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If you plan to travel by bus or train in Vietnam, some things will be a bit different to what you may be used to if you’re from a Western country.


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But even though the level of comfort may not always be the highest possible, traveling around Vietnam by public transport is fairly easy.

Vietnam has a great bus network and the Reunification Express railway that runs from Hanoi to Saigon lets you easily cover a lot of distance.

Long distance bus in Vietnam

Do keep in mind that local buses can be slow and most night buses have awkward bunk beds with not much leg space. I’ll share more details below on what exactly to expect.

Sometimes it’s worth spending a bit more on a 1st class train ticket or ‘VIP’ bus service for a bit more comfort if you have the budget.

How to book buses in Vietnam

Bus and minivan services in Vietnam are run by hundreds of different companies. This means timetables are not always complete and not every bus can be booked online.

However, more and more bus routes can now be booked easily online, such as through the platform 12Go Asia.

Powered by 12Go system

Another common way is to book transportation via your hotel or hostel reception or at any of the small ticket agents that you’ll inevitably find anywhere that tourists go.

It is very typical to find small local travel agencies all over Vietnam, so many travelers simply get their tickets from these shops. These agencies sometimes let you get tickets for services that are not available online. However, they may sometimes also charge a larger commission.

Typical Vietnam travel agents

Do keep in mind there is no centralized booking system in Vietnam.

The sites offering online booking basically have to set up lots of separate partnerships with some of the hundreds of bus operators. When you book on their sites, they often still have to manually call the bus operators to confirm. Unless it specifically says ‘instant confirmation’, you may have to wait a few hours to receive the actual ticket.

So, if you get a notification saying the booking is not yet confirmed, don’t worry as almost always you get a confirmation fairly soon (unless maybe you make a booking in the middle of the night).

There are several ways to book buses in Vietnam:

Buy tickets directly at bus stations

Book at a local travel agency

Use online booking sites (recommended)

The best booking sites for buses, trains, ferries, or minivans in Vietnam are:

How to book trains in Vietnam

The trains in Vietnam do have a central booking system these days, making it very easy to book them. In fact, you can now only book trains online.

Trains are slower and somewhat more expensive than buses but, if you ask me, they’re also much more comfortable. I’ve caught far more sleep on night trains than on any of the buses.

They’re also a cool way to travel!

Reunification Express

After booking your ticket you’ll be sent a PDF document with a QR code and your carriage and seat number. You can simply show this on your phone to the attendant. Every carriage has its own attendant, so there’s always someone to help you find your seat.

You can book trains in Vietnam with Vietnam Railways but only using Vietnamese payment methods. For foreigners, it’s easiest to book with sites like 12Go Asia or Baolao (which charge a 40,000 dong commission).

It’s best to book trains at least one or two days ahead of time, as they do fill up pretty quickly.

There are no hop-on-hop-off tickets for the train. If you’re going south to north or the other way around, you’ll have to buy individual tickets for each part of your journey.

Typical standard class night bus

What about night trains & buses?

Because Vietnam is a large country (it’s taller than West Coast USA) and since key tourist sites are spread around the north, center, and south, many travelers choose to travel overland at night, saving some time and potentially money not spent on accommodation.

I think traveling at night in Vietnam is often worth it. It’s very common for backpackers in Vietnam to travel overnight, making use of night buses as well as the Reunification Express running from Hanoi to Saigon which offers a range of sleeper carriages.

Normal night buses: Vietnamese night buses typically have three rows of bunk beds stacked two levels high. The beds have a plastic casing around them which is quite restrictive especially if you are tall. There are usually no toilets, so the bus has to take regular toilet breaks that interrupt the journey. At the back, there is usually a large flat bed space that will accommodate about four people. At first these may seem like prized spots, but the lack of barriers will make you move constantly and may lead to involuntary spooning of some unwashed stranger.

What I’m saying here is that the regular night buses aren’t all that great. But… they’ll get you there.

VIP/luxury night buses: Unless you’re traveling on a tight budget, be sure to keep an eye out for any upgraded ‘VIP’ buses, which operate between only some destinations. I took one of these from Hanoi to Ha Giang, for example. For just $8 more I got myself a private cabin with a comfy massage bed, USB chargers, snacks, A/C, and more. I thought this was absolutely worth it.

Night trains: There is a choice of various classes of seats and beds on the Reunification Express. The 2nd class berths have 6 beds in them. They’re quite cramped and there’s not enough room to sit upright. They also might have people sleeping on stretchers in the hallway outside and I’ve also seen certain six-legged insects crawling around the 2nd class carriages (sorry… I thought you should know). The 1st class (soft sleeper) carriages have 4 beds and are a lot more comfortable and clean. 2nd class is probably fine for a budget backpacker, but the 1st class upgrade is worth it if you can spare just a bit of extra dong.

