Con Dao – One of the most beautiful Vietnam islands

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There are more than 4,000 large islands in Vietnam which contribute significantly to the promotion of growing marine tourism. Con Dao is one of the top 10 most beautiful islands in Vietnam.

Co To Island

Co To Island travel tour

Isolated from the mainland, the Con Dao island is one of Vietnam's star attractions. Con Dao is an archipelago of 16 islands of different sizes which is full of pristine nature which is preserved intact located in the south-east of Vietnam. It is about 185 kilometers from Vung Tau and 230 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City.

Con Dao consists of 16 large and small islands, with an area of 76 kilometers square. The largest island is Con Son Island, with an area of 51 kilometers square. The population is about 6,000 people (as of the end of 2010). Con Dao is in a favorable position on the maritime route linking Europe and Asia.

Con Dao Island

Con Dao Island

Con Dao is a pristine, deserted island which many people who have a soft spot for making way to the sea, nature, and peace want to visit. Coming to Con Dao, you will be immersed in the silence of life, the temporary shelter away from the noisy, torn and anxious life. The center of Con Dao is Con Son Island. It is the largest area in the archipelago.

Con Son Island has many beautiful turquoise beaches, clean streets, and shady trees with bid foliage or amazing sites such as Nhat beach, An Hai, Dam Trau, So Ray, Dam Tre bay, Con Dao prison. In addition, everybody can visit Con Dao National Park for a tour of other nearby islands. Snorkeling on the coral reefs and sea fishing are some of the activities which you can do when you go there.

 A cell in Con Dao prison

A cell in Con Dao prison – it acts like a witness of the cruel war in Vietnam

The island tourism in Vietnam now in the mainstream contributes significantly to tourism and becomes a key economic sector. Vietnam has a great potential for marine tourism with more than 3,260 kilometers of coastline and more than 3,000 islands with white sand beaches, pristine bays, lush tropical islands all year-round. Not only any traveling operator but also the fishermen on the islands have created many tours to Vietnam islands such as the short.

Thanks to the modern infrastructure and the most luxurious resorts, Southern tourism has become an ideal choice for many visitors. Travel to Southern Vietnam tourism is famous for endless rice fields, vast land without seeing its edges, and the massive dyke systems. The tourist destinations in the South are not only as epic as in the Central but also has many destinations for you to organize long holidays on vacations and Tet (Lunar New Year). There are many highlights such as Vung Tau, Con Dao, Long Hai, Nui Dinh, Ho Coc, Ho Tram, Binh Chau Hot Spring, and Minh Dam.

Tra Su melaleuca forests

Tra Su melaleuca forests

Con Dao is one of the destinations in the South that can fully scratch three legendary factors making up of visitors’ itch is to go out, learn and relax. Con Dao tourism is heading towards the tranquil beauty, so the type of accommodation does not grow massively but focus on good quality.

Traveling to Con Dao is divided into many forms such as the self-sufficient travels, the traveling tours. Most of the resorts and lodgings here are located on the coastal paths. Going to Con Dao is a chance for you to enjoy specialties such as Cellana, Cephalopholis Miniata.

 

Top 5 best islands in Vietnam

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My close friend Vivienne is considering paying a visit to several Vietnam islands. She has great difficulties choosing the islands, as “they are all beautiful in different ways”, she said. In order to help her, I made this list of 5 best islands in Vietnam. Well, let’s take a look, shall we?

Cat Ba island

Cat Ba, also known as Pearl Island, is the biggest island among nearly 2000 ones in Ha Long Bay. It was recognized as a Biosphere Reserve of the world, reflecting how diverse the flora and fauna in Cat Ba are.

Cat Ba Island

The grandeur of Cat Ba is definitely a thing that you should not miss

Coming to the island, tourists can dive themselves in its clear blue beaches and stretching white sand. What’s more, you might rent a bike to cycle around Cat Ba. Since the scenery is gorgeous, traveling at that slow pace will be extremely joyful.

That’s on the island. How about exploring the surrounding sea? One exciting activity is diving. If you would like to see the variety of animals in deep water, this is your chance. Here you can find multiple types of shrimps, crabs, fish, pearls, and abalones. In case you prefer to play sports, go for kayak sailing because it’s super fantastic!

Ly Son island

Ly Son was created in a place where volcanoes used to exist. That’s why some of the scenaries on the island are particularly peculiar.

Thoi Loi summit is the highest spot on Ly Son. From Thoi Loi, you can have a panoramic view of the island. Most visitors are impressed by Ly Son’s blue sea, fresh atmosphere, green trees, and gentle winds. Cau Cave, situated at the foot of Thoi Loi, also attracts a lot of tourists for its raw but enchanting beauty.

