Sprawling beaches, blue, crystal-like water, strong waves, and untouched pockets of wilderness are all characteristics of the best islands in Vietnam. Whether you crave adventure, culture, or simply kicking back on a beach with a delicious seafood party, a Vietnam island tour on at least one of these islands is sure to be an ideal choice.
Cat Ba Archipelago
Consisting of 367 small and big islands, Cat Ba Archipelago is the largest limestone archipelago of Vietnam, but it is the sea and natural landscapes, which truly make these islands shine. With the high-rise hotels and commercialized area, Cat Ba is the urbanest of all Haiphong City. But it does have a rural, untouched side to it, particularly on the East Shore, where a group of about 400 islets in various interesting shapes, charming beaches of idyllic Lan Ha Bay form a breathtaking natural beauty.
This popular honeymoon spot also caters to different kinds of other travelers. Beach bums can unwind along Cat Co and Cat Dua's golden sands, adventure lovers can hire a motor boat or kayak to paddle to the small islets, where Duong Gianh, Cat Trai Gai, and Hien Hao beaches are located, foodies can savor aromatic seafood flavors, and nature lovers can explore Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve.
Some would say you only need only one day to enjoy these islands' charms, but to really drink in all that Cat Ba has to offer, you should plan a few-day trip. When night falls, you and your beloved one can lie down in the cottages nearby the beach to relax for a while, seeing many fishes swimming in the clean water and listening to the sound of rough sea waves. What a romantic and one-of-a-kind experience!
The impressive beauty of Co To
Co To boasts a little something that keeps travelers enchanted and makes it your go-to island. Even though Co To is one of the most popular islands in Northern Vietnam, its real attractions are not found it the opulent resorts and the world-class services but in its natural beauty.
Co To is the Northern Vietnam's answer to paradise. It offers a charming stretch of white sand beaches, dramatic scenery, a relaxing and fresh environment of blue clean seawater, and interesting activities all in one. Wonderful shore with white sands while under the water, coral reefs flourish with an excessive diversity of tropical fish, offering some of the best snorkeling in the S-shaped country. Other attractions include Co To lighthouse, where you can see the whole of Co To Islands, Co To Pier, primitive forests, the monument of President Ho Chi Minh, the hilly terrain or wild vegetation and animal, and quaint fishing villages.
Stay in Co To for a few nights and you will have plenty of time to learn that there is more to these comely dots of Van Don District than meets the eye. A BBQ party with your friends on the pure stretch of sand while contemplating the picturesque sunset and enjoying the song of birds and the breath of sea is also an unforgettable memory on your travel to Vietnam!
Located within the mesmerizing Bai Tu Long Bay, between the Minh Chau and Quan Lan communes of Van Don District, Quan Lan Island is popularly known for its evergreen casuarina forest stretching stunning white sand dunes.
With pristine beaches with unblemished golden sand and blue clear waters, it is no wonder Quan Lan is often referred to as heaven among travelers to Vietnam. On this Northern Vietnam Island, you can tour a large number of historical and long-standing cultural values including the ruins of the old Van Don Port, Quan Lan Communal House built in the 18th century, or simply lounge on the 2-km-long crescent Minh Chau Beach. If you are up for the challenge, plan to surf and kayak. Lying far from the workaday clamor but close to creature comforts, these islands of Quan Lan should be on the list of top islands in Northern Vietnam.
Whether it is sublime beaches, impressive topography, savory seafood, or exotic cultures you seek, Vietnam has so many beautiful islands to offer. Consider what you are looking for at a Vietnam tour and then choose which islands you favor. Are you ready to be blown away by the most magnificent islands in Vietnam?