paradise of sunshine but also contains many mysteries that not everyone can discover.

Bai Dai Phu Quoc

Bai Dai Phu Quoc is one of the most picturesque beaches in Phu Quoc

Bai Dai (Phu Quoc) entered the list of "the 100 most beautiful beaches on the planet" by CNN travel agency voted and ranked at 93.

Bai Dai, located 15 km northwest of Phu Quoc Island (Kien Giang Province), is like a paradise with sunshine, cool water, and tranquil space, reminiscent of Thailand in the 80s of the 20th century.

From Bai Dai, you can see two small islands: Ham isle and Doi Moi island. From Phuong Dong dock, take a boat for fishing, snorkeling for coral reefs in Ham isle or Doi Moi island and then stop at Bai Dai. Have ever you come to Phu Quoc? Just come here and get the answer to the question "Where to go in South Vietnam?"

Top 5 ideal destinations for snorkeling in Vietnam tours


Summer is coming and Vietnam tours are also about to begin. Today, we will look at the top 5 destinations for you to have the most fantastic snorkeling trip ever.

1. Son Tra Peninsula

Son Tra Peninsula

Son Tra Peninsula

One of the best places in Vietnam to snorkel is definitely Son Tra Peninsula. Comparing to other destinations, this place is still remote and less-known. When putting on the snorkel, goggles, and dipping your body into the sea water, you will see the colorful marine life slowly appearing.

Standing out from the blue tone of the sea water, orange and green colors of coral reefs will come into view. Sometimes, you can even see some purplish tones of pencil cactus growing among the reefs. Son Tra Peninsula is not only the home to odd-shaped coral reefs but also the place where small fish species reside. Don’t miss the chance to observe or take pictures of them.

To take a snorkeling tour in Son Tra Peninsula, you need to drive about 10 kilometers from the city center. The price for a tour varies from season to season. If you try it in tourist season, which is in April to August, it can cost 600,000 dongs/person ($26.33). However, in other months, it can be only half of that price.

2. Cham Island

Cham island

Cham island

Recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve in 2007, Cham Island had been keeping its magnificent beauty ever since. Today, it is the natural habitat of thousands of sea creatures, especially the valuable ones and charming coral reefs.

Some marine creatures that can be named are clownfishes, barracudas, and actinia. While snorkeling, you will see shoals of barracudas swimming around rocks. Meanwhile, coral reefs would do nothing but “dancing” with the currents of seawater. Behind green starfishes and clusters of actinia, you will see lots of clownfishes playing and swimming.

The service on Chan Island is similar to that in Son Tra Peninsula. But the price for adults will be about $2 higher. It is because you will need to get on a boat and sail further from the shore than when you sail from Son Tra to coral reefs. All of the life-jackets and snorkeling sets will be provided by a coach so there is nothing to worry about.

3. Binh Ba Island

Having fruits after snorkeling

Having fruits after snorkeling

Binh Ba Island is one of the many destinations that you can make a tailor-made tour in Vietnam. It is a small island in Cam Ranh City, Khanh Hoa Province, which is approximately 60 kilometers far from Nha Trang City.

Having spectacular landscapes and hospitable citizens, the island has attracted numerous travelers to visit. And snorkeling, as a matter of fact, is fond of by almost all tourists when they want to see coral reefs. Due to the clear blue sea water, you will have a chance to observe the colorful corals not only inshore but also quite deep down in the ocean.

If you have never tried snorkeling before, hiring package tours from agencies will be the best choice. Depending on your health conditions, the coaches can offer the most appropriate type of deep or shallow snorkeling. In case you already have some experiences, hiring private snorkeling sets will be a greater option. Finally, the price here is lower with 400,000 dongs/person ($17.55)

4. Vinh Hy Bay

Vinh Hy bay

Vinh Hy bay

This is a small bay located about 45 kilometers from Phan Rang City. There are 4 agencies providing snorkeling and sightseeing services here. So you will have a variety of options to choose. It is recommended to hire from these agencies rather than from your hotel. Hotels often charge a much higher cost if you travel in small groups (under 6 people)

After you receive your snorkeling set, the boat driver will take you to a point where coral reefs reside. Although they are not as colorful as those in other places, they look extremely fanciful. When you observe inshore coral reefs which are near the sea surface and close enough for sunlight to reach, you will be surprised. The sunbeams create lots of yellow dots on the corals, making them more sparkling than ever.

