Known for serenity and beautiful seascape that can be an alternative to any crowded attractions, Bai Tu Long Bay nowadays urges people to ask if it is busy too. Bai Tu Long Bay is located in the northeast of Vietnam, which covers sea areas of Halong City, Cam Pha City, and Van Don island district (Quang Ninh Province). This Bay is bordered by Halong Bay in the southwest, which establishes the spectacular cruising routes, but some are afraid if it’s too occupied by tourists to enjoy a relaxing vacation. The answer might depend on the time that you visit the Bay; it might become energetic during the peak seasons, but quiet during the low time. Also, the busy level might depend on your own definition of how busy is like.
When to Visit Bai Tu Long Bay
You can travel to Bai Tu Long Bay any time of the year, but it might be useful to note certain periods. From March to May and from August to October, it attracts domestic travelers to cruise to this imposing Bay. Then, from November to February, the cold wintertime appeals to foreign guests. Typically, it might have rain and storm during June-July so this period might be the quietest time in the Bay. Make sure you check out weather forecast or ask for the tour agent’s advice before getting to this natural venue. If the rain and storm are not as bad, and you prefer the real privacy and quietness during vacation, it’s might be a cool idea to visit the Bay in its quiet months.
Where to Go in Bai Tu Long Bay
This destination is gifted with the 2km long white-sand beaches, blue seawater, and fresh atmosphere, which make it one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the north of Vietnam. So, a cruise trip along this Bay will be awesome. Besides the natural highlights, Bai Tu Long Bay preserves the historical pagodas and temples built during the Ly dynasty. Also, the local culture and tradition are well kept, which promise exciting cultural experiences. You can do homage to the religious and antique spots if desired.
Outstandingly, make sure you will spend time in Bai Tu Long National Park that is famous for exotic karst structures, evergreen forest, and incomparable seascape. In an area of 15.783 hectares, the National Park has 2.000 hectares of lowland and evergreen forest mainly preserved in Ba Mun Island. Other highlights include mangrove forest of various species, diverse terrestrial vertebrates, the rich system of flora and fauna, which ensure the wholesome ecotourism experiences. The trekking through this green site has been a magnet that attracts nature lovers.
Quan Lan Island is also a treasure that Bai Tu Long Bay should be proud of, as the island provides a placid and spectacular venue for everybody to rest and relax. In the same pace and beauty, other pristine islands of Ba Mun, Tra Ngo Lon, Tra Ngo Nho, Sau Nam, Hon Chinh, Dong Ma, etc., scattered among each other, are all worth exploring. In particular, while Ba Mun Island is the core zone to see, other pretty sites like Tra Ngo preserves the exceptional living environment for animals and plants, such as Bat cave in Cat Lim area. Other praiseworthy caves include Thong Thien, Phat Co, Cua Ong, and Van Hoa. And if you are interested, let’s visit the ethnic villages of the Tay, Red Dao, or San Diu groups who are very hospitable.
All in all, Bai Tu Long Bay is quite quieter than the accredited Halong Bay, but as you might know, Halong Bay is still the most beautiful but crowded because everybody wants to view the best beauty. So if you accept the nice view too and less boat, just enjoy the Bai Tu Long cruises.
I love traveling and have been working in tourism industry since 1996. Vietnam is my homeland so I would like to share with you my experience to discover this destination best!