Naturally blessed with all the advantageous natural resources and terrains especially sea and islands, Vietnam has long been a great destination for your summer vacation. With a lot of different small and giant islands along with the country, Vietnam has impressed not only tourists but also the Vietnamese people by a lot of beautiful islands which are very potential for tourism development. Recently, I told you about TOP 10 BEST BEACHES WITH LUXURY RESORTS IN VIETNAMToday, we are going to give you the information about the top ten best islands in Vietnam so that you especially the foreign tourists can have the general view of these beautiful islands as well as can choose the best island for a vacation or a trip of exploration. Now, let’s get started.

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1. Phu Quy Island

Phu Quy Island or Cu Lao Thu is a beautiful island with a lot of other different names such as Khoai Xu Island, Thuan Tinh Island,... is a small island in the area of Phan Thiet province with 16 square kilometres. 

Even Phu Quy Island is small, but it attracts people’s attention a lot by natural advantages and beauty.  Phu Quy Island has amazing beaches and seashores where you can enjoy the relaxing moment of vacation. You can also stand on the Doi Peak of the island to sightsee the whole area of the sea or you can walk along the Trieu Duong beach to watch dawn or sunset. With the natural gift of beauty, Phu Quy Island becomes the romantic heaven for a couple of vacations on a long and beautiful seashore in the tropical island.

The best time to visit Phu Quy Island is in summer from March to June when Phu Quy Island is in its best condition with great weather, clear sky, and a good atmosphere. Besides, in the best time, you can explore a lot of interesting places on Phu Quy Island beside the locations mentioned above like Cao Cat Mount, Linh Son Pagoda, the lighthouse on Cam Mountain,...Moreover, you should stop and taste some special local food of Phu Quy Island such as Huynh De Crab and much other seafood stuff.

About transportation, you can buy a ticket to get to Phu Quy Island on local boats. Please notice that the price range will be flexible according to the time period and season in a year, and it can be dealt with by the local people. A tip for tourists that you should hire a bike on Phu Quy Island to easily travel anywhere you want, and there is no specific price as well. You should travel to Phu Quy island for better safety but with a higher price.

Ship Ticket Price: From 250,000 to 350,000 VND per person.

Departing location: Phan Thiet Harbor


2. Co To Island

If you are travelling to Halong Bay, let's time time to Co To island. Co To Island is the best island in the area of Quang Ninh province which is also the famous home of charcoal. In general, Co To Island is similar to a lot of other islands in Vietnam with white sand beaches, blue sea, and green vegetation. Because Co To Island still keeps the natural beauty and rustic feeling of it from the tourism industry development, so the tourists will find peace and calm feeling here on their beach vacations. You can spend about 1 or 2 days on Co To Islands to enjoy and experience all the interesting things about it.

On Co To Island, you can choose to explore a lot of beautiful natural places such as Van Chai Harbor, Hong Van, Bac Van, Cau My Stone Field or the lighthouse of Co To Island. Moreover, do not forget to visit the smaller version of this island - Co To Con. Besides, Co To Island also has many beautiful beaches for you to swim and relax as well as a check-in with a lot of pretty photos with the landscapes here.

About the local food, a tip for you is that you should go to the early market on the beaches to buy fresh seafood like squids, mussels, crabs,... and then grill them on the beaches at dusk or night to enjoy. It will be much cheaper and happier for you to experience BBQ on the beaches. If on other islands, you are suggested to take a bike, then on Co To Island, you should only hire a bicycle to wander around the island, and it gonna be such a memorable experience in your life. About transportation to the island, you can choose to buy tickets for boat or better ship to reach Co To Island in about 90 minutes with quite flexible prices.

Ship/boat ticket price: From 90,000 to 250,000 VND per person. 

3. Ly Son Island

Ly Son Island or Cu Lao Re has become more and more popular as a hot destination for trekkers and trekking tours in Quang Ngai province. In general, Ly Son Island is a beautiful island with all the special features of every tropical island like white sand, blue seawater, green palm trees, and magnificent landscapes. With such advantageous beauty, Ly Son Island is a potential place for homestays and a lot of different types of accommodations like hotels, motels or sleeping tents. Therefore, if you choose to visit Ly Son Island, you will have various choices of staying and resting. Moreover, around the island will have a lot of interesting for you to experience. One more thing, a lot of significant things of Ly Son Island focus on Be Island, so if you visit Ly Son, you need to visit Be Island as well.

In Ly Son Island, you can explore so many new and interesting locations such as To Vo Gate, Quan Am Statue, Cave Pagoda, the Flag Pillar of Vietnam on Thoi Loi Peak,... to witness the natural as well as historical beauty of the island on a beach vacation. About local special food, you will be fascinated by several special dishes like king crabs, fresh different types of fishes, snails,... and the most famous and popular thing in Ly Son Island is Ly Son garlic. The quality of seafood in Ly Son Island is good and the prices are cheap. You can travel to Ly Son Island by ship/big boats, and when you reach the island, you can hire bikes or bicycles to wander around at a quite affordable price.

