Co To, about 3 hour cruising from Cai Rong port (Quang Ninh province), is the perfect place for you to relax, avoid the heat of Hanoi.
I and my lover have had an interesting trip on Co To Island, so we would like to share experiences for you who are intending to travel to Co To avoid the heat of Hanoi.
Means: I moved from My Dinh bus station to Cai Rong wharf in the morning, at 5h45, by Gia Phu bus. You can also choose Xuan Truong. Price 130,000 VND (5.2 USD)/ ticket. If taking the morning bus, you will not have to stay overnight in Cai Rong wharf.
Arrive at 12.30, we took time to eat a bowl of shrimp noodle. Other kinds of noodles are also about 30-35,000 VND (1.2 – 1.4 USD) / bowl.
Then I bought a boat ticket. As I did not search information carefully, I thought that any boat also takes 45 minutes, so bought the train which took 1 hour 30 minutes to get to the island. Sitting on the tail of the tail is hot while waiting for the boat to sail, but it was cool when departing. The air-conditioned cabin would be cooler. General ticket price is 200,000 VND / way/person. Experience is to buy a return ticket. If there is a storm, you will have a return ticket to the mainland first. You can change ticket’s departure time but early call to the boat is recommended.
Rooms: This is the most headaches. I rented a motorcycle for 200,000 VND / day and poured 1 liter of gasoline. I rented 2 days, calculated to lose 345,000 VND. It seems to be expensive, but the bike was new and ran quite well.
I read online information about the resort right next to Hong Van beach, so I went straight there to find. I found it nice but pricey, and far from town. I ran along Hong Van beach to see the room, looking around, there are not many restaurants, if you are hungry it would be really a problem.
Please note that the electricity ad water here is not stable. However it was nearby the beach, so it’s great to swim in the afternoon. So, I went back to the town to find the room.
Rooms in the town are a lot, the price is also cheaper. We stayed at the “Con loc mau da cam” hotel, costs 350,000 VND (14 USD)/ room. Stand at the dock looking in the direction of 10h, you will see "whole orange building" which is very stand out. I stayed on the 4th floor, room is new clean and spacious. Special view is very nice in the early morning and evening.
Went to the room, took a little rest, and ran to the lighthouse watching the sunset. The scenery was pretty nice, you will have to pay 5000 VND for parking fee.
After that, we headed back to the beginning of the road of love to see the sky in a blaze of red, so beautiful ... Restaurants along the coast in the center are a lot, you can choose hot pot, baked seafood... I ordered a seafood hotpot which costs 500,000 VND (20 USD). It was not very good, but fresh seafood.
We got up early in the morning, went out for breakfast and drove to Cau My beach. Road to the rock filed was easy, but if you do not pay attention , you will get lost. There are 3 rocky fields. One of them will cost 10,000 VND a motorbike, the other 2 rock fields is free of charge. You can park the bike on the side road. Water is green, rocks are beautiful too. I was there all morning, just take pictures and play.
At lunch, I chose to eat rice dishes, with a plate of squid, a plate of shrimp, a vegetable, a soup, a rice, total 300,000 VND (12 USD).
In the afternoon, we went to Hong Van to swim. The water is blue, but there are many leaves, black and white sand, and not very clean. There are many angles good for photography, many beautiful houses, so remember to bring your phone or camera to have beautiful photos.
In the early morning, I went to Van Chay beach, but it’s not really recommended because the far distance, bad road condition, the road to the beach was also small and being construction at that time.
I also did not go to small Co To island, because the rent is slightly high, about 600-800,000 VND.
If you want to return to Hanoi during the day, you should buy the boat ticket at 10am. About 12h15 -13h there are buses to Hanoi. Take the boat to Cai Rong wharf, everyone can have lunch here and then come back Hanoi.
The trip was not too saving, but I found it suitable, just enough for my budget. Everyone can refer and choose the right accommodation.
Co To does not have too many tourist destinations, there are many beaches but visitors often go to Hong Van beach. Evening in Co To is quite exciting, because open karaoke singing outside to 23h... Grouping is more fun, but going alone also has the good thing to enjoy.
The total cost of about 1.5-2 million VND (80 USD) is quite enough for your to enjoy a trip to Co To comfortably.