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

Plan a trip to Vietnam: Best places to explore in Vietnam

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Vietnam is a beautiful and peaceful country. Visiting Vietnam, you’ll see a lot of picturesque landscapes, join in many interesting festivals, eat various tasty food and experience lots of new things. Let’s check out the best places to explore in this country before planning a trip to Vietnam.

1. Terraces

The terrace is one of the most famous attractions of Vietnam. It’s a unique attraction that you can hardly see in most of the countries in the world. It’s beautiful all year round, so you can visit terraces whenever you want when planning a trip to Vietnam.

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Vietnamese terraces (Source: Internet)

In the rain season, when all the terraces and fields are full of water, they look sparkling under the sunlight. In spring, all the terraces are colored with green. And in the harvest, you’ll see a yellow carpet covering the hills, villages and everywhere. How beautiful the picture is! So, it’s fair when Vietnamese terrace is elected as one of the most beautiful green landscapes in the world.

2. Hanoi

If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, you shouldn’t miss Hanoi – the capital city of this country. This city has an irresistible attraction from its “soul”. Its beauty is the mixture of ancient value of thousand years of civilization and modern lifestyle of a developing city. Hanoi is beautiful all year round, in each season, you’ll feel its unique taste, unique attraction.

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Hanoi – a city of integration and development (Source: Internet)

Visiting Hanoi, you’ll feel its peaceful atmosphere in 36 old streets, fresh air in Guom Lake with Turtle Monument, the ancient atmosphere in the Temple of Literature – the very first university of Vietnam, etc. That’s why Hanoi is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam.

3. Ha Long Bay

Not only be recognized as one of the World Natural Heritage Sites by UNESCO in March of 2012 by its natural beauty, Ha Long Bay also received a title of one of the 7 new Natural Wonders of the World launched by 7 New Open World.

Halong Bay boat cruise

Ha Long Bay Boat Cruise (Source: Internet)

Ha Long Bay looks like a giant painting with thousands of islands in various shapes, contributing to the lively, gorgeous beauty of this site. Visiting here, you can experience an interesting floating trip on the sea, see a lot of natural landscapes, and enjoy the peaceful life here.

4. Son Doong Cave

Recognized as the longest natural cave in the World, Son Doong Cave is one of the best places to explore if you’re planning a trip to Vietnam. It has a unique beauty that you cannot find anywhere else.

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Son Doong – the best cave ever (Source: Internet)

The deeper you go into this cave, the more natural fossils you’ll see, which make Son Doong Cave look more pristine and mysterious. Inside the cave, there are huge tropical forest, white sandbanks, and a mysterious plant system.

5. Hai Van Pass

This way is so charming that a lot of people, especially craven people, want to make a journey along Hai Van Pass by motorbike. This way also appeared in a reality TV show named Top Gear in 2008 of England. The producer, Jeremy Clarkson said: “Hai Van Pass is one of the most beautiful seaside roads in the world, like a wonderful wild silk”.

Hai Van Pass

The Hai Van pass (Source: Internet)

Located at the height of 500 meters above the sea level, this 23-kilometer pass crosses the majestic slopes of Truong Son Mountain and stretches along the East Sea. One side is high mounts, the other side is deep sea, it’s one of the most alluring landscapes that you must see when planning a trip to Vietnam.

6. Nha Trang Beach

Nha Trang was ranked on the list of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Its wonderful beauty is one of the greatest pride of the local people. Nha Trang beach is a favorite site for not only the splendid scenery with blue sea and long white sandbanks, but also pristine islands with a virtual coral ecosystem. It’s fair when Nha Trang is named “the Pearl of the Eastern Ocean”.

Nha Trang beach

Nha Trang beach (Source: Internet)

These are some best attractions of Vietnam that you shouldn’t miss if you’re planning a trip to Vietnam. Don’t just listen, let’s come and explore!

 

Top 8 Vietnam Island

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Vietnam has a coastline of 3,260 km and thousands of islands. Some are really famous not only in Vietnam but also around the world, others are still hidden gems that need discovering. For nature lovers, you have to visit one of these top 8 paradise islands at least once whenever you have an opportunity to come to Vietnam.

