The most visitor friendly paradise islands of Vietnam

You’ve probably heard of the popular places to visit in Vietnam such as Hanoi, Sapa, Hoi An and Mekong Delta. But have you ever thought of visiting the paradise islands of Vietnam? Not many people associate islands with Vietnam but there are in fact 15 islands and archipelagos, some that are more famous than others. So if you’re also dying for a slice of paradise where you can enjoy white sand beaches, crystal clear water and palm trees as far as the eye can see, take a look at this list of the most visitor friendly paradise islands of Vietnam.

Phu Quoc

This southern island is perhaps the most easily accessible due to the high visitor demand. A few years ago, not many people knew about this island and it was only frequented by a handful of visitors. But as Vietnam’s popularity has risen, more international visitors has started to set their eyes on this island. Phu Quoc Island can be reached by either flight or ferry. Life here on the island moves a bit slower and makes for an excellent getaway when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities of Vietnam. The roads here are quite developed, if you remain on the main way, which makes it ideal for you to rent a motorbike and discover the island. There’s no public transportation on the island so the best way is to either rent a motorbike or a car. This way, you can easily beach hop. While on the island, don’t miss the night market. It’s opened every night so you can indulge in some local Vietnamese food, grab a beer and enjoy the environment. During day time, most people visit the famous beaches Long Beach or Ong Lang Beach. You can also get a massage on the beach for the ultimate relaxing experience.

Con Dao

Although this island is a bit more complicated to get to, it’s still very doable. Tourism hasn’t really picked up here yet, which is perhaps a reason to go now. Con Dao is situated about 230 km from Ho Chi Minh City and 179 km from Vung Tau. Just like Phu Quoc, the island boosts white sand beaches and turquoise water. It’s a terrific place to truly unwind and relax. The roads here are also very good and you’ll probably notice that there’s little to no traffic here, making it even more comfortable to drive around. It’s one of Vietnam’s remaining hidden paradises and is definitely worth the trip.

Cat Ba Island

The largest island of Halong Bay is home to plenty of restaurants, hotels and bars. Thanks to Halong Bay, it’s become incredibly popular amongst international visitors. The topography is made up of bays surrounded by lush green forest. There’s of course beaches here as well named Cat Ba 1,2 and 3. But besides lounging by the beach, you can also go on hikes, in the Cat Ba National Park, cruise around with a motorbike, explore Lan Ha Bay by boat, or visit the impressive Trung Trang cave. It’s easy to get stuck in Cat Ba because there’s so much to discover and see here.

Nam Du Island

The easiest way to get to Nam Du Island is to go first to Rach Gia from Mien Tay station. When you’ve arrived to Rach Gia, you can easily take a speedboat to the island. It’s one of the most attractive islands because of its wild beauty with calm water, empty beaches and a tranquil atmosphere. You can also boat travel to other islands from here. There are many scenic islands in the archipelago such as Dau Island, Mau Island, etc. Like most places in Vietnam, the best way to get around is by renting a motorbike. Drive along the coastal road and marvel at the wild beauty of Nam Du Island. You’ll be deeply impressed by the sceneries this island has to offer.

Binh Ba Island

Last but not least, we have Binh Ba Island. It’s recently become a very popular destination for both locals and international travelers. It’s located about 60 km away from the beach town Nha Trang and 390 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Binh Ba Island used to be a military island that restricted people from the outside to enter the island. The rules have now been loosened and outsiders can now visit the island. It still remains quite an unspoiled island though with uncrowded beaches and clean, clear water. Tourists who comes here should make sure that they leave it as clean as when they arrived.

Before arriving to Vietnam, make sure that you have your visa sorted out to Vietnam. International travelers are obligated to have a valid Vietnam visa before entering the country. You have three visa options to choose from: Visa on Arrival, E-Visa or visit the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate and apply with them. Do note that there are pros and cons with each of the visas so it’s your responsibility to see which one fits you best. Factors such as what nationality you’re from, length of your stay, purpose of visit and how you intend on arriving and exiting Vietnam are important to consider when applying for a Vietnam visa.

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