Titop Island (Dao Titop)
Most visitors to Titop Island (sometimes mistakenly written Ti Top Island) make a beeline for the beach for swimming and kayaking, but adventurous types can also climb the 427 stone steps to the mountaintop pagoda, where they’ll be rewarded with dazzling views over the bay. Titop is also home to a number of resort hotels, restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops, making it a good choice for a stopover. Some single-day cruises through Halong Bay make a stop on the island for hiking or kayaking, while multi-day itineraries often allow a bit more time to explore.
Things to Know Before You Go
Include Titop Island on your Halong Bay itinerary for kayaking, hiking, or relaxing on the beach.
Don’t forget to bring a towel and bathing suit for swimming.
Wear plenty of sunscreen, as well as sunglasses and a hat.
Be sure to have sturdy shoes if you plan to hike to the top of the island.
How to Get There
Titop Island is located in Halong Bay, just northeast of Cat Ba Island. A vast majority of travelers visit as part of a guided Halong Bay cruise.
When to Get There
The best time to visit Titop Island is during the shoulder season (March to May and September to November), when the weather is cool and the island isn’t too crowded. Expect the beach and hiking paths to be busy during the peak season of December and January.
Beaches of Halong Bay
While Titop Island might have one of the most famous beaches in Halong Bay, it’s certainly not the only one. Tuan Chau Island boasts a long artificial beach with plenty of space to spread out, while Quan Lan Beach ranks among the most pristine, with white sand and clear water perfect for swimming. Bai Chay Beach offers numerous water sports, including parasailing.
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