Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay Overview

Accounting for three-quarters of the famous Halong Bay UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bai Tu Long Bay attracts tourists from all over the world with its natural and primitive beauty. It’s still clean, not spoiled and charming without much public attention. When you cruise in here, you may felt like heaven on earth. Bai Tu Long Bay with attractive marine Eco-tours and wonderful natural beauty of stunning beaches is actually an ideal rendezvous for beach lovers. It is considered another secret heaven next to its famous neighbour.

Bai Tu Long Bay Overview

The legend of Bai Tu Long Bay

According to legend, to protect ancient Vietnam’s border from invaders, Mother Dragon and Child Dragon were sent to help Vietnamese people against the enemy. These dragons sprayed a large number of pearls turning into thousands of limestone. It became a solid wall that the invaders could not overcome. Because of that Mother Dragon and Child Dragon loved spectacular landscapes and appreciate the hospitality of Vietnamese people, the decision to stay there instead of coming back to heaven. Since then, the position that Mother Dragon landed is called Halong Bay, and where Child Dragon stayed is known as Bai Tu Long Bay.

Islands in Bai Tu Long Bay

Things to see & do in Bai Tu Long Bay

Up to now, Bai Tu Long Bay still remains its pristine beautiful natural landscape. Taking a cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay, You will be impressed by white sandy beaches, different shapes of islands and fresh atmosphere here. Seeing mangroves stretching out, clams and shells on the sand may make you feel to be completely separated from the real world to come back your peaceful past.

Visiting Bai Tu Long Bay, you will have a chance to discover a number of amazing attractions including Cong Do Area, Cong Dam Area, Vong Vieng, Cong Dam Floating Village, Thien Canh Son Cave, Da Xep Park, or Tra Gioi Beach. Besides, you can pay a visit to some of the largest, most developed and most populated islands on Bai Tu Long Bay such as Quan Lan, Ngoc Vung, Cong Dong, and Cong Tay to enjoy and relax on their beautiful beaches.

Thien Canh Son Cave

The highlight of Bai Tu Long Bay is Bai Tu Long Bay National Park - one of seven Vietnamese amphibian national parks with both terrestrial zone and aquatic zone. The national park was established in 2001 to protect many endangered species of birds, animals, and plants.

Bai Tu Long Bay National Park

To enjoy your interesting time in Bai Tu Long Bay, kayaking will be one of the really good ways to have a closer look at the limestone islands of the bay. You can see the charming islands as well as observe fully the local life of those who live in the floating village. Kayaking will also help you access to remote or untouched areas of lovely Bai Tu Long Bay.

Besides, you can try to ride bicycles to explore insightful dense forests on the islands. It will be a memorable experience in your wonderful trip in Vietnam.

For those who fall in love with swimming and surfing, Bai Tu Long will be one of the perfect choices. There are a few cruise ships and other kayakers, so it will be a wide space for you to enjoy the most interesting experiences in Bai Tu Long Bay.

Weather in Bai Tu Long Bay

There are 2 different seasons in Bai Tu Long Bay, which are the hot and humid summer, and the cold and dry winter. The average temperature fluctuates between 15 °C and 25 °C. If you come to visit Bai Tu Long Bay in summer, you can join many of energetic activities including swimming, kayaking, and surfing. However, if you want to avoid the tourist crowds, let visit Bai Tu Long Bay in the winter. Of course, in both seasons, you can still enjoy the amazing and magnificent scenery of this wonderful Bay.

Bai Tu Long in Summer

Enjoying the peace on the azure-blue beach as well as breathing in the fresh air, your trip to Bai Tu Long Bay will surely be a long lasting memory in your life.

Popular Bai Tu Long Bay Itinerary

Bai Tu Long Bay is an attraction for a lot of travellers who visit Vietnam and want to travel to a less touristic area. Besides Halong Bay Cruises, there are many Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises you can choose for your trip. Each cruise will have its own itinerary but it follows the route which accepted by  Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay Authority. Below is a popular for Bai Tu Long Bay Itinerary for 2 day 1 night and Bai Tu Long Bay for 3 day 2 night.

Bai Tu Long 2 day 1 night itinerary

DAY 1: Hon Gai Harbour – Bai Tu Long – Thien Canh Son (L, D)

7.30 - 8.00: Our air-conditioned van will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and take you to Hon Gai International Harbour.

