Vietnam Island Escape
From limestone archipelagos to tropical hideaways, Vietnam has around three thousand islands, mostly clustered in large and small groups. They range from tiny rocky pinnacles that scarcely break the surface to large land areas supporting substantial populations.
With the long coastline, Vietnam has a lot of beautiful islands you can choose to explore. Untouched nature, primeval forests and dusty roads – On Vietnam’s islands you’ll find everything you need to get away from the fast-paced urban life to the mostly unspoilt and naturally beautiful beaches.
CON DAO ISLAND – BA RIA, VUNG TAU PROVINCE
The Con Dao island is part of an archipelago comprised of 14 islets. It is famous for a brutal prison, which over the years incarcerated over 22,000 people opposed to French colonialism and, later, Situated in the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, it is 230 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh city and 180 kilometers off the south east coast of Vietnam. Con Dao was awarded protected status in 1984 and made a national park in 1993. The total protected area of the park is 20,000 hectares including 14,000 hectares of sea and 6,000 hectares of forests on the 14 islets. There is also a buffer zone that is 20,500 hectares wide.The area is home to various rare and enchanting species, including the dugong, sea turtle and the dolphin. In addition, the islands have large and diverse coral reefs, and rare varieties of orchids found nowhere else in Vietnam. The islands remain largely undisturbed and encompass beauties of striking contrast: dense tropical forests, luminous green paddies, prominent mountain peaks and deep valleys. the Saigon regime.
There is also a buffer zone that is 20,500 hectares wide.The area is home to various rare and enchanting species, including the dugong, sea turtle and the dolphin. In addition, the islands have large and diverse coral reefs, and rare varieties of orchids found nowhere else in Vietnam. The islands remain largely undisturbed and encompass beauties of striking contrast: dense tropical forests, luminous green paddies, prominent mountain peaks and deep valleys. the Saigon regime.
PHU QUOC ISLAND – KIEN GIANG PROVINCE
PhuQuoc Island located in Kien Giang province is the biggest island in Vietnam and also the biggest one in the archipelago of 22 islands in Thailand Bay. Known as Pearl Island, Phu Quoc is a stunningly beautiful island in the far south of Vietnam, the country’s largest. 99 forested mountains dominate the northern part of the island while the southern part is better known for its beaches.
The island’s beauty is often compared to Phuket (its also a similar size), but without the people and infrastructure. The Vietnamese government has big plans for tourism on the island, a new airport is planned and many larger resorts will be opening over the next few years. Many consider it paradise with aquamarine water, idyllic beaches, romantic sunsets and a serene island-style atmosphere.
CU LAO CHAM – QUANG NAM PROVINCE
Lying 18 km offshore from Hoi An, the Cham Islands (known locally as Cu Lao Cham) feature beautiful seascapes and landscapes. This island group has 3,000 inhabitants; most of whom make a living from fishing. During the 1960s, Cu Lao Cham was known as “Paradise Island”. Only 1 + 1/4 hour by a junk and 30 minutes by speedboat from Hoi An Town (Cua Dai Quay), it is perfect for a day trip with snorkeling or a dive on some beautiful corals, a delicious seafood lunch on the island, or a walk along the “eco-tour” trail. It is much nicer to spend overnight on the island, then you will have chances to explore the island and experience your great time with sunset and sunrises which is much spectacular or go fishing at night and have barbecue on the island.
Today the Cham islands are also a Marine Protected Area (MPA) because of their many important marine habitants, especially beaches and coral reefs, and rich biodiversity. The MPA includes eight islands; the largest island Hon Lao, features magnificent beaches and forests, the township of Bai Lang, a small harbor, a traditional fishing village (Bai Lang), temples, shrines and a pagoda. Cham Islands, offshore island of Hoi An City has just been recognized as the World Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO.
CU LAO CAU – BINH THUAN
Cu Lao Cau island is characterized by rocky outcrops, with sandy beaches on the north and south sides. The highest point on the island is 27m. It covers a long distance of over 1.500m with the widest area of nearly 700m and the highest one of 7m above sea level. The entire island is surrounded by tens of thousands of cliff blocks of different colors and shapes. From the main land, it looks like a big warship. It is really interesting when having a condition to observe the whole island carefully. Around this isle, the water is always clean and blue. When the tide goes down, on the seashore we can see numerous beautiful shells and corals pleasing the tourists eyes.
Cu Lao Cau is a small and young island rising in the middle of the sea, located in Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan, about 9 km away from the seashore. Tourists can spend 30 or 40 minutes to get there by boat. This island stays about 119 km away from Phan Thiet City to the Northeast.
Cu Lao Cau island is one of the places that has Vietnam’s best ecological environment. With beautiful neglected beach, presently, it is has been planned to be a marine life preservation zone and an eco tourist site. The island will promisingly become an ideal ecological tourist attraction.
LY SON ISLAND – QUANG NGAI PROVINCE
Ly Son commune or Cu Lao Re is the coastal commune in Quang Ngai province. It includes 3 islands: Big Island (Ly Son), Small Island (Cu Lao Bo Bai) and Mu Cu. Being the result of 5-mouth-vocalno and founded 25-30 million years ago, Ly Son Island charms the visitors with the huge minerals in different shapes, and desert beaches, etc… In addition to discover the new land, tourists also have a chance to taste the unique and delicious food in this site. Seen from the shore on a fine day, Ly Son Island looks like a pyramid on the sea with its top being the peak of Thoi Loi Mountain.
