Most Beautiful Holiday Islands Near Vietnam | Short Getaway
Having some travel fever? A need to get your feet in the sand? There’s no time like island time! And you’re in luck: you can find the most beautiful holiday islands near Vietnam. From luxury private islands to budget friendly family beach havens: here’s our epic island list.
The best island holiday on Bintan island
Just a 90 minute flight away, off the coast of Singapore, lies the island of Bintan. Also known as Singapore’s playground, it’s filled with great resorts that will suit everyone’s taste. You can book yourself a luxurious stay at the Banyan Tree or The Sansaya or go for a family vacay at Club Med. Bintan also has some more budget friendly options such as The Bintan serviced appartments.
Getting there is easy. Just fly to Singapore and take the Tanah Merah ferry (1 hour) to Bintan.
Cast away at beautiful Nikoi Island
Near Vietnam lies one of our favorite islands for a sunny escape; the almost unreal Nikoi Island. It’s a top of the bill private island, on the other side of Bintan. Surrounded by white sandy beaches and beautiful coral reefs, this is the perfect place to unwind and relax! The driftwood beach houses are in balance with nature, the food is fantastic and the staff is great with kids. Just put your feet in the sand and chill away.
Getting there: fly to Singapore and take the ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (1 hour) to Bintan. You’ll be picked up by the Nikoi Island staff, who’ll drive you to the jetty on the other side of the island. From there it’s a short boat tour to Pulau Nikoi.
Family time: Rawa island, Malaysia
Back in the days, Rawa Island was the spot for your beach holiday. And it’s still very popular among families. Kids get hyper when they see the cool slides from the jetty, straight into the sea, and parents marvel at the pretty, white beaches surrounded by coconut trees. Stay in one of the stilted cabins, right on the beach and see the sun go down at cocktail time.
Getting there: fly to Singapore and drive to Mersing (3 hours). From there it’s a short speed boat ride.
Stay at Blissful Batu Batu
One of the most beautiful islands near Vietnam is this one. True, it’s a bit longer than an hours flight but it’s sooo worth it.
Whether you favor the beach or the infinity pool, there’s no need to choose at this stunning private island resort. Located in Malaysia’s uninhabited Pulau Tengah, this island is a slice of heaven in itself. You can chill at the beach, go snorkeling or diving or just reconnect with your loved ones. Next to that, Batu Batu has a strong ecological drive and organises conservation missions like Turtle Watch Camp. Yep, we’re fans!
Getting there: fly to Singapore and drive to Mersing (3 hours). The resort can tell help you arrange. From Mersing it’s a short speed boat ride.
Explore Whale Island, Vietnam
Not only near Vietnam, but actually ín Vietnam, is Whale Island. An option that’s a bit friendlier for the wallet and only a short flight away. The sea here is clear and shallow, making it ideal to watch the beautiful fish with the little ones. The Whale Island Resort organizes tours to the stunning coral reefs nearby if you like to do some more serious snorkeling or diving. Visitors can stay at the Whale Island resort, which is basic but pleasant and has a nice bar overlooking the bay.
Getting there: From Ho Chi Minh City, fly to Thuy Hoa. From there it is an 80-minute drive to the jetty, via a beautiful, scenic route. Alternatively, you can fly to Nha Trang, from where it is a 3-hour transfer to the jetty. A boat will take you to the island in about 15 minutes.
A romantic island stay at Con Dao
The ultimate romantic island of Vietnam must be Con Dao. An island with a history and home to the exquisite Six Senses resort. Not your cheapest stay, but it’s the ultimate zone-out place. And a treat for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts as it’s one of the best snorkeling- and diving areas of Vietnam.
Or borrow a motorbike from the resort and go for a drive around the island. Officially Con Dao still is a protected National Park and has many treasures. If you’re lucky you’ll get to see turtles eggs hatching on one of the hidden beaches.
Getting there is easy. Just hop on the direct flight to Con Dao from Ho Chi Minh City.
Feeling fantastic at Phu Quoc island
Once a black pepper island, Phu Quoc now offers something for every visitor. From white sandy beaches to starfish shores and zipline attractions. You have a varied choice of stay too, as the resort is packed to the brim with all sorts of all-inclusive swanky resorts, cool boutique resorts and budget cabins. We love the Mango Bay eco resort but some rather opt for a stay with aircon, such as The Salinda or one of the other bigger resorts.
Getting there is easy. There are several direct flights to Phu Quoc.
Islands near Vietnam: top ranking Phuket
Phuket has been in the top beach vacay ranks for years now and with good reason. This island is home to dozens of unspoiled beaches with clear blue waters. And since there are direct flights from Vietnam now, it’s one of the islands that is so near to Vietnam that you’re there in an hour. Just make sure you avoid the dreadful Patong area.
A resort that is hitting all the right notes in our book is the The Cove. Set up in a bay at the Andaman Sea, this small resort offers beautiful rooms, a perfect beach restaurant and a shallow sea to dip your toes in.
Getting there: there’s a direct flight from about anywhere to Phuket. Most resorts will pick you up at the airport.
Have a great family holiday in blissful Bali
Of course the king of all holiday islands is known as Bali. Despite the fact that it’s getting busier on the island, it will still give you that peaceful feeling straight after touchdown. There’s something to do for everyone: chill at the beach, go snorkeling or finally take that surfing lesson! Stay in Seminyak, the hip and happening Bali hub, known for its great restaurants, boutique shops, and lively beach clubs. Or go to the laidback Uluwatu, on the Southern tip of Bali, a nice alternative to the crowdy areas. The green and lush Ubud is popular for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies. Read this, if you want to know exactly where to go in Bali this holiday.
Getting there: there’s a direct flight to Bali. But be careful, Christmas is not the best Bali time.