Tra Co is located in the North East, in Quang Ninh Province, 8 - 9 km from Mong Cai Town and Mong Cai border gate. Those who live here are mostly Do Son people who migrated to live and settled down.
How to travel to Tra Co beach?If you depart from Hanoi by private car, you can go along Highway 18 in the direction of Ha Noi - Hon Gai to Tien Yen and turn to Highway 4 to go to Mong Cai town. From here, you can move to Tra Co beach. The road from Mong Cai to Tra Co is quite spacious, so it is easy to travel.
If you go by passenger car or bus, you can catch buses Hanoi - Mong Cai, it takes visitors about 5 hours and cost from VND 120,000 / person with reclining seat, VND 150,000 / person with bed seat. These buses are available in Giap Bat, My Dinh, Luong Yen bus stations. An experience when traveling alone is that you can depart at night because it will save you time.
If you depart from Hai Phong or Bai Chay, you can go through the sea by hydrofoils. The hydrofoil is very smooth, comfortable, you will not have the feeling of seasickness. There are two departures, morning and afternoon trips, from Tra Co to Bai Chay and from Hai Phong to Tra Co.
What to do on Tra Co?In Mong Cai, you can easily rent a motorbike to visit places such as golf course, the beach, Tra Co church, Ong Pagoda, Ba Pagoda.... (all along the road). Then you can move to the border belt to take pictures with the landmark.
Tra Co beach is known as the most lyrical beach in Vietnam by its pristine and rustic beauty. This is also the only beach located on the Vietnam - China border.
When traveling to Tra Co, you can also visit Van Lien Pagoda in Tra Co Ward. If you travel in the period between 30th May to 6th June in lunar calendar, you will have opportunities to join the traditional festival of Tra Co village. Here, you will see the festive activities such as sacrifice ceremony, procession and especially the best cooking contest.
Visiting Tra Co, you should also explore Sa Vi Cape, also known as the cape located in the extreme northeast of Vietnam. There is a memorial monument that extracts two verses of poet To Huu referring to the south and north poles of the S-shaped strip (Vietnam).
If you want to go to Mong Cai for shopping, sightseeing, you can show your passport to go through Mong Cai border gate to Dong Hung (Dongxing, Guangxi) - China. Traveling between the two cities is relatively easy. You need to present 02 4cm × 6cm photos and you ID card through the travel agency, after 1 hour, you can be in Dong Hung - China. Coming to this place, you will be free to explore Dong Hung ancient town or go shopping and taste delicious food.
You can also stroll Mong Cai, Tra Co at night. Mong Cai night market sells a wide variety of souvenirs, ready-to-wear and household items. If you like, you can cross the Ka Long Bridge into Hong Van center to try Chinese-style junk food.
What to eat when traveling to Tra Co?Like other beaches, coming to Tra Co, you will enjoy a variety of seafood. Visiting Tra Co beach, you should enjoy the dishes made from horseshoe crab. These are the specialties of this untouched sea of Tra Co, which has its own distinctive flavor. In addition, you should also enjoy the fresh sea crabs (you should buy right on the beach in early morning), although the crabs are of various sizes, but they are extremely delicious.
You will easily see seafood restaurants serving this kind of seafood with a very cheap price. In addition, if you are in Mong Cai city, you should also enjoy some dishes which are considered specialties of the city such as Tien Yen chicken....
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