Bai Tu Long Bay in Vietnam

25/05/2024 - 03:48  

Bai Tu Long Bay occupies three quarters of Halong Bay World Heritage site, as well as many islands in Van Don, Cam Pha District. Travelling to Bai Tu Long Bay for off the beaten track and promises to deliver many unique experiences and far away from the heavily touristic sites.

Where is Bai Tu Long Bay?

Bai Tu Long Bay, located in the northern part of Vietnam, to the east of Halong Bay (Quang Ninh province), is a stunning natural landscape known for its pristine natural beauty and crystal-clear waters. This off-the-beaten-track location is a hidden gem that offers a unique and authentic experience to travelers seeking to escape the crowds of more touristy areas.

Is Bai Tu Long Bay worth for visiting?

The answer is Absolutely 100%! Although less well-known than its neighbor, the Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay offers equally stunning landscapes. The bay is an ideal destination for those who are looking for a more authentic and less crowded experience. It has pristine beaches, impressive karst mountains and wild nature. There is no doubt that Bai Tu Long Bay is a must-visit destination for al travellers who come to visit Vietnam.

In this big area, visitors can find pristine natural landscapes. Even now, Bai Tu Long remains an extensive unexplored area. In some ways it is actually more stunning than Halong Bay, since it is only in its initial stages as a destination for travelers. Bai Tu Long has many attractions to visit: Cong Do area, Vung Vieng fishing village, Da Xep Park, Cong Dam area, Thien Canh Son cave and Tra Gioi beach.

There are also some populated islands such as Quan Lan, Ngoc Vung, Cong Dong  and Cong Tay with many beautiful and natural beaches. In addition, Bai Tu Long Bay National Park is rich in biological diversity. They are home to many different floras and faunas.

Comparison of Halong Bay vs Bai Tu Long Bay

While both Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay share similar geological features with limestone formations, emerald waters, and numerous caves and grottoes. However, the experience is a bit different.

Halong Bay is well developed and can be quite crowded with tourists, especially in the peak season. On the other hand, Bai Tu Long Bay remains largely unexplored and offers a more peaceful travelling route.

How to get to Bai Tu Long Bay

There are several ways to reach Bai Tu Long Bay from Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam.

The most common option is to book a tour package that includes shuttle bus from Hanoi to Bai Tu Long Bay and stay overnight on cruise.

Travelers can also rent a car or hire a private driver to drive the approximately 170 kilometers from Hanoi to Halong Bay within 2,5 hour transfer.

Bai Tu Long bay attractions

Cong Do area

The Cong Do area features  numnerous karst mountains with pristine beachs and cave, the natural beauty of Cong Do will amaze you during the overnight cruise on Bai Tu Long Bay.

Vung Vieng floating fishing village

The attraction used to be a floating community on the bay with hundreds of locals living. This floating village offers a glimpse into the traditional lives of Vietnamese fishermen. Visitors can take a bamboo boat tour around the village, learn about local fishing life,  explore the fishing farm, and even try your hand to catch fish.

Da Xep park

Da Xep Park is a beautiful nature reserve with karst mountains pristine beaches. The area is a special geological park with a landscape of hundreds of small islands formed by naturally karsts. The area features small beaches and an extremely peaceful natural scenery, with very few tourists, in particular.

Cong Dam area

The Cong Dam area is known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and impressive limestone formations. It is an ideal spot for kayaking, swimming, and relaxing.

Thien Canh Son cave

One of the highlights of Bai Tu Long Bay, Thien Canh Son Cave is a magnificent cavern adorned with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave’s entrance is hidden beneath a lush forest canopy, offering a breathtaking viewpoint to the bay.

Tra Gioi beach

Tra Gioi Beach is a secluded stretch of sand with calm waters, making it an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing and  enjoying a BBQ on the beach.

Beaches in Bai Tu Long Bay

Quan Lan, Ngoc Vung, Cong Dong and Cong Tay islands.

These populated islands offer a glimpse into local life and boast beautiful beaches, charming villages, and opportunities for hiking and biking with hotel stay tour pacakge.

Bai Tu Long Bay national park

This national park is rich in biodiversity and provides a sanctuary for various species of plants and animals. The national park is so unique, on the water with hundreds of island and islets.

Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise Itineraries:

Bai Tu Long Bay cruises offer a variety of itineraries and options, ranging from day trips to multi-day journeys. Some of the most popular activities and experiences included in Bai Tu Long Bay cruise packages are:

  • Exploring the geological formations and learning about the region’s biodiversity.
  • Visiting floating villages and experiencing local life.
  • Enjoying a BBQ lunch on the beach or on floating house.
  • Kayaking around the limestone islands.
  • Relaxing in the less visited areas.