Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay, Halong Bay: Hours, Address, Bai Tu Long Bay Reviews: 5/5

Bai Tu Long Bay
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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About
Bai Tu Long Bay is the name of an area located in the east of Halong Bay Vietnam. Although it shares many similar geological characters with Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay is considered as off the beaten tourist track with many deserted and pristine beaches, no less impressive karst mountains. The Bay has a rich biodiversity with two ecosystems: a tropical, moist, evergreen rainforest ecosystem; and a marine and coastal ecosystem. The area has scarcely seen any tourist development. A large number of guests, through online research, wish to visit the Bai Tu Long Bay because it is much less crowded than Halong Bay. The only disadvantage is that it does not have many grottos. The nearest place for a visit (Vung Vieng Fishing village) is at around 20 km from tourist port.
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Rebecca L
Melbourne, Australia73 contributions
I had initially planned to book a trip to Ha Long Bay with my 8 y/o daughter as part of our long weekend in Hanoi via one of the many sites on TripAdvisor. However, when I spoke with a friend who had been many times he recommended Bai Tu Long Bay as opposed to Ha Long given it is less frequented by tourists and the scenery is breathtaking. This was confirmed by the earlier reviews attached to this tour group, so I booked the day before. I knew I was paying approximately 3x the other advertised rates, however justified this given it would be limited to no more than 20 pax and the perception of a more exclusive destination.
As it happens, I paid 3x for exactly the same experience…. over crowded Ha Long Bay.

The communication prior to the trip was unresponsive and unhelpful. The operator arrived late and then proceeded to make 2 more stops to pack the bus. The promised break along the way was less than 15 mins from the ultimate destination for nearly 30 mins - a complete waste of time and a blatant attempt to promote another business.

The food was okay, however did not even include drinking water as part of the over-inflated rate.
The Bay is beautiful, however as every tour operator was trying to go to exactly the same place at the same time, ridiculously overcrowded. At the cave the overcrowding was so bad that it could have easily given rise to serious injury, especially given you didn’t have the option to turn back.

My advice would be to do your homework ahead of your trip and ensure you are given the opportunity to confirm the specifics prior. With so many tour operators at reasonable prices, you would do well to give this one a miss.
Written 2 May 2022
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bhodgkinson
Preston, UK244 contributions
Sep. 2019 • Solo
Visited with Swan Cruises and I was not disappointed. The bay is a calm and serene environment with amazing sites throughout our tour. The views are spectacular and completely lived up to my expectations.
Written 20 June 2020
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Santos C
1 contribution
Feb. 2020
it absolutely was an excellent experience! The scenery was stunning, as well as the guide was really helpful, helpful and informative. We specifically appreciated Bai Tu Long Bay because there's barely additional boats around, offering many special events for restful reflection in the a great spot! Moreover, the meals was GREAT! We had been lucky to end up with four further people on the boat of ours, consequently it was the same as a private charter.
Written 22 April 2020
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raul d
Oslo, Norway1 contribution
Mar. 2020
This was undoubtedly the highlight of the journey of mine! We went on a three day cruise in Halong Bay as well as the surrounding region. The outstanding attractiveness of Halong Bay was breathtaking. We went kayaking often to beaches along with kayaking by way of a cave! I'd certainly go again because it was an experience I won't ever forget!
Written 19 April 2020
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Kerk L
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam3 contributions
Feb. 2020
The little dragon was equally gorgeous as the much more popular Halong Bay, though it's intended to be less hectic. We just had aproximatelly six boats all around us at night. Ready going fishing and kayaking in the spot. A really incredible place.
Written 8 April 2020
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Kelila L
1 contribution
Feb. 2020
We decide to have 2 days boat trip in the Bai Tu Long Bay. We enjoyed 2 days of excellent views & activities ready for us. We go to caves on the tiny island. Then we try kayaking and fishing out of the boat in evening. We liked the baking period. The following day we spent a great time in floating village. Generally there was tasteful and great meal served. The boat has 4 cabins. Most have been neat and built with a bathroom. The staff was just fantastic. They do proper care for each detail and ensure we felt more comfortable and secure at all times. I suggest this particular cruise.
Written 2 April 2020
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Sig B
1 contribution
Jan. 2020
A lovely experience, a peaceful and quiet journey, all the natural world, a moment to have and forget about everything, the classic time if you fall in natures claws. Highly suggested.
Written 2 April 2020
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Sherman S
1 contribution
Jan. 2020
The bay was gorgeous with a huge number of limestone kart islands. It looks as a "Paradise on Earth" The Vung Vieng villages & Thien Canh Son cave was impressive!
Written 2 April 2020
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Tresa M
1 contribution
Jan. 2020
Great bay, much more personal and peaceful we had been on a private boat for a family of five. Pleasant to get much less folks around for kayak, views really just noticed some other boats near important attractions as kayaking/beach point, or caves, etc. Really a highlight of the journey of ours.
Written 2 April 2020
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Jude F
Perth, Australia7 contributions
Feb. 2020
We booked a cruise of Bai Tu Long Bay and Quan Lan Island with Ethnic Travel. The boat trip through the bay was fantastic - don't expect luxury - it was extremely rustic but still added to the appeal of the trip. The food onboard was cooked fresh, and was authentic and delicious. Quan Lan Island itself is disappointing - it's a former fishing village that the Government seems to be trying to turn into a tourist destination. It is a construction site and uninspiring. We rode around the island and went to a beach, which was nice, but it definitely didn't warrant a three-hour boat trip.
Would recommend visiting Bai Tu Long Bay, but not the island.
Written 3 March 2020
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