Ship/big boat ticket price: From 160,000 to 178,000 VND per person.

Departing location: Sa Huynh.

You can also take time in Hoi An or Da Nang.


4. Binh Ba Island

Located in Khanh Hoa province and Cam Ranh Bay, Binh Ba Island is one beautiful island in the Four Binh of Nha Trang. Come to Binh Ba Island, you will be fascinated by the long and shining beaches with a lot of magnificent landscapes of nature. Binh Ba Island is clean and still neglected, so you will have chance to witness the true beauty of corals and raw beaches with palm trees. The beautiful island with amazing scenery will become a very suitable place for sightseeing as well as relax on a beach vacation to release stresses.  Besides, you can also take part in a lot of different tourism activities such as sailing, surfing and fishing or simply going for a sea trip.

In Binh Ba Island, you will be able to visit a lot of different places to explore and experience such as Chuong Beach, Nom Beach, Old House Beach,... where you can do outdoor activities with an amazing experience.

Moreover, you can taste the delicious and fresh seafood of the island, and lobsters are the most famous seafood in Binh Ba Island. Besides lobsters, you can eat squids, crabs, shrimps,... which are very cheap and fresh when you buy and eat immediately on the beaches. In addition, many other tour activities and services such as tours, accommodations, bikes or cars are also cheap and reasonable for tourists. Of course, you can only get to the island by ships, and the price will be provided for you as below. Moreover, you should also visit Binh Ba Island in summer to avoid bad weather which will make the ships not depart to the sea.

Ship ticket price: 30,000 VND per person.

Departing location: Ba Ngoi Harbor.


5. Binh Hung Island

Also a part of the Four Binh of Nha Trang, Binh Hung Island is a beautiful destination for trekkers to come, visit as well as experience and explore. Binh Hung Island is very close to the mainland of Nha Trang so it is very easy to travel to and travel back in about 4 minutes on a boat or ship. Unlike another tourism island, Binh Hung Island’s tourism does not develop much so it is very neglected and rustic, but it also becomes a very interesting feature to attract tourists and trekkers. Binh Hung Island also has every special feature and beauty like any other tropical island for you to experience.

In this Binh Hung Island, you can swim and relax on the favourite beach named Nuoc Ngot (Drinking Water). This name comes from the reason that there is a drinking water stream on this island for tourists as well as trekkers' tastes in the hot weather of the tropical area. Besides, you can visit a lot of beautiful places such as the lighthouse, Chut Stone Field, Egg Stone Beach, Kinh Beach,... with a special feature - the 3 colors water in the sea area. The best time for you to visit Binh Hung Island in spring and summer when the weather is good. In general, Binh Hung Island is famous for fresh seafood such as squids, crabs, shrimps, lobsters,..., but it is not so special for tourists. Because it only takes you 5 minutes to reach Binh Hung Island, so you can travel by boat and small ships.

Boat ticket price: From 10,000 to 20,000 VND per person.

Departing location: Kinh Beach


6. Con Dao Island

Con Dao Island is a beautiful and famous island that is quite far from the mainland, and it attracts a lot of tourists to visit every year. Due to the magnificent natural beauty as well as the advantages in terrains, Con Dao Island develops a lot on tourism, accommodations such as homestays, hotels and even resorts with a lot of different activities and services such as tours, outdoor activities, spa, gym and many other considerate things for tourists. Con Dao Island also becomes heaven to relax and vacation recently.

Moreover, there are a lot of things for you to explore and experience during the trip to Con Dao Island. You can visit some historical and solemn places such as Hoang Duong graveyard or the hero and heroine statue. Besides that, you can swim and relax on the beautiful beaches such as Dam Trau Beach, Bay Canh Stone Field,... At night, Con Dao Island is still busy and crowded with tourists for festivals or many entertainment activities. The best time to visit Con Dao is spring and summer when Con Dao Island is in the best conditions. Moreover, you can only travel to Con Dao in two ways: Plane and Ship. However, traveling by ship can be dangerous due to weather changes, so it is suggested for you to visit Con Dao Island by plane, but the ticket price is fixed at a quite high rate. About food, Con Dao Island is also a heaven for seafood and dishes cooked from seafood, so you can enjoy all the delicious seafood at very reasonable prices.

Plane Ticket Price: From 1,700,000 to 2,500,000 VND per person 

Ship ticket price: From 520,000 VND per person.

Departing location: Ben Dam Harbor.


7. Nam Du Island

In the area of Kien Hai, Kien Giang Province, Nam Du Island is a natural and rustic island that has not been exploited and developed much. However, a lot of tourists love the raw and mysterious beauty of Nam Du Island. You will be fascinated by the landscapes as well as relax on the beautiful beaches of Nam Du Island. Nam Du Island is not crowded so every service including accommodations and activities are cheap and various for tourists to choose the most suitable ones. 

