Top must-visit Southern Vietnam Islands


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.

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