Top 10 of the most mesmerizingly beautiful island to visit in Vietnam

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This rundown of the best islands in Vietnam caters to travellers looking forward to a sun-soaked holiday. Vietnam is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking islands. Its 3,000 km-long coastline is surrounded by thousands of islets, featuring centuries-old temples, traditional villages, lush forests, unexplored grottoes, and rare marine life...and stunning beaches! Many popular islands such as Phu Quoc, Hon Tre and Cat Ba Island in Halong Bay have undergone massive development, resulting in a wide variety of resorts and hotels, restaurants, nightlife spots, shops, and tourist facilities. There are also plenty of off-the-beaten-path destinations in Vietnam, which are mostly frequented by the local population and adventurous travellers. Read on for our comprehensive guide on Vietnam’s most popular islands, filled with important information like transport options and what to do once you're there.

# 1 - Con Dao

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Located about 179km from Vung Tau and some 230km from the city of Ho Chi Minh, this island boasts of exquisite beauty with its white beaches and the green mountains making it very serene. Enjoy a relaxing environment away from work and long travel.

# 2 - Phu Quoc Island

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Among the most beautiful islands in Vietnam is Phu Quoc, people can’t forget this place after even a single visit. The island offers fresh air, cool breeze and spacious, peaceful atmosphere making it a perfect escape from the hustles of daily life. Around the island is white sand, crystal-clear waters, green coconut trees, and beautiful sunshine for the most memorable experience.

# 3 - Nam Du Island

This place gives the promise of an exceptionally attractive destination during summer. This is due to the sandy shores, shady coconut trees, and the clear blue waters. If you visit it from Ho Chi Minh City, your entire trip will cost only about 2 million VND (about $100). You can start early in the morning and hire a driven motorbike and make the trip to the lighthouse from where you can admire all that Nam Du has to offer.

# 4 - Cat Ba Island

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This dazzling Vietnam island comprises 367 islands spread to the south of Ha Long Bay, off Hai Phong City coast. This place has a cool climate making it suitable for resort tourism. The most common activity that brings visitors here is to swim. Cat Ba has two spacious beaches, the Cat Co 1 and 2 with flat sandy beaches. You can even hire a boat to explore Lan Ha Bay to experience more sandy beaches with clear waters and no crowds. Enjoy the fresh sea foods and exquisite cuisine in the restaurants around Cat Ba market with clearly marked prices. This island has an average temperature of 25 degrees Celcius, combined with the pristine forests and sandy beaches make it an amazing location to relax and explore.

# 5 - Binh Ba Island

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Binh Ba is definitely among the most gorgeous islands to visit in Vietnam. In the recent past, Binh Ba has become a hot name on the lips of tourists. Other than its breathtaking landscape, the island has a culinary richness to captivate every visitor’s, heart. With many popular beaches, only one is reachable by motorbike. For example, the Nom Beach is very wide with reefs at times. Most locals and tourists prefer swimming here due to the cleanliness of the water. And the only beach from which you can see the sunset is Chuong Beach located some 30 minutes from the wharf. If you want another clean beach, go to Nha Cu though sea urchins may stab you. Apart from the clear waters and romantic scenery, Binh Ba has distinct cuisine for those who love food. You will never forget your visit to this marvellous island.

# 6 - Binh Hung Island

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This pretty Vietnamisland is located close to Binh Ba and is very popular with trekkers. In around 5 minutes, you will have made it from the wharf to the island. Binh Hung has, however, not been developed for tourism so it’s relatively empty. This very attractive exotic island also has the Stone Eggs Beach, Hon Chut lighthouse among other tourist attractions. The crystal clear waters and sandy beaches are some of its fascinating features. At Nuoc Ngot Beach you will enjoy the serenity with fresh water flowing from the island into the sea. You can enjoy the sandy beaches, and since it has not been tapped for tourism, it has retained its natural wild features.

# 7 - Cham Islands

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Cham Islands comprise 8 small islands off the coast of Hoi An, one which is a recognized UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Cu Lao Cham Marine Park attracts travellers looking to enjoy a day of scuba diving and snorkelling, while Hon Lao Island is where you can find fishing villages and pristine beaches that are great for sunbathing and water sports. The islands are about 30 minutes from Chua Dai Beach via express boat. If you’re planning on staying on Hon Lao Island, do note that tourists aren’t allowed to rent motorcycles to get around.

# 8 - Ly Son

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Ly Son, located off the coast of Quang Ngai Province, is home to over 50 shrines and temples, sandy beaches, and garlic farms. You can travel to the main island of Ly Son via ferry from Cang Sa Ky, which costs VND 115,000 for a 1½ hour-long journey. Due to its remote location, it’s usually frequented by locals during the holidays. The island is known for its garlic fields, but you can enjoy a day of sightseeing as there are over 50 Buddhist temples and shrines that are easily reachable via motorcycle. There are also plenty of pristine beaches with affordable hotels and seafood restaurants. Popular landmarks include Chua Hang Pagoda and Dinh Liem Tu Temple, both of which offer breathtaking views of the ocean and town centre. If you’re travelling to Ly Son during the weekends, annual holidays and festivities, be sure to book your hotel well in advance.

# 9 - Hang Rai

Situated south of Vinh Hy Bay and some 35km from Phan Rang, Hang Rai includes sea caves, coral reefs, and beaches. Although Hang Rai isn’t an island (OK, I’ve cheated here), but it has a natural unspoiled beauty that will astonish you. It’s nature waiting to be discovered and awed at. It gracefully leans on the mountainside and faces the large sea providing a rare wonder of nature. Get the feeling of being lost in a fairy tale land due to its almost perfect beauty. With its featured pile of multi-shaped stones, there are both small and large magnificent caves. The water colour at Hang Rai changes according to the sun and provides an awesome opportunity to the lovers of art to take in the amazing scenery.

# 10 - Vung Tau Island

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Vung Tau Island is typically the first-choice seaside resort for the well-to-do in Vietnam. Many claim that it is the perfect getaway from the city and there is indeed a lot to do there. Options include swimming, snorkelling, and golfing. One of its most popular landmarks is Bach Dinh or Villa Blanche, which was built during the French occupation. When tides are low, travellers can walk to the neighbouring Hon Ba Island from Back Beach, where they can visit a quaint temple built that was built in 1781.

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