Phu Quoc Islands

Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc – the largest island of Vietnam – is considered as one of the most must-see destinations not only in Vietnam but also all over the world. The island has many beaches with the primitive beauty such as Sao Beach and Long Beach. Moreover, its specialties are very abundant with the variety of different seafood.

Con Dao Islands

Listed in top islands in Southern Vietnam, Con Dao is truly a charming destination. It boasts a pristine beauty with white beaches spreading for miles enfolded by the crystal clear ocean and long lines of coconut trees, which create a green paradise. Coming to Con Dao, tourists can not only admire the beauty of nature but also visit many places such as Con Dao National Park and Con Dao Museum.

Ly Son Islands

Ly Son Islands

A part of Ly Son Islands

Situated in Quang Ngai Province, Ly Son Islands, which have been formed through volcanic activity, attracts a lot of tourists recently as it is famous for the wonderful land where mountains and the seas seem to merge. Besides enjoying the emerald-water beaches, you should not miss visiting some highlight places on this island such as To Vo gate, Hang pagoda, and Thoi Loi peak. Additionally, the specialty of Ly Son is quite different from others island, it is garlic.

Binh Ba Islands

Binh Ba is in Khanh Hoa Province, it is a new destination on the tourist map. Known as one of the attractions welcoming the earliest dawn in Vietnam, the islands enchant both domestic and foreign visitors for its wild beauty. With a variety of well-preserved corals, low sea level, and clean water, this is an ideal place to dive and see the coral reefs as well as colorful fishes. Also, tourists can get on the top of the radar station to have the amazing view of Binh Ba Islands.

Nam Du Islands

Nam Du is located in Kien Giang province. This mountainous island archipelago is widely considered as one of Vietnam's best natural wonders thanks to clear blue water, shady coconut trees on the sandy shores. Coming to Nam Du, tourists shouldn't miss visiting the Nam Du lighthouse, the highest point of the islands. From the top of the lighthouse, you can not only see the beautiful view but also enjoy the moment of poetic dawn or sunset.

Co To Islands

Co To Island

A part of Co To Islands

Co To is an archipelago located in the Gulf of Tonkin. It attracts thousands of tourists coming to explore the wild nature and beaches with clear water reflecting the mountains and islands. Coming to Co To, tourist can have a chance to sightsee many highlights here such as natural forests, lighthouses, parks and memorial statues of President Ho Chi Minh.

Cat Ba Islands

Cat Ba belongs to Haiphong city. It is composed of 367 islands and nearly half of its area is covered by Cat Ba National Park, which is the home to a variety of endangered species. Cat Ba Island’s climate is cool (the average temperature is 25 Celsius degree), fresh and suitable for tourism. With many beautiful beaches and pristine forests, this island is not only an amazing relaxing spot but also an ideal adventurous place for exploration enthusiasts.

Ba Lua Islands

Ba Lua Island

A part of Ba Lua Islands

Kien Giang province is where Ba Lua Islands situated on. The islands are surrounded by blue and beaches all year round. Moreover, its water is so clear that tourists can see fishes and some sea creatures swimming. There are a number of rare medicinal plants and animals on Ba Lua, which creates biological diversity. The peaceful atmosphere here is an ideal space for people to enjoy their holidays.

Vietnam islands are so beautiful that quickly attract a large number of visitors, both domestic and foreign ones. It will be definitely an amazing and unforgettable experience when spending your holidays on these islands.

Camping experience in Coto

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Quang Ninh, a northern city of Vietnam, is very famous for Halong Bay which is known by many tourists around the world. However, Halong is not the only thing that this city offers. Coto is an unspoiled charming island and another great option when you travel to Quang Ninh. Coto has everything that you had wished for a beach: fresh air, white sand, and crystal-like water.

Eco-friendly tourism is no longer unfamiliar with many travelers, especially in the sea tourism. A new type of accommodation is now emerging in Coto, giving you a fresh relaxing experience during your stay. You’re gonna do camping on the beach!