Another favorite destination on the island is To Vo gate. From the gate, you can see the bustling village of local people and Tien Well.

To Vo gate

To Vo gate is an appealing spot for many young people

Binh Ba island

Binh Ba belongs to Khanh Hoa, a province where tourism develops quickly. However, Binh Ba’s potential is yet to be exploited, thus allowing tourists to discover the island naturally. If you’re seeking a relaxing getaway from big noisy cities, this is surely a sensible choice.

There are many secluded beaches on the island for your need of a quiet personal space. Bo De, for example, is large and peaceful while Chuong and Nom are no less beautiful.

Vivienne says the best time to travel Vietnam for her is summer. So Binh Ba is highly recommended, as the ideal time to visit it is from February to August. Put it on your list too and expect a tranquil holiday!

Binh Ba Island

Binh Ba island

Con Dao Island

Rising from war, Con Dao is now one of the top must-see destinations in Vietnam.

Arriving at Con Dao, you can take a stroll along its charming blue beaches, dive among colorful coral reefs, and build a fire on the white sand when the night comes. Here tourists can also explore Con Dao National Park, which is home to many kinds of sea turtles, dolphins and other rare species. This nature reserve very attractive, owing to its perfect combination of forests and sea, together with mangroves and plentiful sea carpets. People visiting Con Dao say they love the island because it contains lots of mysterious creatures that evoke their curiosity.

Monkeys on Con Dao

Monkeys on Con Dao

Phu Quoc island

Phu Quoc is one of the most well-known islands in Vietnam. There are some spots on the island that Vivienne gives so much acclaim, though she’s never come. If you’re seeking a romantic holiday, get to Dinh Cau cape, at which you can have the best view of the sunset. If you want to see how pearls are raised, head for Hon Thom where you might also try catching squids. In case you’d like to go camping, go to Tranh stream where you can immerse in its beautiful scenes. Bring a tent, some food, and drink, then you’ll enjoy a wonderful campfire with your friends.

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc island

Vivienne can now narrow down her island list thanks to my recommendation. If you’re having a similar plan, hope this helps too!

Top must-visit Southern Vietnam Islands

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Together with the Caribbean and the Mediterranean seas, Southeast Asian is universally regarded as a beach paradise. And Southern Vietnam is among the regions where there are top beaches and islands. Paying a visit to the spectacular islands of the South is a should-not-miss activity during your Vietnam tours.

Southern Vietnam islands hold a huge appeal that travelers cannot help themselves from falling in love.

1. Phu Quoc Island

Nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, only about 45km from the mainland, Phu Quoc is the biggest island in Vietnam. This tear-shaped island attracts tourists with its stunning beaches, lush forests, and the fascinating traditional villages.

Stunning beaches in Phu Quoc

Stunning beaches in Phu Quoc

Beaches in Phu Quoc are suitable for different types of entertainment. If you want to dive into the cool sea water, Long Beach, Sao Beach, Ganh Dau Beach, Ong Lang Beach, and Vung Bau Beach are perfect places to go. Visitors can participate in many water sports like scuba-diving and sky-diving. For those who love to get off the beaten track to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere, Thom Beach and Rach Vem Beach are where you should head your way to. Watching the glorious sunset on the sea is also a romantic experience.

Fish sauce factory in Phu Quoc

Fish sauce factory in Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc National Park, which accounts for more than half of the whole area, is also a huge attraction in the island. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is a spectacular combination of unique tropical flora and fauna, dense forests, and evergreen hills. Camping, hiking, bird-watching, and photography are available in some regions, though the vast area of the Park is under strict preservation.

Another attraction that makes Phu Quoc an irresistible destination for Vietnam island tours is its traditional villages. Phu Quoc is home to many famous products, namely pearl, fish sauce, and pepper. Paying a visit to the traditional fish sauce factories, the pearl farms, or the pepper plantations will help you have a different approach to the beauty of this island.

2. Con Dao Islands

Consisting of 16 small islands off the southern coast of Vietnam, Con Dao is undoubtedly a wonderful destination for Vietnam tours. The islands do not only possess breath-taking beaches but is also an important vestige of the nation’s history.

Turquoise sea water of Con Dao beach

Turquoise sea water of Con Dao beach

If you are seeking for a tranquil place to get away from the bustling city life, Con Dao may suit you well. Traveling to Con Dao, you will be left in awe when seeing the lush forests, secluded beaches, and the colorful coral reefs. You can hire a motorbike in Con Son Island (the biggest and the only inhabited in the archipelago) to take a sightseeing tour around the island and enjoy the fresh air here.

Additionally, exploring the secluded islets is a fascinating activity to try. Visitors can discover the diverse marine ecosystem of the surrounding sea by hopping and diving. You may catch the image of various wildlife such as barracudas, dugongs, and stingrays. Especially, coming to Hon Bay Canh Island, which is famous for its turtle breeding grounds, travelers might get the opportunity to see the turtles laying eggs.

