Discover the Hidden Gem of Ha Long Bay: Ti Top Island

Arriving at Ti Top island (Quang Ninh province), tourist would feel a lingering sensation like just finish a tour to a massive art museum created by the Mother Nature.

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Ti Top Island is located in Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province, about 7-8 km southeast of Bai Chay tourist port. In the late 19th century, the island was called Cat Nang. Photo: Petrotimes

Located in the heart of Halong Bay, which is only 8 kilometers the Southeast of Bai Chay Harbor, Ti Top Island is regarded as one of the most attractive site for both international and domestic tourists to Halong.

Photo: Petrotimes
Photo: Petrotimes

The name Ti Top is named by President Ho Chi Minh, after the Russian astronaut Gherman Titov on the occasion of his first visit to Halong Bay in 1962.

In the early years, the island was less known and called the “Graveyard” island. The name was in memorial of the death of a French cargo ship crew, who faced disaster nearby and buried on the island.

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Ti Top Island bears the imprint of the friendship between Vietnam and the former Soviet Union as well as the Russian Federation today. Photo: Petrotimes

At the foot of the island is a moon-shaped beach embracing the island, small but very airy and quiet, the water is clear and blue in four seasons.

Photo: Amazinghalongbay
Photo: Amazinghalongbay

Thanks to daily tidal wave rise, the sand is “washed” to white, lying next to nice emerald green sea water. Photo-generic views are everywhere for your Instagram tour. You can try kayak riding, parachute jumping, and other water activities to enjoy the beach.

The beach welcomes tourists with bars, rental services of swimsuits, swimming buoys, fresh water bathing. You can also enjoy popular water sports like water motorbikes, parachutes.

Photo: Indochine
Photo: Indochine

Unlike 2,000 other tourism spots in Halong, Ti Top does not only have beautiful nature view but also owns a fabulous sandy beach called Ti Top beach or Vang Trang beach (means the Moon beach, because the beach looks like a sandymoon hanging onto the island mountain).

If you have only seen one picture of Halong bay, it is more likely taken from the crest of Ti Top island. Don’t wonder why there are thousands of tourists visit Ti Top island everyday. It is the highlight of entire Halong bay cruise experience and you will find out valid reasons for yours to come.

Cruise ships often stop here for tourists to come ashore to swim or climb up all the way to the top of the mountain to enjoy the view from above.

If you are active enough, you are definitely supposed to climb to the top of Ti Top mountain, the only barrier is the 400-step stair. No matter how tired you are from the stair, the high view will undoubtedly take your breath away. Widening your eyesight from the top, you would feel small, lost between the immersive lake and view. Being a part of nature, isn’t it the coolest part of trekking?

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The observatory on the top of the mountain where you can enjoy the panoramic view of this beautiful island. Photo: Petrotimes

The observatory on the top of the mountain to enjoy the panoramic view of this beautiful island, and capture the breathtaking natural picture of Ha Long Bay. Looking down from above, you will feel the peaceful, quiet, and charming beauty of the landscape here. It is certainly an unforgettable experience when visitors arrive on Ti Top Island.

So you get the option to swim at the beach or hike to the top of the island. The things you need to know is when you are on a day trip package, your time is limited to only one hour. If you are traveling in a private cruise or an overnight cruise, you will enjoy longer. Bathing in the sun and the wind, watching the charming scenery and enjoying the fresh and nutritious specialties in Ti Top, there is nothing else compares.

Photo: Tati
Photo: Tati
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