Co To is a beautiful island, one of the most popular destinations in Quang Ninh other than the world-famous Halong Bay. This island attracts thousands of tourists every year for its pristine landscape, friendly locals, variety of fun activities, and unspoiled beaches. While coming to visit Halong Bay, it is also a good idea to drop by Co To Island for a more memorable holiday.
Co To consists of 50 small and large islands in Co To Town, Quang Ninh province. Many visitors come from Hanoi to visit Co To, so generally, there are two main steps: Getting to Cai Rong port and transferring via boat to Co To Island.
Getting to Cai Rong Port
The distance between Cai Rong Port in Van Don, Quang Ninh is about 202 kilometers via the Hanoi - Halong Highway and National Road 18. If you are going by taxi or private car, this route will take less than 3 hours.
Another common way to get to Cai Rong Port is by taking the bus from My Dinh or Luong Yen bus terminal. Ticket prices range from 150,000 VND to 200,000 VND but note that this journey will not take you directly to Cai Rong Port. You will have to take a taxi or walk to Cai Rong Port, depending on your arrival point.
Going by boat to Co To Island
Boats run daily from Cai Rong Port to Co To island during certain times of the day. Below, you can find detailed information to choose the best option.
Speedboat to Co To Island
Wooden boat to Co To Island
|Duration||90 minutes||2.5 hours or more|
|Frequency||3 times a day||2 times a day (7 AM and 1 PM)|
|Price||250,000 VND per person||95.000 VND to 110.000 VND per person|
|Features||There are several boat providers with different departure times, so make sure to contact them in advance and arrive on time for your ride.||This option is for those on a budget and would like to enjoy the seascape. The wooden boat is considerably slower, so it is recommended for tourists with some extra time.|
In general, the speedboat is more common among visitors. There are different companies to choose from regardless of your boat choice.
Beautiful Co To Island
Like other tourist destinations, there are a variety of accommodation options for each kind of traveler. You can find homestays that stay close to nature, resorts, and budget hotels on the island.
As a developed tourism area, visitors have many options to choose from, like lounging on the picturesque beach, explore off-the-beaten-track romantic cycling paths, participate in beach activities and visit historical sites. When the night falls, you can continue your holiday activities by trying squid fishing with locals.
Cau My Rocks
Hong Van Beach
Van Chai Beach
As a beach destination, seafood is a must-try in Co To. Enjoy a variety of local dishes made by different seafood kinds in the restaurants. One thing to keep in mind is to visit a reliable restaurant and ask for the dish's price in advance to avoid any overpriced charges for tourists.
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