Co To Island

Coto Island

Camping in Coto is one of the most exciting memory that one might have when visiting this beautiful island.  This type of accommodation can really save you a bunch of money yet still very tempting. At any time, you can go out for a walk and do other fun water sports like swimming, surfing or beach volleyball. And after a day full of energy, what could be better than a barbecue night on the beach?

To go on a camping trip to Coto, you can hire a tent by yourself or choose a registered camping site where everything is done for you. There is a popular place called Coto Park in Hong Van Beach, who offers this type of service. The modern tents are fully equipped with pillows, blankets, lights and mosquito nets. There are also installed bathrooms nearby. Storage cabinets for personal stuff do exist. The beach restaurant in the campsite will serve you the freshest seafood you can try. There is also a watersports complex with many exciting activities like kayaking, mountain climbing on the beach, beach volleyball or banana craft racing, snorkeling and coral reef watching.

camping in Coto

Camping in Coto

However, if you can’t handle too much of a wild experience while still wanting to be close to nature, a bungalow is the one for you. A nice small wooden house on one of the best beaches in Coto Island would light up your holiday. It might cost you more but also give you a more comfortable staying. There are some popular names like Coto Park, Coto Life or Coto Dragon Beach. In peak season which is summer, you might have to make a reservation for 2 to 3 months in advance.

To have a wonderful and safety camping trip to Coto, here is something vietnamislands thinks that you have to bear in mind.

The very first thing that you should do is check the weather forecast. A camping trip is all about the weather. Because where you head to is an island, it’s more crucial. Even a strong wind could stop you from your dream trip. You don’t want to go all the way there just to come back, do you? Then check it.

The tide clock is another thing that you should not ignore if you don’t want to get wet, or worse, swept away. And don’t put up your tend in the way that the front side facing the prevailing winds direction. To be prepared for this, once again, do your research with the forecast.

Some items are the must-bring-along: plastic bags, water-proof clothes, lighting equipment like torches, mosquito repellents, medicines (especially skin medicines) and instant foods, just in case. Although in summer the weather is quite hot, you should carry a light jacket. Because the weather in the sea is quite fluctuating. At night, the weather could drop drastically to under 10oC and you can easily catch a cold.

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Bungalow in Coto

Camping in the open-air is a fantastic way to experience Coto in Vietnam. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the most unforgettable vacation that one can have. See you in Coto.

Must-go places in Coto Island

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Coto is a beautiful set of islands in Quang Ninh Province which is in the northeastern region of Vietnam and also the home of the famous Halong Bay. Among many stunning Vietnam islands, it’s no doubt the best of the best.

Today, the sea tourism in Coto Islands has attracted many foreign and domestic tourists. People coming here to enjoy the fantastic scenery of nature where the sea is blue and the water is clear. The peaceful and majestic atmosphere on the island will offer us a relaxing trip that we all wish for. Who has never been to Coto can hardly imagine how wonderful and majestic it is.

Co To Island from afar

Coto Island from afar 

In fact, there are two of them, namely Coto Big Island and Coto Small Island. Coto Small Island is 1km away from the first one and you can get there by boat. As an uninhabited island, Coto Small Island has attracted many tourists due to its pristine unspoiled charm over years. Because there are very little marks of tourism on the island, there won’t be fancy hotels awaiting for you.  Instead, a night in a tent on the beach will definitely awake many sensations of yours. Really, if you’ve ever been here, you will know what I mean.

One of the reasons that make visitors keep coming to Coto Islands is its gorgeous system of beaches. There are some names that stand out like Hong Van Beach, Van Chai Beach and Uncle Ho Beach which are the best beaches in northern Vietnam.

Coto beach

Coto Beach

Coto isn’t all about beaches. Many others interesting destinations like primitive forests with thousands of rare species of animals and plants, Coto Lighthouse, Ho Chi Minh’s Monument, Coto Pier, fishing village and natural reefs and islets are also worth a visit.

The lighthouse was built in the late 19th century and now is one of 30 “eyes” in the seas of Vietnam. To get to the top, visitors have to climb up 72 steps from the bottom to the top of the lighthouse. However, the result is totally worth it. Coto Lighthouse offers a majestic breathtaking panoramic view of the whole island, from the dreamlike coastal city to the wild pristine forests.

