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Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay, located to the east of the Halong Bay core zone, is in some ways actually more stunning and pristine than its famous neighbour, thanks to its harder-to-reach location. For foreign travellers, it’s a laid-back alternative to the touristy bustle of Halong Bay, where it is easy to take extra time for kayaking and swimming among awesome rock formations similar to those in Halong Bay. Bai Tu Long Bay is also home to the large Bai Tu Long National Park, one of seven Vietnamese national parks which has both a terrestrial zone and an aquatic zone.

As with Halong Bay, the best way to experience the full gamut of limestone pinnacles scattered around this seascape is via a cruise. Normally, only 3 day 2 night cruises can reach Bai Tu Long Bay, as it is located further to the east. Charter boats can also be arranged to explore Bai Tu Long Bay from Halong City.

Among the more remote and distant attractions of Bai Tu Long are Co To Island, Quan Lan Island and Ngoc Vung Island, well known among Vietnamese tourists, but harder to reach by water. Local people typically take a bus or car to Cai Rong Port, Van Don District, Quang Ninh Province, and there board a high-speed boat to reach them. While getting there is a little more difficult, these islands’ beaches have probably the best water and sand quality found anywhere in Northern Vietnam.

INTERESTING KEY FACTS
2001 C.E

The year Bai Tu Long National Park was founded
30000

The number of people who live throughout the bayng Village
391

Number of marine species to which the bay is home
900 years

Age of the most significant port in the bay, Van Don Port
157.83 km²

Surface area of Bai Tu Long National Park
17

Coral species in Bai Tu Long bay listed in the Vietnam Red Book