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Destinations in Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a spectacular location for sightseeing in Vietnam. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, it forms an amazing seascape of limestone pillars along with more than 1, 600 islands and islets. The visitors seem to discover paradise in Halong Bay with the clear water of the Bay, with some large islands and small alcoves with sandy beaches facilitating a relaxed swimming in the calm bay water.

Minh Chau Beach

Situated 15 km from Quan Lan Beach, the famous Minh Châu Beach is proud of its white sand which do not stick to one’s foot. Visitors can go to the camping site there to stay overnight. Tourists can go there via Caam Pha, crossing Tài Xá Ferry (near Cua Ông Temple), to Cái Rong Town. After this 9-km road, tourists catch a boat at Cái Rong Port. The trip to Quan Lan Island takes about 3 hours. On the way, one should visit some other islands for sightseeing. On reaching Minh Châu Beach in Quan Lan Island, tourists can enjoy swimming and taste delicious seafood.
 

Ti Top Beach

Some 14 km east of Bai Cháy is Ti Top Beach, which takes the shape of a crescent encompassing the island. Small though it might be, it wins kudos for its quiet and airy atmosphere, its clean and clear waters, as well as its alluring landscape.
In 1962, President Hô Chí Minh and the Russian astronaut Germane Ti Top came to this beach. Hence its name Ti Top. At present, there has a bar in the island, which also provides swimming costumes, floats, and lukewarm shower. Fresh water was carried to the island from inland. The Ti Top Beach has become a popular tourist destination.
 

Quan Lan Beach

This beach lies at Quan Lan Island in Bái Tu Long Bay, between Minh Châu and Quan Lan communes of Vân Don District, 55 km away from Ha Long City. Its pristine beauty features unspoiled environment. The deep blue beach has strong waves and white sand, which spans over several kilometers. Tens of meters away from the beach stand the very green wild pines, which further add to its original charm.
The Viet My Company is investing in a system of guesthouses taking the shape of stilted houses, which hide themselves under the lush foliage of casuarinas. A brick-paved road leads tourists from the artery to Quan L?n Beach. Its pristine beauty and pure environment have made it a mecca for tourists.
 

Tuan Chau Beach

Some 8 km away from the Bai Cháy Tourist Wharf, Tuan Châu is a sandy artificial beach which stretches over 3 km.
Heading to the holiday resort in Tuan Châu Island Resort, besides swimming, tourists can enjoy such fascinating extras as sightseeing,entertainment, and sports activities, including climbing or camping in the eco-tourism zone.
 

Ngoc Vung Beach

Ngoc Vung is one of the offshore beach which is still kept pristine and unspoilt. Situated to the south of Ngoc Vung Island, some 34 km southeast of the tourist boat wharf, this beach boasts clear waters all year round. Its 3-km sandy stretch sparkles in the sunlight. Apart from swimming and sightseeing, tourists can also enjoy fresh delicious seafood supplied by local fishermen.
 

Bai Chay Beach

Bai Chay is a large, beautiful, artificial beach, closed to the coast of Ha Long Bay. The 100-meter-wide-sandy beach spans over 500 m. Early in the morning or in late afternoon, thousands of people liven up the atmosphere here.
The asphalt road winds its way through the white sandy beach and luxuriant casuarinas. The Hoang Gia Tourism Company has invested in diverse services for tourists. The Bai Chay tourist site is fast changing into one of the most captivating of this kind in Ha Long City. It comprises restaurants, water puppet and traditional music theatres, Hoang Gia Park, water-skiing, and sea motorcycling. The Hoang Gia Park lines along the Ha Long road leading from the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf to the gate of the Ha Long Night Market.
There are many legends associated with the name Bai Chay. According to one legend, when the fleet carrying food for the Yuan-Mongolian invaders led by Truong Van Ha came there, the Vietnamese troops and locals under the leadership of Tran Khanh Du set fire to it. The whole fleet was engulfed in fire. Meanwhile, the northeast wind blew hard and further added fuel to it. Fire was so fierce it burned down the forest in the western side of Cua Luc. Hence the name Bai Chay.
Another legend has it that the western side of Cua Luc used to be a wharf for seagoing boats. Acorn-barnacles firmly attached to these boats’ sides and underneath, and might wreck the boats. The local population had to use casuarinas leaves to burn acorn-barnacles. From Hon Gai and other neighboring places, people always see a blaze from there, so they called it Bai Chay.
 

