TI TOP ISLAND: THE COMPLETE GUIDE
Ti Top island is located about 14 kilometers to the east of Bai Chay tourist harbor. It has a beach that is shaped like a crescent moon and is known for its tranquility and beautiful still blue waters. The sands of the beach have been dyed white by the ocean’s surf creating a perfect picture of paradise.
1. In A Nutshell
The island has a total area of 3,7 hectares (0,037 km²).
The island was named by the most respected hero of Vietnam, President Ho Chi Minh, after the Russian cosmonaut Gherman Titov on the occasion of his first visit to Ha Long Bay in 1962.
With a summit height at 110 meters (360 ft), the mountain on Ti Top island is taking about 450 steps to reach its peak.
Ti Top island is regarded as one of the most attractive sites for both international and domestic tourists to Ha Long Bay.
2. The name
The island was named after the Russian cosmonaut Gherman Stepanovich Titov who, together with President Ho Chi Minh, visited the island in 1962. Titop island has since become a popular tourist destination and provides many services catered to tourists.
Because of the immaculate white sand and the calm waters, the beach is perfect for water-based recreational activities like swimming, snorkeling, and other water sports. There is a bar on the island where you can rent all kinds of swim gear and, of course, stop for a few drinks if you’re that way inclined!
Deckchairs are available but you will be asked to buy some food and/or beverages. If you take your own, then you will have to pay a little fee. The beach offers welcome refreshments in the hot summer months and even after sundown you can go for a walk and enjoy the moonlit beach for all its nocturnal glory.
After a refreshing day at the beach, please try some of the wonderful local seafood specialties. You won’t regret it!
4. Top 5 interesting tourism activities in Ti Top Island
Coming to Titop Island Vietnam, you can not only enjoy nature but also participate in multiple types of tourism activities as below:
4.1. Swimming at Ti Top Beach
Besides the beautiful natural scenery and charming mountains, Ti Top Beach, or Vang Trang Beach, contributes to the unique features of the island. The beach is not too big compared to the others, yet the island mesmerizes tourists with its pure white sand and clear blue seawater in the four seasons. Therefore, this place is definitely an ideal destination for your holiday getaway.
4.2. Viewing Ha Long Bay from above at the peak of Ti Top Island
Climbing on Titop Island is an activity that you cannot miss. By taking 400 steep steps, you can conquer the peak of the mountain, which gives you a chance to grasp the immensity and majesty of Ha Long Bay at a 100-meter altitude. In this way, you can see the various changes in this wonder according to the time of day.
4.3. Kayaking – An indispensable activity in Ti Top Island
Kayaking is an indispensable activity when coming to Ti Top. In this activity, you will control a tiny kayak on your own and wriggle through the caves to discover the beauty of nature. To avoid tipping over, you must know how to keep your balance and paddle evenly. The kayak rental price to explore Ti Top is about 150,000 VND/hour.
4.4. Taking towed buoys – A water-based activity to join with friends
Despite not being a new activity, taking towed buoys is among the most enjoyable activities in this wonderful island. Specifically, the buoy is tied to a canoe or a motor and is dragged across the water at a speed of 50 – 80 km/h. This kind of sport is very suitable for groups of young people, especially for company team-building purposes.
5. Some notes for your perfect trip to Ti Top Beach
To make your perfect getaway a reality, some information below will be helpful to you:
Ti Top Beach is relatively sunny in the summer, so sunscreen is necessary for you to not get sunburnt.
There are very few catering services on the island so you should remember to bring snacks with you.
You should not forget to take along a portable charger to save your moments with your devices.
To ensure safety on the way to the peak of Ti Top, you should mind your steps during climbing or descending.