Vietnam is a beautiful country with more than 1,000,000 km2 of sea surface with many islands. If you are a fan of peaceful places with blue sea, white sand and sun, these beautiful islands in Vietnam are waiting for you.
This special geographical condition also explains the diversity of the sublime island systems found here. Each island hides unique characteristics that charm the soul of the visitors only after the first time. Let’s discover the best islands of Vietnam to enjoy your memorable beach holidays.
Phu Quoc – the largest island in Vietnam
Phu Quoc has long been considered the pearl of Vietnam’s islands with its unspoiled beauty, tranquil atmosphere, excellent blue water and white sandy beach that stretches along the seashore. This attractive island has been ranked among the top three winter destinations by National Geographic voting and among the top 10 Asian tourist attractions by Asiaone.
Phu Quoc is also well known for its charming resorts and hotels, which will make your holiday and honeymoon in Vietnam relaxing and unforgettable.
The best time to visit Phu Quoc Island is from May to October.
Cham Island, a diver’s paradise
Cham Island (Cù lao Chàm) is located in Quang Nam province, a region in central Vietnam. The pristine beauty of Cham Island is a harmonious combination of sky, ocean and forest. In particular, this place is recognised as one of the best biosphere reserves in the world because of biodiversity.
Their turquoise waters provide visitors with snorkelling, diving and fishing opportunities, along with many powdery sand beaches to choose from. The Cham Islands themselves are home to a number of small historical sights. They can be seen with a motorbike tour or by strolling the quiet lanes at your own pace. If you’re after a slice of local life, staying the night and watching the sun sink behind the mainland is a highly recommended way to unplug.
How to get there: If you are already in Danang or Hoi An, just take a taxi to Cua Dai beach and hop on a canoe to get there in 20 minutes for VND200,000.
It is highly recommended to travel between March and August, as there can be disastrous tropical storms the rest of the year.
You can plan to go in April or May, when the traditional festivals of the islanders take place. Motorbikes are not allowed. You can rent one and take it with you in the canoe.
Con Dao, unspoilt beauty
Located in Ba Ria – Vung Tau province, Con Dao is one of the most special Vietnamese islands with historical values and significant beauty of the island.
If you ask a Vietnamese about the first thing that pops up in his or her mind about Côn Đảo, it’s likely to be the prisons. In fact, due to its isolated geographical location, Côn Đảo had been transformed into a prison archipelago by the French in 1862.
Today, these prisons no longer contain any criminals. Instead, they are now historical sites attracting gobs of tourists. However, not all areas on island are open to tourists, so you should contact your tourist agency to book a tour.
Côn Đảo is a archipelago with great historical and natural significance. From colonial prisons to sacred temples, Côn Đảo will give you new insights in Vietnamese history. Moreover, for those who love nature, the national park and long pristine beaches await your exploration.
In the main part of the island, you can visit Dam Trau Beach (a white sand beach surrounded by a long mountain range) and Hon Bay Canh – a mangrove forest in the middle of the vast sea.
How to get there:
There are 3 ways to get there:
The first: From Vung Tau, you book a ticket for a 200-seat boat. It is equipped with air-conditioners, canteens and beds, so you won’t get tired, even if the trip takes up to 12 hours.
Secondly: From Soc Trang, you take a high-speed Superdong boat. The price is 310,000 euros, you reach the island after 2.5 hours.
Third: Only from Ho Chi Minh or Can Tho, there is a Vietnam Airlines flight that goes directly to Con Dao, it costs one million dong.
Binh Hung Island in Khanh Hoa
It is located just at the foot of the pass on the coastal road of Vinh Hy, Binh Hung is one of the most beautiful islands in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa province. This destination attracts many travellers because of the clear blue water. You can clearly see the coral reef below and many special caves.
Although the beaches are not as long and wide as in Nha Trang or Mui Ne, Binh Hung Island has the advantage of being clean and still wild with unique nature.
Travelling to this island, you can enjoy many fresh seafood dishes, such as grilled lobster, sea snails, seafood porridge, blue squid and grilled sea urchins.
Cu Lao Cau in Binh Thuan, a wild island
Cu Lao Cau Island is located about 110 km from Phan Thiet city (Binh Thuan province, Vietnam) and about 8 km from the mainland. It is also known as Cau Islet because of the abundance of spinach on it. The island is quite small and it will not take you too long to explore.
Cu Lao Cau is on the list of the most attractive Vietnamese islands because it has many beautiful attractions that still retain their wild characteristics. Other famous attractions on the island are the coral reefs, Yen Cave, Ba Hon Cave and Nam Hai Temple.
The fresh air and beautiful natural scenery are a good choice for those who want to relax. The best time to visit Cu Lao Cau is from February to July, when the weather is cool, the waves are calm, and suitable for swimming and exploring the island.
Phu Quy Island in Binh Thuan
A flat, green island rising gently to two volcanic peaks, Phu Quy is very isolated – far out in the ocean, 120km east of Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan province on the mainland.
