Bai Tu Long Bay - Wonder of Nature

(Updated: 12/29/2015 2:36:13 PM)

Located immediately east of Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay stretches all the way to the Chinese border, encompassing a massive area, which includes a long string of islands and a national park. Every bit as beautiful as its more famous neighbor, Bai Tu Long Bay is the right choice for any visitor who want to experience the magic landscape of Halong Bay but keen to avoid crowds.

Located immediately east of Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay stretches all the way to the Chinese border, encompassing a massive area, which includes a long string of islands and a national park. Every bit as beautiful as its more famous neighbor, Bai Tu Long Bay is the right choice for any visitor who want to experience the magic landscape of Halong Bay but keen to avoid crowds.

Share the same legend
Legend has it that when Viet people is finally united into a nation, the country was attacked by foreign invaders through where Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay are to be seen today. Jade Emperor then sent a mother dragon and its babies to help the country defense itself. The dragons blew out myriads of pearls and gems that turned into thousands of mountains on the sea as stone walls shielding Vietnam.The ships crashed into stone islands while they were moving quickly. After the foreign invaders were beaten off, the dragons decided to not return to heaven and stay in the lower world. The land where the mother dragon landed was then called Ha Long and the baby dragons landed at a place called Bai Tu Long.



And no less spectacular

Covering a total area of 15,000ha, there are hundreds of islands and hundreds of kilometres of coastline with white sandy beaches like those in Minh Chau, Quan Lan, Ngoc Vung and Son Hao. Bai Tu Long Bay’s beauty lies in its limestone caves and historical sites such as Van Don pier, Tinh Hai pier, a citadel from the Mac dynasty on Ngoc Vung Island and Quan Lan Mountain on Quan Lan Island.

Other than a string of splendid limestone mountains, the eco-system in Bai Tu Long is highly diverse with typical ecosystems such as mangrove forest, coral reef, tropical forest ecosystems; all remain untouched. Bai Tu Long National Park, therefore, is considered a priceless national treasure.

Travel Tips Visiting Bai Tu Long Bay
The best way to take advantage of Bai Tu Long Bay is to get on a boat tour from Halong Bay, or go from Cai Rong pier on Van Don Island within Bai Tu Long Bay to more remote islands.
Visitors are recommended to spend 2-3 days to explore Bai Tu Long Bay.

Cua Van Village - A Distinctive and Charming Floating Village
Cua Van Village is situated at Hung Thang Commune, Halong City, which is 20km away from the main wharf. Floating among the beautiful bay, the village is one of the most attractive attractions in Halong Bay thanks to its charming natural scenery and the quaint, interesting life style of its inhabitants. Cua Van Village is situated at Hung Thang Commune, Halong City, which is 20km away from the main wharf. Floating among the beautiful bay, the village is one of the most attractive attractions in Halong Bay thanks to its charming natural scenery and the quaint, interesting life style of its inhabitants.

A tiny world
Cua Van Village has about 200 households and the villagers earn their livelihood by mainly by fishing. Children learn to swim before they can walk and are able to amaze visitors with ability to row their bamboo-basket watercraft on their own in an amazingly deftly way. Cua Van Village is the only village out of the floating ones in Halong Bay, has a floating clinic and primary school.

How to get there
To reach Cua Van Village, visitors can take a tour in Halong Bay or go from Beo whaft, Cat Ba which is on the way to visit Lan Ha Bay. The village now has kayak available to row around or visit nearby Dark Cave and Light Cave.

Titop Island - A crescent moon in Halong
Titop Island - Situated about 7-8 km south-east of Bai Chay lies the small Titop Island. It is one of the special island in Halong Bay area because its beach shapes like a crescent moon, and very white sand because of being washed by the tide.

History
In French colonial period, the original name of this island is Cat Nang Island. On 22 November 1962, astronaut Ghermann Ti Top, a hero of the former Soviet Union, visited the tiny island with the accompanying of Hồ Chí Minh. To mark the remembrance of their visit, Uncle Ho renamed the place into Titop Island. 

An attractive beach
Titop Island is usually a beautiful stop of cruising on Halong Bay and always a must-visit beach of tourists when they come to Halong Bay. The island seems to be a heaven of relaxation in Halong with a beach is in the shape of crescent moon, blue water, white sand and quiet atmosphere. There is a range of tourist services such as hotel, restaurants, etc.
Under the sunshine, tourist can enjoy many activities such as swimming, walking along the sand and climbing. After climbing over 427 stone steps to the peak of a pagoda, you can enjoy an incredible 360 degree view of Halong Bay. Don’t for get to take a panoramic photo of Halong Bay.

Travel Tips Visiting Titop Island
Don’t forget bringing sun cream.
Take some photos when climbing to the top of the mountain.
One of the important things in the must – do list is walking or dancing in your bare feet on the white sand to have the unforgettable feelings.

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