Bus to Sapa in the mountanous north

Hop-on-hop-off bus tickets

There are several operators selling hop-on-hop-off bus passes for Vietnam. This means you can travel the full length of the country (between Hanoi and Saigon) on one ticket while going in one direction, i.e. north or southbound.

Sounds convenient, right? Well, they might not always be worth it.

My travel buddies in Vietnam who used these tickets got quite frustrated with the limitations, as you’re reduced to using only one bus company and timetable. They were unable to switch to trains or minivans for particular legs of the journey where these would have been more convenient. So, hop-on-hop-off tickets can reduce your flexibility a lot.

I’ve always chosen to book my transportation one step at a time. Even if the hop-on-hop-off ticket is slightly cheaper overall, it’s not so great to have to lock yourself in. In my opinion, this makes them not really worth it.

Motorbiking in Vietnam

Although I love traveling Vietnam by bus and train, arguably the best way to explore Vietnam is by motorbike! The feeling of freedom you’ll get is amazing. You’ll also be able to go off the usual travel circuit, getting you much closer to the real country of Vietnam.

Many consider Vietnam among the best motorbiking countries in Southeast Asia. If you can ride a bike or scooter and want to know more, be sure to check out our in-depth guide to motorbiking Vietnam.

Đăng bởi: Lập Hà

Từ khoá: Vietnam By Bus Or Train – How To Plan & Book

How To Build The Ultimate Vietnam Road Trip

Ha Giang’s minority tribes market fair. Photo by: Quinny

Ask any local how to get the most authentic experience when traveling in this country, and you’ll get a common answer:

“Go on a road trip in Vietnam!”

I want you to travel Vietnam like a local as I did, so in this blog, I will share some of my takeaways and lessons from this journey of a lifetime I undertook with a travel partner, a 3000 km Vietnam road trip.

Tip #1: Have a trip outline in mind

Day 18: The sun sets on Hoang Su Phi in Ha Giang. Photo by Quinny

Having a great plan is a must.

Knowing what to expect from the journey will help you feel more satisfied and sure of your journey. You may spend a lot of time and quite a bit of savings on it, so it’s important to make good use of your resources.

Take it from me: after a couple of journeys without clear aims, I changed my approach and was lucky enough to realize this before making this Vietnam road trip.

Tip #2: Save & plan carefully

Day 21: Having drinks in Ha Giang’s market. Photo by Quinny

The next step is to save money for the trip. For me, I started saving half a year ahead. Here are some tips when it comes to planning.

Travel at a time that makes sense for your itinerary

Typically, road trips in Vietnam take place in the March to late September timeframe.

During this time, the weather is typically dry and the temperature is pleasant enough to be on a motorcycle for long hours. Scenery will also be at its most beautiful state in the time. There will also be abundant local fruits and food available during this time of the year.

If you’re willing to tolerate rain or have time constraints that don’t permit travel during this time, ask Google to see what will be available outside of this window. You may be rewarded for going off the beaten path.

Tip #3: Choose Destinations Based on You

Do some research to find the most suitable places for you in Vietnam based what you’d like to see and when you can go.

Look for important cultural landmarks but don’t skip a review of a fun things to do in those areas! You can find some suggestions here for the top 20 best Vietnam destinations.

Day 3: Visit Binh Ba Island. Photo by Quinny

Tip #4: Find trusted places to hire good, trustworthy motorbikes

This is a step that will assure you peace of mind during the whole journey. If your vehicle doesn’t work well, you will feel insecure and unsafe throughout the journey.

You may have to leave an ID or money to rent a vehicle. When you return the bikes or car to them, your deposit money and papers will be returned. Some rental agencies have branches across Vietnam, so you can return the vehicles in any of their locations without needing to send it back yourself or ride the motorbike back to the initial rental place.

My travel partner is vibing. Photo by Quinny

Tip #5: Don’t Stress on the Schedule! Relax

An old cliché: “ Happiness isn’t any destination, but rather be the journey.” After the long trip, I realized those words are so true.

Sometimes, my traveling partner and I are too focused on making it to the destination in time without remembering to enjoy the sensations and experiences of being on the road.

Determine a reasonable daily traveling distance

For me, it was about 200 km per day.

This is an average, flexible figure with two people riding alternately. The trip should be enjoyable, not exhausting due to overwork. Setting the bar too high can lead to sleepiness, and that’s no good on a motorcycle.