Phu Quy Island can offer you typical experiences and unforgettable beauty with its beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, snorkeling, surfing, board games, parachute…
In addition, many attractions are waiting for you here, such as Van An Thanh, the lighthouse, Linh Quang Pagoda, Phu Quy Island Flagpole, Trieu Vuong Bay…The highlight that appears most in the photos of this island is the steep cliffs of Linh Son Pagoda.
The most beautiful time of the year to visit this island is from December to June every year. At this time, the sea is clear and calm, which is ideal for a beach holiday.
To get there, you can take a boat from Phan Thiet port (Binh Thuan province), which takes 3 to 3.5 hours.
Hon Kho Island in Binh Dinh
If you like scuba diving and coral watching, Hon Kho Island in Binh Dinh, which is one of the most beautiful islands in Vietnam, becomes an ideal destination for you.
About 15 km from Quy Nhon city centre, you can rent a boat or canoe to go to the island.
To see the coral, you will not go far from the shore as the coral is very close to the coast, with a water depth of 1 to 2 meters.
With a life jacket and swimming goggles, you can see the colourful coral reefs and the fish swimming around, creating an amazing landscape. In addition, the unique natural landscape of this place will surprise you with cliffs jutting into the sea, interspersed with pristine sandy beaches and clear blue water.
Ly Son Island in Quang Ngai
Travelling to Ly Son Island, you will enjoy beautiful natural landscapes with wild beauty that were formed under seismic tectonics and volcanic eruptions millions of years ago.
The most famous sites of Ly Son Island are To Vo Gate, Thoi Loi Mountain, Cau Cave and Hang Pagoda… So, many tourists like to go to these places which appear the most on tourists’ photos.
In addition, you should not ignore the garlic fields that spread over many areas of the island, so this place is called the garlic kingdom.
The best time to explore this island is from March to August each year, when it is the dry season, the rain is less and the sun is more present. To reach Ly Son Island, it takes about an hour by speedboat from Sa Ky port.
Nam Du Island
The Nam Du Archipelago is at the western end of a small chain of islands drifting west of Rach Gia, a thriving port city on the mainland, in Vietnam’s western Mekong Delta region. The Nam Du Archipelago sits in the Gulf of Thailand, consisting of over 20 islands, islets, and rocky outcrops. The biggest of these is known as Hòn Lớn (Big Island), but is also referred to simply as ‘Nam Du’.
The islands are green and forested, yet rugged and rocky; the sea is calm and the colour of blue topaz. Some sublime places that visitors cannot miss like Ngang Islet, Mau Islet, Hai Bo Dap, Cay Men Beach.
The best time to visit Nam Du Island is from December to May.
Bonus: The beautiful islands in north Vietnam
Co To Island
Co To Island is a peaceful island located in Quang Ninh, a northern province of Vietnam. For Vietnamese people, Co To is quite familiar because of the large number of poems and writings dedicated to it, but it is still relatively secret to foreigners. But it is definitely a great place to relax and unwind, no matter what kind of leisure activities you enjoy.
If you are adventurous and sporty, go climbing on the rough rock formations of Cau My. If you like tranquillity and beaches, go sunbathing and camping on Hong Van beach.
If you want a panoramic view of the whole island, the 118-metre high, solar-powered Co To Lighthouse should be on your bucket list.
Co To Island is not only known for its beautiful seaside beaches but also for its outdoor activities, including camping.
How to get there: Two steps. First, you take a sleeper bus, train or plane, and arrive at Cai Rong port. Second step, from the port, you go to Co To Island by high speed boat (250,000 VND) or wooden boat (95,000 VND).
Keep in mind that the best time to visit Co To for swimming is in April-May and September-October for sightseeing, as Co To is either stormy or cold during other months of the year.
Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong
There is so much to discover on this island: swimming in the crystal clear waters of Cat Co beaches, trekking through the jungle, kayaking in the remote fishing village of Cua Van and exploring the diverse flora and fauna of Cat Ba National Park.
A place not to be missed is Monkey Island, adjacent to Cat Ba. The naughty and friendly little monkeys and the pristine beach of Cat Dua are well worth a visit.
How to get there Cat Ba is about 160 kilometres from Hanoi. The fastest way is to take a bus to Hai Phong (VND100,000) and then take a hydrofoil to the island (VND220,000).
The best time to visit Cat Ba is in the summer, when you can make the most of the beautiful beaches. But don’t go at the weekend, it’s very crowded and will cost you much more than usual.
Vietnam’s coastline stretches over 3000 kilometres long, creating a number of beautiful beaches, pristine islets and stunning archipelagos from north to south. The picturesque landscapes are sure to blow you away and leave you with a unique experience for your trip.
Above are the charming islands where you can spend your holiday on beautiful beaches in Vietnam. It is good to choose these destinations to get away from the noisy city, giving you an exciting time to relax. Don’t forget to share with me your feelings as well as the wonderful moments there!
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