Tiger cages at Con Dao prison

Tiger cages at Con Dao prison

The French prisons, where the Viet Cong soldiers were kept during the resistance war, are the must-stop destinations that history lovers should not miss when they travel to Vietnam. Nowadays, the prisons are the important historical relics where both locals and foreigners can see the tools that the French colonizers used to inflict the Vietnamese soldiers. Hang Duong Cemetery, where locates the tombs of more than 2,000 Vietnamese revolutionaries, is also worth visiting.

3. Binh Ba Island

Naturally blessed with exquisite natural settings, Binh Ba Island is always voted as one of the top islands in southern Vietnam.

Binh Ba Island

Binh Ba Island

Located in Cam Ranh Bay, Khanh Hoa Province, Binh Ba Island is a perfect destination for beach lovers. The island consists of many beautiful secluded beaches with white softy sandbar and turquoise sea water. The beaches are exceptionally suitable for swimming and sunbathing.

Three most famous beaches on the island are Bai Chuong, Bai Nom, and Nha Cu, and each of them holds a different appeal. Bai Chuong Beach is said to be one of the top places to watch the sunrise in Vietnam, while Bai Nom is more suitable for camping and watching the sunset. For those who want to play watersports, Nha Cu Beach is never a wrong choice.

Lobster in Binh Ba

Lobster – a specialty of Binh Ba

Moreover, Binh Ba is also called “the lobster island” thanks to its richness in lobsters and other seafood. Visiting the island, you will be able to eat fresh seafood without worrying much about the price. Having dinner on the empty beach is another worth-trying activity to try.

On the whole, it would be a big regret to ignore southern Vietnam beaches while having Vietnam tours. The pristine beauty of southern islands will definitely leave you in awe.

Ly Son – A hidden pearl among ocean

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If you are a nature lover and crave for adventurous culture exploration, I will recommend one ideal destination in Vietnam. No matter that reaching it requires both fiscally and physically commitment, the final impression is worth a lifetime. Follow vietnamislands to discover Ly Son, a hidden pearl among the Central East Sea.

Located 15 nautical miles from the mainland of Quang Ngai province, Ly Son still preserves its pristine beauty through centuries of history. It has a very important position in protecting national sovereignty over Vietnam islands, maintaining the territorial integrity of mainland.

I had a chance to visit Ly Son at the early stage of tourism development during April 2015. However, the trip was in the national holidays, so there were no rooms to spare and accommodation became extremely rare. It was kind of unforgettable experience.

1.How to get here?

You can catch any direct flights from Hanoi to Chu Lai (the one and only airport in Quang Ngai). The price ranges from VND 1,500,000 to VND 3,000,000 for the return ticket, depending on the airlines and schedule. We recommend Vietjet, a cheap domestic airline with good services. It took us about one hour to fly to Quang Ngai, and luckily there was no delay at that time.

After landing Chu Lai Airport, you can hire a taxi at the all-in price around VND400,000 to reach Sa Ky Harbour. Remember to check the timetable and ticket fees before going. There are many time options for you to choose, but four hours later than the arrival time is recommended. You can a book ticket online in advance and get the paper ones at the booth.

Sa Ky Harbour

Buying ticket at Sa Ky Harbour

Until recently, the local authority has updated the facilities to promote tourism, but during the time we visited, the ship was in such a bad condition that our voyage has become one of the worst experience in my traveling life. After nearly 2 hours torturing myself at sea, we reached the island finally.

1. Local homestay and transportation:

Due to the high demand for blooming tourism, there were no vacant hotels for my team, so we decided to stay in the house of a local fisherman. The small house was shared with other foreign guests with a public kitchen and living room. Actually, it was a fun as we had the chance to make friends with interesting people around the world. Moreover, the host was friendly and very supportive, which made up for the bad quality of facilities.

The most common and convenient means of transport is motorbike, 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 to avoid technical issues.

2. Top tourist attractions:

While searching for Central Vietnam travel review, you must have come across some photos of magnificent landscape of Ly Son. Not being affected by alluvium in the Red River delta, the sea water in the Central is crystal clear. Once settling down on the island, you will feel a peace over the air. The salty wind lingers on the skin and a typical smell of ocean fills your chest. Daily life still goes on as if there were no rude invasion from nosy tourists.

