Bau Tro Lake
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Bau Tro Lake

As soon as they set foot at Bau Tro Lake, everyone will immediately be immersed in a majestic, poetic and somewhat mysterious landscape beauty. This “bottomless lake” not only has a thousand-year-old natural beauty but also contains special historical values.

Besides, this will be an extremely unique destination, with one-of-a-kind experiences, enriching the tour Vietnam to discover the magical of Bau Tro lake. Let’s explore this beautiful lake with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Bau Tro Lake?

Bau Tro Lake is located in Hai Thanh ward, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. About 3 km northeast of Dong Hoi city center, about 168 km northwest of Hue city and about 500 km south of Hanoi capital.

2. How is Bau Tro Lake unique?

The name “Bau Tro” comes from the local language. Accordingly, the lake in the Central dialect is called “Bau ”, “Tro” is the ancient language of the indigenous people. Legend has it that Bau Tro Lake is the place with the cleanest source of freshwater that people here used to only use on important occasions such as parties and death anniversary offerings.

More than 100 meters from the foot of Nhat Le beach, Bau Tro lake is shaped like a gourd in the middle of pristine nature, like a beautiful, heart-touching picture. Therefore, this place has become an attractive destination, attracting tourists from all over to sightsee, take photos, relax and enjoy the fresh air.

3. History and development of Bau Tro Lake, Quang Binh

3.1 Stories associated with the history of Bau Tro Lake formation

The place Bau Tro is associated with many mysterious folk stories. There is a story that the lake was created from the footprints of giants passing through this area because the shape of the lake resembles a very large foot. Another story says that the lake was formed from the water of an underground river flowing underground in Quang Binh.

3.2 Bau Tro Lake – A place recognized as a national relic

The Bau Tro area is where many vestiges of primitive people in the late Stone Age exist. Bau Tro culture was first discovered in 1923 with artifacts dating back about 5,000 years. Then, a large-scale excavation in 1980 by Hue University discovered many artifacts such as grinding tables, spearheads, grinding pestles, jars, pots, pots, etc. Therefore, Bau Tro Lake was recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Information as a national historical relic.

In addition, the name “Bau Tro culture” is used by archaeologists to name the late Neolithic culture of the Central coastal region including Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue . Traveling to Dong Hoi, don’t forget to come here to explore the poetic, mysterious beauty and learn about the history and culture of Bau Tro Lake.

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4. When is the best time to visit Bau Tro Lake, Quang Binh?

The ideal time to visit tourist destinations in Quang Binh in general and Bau Tro in particular is during the dry season from April to September every year. This season, the sunny weather is very suitable for fun and exploration activities. Coming to Bau Tro Lake at this time, you will enjoy fresh, cool air and beautiful, charming natural landscape.

5. How to get to Bau Tro Lake, Quang Binh?

5.1 Moving To Quang Binh

5.1.1 By train

If you travel from Hanoi, Da Nang, Hue or Saigon, you can buy a train ticket to travel to Quang Binh.

  • Traveling from Hanoi: the train from Hanoi – Quang Binh takes about 10 hours. Seat tickets cost about 300,000 VND, bed tickets range from 500,000 – 700,000 VND depending on each floor. Those traveling from Vinh and Thanh Hoa can also use these trains.
  • From Da Nang, Hue: Hue is 160km from Quang Binh, traveling by train takes about 3 hours. The distance from Da Nang to Quang Binh is longer (about 270km), taking about 6 hours by train.
  • Traveling from Saigon: from Saigon you can book train tickets to Dong Hoi – Quang Binh station. The lowest ticket price is about 400,000 VND and can be up to 1,300,000 VND/ticket if you choose the type with better quality service.

5.1.2 By passenger car

When traveling to Quang Binh, in addition to the train, you can choose to travel by bus.

  • Traveling from Hanoi: Quang Binh tourist bus from Hanoi takes about 10 – 12 hours and costs 200,000 – 450,000 VND depending on the time. Buses from Hanoi usually depart at about 7:00 p.m. and arrive in Quang Binh at about 6:00 a.m. the next morning.
  • From Da Nang: the bus to Da Nang – Quang Binh takes about 5 hours, available at any time. Reference ticket price: 150,000 VND.
  • Traveling from Saigon: you can catch a bus at Mien Dong bus station for about 500,000 – 600,000 VND. However, note that because of the distance, if you choose to take a bus, it will be quite difficult and time-consuming.

5.1.3 By plane

If you want to save more time, you can book a plane ticket to Quang Binh.

  • Traveling from Hanoi: from Hanoi to travel to Quang Binh, you can buy a plane ticket with a flight time of about 1 hour.
  • Traveling from Saigon: from Saigon to Quang Binh by plane, flight time to Quang Binh is about 1.5 hours. The advice for you is to consult and book tickets early to book tickets at good prices.

5.2 Traveling from Dong Hoi city to Bau Tro lake

After arriving in Dong Hoi city, you can rent a car or motorbike to travel to Bau Tro freshwater lake as well as nearby tourist attractions. If traveling with family or a group of friends, renting a car is the right choice. If you travel alone or in a small group and want to save money, renting a motorbike to get around is a reasonable choice.

Starting from Dong Hoi city center, you follow the routes: Tran Hung Dao, Nguyen Van Linh, Ly Thuong Kiet, Bau Tro to the Northeast to arrive. This freshwater lake is not far from the romantic Nhat Le beach.

