The beauty of Vietnam is that it caters for all tastes – there’s so much to see and do here, especially across its many breathtaking and interesting islands. The 3,000-kilometre coastline of the country is full of thousands of small islands and islets which feature unexplored forests, traditional villages, temples which date back centuries, and – let’s not forget – the stunning beaches.
Many of the islands of Vietnam that were not traditionally thought of as tourist destinations have undergone something of a development in recent years, resulting in hundreds of interesting restaurants, nightclubs, tourist facilities and beauty spots to choose from.
Without further ado, let’s consider some of the best islands to visit:
1) Phu Quoc Island
Situated in South Vietnam, Phu Quoc Island is perfect for a romantic getaway.
It boasts serene sunsets, idyllic beaches, lush green forests and a relaxed pace of life, making it ideal for couples who want to get away from the stresses, hustle, and bustle of the big city.
The northern section of Phu Quoc Island has been relatively untouched for centuries and is a recognized UNESCO national park.
However, that’s not to say that there isn’t fun to be had – there are plenty of funky bars, luxury resorts, and cool cafes along the southern coastline, and plenty of sites of historical interest too.
2) Con Dao Islands
The Con Dao Islands are a combination of 16 uninhabited islets which lay just south of the coast of Vietnam.
Each island offers an opportunity to spot wildlife like barracudas, stingrays, dugongs and moray eels in their natural habitats.
Those who wish to enjoy nature on offer across each of the Con Dao Islands are required to arrange their visit with the Con Dao National Park HQ.
3) Cham Islands
Those who want to indulge in some exciting scuba diving and snorkeling could do worse than to spend some time on one of the eight Cham Islands.
Food and accommodation are relatively cheap in the area, although it’s worth noting that tourists are not allowed to rent motorcycles to get around – so bear that in mind before planning any excursions!
4) Vung Tau Island
Vung Tau is often referred to as Vietnam’s “playground of the rich”.
It’s the perfect getaway from the more urban, built-up sprawl in the country, and visitors can enjoy golfing, swimming and snorkeling.
It’s also home to some quaint and historic temples that day back to the 1700s.
5) Cat Ba Island
Tourists who want to experience metropolitan Vietnam will find everything they’re looking for on Cat Ba Island. Most tour companies offer daily trips to the island, which is chock-full of restaurants, bars, and hotels.
Cat Ba Island also features a national park, complete with a network of caves fitted with artificial lighting.
6) Hon Tre Island
Hon Tre is perhaps best known for its Vinpearl Amusement Park, which features a variety of rides, an aquarium, shopping mall, and amphitheater.
Visitors can expect to pay an entrance fee of VND 1,100,000 which includes a buffet lunch, return speedboat transfers and access to the beach.