Van Don Island (Dao Cai Bau)

Van Don is an archipelago around the east and northeast in Bai Tu Long Bay, but is located in the east and southeast of Quang Ninh province. It consists of 600 islands. Its population of 23,000 people belong to the Kinh, San Diu, Dao, Tay, Hoa, Muong and who are living in 20 large and small islands, including the Cai Bau, Quan Lan, Ngoc Vung, Ban Sen...Cai Bau island's the largest,its area is about a half of the land area of the Van Don district.
Van Don Island (Dao Cai Bau)

Van Don Island have many nice limestone islands and caves to connect with Halong Bay - the World Heritage. The outside island commune is adjact to Halong Bay (Van Hai islands) .There are many beautiful beaches, delicious seafood, fresh air and the historical culture that has great potential for economic development services tourism.

Visitors to Van Don Island can see lovely white-sand beaches with clear blue water, the Van mountain at the height of 445 metres o­n Ban Sen islet and the Bai Tu Long national park o­n Ba Mun island. The national park boasts a primeval forest with precious trees like erythrophleum fordii, burrettiodendrom hsienmu, madhuca pasquieri, vatica tonkinensis and podocarpus fleuryi, and wild animals such as wild boars, monkeys, nemorrhides, gibbons, varans, eagles, squirrels and deers.

Cai Rong (pronounced Cai Zong) is the main town on the island, which is about 30km in length and 15km across at the wides point. Bai Dai (Long Beach) runs along much of the southern side of the island and is hard-packed sand with some mangroves. Just offshore, almost touching distance away, there are stunning rock formations similar to those in Halong Bay.

Van Don Island is linked to the mainland at Cua Ong by bridge and frequent buses come in from Halong City to Cai Rong in about 90 minutes. Tourists can also get to Van Don Island by high-speed hydrofoil from Halong City in an hour. Noi Bai International Airport at Hanoi is the closest to the island and is linked to Cai Rong by highways 2, 18 and 304 with a journey time of about 4 hours.