In case you book a tour of agencies, the cost is 600,000 – 800,000 dongs/small group ($26.33 – $35.10). At hotels, it can be 750,000 – 2,800,000 dongs/ person ($32.91 – $122.86) and up to the number of people in your group.

5. Con Dao Islands

Con Dao Island

Con Dao island

The last destination to answer your question about where to go for snorkeling in Vietnam is Con Dao Islands. The special thing about it is that there are coral reefs in almost all islands. Therefore, you can choose among them for your exciting trip.

The most prominent islands are Hon Bay Canh, Hon Tai, Hon Trung, Hon Tre, Hon Trac, and so on. You will find a vast number of corals as well as valuable and rare sea creatures in those islands. Particularly, coral reefs in Hon Bay Canh and Hon Tai are incredibly vivid. They are not only in orange, green, or purple but also in red, grey, white, and many other tones.

That is why Con Dao Island is becoming more well-known to both national and international tourists. Several travel magazines, such as Lonely Planet or Travel Leisure, have recognized Con Dao as one of the star attractions in Vietnam. Also, the price for snorkeling service here is only about 500,000 dongs/person ($21.94).

Have you found your ideal snorkeling destination? Vietnam tailor-made tours are awaiting so don’t hesitate to book them soon. 

Everything you need to know about Phu Quy Island


Phu Quy is a small island located about 100km from the mainland of Phan Thiet City in Binh Thuạn Province. This island is beautiful and unspoiled with only 27,000 residents. Phu Quy is absolutely a recommendation for your Vietnam island tour.

Phu Quy Island

Phu Quy Island

From above, Phu Quy Island looks like a giant whale which is crossing the sea. This island has many knolls, hills, and sand dunes. The majority of administrative offices, schools, stadiums, entertainments, and traffic systems on the island are still new because this island has been inhabited for few years. The island looks quite developing but there are no street names and no numbers. The first impression about this island is its pristine sceneries with almost no touch of tourist services. The island might be far from the mainland, but ATM machines are still available and hospitals with X-ray service. Also, you can get accessible Internet and mobile services in here. You can have a comfortable Vietnam private tour in Phu Quy with a lot of interesting experiences.

Giant windmill in Phu Quy

Giant windmill in Phu Quy

When to travel to Phu Quy

The best time to visit Phu Quy should be between June and December. However, you during this time, you should avoid October because there may be a lot of storms and big waves in this month. Other than that, from June to December, Phu Quy has very nice weather condition with not much rain and turquoise gentle water.

How to get to Phu Quy

Because it is an off-shore island, the only way to get to Phu Quy is to take a boat or ship from Phan Thiet Pier. It takes about 3,5 hours to the island if you travel by medium-speed ship and about 2,5 hours if you travel by high-speed ship. Sometimes, because of the bad weather, there is no ship going to Phu Quy. Therefore, you should check the schedule or weather forecast before going to the pier.

In Phu Quy, your Vietnam private tour will continue by taking you to visit the island by motorbike.

What to see in Phu Quy

Taking boat tour to other islets

Taking boat tour to other islets

Phu Quy is well-known for its untouched beautiful sceneries. There are a lot of stunning uncrowned beaches that you can enjoy in your Vietnam tour to Phu Quy. The beaches on the island are pristine and charming with white sands, emerald blue sea water and most of them are far from residential areas. You could delightfully soak yourself in the clean seawater, watch the vast sea and sky and suddenly realize that there is no one around you, so you could freely do whatever you want on the seaside.  Trieu Duong Beach, Bai Nho – Ganh Hang are two beautiful beaches on the main island.

Also, you can take on small boats to visit other islands and islets around the main island. There are some small islets such as Hon Tranh, Hon Den, Hon Trung which are breathtaking. Also, the blue sea water in these places is so clear that you can see to the bottom.

Moreover, you can visit the lighthouse on Nui Cam Mountain to see the fantastic view of the ocean and watch the sunset. The lighthouse is built on the highest point of the island and to get to the lighthouse, you have to conquer 120 stone steps along the ridge and visit Linh Buu Pagoda.

Another high mountain in Phu Quy is Cao Cat mountain where locates the Buddhism pagoda named Linh Son. In this pagoda, you can admire a giant Guanyin Statue and a giant windmill which is 60 meters in height and the length of the blade is 37 meters. Particularly, the way to visit the windmills is very gorgeous, with the ocean on one side and the row of trees planted along the road.

