Visit Bai Tu Long Bay - Travel Guide 2024

By Ngoc Nguyen - May 28, 2024
Visit Bai Tu Long Bay - Travel Guide 2024

Along with Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay is voted as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. The enchantment of this bay comes from the majestic beauty of nature and interesting culinary experiences.

1. About Bai Tu Long Bay
2. Best time to visit Bai Tu Long Bay
3. How to get to Bai Tu Long Bay
4. What to do in Bai Tu Long Bay
5. What to eat when coming to Bai Tu Long Bay?
6. Bai Tu Long Bay cruise itinerary

If you are a tourist who loves to explore and enjoy the wild beauty of nature, Bai Tu Long Bay is the ideal destination for you. To explore Bai Tu Long Bay with the harmonious beauty between mountains, sea and people, visitors should not miss the information and sightseeing experiences below.

1. About Bai Tu Long Bay

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Bai Tu Long is a bay of Quang Ninh - Vietnam, consisting of hundreds of large and small islands, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, in the Northeast region of Vietnam. Bai Tu Long Bay includes a sea area of Ha Long City, Cam Pha City and Van Don Island District. The southwest of the bay borders Ha Long Bay, the west borders the mainland of Cam Pha City, the east borders the sea and the northeast borders Co To Island District.

With a favorable geographical location and advantageous nature, Bai Tu Long Bay is definitely an ideal tourist destination for tourists to visit. There are hundreds of islands, large and small, created thousands of years ago. Each island has majestic and ancient beauty, creating a watercolor painting that captivates visitors. Besides, Bai Tu Long is also famous for many beautiful pristine beaches such as Minh Chau beach, Con Co beach, Co To beach, Van Don beach, Quan Lan, etc. Surely tourists who come here will be overwhelmed by the vast ocean and the long, smooth white sand beaches stretching along the coast. Coming here, visitors can enjoy immersing themselves in the clear blue sea water and inhaling the cool air.

2. Best Time to Visit Bai Tu Long Bay

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If you are interested in the question of what month should you travel to Quang Ninh, when is the ideal time to visit Bai Tu Long Bay, the answer is in the summer, from March to May every year. When visiting this famous tourist destination in the summer, visitors can freely swim and participate in water games to cool off on summer days.

If you want to see the tourist attractions of Bai Tu Long Bay, you can visit here in the fall, around August - October every year. In the fall, the sea water is clear and the air is pleasant, very suitable for trips to enjoy the bay scenery.

Each season at this famous bay has its own interesting experiences for visitors. However, tourists should limit visiting the bay around June - July every year. The reason is that at this time in the bay, there are often sudden storms, affecting the tourist experience of visitors.

3. How to get to Bai Tu Long Bay

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To get to Bai Tu Long Bay, you need to go to Hon Gai Wharf to board the boat to the bay. From the city enter to Hon Gai Wharf takes about 10 minutes by the fastest route of 6.2km. You will follow Highway 18 and turn right onto Tran Hung Dao - Le Thanh Tong - Le Quy Don Street and turn left onto Long Tien about 160m and you will reach Hon Gai Wharf.

Here, there are boats going to Bai Tu Long Bay every day, you just need to buy a boat ticket at the wharf and get on the boat to visit the bay.

In addition to traveling to Bai Tu Long Bay by yourself, you can take a tour or a Ha Long cruise with a schedule to visit Bai Tu Long Bay. Going this way, you don't have to think or worry about transportation, just focus on visiting the beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay.

4.What to Do in Bai Tu Long Bay

Many interesting activities for tourists await at Bai Tu Long Bay. You can go explore caves, visit fishing villages, or relax at beautiful beaches... There is always something for everyone in this paradise. Here are some of the top activities in Bai Tu Long Bay:

4.1. Experience on a cruise at Bai Tu Long Bay

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This place has a service to organize tours on cruises for tourists to visit Bai Tu Long and the surrounding bays and islands. On the cruise, you will admire the scenery of the mountains and sea and enjoy the cool breeze from the sea, dispelling the hot and muggy feeling of summer.

The cruise will pass through limestone mountains such as Ga Choi Island, Dinh Huong Island, Mai Nha Island... There are thousands of large and small limestone islands with different shapes, bringing truly new discovery experiences to visitors.

>> Read more: Here are the real-time price for Bai Tu Long Cruise

4.2. Visit Vung Vieng Fishing Village

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Vung Vieng, located on Bai Tu Long Bay approximately 25 km from the harbor, offers an escape from the rush and activity. In an exquisite environment, the settlement greets you with a natural doorway formed by multiform islands.

You may take a rest on its largest boat, a community home that serves as a gathering point for the communities, allowing you to interact more with residents. Explore the floating dwellings, which shelter approximately 160 people, and you will get the opportunity to study fishing skills, fish husbandry, and pearl cultivation. You should also be aware that pearls were one of Vung Vieng Fishing Village's earliest specialties. It is simple to guide you from Vung Vieng to other points of interest in the area, such as the islet of the Face of Demon, the primitive forest on Tra Ban Island, Van Don, or even the secret beaches beneath the mountains on the islands of Ngoc Vung and Van Gio.