Another place that visitors should not pass is Cau My Reef which is located to the south of Coto Big Island. With a system of sedimentary rocks eroded over thousands of years by the seawater, Cau My has created a rare wonder that could not be seen anywhere else. Layers of stones with different colors and shapes are stacked up, making the whole area a vivid evidence of the amazing power of nature.

Co To in a sunny day

Sunny day at Coto 

Coto has remained in the memory of tourist as one of the top islands in northern Vietnam and this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Don’t blame yourself if you’re accidentally charmed by the picturesque view here and don’t want to get back.

 

 

Vietnam family package tours to Ly Son Island

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Nicknamed as “Maldives of Vietnam”, Ly Son Island is emerging as a favorite holiday destination for tourists traveling to Central Vietnam. Explore this suggested Ly Son Island – Vietnam family packages to make the most of your Ly Son tour for family with vietnamislands.

Ly Son Island is a 10-square-kilometer island located about 30km off Quang Ngai Province. With its pristine beaches and spectacular natural scenery, Ly Son is one of the top must-see destinations in Vietnam. Your Vietnam family packages to Ly Son Island awaits the most wonderful experiences ever.

Ly Son Island

Ly Son Island

Best time to travel Ly Son Island

The best time to travel Ly Son Island is from June to September. In this time, the weather in Ly Son Island is sunny and often less rainy so it is convenient for your travel plans. However, you should watch the weather forecast in advance to avoid bad weather or storms during your Ly Son trip. Besides summer holiday, you can go on Ly Son – Vietnam family packages in early December if you want to explore Ly Son in its garlic season.

What to expect on Ly Son Island – Vietnam family package?

Arriving on Ly Son Island, you will find yourself lost in a wonderland of spectacular landscapes. Endowed with stunning natural beauty, Ly Son Island lures both domestic and international tourists. Below are the things that you can expect on your Ly Son Island – Vietnam family packages.

To Vo Arch

To Vo Arch

Sunset in To Vo Arch, Ly Son Island

Walking along a narrow path from welcoming gate of Ly Son Island, you will find the nearby To Vo Arch, the unique natural arch formed from volcanic rocks. To Vo Arch is also an ideal spot for you and your family to catch the first sight of sunrise or admire the sunset slowly down on the island.

Be Island (Little Island)

Be Island

Be Island – Ly Son

Be Island (or also known as An Binh Island) is a small island located near Ly Son Island. From Ly Son Island, it takes about 30 minutes to go to Be Island by boat. This island has a very small area but offers the most pristine beaches with white sand and clear crystal water. On Be island, you can enjoy the relaxing beach day or take a stroll around the island to see vast garlic fields with a pungent aroma.

Thoi Loi Mountain

Thoi Loi Mountain

Thoi Loi Mountain

Thoi Loi Mountain is the highest mountain peak in Ly Son Island. This mountain peak used to be an inactive volcano. On the top of Thoi Loi Mountain peak is a water lake, which also is the main fresh water supply for the whole island. Standing on the peak mountain, you can admire the panoramic view of spectacular natural landscapes of the whole island.

Hang Cau (Cau Cave)

Cau Cave

Hang Cau

This Ly Son Island’s attraction has a magnificent natural setting with one side is mountain ranges and another side is the deep sea ocean. The waves and sea winds have scoured away the overhanging ledge of the cliff, creating an impressive natural scenery named Hang Cau.

Hang Pagoda

Hang Pagoda

Hang Pagoda

On this small island, there are over 50 temples, pagodas, and shrines. Among those, Hang Pagoda is the most noticeable attraction nestled on this island. Located inside the Thoi Loi Mountain, Hang Pagoda is an exotic pagoda with ancient architecture. One of the special thing about Hang Pagoda is that there has been no single monk since this pagoda was founded over 400 years ago. The pagoda has a large yard with lotus lake and surrounded by tropical almond trees, creating a peaceful ambiance for any tourist visiting here.

Food

Discovering this heavenly island, don’t forget to taste Ly Son’s seafood as they are so freshly delicious that you still feel the saltiness of the sea on your tongue. If you ask us to list some of the most noteworthy specialties here, our answers should be Huynh De crab (king crab), seaweed salad, sea urchin soup, etc.