Ba Trái Dao Beach

To the Ba Trái Dao Beach, it costs 10 hours by cruise from Bai Cháy Tourist Wharf. It has that name as Ba Trái Dao Beach (the three peaches), features three small sand beaches embracing small islands. These islands, seen from afar, resemble three peaches. Tourists take bath in this beach only 2-3 hours in a day as in other time the beach is lapped by tides.
Legend has it, that fairies escaped from Heaven and came here for sight-seeing and swimming. The youngest fairy, who was very pretty and virtuous, fell in love with a young fisherman. The young fairy stole three peaches from Heaven for him, that if he ate, would give him eternal life, allowing them to live together forever. Bút while she waited for him on the island, the King of the Heavens discovered the robbery and turned the peaches into stone island. Chastised, the young fairy had to return.

Yên Ngua Island

The Yên Ngua or Saddle Islet lies in Ha Long Bay, in the centre of the World Heritage Area. Nature has creatively shaped two pieces of stone, one high and one lower, which are linked together to form an imposing rock, looking like a saddle. Boats can go through underneath. The whole rock resembles a sewing machine. How wonderful to have such a magnificent but elegant "saddle", jutting some 10 m above the sea surface.
 

The Vang Island

This is one of the eco-tourism site in Bái Tu Long Bay, Cam Pha District, in the itinerary of Bài Tho Mount – Am Islet – Dau Moi Islet – Dua Islet – Monkey Islet – The Vàng Islet – Vân Don. In The Vàng Islet, a resort is under construction to attract holidaymakers during weekends. An artificial beach is also underway. In the future, a system of villas and guesthouses will be built.
 

Dau Moi Islet

Ðau Moi Islet lies in the middle of the route between Am Islet and Ðua Islet in Bái Tu Long Bay. The islet resembles the head of a termite, a kind of insect often seen prior to the rainy season. Ðau Moi Islet is listed in the diversified "animal collection" of Ha Long Bay.
 

Con Coc Islet

Con Cóc or Toad Islet is one of the most exquisite works nature has presented Ha Long. Just imagine, an 8-meter-tall toad sitting to wait for rain amidst the vastness of the sea. The Toad Islet lies in the southeast of Ha Long Bay, 17 km away from the tourist boat wharf.
 

Soi Sim Islet

Soi Sim is an soil island 400 m away from Ti Top Island, and 7-8 km from the Bãi Cháy Tourist Wharf. In the island there are many ancient trees. The Ha Long Bay Management Board is going to build a system of guesthouses equipped with modern facilities. At present, a small beach has been improved and upgraded, adding more charm to the attractive holiday resort.
 

