Ba Mun Island
& Bai Tu Long National Park

Location: Ba Mun Island is a schist island belonging to Minh Chau Commune, Van Don District, Quang Ninh Province.
Characteristics: It stretches out parallel to Quan Lan Island, separated by the Doi Gate that runs in a north-east direction. It has the other name, Cao Lo Island.

 

 
   

 

   

 

It is 15km from the shore, 1,800ha in area with more than 20km long and narrow wide. It consists of a narrow stretch of earth and stone that runs east to west. The highest peak is Quit Mountain with a height of 397m. The fauna and flora here are very plentiful. There are many rare species.
It is the only island in Halong Bay that is Home to a primitive forest. There are countless species of plants and trees, some with giant trunks. This forest is also Home to many rare animals such as chamois, deer and monkeys. It is said that many years ago tigers, panthers and elephants once resided on the island. In order to help preserve the forest, on January 24, 1997, the government recognised it as a Bai Tu Long National Park.

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Am Islet

Location: On the route to Quan Lan – Ngoc Vung Islands; Am Rock or Kettle Islet is situated in Bai Tu Long Bay.
Characteristics: An island jutting out of the seawaters, the teapot of the Jade Emperor, who accidentally dropped it into Halong so its handle was broken. Click here to see photo

 

 
   

 

   

   

 

   
 

 

Cong Do Island

Location: On the south-east side of Halong Bay, about 25km from Bai Chay Wharf, Cong Do is in Bai Tu Long Bay in the region which recognised as the World Heritage.
Characteristics: It has an area of 23,363m2 and its mountain reaches a peak of 172m.

 

 
   

 

   

The island features many lagoons, which are the residence of numerous species of sea-life, such as shrimp, crab, fish, squid and aquatic plants. On the south-west side of the island, there is a wide coral reef displaying a myriad of colours. Coral reef ecosystem is more than 700m long and 300m wide. It is preserved almost undamaged. In the future, there are plans for the development of a zone for scuba-diving. On the south-east side of the island, vestiges of the ancient commercial port of Van Don were discovered. This confirms beliefs that Cong Do Island once held an important position in terms of foreign trade.

 

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Dau Moi Islet

Location: Dau Moi Islet lies in the middle of the route between Am Islet and Dua Islet in Bai Tu Long Bay.
Characteristics: The islet resembles the head of a termite, a kind of insect often seen prior to the rainy season. Dau Moi Islet is listed in the diversified “animal collection” of Halong Bay. Click here to see photo

 

 
   

 

   

 

  

   

 

   
 

 

Dua Islet

Location: Dua Islet (Wand Islet) in Bai Tu Long Bay, some 7km east of Bai Tho (Poem) Mountain stands a stone islet, which resembles a huge magic wand in Andersen’s fairy tales.
Characteristics: It clarifies the geological and geomorphologic significance of Halong Bay. Dua Islet serves as an interesting tourist site and a “lighthouse” for seagoing boats.
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Hang Hanh Grotto

Location: It is lying 9km west of Cam Pha Town and 20km from Bai Chay Beach.
Characteristics: Hang Hanh Grotto is extremely beautiful. The small boat will take you through the stone passageway by lamp-light, casting magical colours on the hanging stalactites.

   
         

Hang Hanh is one of the longest grottoes in Halong Bay. It is 1,300m long and stretches throughout the stone mountain of Quang Hanh. The French named it “Le Tunnel” or Tunnel Grotto. The mouth of the grotto is so low one has to go by small boat to pass through.
To get there, tourists can hire canoes in Doan Wharf (Hon Gai, Halong City) or take a coach to Cam Pha. At the Cam Pha wharf, one can also hire boats or canoes to go to the grotto. One should visit the grotto at low tide, as this is the time the mouth of the grotto appears. Remember to bring along torches before starting the journey. It takes one some 60 to 90 minutes to complete the trip. Hang Hanh Grotto seems suitable for adventures. Another matter of no less important is that the boatmen must be experienced or else you will get locked up in this deep “Palace”.
In front of the present-day mouth stands Ba Co (Three Girls) shrine in a towering piece of stone. Legend has it that: “Once upon a time there were three girls who often went to the sea together. One day, they caught a pouring rain and took shelter in a grotto. They found the scenery so captivating that they forgot the time of rising tide. Locked up in the grotto, they passed away and became Water God.” Today fishermen usually went to the shrine to pray for their bestowing favours on them.

