Overnight cruises are available, however the highlight is a 3 day, 2 night itinerary, including a visit to Catba Island to experience the life of a typical Northern Vietnamese fishing village. Here you can swim during the summer or explore trekking Viet Hai Island or Cat Ba National Park by bicycle.
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, cruising in Bai Tu Long Bay, the less visited area in Halong Bay, Vietnam. This slide shows you Indochina Junk
Bai Tu Long Bay Overview
There’s more to northeastern Vietnam than Halong Bay Tours. The sinking limestone plateau, which gave birth to the bay’s spectacular islands, continues for some 100km to the Chinese border. The area immediately northeast of Halong Bay is part of Bai Tu Long Bay.
Indochina Junk offer all cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay.
Bai Tu Long Bay is every bit as beautiful as its famous neighbour. Indeed, in some ways it’s more beautiful, since it has scarcely seen any tourist development. This is good news and bad news. Bai Tu Long bay is unpolluted and undeveloped, but there’s little tourism infrastructure. It’s pretty hard travelling around and staying here, and unless you speak Vietnamese or take part in a group guided tour, it’s difficult to get information.
In Halong Bay, over four hundred boats bring thousands of tourists each day so hundreds of tourists converge on the same place at the same time. At Sung Sot Cave you are likely to encounter 6 or 7 other groups of tourists in the chamber making it difficult to hear your tour guide’s talk about the geological value of the cave and how it was formed. Contrastingly Bai Tu Long Bay will charm you with its wild beauty with stone mountains, caves, long sandy beach, corals, forests, mangrove forests and lovely fishing village – and few tourists.
Places to visit in Bai Tu Long Bay:
It is rare to find a place on Halong Bay Tours that is as packed full of aesthetic beauty, biodiversity, and culture as Bai Tu Long Bay – an outdoor museum where more than 340 millions years of history is stored and conserved with places such as: Da Xep Park, Ang Cong Dam, Thien Canh Son Cave, Quan Lan Island, and Vung Vieng fishing village…
Thien Canh Son Cave in Bai Tu Long Bay
The pathway to Thien Canh Son Cave is set below the forest canopy and a stone cliff, so tourists have the feeling they are climbing towards heaven.
Inside the cave, is a strange beauty – an image of a lotus, a picture of baby elephant. The ceiling of the cave is covered with a layer of shiny ‘carpets’, numerous sparkling stalactites appear like “hanging lamps”. Stone statues, stone elephants, seals, flowers – all seem to create an imaginary world as if in a dream.
Located in the centre of the World Heritage area, Bai Tu Long Bay covers an area of 2000 sqm., Thien Canh Son Cave offers a wild and mysterious beauty. This is the reason why we choose to bring tourists here – to discover the geological value of the bay, and to enjoy a cosy dinner with family and friends in sparkling candlelight.
Cong Dam Area in Bai Tu Long Bay
The magnificent beauty of mountains and sea can make anyone fall in love when they come to Cong Dam.
This outdoor geological museum has been preserved for 340 million years, the most outstanding area is a regional park with mountains formed from rocks.
Here a lot of coral reefs are concentrated, with underground lakes inside the limestone mountain and underwater caves. It is also an area of many large beaches with white, smooth sand and clear, blue waters, such as Tra Gioi, Cay Bang and Cat Oan beaches.
Cong Dam is an old, small village, which has retained largely in tact its traditional fishing culture with a population of about 120 people. Talk with local people, hear them tell tales of their memorable lives or sit in bamboo boats paddled by local woman who will take you to explore the magnificent mountains and beautiful small houses.
Far from the mainland, the area is isolated from normal tourist routes so the landscape here still retains many primitive features and a very fresh environment. Tourists come here to take park in interesting activities such as kayaking and fishing with fisherman, as well as participating in planting mangroves to protect the environment.
Vung Vieng Fishing Village in Bai Tu Long Bay
Vung Vieng is located in the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay, 24 km from the mainland. You are not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful location viewing the charming landscape, and discovering the cultural life of the fishermen but also will be directed aboutt sailing, pulling & dropping net off and fishing.
Youwill be enchanted by the beauty of the boats, the nets in front of the house, the simple but hospitable fishermen, and the small children smiling as they go to school. This idyllic scene shows the traditional character of a fishing village on the sea.
Quan Lan Island in Bai Tu Long Bay
Quan Lan is a large island, located in the Van Don island district, in Bai Tu Long Bay, 45 km to northeast of Halong.
Quan Lan Island Bai Tu Long Bay. In the 11th century, this was a major seaport, and an international trade centre in Vietnam. The most impressive architecture on the island is Quan Lan Temple. Built in the Le Dynasty, it has exquisite engravings. Your guide will tell you of the victory of Quan Lan’s army under the command of General Tran Khanh Du against Mongol invaders.
Quan Lan has a series of beautiful beaches. Viet My Beach has high, fine white sand & Minh Chau Beach has a beautiful curved sandy shoreline. The clean and clear deep blue waters reflect the white sand and the blue sky. Along the coast is the hundred-year-old Tram Forest.
Cycle on the slopes of the hills, to the beach, across the white sand dunes with many wild flowers, and back to talk with local people. Then you will really feel the “soul” of the island.
Cruises to Bai Tu Long Bay
Vietnam Cruises offers Bai Tu Long Cruise & Indochina Junk is the only company to have budget and luxury boats that take tourists to the Bai Tu Long Bay area with many packages to choose from – kayaking; discovering the geology, geomorphologic and biodiversity value of the bay; fishing trips; talking with people in fishing villages; coral diving; and cycling on islands.