Note that if you picked the route that goes through the mountain area, it might take you much more time and effort to go through the same distance, compared to a flat road.

Pick your perfect road

From one destination to another, there are going to be a couple of routes for you to pick. If you love to get straight to the destination, the A1 or AH1 highways (depending on the areas, the names could be different on the map).

On the other hand, if you want to experience local life, pick a smaller, slightly longer road into towns and villages. I can assure you that the local hospitality will be worth the extra effort you put in.

Relax, and enjoy the ride.

Find places to stop and rest at the end of the day

Please note that not everywhere has the proper accommodation for you to stay the night, especially if you plan to go to remote areas or want to go to a destination with more nature and less development.

In big cities and towns, you can book rooms months ahead of your trips. However, when it comes to small towns, Google Maps might be find accommodation for tourists but may not include all hotels or rented rooms.

A motorcycle tour can bring you not only lots of freedom but also risks at the same time, especially driving in unfamiliar places after dark. It’s a good practice to know ahead of time where you can stop for the night so you’re not stranded in an unfamiliar location with no place to stay.

Tip #4: Stop Often, Take an Unplanned Turn, Wander

Lovely granny, I met on the road. Photo by Quinny

If you suddenly spot some exciting side destinations, don’t hesitate to stop by or change your plans. The unexpected things that come with your road trip are what will make it exciting.

Thanks this, I had the chance to see beautiful spots that probably few tourists know, places you wouldn’t see on any travel review articles.

Asking locals about must-see spots in the area is also a good idea. Vietnamese are so open and enthusiastic at helping others, especially tourists. By doing that, you might also make some new local friends on your Vietnam road trip.

Tip #5: Rest, Eat and Drink Properly

To guarantee a great experience, don’t take these things for granted.

Sometimes, the energy you get from adrenaline when riding can ease the hunger and the feel of eating, but so many yummy local dishes are waiting for you wherever you are in Vietnam.  Therefore, enjoying local cuisine is not only what makes this trip memorable, but it’s also a key part of taking care of yourself while on the road.

Still, be careful with food safety because you don’t want to ride your motorbike with an ill stomach.

Day 13: Stopping in the countryside in Quang Binh. Photo by Quinny

Keep yourself hydrated!

Vietnam is a tropical country, which means the temperature is usually quite high, and the sun drains water from your body fast. It’s a good habit to stop by small, local cafes along the way. Usually, locals sell coconut water and cane juice as well as Vietnamese traditional coffee. Stop to hydrate yourself, do some stretching, and chat with locals.

Those cafes also provide hammocks for travelers who need a quick nap to recharged for the upcoming miles ahead.

Tip #6: Don’t Let a Vegetarian Diet Stop You from Trying Local Cuisine

Vegetarian? No problem at all!

Day 19: We sat with an old man in Hanoi selling sweet soup, tobacco & green tea. Photo by Quinny

However, these restaurants may be hard to find ahead of time. My tip here is to ask the locals if nothing comes up on Google. Remember the keyword “quan chay” (which means “Vegetarian restaurant”) or “com chay” (which means “Vegetarian dishes”) would be helpful.

Tip #7: Ask for help when needed

If unfortunate things happen on the road like a flat tire or an empty gas tank, don’t hesitate to seek help. Local people will do whatever they can to help you!

I once got a flat tire in the middle of a remote area located in the west Highland where there was no one living within a 30 km radius. Although we did bring tools to fix the tire, we couldn’t figure it out after 15 mins trying. So we stood on the side road and asked for help from any passing travelers. Since this was a remote area, not many people passed by. Luckily, one young man stopped and fixed the tire for us without asking for anything in reward. We also exchanged contacts and accepted the invitation to visit his farm if we got any chance to go back to this area.

Tip #8: Focus on the Offline!

Day 5: Sun breaking through clouds in Da Lat. Photo by Quinny

Many of my friends who constantly updated their social media on their trip shared with me that, looking back, they should have spent more time enjoying the moment rather than focusing too much on taking pictures, recording the scenes, and posting them online. Studies also show that your memory about a place will be more detailed and last longer if you focus more on experiencing nature rather than your phone.

My trip itinerary

My Vietnam road trip was approximately 3,000 km and lasted 20 days starting from Ho Chi Minh City and going up to Tay Nguyen (the west Highland), to the central coast of Vietnam, then straight to Hanoi.

In Hanoi, I stopped my road trip and hopped on a bus to Ha Giang due to my limited traveling time, which didn’t allow me to ride my motorbike to the northern frontier. This route alone from Hanoi to Ha Giang would take up to 10 days if you sincerely want to discover and enjoy the area.

