Contributing to the brand
of Quang Ninh tourism is not only Ha Long Bay or
island. The name "Van Don" is still quite new to young
people or tourists but if you try to set foot in Van Don,
you will feel a very special land still little known of
Quang Ninh province (about
Halong bay cruise).
Van Don is an island district of Quang Ninh province. The
name Van Don sounds quite strange but this is a favorite
destination in Northern Vietnam. Because Van Don is not as
noisy and bustling as Ha Long Bay, this place possesses a
peaceful beauty and still has a wild beauty for the time
being. In Van Don, there are both sea and mountain. All
combined together to create a "charming romantic scene".
1. What is the best time to visit Van Don?
Van Don not only has the sea but also mountains. Van Don is
beautiful all seasons but the best time to visit Van Don is
probably summer. To make the trip perfect you should also
avoid the rainy months like September and October.
In addition, if you like the festive atmosphere, you can go
to Van Don during the period from 10th to 20th June of the
lunar calendar. At this time, Van Don is more crowded and
more colorful with a lot of tourists coming for the Quan Lan
festival. This is a festival to praise the national heroes
with the glorious victory of the ancient Mongol invaders.
Many local activities take place during festivals such as
boat racing, processions, swimming, parades, etc.
2. How to get to Van Don?
The distance from Hanoi to Van Don is about 220km. You can
travel by bus and take about 4-5 hours. There are two
options for you if moving from Hanoi. You can catch a car
going straight from Hanoi to Van Don or Hanoi - Cua Ong,
then take a taxi or motorbike taxi to get to Van Don.
Bus routes from Hanoi to Van Don:
Bus from Yen Nghia station, Ha Dong didstrict: Departure at
6am. Tel: 0982332266
My Dinh bus station: Depart at 6:20. Telephone: 0915268555
The bus fares is about 120k / person / way.
Bus from Hanoi to Cua Ong:
Buses Hoang Long and Kumho Viet Thanh from My Dinh, Luong
Yen and Gia Lam stations cost 120K / one way to Cua Ong.
After that, you can take a motorbike taxi or taxi to Van
Don, the extra cost is 50.000 – 60.000 / VND.
If you want to save money and time, you should watch the
time for a bus operator that goes from Hanoi straight to Van
3. Moving around in Van Don
Tourists coming to Van Don usually travel by boat to the
islands. On the islands, you can travel around by tuk tuk,
bike or bicycle instead of motorbike because the air is
fresh and motorbike rental is not so popular.
4. Where to stay in Van Don?
To reduce costs, you can book online through booking portals
apps such as Agoda, Traveloka…In addition, there are a few
places in Van Don that are selected by many customers:
In Van Don, there are mainly hotels and homestays.
Therefore, Mai Homestay is chosen by many young people when
coming to Van Don, especially Quan Lan Island, the hotels
and guesthouses in Van Don will cost from 200.000 – 500.000
VND depending on standard and service. You should check
price before booking the room.
5. What to do in Van Don?
With a large area with different beauty, Van Don can be
divided into some small places to help visitors easily
navigate, explore and explore with their journeys to reduce
time quickly and thus have the most fun.
As an island district of Quang Ninh, Van Don is famous for
its beaches. Different from the mass tourist destinations
such as Ha Long Bay or Cat Ba island, the beaches here still
preserve the wild and peaceful features. This is a place for
the people who love the sea and beach
Quan Lan beach
One of the beaches associated with Van Don is Quan Lan. The
beach is located on a beautiful island in
Bai Tu Long Bay.
island, you must travel by high-speed boat from
Cai Rong port. Travel time is about 40 – 60 minuties, fares
120.000 -160.000 / person / way.
To make it easier to plan, please refer to the operating
time of the boat:
Cai Rong - Quan Lan: 2 times / day, leaving at 7:30 and
Quan Lan - Cai Rong: 2 times / day, leaving at 8:30 and
Quan Lan is also the place chosen by many young people for
camping activities, team building…
You must love Long beach from the moment you step in.
Although not as famous as other beaches in Van Don,
recently, Long beach has been particularly popular with many
young people. The highlight of Long beach is the wooden
bridge. Many young people come here and take the shimmering
images. How about you?
Viet My beach
This is an artificial beach, very beautiful and suitable for
swimming. In addition, you can visit floating houses and
enjoy seafood when coming here.
Cai Bau Pagoda
Cai Bau Pagoda is also known as Truc Lam Giac Tam Zen
Monastery. This temple was built on the foundation of Phuc
Linh Tu Pagoda, dating from the Tran Dynasty over 700 years
Although it is a spiritual place, the architecture of the
temple is highly appreciated with many windy upper corners,
you just need to look out to see the immense sea and blue
Ba Mun Island
Visiting Van Don, besides the beach, you can also visit the
islands. Currently, Van Don island district has 600 islands.
Of which, 20 islands are inhabited. Ba Mun Island is one of
them. Many tourists like to come here because of the
wilderness and biodiversity on the island. In Ba Mun island
you have the opportunity to see valuable plants such as
Dinh, ironwood, chrysanthemum, yellow and Vang Huong woods.
Ngoc Vung Island
If you really want to explore this place, you can spend 2
Ngoc Vung Island. You can reach the island by boat
and contact at the dock. The boats leave at 7.00 and 13:30
every day. Fares 60.000 VND / person / way. On the island,
you can travel by car or bicycle and admire the scenery,
visit the casuarina forest along the coast, Truong Chinh
beach, Phao Dai island at the end of the beach.
In the evening, if you stay on the island, you can light a
fire, camping on the 3km long beach located in the East. In
addition, the island is quite wild so if you do not like
camping activities, you should consider staying the night.
6. What to eat in Van Don?
Traveling to Van Don, you definitely cannot miss the
delicious seafood dishes here such as Sa Sung, squid, Tu
Hai, grilled oysters…
Depending on the quality and budget, the cost of eating also
varies. If you eat in a restaurant, the average price is
about VND 100.000 - 200.000 VND / person, but if you stay at
homestay you can ask the hosts to cook, the price will be
cheaper, only about 50.000 VND / person.
Some cheap restaurants in Van Don that you can consider: Gio
Bien 2 Restaurant, Tuyen Tuyet restaurant, Phan Tuyet
restaurant, Duong restaurant…
If you are still have difficulty choosing a destination for
this summer, try once to choose Van Don to experience a
summer filled with sunshine and sea breeze. With fresh air,
mountains, sky…Van Don promises to bring the best things to