3. Local food:

Seafood is must-try dish when visiting an island. Local cuisine is plentiful at affordable prices, especially in local markets. You can enjoy the special sea urchin soup of Ly Son or various fresh seafood: squid, conch, rock snail, oysters, king crabs or eels

Apart from seafood, nature awards Ly Son the best condition for slow-growth species. Among those, Li Son garlic is imbued with the essence of heaven and earth. Its specialty lies in the lone garlic (garlic clove). Unlike others, black garlic contains only one section; in which all nutrition is concentrated. It is known as a medicinal garlic thanks to the plentiful nutrition, much more than regular fresh garlic. Moreover, it is one of the agricultural products that earn large income to farmers.

Black garlic

Black garlic is a unique healthy sourvenir that can only be found on Ly Son

Ly Son will surprise you with the pristine beauty of nature and the friendliness of local people. The best time to visit Ly Son will be around January to May to avoid the busy tourist season as well as severe storms coming. I hope that this Central Vietnam travel review will help you prepare for a good trip to one of the most beautiful countries in ASEAN.

Vietnam Tours: Top 3 Islands in Central Vietnam

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With a total coastline of 3,260 km, Vietnam is undoubted heaven for sandy beaches. While the North is more famous for its mountain ranges and hiking trails, the South is attractive because of Mekong River Delta; Central Vietnam is the best place for Vietnam island tours.

Travel to Central Vietnam, visitors will be impressed by the jewel-blue sea, far-stretched beaches with a magnificent view.

When to visit Central Vietnam

The ideal time to visit Central Vietnam is from March until August. This time marks the start of the dry season when the weather is comfortable and without rain. The Central Coast is the target of typhoons, hurricane winds during the rainy season from August. For your own safety, it’s better to plan your trip beforehand and always check the weather forecast.

It’s also important to note that during the weekend, the beaches are often crowded. If you want to enjoy a quiet day on the beach, you should pay a visit to this place during the week.

Binh Ba Island

The are numerous reasons why Binh Ba Island is so alluring. The first one is probably because of the short distance between the island and Cam Ranh Harbor. Boats will pick up passengers at the harbor at 10 a.m and 16.00 and return from the island at 5 a.m and 12:30 a.m. One way ticket costs around 30.000 VND per person.

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A peaceful corner of Binh Ba Island

Since it’s a newly discovered island, Binh Ba is less well-known than other islands, making it a great place to enjoy the uncrowded beach. Is there anything more relaxing than an amble by the beach, watching the emerald-blue water reflecting the color of the sky while listening to the rhythm of the rippling waves?

There are almost none luxury hotels and resorts in this 3-square-kilometer island. Most of the accommodation service is provided by the locals, thus giving tourists a chance to experience the authentic island lifestyle with friendly island residents.

Phu Quy Island

Another newly found island, Phu Quy Island (In English, it means treasure island) with all its blissful features, appears to be unknown to the massive tourists. In the middle of the far-stretched beach, the vastness of nature seeps into your mind, leaving a seed of admiration of vivid color of the sea and surrounding picture-perfect scenes.

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Crystal clear water in Phu Quy Island

Beside beaches, Phu Quy Island offers several nearby islands where you can reach by boats such as Black Islet and Egg Islet. A boat round trip costs from 300.000 to 400.000 VND.

One of the main attractions in Phu Quy is the Museum of Whale. In this island, Whales are regarded solemnly as ca Ong – the divine creatures who have been saving fishermen from severe weather. Each and every time a whale is washed up onto the shore, the local fishermen organize a formal funeral and perform annual honoring rituals. The museum, located in Van An Thanh, has the fascinating 20-meter-long whale skeleton, which is worth your visit.

Ly Son Island

Ly Son is among the top best islands in Central Vietnam. Blessed with the stunning oceanic view and many interesting topographical features, Ly Son attracts thousands of visitors each year during summer.

To Vo Gate in Ly Son Island

To Vo Gate in Ly Son Island

Ly Son Island has many to offer. Hang Pagoda, for example, was constructed under Le Dynasty by Tran Cong Thanh. The pagoda lies deep in one of the biggest cave systems in Ly Son. To Vo Gate is a perfect place for a couple of cold beers with your friends watching the sunset. (It’s ok if you travel alone since the view stays stunning anyway.)

Ly Son is home to most astonishing beaches with a great recipe for a perfect place for relaxing: crystal water, white sand, and surrounding cliffs. From Ly Son, you can take a boat trip to visit Little Island – An Binh Island. Only 100 households in Little Island with little to no influence of modern life, visitors can explore the island by foot and enjoy swimming in seemingly private beaches.

 

Snorkeling and where to dive in Vietnam

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The summer is coming. In summer, more and more people take Vietnam tailor-made tour to travel to Vietnam for their vacation in order to enjoy the cool blue water. Besides swimming, snorkeling is also a popular underwater activity in Vietnam.

1. How to dive?

Snorkelling is an outdoor activity, an aquatic sport. There are two forms of diving with scuba diving equipment and diving without free diving equipment. Not only does diving require proper breathing, but also a deep concentration exercise to control the body in the flow of water.

