This is an ultimate Thanh Lan island travel guide provided by Hanoi Eco Tour with everything you need to know about traveling Thanh Lan island, Coto Dist from top things to do, best time to see, getting around, how to get there and so on
Coto island is a well-known travel destination in Quang Ninh province, near Halong bay in Northeastern Vietnam. Just beyond Coto island, is the hidden travel gem, Thanh Lan Island.
If you want to learn more about local living, explore a deserted beach, discover the unexplored area,s and trek through the tropical forest, Thanh Lan island is the perfect choice for to get off the beaten path.
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The weather in Coto island and Thanh Lan island is pretty much the same. From May to August, the ocean color is at its best, providing great opportunities for outdoor activities like swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and so on. Be wary of high temperatures over 30 degree Celsius. If possible, avoid traveling over the weekend to sidestep the many Vietnamese tourists. Also be aware of typhoon season, from late June to late September. Please check the weather forecast before traveling.
From September to December local fishermen go off-shore for night squid fishing. A great chance to enjoy an authentic, hands-on fishing experience!
There are several companies that offer limousine cars, which allow for a faster and more comfortable trip. The drive is about 3.5 hours on a new Express way to get to Van Don.
A personal car won’t pick up passengers along the way like other local bus companies. Van Don Xanh, Tam Bao Anh, and Hoang Phu limousine are all good choices. Van Don Xanh and Tam Bao Anh also offer drop-off service in Cai Rong port. Please ask your hotel’s staff to arrange the car service for you to avoid any issues with language barriers.
The rate is $10 to $12 USD depending on which seats you are taking.
Viet Kite Travel is a good choice for more budget conscious– they offer seats on a sleeping bus, which helps you save time and money.
Vexere is a good online ticket booking platform with an English page.
This is the only way to reach Thanh Lan Island from Cai Rong port. You can take a wooden boat to Coto Island and stay a night there, then take a local boat to Thanh Lan Island the following day.
Duration : 90 minutes
Ticket rate : 230.000VND ($10 USD)
Schedule : 13.00pm from Van Don port
The best way is to contact your accommodation for a FREE pick up by a tuk tuk.
There is no direct speed boat from Halong city to the island. The best way is to take a private transfer or local bus to Cai Rong port. If you are taking a halong bay cruise, a private car or taxi (which costs around $50) to Cai Rong port is best for convenience. Then take a speed boat to the island.
From Ninh Binh bus station, take any bus to Cam Pha or Mong Cai. Be sure to purchase tickets from the ticket booth to avoid potential scams. Get off the bus at Cam Pha, and take a 20 km taxi ride to get to Cai Rong port. A private car or taxi from Ninh Binh to Cai Rong port is $140 per trip. A private transfer may be more cost-effective if you are in a group of 4 or more people.
There is are limited choices for accommodation on Thanh Lan island— just a few motels and guest houses. These are simple accommodations with clean rooms, hot running showers, and air conditioning. The room rate ranges from $20 to $25 USD.
Quoc Tam Guest house ; phone no : 02036291685, Van Anh guest house. Little Sweet Thing home (Book on Airbnb)
It’s hard to find a proper restaurant with Western tourist standards. I recommend to enjoy your meal with the local family. The food is nice, fresh, and affordable. I do recommend trying seafood which is a local specialty on this beautiful island.
On the other hand, there are several cafes on the island where you can enjoy a yummy cup of Vietnamese coffee.
Check it out the best things to do in Thanh Lan island
All beaches in Thanh Lan island are beautiful and sparsely populated, with white sand beaches, clean crystal clear water, and gentle waves
Trek through a pristine forest and see locals working along the way. You can also see a fresh water lake which used to supply fresh water for the island along the trekking route.
To catch the dawn, wake up early in the morning to hike up the hill. There is a panoramic view of the water, forest, and beaches. Consider going with a local guide to be sure you find your way.
Located in the forest in Thanh Lan, the stream of love is a bit of a trek, but once you arrive you won’t want to leave. Fresh air, tranquility, the gentle sounds of the stream and singing birds will make you feel like you are in paradise on earth.
Yes, take a wooden boat to travel across Coto island.
Schedule : From Thanh Lan island : 6.30am, 8.30am, 12.30pm, 16.00pm
From Coto island : 7.00am, 11.00am, 15.30pm
The rate is 30.000VND per way
Duration : 20 minutes
The island is 27 square kilometers. It is 4 kilometers from Coto island by sea, which hosts 2000 hectares of primitive forest.
1500 inhabitants are living on the island. There are quite a few minority ethnic group, such as San Diu and Hoa. But Viet(Kinh) makes up the majority of the population.
Fishing, tourism, and forestry
Yes. there is a military camp. It is in a strategic location to protect the Northern East sea of Vietnam.
Van Don is the closest airport, which is 4 miles away from Cai Rong port. There are flights from Central and Southern Vietnam to get there.
These are top Thanh Lan island photos taken by a local living on the island
If you are seeking for deserted beaches, fresh air and a place to relax and unwind but less touristy, Thanh Lan island is the right choice. You are connected to the local community by staying with a local family in their home, cooking, sleeping and eating with them, which makes a unique experience.
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