Tuan Chau Island
Tuan Chau Island is located in the North West of Halong Bay, 8 km southwest of Halong city. Although the island is only 5 km2, it is known as the tourist hub of Halong Bay. Visitors to the area can enjoy a wide range of touristic services to suit all budgets and tastes including high-end hotels, luxury and family resorts, private villas, shopping, day spas, shows and entertainment, and water and other outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, fishing and kayaking.
Travellers embark and disembark from their boats in the Tuan Chau Harbour on Tuan Chau Island, and can even stay in the gorgeous hotel before and after their cruise.
As well as boasting white sandy beaches, a sheltered harbor, and a spectacular view to Halong Bay, Tuan Chau Island also has an interesting history. In feudal times, and because it is located in a strategic position, the royal army set up an outpost to patrol and defend Vietnam’s borders. The name “Tuan Chau” is a combination of Tuan (patrol) and Tri chau (district chief).
The island has a rich archaeological history and traces of the Halong culture-whose people occupied the area from 3,000 to 5,000 years ago-have been found there. In 1958, President Ho Chi Minh spent his holidays on Tuan Chau Island, and the house in which he stayed is now a memorial site.