Named in honor of Russian astronaut German Titop during his 1962 visit to Halong Bay, Titop Island’s small size hasn’t hindered its tourist appeal, with the island featuring on many junk boat cruise itineraries. It’s a striking sight from a distance - a swooping tower of limestone rising out of the sea and blanketed with thick rainforest, but the main highlight is the crescent of pristine white sand that lines its shore.
Most visitors make a beeline for the beach, where swimming and kayaking are the main pastimes, but adventurous types can also climb the 427 stone steps to the mountaintop pagoda, where they’ll be rewarded with dazzling views over the bay. Titop is also home to a number of resort hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops, making it a good choice for a stopover.
Titop Island is located in Halong Bay, just northeast of Cat Ba Island.