5 Best Vietnam Islands To Explore Incredible Beaches

Vietnam has more than 4000 large and small islands, which contributes significantly to promoting increasingly developed marine tourism.

Here are the five most beautiful islands in Vietnam that invite you to consult.

Phu Quoc Island – Admiring The Harmony Of Nature

Phu Quoc Beach
Phu Quoc Island | © thaiquangtri/pixabay

The beautiful island of Phu Quoc locates in Kien Giang province, in the Gulf of Thailand, currently the largest tourist island in Vietnam. Phu Quoc Island hides the charm of a sunny tropical paradise.

Although it is the leading tourist destination in Vietnam for recent years, Phu Quoc Island still retains its inherent pristine beauty. The sea is clear blue, smooth stretch of white sand and trees combining with the waves.

Owning a long coastline with white sand and clear water, Phu Quoc is famous for its series of wild and beautiful beaches in Vietnam.

Bai Dai (Long Beach) in the northwest of the island is a must-see attraction here. This place has sunshine, clear blue water, and deep blue Casuarina rows, used to be number one in the ranking of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the world voted by ABC News (Australia) in 2008.

Phu Quoc Island
A corner of Phu Quoc Island | © Quangpraha/pixabay

Meanwhile, many Vietnamese tourists rated the most attractive beach in Phu Quoc as Sao Beach. Situating in the arms of two mountain ranges, Sao Beach impresses the guests with its pure white sand. Typically, plenty of beautiful starfishes scatter along the shore, so the people call it Sao Beach (star beach).

Besides beautiful beaches, Phu Quoc also captivates visitors with a long list of exciting and engaging experiences. You can learn about traditional culture in the 200-year-old fish sauce making village. Dinh Cau Temple is associated with mysterious legends. The majestic Ho Quoc Pagoda, leaning against the mountain, facing the sea, is a spiritual tourist destination, owning beautiful scenery.

When traveling to Phu Quoc Island, you can join the thrilling games at the magnificent entertainment works of Vinpearl Phu Quoc. Or you can swim and dive in the clean and cool seawater and explore beautiful coral riffs. Phu Quoc Island does not lack luxury resorts or bars for you to spend overnights, which gives you a wonderful holiday.

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Con Dao Island – Enjoying A Fresh Tourist Paradise

Con Dao Beach
Beautiful beach in Con Dao island | @thuong4479

As a tourist paradise, Con Dao Island in the province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau appears very pure and romantic. However, this island used to be known as the terrible hell on earth.

The best time to visit Con Dao Island is in March and early April. This ideal duration when the island has a blue sky and white clouds, creating perfect conditions to explore the beaches and local life.

On these days, if you go to the sea, you can play with tiny waves enough for you to enjoy the lovely immense ocean.

This season is also the period of deciduous leaves in Con Dao. Therefore, it will be a mistake if you forget to take a tour to see the rows of bare-leaf trees exposed on the rocks in the Dam Trau beach area. This beach is considered the most romantic beach in Con Dao, not far from Con Son airport on the island.

con dao island
The season of deciduous leaves in Con Dao island | @giang_tuli

In particular, it will be interesting if you get up early to watch the sunrise while traveling in Con Dao. The photos taken from your own hands will surely bring you exciting feelings and unforgettable memories while spending a great time on the island.

In this tourist paradise, you don’t have to worry too much about security, until now it is one of the safest places in Vietnam. In addition, there are some luxury hotels and resorts built to serve the needs of guests to stay overnight on the island. Thus, you can get great moments to enjoy tranquil holidays in Con Dao.

Ly Son Island – discovering a wild angel in the sea

Small Ilsand in Ly Son
Dao Be in Ly Son Island | @_____uygniy

Ly Son island district, Quang Ngai province, Vietnam, includes 3 islands: Dao Lon(Big Island), Dao Be (Small Island), and Mu Cu. Big Island, also known as Cu Lao Re, is the center of Ly Son. Dao Be is also known as An Binh. Hon Mu Cu, which is in the east and close to Big Island, is the smallest and uninhabited island.

Being immersed in the crystal clear water like emeralds and relaxing in the beautiful untouched nature is an unforgettable experience for every visitor. Just wearing diving goggles, you can see corals near the shore.

To reach Ly Son, tourists travel from Quang Ngai city along Highway 24B to Sa Ky port, then go to the island by speedboat and rent a motorbike to go to attractions there.

Ships from Sa Ky port to the island run from 7:00 am to 7:30 pm daily. When the guests come more crowded, the management board can increase more transports.

The current train ticket price from the port to the Big Island is 180,000VND/way, and from the Big Island to the small island is 30,000 VND / time.

The Small Island of Ly Son owns a beautiful beach with fine white sand, surrounded by majestic lava cliffs. This must-see place will give you an incredible view.

If you intend to travel to the island, choose the summertime from June to September with beautiful sunny weather suitable for fun activities on the beach.

Also, if you want to discover the garlic season, from September to December, you need to check the weather before traveling to Ly Son. It is because that time is the monsoon season, the sea is rough.

The beauty of nature will amaze you when you have a chance to enjoy the sunset at the incredible To Vo Gate or see the dawn at the lighthouse of Mu Cu island.

