Top 7 Best Halong Bay Beaches For A Promising Summer Holiday



Halong Bay, known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is famous not only for its amazing system of islands and islets formed millions of years ago, but also for its beautiful turquoise beaches associated with diverse ecosystems. What are the most beautiful Halong Bay beaches? What should tourists pay attention to when visiting these beaches? 

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The beaches in Halong bay with tons of amazing experiences are really really worth a visit. Traveling to Halong bay, especially in summertime (May - September), you should not miss the following beaches:  

I - Halong Bay beaches on Quan Lan island  

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Quan Lan island is located in Bai Tu Long bay, right next to Halong bay, including Quan Lan and Minh Chau communes of Van Don district, Quang Ninh province. It attracts tourists with beautiful beaches, fresh air, a clear & blue sea, and a really tranquil atmosphere. 

1 - Beaches in Quan Lan Island - top beaches near Halong Bay

Minh Chau beach

Thanks to its white sand, pure water, and pristine beauty, Minh Chau beach is regarded as a pearl of Quang Ninh province. The sand here is very special: smooth without sticky and it stretches like white silk on the edge of the ocean. More than swimming and sunbathing, you can also watch the sunset on the sea while enjoying seafood, hold a campfire party, take part in interesting activities like bicycling, flying kites, sea creature exploring,... when coming to this beach in Halong bay.  

Quan Lan beach

Quan Lan beach has the shape of a crescent moon, and lightly slopes down to the sea. This is one of the few Halong Bay beaches which still retains its primitive outlook with soothing, snow-white sand, clear water, and wild waves. The scenery here makes people feel peaceful after a long time of stress with a hectic schedule and hustle and bustle of daily life.  Other places to visit on Quan Lan island

- Tran Khanh Du shrine: This is the place to worship Tran Khanh Du - Quan Lan village god. The shrine still preserves many priceless ancient artifacts dating back to the 15th century.  

- Quan Lan wind strait: Going opposite Quan Lan island center is the way to get to Quan Lan wind strait. This is a mountain top facing straight toward the ocean. After passing through a stretch of woodland and climbing to the peak of the strait, you can take the panoramic view of the unspoiled nature here. 

- Quan Lan Temple: Built in the 17th century, this is one of the two oldest pagodas in Quang Ninh province. 

2 - How to get to these Halong Bay beaches? 

To reach Quan Lan island, you can take a speed boat or wooden boat from Cai Rong harbor in Van Don district or from Hon Gai harbor in Ha Long city to Quan Lan island, then get to Minh Chau beach by motorbike. 

Speed boat from Cai Rong harbor to Quan Lan island

- Frequency: 2 trips/day at 7am & 3pm

- Travel time: 45 mins

- Ticket price: 120,000 VND/person/turn ($5.2)

- Contact: (033)3 874574 (Phuc Thinh LLC) 

Speed boat from Hon Gai harbor to Quan Lan island 

- Frequency: 3 trips/day at 7am, 10am, and 10:30am 

- Travel time: 40 mins

- Ticket price: 150,000 VND/person/turn ($6.5)

- Contact: 0917 366 566 (Havaco Investment joint Stock Company) 

Wooden boat from Cai Rong harbor to Quan Lan island

- Frequency: 2 trips/day at 7am and 1pm 

- Travel time: 2.5 hours

- Ticket price: 80,000 VND/person/turn ($3.4)

- Contact: 0978743617  

II - Halong Bay beaches in Co To Island 

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1 - Beaches on Co To island

Van Chay beach

Like some other beaches in Halong bay, Van Chay can impress you right from first glance with its wild, natural beauty. Though not lying in the center area, the beach still attracts a lot of tourists thanks to its white velvety sand, slightly sloping, unpolluted water, and strong & foamy waves. 

Coming to this Halong bay beach, you can take selfies along the pretty rocky path, which stretches along the beach and forms a road of stone leading to the sea. In addition, there are so many other activities to do such as kayaking, volleyball, diving,...

→ Note: Waves on this beach are huge and intense, you must pay attention to avoid getting hurt and you don’t leave children without company.  

Hong Van beach

Contrary to the savage attraction of Van Chay, Hong Van beach is calmer and safer so you can feel comfortable taking your kids along. On the beach, you will catch sight of cottages with creative design, close to nature where you can enjoy cool breezes while watching the sunset or breaking dawn.  