Among five mountains founding on the island, Thoi Loi is a rocky one. After a long time climbing the tortuous path on the mountain, tourists reach the peak of Thoi Loi where they have a panoramic view of the garlic field that looks like a chess-board and an immense blue sea dotted with fishing boats in the distance.
TUAN CHAU ISLAND – HALONG BAY
Tuan Chau Island in Ha Long Bay (one of the seven natural wonders of the world), Quang Ninh is about 4 kilometers from the southwest of Bai Chay port and 8 kilometers from the center of Ha Long city. The island has an area of approximately 400 hectares, is endowed with rich and stunning natural conditions by Mother Nature. Tuan Chau is famous for fine white sandy carpet stretching 6 kilometers, blue clear sea water surrounding 200 hectares green pine forests. Furthermore, cool climate all year round is a factor supporting the diversity of Tuan Chau. This place has many luxurious constructions: the international standard villas, the elegant European-Asian restaurants with royal architectural design, the modern and unique clubs for dolphins, seals, sea lions performing. In addition to the charming natural beauty and unique constructions, the island also has Tuan Chau beach and Tuan Chau outdoor entertainment area attracting a large number of travelers. Tuan Chau beach with sand carpet stretching 2 kilometers will make visitors feel comfortable to rest, sunbath, or enjoy the sunset. Here, tourist can also participate in lots of funny activities: water sports, fishing, windsurfing, boating, skiing.
Tuan Chau outdoor entertainment area has a total area of about 5 hectares, located along the length of Tuan Chau beach. Here, you can see firsthand the vivid wonders miniature of the world displayed in the center. The famous architectural works is arranged beautifully with classical and modern styles.
People will have the chance to meet the characters in Grimm’s fairy tales and Walt Disney cartoon. In addition, the children must be excited by the strange feeling when entering a magical kingdom in Hoa Dang area.
HON SEO ISLAND – BINH DINH PROVINCE
As a beautiful uninhabited island, Hon Seo Island in Binh Dinh province is an ideal destination for those who want to explore the sea and island, see colourful pebbles on the beach, cross large rocks, take a dive, go fishing, and enjoy freshly-caught seafood. Located off the Phuong Mai Peninsula in Nhon Ly commune, about 15km northeast of Quy Nhon city, Hon Seo Island is famous for its pristine beauty. Hon Seo, which when seen from the mainland resembles a huge ship sailing to shore, is a wild oasis with feral plants, cliffs, various wild sea creatures and birds.
In order to explore Hon Seo, you can use boat services of tourism companies or hire fishing boats from fishermen at Nhon Ly. If starting from Nhon Ly Beach, your boat will pass through the Wind Strait (Eo Gio) to Yen (swallow) Island. It will take you 20 minutes to get to Hon Seo. But if you depart from Quy Nhon port, it will take you more than an hour to get there. Read More…
CAM KIM ISLAND – HOI AN
Cam Kim Island can be reached by ferry from the pier east of the market alongside Bach Dang. It is possible to take a motorbike or bicycle with you, which is highly recommended to those who intend to see more than the wood-carving shops lined up a few hundred meters along the island’s pier road. Each shop has its own distinctive style and you can detect some brilliant wood carving on display while watching the artisans at work.
Cam Kim is a scenic rural island which is almost entirely free of tourists. The only main road leads along its middle to the eastern tip, from where ferries depart back to town. With your bike or motorcycle, you will be able to explore numerous picturesque pathways along with some marvelous bamboo bridges, nicknamed monkey bridges. These may look rickety but are strong as can be. Should you be interested in a most unique and pleasant excursion, cross the bridge from Hoang Dieu street to the Sleepy Gecko bar on close-by Cam Nam Island, which offers day trips, including bicycles and lunch. The best option is to drop by and talk to the owner Steve about hiring a guide.
TI TOP ISLAND – HALONG BAY
Located about 14 km east from Bai Chay Wharf, Ti Top Beach takes the shape of a crescent encompassing the island. Small though it might be, it wins kudos for its quiet and airy atmosphere, as well as its alluring landscape. The beach boasts pristine white sand, clear and blue water and small waves, which make it ideal for recreational activities like swimming and other sea sports.
At present, there has a bar in the island which also provides swimming costumes, floats and lukewarm shower. Fresh water was carried to the island from inland. Swimming at Ti Top Beach is really enjoyable. After swimming, you can enjoy fresh sea food specialties in an ideal environment of immense sky and sunshine
This beach is very beautiful and is well worth a visit to cool off when the heats starts to get to you. If you spend a day at the beach and elect to take a deckchair, you will be asked to buy either a baguette, some lovely pineapple or a drink, otherwise you will have to pay for the seat. During the full moon, you are able to wander around until late at night.
CAT BA ISLAND – HALONG BAY
Cat Ba Island is the largest island in the Halong Bay archipelago and the only one that hosts a substantial settlement. The fishing community at Cat Ba town has been transformed by travelers during the past decade as the island has become a summer favorite with domestic tourists and a year round option for backpackers and travelers with time to explore less visited parts. Cat Ba Island’s national park, declared in 1986, occupies just under half the island’s 260sq km land mass.
Most travelers visit Halong Bay from the north at Bai Chay. This is where the major cruises and day trips operate from. Cat Ba, at the southern end of the bay, gives a slightly less touristy, but ultimately similar experience of the bay’s beautiful limestone islets. Cat Ba is better suited to those with some extra time and an interest in exploring the island and its national park. Rock climbing and other adventurous activities are offered. The island’s also good for cycling or motorcycle exploration.