Day 1-2: Ho Chi Minh City – Vung Tau – Mui Ne.

Day 3-4:  Binh Ba Island – Cam Ranh

Day 5-6: Da Lat

Day 7: Gia Lai

Day 8: Buon Me Thuot

Day 9: Qui Nhon

Day 10: Phu Yen- Quy Nhon

Day 11: Tam Ky- Da Nang – Hue

Day 12:  Khe Sanh- Lao Bao

Day 13-15: Quang Binh

Day 16-17: Ninh Binh

Day 18-20: Hoa Binh- Thai Nguyen- Hanoi

Day 21-24: Ha Giang

Day 25-28: Cat Ba Island

In some places like Quy Nhon, Quang Binh, Ninh Binh, Ha Giang & Cat Ba, I chose to stay two or three days to experience those magnificent destinations to the fullest. Those destinations are packed with national parks, well preserved sights, and great deals of local hospitality.

Day 3: Taking an exciting bumpy ride on Binh Ba Island. Photo by Quinny

The bottom line

My travel partner wrote some words on his social media after those 20 days of traveling. I offer them to you here to help you decide whether or not to go on your own Vietnam road trip.

“HCMC – Hanoi 28.05.2023. 20 days. Around 3000 km. Some of the most amazing things: Traveling with someone I never met before, who didn’t assassinate me and sell my organs during the trip. Seeing buffalo pee on the road. Passing many long containers on highways, mountain byways with one mistake which nearly put our life at risk. Been thru darkness, heavy rain, thunder, UV 11. Screaming fuck, fuck, fuck loudly on the road when my friend drove 70km/h. Doing squats in front of the locals to battle against potholes. Hearing Vietnamese indigenous languages. Learning about physics, names of flowers, Feng Shui, chemistry, what the health, history of Vietnam from my driving partner. Exceeding my driving speed (40km/h to 60,70km/h) from day 12. Climbing competition with a goat that shit a lot on its way. Paying for random toilets with a smile. Calling mom twice a day to tell her I was alive. Braking abruptly on the road three times to save lives of other clown drivers. Using two-third of my saving money. Swimming in many non-touristy beaches. Witnessing the beauty and mysteries of Quang Binh & Ninh Binh caves. Wandering on the sand in a loader bucket of a tractor. Being in the present.

Next goal: + Conquering the four great mountain passes in northwest Vietnam.

+ Visiting all of the western provinces in Vietnam.”

Now, it’s time start to plan your Vietnam road trip, my dear friends!

See you soon!

Đăng bởi: Vũ Nguyệt

Từ khoá: How to Build the Ultimate Vietnam Road Trip

How To Make Tie

How to Make Tie-Dye Clothes and Crafts

The Spruce / Theresa Chiechi

Tie-dye is a technique of coloring fabric that involves folding, twisting, and scrunching the fabric and then tying it tightly with string or rubber bands. Then, you dip the fabric in dye. The areas that are twisted and tied will receive little to no dye. Once you remove the ties, you will find unique patterns on the fabric based on the way it was manipulated and bound.

Tie-dyeing is a quick and easy project, and it’s even great for kids. However, it can be messy, so you should wear protective clothing and cover your work space with newspapers or other items for easy cleanup. You can tie-dye a wide variety of items, including articles of clothing, sheets and pillowcases, curtains, and more. Tie-dyed items can even make excellent customized gifts.

Prepare Your Item and Work Space

Before you dye your item, wash it to ensure that the fabric is clean for best dye adherence. Then, if you wish, treat the item with a dye enhancer following manufacturer’s instructions.

Cover the area where you will be tie-dyeing, so splashes of dye don’t accidentally stain anything. Put on your protective clothes.

Prepare the Dye

Prepare your dye as directed by the manufacturer. You can either mix dye directly in a large pot or bucket, or you can mix it in a plastic squeeze bottle for more targeted dye application. The instructions on your dye will typically state which method is best.

Tie Your Item

Now it’s time to twist and tie your item. You can choose to tie parts of the fabric in an irregular manner or aim to form a specific pattern.

For instance, to make a spiral pattern with the dye, lay out your fabric completely flat and find its center. Then, using a fork or your fingers, grab the center and swirl it until the fabric is rolled in a circular shape. Use your rubber bands or string to secure the fabric in this shape. The ties should meet in the middle of the fabric, forming an asterisk.

Start Dyeing

Now your item is ready for the dye. Either dip it in your dye container or apply the dye from the squeeze bottle. Aim to fully cover the fabric in dye.