Snorkeling is an exciting way to explore undersea life, which is free to move freely without space. As you get used to diving, the underwater body relaxes a lot, the player does not feel the movement is heavy.

2. Who can dive?

For scuba diving or free diving, it requires the player to have a certificate. This certificate must be an international one, with many different levels that allow divers to access different depths.

In addition, if you want to dive (for those who do not have a certificate) even do not know how to swim, you can still dive. Because every diver will be accompanied by a coach. The instructor will keep the pitcher, the swimmer's guide to allow the player to visit the allowed areas. Or you can use a snorkel dive in near and secure areas. 

3. Where to go for snorkeling in Vietnam

Nature has given Vietnam a lot of beautiful beaches and bays. There is also a great variety of plant and animal species, especially the beauty of coral reefs. Taking part in diving activities to explore the ocean is one of the most wonderful experiences of visitors. Con Dao, Phu Quoc, Cu Lao Cham, Vinh Hy Bay, Nha Trang are the best places in Vietnam to snorkel waiting for visitors to explore.

Con Dao

Con Dao

Con Dao

Con Dao is considered as the most beautiful coral reef view of Vietnam. It's worth to go snorkeling during your tailor-made tour in Vietnam. There are 16 islands and a unique ecosystem here. You will have wonderful moments to explore the ocean, admire the beauty of the sea plants. Especially the coral is outstanding. You can watch rare sea animals such as sea turtles, dugong. The best snorkeling places in Con Dao are Bay Canh, Con Son bay, Tai island, Cau island. The best time to dive in Con Dao is from March to September every year.

Nha Trang

Many visitors travel Nha Trang join the diving tour exploring it every year. Naturally, this region is endowed with beautiful coral reefs and hundreds of plant and animal species. The most beautiful snorkeling destination in Nha Trang Bay is Mun, the first marine protected area in our country. There are also many diving attractions such as Tam island, Monkey Island, etc.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang

Cu Lao Cham

The 5,000 hectare of the marine protected area in Cu Lao Cham includes 165 hectares of coral reef and 500 hectares of seagrass beds with many kinds of marine species. There are also more than 200 species of fish, including many in the Vietnam Red List of Threatened Species. It is a popular diving destination attracts the participation of the native and also foreigner visitors. At Cham Island, there are three famous diving sites: Tai, Hon, and Long. People can dive from 5 to 7 meters to explore the beauty of the ocean here.

Cu Lao Cham

Cu Lao Cham

Vinh Hy Bay

Being one of the four most beautiful bays in Vietnam, Vinh Hy Bay is a great destination for those who love natural scenery especially snorkeling activities. The sea in Vinh Hy is green all year around with more than 300 species of coral. Due to the beautiful coral reefs, this place becomes an ideal destination for exploring the beauty of the ocean. Tourists will follow local tour guides to go snorkeling.

Vinh Hy Bay

Vinh Hy Bay

Phu Quoc

The final destination to snorkel suggested in Vietnam tailor-made tour is Phu Quoc. The island is not only famous for its beautiful beaches but also attractive to tourists by its very own beauty. Nothing better than explore the beauty of the coral reefs with different shapes, or fish with impressive colors. Visitors will have more new experiences when participating in diving trips here. Phu Quoc has many places for diving such as An Thoi archipelago, Thom island, Ganh Dau island, Cua Can island, May Rut island, etc.

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc

Top 5 idyllic islands in Vietnam

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Sea tourism is becoming a new trend and motivation, with many potentials in Vietnam. More and more people tend to take Vietnam private tours to travel to Vietnam gorgeous islands.

The reality is that the number of visitors is increasing much over the years and always occupies about 70% of total tourists in the country. Island tourism is now the strong point tourism, contributing significantly to tourism. This is an important economic sector in Vietnam.

Being familiar with many people, however, the beautiful scenery with fine white sand and countless resort resorts of Vietnam islands are always the attractive destinations. If you don't know where to go in Vietnam private tour, here are some of the top islands in Vietnam for you to visit:

Phu Quoc island

Its beach has been known as one of the 10 most pristine and quiet beaches in the world. Phu Quoc Island has long been an ideal destination for summer visitors. The blue color of the sky, yellow color as the honey of the sun and friendly smile of the local people can easily make anyone feel captivating.

Phu Quoc owns many beautiful beaches such as Sao beach, Dai beach with abundant seafood such as spike, herring, fish, crab, etc. The island is especially suitable for groups and families. Come to Phu Quoc you experience the cutter fishing at night, diving to explore the coral reefs, watching the sunset on the beach, etc. These things will certainly bring you unforgettable memories.

