Top views

Coconut sticky rice a rare treat on Hanoi streets
Coconut sticky rice a rare treat on Hanoi streets The dish emerged decades ago, but it remains difficult to find a place in Hanoi that makes it...
South African couple planning Vietnam honeymoon cheated [9th Oct 2018]
South African couple planning Vietnam honeymoon cheated [9th Oct 2018] A South African couple chose a Ha Long Bay cruise for their honeymoon, but found themselves...
Vietnamese egg coffee a hit in Chicago [8th Oct 2018]
Vietnamese egg coffee a hit in Chicago [8th Oct 2018] The Chicago Tribune has recommended Vietnamese ice coffee as among the best to try in the state.
Hoi An rated among world’s best places for expats [6th Oct 2018]
Hoi An rated among world’s best places for expats [6th Oct 2018] Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam has been ranked the 14th best place in the world for...
Two Vietnamese locales get autumn stars [5th Oct 2018]
Two Vietnamese locales get autumn stars [5th Oct 2018] The Sword Lake and Mu Cang Chai are among 15 best places to enjoy the autumn in Asia.

News & Events

Co To Island awaits beach lovers to explore (7/3/18)

Co To Island awaits beach lovers to explore (7/3/18)
The exceptional beauty of the UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay is always what local and international tourists think of first when the name of Quang Ninh Province flashes through their mind. That is true but a trip to Quang Ninh will be more richly rewarding if visitors take the chance to drop by Co To Island, also in the province.

From Ha Noi, travelers are advised to take a coach to Van Don Crossroad in Bai Chay Ward in Quang Ninh Province with the fare of VND100,000 (US$4.4)  to VND150,000 per person, and then continue catching a taxi cab or local bus to reach Cai Rong Port. 

From Cai Rong Port, tourists can choose either high-speed boat or small wooden boat to take in the pristine Co To Island. High-speed boats depart from 1 p.m. on weekdays with the ticket price costing from VND180,000 to VND200,000 per passenger while wooden boats are in service on weekdays except Sunday at a cost of VND110,000 per passenger for a round trip.

On the way to the island, the pristine and untouched scenery surrounded by mountains, blue sky and crystal blue seawater in combination with the peaceful pace of life might make a deep impression on first-timers and help them relieve all the stress of the modern life.

Dawn and sunset are the the most ideal times for visitors to admire the charms of the island and for photographers to take the best photo shots

One of the most memorable experiences not to be missed during their trip to the island should be to get up early to take a relaxing walk on the beaches and witness the bustling scene of fishing boats returning home from the sea in the early morning, where visitors can obtain an insight into daily lives of local fishermen full of hardship and danger.

Statistics from Co To Island District of the province shows that the number of visitors to the island last year amounted to 320,000, including 2,200 foreigners, generating VND570 billion (US$25 million) in tourism revenue, jumping 42.5% against a year earlier.

This year, Co To is expected to woo more than 330,000 visitors and fetch VND600 billion in tourism revenue, and tourism creates jobs for more than 1,500 islanders and those from neighboring areas.

Currently, Co To Island houses 300 accommodations with more than 2,500 rooms. Meanwhile, the water transport system has been strongly developed with the operation of 26 high speed boats, each of which can make four trips per day to cater to domestic and foreign tourists.

SGT

 

Recent news