Titop Island – The Hidden Gem Of Halong Bay

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Halong Bay has drawn huge attention from nature lovers worldwide thanks to its majestic natural settings of limestone islets and emerald sea water. Consisting of around 2,000 islands and islets with several stunning beaches and marvelous caves, the Bay is undoubtedly a worth-visiting destination for Vietnam tours. Among the famous Halong Bay destinations, Titop Island is a name that you should never forget to see.

the beach at Titop island

Titop Island is located about 14 kilometers to the southeast of Bai Chay Harbor. This island was named after Gherman Titov – the former Soviet Union hero and the most reputable astronaut in the world. Small as it might be, the island wins kudos for its poetic seascapes and tranquil atmosphere.

Pristine crescent moon-shaped beach

It is believed that a Halong Bay cruise will never be complete without a visit to the beach on Titop Island. The small beach on Titop Island features a crescent moon shape that embraces the foot of the islet. The stretching soft white sandbank, the transparent and clean seawater, and the spectacular ocean view have made the beach an ideal place for recreational activities such as swimming, kayaking, and other water sports.

Activities in Titop island

The coastline curved as if drawn by an artist’s hand, the white sands making a thick band between the waves and the vegetation beyond. Immersing yourself in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere on the beach, you will unconsciously want to not only take photos but also bottle the ocean air to bring home.

A 360-degree view from the top of the mountain

Aside from the crescent moon beach, another thing that makes Titop Island one of the most haunted Halong Bay destinations is the magnificent ocean view from the top of the mountain. Here travelers can climb hundreds of steps upward to reach the mountain top, where you can take a panoramic view of Halong Bay.

Panoramic view from Titop island

Witnessing the 360-degree bird’s eye view of the ocean, you will feel like you are just a small creature in this world. Travelers can grab in your eyes the spectacular natural settings of the soaring evergreen islets, and the yachts gently gliding on the emerald waters of the Bay. The wilderness of nature here will make your jaw drop.

A place for fascinating recreational activities

Titop Island has become a more and more popular tourist attraction in Halong Bay which welcomes tens to hundreds of cruises carrying travelers from different nationalities coming to contemplate its beauty. Here visitors can get involved in different exciting activities like swimming, kayaking, parasailing, etc. Recently, watching Titop Island from Halong Bay seaplane is a new and hot trend of traveling that is recommended by several famous travel magazines and bloggers.

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The sea in front of Titop is also the anchoring place for overnight cruises. Visitors will spend their nights on the cruise to enjoy their ambient moments while witnessing the sparkling night skies of Halong Bay.

A symbol of Russia – Vietnam relations

Not only is Titop Island a destination for nature lovers, but it also demonstrates the long-lasting relationship between Vietnam and the Soviet Union (Russia nowadays). On November 22nd, 1962, President Ho Chi Minh – the great leader of the North Vietnam Government and Gherman Stepanovich Titov – the Soviet Union cosmonaut who was the second to orbit the Earth visited the island. To commemorate this visit as well as the enormous contribution of Gherman Titov in particular and the Soviet Union in general in the cause of liberation and construction of Vietnam in the 20th century, President Ho named the island after this cosmonaut’s name.