5 most beautiful islands in Vietnam

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Located in South East Asia, Vietnam is well-known for being a cost-saving and interesting destination. With a tropical climate and more than 3400 km of coastline, Vietnam is filled with many beautiful beaches and tropical islands for perfect vacations and discovery. Compared to the other beaches in the area, Vietnamese beaches retain their natural beauty, which is attractive for travelers looking to enjoy beautiful beaches with white sand, aquamarine water and ample areas for exploration and escaping; all these features provide a memorable experience, with plenty of exciting activities and places to visit. Vietnam features a monsoon tropical climate with two seasons, the rainy season and the dry season, the latter being the most suitable period to visit the islands. 

Phu Quoc island:

Phu Quoc is simply the biggest and most beautiful island in Vietnam. Located in Kien Giang province, this southern island is a wonderful destination that must be visited. It’s famous for its stunning white sand beaches and tropical jungles. Phu Quoc is ringed with some of most beautiful and romantic beaches in Vietnam such as Long beach (Bai Dai), Star beach (Bai Sao) and Cream beach (Bai Kem); they are just simply irresistible. Many consider it a paradise with aquamarine water, idyllic beaches, romantic sunsets and an island-style atmosphere. Travelers can enjoy pepper plantations, fishing villages, biking, trekking through national parks or do fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling.

The Southern Pearl is becoming a prospective destination sought after by tourists and backpackers from all over the world. Phu Quoc is the hidden gem that is still raw and unspoiled nature. Phu Quoc is an impressive destination for those who are interested in a beach vacation and an unspoiled nature.

Con Son island (Con Dao archipelago):

Located in the southern coast, Con Dao is well-known for its wonderful beaches, clear turquoise sea and sandy beaches shaded by the old-green tree. Con Dao also has National Parks with the primary forest, rich flora and fauna, the diversity of many colorful fish swimming around along the coral reefs. Moreover, Con Dao is one of the only places in Vietnam to conserve rare dugong, dolphins, sea turtles and a variety of orchids found nowhere else in the country. The wild and natural beauty of this place has attracted tourists who seek unexploited beauty.


The sea around Con Dao Island is a heaven to the splendid forest cloaking the land. This is ecotourism at its best. Experience the best diving in Vietnam. Swim amongst impressive and untouched coral and have a chance to see small bamboo sharks, rays, turtles and a host of tropical reef fish. Con Dao has a wealth of heritage dating back to the days when European merchants frequented the islands. Take a tour around the island to discover rich historic sites.

Phu Quy islands (also known as “Cu lao Thu ”):

Phu Quy is a small island with a fresh climate and many beautiful beaches with white sand banks and sapphire-colored water. Surrounded by other small islands, Phu Quy is an extremely attractive destination for both domestic and foreign visitors. People on the island are very friendly and hospitable. In Phu Quy, travelers can enjoy fresh specialties such as cuttlefish, lobster, seabass, holothurian, emperor crabs, cellana. Here, you can also pitch camp overnight or go out for a walk on the beach to see the moonlight. Phu Quy is a wonderful place, unspoiled by man, therefore, suitable for the development of eco-tourism.  Therefore, coming to this place, tourists have many chances to experience natural beauty not yet overrun by the development.

Located around 110 km away from Phan Thiet,  Phu Quy is an island district of Binh Thuan province. During the days of calm seas, it takes tourists only about 5-6 hours by ship and only 3 hours by a high speed boat to arrive to the island. Seen from the sea from different directions, the island looks like a floating town with interesting shapes such as codfish or a giant whale swimming in the blue ocean. The island is endowed by nature with a cool climate, many beautiful beaches and a diversified flora and coral reefs. With its advantage of geographic position and natural conditions, the island has great potential for tourism.

Ly Son islands (also known as “Cu lao Re”):

Ly Son is known as the garlic kingdom of Vietnam, located 133 km away from Da Nang and 120 km from Hoi An, travelers can reach this destination solely from Sa Ky port in Quang Ngai province. This compact island is full of ancient temples, beautiful mountains and beaches with white sand, blue water and a diverse array of shells. You can see the crabs and other marine inhabitants. The best way to explore this island is to ride around. The island is small and takes about half day to see it all by motorbike.

Ly Son is one of the country’s most amazing corners to explore. Though referred by many as the “fairy island,” it is also known for its vast garlic fields with a pungent aroma; thus, it is known as the kingdom of garlic. It cradles a very diverse ecosystem which lures tourists with its mysterious caves, imposing waterfalls and splendid rivers and lakes. If you look beyond the mountains, there are lines of stunning beaches laid with colorful rocks, pebbles and corals. This is a popular destination for tourists seeking relaxation in a magnificent and poetic scenery.

Nam Du archipelago: 

Located about 80 km from Rach Gia, Nam Du archipelago can only be reached by boat. It takes abput 2 hours by speed boat and 5 hours by the normal ones to reach the area. For those who don’t get seasick, Nam Du is one of the best island destinations anywhere in Vietnam. Nam Du, known as southern Ha Long bay, has become an attractive destination for backpackers. Nam Du archipelago has emerged as the new go-to destination for those who look for clean tropical beaches fringed by coconut trees, and those who are happy to stay away from the hordes, despite the availability of relatively few conveniences to enjoy the sand, sun, sea and fresh seafood. Many of the islands beaches are not marked on maps very well. Go explore— seek and you shall find. Travelers can enjoy fresh seafood, herbs and vegetable or should take a boat trip around the whole archipelago, cruising along beautiful rocky beaches.


The archipelago stretches over two communes of An Son and Nam Du with people working in fishing and sea-related services. There are fishing villages on the east and west sides of the island and at night a lighthouse illuminates the sea. This is also suggested as a great spot for offshore fishermen to flee rough storms.

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