Known as one of the top 5 beautiful island in Vietnam, Co To should not be missed if you’re planning a trip to Halong bay. The romantic island is well-known for white sandy beaches, the turquoise waters, the craggy cliff faces, cheap and delicious seafood.
Anchored comfortably in the aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and near by Halong bay is the Co To Island District, the larger archipelago which homes Co To Island. In Quang Ninh Province in the northeast, Co To Island is the furthest inhabited island from the coast, whose highest peak reaches 170 meters. The island, which measures in at about 47 square kilometers, is surrounded by a cluster of 40-50 smaller islands, all of which are only accessible by boat.
The island is a combination of a scattering of hills, and much of the coastline is rocky cliff faces. There are, however, a few choice sandy beaches to satisfy even the most insatiable seaside addicts among us. Make your way to Trinh Sat Beach, Hong Vanh and Van Chai and more often than not you may find you have the whole place to yourself.
What to do there?
The island is small enough to tour around the entire thing but big enough that you will be happy to have your own mode of transportation. Because the tourism industry is still so young in Co To Island the infrastructure still has to catch up- roads are ok, but taxis are scarce. You can easily and affordably rent a motorbike (or bicycle) and tour the island at your own speed.
If strolling around is more your thing, there’s a beautiful walkway suitably named the “Love Road” that leads up to the Co To Lighthouse. Take your time pacing along the red tiled path that meanders through the populous trees, and enjoy a welcome break from the urban rush.
You’ll have to tackle some steep bends and 100-odd steps to get up to the lighthouse, but it is worth it to get a glimpse of that 360 panoramic view of the island.
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