The largest whale skeleton in Vietnam

The largest whale skeleton in Vietnam

In addition, you can visit Van An Thanh which is an interesting cultural destination in your Vietnam private tour to Phu Quy. It was built in 1781 and has become a whale museum on the island. Here, you can admire Vietnam’s largest whale skeleton and a huge collection of skeletons of other fishes. Local fishermen believe that whales are the king of the ocean (Ca Ong) who protects them in their journeys. Therefore, they hold the festival annually to pray for their safety and luck.

With its beautiful natural unspoiled sceneries and friendliness and kindness of local residents, Phu Quy can become one of the best private tours in Vietnam for someone who needs a peaceful get-away place. Your Vietnam private tour in Phu Quy will be full of great experiences and great memories. 

Three hide-out islands in Kien Giang, Southern Vietnam


Looking for the not-touristy Tailor-made private Vietnam tours? Hit up with Kien Giang with its over 140 islands of all size.

With a total number of 145 islands, Kien Giang, a Southern coastal province at the end of Vietnam, has been widely known as a top tourist attraction in the Southern part of the country. With its internationally famous Phu Quoc Islands, Kien Giang has been attracting a large number of visitors, not only in the country but also foreign expats. However, most of the other islands seem to be overshadowed by Phu Quoc for the past several years. Today gives you a chance to learn more about other three lesser-known islands with its extraordinary beaches and national relics.

The true definition of what pristine is

The true definition of what pristine is

Hon Son – Son Island

Son Island, or Hon Son in Vietnamese, is located in Kien Hai District, Kien Giang Province. This is widely reputed as one of the most pristine and incredible islands in the city. Son Island holds in itself pure seashore, stunningly white sand, deep blue sea along with long lines of greenish coconut trees, desolate rock plains and utmost peaceful atmosphere suitable for those in search of relaxation.

An absolute relaxation

An absolute relaxation

Besides the ability to go for a swim on the beaches around Son Island, you can go for a scuba diving to see the coral reef lying in between the areas of Da Bang, which literally means “a plain of rock with tropical almond trees surrounding, and Doc Ba Tang, or the Three-layer slope. Rewarded with a romantic and poetic scenery, Son Island gives you a chance of both watching sunrise and sunset. Beyond, conquering the Ma Thien Lanh summit watching over the large blue ocean and visiting some ancient temples and pagodas are not bad ideas.

Does this type of relaxation suit your group of friends?

Does this type of relaxation suit your group of friends?

Hon Tre – Tre Island

It takes you roughly 2 hours from Rach Gia Boat Station from mainland to reach the Tre Island, or Hon Tre as how we call it in the local term. The island was recorded to be 3.5 kilometers in length, 2 kilometers wide in maximum and the highest peak reaches the height of 395 meters above sea level. The local citizens earn their daily living by gardening and aquaculture. Coconut Cave and Cup Beach (Bai Chen) are the most famous attractions on the island.

Tre Island

Tre Island

The Cup Beach is situated on the Northwestern of the Tre Island, which is known as a little bay with calm waves and lasting for about 2 kilometers. The most recognizable feature of the Beach is a group of many large round plains of rock in shape of huge cups scattering along the shore. This part is the most beautiful and pristine beach all over the island.

Hon Doc – Doc Island

Doc Island belongs to Ha Tien Town, Kien Giang Province locating on the Western side of Vietnam’s coastline. The Doc Island combined with its surrounding islands group into “the Pirate Islands”, or “Dao Hai Tac”, a familiar name given by many local citizens living in the city. This group of 16 islands has a coverage of 1.100 hectares lying approximately 27.5 kilometers away from Ha Tien Town.

A view from The Pirate Islands

A view from The Pirate Islands

Nowadays, the Doc Island only attracts a small investment in terms of tour packages by local operators. However, the place still appeals many large groups of backpacker self-exploring. If you are currently the lesser-known coastal cities to plan for your own beach vacation in Vietnam, a thought about this place needs a certain consideration.

Currently, there is a site on the Doc Island preserving a tower-shaped landmark, which is officially known as relic left from the Vietnamese Navy of the First Republic of Vietnam since 1958. The mark was made of grindstone and played its part as an important legal proof regarding the territory of the country. With a great potential in nature and history, the Doc island promises to be a leading name in the list of best islands in Vietnam within the years coming.

These three spots are easily combined alongside with a trip to Phu Quoc for instance. If you have heard so much about the sensational Phu Quoc Islands and aspire to pay a visit to the place but still searching for a quieter seashore with lesser people and the finest pristine nature for your Instagram feed, then do not hesitate to give them a go. Now you have zero worries about where to go in Southern Vietnam no more!

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