When you visit Nam Du Island, you can visit a lot of beautiful beach sides of Nam Du such as Cay Nen beach, Ngu Beach, Mau Stone, Ngang Stone,... or take pictures at the lighthouse of Nam Du Island. Besides, there is always fresh and cheap seafood available for tourists to choose, buy and enjoy by cooking and eating on the beaches, and it will be a very amazing experience. The best time to visit Nam Du is a hot season like summer to avoid rains and bad weather. Like other islands, you can visit and travel to Nam Du Island by ships. Buy the tickets with clear prices to travel to Nam Du safe and sound.

Ship ticket price: From 150,000 to  210,000 VND per person.

Departing location: Rach Gia Harbor


8. Ba Lua Island

Ba Lua Island is another beautiful seaside place and also the best island in Kien Giang province and also in the bay area of Thailand Bay. Ba Lua Island has 3 smaller islands named Heo Island, Ngang Island and Nhumba Island and a lot of tiny islands. These smaller islands are also exploration places for tourists as well as local people to visit and hang out. Ba Lua Island is beautiful and magnificent with the long beaches, white sand, green different flora. Ba Lua Island is not crowded and busy, so it has become a favourite place for resting and relaxing vacations. People love Ba Lua Island also because of the mysterious and neglected feature of Ba Lua Island.

In Ba Lua Island - the best island, you can eat fresh seafood as much as you want. More interesting, you will have the chance to capture the seafood by yourself, and then you can have a seafood bbq party on the beaches. It will be a very amazing experience in eating and sea journey for you. If you want to travel to Ba Lua Island, the best time is summer when Ba Lua Island is always in sunny and clear weather, or perhaps you can go to the islands in spring. As usual, you can visit Ba Lua Island only by ships, you can buy tickets on the mainland and there will be ships to take you to Ba Lua Islands.

Ship ticket price: From 180,000 VND to 200,000 VND per person.

Departing location: Tien Trien Binh An Harbor.


9. Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island is the precious pearl of Vietnamese islands and also the best island in the southern area, and Phu Quoc Island becomes the hot destination for tourists including Vietnamese people and foreigners. In Phu Quoc Island, you will find out all the luxury services and tour activities just like heaven with hotels, resorts, safari zone and golf areas for your entertainment. You can also take part in several outdoor activities like swimming, diving, parachute jumping, and surfing. Or simply, you can go and explore a lot of interesting places such as Sao Beach, Long Beach, and many other beautiful beaches waiting for you. 

In Phu Quoc Island, besides journey around this best islands for experience and exploration, you can enjoy the super-fresh seafood such as snails, squids, types of fish,... and you can buy them on the seaside markets and grill them to eat on the beaches or enjoy the seafood dishes in restaurants. As you know, like in other islands, the best season to visit Phu Quoc Island is from January to June. However, because Phu Quoc is well-developed with the airport already so you can still visit it in fall or winter despite the weather conditions. Moreover, there are ships from the mainland to Phu Quoc Island as well, so you can buy the tickets and ships will take you to your destination, but it is not suitable for seasick people.

Ship ticket price: 660,000 to 1,200,000 VND per person.

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10. Cu Lao Cham Island

Cu Lao Cham Island is 15 kilometers away from Hoi An with a great group of 8 islands such as Lang Beach, Huong Beach, Xep Beach, Chong Beach and many other smaller ones. Nature has given Cu Lao Cham Island so many advantages in flora, fauna, and terrain to turn this island group into a beautiful painting of vacations. You will have a chance to take part in a lot of tour activities as well as the beach sports such as diving, surfing, climbing,... or simply explore the areas around Cu Lao Cham Island to witness the beauty of corals and nature.

In Cu Lao Cham Island - one of the best islands, there is a lot of special fresh food for you to choose and enjoy such as seafood from fishes, squids, shrimps and especially fruits are tourists’ favourite. Besides, you will have the chance to catch fishes with local people and experience eating on the beaches. Moreover, there are several other services for you to choose like hiring a bike around islands and many others. For your information, the best time to visit Cu Lao Cham is a hot and sunny season, so you should also avoid the rainy season for a smooth journey. Because Cu Lao Cham Island is not so far, so there are ships to take you to your destinations from the mainland with suitable prices.

Ship ticket price: From 100,000 to 450,000 VND per person.

Departing location: Bach Dang Harbor. You can start from both Hoi An or Da Nang.

In conclusion, we already list down the top ten best islands in Vietnam in 2020 for you to know as well as take a journey to explore and experience the beauty of nature and islands of Vietnam. Remember to prepare carefully the accommodations as well as plan for an amazing journey to one of the ten best islands in Vietnam we mentioned.