If you are using multiple colors, it’s usually best to start with the lightest one. Check your manufacturer instructions for how to proceed to the next color; you might have to rinse the fabric or pause for a period of drying time.

Wait and Rinse

Follow manufacturer instructions for how you should allow the dye to set on your item. In many cases, you will have to wrap the item in a plastic bag or plastic wrap for several hours.

Then, remove the ties from the fabric. Rinse it in warm water that you gradually turn to cool water. Stop rinsing once the water runs clear and you no longer see dye coming off any part of the fabric. Finally, hang your item to dry. Be aware it might still drip some dye, so protect the surface under where it’s hanging.

Da Lat Station – The Oldest Train Station In Vietnam

With this ancient and unique architecture, Dalat Railway Station becomes a must-visit tourist destination in Da Lat, attracting thousands of visitors every month, especially on the peak of travel. , the station plaza was bustling with people checking-in and moving.

Visiting Da Lat station

Many international visitors were excited and excited when visiting Dalat train station , they shared their sense of the novelty in this architecture, and had an interesting impression when seeing a station with their own eyes. Her fantasy only exists in the movie.

History of Dalat Railway Station

Dalat train station was started construction in the early decade of the 20th century and until now, Da Lat station marked on the tourist map of Vietnam is an old station and in 2001 was awarded as National level architectural monuments.

As the most ancient station in Vietnam

Dalat Railway Station was designed by Mr. Moncet and chúng mìnhon, and the contractor, Vo Dinh Dung, assessed the construction cost of the project at that time was 200,000 France (in French currency). Dalat Railway Station has a railway line of 84km. Connecting between Phan Rang and Da Lat city.

The shape of the Dalat Railway Station resembles all that of Langbiang Mountain in majestic Dalat. The length of the station is 66.5m, the width is 11.4m. And the height of the station is 11m. These numbers can be shown. 

Dalat Railway Station is exactly the same as Mount Langbiang

Specifically, Da Lat station was completed in 1938 and the full name was Da Lat train station . Until now, local people still call this old station with the name Dalat old station.

Where is the Dalat train station? How to visit the train station?

As one of the famous tourist destinations in Dalat , coming to this foggy city, people will definitely search for Dalat station. Fortunately, the train station is located in the city center, so visiting here is quite convenient, does not take too much travel time.

Moving to Dalat station is quite easy

Dalat Railway Station is located on Quang Trung Street, Dalat. Belonging to ward 10 of Da Lat city with flowers in Lam Dong province. About 2.8 km from Dalat market, it only takes about 8 to 10 minutes by car to reach the Dalat station.

From Dalat market, you go straight through Ong Dao bridge, then meet the intersection, then turn left and go in the direction through Thuy Ta restaurant, go all the way to meet a fork, then go straight for about 200 meters Dalat Railway Station.

Visiting Da Lat station

Dalat Railway Station becomes a virtual living mecca

Ticket price to visit Da Lat station is quite cheap, only takes 5000 VND for an entrance ticket. Too cheap to have check-in pictures for a lifetime at this oldest building, right? Dalat Railway Station started to welcome the first tourists. At 7:30 a.m. daily and closes at 5 p.m.

The entrance ticket price of the station is only 5,000 VND

In recent years in Da Lat. This old station is always the top tourist destination. When tourists come to Da Lat city. As one of the top 10 tourist destinations in Da Lat that cannot be missed. This is a testimony of history. Stored for many years until today.

At Dalat Railway Station, there are many interesting things for you to explore:

This is the only old station that still preserves the ancient steam locomotive, along with the serrated track. These two treasures are only a few places in the world left. And the evidence in Da Lat city still remains most intact.

Ancient train tunnel

Next, this place is designed and built with a unique architecture, a delicate combination between oriental and hand-drawn architecture. Up to now, the work remains intact, and retains that uniqueness.

The station has a part protruding from the roof and the recessed part in the vertical direction, Da Lat station has 3 spiers pointing up, representing the highest mountain in the land of flowers.

The facade of the old Dalat Railway Station also had a very large clock face, used to record the time when a Yersin doctor found and discovered Da Lat.

In front of the station there is a large clock face

At Dalat station, there is a portrait painting service, if you want to keep memories with this old station, only 15 minutes, from 100 to 200k cost you have a very soulful portrait with the train station. This ancient.

There is a very unique cafe on the deck of the train station, this is considered a virtual living paradise for young people, if you have the opportunity to come here do not hesitate to order a cup of iced milk and chill!

