Halong Bay - Ti Top Island and Beach

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Ha Long Bay – 7 Wonders of Nature newest addition The 7 Wonders of Nature campaign started four years ago in 2007, over 440 locations from over 220 countries were included in the initial search to find the 7 best wonders of nature. After years of debate and research, 28 final candidates were chosen and the results were finally published on November 11th 2011. The voting results are currently being checked, validated and independently verified to confirm the winners and the final results are expected in early 2012 during the Official Inauguration ceremonies. The winners will join the new 7 wonders of the world and become part of history and remain in the memory of humankind forever. In addition to Ha Long Bay, there were also 6 other provisional winners, including the Amazon, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo, Pueto Princesa Underground River and Table Mountain. We are excited and proud to see Ha Long Bay on the list of the new 7 Wonders of Nature and know that it will live up to the expectations of a world travel destination.

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imageGot its name from Ghermann Titov, a former Soviet Union hero, Ti Top Island displays a beach shaped like a crescent moon and sand that has been washed to a snowy white by the tide. An interesting story... In 1962, this tiny island had the honour of receiving a visit from astronaut Ghermann Titov, a hero of the former Soviet Union, accompanied by President Ho Chi Minh. To perpetuate the remembrance of their visit, Uncle Ho named the place Ti Top Island. It has now become an attractive beach for tourists and has various of tourist services. Thirty-five years afterwards, in 1997, Ti Top returned to the island having his name. Deeply moved, he wrote in the souvenir book of the Management Board of Halong Bay: "My deepest thanks to destiny, which has allowed me to come back to this tiny island.” It has become a beach attracting many visitors. Then being an attractive island Located about 14 km east from Bai Chay Wharf, Ti Top Beach takes the shape of a crescent encompassing the island. Small though it might be, it wins kudos for its quiet and airy atmosphere, as well as its alluring landscape. The beach boasts pristine white sand, clear and blue water and small waves, which make it ideal for recreational activities like swimming and other sea sports. At present, there has a imagebar in the island which also provides swimming costumes, floats and lukewarm shower. Fresh water was carried to the island from inland. Swimming at Ti Top Beach is really enjoyable. After swimming, you can enjoy fresh sea food specialities in an ideal environment of immense sky and sunshine. This beach is very beautiful and is well worth a visit to cool off when the heats starts to get to you. If you spend a day at the beach and elect to take a deckchair, you will be asked to buy either a baguette, some lovely pineapple or a drink, otherwise you will have to pay for the seat. During the full moon, you are able to wander around until late at night. The island has become a popular tourist destination. On summer holidays, the famous beach of Ti Top Island cools off visitors heading to Quang Ninh Province and you will surely have a chance to join in an interesting journey to the natural wonder... Most of tours in Halong bay these days, whether day tours or longer duration ones, usually include Ti Top island in their itineraries with a few hours free time so that tourists can enjoy swimming or playing around on the beach. There are a lot of travel agencies that provide Halong bay tours from Hanoi for tourists with tour duration ranging from one day tour to two or even three-day tours. For those with flexible time on their trips, staying on a cruise overnight to enjoy sunset on the sea at Halong bay might be a beautiful experience. However, if you don't have a lot of time for leisure, there are a lot of day tour from Hanoi to Halong to choose from. Those interested in Hanoi - Halong one day tours can take a look at a recommended itinerary here./.

 

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we requested for the guide to bring us for a visit to the top of this island for the paranomic views. However, we were behing schedule, and by the time we docked in the bay and reach the island, the attraction was closed. Nevertheless, we can imagine the view at the top to be magnficient.
Hence, with enjoyed the sunset from the deck of the cruise, with Ti Top island in the back.

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I only went half way and think that was just as good as going right to the top. My friends said so!! Good to see young Vietnamese boys enjoying "the beautiful game" on the beach. Not many swimmers when I was there.

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Small beach, or too many tourists....
All cruise ships stop at this beach.
The water is not super clear nor clean

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It's so worth it to hike the 400 or so steps to the top. The panoramic views are spectacular. Breathtaking. It only takes about 10 or 15 minutes to do the climb, but it's a steep and sweaty challenge so make sure you have water with you! You can take it slowly as there's plenty of places to pause for a rest on the way up. Hopefully you'll have enough time to cool off in the water at the beach at the bottom afterwards before your boat departs. The water is clear and warm. The sand is hot, clean and golden. Just a gorgeous little island.

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Great beach for a winding down after a day of cruising, you can see eagles, or some other bird of prey soaring overhead and an abundance of rats scurrying around the rocks and buildings trying to avoid the predators. Interesting place with great views from the top

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Sailing towards Ti Top Island it looks like one of the conical hats that the Vietnamese women wear on their heads in the rice paddies. The lush vegetation hid the steps to the climb to reach the top Ti Top. The climb is an average climb, fairly steep, up stone steps, but the views of the bay are spectacular once...

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Great view of the bay, looks like the pictures that get published all over the internet. From the bay itself the bay can seem crowded but the views from Ti Top are fantastic.

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Easy walk up the stairs to the top with the best view of the bay. The beach was also fine for a swim afterwards. Very busy place though.

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The best view you will get from the Ha Long bay is right here. Please do not miss it. I know that there are almost 400 steps, but it is worth it. The beach is nothing special but I cannot talk a lot about it since we spent most of the time at the top of the mountain taking photos...

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If the weather is favourable, there is a small beach to enjoy swimming. You have the option of climbing over 400 stairs to a viewpoint at the top of the island. Vegetation currently blocks some of the vista. It can get crowded at times and becomes a challenge to take photos.

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