4.3. Kayak

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To fully feel the majesty of nature when traveling to Bai Tu Long Bay, explore the cliffs under the caves or watch flocks of birds perching on rocky outcrops, etc. visitors should kayak.

However, visitors should note that when kayaking, we may get wet. Therefore, you should wear short clothes or swimsuits to paddle comfortably. Besides, rowing on the bay is quite tiring, so if you have good health, you should join this challenge.

4.4. Visit Bai Tu Long National Park

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If you are a wild nature lover, during your trip to Bai Tu Long Bay, you must definitely visit Bai Tu Long National Park. This is a national biosphere reserve, with an extremely rich flora and fauna ecosystem.

Here, you will have the opportunity to admire the wild beauty of islands such as Tra Ngo Lon, Ba Mun, Sau Nam, Dong Ma... or the rolling limestone mountains surrounding the valleys, which are all habitats for many species of plants and animals.

In addition, if you have time, you should visit the villages of the Tay, San Diu, Red Dao... currently living on the islands in Bai Tu Long. The villagers are all very friendly and hospitable.

5. What to eat when coming to Bai Tu Long Bay? 

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Visiting Bai Tu Long Bay, tourists not only go sightseeing and strolling here and there, but certainly, they cannot miss the opportunity to explore the unique cuisine here. There are many delicious dishes in Bai Tu Long waiting for you to enjoy. Dishes made from seafood here are very rich and diverse, so fresh and delicious that you can eat it once and never forget it.

Bai Tu Long cuisine is diverse with fresh seafood and specialties of Quang Ninh in general, and Bai Tu Long - Van Don in particular. Typical dishes are:

– Geoduck: this is a rare and expensive seafood. Geoduck has high nutritional value and is good for health. Fortunately, in 2005, geoduck was successfully raised commercially and is present in most eateries and seafood restaurants inside and outside the province. Not only does it taste delicious, geoduck in Bai Tu Long also has very high nutritional. And here, geoduck is raised a lot so it is much cheaper than on the market so you can rest assured to enjoy it.

– Blue crabs: Visiting Bai Tu Long Bay without enjoying dishes with blue crabs such as: Blue crabs with green pepper sauce, steamed blue crabs, etc. is a mistake. Because these are considered delicious dishes and famous specialties in this famous Ha Long tourist destination that many people love.

– Nodding cake (Gat gu Cake): it’s a cake made from rice like steamed rice roll in other regions. The sweet taste of the cake and a bit fatty will definitely make you never forget it once you've enjoyed it.

– Malabar spinach soup with mud clam: Malabar spinach soup with mud clam is a dish of Quang Ninh people, it has a special flavor, so if you have the opportunity to travel to Ha Long, visit Bai Tu Long Bay, you definitely should enjoy this dish.

There are also other specialties such as grouper and cobia swimming right in the fish cages on the sea surface. With cobia alone, people here can prepare up to 12 different dishes such as fried, steamed, grilled, stir-fried fish intestines, crispy fried fish skin and the best is eating fish salad with mustard. They are all memorable dishes, adding to the appeal of your exciting journey to an underrated tourist area.

6. Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise Itinerary

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A typical Bai Tu Long Bay cruise schedule combines activities, sightseeing, and relaxation. Here is an example schedule for a two-day cruise:



07:30 - 08:00: Departing from Hanoi, the tour guide will pick you up in Hanoi Old Quarter or at the meeting point.

12:00: Arriving at Hon Gai Wharf and some check-in procedures to board the cruise. The staff and management team on the cruise will provide general information about the cruise and safety instructions on board. The cruise begins its journey to explore Bai Tu Long Bay.

12:30: Enjoy lunch with special dishes with Ha Long seafood.


Visit Vung Vieng Fishing village by kayak, bamboo boat or you can choose to relax, enjoy nature and use the facilities on the cruise.

17:30: Participate in a traditional Vietnamese food show, learn more about the unique features of Vietnamese cuisine. Or simply enjoy a cocktail to welcome the sunset over the sea.

19:00: Enjoy dinner in the quiet space of the bay. Experience squid fishing on the bay and rest.


Morning: Welcoming the sunrise on the beach and participating in a Tai Chi class with a cup of coffee or tea, for a new day full of energy. Then, have breakfast on board.

07:30: Explore Thien Canh Son cave, admire the beauty of the stalactites and stalagmites in the cave, you will experience climbing about 200 steps to reach the cave entrance.

09:00: Check out procedures. An early lunch is served at the restaurant while the junk cruises through beautiful areas of Bai Tu Long Bay.

10:45: Return to Hon Gai Wharf, you say goodbye to the staff and the cruise.

16:00: Return to Hanoi, end of the journey.


Bai Tu Long Bay is a favorite itinerary for many tourists. Compared to the other bays in the North, Bai Tu Long is the most peaceful. This is a tourist destination with many hidden potentials that are gradually being awakened. Hopefully, the attraction of natural wonders and the hospitality of the people here will increasingly spread to domestic and foreign tourists.

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