Quan Lan Island

Quan Lan Island belongs to Bái Tu Long Bay; part of an island range on the outside of the gulf of Bac Bo. It has an area of 11 sq. km, and features eight populated hamlets. Quan Lan Island stretch toward East – West from the foot of Vân Ðon Range to the Gót Mount with many high mountains to the east barring waves and winds, protect the villages. The island is situated on an important navigation route that connects China, Japan, Thailand and Philippines to Vietnam. Along two sides of the island are tens kilometres of sand beaches. This is the endless resource for glass making which the sea gives to man and it is also the extremely interesting tourism.
Since the 11th century, Quan Lan had been one of the centres of the ancient commercial port of Vân Don, which was animated and prosperous at the time. Today, there are still many vestiges linked to the ancient commercial port. This also explains why the island, lying deep in the sea, has the large pagodas and archaeological sites seen today. On the island there is the Quan Lan Communal House built in the 18th century; exceedingly beautiful and almost entirely preserved. Next to it is Quan Lan Pagoda (Linh Quang Tu), which is dedicated to Buddha and God Liêu Hanh. The pagoda also worships the statue of old Hau, a local person who made lots of contributions to the construction of the pagoda. The statue features a gentle and cheerful old woman, which adds an original character to the pagoda. Beside Quan Lan Pagoda lies Nghè Quan Lan (Duc Ông) Shrine, which is dedicated to Pham Công Chính, a local people who participated in the historical Vân Don battle against the Yuan invaders. He was later honored as a god. Quan Lan has many valuable sea products such as octopuses, butterfish, mackerel, holothurian, shrimp, and sái sùng.
 

Cong Tay Island

In the Ngoc Vung - Quan Lan islands itinerary, one will visit Cong Tây Island, which lies at the Bái Tu Long Bay, 40 km away from the Bai Cháy Tourist Wharf. From Cam Pha, express boats will take you 30 minutes or 90 minutes by common boats to reach Cong Tây Island.
Cong Tây Island is considered the Cinderella in a legendary tale. The Cam Pha Coal Construction and Port Company built a resort in the island to attract holidaymakers. A system of villas and restaurants lies very close to the beach. Red brick-paved, coconut-lined roads lead from the villas to the beach. Hammocks are available here and there for tourists to relax and view the sea.
 

Ba Trai Dao Islet

This island consists of three small mountains with the height of 23 m, seen from afar, resemble three peaches (Ba Trái Ðào).
The island connects to a legend of about the romantic love between a youngest fairy who was very pretty with a young and poor fisherman. Because of feeling in love with him, she stole three peaches from Heaven for him, that if he ate, would give him eternal life, allowing them to live together forever. The King of the Heavens discovered the robbery and turned the peaches into three stone islands. Chastised, the young fairy had to return. Today, Ba Trái Ðào is a famous tourist attraction with three nice fairy beaches, romantic landscape. It is 22 km from south north of Bãi Cháy Tourist Wharf.
 

Ti Top Island

Situated about 7-8 km south-east of Bai Cháy lies the small Ti Top Island. It displays a beach shaped like a crescent moon, and sand that has been washed to a snowy white by the tide. On 22 November 1962, this tiny island had the honour of receiving a visit from astronaut Ghermann Ti Top, a hero of the former Soviet Union, accompanied by Ho Chí Minh. To perpetuate the remembrance of their visit, Uncle Ho named the place Ti Top Island. It has now become an attractive beach for tourists and has various of tourist services.
Thirty-five years afterwards, on 27 June 1997, Ti Top returned to the island having his name. Deeply moved, he wrote in the souvenir book of the Management Board of Ha Long Bay: "My deepest thanks to destiny, which has allowed me to come back to this tiny island.” It has become a beach attracting many visitors.
 

Ngoc Vong Island

Ngoc Vong, or Gem Island, is a pretty site sitting between the Nét Islet and Phuong Hoàng (Phoenix) Island, in the Vân Don District. From above, Ngoc Vong looks like a beautiful velvet handkerchief with exquisite white edgings; it seems to float on the water surface. On the east side of the island there is a kilometres-beach with pure white sand. At the centre is a luxuriant benjamin fig tree; it was under this tree that Ho Chí Minh stood and conversed with the population in 1962 during a visit.
Formerly, under the feudal dynasties, this island zone contained a great quantity of rare and precious species of mother-of-pearls. At night, fluorescent pearls would light up the whole region. So there are several islands having name "Ngoc" such as Ngoc Vung (dazzling pearl), Minh Châu (Ngoc Châu)...
During the war against the US, the island belonged to a front of outward islands that served as protection for the eastern waterways.
It is also on the beach that many stone artefacts were discovered in 1937, opening a string of excavations and archaeological research aiming at providing some explanations of the mysteries of the ancient Ha Long culture.
 

