The best time to visit Co To Island is in summer, from April to September with total cost of about VND 1,200,000 / person.
|The beautiful Co To Island|
Co To Island is situated in Quang Ninh province, about three hours travelling by ship from Cai Rong harbor. In recent rive years, the island has become the favorite place of young people in the summers with activities in the sea and night camping. Co To Island still has many wild features, the beaches with clear water, fine sand, and undeveloped tourists services.
From Hanoi, tourists can travel by passenger cars to Cam Pha, Cua Ong at My Dinh and Luong Yen bus stations. The price is about 200,000 VND/ ticket and it will take 4 hours. From here, you should catch the bus to go to Cai Rong port, then stay overnight in a hostel near the port so that you will be punctual for the early boat to Co to Island.
|High- speed ship takes visitors from Cai Rong port to Co To Island|
There are two types of ships going to the island: High- speed ship departs at 1 pm every day of the week, each departure takes 90 minutes and costs about 135,000 VND /turn/ person. Another king of ship is timber ship which departs daily at 6:30 am from the harbor to the island and returns at 1 pm in about 3 hours.
Commuting on the island: Motorcycle renting cost VND 200,000/day, bike, motorcycle taxi, or taxi.
Places to eat
On the island, there is not many service available; therefore, to have enough food for, you should book in advance or bring extra food from the mainland. Morning markets located near the residential area of town, so you can go shopping for more foods for the meals. Uy Thanh Restaurant is one of the restaurants that have good services and cheap price on the island.
|Seafood market on Co To Island|
In the evening, there are sea-food stalls along the coast with he reasonable price.
On the island, there are not many motels, mostly because the people build themselves and there are only simple equipment. Coto District Party Committee Guest House provides accommodation with the price of over 200,000 / room. Co To Lodge Hotel costs around VND 500,000/double room. The other hostels’ prices are mostly over 200,000/ room.
Note: The electricity grid on Co To Island is not very developed; therefore, so far, the electricity has been cut off after 11pm. The hostels have only a fan and no air conditionings.
Places to visit
Bac Van Beach is located near the entrance to the island, from the wharf, visitor can see this almost 15km- long beach spreading to the end of the island. The beach has big wave and has a very beautiful road with casuarinas along two sides.
|Bac Van beach|
|The pristine and romantic beauty of Hong Van beach|
Van Chai beach is situated in the end of the island. This is the most beautiful place to see the sunset; however, tourists also remember to come back when the moon rises, the tide is low which exposes a flat sand stretching endlessly.
Co To Island’s Lighthouse is located on an altitude of more than one hundred meters above sea level. When visiting the lighthouse, tourists have to ask the post chief for his permission to climb up the lighthouse.
|Co To Island’s Lighthouse|
Little Co To, a small islands located about half an hour traveling by boat from Co To Island. To reach the island, visitors have to book the ship in advance. Boats to the island depart in the morning and return in the course of the day. This is an uninhabited island, there is also no fresh water on the island, so if planning to go for a picnic here, you have to prepare enough food, drink, and necessary items.
- The food on the island is not rich and various; therefore, if you take a trip in large groups, you should by foods to bring with you. Seafood can be purchased in Co To market.
- In the Evening, there are a lot of mosquitoes in the beaches, remember to bring mosquito net and mosquito repellent to avoid being bitten
- The weather is quite cold at night on the island, be sure to bring a warm jacket.
- If camping on the beach, you should choose a place where is sheltered from the wind and remember to bring a torch.
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