Located in the south of Ha Long Bay and east of Cat Ba Island. Lan Ha Bay has an area of more than 7,000 hectares with the spectacular beauty of about 400 large and dense islands, with many interesting shapes. Unlike Ha Long Bay, all the islands in Lan Ha Bay are covered with green trees, even though they are tiny islands.
How Lan Ha Bay is unique?
Although not known by many tourists. Lan Ha Bay is considered one of the most beautiful bays in Vietnam. When the weather comes in autumn. It is also the time when Lan Ha Bay is the most beautiful with pale sunlight, not hot, gentle with the cool breeze of the ocean, making visitors feel comfortable while riding a boat and admire the bay.
Top things to do in Lan Ha Bay
Located adjacent to Ha Long Bay, but Lan Ha still has its own unique beauty completely different from Ha Long. You can also combine travelling from Lan Ha Bay to visit tourist destinations by the Ha Long Bay.
1. Luon Cave
Luon cave is located on Bo Hon island, in front of the cave is Con Rua island, and on the right is Heaven Gate. Here the cliff stands up, four seasons the water is clear and blue as a mirror. The cave always attracts visitors not only by its unique shape but also by the attractive and harmonious natural scenery.
2. Nam Cat Island
Nam Cat Island attracts tourists by its wild features, four natural surfaces, and exotic forest cover.
From Ben Beo, about 15 minutes by boat. You will reach Nam Cat Island. Because of its pristine beauty, visitors here always enjoy peaceful feelings. Human intervention on this island is minimized to preserve natural value. With 3 large wooden houses on stilts and 6 guesthouses made from bamboo, resting here you will be immersed in the nature and atmosphere of the sea. In addition, on the island, there is a full range of services for tourists, from beaches, kayaking, scuba diving, fishing … to campfire activities, group activities at night.
3. Monkey Island (Cat Pineapple Island)
To reach Monkey Island, tourists usually take a boat from Ben Beo. Which takes about 10 minutes to go through Cai Beo fishing village and some small islands. In the past, Monkey Island was called Cat Dua Island because there were many wild pineapple trees with fruit that looked delicious but could not be eaten. Currently, the name of the island is often called Monkey Island. The reason is that on the island there are more than 20 monkeys released by the forest rangers of Cat Ba National Park here. They often go to the beach to play with tourists, eat food given by tourists such as bananas, apples, tangerines, candies … funny monkeys play, climb, create an impression for those who have come here and gradually it is known as Monkey Island.
4. Van Boi beach
This is a destination chosen by tourists for kayaking as well as swimming because it is located in the calm part of the bay, cool blue water and beautiful landscapes.
5. Turtle Island
Is a small island in the Lan Ha Bay complex with a shape like a turtle swimming on the water. It is located close to Ben Beo route to Viet Hai village.
6. Chuong Island
Hon Chuong also has a number of other names such as Hon But, Candles, and Corn Bananas. It is a small island on the way from Cat Ba to Cua Van fishing village.
When is the best time to visit Lan Ha Bay?
With a cool and fresh climate. Tourists can travel to Lan Ha Bay at any time of the year. However, domestic tourists often travel to Lan Ha Bay from April to October, while international visitors often visit Lan Ha from November to March.
How to get there?
Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba is under the management of Hai Phong where the transportation system is quite convenient. Here are some suggestions for you to get to Lan Ha Bay easier and more convenient:
– By air: For those who are far away, the airplane is probably the best choice. Currently, the North of Vietnam has 3 large airports that are convenient for moving to Got – Hai Phong, where most of Lan Ha’s yachts are gathered. If you choose the yachts going from Pha Got station, you should choose to fly to Cat Bi airport (about 30km from GOT station – very convenient but there will be few flights to and from Cat Bi). If it is too difficult, you can choose to fly to Noi Bai airport (about 100 – 130 km from GOT station, then follow the highway 5B Hanoi – Hai Phong. In Tuan Chau, it is most reasonable to fly to Van Don airport, Van Don airport is about 60km from Tuan Chau pier (it takes about 1 hour to travel on Hai Phong – Van Dong expressway)
– Road: With the investment in and putting into the Hanoi – Hai Phong expressway system It is very convenient to go by car to Ben GOT or Ben Tuan Chau. It only takes 2 hours by car from Hanoi to Got station or 2.5 hours from Hanoi to Tuan Chau wharf where luxury yachts are waiting for you. In addition to this expressway, you can take the old Highway 5 or route 18 (it will take more time). Currently, there are many bus companies serving the delegation along the Hanoi – Cat Ba route such as Hoang Long, Cat Ba Express, Daiichi bus, Good Morning Cat Ba, Interbusline … Fares range from 200 – 280 000 VND / 01 ticket
Vu Binh Stilthouse: As one of the beautiful and cheap motels and hotels in Lan Ha Bay that you should choose. Although it is just a simple looking stilt house, the quality is not inferior to high-end hotels. Besides, Vu Binh Stilthouse with a convenient location, located near Lan Ha Bay, helps you to move conveniently.
Address: Nha San Vu Binh Cat Ba, Lan Ha Bay.
Corner CatBa: Also a cheap hotel located in Lan Ha Bay with free breakfast. Although it is just a homestay, the facilities are quite good, the basic equipment is still adequate and convenient to help meet all the needs of customers. Especially, the homestay also has a beautiful sea view, located in a quiet location
Address: Alley 352, Ha Sen Street, Cat Ba Town
What to eat?
Lan Ha Bay is a marine tourist area. So the delicious dishes and famous specialities in Lan Ha Bay are main dishes made from seafood such as lobster, sea crab, seaweed, tu comedy, sea snakes … There are many delicious dishes for visitors to enjoy, including some of the most delicious and attractive dishes in Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba such as Fried crab with salt, sea sam grilled, baked lobster with egg sauce, poached lobster with wine, grilled shrimp, steamed shrimp,…
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