With more than 3400 km of coastline and a tropical climate, Vietnam is a beautiful country with many tropical islands which is lied along the coastline. The tropical climate in Vietnam has two seasons: the dry season and rainy season, and the dry season (February until July) are the preferred time to visit the islands.
While Vietnam has plenty of tropical islands, they aren’t exactly within island-hopping destination unlike the islands in neighbouring Cambodia, where most are within a short distance of each other. So, with less opportunity to hop from island to island it helps to learn more about the best tropical islands for the most pleasing travel experience.
Here are a few of Vietnam’s tropical islands:
Phu Quoc Island
Located in Kien Giang province, the southern island of Phu Quoc is the biggest in Vietnam and a must-visit destination on a tour of the country. This island is famous for its tropical jungles and beautiful white sandy beaches, which includes some of the most romantic and beautiful in Vietnam, including Cream beach (Bai Kem), Star beach (Bai Sao) and Long beach (Bai Dai). This paradise destination has an island-style atmosphere, romantic sunsets, idyllic beaches and aquamarine water. Beyond the lazy relaxing on the beach, tourists have several activities to try like snorkelling and scuba diving, as well as trekking through the national park (Phu Quoc National Park), cycling, fishing villages and pepper plantations.
With nearly 50% of the island reserved for the national park, this is a great destination for those travelling in Vietnam that is interested in unspoiled nature and a beach vacation. Phu Quoc Island continues to gain attention, but is still a worthwhile trip to experience and relax with the unspoiled and raw nature.
Con Dao Islands
The Con Dao Islands are located off the southern coast of Vietnam and appreciated for their natural beauty, sandy beaches and clear turquoise sea. The local area has the Con Dao National Park, which is a significant natural reserve in the country, and rich in fauna and flora species, thick forest and a varied range of colourful fish in the coral reefs adjacent to the islands. Plus, the wildlife is quite fascinating with a variety of sea turtles, dolphins, and dugongs that are rarely seen elsewhere in Vietnam. This is a great destination on the Vietnam travel for those seeking unexploited natural beauty.
The waters around the Con Dao Islands are perfect for diving, while it is also possible to swim amongst the untouched and impressive coral. Plus, there is the chance to witness marine wildlife such as tropical reef fish, turtles, rays, and bamboo sharks. Also, a visit to Con Son Island gives an opportunity to see historic sites such as he US and French era prison complexes that have long since been abandoned.
…to be continued