Islands

Tuan Chau Island: The Complete Guide

Tuan Chau Island is in the south-west of Halong Bay and is connected by both land and sea to Halong City.

Tuan Chau Island: The Complete Guide

IN A NUTSHELL
  • The whole area of this island is about 220 hectare (2,2 square kilometers), which consists of multiple sloping hills.
  • Two beaches on the island are artificial, stretching over 2 kilometers long with white smooth sand and yellow sunshine the whole summer.
  • The island is wonderfully rich in archaeological history and remains of the occupants who lived in the area about 3,500-5000 years ago, was found there.
  • Many tourist cruise ships sail from Tuan Chau tourist pier including Paradise cruises, Aphrodite cruises, Pelican cruises, Glory cruises.
  • The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour was held in Tuan Chau Island in May 2019.

How to get there

How to get there Tuan Chau island is about 1.86 km from the mainland (Google maps)

Location

Getting to Tuan Chau from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. (See Bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay)

Transport ModesDurationAvg Price
Hanoi to Tuan Chau (160 kilimeters)
Public bus3-4 hrs230,000-400,000 VND
Car2-2.5 hrs300,000-400,000 VND
Motorbike3-5 hrs100,000-150,000 VND
Train (Overnight)5-7 hrs70,000-120,000 VND
Ho Chi Minh City to Tuan Chau (1820 kilimeters)
Public bus35-45 hrs800,000-1,000,000 VND
Train25-35 hrs800,000-900,000 VND
Flight2-3 hrs1,000,000-3,000,000 VND

Weather & climate

Weather & climate Tuan Chau pier on a cold and foggy winter morning (December)

Like any other parts in northern region of Vietnam, Tuan Chau island has four distinctive seasons: Spring (Jan-March), Summer (Apr-Jun), Autumn (Jul-Sept) and Winter (Oct-Dec). Please see our table below for the yearly weather averages.

SeasonMonthsWeather information
SpringJanuary, February, March
  • Cold, sunny
  • Temperature: 14°-23°, Rainy days/month: 4-7 days
  • This is a good time for cruise and religious tourism
SummerApril, May, June
  • Hot, sunny
  • Temperature: 21°-35°, Rainy days/month: 7-9 days
  • Peak domestic tourist season

Autumn
July, August, September
  • Mostly sunny, chances of thunder storms
  • Temperature: 26°-38°, Rainy days/month: 9-12 days
  • Shower tourist seasons (moderate international arrivals)

Winter
October, November, December
  • Cold, not suitable for swimming
  • Temperature: 22°-29°, Rainy days/month: 3-4 days
  • Peak tourist seasons, room prices are higher during this time (high international arrivals)

See & do

See & do Cruise Boats in Halong Bay

There are lots of things to do for visitors on Tuan Chau Island. The island itself is quite mountainous and hilly and so it’s an ideal place to take a hike or trek and take in the island’s natural beauty. There are some idyllic beaches for those who like to relax and catch some rays, or even indulge in some water sports! Jet-skiing, windsurfing, fishing, and boating are all activities that are readily available on Tuan Chau Island.

1. Tuan Chau Beaches

  • Address: Ngoc Chau, Tuan Chau island, Quang Ninh
  • Opening time: 24/24
  • Entrance fee: Free

The paradise beaches in Tuan Chau island (Image: tuanchau-halong.com.vn) 

The beaches are well-maintained with clean and blue water (Image: tuanchau-halong.com.vn) 

2. Tuan Chau Park

  • Address: Ngoc Chau, Tuan Chau, Halong, Quang Ninh (View Map)
  • Opening time: 08-22:00 (Mon-Sun)
  • Tel: 0203.3842.200/0336.550.009
  • Hotline : 0934367555
  • Entrance fee(as of July 2019): 350,000 VND/person - Free for children under 1 meter.

Tuan Chau park is busy during peak domestic tourist season from May to July (Photo credit: Facebook/TuanChauIsland) 

Game and Show Schedules

Games/ShowsTime
Monkey/Crocodile Shows
  • 09:00 – 09:20
  • 11:00 – 11:00
  • 14:30 – 14:50
  • 16:30 – 16:50
  • 19:30 – 19:50
Water Music Shows
  • 09:15 – 10:00
  • 19:00 – 19:40
  • 20:15 – 20:55
  • 21:15 – 22:15
Dolphin and Seal Shows
  • 10:00 – 10:30
  • 15:30 – 16:00
  • 20:15 – 20:55
  • 21:15 – 22:15

A dolphin show in Tuan Chau Park (Photo: tuanchau-halong.com.vn) 

Where to stay

Where to stay Paradise Suites Hotel - One of the best places to stay in Tuan Chau Island.

Top 5 recommended hotels in Tuan Chau

There are many comfortable resorts and hotels for visitors to stay in if they choose to extend their trip to Tuan Chau. Here below is our top recommended list for hotels and resorts:

HotelsPriceDescription
1. Paradise Suites1,000,000 VND to 2,500,000 VNDParadise suites is the first luxury boutique hotel in the area. *We recommend this hotel as it is managed by Paradise group who is also the owner of the famous Paradise cruises line.
2. La Paz Resort Tuan Chau900,000 VND to 2,8000,000 VNDA 4-star resort with private garden and beachfront view.
3. Moon Bay Ha Long Hotel800,000 VND to 1,800,000 VNDA 4 star hotel offering beachfront view.
4. Sun Bay Hotel800,000 VND to 1,600,000 VNDA-3 star hotels with 64 rooms, all with sea view.
5. Ha Long Harbour Hotel950,000 VND to 2,600,000 VNDThe 4-star hotel in Tuan Chau Island, with 112 rooms.

Where to eat

Where to eat Cua Vang Restaurant - Top rated restaurant for seafood dishes.

Restaurant choice in Tuan Chau is limited, we include here the most popular ones which are widely known among locals.

RestaurantInformation
Restaurant 1958
  • Address: E19 - E20, Tuan Chau island, Halong Bay (Map)
  • Opening time: 10:00-22:00 (Mon-Sun)
  • Price range: 100,000 VND - 500,000 VND/pp
  • Phone: +84 98 971 11 02
  • Website: 1958restaurant.com
  • Cuisines: Vietnamese food, seafood, Italian, french.

Vinh Cat (Sandy bay) Restaurant
  • Address: Ngoc Chau road, Tuan Chau island, Halong Bay (Map)
  • Opening time: 10:00-22:00 (Mon-Sun)
  • Price range: 120,000 VND - 700,000 VND/pp
  • Phone: +84 89 926 90 00
  • Website: Facebook/SandyBayTuanChau
  • Cuisines: Vietnamese food, drinks

Cua Vang Tuan Chau
  • Address: Tuan Chau island, Halong Bay (Map)
  • Opening time: 10:00-22:00 (Mon-Sun)
  • Price range: 100,000 VND - 500,000 VND/pp
  • Phone: 093 652 25 22
  • Website: Facebook/CuaVangTuanChau (not very responsive on messenger)
  • Cuisines: Seafood, crab hotspot

Suggested Itinerary

Suggested Itinerary Crusing in Halong bay

Here is our suggested 3 day 2 night itinerary for your trip to Tuan Chau:

  • Day 1: Hanoi - Tuan Chau island - Stay in Paradise suites and enjoy shows at Tuan Chau Park. Overnight in Tuan Chau.
  • Day 2: Halong bay cruising on Paradise cruises. Overnight on board.
  • Day 3: Finish cruise trip at 12:00 PM and drive back to Hanoi

Extension - If you have time, then you can arrange a trip to Cat Ba Island as there are daily ferries to Cat Ba from Tuan Chau island.

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