Ti Top Island is approximately eight kilometres southeast of Bai Chay Port, named after former Soviet Union astronaut Ghermann Titop to commemorate his first visit to Halong Bay back in 1962. The beach is the main draw of this island, where you can enjoy water sports, swim in the clear waters, or just lounge on the pristine white sand. There are also plenty of high-end resorts, hotels, restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops set along Ti Top Beach. If you’re up for the challenge (and view), there’s a 400-step stairway to the peak of Ti Top Island, where you’ll be greeted with a panoramic view of Ha Long Bay.
Many of these islands have been inhabited for more than 5000 years, with local residents living mainly on agriculture and fishing. Today, there are only a few fishing villages left in Ha Long Bay, including Cong Dam, Cua Van, Viet Hai, and Vung Vieng. These floating villages are particular highlights for foreign visitors as they can join a guided kayak tour to explore the peaceful surroundings, visit a pearl farm, try fishing with local fishermen, or simply observe their daily lives.