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

Vietnam tours review: Top Islands in Vietnam

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Naturally blessed with over 4,000 islands, it is no surprise when Vietnam has become such a hit with tourists wishing to spend their vacation on an isolated and peaceful island. Clear crystal blue water, white smooth sand beaches, charming scenes together with unique local life create an irresistible appeal to every tourist coming to these islands at first sight.

Co To Island

Regarded as “Nha Trang of Northern Vietnam”, Co To Island has become a new ideal destination for travelers wishing to escape from the bustle and hustle of the fast-moving life. Coming to Co To Island, visitors will see the crystal clear sea reflecting green mountains and the blue sky. Fresh air, peaceful atmosphere, romantic scenes, hospitable locals and luscious seafood are what appear on visitors’ mind when thinking about this heaven island. That is why it is extremely suitable for your honeymoon.

Co To Island

Co To Island

It takes us nearly two hours to travel by boat to arrive at Co To Island. The boat starts from Cai Rong port (Van Don, Quang Ninh), runs through the Bai Tu Long Bay, passes Quan Lan Island and come to Co To Island. On the way to Co To, we will see a small Halong Bay with thousands of scattered islands across the ocean and local fishing villages.

In Co To Island, in addition to swimming, tourist can take part in different activities such as visiting natural forests, Co To lighthouse, parks and memorial statues of President Ho Chi Minh, travelling to local seafood markets to by something as gifts for friends or families, diving at night, photo taking or simply just spend time relaxing at beaches. You can hire a motorbike at 150,000VND/day, but it had better choose an electric car with the driver as a tour guide.

Because this island has just been developed for tourism recently with no high-end amenity hotel or luxurious restaurant and entertainment services, Co To is a great place for tourists to explore the wild nature and local’s friendliness and fresh seafood. Do not worry all of them are at cheap costs.

Must-see destinations are Cau My Rock, Small Co To Island, Hong Van Beach, Van Chay Beach, Co To Lighthouse, and many more.

Ly Son Island

Are you dreaming of walking on “Jeju Island in South Korea”? If “yes”, you should not miss Ly Son of Vietnam. With the ideal geography and landscape, this stunning island in Quang Ngai Province was formed by the volcanic eruption millions of years ago.

Ly Son Island

Ly Son Island

It is such a hit with visitors for the exquisite highlights of the rugged mountains rising in the boundless zone of the earth and the sky. All tourists coming here, especially backpackers try to discover and conquer the highest mountains, and it is worth as they can obtain the wholesome view of the island. The crystal blue sea water and vast garlic farms create a vivid picture.

Besides the high mountains and cool climate like “Jeju of Vietnam”, Ly Son Island also attracts millions of tourist every year with a pristine beauty, with the blue sea and white smooth sand beaches twinkling under the bright sunlight. Moreover, numerous interesting activities are waiting for us to explore such as snail catching, scuba diving to admire brilliantly-colored coral reefs, or swimming together with the colorful fish.

If you wish to have a more meaningful trip, Ly Son also satisfy you with many ancient pagodas and holy temples like Hang Pagoda, Hoang Sa-Truong Son Relics, Cau Cave, Duc Pagoda, Cau Pagoda, Am Linh Pagoda and An Hai Communal House. Especially, do not forget Hang Pagoda featuring the biggest cave dedicated to Buddha worshipping since the 16th century and An Hai Communal House, the oldest communal house in Quang Ngai and the nation’s historical heritage since 1820 with lots of historical relics of the Cham and Sa Huynh culture.

So what is more amazing than walking in Jeju of South Korea right in Vietnam and at very cheap costs?

Phu Quoc

Top 3 famous travel destinations by National Geographic and top 10 cruise destinations in Asia by Asia One, Phu Quoc is undoubtedly a great island for your vacation. Phu Quoc’s untouched beauty attracts those loving pristine beaches and the intact beauty of the wilderness and nature.

As the most beautiful island of Vietnam, this “Pearl Island” impresses visitors by white and golden sand beaches twinkling under the sunshine, dense tropical jungles with diversified flora and fauna, clear blue water, and especially the peace that we find our soul. Romantic view, cool climate, wild nature and best seafood make tourists like they are in Hawaii heaven. Three most amazing beaches at Phu Quoc that we should not miss when arriving in Phu Quoc are Long Beach listed in the “World Hidden Beaches”, charming Ong Lan Beach for couples, and alluring Bai Sao.

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc

The beach remains pristine with crystal blue water, romantic palm trees and soft sands, which is extremely suitable for numerous water sports like boat-sailing, sunbathing, diving, swimming, kite-surfing or simply walking hand in hand with your lovers. Scuba-diving to see some nice coral reef and a bamboo shark are also exciting to experience. If you have time, let’s explore traditional fishing villages and see how pearls are made at pearl farms on the Southern end of the beach.

What’s more, Phu Quoc seafood will give you the best taste ever – fresh, firm, luscious and cheap. Let’s try!

These above are top three most favorite islands that you should not miss when coming to Vietnam. Let’s backpack, travel to Vietnam, join Vietnam islands tours and have a great time with friends and family.