Cu Lao Xanh – a “blue pearl” shining bright Binh Dinh


Cu Lao Xanh may be an unfamiliar name to some people. But out of expectation, it is such a beautiful island with the endless blue horizon of the sea and sky. This place is regarded as a priceless present from nature and for local people only.

Cu Lao Xanh is located in Nhon Chau Commune, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province. It’s the home to over 3000 people and is 24 km away from the mainland.

Cu Lao Xanh

Cu Lao Xanh

Best time to travel Cu Lao Xanh

The scenery of Cu Lao Xanh is beautiful all year round. However, you had better not come to visit this island in late July and August since it’s high time of dangerous storms. Besides, you should avoid winter seasons as well because there are not so many activities to join during these months. The ideal time to explore Cu Lao Xanh is from February to June and from September to October.

How to move to Cu Lao Xanh

It’s about more than 1000 km from Hanoi to Quy Nhon, therefore, traveling by plane is the best choice. If you go from Ho Chi Minh City, the same decision should be made as the two cities are 700 km away from each other.

From Quy Nhon, you can get a taxi to Ham Tu port. There, you will buy a boat ticket to travel to Cu Lao Xanh. It takes around 2 hours if you travel by wooden boat and just 50 minutes if you choose speedboat (ticket price is about 200.000 VND). Setting off time from Ham Tu port is from 1 p.m. to 1h30 p.m. and from Cu Lao Cham back to the mainland is from 6 a.m. to 6h30 a.m.

Hostels in Cu Lao Xanh

Unlike other Southern Vietnam tours, you don’t have many options for staying in Cu Lao Xanh since this island hasn’t been exploited much yet. There are only some residents’ houses that are upgraded for rent with low cost. If you like something romantic at night in such a natural place, you can also rent tents to stay right on the beaches.

Tents on the beach

Tents on the beach

What to visit in Cu Lao Xanh

It is said that if you travel to Southern Vietnam, you should not miss Binh Dinh. And if you travel to Binh Dinh, you should not miss Cu Lao Xanh. So what is exactly worth visiting Cu Lao Xanh?

The Lighthouse

After settling down, you can start your adventure on this dreamy island by exploring the lighthouse. To get to this 119-meter-high architecture, you must go along concrete roads, getting across small houses and climb on stone stairs. It will take you a lot of time and effort but as you get to the top, broaden your vision with blue sea and sky, you will figure out what it is all about.

The lighthouse

The lighthouse

Gieng Tien Stream

Following The Lighthouse, the next destination to visit is Gieng Tien stream. Located in the Northwest of the Lighthouse, it is said to have witnessed fairies from heaven to come and take bath in during ancient time. Despite being called a “stream”, this place still makes you feel the purity and taste of the ocean.

Sandy and rocky beaches

Keep walking along small roads surrounding the beaches, you will see beautiful wildflowers, endless blue sea and large sand dunes in which turtles lay their eggs. After getting tired, people often jump right into the sea to cool down their body and get rid of tiredness. In the afternoon, you can also contemplate romantic sunset with your dearest friends and family.

Rocky beach Cu Lao Xanh

Rocky beach Cu Lao Xanh

There are even more and more places to go. To get the best experience there, you had better come to Cu Lao Xanh and explore yourself.

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