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Top Choice Beach in Co To Island

Hong Van Beach

Most Vietnamese visitors make a beeline for Hong Van Beach – and justifiably so. It's nearly 3km of fine, white sand lapped by blue water and backed by intermittent bungalow and restaurant operations, but is so long…
National Park in Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long National Park

The spectacular islands of Bai Tu Long Bay, immediately northeast of Halong Bay, form Bai Tu Long National Park and are every bit as beautiful as its famous neighbour. In some ways it’s actually more stunning, since…
Beach in Quan Lan Island

Minh Chau Beach

The beautiful 1km-long crescent-moon sweep of Minh Chau Beach, on the northeastern coast, is Quan Lan Island's big drawcard. The water is clear blue and the waves are suitable for surfing. Watersports action include…
Beach in Co To Island

Bac Van Beach

Directly north of Hong Van Beach is its slightly scruffier sister, Bac Van Beach. It's quieter, but coarse sand and water not quite deep enough for swimming mean that it largely acts as a jumping-off point to the is…
Beach in Co To Island

Van Chay Beach

Located in the northeastern corner of Co To Island is broad Van Chay Beach. During the summer months it's home to lots of food, as well as water sports.
Vietnamese in Co To Island

Com Binh Dan

Just east of Co To Town's market is this simple but delicious shop selling point-and-choose dishes served over rice.
Buddhist Temple in Quan Lan Island

Quan Lan Pagoda

The only attraction within Quan Lan Town itself is this beautiful 200-year-old pagoda.
Vietnamese in Co To Island

Nha Hang Hai San Sen Viet Co To

The name's a mouthful, but eating at this popular seafood place is made easy by an illustrated menu and tanks of shrimp, crabs, shellfish and fish out front. Located at the northern end of Co To Town's bayfront stri…
Vietnamese in Quan Lan Island

Tuan Thuy Restaurant

A decent selection of all the usual noodle and rice dishes are available at this simple family-run outfit, which is one of the few restaurants still open at dinnertime. It's on Quan Lan Town's main street.
Cafe in Quan Lan Island

Cafe Quoc Huan

This little cafe has friendly owners and serves Vietnamese coffee. It's roughly opposite Tuan Thuy restaurant.