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Co To island, a latent pristinepearl

Beside famous Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island, Co To Island, a real pristine pearl with smooth white sand and wild beaches, crystal blue water and primeval forest, has recently become a fascinating tourist destination in Quang Ninh province.

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Co To Island- By: Coto.vn

From Hanoi, tourists can take a bus to Cai Rong Town, Van Don District. From there, Co To Island is just a two-hour high-speed boat trip away. The boat travels across Bai Tu Long Bay with its mountainous scenery, like hundreds of baby dragons sleeping on a giant green carpet.

hight speed boat to co to island

High-speed boat saves much time- By: Vnanet.vn

Co To Island is usually referred to as “Large Co To Island”, belonging to Co To District beyond Thanh Lan Island and Tran Island. Despite the growth of Vietnam modern industry, tourism in Co To Island hasn’t been developed heavily. Therefore, the island still has deserted and aesthetic beaches, which are Hong Van, Van Chai, Bac Van and Vung Ong Vien. They can be considered as the best, the most rustic beaches in the North of Vietnam where the water is extremely crystal clear.

Whenever you walk on a Co To beach, you are about to experience many unforgettable emotions. The sea there seems to be so nice no matter when you look at it: day or night, sunrise or sunset, under the moonlight or in the morning mist.

As a military base, Co To Island has a statue of Uncle Ho, the Memorial House and especially the Co To lighthouse known as the ‘roof of the pearl island’, are also attractive places for visitors. There is even a romantic path which leads to the lighthouse.  Only 1km long, this path goes within the primitive forest full of fresh and aromatic wild flowers. When you reach that lighthouse, which is 70 metres above sea level, you can hear the breath of the ocean and fill your mind with the peaceful panoramic scenery of Co To.

Moreover, there is a worth while place to visit, which is The Rock Garden where has unique ancient stone slabs with amazing color and strange prints. It will certainly excite and challenge archaeologists. But don’t forget to wander around the area, behind the main part; there is a small curvy part that you can walk in for more crazy –shaped stones. It’s magnificent to look down at the curves and have the further view to other smaller islands. It could be a perfect picnic spot too.

rock garden in coto

Viewing from Rock Garden- By: Vnanet.vn

In the northeast, Co To Island is the furthest inhabited island from the mainland. There are a couple of newly built hotels and guesthouses on Co To, including the Co To Lodge, To Nam Guesthouse, Co To Hotel and Green Co To. Price range is fairly affordable. On the other hand, you can take tours of the jellyfish processing facility or fish with the local fishermen. Lazy on a tiny fishing boat, eating clam that you found – must be a lovely rewarding feeling. Beside, eating fresh seafood in the hotel’s restaurant may be other good choice that is extremely cheap compare to the other destinations especially you buy yourself in seafood market in the early morning. It is reasonable gifts to your relatives after traveling a wonderful trip.

squid batch

Waiting for the first squid batch- By: Minh Vuong 


Post by Kim Hau 

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