Minh Chau beach travel guide 2021 for the first time visitors

This is a detailed Minh Chau beach travel guide  written by David from Hynam Travel, who has been working as local guide in Vietnam over 10 years with up to date information in 2022.

Quan Lan Island is famous for Minh Chau Beach that is located 15 kilometers from Quan Lan village, Van Don, Quang Ninh.  It is long and sandy with one unique feature – the sand does not stick on your feet. You can take a walk by the emerald seawater completely relaxed.

Things to do in Minh Chau beach 

Things to do in Minh Chau beach

Swimming in Minh Chau Beach Quan Lan

These are featured activities for first-time visitors in Minh Chau area

  • Board a wooden boat that makes few stops at local islets. Capture the sunset with your camera and remember the photo as one of the most beautiful you have ever seen.
  • Soaking up at stunning Minh Chau beach
  • Cycle to another side of Quan Lan with 24 kilometers round trip 
  • Check out other nearby beaches, Son Hao is 6 kilometers from Minh Chau, Quan Lan beach is 12 kilometers from Minh Chau
  • See some temples and historical sites such as Quan Lan temples, Van Don ancient port, the Shire for General Tran Khanh Du who flighted against Mongolian in 13rd century
  • See the stunning  view from Eo Gio (Wind Strait) 

Best time to go to Minh Chau beach area

Summer is the best time to travel to Minh Chau from May to August, which is also typhoon season. Check the weather forecast in advance to get up to date. Because the speed boat might have no permission to operate when it comes to bad weather conditions, especially windy days. Bear in mind, it is pretty hot in the summer time, the temperature ranges from 30 to 35 degree celsius 

How to get to Minh Chau from Cai Rong

Speed boat to Quan Lan Island

Coming here from either Halong city (there is a pier near Long Tien pagoda) or in Cai Rong port is way more simple. There is a direct route to get to Minh Chau quay. Here comes its schedule

From Hon Gai (near Long Tien pagoda) : 13.30pm

From Quan Lan to Hon Gai : 7.00am 

Ticket price: 200.000VND per person

From Van Don to Quan Lan : 13.30pm 

From Quan Lan to Van Don : 7.00am

Ticket price: 150.000VND per person 

From the quay, take a motorbike taxi or electric car. Most of the hotels offer free pick up from the quay, please check before booking a room. 

How to get around Minh Chau, Quan Lan

Quan Lan island biking

Biking around the island without traffic is a great thing to do

By bicycle

Hire a bike and get around the island is the best way for those who like outdoor activities. It costs around $5 per bike per day

By motorbike

It costs around 200.000VND per day, you fill up gasoline on your own. 

By electric car

It will run along the island from Minh Chau to Quan Lan. The fare ranges from 20.000VND to 60.000VND based on the route. 

Accommodation in Minh Chau beach area – Where to stay

Accommodation in Minh Chau beach

Minh Chau beach, Quan Lan accommodation

All bookings of your accommodation in the Minh Chau beach area can be arranged through booking.com 

Khai Mai hotel 

This is a 2 stars beachside hotel, only 50 meters from Minh Chau beach. Just open your windows room, there is a sea view with a stunning view of the beach and forest. There is an onsite restaurant with its capacity up to 100 guests

Minh Chau beach resort 

The first 3 stars hotel in Quan Lan island with a 700 years old eucharis forest right in the front of the resort, which is considered as a lung of Minh Chau beach. There is an onsite restaurant with a buffet breakfast, set menu for lunch and dinner. 

La Paloma hotel

Operated in 2017, one of the best 3 stars hotels in Quan Lan island. There are onsite restaurants and bars. 

Mini hotel, Motels and guests house  

+ Tuan Thuy guest house

+ Thanh Thuy guest house

+ Thu Minh mini hotel

Homestays in Minh Chau beach

Mina house is a good homestay to stay in Minh Chau beach area, it costs 400k for a night, so it is affordable for budget visitors as well. On the other hand, it is worth paying because there is garden view for every room. 

Activities at Minh Chau beach 

Minh Chau Beach is an ideal place for outdoor activities, such as camping, playing sports or even learning about highly interesting marine life. The beach is especially attractive in the starry night when you can initiate a camping fire with your family or friends. This peaceful setting by the sea offers also BBQ events with seafood specialties. You should not miss that when you get here

Where to eat in Minh Chau beach area

There are several seaside restaurants, which serve fresh seafood at a reasonable rate. The staff know basic English and do offer an English menu so you can choose some dishes for lunch.

Khai Mai restaurant is a good choice among them. Please note that most of the restaurants will be busy, loudly when it comes to the high season. If you would like to enjoy dinner at a relaxed and peaceful area, I suggest to ask your host to prepare your meal. 

Common frequently asked questions for travelling Minh Chau

Nightlife in Minh Chau

Is it worth visiting Minh Chau

Shopping guide in Minh Chau

Off the beaten track travelling to beaches in Northern Vietnam

Pro tips for Minh Chau beach

  • Always book a room in advance when it comes to peak seasons like Mayday, the weekend of the summer period (May to July)
  • There is no ATM machine on Quan Lan island. Please remember to bring along cash with you, roughly 3 million Dong per person 
  • If you are staying in a homestay, please inform them about the special food request in advance, for example, food allergy, vegetarian or vegan; in order to have a good preparation. 
  • If you are travelling in June, July, August, please be careful of jellyfish; which may hurt you. 
  • There is no fuel station on the island, so make sure that your scooter is full of fuel before getting  around 

Minh Chau beach review

To me, Minh Chau beach is a real paradise to unwind, relax and soak up in the emerald water. It is an off-the-beaten-track place when it comes to off the tourist season from September to April. 

I do love fresh seafood, cook with locals in the homestay and enjoy swimming on white sand beach. What I like the most is safety, you don’t have to worry about someone stealing your scooter wherever you park. On the other hand, it is a bit boring when it comes to the evening because there is no either bar or pub, just only karaoke singing which some hotels offer. 

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