Phu Quoc owns many beautiful beaches

Phu Quoc owns many beautiful beaches

Con Dao

Con Dao is an option for visitors in Vietnam private tours who want to simultaneously seek the peace of nature. Moreover, the island also helps the visitors to experience activities of historical significance. As a "paradise of resorts", Con Dao captured the hearts of visitors with beautiful scenery and mild weather all year round. The island is small enough for you to be free to stroll on the white sandy blue sea. On one side of the beach are mountainous hills with pristine forests with populations of biodiversity. Con Dao people believe that the beauty of the landscape and the vitality of life are revived on this land is a priceless gift that nature gives. It's totally true to say that Con Dao is one of the don't-miss places in Vietnam.

The beauty of the landscape

The beauty of the landscape and the vitality of life are revived on this land is a priceless gift from nature

Nam Du

Being in Kien Hai district (Kien Giang province), Nam Du island is a name that many visitors, especially young people mentioned in recent times. It is unspoiled and untouched tourism, but this is the advantage to Nam Du to attract tourists to find. The coconut trees grow beneath the blue sea which makes visitors only want to immerse themselves in the beautiful sky.

Hon Mau is very beautiful with 5 beaches, leading by Bai Chuong. There are also romantic Nom beach, Da Den beach, and Da Trang beach. Nom beach is in front of the island. This beach is peaceful and windy year round, surrounded by green coconut trees. Ideally, In Da Den beach, there are many kinds of beautiful stones with colorful colors and patterns. Visitors can swim in the blue sea, or lie on the wild and romantic sand.

Nam Du island

Nam Du island

Co To Island

The white sandy sea paradise is not only in the central and southern Vietnam but also in Northern Vietnam. In the north, Co To Island (Quang Ninh) also captures the heart of visitor by the pristine beaches with white sand and clear blue water. The water here is so clear that you can see the sand as well as the stars, the sea snails on the seafloor. Beside the blue sea, Co To is also famous for the white sand and beautiful beaches such as Hong Van, Tan Chai, etc. Co To has many romantic attractions such as love road, rocky Cau Me very suitable for the lovers to take a walk together, enjoy the sea fresh air. If you are a natural explorer, getting up early to the sea to welcome sunrise or sunset or camping in Co To me is the ideal destination.

Co To Island

Co To Island

Dragon Eye Island

Situated on the southern fringe of Halong Bay, Bai Dong Island is an island area nearby to Bai Tu Long. Here there is a natural white sand beach, stretching 3, 4 hundred meters.

Especially the island has the unique scenery of the beautiful circular in the middle of the mountain. That is why Bai Dong island is also called Dragon Eye Island.

Dragon Eye Island with an area of ​​about 30 hectares is also known by the name of Bai Dong island. The island is located in the southern part of Ha Long Bay, adjacent to the Lan Ha Bay area. It can be said that the most attractive point of Dragon Eye Island is in the wild, primitive.

If you are able to finance a trip by seaplane, you will admire the entire Halong Bay from above will understand why this island is called the Dragon Eye Island.

The Dragon Eye Island

The Dragon Eye Island

Top 4 must-visit islands for nature lovers

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With a long coastline of 3260km, Vietnam is a home to a lot of paradise islands. Check out this Vietnam island travel guide and explore the top 4 Vietnam islands that any nature lover should visit once in their lifetime!

Phu Quoc Island

Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc Island is nicknamed as “The Emerald Island” for its glimmering natural greenery. This heart-shaped island is fringed with splendid turquoise seas and densely-covered lush tropical jungle. Escaping from the hustle and bustle of city life and traveling to this paradise island, you can dive in the ocean to explore the coral reefs, kayak in the beach, snorkel or simply sunbathe on its beautiful beaches and hear the snoozy sea lap gently.

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island

Don’t forget to savor deliciously fresh and cheap seafood in Phu Quoc Island. This island offers the best catches for seafood lovers.

Con Dao Island

Located off the Southern-east coast, the remote Con Dao Island is one of the most alluring islands in Vietnam. This paradise is surrounded by pristine beaches spreading for miles along with long lines of coconut trees. Visiting Con Dao Island, one cannot only admire the untouched beauty of nature, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere, but also indulge in the culinary delights of seafood and coconut milk.

Con Dao Island

Con Dao Island

More than just sun, sand, and sea, Con Dao used to be a prison island during the French colonial period. Spend some time to visit the Con Dao prison to explore why this paradise island was once known as “hell on earth” during the horrifying chapter in Vietnam’s history.

Ly Son Island

Another charming island that Vietnam island travel guide recommends is Ly Son Island. This island is a volcanic island located off the coast of Quang Ngai province, in the Centre of Vietnam. Thanks to fascinating natural and cultural attractions, Ly Son Island has become an ideal getaway destination for travelers, especially those who are nature lovers. Traveling to Ly Son Island, you will be immersed in the unspoiled beauty of white sandy beaches with clear crystal water.

