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.

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.

Binh Ba Island

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.

 

Must-visit destinations when visiting Vietnam

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If you are so stressed because of the huge loads of work and studying, you should take a short rest. Exploring beautiful islands is not a bad idea for you to treat yourself a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Why don’t you follow the article to get more information about the top islands and make a great plan for your Vietnam tours?

Amazing view of the islands

Amazing view of the islands

Co To Island

Located in Quang Ninh Province in the northeastern of Vietnam, Co To Island has been widely known as one of the top islands in Vietnam with its wonderful beach. Co To is an archipelago with more than 40 islands in various sizes. Especially, along with Thanh Lan Island and Tran Island, Co To Island is one of the three biggest islands.

There are a lot of kinds of activities for you and your partners in this beautiful island. You may have chances to enjoy the original beauty of the island with the clean water and fresh air. In addition, you can easily hire a boat with very reasonable price to move to the small island in Co To Island because it is only 1 km far from the large one. It’s also a perfect place for you to stay overnight outside and spend time with your friend. Moreover, visitors can eat fresh seafood which is just caught from the sea right in the harbor. Another thing you need to know is that the best time to travel to Co To is in summer (from April to June).

Beautiful beach on Co To Island

Beautiful beach on Co To Island

Ly Son Island

Ly Son Island is absolutely a well-known tourism destination among a lot of Vietnam tours for its original beauty of nature. In addition, it has a diverse ecosystem, especially, the garlic planted in this island is the most famous kind in Vietnam. Coral diving also becomes an interesting activity in Ly Son. Visitors may contact some diving companies there to hire the essential diving instruments and take a small course with professional divers first. There are also many limestone reefs which were formed by volcanic eruption several centuries ago. The island, moreover, has a number of other wonderful spots like temples, caves, and lighthouse, etc. which you might not want to swim. Seafood and some street food on Ly Son Island are pretty good and affordable. The locals there are so friendly too.

A very small part of this amazing island

A very small part of this amazing island

Con Dao Island

Con Dao Island is absolutely one of the most amazing places to admire the natural beauty that you shouldn’t miss among Vietnam island tours. Situated in the south of Vietnam, Con Dao Island is listed as one of 9 mystery islands all over the world, according to Lonely Planet.

This island has been known as “The hell in real world” because of hundreds of prisons built by French colonists during the Vietnam War. Thousands of Vietnamese people, especially who are considered especially dangerous to the colonist government were brutally tortured. The most disgusting ghastly crime there was how badly the prisoners were treated in “tiger’s cage”. Nowadays, the island becomes a crucial tourism destination for the foreigners’ travel to Vietnam in order to look back the history. Besides, visitors can take part in many outdoor activities in Con Dao Island, coral diving, for example. The high density and diversity of coral in Con Dao Island will definitely surprise you. Moreover, you also may enjoy experiencing the four-hour trip to the East Sea to go fishing.

Con Dao prison

Con Dao prison

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island is one of the greatest places in this city in order to get away from the busy life in cities. This island is composed of clean beach, gorgeous resorts, and hotels and even a national park acknowledged by UNESCO. Phu Quoc Island is a perfect place for visitors who love scuba diving. Besides fresh seafood as well as popular street food, you can easily find American and French fare which is pretty good.

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island

These wonderful islands will make your Vietnam tours more exciting and bring you lots of unforgettable memories. Hence, let’s make a plan for your trip with your family and friend and enjoy your time there.