Huynh De crab

Huynh De Crab

The beauty of this island even can’t be simply expressed by words. Book Vietnam family packages to Ly Son Island and you will have truly unforgettable experiences!

 

 

 

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.

Vietnam island travel guide – What to explore?

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If you are looking for an incredible destination for your upcoming summer holidays, one of these pristine beaches will definitely satisfy you and your beloved ones. With over 3,000km of coastline, thousands of lovely islands, and comfortable climate, Vietnam is one of the most appealing tourist destinations, especially for those loving beaches and islands. Now, let’s have a look at Vietnam island travel guide before choosing.

Ly Son island

Exploring the less touristy islands has been a new trend so hurry up to keep up with the trend by visiting Ly Son.

Known as an attractive and pristine island, Ly Son is suitable for those loving to conquer and explore new lands. A lot of exciting activities are waiting for you such as admiring the sunrise on the silver waves on top of Thoi Loi, witnessing the destitute of planting garlic from the white sand, taking sunset photos at To Vo Gate or enjoying “goi toi” – garlic salad.

Ly Son Island

Ly Son Island

Also, tourists can discover Ly Son’s amazing cuisine, the charm of temples deep in the mountains, the renowned wind graves, and especially the hospitability of the locals. In addition, the breathtaking natural beauty of the landscapes and the sea will certainly make visitors feel attached, peaceful and want to back to Ly Son.

Con Dao Island

If you wish to get a deeper understanding of the history of Vietnam, about the heroic days of its people, Con Dao will be a great choice. The wild stunning beauty together with white waves pounding the shore, blue sea, the blue sky and the green heaven of coconuts will surprise all tourists. 

Con Dao

Con Dao Island

Also, there are many different activities that visitors can take part in such as trekking up Rada Peak, diving to admire coral reefs in Ong Dung Beach, or embarking on a boat to Bay Canh Islet to see sea turtles and play with dolphins as well as visiting Bai Nhat Beach.

Cat Ba island

Another island for summer vacation in Vietnam is Cat Ba island. Nevertheless, being under the tropical weather of North Vietnam, the best time to visit Cat Ba is from April to October as it is warm and suitable for water activities like swimming, kayaking, diving or taking a boat to the sea. If you want to explore more stunning views, you had better hire a boat to visit Lan Ha Bay and swim at the sandy beaches in the bay or be deep in the clear sea water.

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba island

Also, Cat Ba island is a great choice for adventurous travelers when they can explore pristine forests to relax and be deep in nature.

What about cuisine? Wow, just “amazing” – it is the heaven of seafood like “sam”, snout, lobster, snapper, squid, and many more. They are all fresh. According to the local travel guides, you can easily find good seafood restaurants in the area of Cat Ba Market.

Phu Quoc island

Speaking of top beautiful islands in Vietnam, it would be such a big mistake to forget Phu Quoc. It is no surprise when people consider it as the paradise with the fresh air, peaceful atmosphere as well as cool breeze far from the hustles of the city life. The crystal-clear sea, white sand, stunning sunshine and green heaven of coconut trees will give visitors poetic and romantic moments.

With some characteristics of the tropical island, Phu Quoc’s cuisine will definitely impress everyone. Sea urchins cocktail, tuna soup cake, grilled herring with lemon, boiled crab with lemon-pepper-salt sauce, crab bologna or barely grilled grouper and many more amazing dishes are waiting for us to enjoy.

Phu Quoc island

Phu Quoc island

With the pristine beauty – “untouched” and romantic beaches, emerald green sea and white smooth sand, Phu Quoc is regarded as a precious gem and Maldives of Vietnam.

Do not forget to visit Sao beach – the most beautiful beach of Phu Quoc as well as admire the stunning dawn in Dinh Cau and be deep into the romantic sunset in Ham Ninh.

These above are top 4 must-see islands in Vietnam that vietnamislands has listed . Whether you wish to relax after the bustle and hustle of modern life, to entertain and join exciting water activities, to explore new lands, new cultures or just simply to spend time with your beloved ones, let’s come and enjoy it.

Author: Laclac

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.

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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.