Top 10 most beautiful islands in Vietnam

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Vietnam, a country known for its stunning landscapes, rich culture, and delectable cuisine, is also home to some of the most picturesque islands in Southeast Asia. With pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a unique blend of local culture, these islands offer travelers an escape from the bustling cities and a chance to experience the natural beauty of Vietnam. In this article, we will take you on a journey to discover the top 10 beautiful islands in Vietnam, categorized by their respective regions: North, Middle, and South. From the landscapes of Cat Ba Island to the serene beaches of Con Dao Island, each destination promises an unforgettable experience.

Islands in North Vietnam

1. Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island, located in Hai Phong Province, Vietnam, is the largest island in the Lan Ha Bay, and Halong Bay. Visitors to Cat Ba can explore Cat Ba National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna, kayak through emerald waters, or simply relax on the island’s pristine beaches. Traveling around the island is quite easy with a motorcycle or electric car. Visitors should be aware of the crowned local tourists on the weekend so we recommend exploring the island during the week to avoid the crown and traffic. To reach Cat Ba Island, one can take a ferry from Hai Phong or a direct bus from Hanoi.

2. Co To Island

Co To Island, situated in Quang Ninh Province in northeastern Vietnam, is a hidden gem known for its white sandy beaches and clear waters. The island’s culture is deeply rooted in coastal traditions, and the main inhabitants are friendly locals engaged in fishing and tourism. Co To Island offers excellent opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. To get there, take a bus or drive from Hanoi to Cai Rong Port, where you can catch a boat to the island.

Islands in central Vietnam

3. Hon Rom Island

Hon Rom Island, located off the coast of Phan Thiet in Binh Thuan Province, offers travelers a serene escape. While it is relatively small and sparsely populated, the island’s sandy beaches and clear waters attract visitors seeking a tranquil getaway. Activities on Hon Rom Island include kite surfing, windsurfing, and exploring nearby fishing villages. Unlike other big islands on this list, Hon Rom Island is a place for half-day or one-time activities. We recommend our customers stay in land by the beach in Mui Ne during your visit. Access the island by taking a boat from Phan Thiet or Mui Ne.

4. Mun Island

Along with another island in the cluster on Nha Trang, Mun Island, part of Nha Trang Bay in Khanh Hoa Province, is a haven for divers and snorkelers. The island’s commitment to preserving marine life makes it one of the best places in Vietnam for underwater exploration. Visitors can enjoy coral reefs, snorkeling, and boat tours to discover other nearby small islands. Staying on Mun Island is uncommon but a day visit is a perfect option while you are in Nha Trang. To reach Mun Island, travel to Nha Trang by train, bus, or plane, and then embark on a boat tour from Nha Trang’s harbor.

South Vietnam

5. Phu Quy Island

Located in Binh Thuan Province near Phan Thiet, offers an untouched paradise for travelers. Its pristine beaches, clear waters, and stunning coral reefs make it an ideal spot for snorkeling and diving. Additionally, visitors can hike to the island’s lighthouse for panoramic views and explore local fishing villages. Phu Quy Island opened for international visitors again after the pandemic making it easier to access with better amenities regarding accommodation, hotels, restaurants, and other services. To reach Phu Quy Island, take a ferry or speedboat from Phan Thiet or La Gi.

6. Binh Ba Island

Binh Ba Island nestled in Cam Ranh Bay, Khanh Hoa Province, is one of the most beautiful islands in central Vietnam widely known by the locals but not an option for massive tourism. Visitors who visit the islands mostly young travellers with an adventurous mind have a tendency to explore the hidden places of the country. Binh Ba boasts untouched beaches and abundant marine life. Activities on the island include swimming, snorkeling, and savoring fresh seafood dishes. The island’s small population is primarily engaged in fishing and farming. To access Binh Ba Island, take a boat from Cam Ranh or Nha Trang.

7. Con Dao Island

Con Dao Island has everything you need but is a lot calmer than Phu Quoc Island and a new destination for international visitors since Phu Quoc transformed into a modern city and more expensive. Con Dao was once used as a prison, the island now attracts tourists with its historical sites, pristine beaches, and opportunities for diving and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters. To get to Con Dao Island, take a flight from Ho Chi Minh City or a ferry from Vung Tau.

8. Ly Son Island

Quang Ngai is quite a new name to international visitors but has recently been on the top list for those who would like to see more of the country rather than the most popular destination. Ly Son Island located off the central coast of Vietnam, is famous for its unique geological formations, black lava rocks, and clear waters. Visitors can explore volcanic caves, hike to the island’s peaks, and savor local garlic dishes. The island’s small population is known for its garlic and onion farming. To reach Ly Son Island, take a ferry from Quang Ngai Province.

9. Nam Du Islands

The Nam Du Islands offer tranquility and unspoiled natural beauty. Here we can explore untouched beaches like Bai Men and Bai Ngu, indulge in water sports, or embark on boat trips to explore neighboring islets. The islands also boast a unique local culture and fresh seafood, making it an enticing destination for those seeking a serene tropical retreat in Vietnam. The islands are inhabited by a small population engaged in fishing and farming. To access the Nam Du Islands, take a boat from Rach Gia or Ha Tien in Kien Giang Province.

Vietnam’s beautiful islands offer travelers a diverse range of experiences, from the rugged landscapes of the north to the serene beaches of the south. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a glimpse into local culture, these islands have something to offer everyone. Plan your next getaway to one of these stunning Vietnamese islands and immerse yourself in the natural beauty and warm hospitality that Vietnam has to offer.

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Diep Van

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Besides my unlimited passion for traveling, a professional tour guide for over a decade, I have been taking photographs since sitting at Hanoi of the University of Culture in the early 2000s. Photography started as a hobby but it was seriously taken due to my work relations and my significant passion for the beauty of our world, especially in Southeast Asian parts such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

Within a few years of taking photographs, my works began to be recognized by many reliable international publications such as AFAR Travel, The Times, and The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In addition, I continuously add to my growing profile by winning numerous major awards: 3rd Position of The Independent Photographer 2018, 1st Position of Amateur Photographer of the year 2018, Grand Prize Winner of the AFAR Travel Photography 2019, and a Gold Award of San Francisco Bay International Photography 2020.

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