Tour back to 5 ‘firsts’ of Da Lat station

The most unique station

The most beautiful train station

The only place with a steam locomotive in Vietnam

The highest station

Oldest building (currently our country has 2 old stations. That is Dalat station and Hai Phong station)

Dalat Railway Station appeared on the movie ‘Brilliant May’

Dalat Railway Station also frequently appears in the context of Vietnamese feature films, most recently the brilliant May movie, the scene in the 1980s built also marked the image of the train tracks. Or in the movie I will come with the rain, the image of Da Lat train tunnel appears both romantic and love, making the online community have the opportunity to hunt for certificates to check-in.

You have an appointment with Da Lat on this occasion, you must definitely visit the ancient building named Da Lat station ! See ancient, unique architecture and capture impressive shots.

Ảnh: Internet, Cường Khỉ

Đăng bởi: Hoàng Lưu

Từ khoá: Da Lat station – the oldest train station in Vietnam

Co To Island, Quang Ninh, Vietnam

The Northern Vietnam is more famous for its mountainous areas and modern cities. However, if you stay in Hanoi, and you are looking for a place with sandy beaches and clear blue sea water to relax or spend your limited summer vacation, Co To Island Quang Ninh province (near Halong Bay) would be the perfect place waiting for you: a rarely-seen stunning paradise within the busy cities.

I. Best Time to Visit Co To Island

Co To Island is reachable for the whole year, but the best time to visit is in Summer and Autumn (April to August). The temperature is about 30oC which is rather ideal for traveling.

During this time, you will be able to clearly see the islands, islets, caves, floating villages. And this time is the greatest time to enjoy swimming on beautiful beaches here. However, in summer, there would also be storms, so it is necessary to check the weather before planning your trip. During April and May, it’s sunny enough and fewer storms than other months.

II. Highlights of Co To island  1. Location

Co To island is the biggest island located within the archipelago of Co To Island District which is comfortably anchored in the area of the Gulf of Tonkin. To the northeast of Quang Ninh Province, Co To Island is the farthest island from the coast that has a residential area.

The island’s highest peak is around 170 meters, with an area of approximately 47 square kilometers, surrounded by 40-50 smaller islands which can only be accessed by boat.

2. Landscape

Consisting of a scattering of hills, much of the coastline on Co To island are rocky cliff faces. Arriving in Co To Island, you will be immersed in a truly heaven with smooth white sandy beaches and pure sea water along with gentle wind. The most fascinating feature is the white sand on Co To Island, which is rarely seen in Northern Vietnam.  Some slices of the mountains that contain sa huynh (golden sand) create a special beautiful mountain color. The golden sand color under the sunshine, by the blue of the sea and the white of the waves, creates a spectacular and amazing scene.

3. Daily Life III. What to Do in Co To Island? 1. Calm and Beautiful Beaches

There are 3 main beaches here in Co To Island which tourists visit the most: Tinh Yeu Beach, Hong Van Beach and Van Chai Beach. Among these, Van Chai seems to be the cleanest beach, while the other two sometimes get clogged with plastic. All beaches are often really calm, with clear blue sea and very smooth white sand stretches. Especially, the beautiful white sandy beaches here will immediately help you relax and unwind.

While walking and watching the scenery around the sea, you will find the bungalows that look really creative, friendly and close to nature. If you want to enjoy the gentle and fresh sea breeze, you can book a room in that house. With just an open window, you will be able to watch the sunrise and sunset everyday.

Standing in the vast sea and sky and enjoying the gentle, salty breeze, you will find yourself lost in this peaceful paradise. Here, you and your family or friends can participate in sports such as soccer, volleyball or simply cover yourself with sand,…. In addition, you can also bring camping gears to sleep overnight here a great experience for your exciting summer.

To experience more of the nature, you can go kayaking or scuba diving to watch the lovely, colorful fish weaving in the “forest seaweed” winding with the waves. The most romantic time at this beach is in the evening, in which you can enjoy a seafood feast with fresh squid, shrimp, fish or nail snails in the sound of the waves and under the shimmer the spirit of the delicately arranged lanterns.

2. “Photoshoot” material Places 2.1. Co To Lighthouse

Going to the east side of the archipelago, you will find the Co To lighthouse. The lighthouse was builts in the late 19th century, and it is one of 30 “night sea eyes” operating throughout the territorial waters of Vietnam.  It is located on top of a mountain, 5 kilometers far from the town. The lighthouse is located at an altitude of 100m above sea level, and next to the main light, there is also a smaller light.

Currently, the lighthouse has been invested in solar lighting with automatic and semi-automatic control systems. Thanks to the lighthouse, the people who lit the sea lamp no longer have to row the boat to light the sea lamp with kerosene like in the old days.

