All about Bai Tu Long Bay

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Bai Tu Long Bay Location

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

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Best time to visit Bai Tu Long Bay

The best time to visit Bai Tu Long Bay is in April, May, Sept and October, when the weather is cool. . During this time, the area experiences less rainfall, not too hot, making it perfect for outdoor activities such as kayaking, swimming, and hiking.

During summer time (June – Aug), the weather is hot but clear blue sky and great for outdoor activities.

In winter from Nov to Feb, it is cold and some foggy days, it is still great to see the majestic bay this time.

Bai Tu Long Bay is a hidden paradise that is waiting to be discovered. With its stunning landscapes, peaceful atmosphere, and unique wildlife, it is the perfect destination for travelers who want to escape the crowds and immerse themselves in nature.

Places you should visit in Bai Tu Long Bay

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Bai Tu Long Bay Map

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 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.

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Vung Vieng Fishing Village Bai Tu Long Bay

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

This well-hidden cave lies below the forest canopy and stone cliff and houses hundred-year-old stalagmites and stalactites. The cave is still untouched with a few of tourists and man-made influences.

Thien Canh Son Cave
Thien Canh Son Cave

Swimming and snorkeling at Ban Chan Beach

Ban Chan Beach is best known for clear waters, white-sandy beach, and good visibility that is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Additionally, many tour operators offer BBQ party on the beach.

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.

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.

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.

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How to get to Bai Tu Long Bay From Hanoi

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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.

By seaplane: There are seaplane services that operate from Hanoi to Bai Tu Long Bay, which gives you a scenic view of the bay and the islands, it’s a more exclusive and luxury option.

By bus: From Hanoi, you can take a bus to Hon Gai Bus Station and then transfer to a smaller bus or minivan that will take you to the port where you can catch a boat to Bai Tu Long Bay.

By boat: There are several daily boat tours that operate from Halong Bay to Bai Tu Long Bay. These tours usually include a bus or minivan transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay, and then a junk boat ride to Bai Tu Long Bay. This is a popular option for those who want to explore the bay but don’t want to spend the night on a boat.

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Note: While Bai Tu Long Bay is located close to Halong Bay, it is less developed and less touristic than Halong Bay, and the infrastructure is not as good. It’s a great option for those looking for a more peaceful and off-the-beaten-path experience.

Why Bay Tu Long Bay?

Bai Tu Long Bay takes possession of three quarters of the entire Halong Bay area. Despite its large area and proximity to Halong Bay; Bai Tu Long Bay remains unspoiled with fewer crowds and boats running days and nights. The sceneries here are just as spectacular as its ‘tourist giant’ neighbor and many parts still haven’t been discovered yet.

Besides pristine seascapes, Bai Tu Long Bay also has preserved biodiversity and strong connection with the locals, their culture and likelihoods. Therefore, visitors yearning for isolated feel can pick Bai Tu Long Bay as an idyllic alternative to the touristy Halong Bay.

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