12.00 - 13.00: At the harbour, we board our traditional red-sail junk boat and set sail towards Bai Tu Long Bay. On the way, feel free to drop off your luggage and enjoy your welcome drink while listening to the captain’s briefing.

13.00 - 15.00: Have a relaxing lunch on the calm waters while looking out for the many iconic limestone rock pillars that line the ship's path.

15.15 - 15.40: We arrive at Bai Tu Long Bay and begin our explorations, starting with the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave.

15.45 - 18:00: From here you will head to the white sand at Hon Co island and make the difficult decision to either relax on the beach or discover the surrounding wonders by swimming or kayaking.

18:00 - 19.00: We head back to the junk boat to freshen up for a delectable dinner of traditional Vietnamese food and local island fare.

20.00 - 00:00: Spend the evening at your leisure out on the deck watching the various islands silently glide by.

DAY 2: Cap La – Vung Vieng Fishing Village – Hon Gai (B, L)

07.30 - 08.00: Soak up the morning view of Bai Tu Long Bay as the early light bounces off the shimmering water. Have breakfast in the open air at your own pace.

08.30 - 09.30: You will arrive in Vung Vieng Fishing Village by row-boat and discover the local way of life as fishermen cast their nets into the water.

10.00: We will head back to the ship to check out of the cabins. Then enjoy An À la Carte Lunch as we slowly cruise back towards the harbour. 

11.45 ¬- 12.00: We leave the boat and board our bus for the drive to Yen Duc Village in Dong Trieu Province.

14.00 - 17.30: Here we will watch a traditional water puppet show performed by local artists before we head back to Hanoi.

Bai Tu Long 3 day 2 night itinerary

DAY 1: Hon Gai Harbour – Bai Tu Long – Cong Do (L, D)

7.30 - 8.00: Our van will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and head towards Hon Gai International Harbour.

12.00 - 12.30: Climb an ancient red-sail junk boat your home for the next 2 nights. 

12.30 - 13.00: Enjoy a welcome drink upon checking in and listening to a quick safety briefing.

13.30 - 15.00: Take in the astounding rock pillar formations from the deck on the cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay while indulging in a succulent local lunch.

15.00 - 17.30: We wind around the plethora of stunning limestone outcrops and head to the ancient Cap La Fishing Village and stunning Tra San Bay that can be explored via swimming or kayaking.

17.45 - 19.00: We head back to the junk boat and freshen up for dinner.

19.00 - 21.00: Eat a delicious seafood dinner as night rolls in. Relax on the deck or in your cabin as we drop anchor in the serene Cong Do area for the night.

DAY 2: Cap La – Cong Dam – Thien Canh Son Cave (B, L, D)

07.30 - 08.00: Take in the morning view of Cong Do with a cup of tea or coffee. A beautiful breakfast will be served in the newly-formed shadows of the landscape.

08.00- 10:00: The boat will start its cruise to Cong Dam in Bai Tu Long Bay along the rock-sided path.

10:00: In the hidden lagoons and open air you can kayak around the stunning geological park of Cong Dam.

12:00: We will rest on a hidden beach and enjoy a barbecue lunch.

13:30: Climb back aboard as we start the cruise back to Cong Do.

16:30: We arrive at Hon Co Island and walk to the well-concealed Thien Canh Son Cave for a thorough exploration of its peaceful interior.

17:30: Head back to the boat for a well-earned drink as we cruise back to Cap La.

19:00: Have dinner in the sanctity of Cap La as we drop anchor there for the night.

DAY 3: Cap La – Vung Vieng Fishing Village – Hon Gai (B, L)

06:45: Wake up on your final day to breakfast on board as we begin our cruise to the Vung Ha area of Halong Bay.

08:00: We arrive at the remarkable Vung Vieng Fishing Village by rustic row-boat and discover a completely different way of life.

10.00: We climb back aboard our junk boat one last time to check out of the cabins and set sail towards Hon Gai International Harbour with an accompanying à la carte lunch.

11:30 - 14.30: We disembark from the boat and begin our drive to Yen Duc Village, where local artists will display their craft in water puppetry.

14.45 - 17.30: We arrive back in Hanoi for the end of the tour.

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