Welcome to Van Don Island

Bai Dai (Long Beach) runs along much of the island’s southern side and has hard-packed sand with some mangroves. Just offshore there are stunning limestone rock formations.

Van Don’s main town is scruffy Cai Rong (pronounced 'cai zong'), about 8km north of the bridge to the mainland. It's a bustling place full of karaoke bars and motorbikes. Here, Cai Rong Pier is the key port for boats to other Bai Tu Long islands. If you’re forced to overnight before catching a morning ferry, there are lots of accommodation and food options.

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Van Don Island activities

$70 Day Trips & Excursions

Bai Tu Long 01 Day Trip (Visit Thien Canh Son Cave & Vung Vieng Village)

7.30 – 8.00: Pick-up Our tour-guide will pick you up at your hotel in Old Quarter and depart to Ha Long Bay. Bai Tu Long Bay 1 Day Trip is started.11.45: Welcome guests at Hon Gai international habour 12.30: Start cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay Embark the boat, start cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, enjoy the beautiful limestone seascape while passing by Tea-pot islet, Blockhouse islet, Goat Head islet… then have lunch on board.Bai Tu Long Bay has an ecological zone of Van Don island. The zone stretches 100 hectares with more than 10 km of coastline. Bai Tu Long Bay of Vietnam has entered the "top 5" the most tourist attractions in Southeast Asia. 14.00: Visit Vung Vieng Fishing Village Arrive at Vung Vieng Fishing Village. Take the rowing boat to go deep into the village and learn how the local people survive among the ocean, interact with them and visit the fish farm. You can choose the do kayaking around this peaceful village too.Vung Vieng Fishing Village belongs to Bai Tu Long Bay. It is about 25km away from mainland. Vung Vieng is homeland of thoundsands of fishemen who work hard and enjoy their life. To visit this floating village, tourists can choose either a small bamboo boat or a kayak.To reach the floating village, tourists need to row through Hang Cao cave - a natural gate of the village. Visiting the Vung Vieng, tourisits can observe the daily life of the local fishermen, or can also act as a fisherman.16.00: Visit Thien Canh Son CaveContinue cruising to Cong Do area, visit the mysterious Thien Canh Son and relax on the beautiful beach.Thien Canh Son Cave is a wild cave in Bai Tu Long Bay. Inside the cave, visitors can admire the exotic beauty of the limestone stalagmites formed thousands years ago that make up unique images of a lotus, a foal, an elephant, flowers, etc.To visit Thien Canh Son Cave, tourists need to climb up 100 steps to the top where a paramount view of Bai Tu Long Baycould be seen. There is a small but beatiful sand beach by the cave where tourists can have a swim or go kayaking.17.00: Sunset partyEnjoy a sunset party and join in a cooking demonstration to learn some traditional Vietnamese dishes.18:00: Cruise back to harbor, pass by Dragon islet and relax on board21.30 - 22.00: Back to your hotel in the Old Quarter. Bai Tu Long Bay 1 Day Trip ended.

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