To Vo Gate in Ly Son Island
The sunset covering the To Vo Gate is very beautiful. | @phantienthuan

For overnight in Ly Son Island, Tien Beach in the Small Island with green coconut trees is where tourists often organize overnight camping. If you do not want to spend the night at the beach, you can apply for a homestay to enjoy swimming, diving, and watching coral.

For the international guests, staying at Vinpearl Hotel Ly Son is the top choice. Vinpearl Hotel Ly Son is the biggest one and owns modern accommodations supplying better services for the guests.

Coming to Ly Son, you can also enjoy their specialties such as garlic salad, anchovy salad, grilled squid, and seaweed salad.

Cham Islands – discovering the diverse marine

cham island
Cham Islands | @nhungkesanmay

Cham Islands, also called Cu Lao Cham, belongs to Tan Hiep commune, Hoi An City, Quang Nam. The islands were recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve and stay 25 km from Hoi An ancient town.

To visit the islands fast by speedboat, you depart from Cua Dai harbor. You will travel about 18 km by canoe to the Cu Lao Cham island cluster. On the way, visitors will enjoy the sun, wind, and watch the green islands from afar.

Cu Lao Cham consists of 8 islands with diverse marine ecosystems: coral reefs, seaweed beds, seagrasses, and marine animals.

Bai Lang (Village Beach) in Hon Lao island, where the most population live on the Cham islands, is the first destination for tourists. Here, you can visit the Hai Tang pagoda, Champa ancient well, and Tan Hiep market.

Tan Hiep market next to the harbor is a trading area for dried and fresh seafood. Tourists can come here to see the life of the fishermen, enjoy seafood. However, if you are an international tourist, you should book a meal with a travel agency to serve you better with tasty seafood.

If you love the wild beauty, enjoy watching colorful coral reefs, and want to explore life on the seabed, you should not miss Bai Xep (Xep Beach). To get here, you continue to canoe to move. Before diving, to ensure safety, you will be equipped with life jackets, glasses, and snorkel.

Cham Beach
A beautiful beach in Cham Islands | @ baohuynhwatercolor

After a memorable diving experience, canoes will be returned to Bai Chong (Husband Beach) to rest and have lunch (because of no food in the Xep Beach). Bai Chong attracts tourists by possessing the most poetic beauty and the finest sand in Hon Lao island. Here, you can enjoy a fresh seafood feast and relax under the shady coconut trees by the beach.

The unspoiled natural landscape with straight coconut trees, the green beach in the golden sunshine will contribute to creating the ideal background for you to get leisure and unleash virtual life.

If you do not have much time, want to struggle with the sea to dispel the heat of hot days in Hoi An or Da Nang City, you can choose Cu Lao Cham as the next destination for a memorable one-day trip with friends.

Cat Ba Island – enjoying the land of beach and bay

Cat Ba Island
A corner at Cat Ba Island | © longmad16/pixabay

Cat Ba Island locates in the East of Hai Phong. Along with magnificent Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Island is one of the attractive destinations in the North, attracting domestic and international tourists.

Outstanding as a sparkling green gem, Cat Ba Island owns the wild, mysterious and romantic beauty, where the sea and forests reunite.

Nature also endows Cat Ba with a diverse biosphere and rich natural resources. Cat Ba archipelago has nearly 400 large and small islands, of which Cat Ba is the largest island with pristine beauty, isolated among the limestone mountains.

Greening on the island is immense forests. Cat Ba National Park has preserved and developed many rare plants and animals and the home to 3,860 species of flora and fauna.

Limestone mountains in Cat Ba Island form the winding coastlines, creating beautiful beaches with smooth white sand and clear blue water. You will unleash to enjoy and relax at the beautiful beaches, such as Cat Co 1, 2, and 3, Bai Cat Dua, Tung Thu beach.

Also, Lan Ha Bay in the East of Cat Ba Island is a pristine place that attracts a lot of tourists. Lan Ha Bay peacefully embraces Cat Ba Island in an arc, consisting of more than 400 islands, creating a colorful picture of the sky, sea, and water.

Sunset at Cat Ba Island
Sunset at Cat Ba Island | © Hallial/pixabay

You can spend overnight in Cat Ba Island because it has a few resorts with international standards but still limits with other tourist services.

To get to Cat Ba, you can follow the highway to travel from Hanoi to Hai Phong City, which takes 2 hours. From Hai Phong, you follow Tan Vu – Lach Huyen bridge to get to the Got ferry. Then, continue to take the ferry to Cat Ba island.

And the second way to get to Cat Ba is from Ha Long city. You arrive at Tuan Chau ferry port in Ha Long Bay to catch the ferry to Gia Luan port in Cat Ba Island. This route is longer, but many tourists use it when plenty of guests stay at Ha Long Bay.


Above are the 5 most stunning islands located along the 3260 km coastline in Vietnam, creating many loverly famous scenes with plenty of unspoiled and romantic beaches waiting for you.

You will like to explore and save beautiful moments to embellish colorful life on the picturesque beaches in the islands of Vietnam.

Currently, Cat Ba and Phu Quoc islands attract many domestic and international tourists. Meanwhile, Cu Lao Cham, Ly Son, and Con Dao islands have almost only Vietnamese tourists.

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