Tuan Chau Island is a soil - schist island on Halong Bay and about 4 kilometers far from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf to the southwest. The island is connected to the mainland by a 2 - kilometer road built in 1998.
The name “Tuan Chau” comes from two words: “linh tuan” (patrolman) and ‘tri chau’ (district) because in the feudal period, Tuan Chau Island was a guard station in the national defense system.
Tuan Chau Island has the original size of 2.5 square kilometers and it now covers an area of 4 square kilometers. On the island, the weather is cool all around the year. It’s featured with 2-square kilometer green pine forest, white sand beach stretching 6 kilometers. These all features make Tuan Chau Island an ideal place for visiting and relaxing on Halong Bay.
Beside the aesthetic value, Tuan Chau Island also has historical value with many archaeological relics. Archaeologists found many stone tools and pottery which are the evidences of Halong Culture dating around 3.000 – 2.000 BC.
Nowadays,Tuan Chau Island is being planned to be an international resort island and event-holding center. The tourism services on the island are rapidly developed with a hotel and resort area of 5-star standard (200 rooms); a water recreation park with activities such as motor racing, canoeing, parachuting, water skiing, etc.; an (artificial) beach with 4 km long. In the future, Tuan Chau Island will be widened to the size of 675 ha.
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