         
   

Mat Quy Islet

Location: Boating past the Am Islet some 20 minutes, we see Mat Quy Islet or Monster Head Islet, which protrudes about 30-35m from the waters of Bai Tu Long Bay.
Characteristics: Nature has carved the rock in the shape of a monster head, with a rough big nose standing out from a distorted face. From whatever angle, one still find it horrible.
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Minh Chau Beach

Location: Minh Chau Beach is situated 15km from Quan Lan Beach, in Van Don District.
Characteristics: Minh Chau Beach is proud of its white sand which do not stick to one’s foot. Visitors can go to the camping site there to stay overnight.
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Tourists can go there via Cam Pha, crossing Tai Xa Ferry (near Cua Ong Temple), to Cai Rong Townlet. After this 9-km road, tourists catch a boat at Cai Rong Port. The trip to Quan Lan Island takes about 3 hours. On the way, one should visit some other islands for sightseeing. On reaching Minh Chau Beach in Quan Lan Island, tourists can enjoy swimming and taste delicious seafood.

 

 

 

         
   

Ngoc Vung Island and Beach

Location: Ngoc Vung Island is a pretty site sitting between the Net Islet and Phuong Hoang (Phoenix) Island, in the Van Don District.
Characteristics: From above, Ngoc Vung looks like a beautiful velvet handkerchief with exquisite white edgings; it seems to float on the water surface.

   
         


On the east side of the island there is a kilometres-beach with pure white sand. At the centre is a luxuriant benjamin fig tree; it was under this tree that President Ho Chi Minh stood and conversed with the population in 1962 during a visit. Formerly, under the feudal dynasties, this island zone contained a great quantity of rare and precious species of mother-of-pearls. At night, fluorescent pearls would light up the whole region. So there are several islands having name “Ngọc” such as Ngoc Vung (dazzling pearl), Minh Chau (Ngoc Chau)...
During the war against the US, the island belonged to a front of outward islands that served as protection for the eastern waterways.
It is also on the beach that many stone artefacts were discovered in 1937, opening a string of excavations and archaeological research aiming at providing some explanations of the mysteries of the ancient Halong culture.
Situated to the south of Ngoc Vung Island, some 34km southeast of the tourist boat wharf, this beach boasts clear waters all year round. Ngoc Vung is one of the offshore beach which is still kept pristine and unspoilt. Its 3-km sandy stretch sparkles in the sunlight.
Apart from swimming and sightseeing, tourists can also enjoy fresh delicious seafood supplied by local fishermen.

 

 

         
   

Oan Islet

Location: Situated 300m away from Bai Tho Mountain and 5km from the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf, a 22-meter islet stands out in Bai Tu Long Bay.
Characteristics: It has the shape of truncated sticky rice, which serves as an offering to Buddha.

   
         


French tourists pay special attention to this rock as in 1992; a French famous actress came there to film some shots of the film Indochina. In the island, some settings are still preserved including the stone-paved road to the beach (often called the Slave Pier), the prisons, etc.

 

 

 

         
   

Quan Lan Beach

Location: Quan Lan Beach lies at Quan Lan Island in Bai Tu Long Bay, between Minh Chau and Quan Lan Communes of Van Don District, 55km away from Halong City.
Characteristics: Its pristine beauty features unspoiled environment.

   
         


The deep blue beach has strong waves and white sand, which spans over several kilometers. Tens of meters away from the beach stand the very green wild pines, which further add to its original charm.
Come here, tourists can stay in a system of guesthouses taking the shape of stilted houses of the Viet My Company, which hide themselves under the lush foliage of casuarinas. A brick-paved road leads tourists from the artery to Quan Lan Beach. Its pristine beauty and pure environment have made it a Mecca for tourists.

