Peaceful weekend on Cai Chien Island
(VNF) - Around 330km from Hanoi, Cai Chien, a small island of Quang Ninh Province’s Hai Ha District, presents itself as an ideal place for escaping the hot summer days.
This is no Fiji, it's just Cai Chien island, a small island four hour drive from Ha Long Bay. (Photo: PIRLOMEDIA)
The island features a pristine beach of white and silky sand surrounded by thick lines of casuarinas and a primeval forest of 500ha on the island is home to numerous species of birds and animals.
Cai Chien is the only island commune of Hai Ha district, 15 km away from the district center. When summer is coming, many tourists like to go to Co To Island to cool off, but recently Cai Chien has emerged as a new destination for those who love peace. Generally, Cai Chien Island is still underdeveloped economically, so if you're familiar with luxury life with the availability of all services, coming here, you will feel a little uncomfortable. Despite the deprivation, in return, Cai Chien Island has unspoiled natural scenery, which is enough to attract travelers.In particular, the island is very convenient for the road to explore Quang Ninh East from Binh Lieu or on the road from Ha Long Bay to Mong Cai, especially groups of youth who prefer to travel.
What to do in Cai Chien island
Cai Chien is not too big, so you needn’t take the whole day to visit all the sites on this island, however, if you look at this place all day, you do not get bored. Sleeping on Cai Chien Island, you should get up early to catch the sunrise over the sea, and if interested, ask the restaurant's owner at the right beach to sail to catch snails in Con rapid, or go fishing at the wharf, there are plenty of unique and strange fish that you'll never know on the mainland.
Dragon’s Head is the place where people choose the most, because here there are homestay services, renting tents and eating.
Like many of the islands in Quang Ninh, the natural landscape of Cai Chien is the beach, which is Van Ca, Cai Chien and Dau Rong (Dragon’s Head). If you want to swim, you should go to Dau Rong (Dragon’s Head) beach, most of the beaches on Cai Chien has not been impacted by humans, so they are still extremely primitive. Dau Rong Beach is fairly wide with 2km long sandy beaches stretching, blue ocean waters. Along the coast, there is the wide range of ten years green casuarina. Here, there are not only the murmur of the waves, but also the birds chirping, which is very peaceful and poetic.
This place is suitable for bathing, tenting, hammock and group activities. Deep into casuarina forests are paddy fields, familiar sweet potato fields. This is also a unique feature of sheep compared to other islands.
The most interesting and exciting way to explore the island is camping, through which visitors may experience the “Robinson-like” life in their camps by the sea. Visitors are advised to prepare food and drinks for the camping. A BBQ feast on the beach may be a good idea. However, visitors are to keep the beach clean before leaving.
Another interesting activity in Cai Chien is the tourists can hire a squid fishing boat. (Photo: PIRLOMEDIA)
Another interesting activity in Cai Chien is the tourists can hire a squid fishing boat, floating on the sea with the waves flutter. Enjoying self-catching product may be very interesting. In summer, visitors also do not forget to watch sunrise, sunset on the beach, a moment of unforgettable beauty.
How to get to the island
If you're familiar with luxury life with the availability of all services, coming Cai Chien, you will feel a little uncomfortable. (Photo: PIRLOMEDIA)
From Hai Ha Port, visitors may reach the island by ferry, boat or canoe, which take them 40-50 or 30-40 minutes, respectively. The concrete roads and the island’s access to the national electricity grid have made it more convenient for visitors’ sight-seeing activities. Homestay still remains the most popular form of accommodation for travelers and services’ prices are affordable.
At present, around 1,000 households live on the island and visitors are advised to contact islanders prior to the visit for services during their stay.
An escape to the island during these hot summer days is a good idea and staying away from the bustling urban life and exploring local life are sure to bring visitors unforgettable experiences./.