Titop Island sits at the heart of Halong Bay, just 8 kilometers to the southeast of Bai Chay Harbor. Although it is relatively small (a total area of 3.7 hectares), it’s regarded as one of the most picturesque islands in the bay and is a crowd favorite among Halong tourists.
Titop offers breathtaking landscapes which can be viewed from a vantage point high up in the center of the island. It has a crescent-shaped beach that is known for its tranquility, powdery white sand, and azure blue waters. Because of its close proximity to Bai Chay, a stopover in Titop Island is included in many cruise itineraries.
Formerly called Cat Nang Island, it is now named after Russian cosmonaut Gherman Titov, who, in 1961 boarded the spaceship Vostok 2 and became the second man to orbit the Earth (after fellow Russian Yuri Gagarin who beat him by just a few months).
A year later, he visited Halong Bay and toured the area with Vietnam’s revered leader Ho Chi Minh. Uncle Ho consulted with the locals and, in a gesture of friendship between Vietnam and Russia, renamed the island to ‘Titov’ in honor of the valiant cosmonaut.
In 1997, Gherman Titov made an emotional return to the island and in the visitors’ book of Halong Bay’s management, he wrote: “I give my thanks to God for giving me a chance to return to this island.” In September 2015, The People’s Committee of Northern Quang Ninh Province proudly unveiled a statue of Titov on the island.
Unknown to many, Titop is also known to the locals as “Cemetery Island.” In 1905 a French cargo ship failed to safely navigate its way through the waters, eventually floundering on the rocks and lost all its crew. They were all buried on the island and so the name caught on.
Travelers can visit Titop island at any time of the year but in general, there are two periods when tourists visit the most:
If you are planning to visit the island during the second peak season, you must note that prices are higher and availability may be an issue. It would be best to book your trip early to get the best price.
The off-peak season is from April to May and from August to October. At these times, there are less tourists and the price of cruises is lower.
Although many Halong Bay cruises include Titop Island in their itinerary, it remains a place with only a few key things to do. It’s a small island, so the area is limited – but that does make it easier to ensure you tick all of the must-see spots off your list:
Tip: There are shops that sell swimming attire, sun creams, deck chairs where you can relax with a fresh juice or banh mi, and service areas with shower facilities after your swim. For visitors who prefer to take it a little easier, there are also lots of small-scale shops selling various local wares, crafts, seashells, and trinkets that make perfect souvenirs.
Titop Island is visited by scores of tourists daily, and for a number of good reasons. For many it is one of the highlights of their Halong Bay cruise. After enjoying the views and the activities in the island, visitors further reward themselves with a cool and refreshing dip in the turquoise waters of the bay.
Before you go, we’d like to share some commonly asked questions about Titop Island that we receive from avid travelers…
Titop Island is one of the main attractions in Halong Bay so majority of the cruise companies include it in their itinerary. Some of the most notable ones include Pelican Cruise, Glory Legend Cruise, Aclass Stellar Cruise, Aclass Legend Cruise, Alisa Cruise, and Alisa Premium Cruise.
Yes absolutely! You can visit Titop on a stand-alone day trip, which means the private boat will take you directly to the island and you’ll get to spend the entire day there.
There is no direct trip between the two islands. The most convenient way is to join a cruise from Tuan Chau Marina. Titop Island belongs to Route No. 2 in Halong Tourism, so many cruise ships make a stop there. Another option is to take a seaplane to get a bird’s eye view of the island and other places in Halong Bay. Seaplanes take off from Tuan Chau and fly 300 meters above sea level.
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