As one of the Halong Bay beaches is mostly chosen by tourists, Hong Van of course doesn’t lack beach sports. Coto park - the heaven of amusement, certainly will bring you the most fantastic experiences with a variety of games such as water volleyball, beach volleyball, banana boating, kayaking, ultimate frisbee,...

2 - How to get Co To island

You must find a way to reach Cai Rong harbor to buy a boat ticket. There are two types of boat: 

By speed boat: 

- Frequency: 16 - 18 trip/day from 6am to 5:30pm 

- Travel time: 1.5 hours

- Ticket price: 250,000 VND/person/turn ($10.8)

By wooden boat:

- Frequency: 1 trip/day at 7am

- Travel time: 2.5 hours

- Ticket price: 95,000 VND/person/turn ($4.1)

III - Halong beaches in Ngoc Vung island 

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Ngoc Vung is an island in Van Don district with an area of 12 square km. Although it is not as well-known as others, its pure outlook has an alluring power to those who once set foot here, urging them to come back next time.  

1 - Names of the Halong Bay beaches in Ngoc Vung island

Nestled in the south of the island, Ngoc Vung beach is a famous attraction because of its transparent sea, vast bathing place, and unspoiled environment. The 3km gold silky sand is where tourists usually hang out, gossip, and watch the stunning scenery of Ngoc Vung island. During the day, you can immerse yourself in the seawater to relax. At night, you can go camping, sing songs, do activities for team building, and enjoy the taste of fresh, tasty seafood.  

Other places to visit on Ngoc Vung island

- Uncle Ho memorial area: The site is constructed to remind people of the event when Uncle Ho came to meet and encourage soldiers stationed on the island on October 12, 1962. 

- Cong Yen port: Used to be one of the two busiest ports in the Ly dynasty and Nguyen dynasty, Cong Yen nowadays leaves a deep impression on visitors. 

- National flag tower: This is actually a military zone on the island so you must have the permission of Border guard officers to climb up.

2 - How to get to these Halong Bay beaches

Boat is the only option if you want to travel to Ngoc Vung island. You can choose to depart at Cai Rong harbor, Hon Gai port or Vung Duc port (in Cam Pha district, Quang Ninh province). 

Wooden boat from Cai Rong harbor

- Frequency: every 1 hour

- Travel time: 2 - 3 hours

- Ticket price: 150,000 VND/person/turn ($6.5)

Wooden boat from Vung Duc port

- Frequency: 2 trip/day at 7am and 1pm 

- Travel time: 2 - 3 hours

- Ticket price: 60,000 VND/person/turn ($2.6)

Speed boat from Hon Gai port

- Frequency: 1 trip/day at 1pm 

- Travel time: about 1 hour

- Ticket price: 160,000 VND/person/turn ($6.9)

IV - The best beaches in Halong bay: Titop beach  

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1 - Beaches in Titip Island

Titop beach is the only beach on the island of the same name: Titop island - the island was named after a Russian hero at the event when he and president Ho Chi Minh had an excursion in Halong bay in 1962. 

Being one of the nicest Halong bay beaches, Titop beach has the shape of a moon embracing the bottom of the island. The area is not so large, in return, the beach is very quiet and clean. Its sand frequently washed by tidal waves is hence clear, snow-white while the sea water is blue and pure all year round. 

On this Halong bay beach, there is a bar where you can hire bikinis, buoys, and fresh water for washing. Jet skiing and parasailing are also provided on this island. 

2 - How to get to Titop Island?

Traveling to Titop island is quite convenient, you have at least three choices:

By boat: Titop island is one destination on Halong bay tourism route 2. You just need to buy a ticket or hire an entire boat to get to the island. 

- Travel time: 6 hours

- Ticket price: 290,000 VND/person ($12.5)

- Private boat rental fee: 500,000 - 700,000 VND/hour/boat ($21.6 - 30.2)

On cruise tour: You can refer to 2 days & 1 night tour, 3 days & 2 nights tour, 4 days & 3 nights tour at some popular cruise agents such as

- Starlight:  https://www.starlightcruiseshalong.com

- Emeraude: https://www.emeraude-cruises.com/en

- Paradise Luxury: https://www.paradisecruise.com

Those are the most attractive Halong bay beaches. Therefore, let's experience at least one of these beaches and you will find a very different Halong bay which is not just a "World Natural Heritage '' known for many years. 

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