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6. Activities and experiences at Bau Tro Lake, Quang Binh

6.1 Going to Bau Tro lake and go up the sand dunes to admire the scenery

Bau Tro Lake is located near famous tourist destinations. Such as Nhat Le beach, Quang Phu sand dunes,… The lake is surrounded by sand dunes. Therefore, climbing up the high sand dunes next to the lake and looking out into the distance, you can see the entire view of Nhat Le estuary with boats rushing up and down, the long white sand beach crowded with people coming to play and cool off. Coming here, you can also experience exciting sand boarding.

6.2 Super cool checking-in at Bau Tro lake

Bau Tro Lake is one of the super hot check-in spots in Quang Binh. If you want to become a muse or buy a beautiful vintage style photo set, come right to this freshwater lake. At Bau Tro tourist destination, you just need to hold up your camera to get beautiful photos because every corner here, from the calm, clear lake surface, white sand dunes to rows of trees, lawns,… Can become a super sparkling photo backdrop.

6.3 Going to Bau Tro lake and visit Nhat Le beach

Bau Tro Lake is located right next to Nhat Le beach, only about 2km away. When traveling to Bau Tro, you can visit this Quang Binh beach with just a few minutes walk. Here, you can freely immerse yourself in the cool water and participate in many interesting beach activities. As one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Vietnam, when you come to Nhat Le beach, don’t forget to take beautiful photos as souvenirs.

6.4 Enjoying fresh air at Bau Tro Lake

Possessing beautiful and peaceful natural scenery, therefore, Bau Tro Lake has become a favorite picnic and weekend spot for many people. Moreover, people come here to rest, sit under the green trees on the shore of the lake to enjoy the cool breeze blowing from the sea, listen to the sounds of waves, birds, rustling leaves, and enjoy the fresh air. ,… Bau Tro Hai Thanh Lake tourist destination, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh is a very “chill” relaxing place that you should not miss.

6.5 Visiting national archaeological sites

In addition to the charming scenery, Bau Tro Lake is also a famous national archaeological site in Vietnam. In 1923, French geologist and archaeologist Etinen Patte through excavations discovered many artifacts such as scrap pieces, stone axes, grinding tables,… dating back to 5,000 years ago.

By 1980, the Department of Archeology and History of Hue University continued to discover many other artifacts such as jars, pots, pots, spearheads, grinding tables, etc. Scientists took the name Bau Tro to lay the foundation for the late Neolithic culture distributed in the coastal areas of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, and Quang Binh. Currently, Bau Tro Lake is carefully managed and preserved because of the important historical values ​​it brings.

7. Enjoying Quang Binh specialities when visiting Bau Tro lake

7.1 Fresh Seafood

Traveling to Quang Binh, you cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy delicious fresh seafood. Such as clams, fish, shrimp, cockles, snails, etc. In particular, the squid dish here is very popular with tourists because of thick squid, sweet. No matter how it is prepared, it is extremely attractive.

7.2 Porridge Soup

Porridge soup has a rich flavor from meat, fish, shrimp,…In which snakehead fish is an indispensable ingredient in a bowl of porridge and soup. In particular, a bowl of porridge is a harmonious combination of the white color of the flour, the yellow color of the snakehead fish, the pink color of the shrimp, the green color of the green onions,…And it has a unique flavor unique to Quang Binh .

7.3 Bot Loc Cake

The filter pulp shell is thin, transparent, fragrant and flexible. The filling includes shrimp – caught in the estuary so it has a taste that is both sweet and a little salty of the sea, pork and wood ear mushrooms (mushrooms) stir-fried moderately thick and fragrant with pepper. Quang Binh tapioca cake really becomes impressive when dipped in sweet and sour fish sauce and a few leaves of raw vegetables.

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8. Accommodation when traveling to Bau Tro Lake, Quang Binh

It is not difficult for you to choose a place to stay in Quang Binh because the system of resorts, hotels, motels, and homestays here is very diverse. Depending on your financial ability and service needs, you can choose a 3-star – 5-star hotel. Especially, some accommodation spots with good services are highly appreciated by tourists, such as:

8.1 Resorts:

  • MANLI Resort Quang Binh. Address: No. 379 Truong Phap, Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Gold Coast Hotel Resort & Spa. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Bao Ninh, Bao Ninh Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Sun Spa resort. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap street, My Canh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

8.2 Hotels:

  • Muong Thanh Holiday Quang Binh. Address: No. 119 Truong Phap, Hai Thanh ward, Hai Thanh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Vinpearl Hotel Quang Binh. Address: Quach Xuan Ky, Hai Dinh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel. Address: 121 Truong Phap, Bac Ly, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Nam Long Hotel. Address: 22 Ho Xuan Huong, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Riverside Hotel. Address: 15 Truong Phap, Dong My, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

8.3 Homestays:

  • Ocean View Homestay. Address: Truong Phap Street, Quang Phu Village, Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Dolphin Homestay. Address: 42 Nguyen Du, Dong My, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • RiverView HomeStay. Address: 93 Truong Phap, Bac Ly, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • ADP Homestay. Address: 42 Le Quy Don, Dong My, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.

Nestled among high sand dunes, Bau Tro Lake is like a pistil whose petals are sparkling golden sand dunes, creating a unique, sparklingly beautiful natural picture. If you are looking for a place to “escape”, find relaxation and peace, remember to visit this beautiful freshwater lake.

Please contact Origin Vietnam immediately – a professional tour operator. We will accompany you on your tour in Quang Binh to explore the travel beauty of Bau Tro Lake with exciting activities and the most wonderful experiences.

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