Cai Chien island – untouched paradise in Quang Ninh province
Cai Chien island, dubbed the “forgotten paradise”, is a must-see destination in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh.
It is the only island commune in Hai Ha district, about 330 km from the capital city of Hanoi.
To reach the island, visitors have to move to Hai Ha port, about 40-50km from Mong Cai city, by car or motorbike.
Cai Chien island covers nearly 2,500 hectares with 120 households and 550 people. It attracts visitors by its pristine beauty and peaceful atmosphere that are rare to find in other places.
Coming to Cai Chien, holidaymakers can immerse themselves in another world, making a break with the hustle and bustle of big cities.
Most of the beaches in the island have been untouched with long stretches of white sand.
Lying in the east of the island, Dau Rong (dragon’s head) beach is considered the most beautiful with blue sea and a 2km stretch of sand. Coming here, vacationers can be spoilt for swimming or stroll along the beach to enjoy the fresh air.
They also can rent a boat to visit Thoi Xanh island. From here, they can look out to Co To, Hon Trui and Hon Vinh Thuc islands.
Particularly, Cai Chien island is endowed with a rich forest ecosystem, including many wild species.
Life on the island is very rustic. Visitors can ride a bike or take a stroll to learn about culture and daily life of locals. They can also get up early to enjoy the fresh air and see the sunrise.
The most interesting way to explore Cai Chien island is camping. It is a good idea to go with friends and together join a BBQ party right on the beach.
Cai Chien is also popular for its fresh seafood directly caught by islanders.
In June 2019, the provincial People’s Committee recognised Cai Chien communal island in Hai Ha district as a provincial tourism site.
In recent years, the number of tourists to Cai Chien has been increasing thanks to the untouched beauty of the island.
Local authorities have encouraged people to join hands to keep the environment in the island clean, green and beautiful, and have opened training courses on community-based tourism.
Dozens of households in the island have invested in homestay tourism with hundreds of rooms to serve holidaymakers.
The tourism sector in Quang Ninh province has been growing at a fast pace in recent years.
Quang Ninh is endowed with natural advantages for sea and island tourism. It has a coastline of more than 250 kilometres and more than 2,000 islands and islets which account for two-thirds of the total number in Vietnam.
It is home to popular destinations such as Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long, Ha Long Bay National Park and some islands.
In particular, Ha Long Bay literally “descending dragon bay”, was twice recognised as a World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994 and 2000.
In 2018, Ha Long Bay made it into the top 15 Instagrammed global cruise destinations based on a survey of 1.8 million posts tagged on various ships and ports by travel cruise site SeaHub.
Last year, Quang Ninh hosted the National Tourism Year 2018 under the theme “Ha Long-Heritage, Wonder, Friendly Destination”.
The province welcomed 12.3 million visitors, including 5.2 million foreigners, and earned 24 trillion VND (1.03 billion USD) in tourism revenue.
The operation of the Van Don International Airport in December 2018 is expected to help Quang Ninh achieve its target of welcoming 15-16 million tourists, including 7 million foreigners, by 2020 and 30 million arrivals, including 15 million foreigners, by 2030.
Therefore, local authorities have been offering many incentives to promote the launch of flights to the airport, the first of its kind invested by a private business in Vietnam.
Passengers on flights to Van Don can visit a number of local attractions including the complex of Yen Tu monuments and landscapes, the world natural heritage site of Ha Long Bay, and Bai Tu Long Bay free of charge within 30 days since their arrival at this airport.