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Bai Tu Long Bay

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Best Time: February - April Read More

Ideal duration: 3-4 days

Nearest Airport: NoiBai Airport - Hanoi Check Flights

"The Sister of Halong Bay"

Bai Tu Long Bay Tourism

Bai Tu Long Bay in Northeastern Vietnam is an extension of Ha Long Bay - A UNESCO World Heritage site -  located at a mere 30 km from it. However, this small distance creates a vast difference in the experience that you can have here! The same limestone karsts, teal blue waters and languid cruises minus the crowds of Ha Long Bay is what sets Bai Tu Long Bay apart from its sister destination.

This UNESCO World Heritage site is dominated mainly by the lush Bai Tu Long National Park that serves as an ideal location for trekking and for witnessing various colourful bird and butterfly species. The best way to witness the beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay is through cruises. These can either be booked at Ha Long Bay Tourist Wharf or at Bai Tu Long Bay itself, the cost for these is approximately 300,000 VND Per Hour.

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Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise

An Overnight cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay is an experience that cannot be aptly described in words. The cruises that cost about 7,000,000 VND - 10,000,000 VND per person are exclusive getaways and Bai Tu Long, with a relatively lesser crowd density than Halong Bay instils a sense of serenity in you. The cruise ships cover most of the major locations in the area. In addition to that, they also take you on boat rides to caves, kayaking and bamboo boating. The boats itself are exquisite and provide a great deal of entertainment. There are activities such as squid fishing, massage, sundeck yoga, stargazing, art galleries and an open bar at night keeps the drinks flowing and the chatter lively. The multitude of activities lined up will ensure that you have a fun-filled experience. This a definite no-miss!

Legends of Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay has legends connected to that of Halong Bay. 'Bai Tu Long', literally means 'Offspring of Dragon'. The dragon that helped the Vietnamese defeat their enemy is said to have bid farewell to its offspring just before she ascended to Heaven. The offspring dragons continued to live amongst the karst rocks in this area. Another slightly modified version of the legend states that when the Vietnamese ruler called on the Mother Dragon for help to defeat his enemies, the Mother Dragon descended at Halong Bay. She was so large that she occupied the entire area. The offspring descended at Bai Tu Long Bay.

Restaurants and Local Food in Bai Tu Long Bay

The Bay area is a treasure house of seafood. Fish, Crabs, Lobster, Oyster, Octopus, Clam - you name it you have it! The Bai Tu Long Bay area has its share of authentic dishes cooked Vietnamese style. Some prominent dishes that you definitely should not miss include - Cha Muc (Bay Squid Sausage served with rice cakes or sticky rice), Sam dishes (Sam or Horseshoe crab is served with cakes, soup, noodles or rice), Oysters or Lobsters boiled in beer or lemongrass, Ngan (a special kind of hard clam) and Banh Gat Gu (steaming rice cake served with caramelized pork sauce).
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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Great scenery, Relaxing vibe, beautiful beaches

What's Not So Great?

Remote Location, Language barrier, Not many facilities

For Whom?

  • Nature Lovers
  • Offbeat Tourists

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How To Reach Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay does not have great connectivity as it is located quite far from main cities. You will have to switch around and change transport, stopping over at a number of intermediate destinations before you reach the bay area. However the effort is all worth it as the spectacular scenery melts away all your complaints.

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