Ly Son Island

Ly Son Island

Moreover, this charming island is also known as the “Kingdom of garlic”. Apart from fishing, local people in Ly Son grow garlic as the main source of livelihood.

Cat Ba Island

Ly Son Island

Cat Ba Island

Right from the moment when you set foot on Cat Ba Island, you will be allured by the natural beauty of imposing mountains, stunning beaches and the fresh salty air from the ocean. Cat Ba has 3 beaches namely: Cat Co 1, Cat Co 2, Cat Co 3. Hidden in the hills and surrounded by the lush forests, these beaches are surprisingly gorgeous with soft golden sand and warm jade water. Trekking through the forest, admiring the panoramic landscapes of the island from the fort or kayaking to the small islets will definitely give you a better feel of being an explorer of natural wonder.

Top ‘rising stars’ in tourism in Central Vietnam

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Central Vietnam has so many beautiful destinations to visit, from stunning beaches to ancient lovely towns. Hue ancient capital city, Hoi An ancient town, Nha Trang and Da Nang city are the very well-known places in your Central Vietnam tour.

However, besides those famous names, there are a lot of other great destinations in Central Vietnam that you should visit. So, let’s make a Vietnam private tour to Central Vietnam with these top new destinations:

Quang Ngai

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Ly Son Island

Located in South Central Coast, Quang Ngai has stunning beaches which are as beautiful as beaches in Nha Trang or Da Nang. Sa Huynh, My Khe, Le Thuy and Minh Tan are four best beaches in Quang Ngai. The beaches here are featured with blue clear water and long white sand. Also, Sa Huynh beach is a large area of making salt. You can experience how local people produce salt on the beach which is quite unique and amazing.

Quang Ngai has an island which has been very famous among tourists recently. It is Ly Son Island. Ly Son is located about 30 km from the mainland. The island impresses tourists with stunning beaches, immense garlic field and amazing coral reef in Small Island (Dao Be).

If you are interested in historical exploration, Quang Ngai is the one for you. Quang Ngai used to be a very harsh battlefield in the war. Therefore, there are so many relics still maintained in here. You can visit My Son Memorial where memorizes the victims of the My Son Massacre, Pham Van Dong Memorial where honors one of the leading leaders of Vietnam, Chau Sa ancient city – the old kingdom of Cham people, etc.

Phu Yen

Da Dia Rapid

Da Dia Rapid

Located in South Central Coast, Phu Yen is a destination that you should consider when you travel to Central Vietnam. If you don’t want the crowd and bustle of Nha Trang, Phu Yen is the best choice for you, especially when you want to make a private tour in Vietnam. Phu Yen has both gorgeous beaches and breathtaking natural landscapes. Dai Lanh Cape is the first place in Vietnam bathed in morning sunlight. Witnessing the glow of dawn in a picturesque spectacle of Dai Lanh Cape is one of the unforgettable experiences in your life. Standing on the lighthouse, you can see the fantastic view of the ocean, featured by fishing ships, imposing rocks and beautiful blue water.

Next to Dai Lanh Cape is a beautiful pristine beach called Bai Mon. Bai Mon beach is protected by Mui Nay cape in the North and Mui Dien cape in the South, with the seashore of over 400 meters long, characterized by white and smooth sand, blue and clear water as well as gentle waves. Particularly, Bai Mon has a small freshwater spring, lying behind cliffs and the old-growth forest North Deo Ca, creating an outstanding landscape.

You can enjoy the Spitting Pit (Vuc Phun) in the superb mountainous and forestry view, forming a poetic landscape. There are a lot of interesting activities such as learning about the ecology, mountain climbing, stream baths, camping….

Da Dia Rapid (Ghenh Da Dia), located in An Ninh Dong commune, Tuy An district, is one-of-a-kind landscape in Vietnam. It is strangely structured rocks include large upright stones equally arranged in a star pattern. In a general view, this unique terrain looks like a giant beehive or thousands of stone plates arranged side by side. This place is completely pristine and inhabited. You can walk on the stones, watch the whole view of the sea, go fishing or catch the cellana under the stones. This destination should be a highlight of your Vietnam private tour.

Nghe An

Pu Mat National Park

Pu Mat National Park

Nghe An is actually a very new destination on the Vietnam tourist map. It is located in Northern part of Central Vietnam, about 300 km from Hanoi. Nghe An is the home of President Ho Chi Minh. Coming to Nghe Anm you can visit Kim Lien where President Ho Chi Minh was born and had a peaceful childhood.

