Quan Lan Island in Quang Ninh lures with its pristine beauty, white sandy beaches and clear blue water.

Quan Lan Island belongs to Bai Tu Long Bay, 45 km to northeast of Halong, stretching on a total area of 11 square kilometers with eight populated hamlets, from Van Don mountains to Giot Mountain.

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Quan Lan Beaches

Quan Lan has 3 amazing beaches: Quan Lan Beach, Son Hao Beach and Minh Chau Beach. All these beaches are quite more pristine than other beaches near Halong Bay because of sparse inhabitants. Quan Lan Beach is the most beautiful and closest to the pier. Go further into the island another 4km you will reach Son Hao and another 10km is Minh Chau beach.

In general, the beaches have clear blue water. The smooth waves are suitable for surfing. Its pristine beauty exemplifies the unspoiled environment of the area. Many Vietnamese couples choose these fantastic beaches to take wedding photo album. Don’t forget to admire the breathtaking view from the lighthouse, especially much more amazing in the sunrise and sunset.

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the pristine of Minh Chau Beach Travel tips for exploring the pristine Quan Lan Island

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Wedding photoes in Quan Lan Island

Some kinds of water-sports are available including kayaks. Behind the beach is a stand of green wild pines, which further add to unique charm of this spot. The water temperatures are a bit chilly between January and April.

Food

There are lots of cheap eateries for beer and seafood. Actually, the sea is a rich source of high quality seafood such as squids, octopuses, butterfish, mackerel, holothurian, prawn, sea cucumber…

Food can be more expensive than the mainland. In Quan Lan village, a noodle or rice noodle is only around 25,000 – 50,000 dong. Seafood dishes are in a range of 60,000 – 200,000 dong. However, food in Minh Chau is more expensive, around 100,000 – 250,000 dong. There is western, particularly French, food available at Le Pont hotel.

Some menus include the prices but some others don’t have. It would be wise to ask before ordering anything.
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The breathtaking view at the sunset

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Accommodation

The population is not dense, accommodation has been slowly emerging. You can choose small hostels, guesthouses and home-stays at price from $7-$20/room/night.

How to get there

From Hanoi, take a bus in Luong Yen station, My Dinh station or Drive to Van Don about 200km, it takes about 4 hours and a half, the getting to Cai Rong port-2km from Van Don Post office.

Common boats are at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. every day in Quan Lan and Van Don. The price is at 60,000 VND/guest/turn. It takes 150 minutes to Quan Lan port.

Speed boats are at 7 a.m., 1 p.m. in Quan Lan Island and 8 a.m., 2 p.m. in Van Don every day at 120,000 VND/guest/turn. It takes 45 minutes to Quan Lan port.

From Quan Lan port you can take a Tuk tuk to Quan Lan center just 10 minutes (3km). The Tuk tuk price is 15,000 VND/guest and you can share the Tuk tuk with others. It is the best way to view Bai Tu Long bay.

If you go from Hanoi by bus or by car to Halong city, it takes 4 hours. From Halong port: speed boat, only one at 7 a.m. in Quan Lan Island and 2 p.m. in Halong city every day. It takes 90 minutes from Halong city to Quan Lan port. The price is about 150,000 VND/guest/turn.

How to get around

Quan Lan remains a less motorized island than any others in Halong Bay area. To get around, you should rent bicycles (US$4 per day) and motorcycles (US$6 per day) or take a tuktuk (available for booking from most hostels).

There’s no ATM on Quan Lan Island, so come with cash.

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