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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Quan Lan Island

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Minh Chau Beach, picture by Boi

Since the 11th century, Quan Lan had been a centre along the commercial route. Quan Lan Communal House has been built in the 18th century and is almost entirely preserved (read more on vietnamtourism.com). Next to it you discover Quan Lan Pagoda (Linh Quang Tu), which is dedicated to Buddha and God Liêu Hanh.

Linh Quang Tu

Linh Quang Tu

Linh Quang Tu, all three pictures by Bui

Beside Quan Lan Pagoda lies Nghè Quan Lan (Duc Ông) Shrine, which is dedicated to Pham Công Chính, a local man who participated in the historical Vân Don battle against the Yuan invaders. He was later honored as a god. A fish market opens from 4:30 to 5:30 in the morning and from 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon.Quan Lan, Son Hao and Minh Chau beaches are located in the eastern part of the island. The rowing-boat festival Hoi Cheo Boi is held here from the 16th to the 18th day of the sixth lunar month.

Altnomad writes about a rainy day on Quan Lan. Another report by magdef. More by Godknows. Se then video by Vanhaixanh and video 2

Cac Bai, picture by Villa Song Chau

Son Hao Beach, picture by Villa Song Chau

Minh Chau beach, picture by Villa Song Chau

Minh Chau Beach, picture by Villa Song Chau

Resorts and Guesthouses

ATI Quan Lan Resort: Located right by the Quan Lan beach, small bungalows and one big long house on stilts. Some years old bad review on virtualtourist.com. Newer and mixed reviews on tripadvisor.com

Minh Chau Resort:

Minh Chau Resort, picture by luongvietloc

Ngan Ha Guesthouse. Tel 3 877 296:

Ngan Ha

The Hoa Giay Villa: Seven airconditioned rooms.

The Hoa Giay Villa

Van Hai Xanh Resort: At Son Hao beach with villas and bungalows. Tel: 3 877 316. Good for sleeping, not so good for eating, as Godknows notes, who shows us some pictures too.

Van Hai Xanh

Villa Song Chau:

Villa Song Chao, picture by Song

Huyen Trang Guest House: Tel: 3 877 351

Minh Vu Guesthouse Tel 3 877 479)

Phuong Hoang Guest House: Tel: 3 877 345

Tuan Minh Hotel: Tel: 3 877 358

Vinh Ly Guesthouse Tel: 3 877 354

How to go: From Hon Gai (Halong City) by ferry at 1 pm, back at 6.30 am (summer 6.15), this trip takes around four hours. From Cai Rong there is a ferry at 7 am (summer: 6.30) and 2 pm and back at 7 am (summer: 6.30) and 2 pm, this takes two hours. Altnomad describes the trip through the bay. There is also a Highspeed ship from Cai Rong on 8.15 am and 2.15 pm and back 7.15 am an 2.15 pm.

Ferry from Cai Rong to Quan Lan

The local way of getting from board, pictures by Villa Song Chau

Tours: Tropical sails has a trip to Quan Lan and a trip also to Cong Tay Island. Greentrail Tours goes tu Quan Lan and also to Trong and Trinh Nu caves. Another tour by Lagoon Explorer.

Read more about attractions near Quan Lan Island

How to choose the right junk for Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay
Islands, caves and more in Lan Ha Bay
Co To Island

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