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Tuan Chau Island is in the south-west of Halong Bay and is connected by both land and sea to Halong City. The island has strongly impressed both domestic and foreign tourists with a beauty of soft white sand and crystal-clear blue waters as well as a wide selection of top-notch amenities and exhilarating entertainment activities. Tuan Chau Island has become an unmissable destination when visiting Halong Bay.

1. About Tuan Chau Island

Tuan Chau Island covers an area of about 2,2 km2. As a tourist hub, the island offers a wide array of amenities, accommodations and recreational activities.

Surrounded by emerald water, the island boasts two beautiful beaches, a modern and spacious Tuan Chau Harbor and magnificent hilltop views. The nature’s beauty, biodiversity and time-honored history make this charming island an idyllic nature getaway from the urban bustle.

2. How To Get There From Hanoi

If you go from Hanoi or other neighboring provinces, you can get to Tuan Chau Island by bus, private car/taxi, motorbike or train:

– By bus: It normally takes two and a half hours to move from My Dinh or Giap Bat coach station Hanoi to Tuan Chau. The ticket costs 180,000-250,000 VND/person. In addition, you can also use DCar Limousine Service Hanoi – Tuan Chau – Hanoi service of Hoang Phu Transport with the price from 220,000-270,000 VND/person/1 way.

– By car/taxi: There are private luxury cars/taxis from Hanoi to Tuan Chau Island. Travel by private car/taxi from Hanoi to Tuan Chau can take about 2,5-3,5 hours. Price of taxi (7-9 passengers, van or minivan) is about $70-180/car.

– By motorbike: This means of transport is ideal for adventurous expats. If you depart from Hanoi, follow Highway 5 (through Hai Duong) or National Highway 1A (through Bac Ninh) to get to Tuan Chau Island. Remember to bring a map along or carefully follow the map on smartphone instruction in order not to get lost.

– By train: This is the safest way to reach Tuan Chau Island. A Halong Express train ticket at Gia Lam station costs about 120,000 VND/person. However, the ticket price for foreign tourists is more expensive than domestic ones (250,000 – 300,000 VND/person).

3. Weather In Tuan Chau Island

3.1 – Spring (January, February, March)

  • Cold, sunny
  • Temperature: 14°-23°, Rainy days/month: 4-7 days
  • This is a good time for cruise and religious tourism

3.2 – Summer (April, May, June)

  • Hot, sunny
  • Temperature: 21°-35°, Rainy days/month: 7-9 days
  • Peak domestic tourist season

3.3 – Autumn (July, August, September)

  • Mostly sunny, chances of thunder storms
  • Temperature: 26°-38°, Rainy days/month: 9-12 days
  • Shower tourist seasons (moderate international arrivals)

3.4 – Winter (October, November, December)

  • Cold, not suitable for swimming
  • Temperature: 22°-29°, Rainy days/month: 3-4 days
  • Peak tourist seasons, room prices are higher during this time (high international arrivals)

4. Things To Do

There are lots of things to do for visitors on Tuan Chau Island. The island is an ideal place to take a hike or trek with quite mountainous and hilly to take in the island’s natural beauty. There are some idyllic beaches for those who like to relax and catch some sunlight. Some water sports such us jet-skiing, windsurfing, fishing, and boating are all activities that are readily available on Tuan Chau Island.

Top 2 destinations in Tuan Chau Island

  • Tuan Chau Beaches: Opening time – 24/24 | Entrance fee – Free
  • Tuan Chau Park: Opening time – 08-22:00 (Daily) | Entrance fee – 350,000 VND/person (Free for children under 1 meter).

5. Recommended Itinerary

  • Day 1: Hanoi – Tuan Chau island – Stay in hotel in Tuan Chau (Paradise Suites, La Paz Resort Tuan Chau, Moon Bay Halong Hotel…) and enjoy shows at Tuan Chau Park. Overnight in Tuan Chau.
  • Day 2: Halong bay cruising on overnight cruises. Overnight on board.
  • Day 3: Finish cruise trip about 12:00 PM and drive back to Hanoi