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Bai Tu Long bay

 

 

Located north of the famous Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long bay is by no means less attractive than the touristy World Heritage Halong. More and more travellers are choosing Bai Tu Long bay as their destination.
Compared to Halong, Bai Tu Long bay is even more beautiful, there are hundreds of large and small islands and islets scattered around the bay, and Bai Tu Long still preserves it's natural and unharmed beauty with crystal like sandy beaches in Minh Chau, Quan Lan and Ngoc Vung islands stretching our tens of kilometres.
It takes about 1 hour drive (50 km) from Bai Chay ward, the tourist centre of Halong city, to reach Bai Tu Long, the bay area belongs to Van Don district, visitors going to further islands like Co To, Quan Lan or Bach Long Vi can catch public ferries or high speed boat from Cai Rong township, there have been a hydrofoil connecting Quan Lan and Cai Rong, departing in the morning and afternoon.

Bai Tu Long bay

Bai Tu Long was discovered by the French in 19th century, in the old days the area was inhabited by nomadic fishermen catching fish, cuttle, sentinels and other marine products, the sparsely populated islands are home to valuable and rare species. Until recently Bai Tu Long bay has not been exploited by tourism. Travellers visit Bai Tu Long bay to enjoy the wild beauty of nature, away from the noisy Halong Bay.
Tourism facilities in Bai Tu Long Bay are pretty simple, at the moment there are only a few tour companies offering tours to Bai Tu Long, and their main destination is Quan Lan, the only island in Bai Tu Long bay where foreign tourists can visit without permit from local authorities. Local travellers can go further out to Co To island or Bach Long Vi, the most far reached island in Vietnam's East Sea.
One of the most interesting part of Bai Tu Long bay is the complex of mountain caves, of which Nha Tro grotto is the most beautiful, the cave is located in Ban Sen island, about 1.5 hours by boat from Cai Rong. To reach Nha Tro cave, travellers need to take a wooden fishing boat from Ban Sen, the cave is like a natural theatre, around 200 square metres in area, inside the cave there are thousands of stalagmites and stalagtites of all shapes and sizes, archeololical finds prove the presence of primitive people in the New Stone Age 5000 years ago.
 

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