 

 

         
   

Quan Lan Island

Location: Quan Lan Island belongs to Bai Tu Long Bay, it has an area of 11km², and features eight populated hamlets.
Characteristics: Quan Lan Island stretch toward East – West from the foot of Van Don Range to the Got Mount with many high mountains to the east barring waves and winds, protect the villages.

   
         

The island is situated on an important navigation route that connects China, Japan, Thailand and Philippines to Vietnam. Along two sides of the island are tens kilometres of sand beaches. This is the endless resource for glass making which the sea gives to man and it is also the extremely interesting tourism.
Since the 11th century, Quan Lan had been one of the centres of the ancient commercial port of Van Don, which was animated and prosperous at the time. Today, there are still many vestiges linked to the ancient commercial port. This also explains why the island, lying deep in the sea, has the large pagodas and archaeological sites seen today.
On the island there is the Quan Lan Communal House built in the 18th century; exceedingly beautiful and almost entirely preserved. Next to it is Quan Lan Pagoda (Linh Quang Tu), which is dedicated to Buddha and Saint Lieu Hanh. The pagoda also worships the statue of old Hau, a local person who made lots of contributions to the construction of the pagoda. The statue features a gentle and cheerful old woman, which adds an original character to the pagoda. Beside Quan Lan Pagoda lies Nghe Quan Lan (Duc Ong) Shrine, which is dedicated to Pham Cong Chinh, a local person who participated in the historical Van Don battle against the Yuan invaders. He was later honored as a god. Quan Lan has many valuable sea products such as octopuses, butterfish, mackerel, holothurians, shrimp and sai sung.


  

         
   

The Vang Island

Location: The Vang Island is situated in the area of Bai Tu Long Bay, about 13km from Cam Pha Town.
Characteristics: The Vang Island is an eco-tourist complex; investments are being poured into the site

   
         


The beaches in the island are small but clean and charming. In the future a system of rest houses and tourist services will be built to meet the demands of tourists for relaxation during weekends.

 

 

 

 

 

         
   

Thien Nga Islet

Location: Thien Nga Islet lies in Bai Tu Long, next to Cong Tay and Cong Dong islands.
Characteristics: A stone islet is bobbing like an alluring and graceful swan (Thien Nga) - a swan losing its herd. This stone swan has taken up countless time and rolls of film of tourist near and far...
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Vung Duc Temple and Grottoes

Location: This spot is located by the Bai Tu Long Bay in the Cam Pha Town at the foot of Ban Co Mountain, 45km to the north-east of Halong City.
Characteristics: This is a unique tourist site of high historic, religious significance.

   
         

It is composed of five imposing caves: Thien Dang - Long Van - Ngo Ngang - Kim Quy  - Doi that can be accessed by a car cable system. In Thien Dang Cave, at an ideal elevation, tourists can get a view of the Bai Tu Long Bay. In Vung Duc, you can call on some islands and beauty spots such as Bai Tu Long National Park, The Vang Island, Cong Tay and The Vang Island eco-tourist zones.

         
   

Xep Islet

Location: Xep Islet or Layer Islet built in the middle of the Bai Tu Long Bay, Cam Pha Town.
Characteristics: It is a huge, multi-layered, square piece of stone which looks like an Egyptian pyramid. Click here to see photo

   
         

 

 

 

         
   

Kim Quy Grotto

Location: Kim Quy Grotto or Golden Tortoise Grotto is situated on Dam Nam Islet, with a peak 187m above sea level.
Characteristics: The grotto is 100m long and 5 to 10m wide, running in a north-south direction

   
         

It Dam Bac Islet is in the front of the grotto and Soi Sim Islet in the back.
A narrow way leads to the interior of the grotto where a stream flows. The stalactites here are snow-white and lightly hang from the ceiling.
is linked to the ancient legend of the Golden Tortoise: after having helped Emperor Le Loi defeat his enemies, the Golden Tortoise took back the magic sword he had given him, and swam towards the sea. Arriving in Halong Bay, it met with so many evil spirits and demons hindering its journey that it remained to do battle. After having defeated them all, the Golden Tortoise was so exhausted that it searched for a grotto to rest in, and once inside, turned to stone.
Today in the grotto, it can be found dozing with ancient wounds covering its body.