BAI TU LONG BAY - NORTHERN VIETNAM
CRUISE ON QUIET WATERS
Located east of Halong Bay and close to the Sino-Vietnamese border, Bai Tu Long Bay is an off-road destination in Northern Vietnam that has recently been in high demand by international tourists during their trip to Vietnam. With a landscape similar to Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay offers clearer waters and less touristic attractions.
Legend of Bai Tu Long Bay
Millions of years ago, when Vietnam was attacked by its invaders, the King of the Sky (Emperor Jade) sent the Dragon Mother and her children to help the Vietnamese. After the defeat of the invaders, the dragons fell in love with the peaceful seascape and decided to stay in the bay. The place where the Dragon Mother descended is now called Halong Bay, while Bai Tu Long Bay is the place of the young dragons.
A two or three day cruise is a good idea if you want to explore this hidden bay during your trip to Northern vietnam. The whole panoramic scene is before your eyes, vast and breathtaking.
What distinguishes Bai Tu Long is the beauty of the karst and limestone mountains emerging from the water or the mystical caves. A number of attractions retain their original charm and are sure to spark your curiosity.
What to do in Bai Tu Long Bay?
Kayaking in the fishing village of Vung Vieng
The village is located in the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay and 24 km from the mainland. In Vung Vieng, you will be immersed in a quiet and peaceful place while observing the charming landscape and learning more about the local culture of the fishermen who have lived there for generations. The clear water and quiet atmosphere relaxes you completely.
Swimming / snorkeling at Ban Chan beach
Ban Chan Beach offers the most crystalline green and blue waters of the site with a white and smooth sandy beach. It is a hidden and still unknown paradise. Enjoy the water, relax on the beach and you can even organize your own barbecue.
Vung Vieng Fishing Village in Bai Tu Long Bay
Relaxation in Ang Du
Ang Du is an attraction off the beaten track and has a decent beach for a good time. It is also the ideal place for those who are thirsty for a mini adventure. Walking towards the centre of the island, you will pass in front of a magnificent lake that will amaze you, thanks to its many shrubs.
Visit of the Thien Canh Son cave
The path to Thien Canh Son Cave is already unique because it is located under the canopy of the forest and a stone cliff. Inside the cave, you will feel surrounded by an ethereal beauty, through the stalagmites and stalactites. Many legends and stories about the cave have been told over the years. In addition, you can't resist taking pictures of these fascinating attractions.
Hiking in Bai Tu Long National Park
A thriving forest and marine conservation area, the national park covers 61.25 km2 and an even larger aquatic area of 96.58 km2. It is home to impressive fauna and flora, including the leopard cat, the Indian muntjac, the small and large Indian civet.
Some tips during your stay in Bai Tu Long
The weather plays an essential role in planning the right time to visit this bay in Northern Vietnam. The area welcomes passengers all year round, but July-September is often not recommended due to the southern monsoon, which causes unstable weather conditions and storms that interfere with your projects.
The high season of Bai Tu Long Bay extends from November to April, when the weather is cooler, drier and more stable. This will give you more freedom to practice outdoor activities. October and March/April are the ideal period with a perfectly balanced temperature fluctuation. Plan your trip to Northern vietnam accordingly as much as possible.