2.2. Cau My Cliff

Cau My Cliff is a romantic place and often visited by young couples. This is the best place where you can spot the sunrise on the island, as well as enjoy the crystal clear blue water. As a product of thousands of years of erosion, Cau My is a unique sight to behold on Co To.

Coming here, people would usually think that they were walking on Mars, because the water and the rock blend together creating a really interesting and distinctive scenery that only Cau My Cliff has: The layers of stone are visible in different colors. Stratified rocks, many colors and shapes make the whole area look like a vivid picture of the tectonic process of nature. In fact, Cau My Cliff is rated as the most magnificent point in the archipelago.

3. Motorbike Tour

The island is small enough for you to tour around, but big enough to surprise you. As the tourist service in Co To Island is developing, taxis are pretty scarce. Instead, it is better for you to rent a motorbike (or bicycle) and tour the island at your own speed, at an affordable price.

IV. What to Eat in Co To Island? 1. Nail-shaped shellfish (Con Móng Tay)

The reason why it’s called “nail-shaped” is because its body is slim and long, which looks like a finger. The dish offers you a sweet and crispy taste. You can find the nail-shaped shellfish all year round, but the season when it tastes the best is the early rainy season (May to June). The price of nail-shaped shellfish in local market is about: VND 140.000 – 180.000/kilograms

2. Jellyfish salad (Salad Sứa)

The period during February to April is when the off-shore water of Co To island brightens up at night, and this is an ideal time to catch jellyfish. Jellyfish salad is often crispy, juicy a combination of the sweet and spicy taste. After being processed and got through boiling water, jellyfish will be chopped into smaller pieces. Following, they will mix it with other ingredients such as herbs, papaya, chicken, lemon, etc. to make its flavor sour and sweet.

3. Grilled Oysters (Hàu Nướng)

Co To island is actually a suitable habitat for oysters to live. Therefore, the oysters here have an unique flavor of their own. A wide range of dishes can be made from oysters, however, grilled oyster is voted the best by locals and tourists. After being processed, oysters are mixed with a little oil, and then grilled. When the oyster turns yellow, the chef will add some scallions and peanuts to it. In some places, they also put cheese in the oyster to fit the appetizer of foreign tourists. It is important that you be careful to avoid overcooking, as it will harm the oyster’s flavor and texture.

4. Be Be Mantis Shrimp (Bề Bề)

Be Be is a kind of special shrimp, or “mantis shrimp” in some places. It is a bit bigger than a normal shrimp, with tough and sweet meat. A few famous dishes made from Be Be is “Be Be steamed with beer” and “salty fried Be Be”. When trying steamed Be Be, you can add some salt, lemon juice and mustard to make the flavor more delicious. In addition, Be Be is also an  amazing ingredient used in the noodle broth. Be Be can be found during the whole year and it is not expensive at all. You can buy dried Be Be as a gift for your family.

5. 1-day Dried Squids (Mực Một Nắng)

source: Cô Ba Bình Dương

In Co To island, the Squids season is from April to July. After being caught, the flesh squids will be processed properly, and then dried under the sun for the whole day. One thing special is that, the environment in Co To actually makes these dried squids unique, with a sweet taste, tough but soft feeling.

V. How to Get to Co To Island?

From Hanoi, you’ll have to go through 2 stages:

Stage 1: From Hanoi Cai Rong port: The distance is more than 200km, travel time is 4-5 hours.

Stage 2: From Cai Rong Port Co To Island: Distance is about 50km, travel time is from 1.5 to 2 hours.

1) Hanoi Cai Rong port 1.1. By Bus

From My Dinh bus station (you can take a taxi here first), bus trips to Cam Pha and Cua Ong are frequent, you only have to wait for 15-30 minutes for a new bus to come. The best buses are Kumho Viet Thanh and Hoang Long (new 45-seat car) or other options such as Phuc Xuyen, Viet Thanh, Duc Phuc (24-seater car). Time from Hanoi to Cua Ong is about 4 hours, the fare is from 120,000 VND 150,000 VND / time / per person (~$8).

If you stop at Van Don intersection, take a local bus labeled “Cai Rong” to go to Van Don post office. From this location, it is only about 1.5km to reach Cai Rong port; you can walk to the port yourself.

If the bus arrives at Cam Pha bus station, it would be about 20km far from Cai Rong port. You can then call a taxi to get there, the price will stay around 250.000VND (~$11).

1.2. By car

To be more flexible, you can take the Limousine Car directly from Hanoi to Cai Rong port. The price is about 180,000 VND 280,000 VND/turn per person. Some good Limousine brands here are: Co To Limousine, Hoang Phuong Limousine … You can check out their website and call them directly to book a seat.

