Situated about 7-8 km south-east of Bai Chay lies the small Titop Island. It is one of the special island in Halong Bay area because its beach shapes like a crescent moon, and very white sand because of being washed by the tide.
In French colonial period, the original name of this island is Cat Nang Island. On 22 November 1962, astronaut Ghermann Ti Top, a hero of the former Soviet Union, visited the tiny island with the accompanying of Hồ Chí Minh. To mark the remembrance of their visit, Uncle Ho renamed the place into Titop Island.
Titop Island is usually a beautiful stop of cruising on Halong Bay and always a must-visit beach of tourists when they come to Halong Bay. The island seems to be a heaven of relaxation in Halong with a beach is in the shape of crescent moon, blue water, white sand and quiet atmosphere. There is a range of tourist services such as hotel, restaurants, etc. Under the sunshine, tourist can enjoy many activities such as swimming, walking along the sand and climbing. After climbing over 427 stone steps to the peak of a pagoda, you can enjoy an incredible 360 degree view of Halong Bay. Don’t for get to take a panoramic photo of Halong Bay.