The Halong Bay World Heritage Area is comprised of thousands of islands: big and small. Each island has its own geological characteristics, and Tuan Chau Island is the only earthen island of any size in Halong Bay. The fertile earth supports the island’s beautiful, natural treasures: pine trees, lakes, and a beautiful beach, and these are the reasons why President Ho Chi Minh chose Tuan Chau Island as a place to relax with other politcal leaders in 1959.
Tuan Chau Island is a newly established tourism center of Ha Long City, which is only 8 kilometers away from downtown Ha Long. The whole area of this island is about 2.2 square kilometers, which consists of multiple sloping hills.
Today, Tuan Chau is really the most attractive site of Ha Long with numerous constructions for the sake of pleasing tourist. From the entrance of this tourism complex, tourists can see a chain of international standard villas. Going deeper into the island, streets of foods courts and five luxury restaurants designed with the ancient royal architecture are able to serve up to 1,000 customers.
Tuan Chau Beach is artificial, stretching over 2 kilometers long with white smooth sand and yellow sunshine the whole summer. Visiting Tuan Chau, you would never have to worry about your accommodation with more than 400 rooms of international standard at your service: private villa, luxury resort, or high-end hotel.
In Tuan Chau, tourists might also enjoy a variety of exciting activities like Jet Ski, canoes parachute, sea fishing, kayaking, mountain climbing, camping, or lavish services and entertainment such as dolphin show, seal show, circus, and martial art show 6 days a week (except Monday). Come to Tuan Chau Island, come to the
Tuan Chau has a population of about 1500 people It enjoys the advantage of having both road and river methods of transportation and is only about 18 km away from National Highway No.1. This area is an important part of the robust Hanoi – Hai Phong – Quang Ninh economic triangle. It takes about 3 hours to get to Tuan Chau Island from Mong Cai ( only 2 hours by boat) and 1 hour to get there from Hai Phong.
Tuan Chau Island’s name is a combination of ‘Linh Tuan’ (the patrolman) and ‘Tri Chau’ (district chief) because in feudal times, the royal army set up a guard station here to patrol and defend the borderlands. Prior to 1999, the island’s residents suffered from a very modest living standard. There was no power network and no clean water. Roads were only trails and there were no mechanical means of transportation. Tuan Chau was a very poor town where fishing with very rudimentary tools was the only means of earning a living.
Tuan Chau has become a well known, attractive destination for both international and domestic tourists, and includes places of interest such as :
- a dolphin & seal show
- a circus
- a crocodile show
- a 4 km long beach
- a Vietnamese culinary area
- a 200 room hotel and resort area matching 5-star standards
- a water recreation park with activities such as boat racing, canoeing, parachuting, water skiing, etc.
- Ha Long Bay sightseeing services by canoe, boat, helicopter.
- a high tech water fountain with music, laser lighting and film projection on water screens.