Chó Ðá Islet

In the itinerary of Thiên Cung – Ðau Go– Ti Top, after visiting Thiên Cung and Ðau Go, one needs 10 minutes boating to the Chó Ðá Islet or Stone Dog Islet. Some 8 m up the islet one can figure out a piece of stone in the shape of a dog sitting with its back to the sea, standing guard for the safety of seagoing boats for millions of years.
 

Reu Island

Reu Island lies just 500 m from the tourist boats wharf. The Hoàng Gia International Joint Venture is implementing a project to turn the island into a resort complex with many kinds of services. At present, the island has a lot species of animals, including many rare ones. Reu Island is fast changing into an interesting holiday resort.
 

Dau Be Island

On the south-east side of Ha Long Bay, Dau Bê Island is 500 m from Hang Trai Island to the east, and 28 km from the Bai Cháy Tourist Wharf, in an archipelago comprised between the Trà Nguand Dá Le islands outside Ha Long Bay (seaport of Lan Ha Bay). It has an area of 22,863 sq. m, and its highest peak reaches 139 m. When speaking of the island, it is impossible not mention to Ba Hâm Lake, a famous spot which people had known long time ago.
 


Cong Do Island

On the south-east side of Ha Long Bay, about 25 km from Bai Cháy Wharf, Cong Do is in Bái Tu Long Bay in the region which recognised as the World Heritage. It has an area of 23,363 sq. m, and its mountain reaches a peak of 172 m. The island features many lagoons, which are the residence of numerous species of sea-life, such as shrimp, crab, fish, squid and aquatic plants. On the south-west side of the island, there is a wide coral reef displaying a myriad of colours.
Coral reef ecosystem is more than 700 m long and 300 m wide. It is preserved almost undamaged. In the future, there are plans for the development of a zone for scuba-diving. On the south-east side of the island, vestiges of the ancient commercial port of Vân Don were discovered. This confirms beliefs that Cong Do Island once held an important position in terms of foreign trade.

Yen Trung Tourist Site

It is located in road 18A connecting Ha Noi with Ha Long, about 5 km from Yen Tu. From Uong Bi go for 10 km until you reach a signpost; take a right fork as instructed into a paved road to reach Yen Trung. Further on for 500 m from the entrance is a wide and beautiful lake surrounded by pine hills. In the middle of the lakes are islets covered with green trees. Tourists can boat around the lake or call on the islets or fish for pleasure.
 

Yen Tu Tourist Site

The area of Yen Tu is made up of a system of pagodas, shrines, towers and forests, belonging to the village of Thuong Yen Cong Commune, Uong Bi Town. It is about 40 km from Ha Long City and 14 km from Uong Bi Town.
 

Hoang Gia International Park

Hoang Gia international park (Royal Park) runs along Bai Chay Beach, from Bai Chay Wharf to Ha Long Night Market. It is a comprehensive resort totaling 8 ha. Restaurants in the park serve European, Chinese, and Vietnamese food and seafood.You can enjoy yourself to the fullest with the entertainment and recreation services: 400 m artificial beach, bars and bathing services center, emergency station, park, garden of birds and orchids, archery grounds, cactus, sensation train, ghostly house, discotheque, karaoke bar, electronic car, art gallery, open-air stage, water puppetry and traditional music and singing; museum; quay for sight-seeing tours.

See Also

Map of Mekong Delta
Luon Cave
Dau Go Cave
Major Cities Of The Delta
Entertainmetns in Halong City
Kim Quy Cave
Bo Nau Cave
Trinh Nu Cave
Ba Ham Cave
Thien Cung Cave
Life On The River
Mekong Floating Markets
Snake Industry
Sung Sot Cave
Me Cung Cave
Tam Cung Cave

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