Nghe An is also well-known for Pu Mat National Park where is the home to thousand species and a lot of them are very rare. The beauty of Pu Mat is pristine and untouched. You can take a boat tour going along Giang River to visit amazing sceneries and explore a diverse flora and fauna system. Besides, Pu Mat also has Khe Kem waterfall, Nuoc Moc stream where you can set camp to enjoy the wildlife and try local food.

Nghe An has a famous beach which is called Cua Lo beach. The beach attracts a great number of domestic tourists in summer because of its blue clean water and smooth sloped sand.

In the end of November, Nghe An draws a lot of attention from tourists because it has the immense blossom sunflower field which is very stunning.

Those destinations are still new for international tourists. So, if you are quite bored with other famous destinations, let’s consider these three in your Vietnam private tour to Central Vietnam.

Top 3 islands for the best Vietnam honeymoon tour

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Some of you may be wondering what places to travel to for your honeymoon. Then I suggest, consider some tours to Vietnam islands! In fact, in the beautiful tropical country, there are quite many islands that are able to bring you a romantic honeymoon. Here I’m providing you with my list of top 3!

A gorgeous beach of Vietnam

A gorgeous beach of Vietnam

Con Son Island

Con Son, sometimes called Con Dao or Phu Hai, is the largest island of the Con Dao archipelago in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, Vietnam. The island is 51.52 km² large, which makes it ideal to contain all leisure activities for the couples.

Con Son is regarded as a tourist paradise in Southern Vietnam. Once being the island of prisons where soldiers are kept and tortured, it is now a famous destination that impresses the visitors with the signature images of blue sky, white clouds, stretching golden sand and gentle waves. Con Son is not too crowded, thus meeting the newly-wed couples’ demand of enjoying private moments together.

Con Dao Island

Con Dao Island

Located in the center of Con Dao District, An Hai beach is a spot for you to relax and explore the natural landscape of the island. After a 10-minute walk from the central district to An Hai, you are exposed to the crystal clear sea, coconut trees standing on the beach and wind whispering in the air. There is also Cape Shark, nominated as top 20 most mysterious island in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Everything on Cape Shark reflects harmony that arouses a sense of fulfillment and peacefulness in the soul.

If you and your other half visit Con Son on your honeymoon, you two will have an opportunity to discover more and more fascinating places on the island. Plan a visit on your own or better yet, go on a tour for a smooth journey.

Cu Lao Cham Island

Recently listed as one of the top destinations for any couple, Cu Lao Cham is indeed a cluster of 8 islands that belong to Hoi An city, Quang Nam province. It’s located 18 km from Cua Dai beach and has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve.

Apart from being a historical relic associated with the ancient commercial town Hoi An decades ago, Cu Lao Cham also contains the last vestiges of once used to-be-major cultures in Vietnam such as Cham Pa and Sa Huynh, with architecture dated back years ago.

The island is also a tourist destination with a cool climate all year round, rich flora and fauna including diverse coral reefs. For culinary addicts, seafood and birds’ nest on Cu Lao Cham are unparalleled.

Cu Lao Cham Island

Cu Lao Cham Island

To enjoy a romantic time with your loved one, you can come to Ong, Huong beaches and many other attractive beaches on the island. In the early morning, hand in hand and take a walk on the beach to wait for the sun to rise. At sunset, climb on a rock and watch the last sunlight of the day to fade away. What wonderful moments to be together in a magical place!

In addition, the couples can visit Cham Ancient Well, Cu Lao Cham Sea Museum, enjoying bites of dried squids, a specialty of the island on the road. I’m sure you won’t be able to forget all these experiences!

Co To Island

Located on the east side of Quang Ninh Province, Co To Island is about 60km from Van Don Harbour as a part of an archipelago located in the Northern Bay, Vietnam.

Co To Island

Co To featured in the local newspaper

Co To is an extremely charming island with an untouched beauty. Coming to the island, the tourists feel like finding a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. For the couples, you would not want to leave!

Love is the name of a famous road on Co To Island. Love Road is tiled with red brick. On the two sides of Love, there are ferns swinging in the wind, hiding the newly-wed holding hands to walk slowly in the enchanting atmosphere. Somewhere in the ocean, the waves are crashing like a song’s melody. Then, visit Cau My rocks and be ready to be overwhelmed with the magical combination of water, rock and the surrounding landscape of Mother Nature.

Hong Van beach is also a spot that you can’t miss. With bare feet on the smooth white sand, you may feel your heart skip a beat because of the spectacular scenery, especially at twilight when everything is covered in a vague colour of the sun. Don’t forget to come to the famous Co To Lighthouse, too!

Now you can see why a honeymoon trip in a Vietnam island is second to none. I hope you all will have wonderful honeymoon tours in Vietnam and best time in your life ahead!