2) Cai Rong Port Co To Island

There are two means to move to Co To Island for you to choose: speed boat or wooden boat. The high-speed train shortens the time while the wooden train is suitable to save money, and this is also an opportunity to admire the beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay scenery.

2.1. High speed train

90 minutes/trip

Ticket prices: 180.0000-200.000 VND / time / person

Specific train hours:

Van Don Co To: departs during 6AM to 4:30PM (schedule varies according to different train lines)

Co To Van Don: departs during 5:30AM, to 4:30PM (schedule varies according to different train lines)

Some Co To high-speed train lines:

Havaco (Cai Rong: 0964 655 818 Co To: 0983 500 518)

Quang Minh (0203 3793 793 0973 755 222 0984 727 333)

Manh Quang (0985 669 276 0985 351 833)

Hoang Vy (0203 3877 889 0913 072 072 0975 877 889)

Phuc Thinh (0203 6568686)

2.2. Wooden train

Departure schedule:

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 2 trips/day (departs at 6:30AM and 1:30PM)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1 trip/day, departs in the morning at 6:30AM

Price: 95.000 110,000 VND / time / person

Travel time: 150 minutes

Some wooden trains go to Co To:

Minh Dat (0978 121 376)

Minh Ngoc (0987 986 800 0986 123 965) …

IV. Extra Tips

Covering an area of 50km2 or so, Co To island is rather small, so you can reach the nearest and the major beach on foot. To go further, rent a scooter/motorcycle or bicycle right in your guest house/hotel. There is also a small petrol station outside the city port for you to charge the fuel.

If you stay in large hotels, they also serve some small open minibuses that take you to the hotel and the beach with a small fee.

Google Maps is applicable for moving (especially by motorbike) on the island. Though there will be some unmaintained mini paths, overall, using a motorbike to move on the island is the best option.

Đăng bởi: Hiệp Nguyễn Công

Từ khoá: Co To Island, Quang Ninh, Vietnam

How To Recolor Anything On Gimp (With Pictures)

1Open GIMP on your computer. The GIMP icon looks like a cartoon animal with a paintbrush in its mouth. You can find it on your Start menu on Windows or in the Applications folder on Mac.

2Select the File tab on the top-left. This button is either on the tab bar at the top of the app window (PC) or on the menu bar at the top of your screen (Mac). It will open your file options.Advertisement

3Select Transparency next to “Fill with.” In the “Create a New Layer” pop-up, make sure the “Transparency” option is selected as the layer fill at the bottom.

In some versions of GIMP, you may see “Layer Fill Type” instead of “Fill with.”

If you have a “Layer Type” option, you can set it to “Normal.”


3Select the outline of the area you want to recolor. Use the Free Select (Lasso) tool with your mouse, and draw an outline around the area to recolor.

Make sure the new, transparent layer is selected on the right-hand side, and not the original picture.

When you finish the outline, you’ll see dashed lines around your selection.

6Select the color you want to use. You can select any color in the color selector pop-up.

9Select Color in the Mode drop-down. This will change your transparent layer’s mode to a “Color” layer, and change the color of the selected area in your original picture.

10Select the Eraser tool in the toolkit. This button looks like a rectangle eraser icon in the toolkit section on the top-left.

11Erase the extra color around the recolored area. You can use the Eraser tool to manually trim the edges, and remove the extra recolor around your selection.

Recoloring with the Paintbrush

1Create a new, transparent layer. Follow the steps in the Part 2 above to create a new, transparent layer on top of your image with no fill.

Make sure that this is a separate layer than the “Color Mode” layer you may use with the Bucket Fill tool above.

2Select the “Paintbrush” tool in the toolkit. This button looks like a paintbrush icon in the toolkit on the top-left of the app window.

This tool will allow you to manually paint new colors on the pictures.

Optionally, you can adjust your paintbrush stroke’s size, angle, hardness and other attributes on the bottom-left section.

4Select the color you want to use on your paintbrush. You can select any color in the color selector pop-up or enter RGB/HTML values to pick an exact color.

6Select Hue in the Mode drop-down. This will allow you to change the color hue of the areas you paint with your paintbrush.

7Paint on the picture to recolor anything. You can use your mouse to paint on the picture, and change the color hue of any part of the image.

You should be painting on the transparent “Hue” layer, and not the original picture.

Exporting the Image

4Select Export As on the File menu. This will open a new dialogue box, and allow you to save your new image to your computer as a separate file.

7Select an image format for your new image. You can select a common image format like JPEG, TIFF, or PNG here.

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