Quan Lan is an island located in Bai Tu Long Bay, Quang Ninh province. This pristine island attracts visitors for its picturesque beaches, swimming festival, and abundance of natural resources.
Quan Lan consists of two villages: Quan Lan village and Minh Chau village, about 10 kilometers from each other. Quan Lan Island has drawn in more and more tourists, but its beauty remains pristine among beach destinations in Vietnam.
Quan Lan is situated quite far from the mainland in the Bai Tu Long Bay area, so tourists must get on a boat to transfer to the island. The boats will depart from Hon Gai port and Cai Rong port.
Overall, getting to Quan Lan includes two main steps: Going to Quang Ninh province and transferring to the island from the port.
Getting to Van Don, Quang Ninh province
There are a variety of transportation options to get from Hanoi to Van Don, Quang Ninh province. Buses and private transfer services are easily accessible and popular for tourists. This route usually takes less than 3 hours (202 kilometers) via Hanoi - Halong Highway and National Road 18.
Additionally, you can fly directly from Ho Chi Minh City Airport (Tan Son Nhat International Airport) to Van Don Airport for 2 hours. The distance between Van Don Airport and Cai Rong Port is only 8km, so you can easily transfer to Quan Lan island.
Transferring to Quan Lan Island
Nowadays, different companies provide daily boat services from Cai Rong Port and Hon Gai Port to Quan Lan Island. The boat usually rides at certain times, so it is crucial to check which time suits your schedule and the arrival point in Quan Lan.
A speedboat from Cai Rong Port:
From Cai Rong port, it takes 45 minutes to 1 hour by speedboat to get to the island.
Boat rides provided by different companies are available at certain times throughout the day to meet the needs of tourists. However, during peak times with many visitors to Quan Lan, it is advisable to arrive about 30 minutes early to ensure you do not miss the boat.
A speedboat from Hon Gai Port:
There is also the wooden boat from Hon Gai port which will take tourists through Bai Tu Long Bay. However, this option is suitable for those who are already in Halong Bay to travel and have some free time to spare. The prices will be considerably cheaper at 80,000 VND, but the ride will take 2.5 hours.
To get around Quan Lan island, the most common means of transport is tuk-tuk, which can hold up to 10 people. A ride typically costs 100,000 VND, so it is a convenient and cost-sharing choice for tourists.
As Quan Lan is a developed tourism area, there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from. One of the most important factors to decide is your hotel location. As Quan Lan consists of two villages, Minh Chau and Quan Lan, you should research in advance where you prefer staying to save transportation expenses.
With that said, Minh Chau village seems to be the more popular area, with guest houses, homestays, budget hotels, and resorts.
Some adventurous tourists like to set up a tent on the beach to spend the night.
Minh Chau Beach
Minh Chau Beach is the most popular beach for tourists coming to Quan Lan because of its smooth white sand and clear blue water. You can enjoy many fun activities on the beach while admiring the natural scenery. Besides, there are beautiful forests near Minh Chau Beach left for exploration. At night, those who would love to participate in squid fishing can catch a night fisherman's boat to experience with the locals.
Quan Lan Beach
Quan Lan Beach highlight is the peacefulness and dreamy beauty. As many local houses are nearby, this beach is not the top choice when it comes to being an attractive spot for tourists. However, Quan Lan Beach is a suitable place to visit on weekend holidays away from the city and enjoy the fresh air.
Son Hao Beach
Son Hao Beach, with its charming landscape and a myriad of water activities, attracts many tourists. This beach stretches over a large area, including a forest. Visitors coming to Son Hao Beach have the whole day to emerge themselves in the clear water, admire the scenic seascape, take a walk along the coast, and try their hands at fishing with locals.
Eo Gio provides an amazing view of the sea. It is a great destination for enthusiastic hikers to enjoy the whole scene of the pristine and majestic Quan Lan island. Eo Gio is also one of the most picturesque spots to watch the sunset, so do not miss this opportunity.
Seafood is a must-try dish for tourists in Quan Lan. This island is home to many unique kinds of seafood, such as ‘sa sung’, ‘cau gai’, ‘tu hai’, or cu ky crab. Even though there are not many restaurants to choose from, you can still try local dishes made in various ways in some places, such as Cat Trang Restaurant in Minh Chau Village and Minh Chau Trang Dinh Restaurant.
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