Vietnam in the eyes of international friends is always a very popular destination. There are many factors that show how people love Vietnam such as the friendly people here, delicious food, and security politics. But above all, the key is the beauty of the natural and artificial landscapes here. Especially the picturesque islands as a favor that nature offers to this country.
Vietnam owns a coastline of more than 3,260 km and over 3,000 islands, with white sandy beaches, pristine bays, and lush tropical islands all year round. This article will introduce to you the most popular islands in geographic order from the North to the South of Vietnam.
Islands of Northern Vietnam
Co To Island – Quang Ninh
Co To is an archipelago of about 50 islands located in the eastern part of Quang Ninh province with an area of 46.2 km². An independent space, surrounded by the romantic blue sea, the tranquility and serenity here can help you leave behind all kinds of stress, anxiety, and difficulties in life. People can easily find breathtaking views here and take their own amazing photos. The two famous islands are Co To Lon and Co To Con.
How to get to the Co To island
There are two ways to get to the Co To island. first, Using local transportations such as motorbike or coach and the second option is Buying high-speed ship tickets which may cost a bit more expensive but it really saves your time and energy. There are two types of ships to choose from when traveling from Cai Rong and Van Don ports to Co To Island: Wooden boats and high-speed ships.
High-Speed ship: Depart at 1 or 1.30 pm on weekdays, take 90 minutes, tickets range from 180,000 – 200,000 VND/ticket/person.
Morning wooden ship: Depart to Co To at 7.00 am every Monday to Friday. The wooden ship will take longer: About 4 hours. So those who are prone to seasick should not take this train. Afternoon one to Co To afternoon at 1.00 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays. Ships arrive at Cai Rong port at 1.00 pm on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Ticket price: 110,000 VND/ticket/person.
Cat Ba island – Hai Phong
Also known as Jade Island, is the largest island in the Cat Ba archipelago located in the south of Ha Long Bay. Cat Ba is the main island name whic is about 100km² wide. The island has a very special shape, the mainland reaches out as far as embracing the sea, forming unique arc-shaped beaches. The cool climate, fresh air, beautiful sea views will wash away your weariness. From Hai Phong to Cat Ba, we can travel by high-speed ship from Ben Binh to Cat Ba center port with 220,000 VND to 250,000 VND / person, which takes us 45 minutes only.
Dragon’s eye Island – Quang Ninh
Located at the southern edge of Ha Long Bay. There is a natural white sand beach, stretching for 300 to 400m and especially with the unique landscape of the beautiful circular shape located in the middle of the mountain. That is why Bai Dong island is also transmitted by the people about this wonderful Dragon Eye island. Tourists can enjoy the island on a ship tour.
Islands of Central Vietnam
Điệp Sơn Island – Khánh Hòa
Diep Son island in Hon Bip is one of the three islands in Diep Son range, located in Van Thang commune, Van Ninh district, Khanh Hoa province. Discovering the unique sea path in Vietnam cannot be missed. Geting off the boat and starting the journey to conquer the road between the sea through 3 islands (Hòn Bịp, Hòn Ó, Hòn Quạ) nearly 700m long. A white sand road about 1m wide, located in the middle of the blue sea will make visitors feel just excited and nervous.
Phú Quý Island – Bình Thuận
Also known as Cu Lao Thu, with an area of 16,5 km2, it is an extremely beautiful island located 120km from Phan Thiet city. It has spectacular beaches and beautiful coral reefs. Coming here, you can visit the island, know how the villages farm seafood, explore many different islands and enjoy delicious dishes from seafood.
How to get to the Phú Quý Island – Bình Thuận
Currently, there are Hung Phat 26 and SAVANNA Phu Quy – Khai Thinh KG high-speed ships, helping to shorten the distance from Phan Thiet. Which just takes 2.5 to 3.5hrs. Note that not every day the ships run to the island, based on the weather, so before going you should contact the port to see the train schedule.
Coral Island – Ninh Thuận
Located about 60km away from the center of Phan Rang city. The best time to enjoy the beauty of the atoll is in the early morning when the water has receded and the surface of the atoll is gradually revealed with beautiful green moss rocks. Besides, diverse marine creatures also create an unforgettable experience for visitors. The best way to get there is by motorbike (after you get Phan Rang – Thap Cham) because on the way going there, you can enjoy breathtaking views).
Islands of Southern Vietnam
Côn Đảo – Ba Ria – Vung Tau
The total area of the whole archipelago is 76km2. It belongs to Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. The archipelago is 97 nautical miles from Vung Tau city. The closest place to Con Dao on the mainland is Vinh Hai commune, Vinh Chau town, Soc Trang province, 40 nautical miles away. An ideal choice for those who like exploring and immersing themselves in the lives of local people.
The landscape in this small town is very special, one side is the blue sea and the other is the architecture from the French colonial period with Western imprint. Con Son has very little traffic, visitors can walk to experience the slow and peaceful place.
Pirate Island – Kiên Giang
Located in the Thailand Bay to the northwest of the Ba Lua archipelago, 11 nautical miles (27.5 km) from Ha Tien coast and 7 nautical miles (18 km) from the west, away from Phu Quoc island 16 knots (40 km) to the east. The total area of the archipelago is about 11 km2, spreading over 5 km wide and 7 km long waters.
One of the activities not to be missed when staying on the island is squid fishing, night fishing and scuba diving for scallops, crabs, snails … When you stay at a homestay, you can ask them to take a boat to the sea to try. new feelings.
Cu Lao Cau Island – Tuy Phong district, Binh Thuan
It is away from Phan Thiet city about 110km. The island is just nearly 10km from the mainland, the length is 1.5km. It has no residents, electricity, and fresh water. Come here you will experience life like Robinson on a deserted island. Krystal clear water, emerald green, long white sand, huge rocks, all shapes, and sizes make everyone surprised and delight. It is also a marine life sanctuary, with lots of beautiful coral reefs to explore.
Phu Quoc island
Phu Quoc, also known as Pearl Island, is the largest island in Vietnam, also the largest of the 22 islands here, located in the Gulf of Thailand. Phu Quoc Island together with other islands form the Phu Quoc island district of Kien Giang province. The entire island district has a total area of 589.23 km².
Phu Quoc island has a unique attraction, a sunny paradise among the green tropical trees. If you also love the “untouched sea”, want to immerse yourself in the freshwater and pristine nature, Phu Quoc is a great choice for you this summer.
Vietnam’s sea and islands are always a good choice for holidays as well as discoverable and challenging activities. Come here and experience it!