People often say that a Vietnam trip cannot be completed without a cruise tour to Halong Bay. Halong Bay often appears first in your mind because it is more famous than the other bays and be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. However, because of the fame, the number of tourists coming to this bay is gradually increasing year by year, which results in the fact that Halong Bay is more and more crowded and some area get polluted. That is why travelers are looking for alternatives. In a large Halong Bay region, Halong is in the center, Lan Ha in the southwest and Bai Tu Long in the northwest. In this blog, we will show you something about Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay as a reference for your trip planning!
There is a lot of information about Halong Bay out there but not so about Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Therefore, picking the right bay may be an overwhelming process to you. Believe me not only you but so many other people have the same travel drama. That’s the reason for this post, some little comparisons to help you to make a decision!
Cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay locates to the northeast of Halong Bay, cover a large area including Bai Tu Long Bay national park. Before, people often put Bai Tu Long Bay on a scale with Halong Bay to choose which bay would be suitable with their plan. Generally estimated, there were hundreds of boat tours operating in Halong bay, then you can imagine the number of tourist would go along with you in a day and this number has been increasing in recent years.
Meanwhile, at that time Bai Tu Long Bay had not been exploited yet by the local tourism industry, meaning it still carried a quiet, wild beauty. With magnificent views, the bay used to be one of the off the beaten path destinations in North Vietnam. Therefore, it was the fact that if you wanted to get rid of crowds and look for something private and peaceful, decision between Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay was not a different task.
However that fact is no longer a fact nowadays. Recently, Bai Tu Long Bay has become more and more popular with tourists and busier than it was in the past.
Cruise in Lan Ha Bay
Lan Ha Bay is something really different. It is located right at the southern part of Halong Bay but it seems that not many people know about this place. Tourists may also hardly know that Lan Ha Bay even has some specific characteristics that Halong and Bai Tu Long do not have.
If you are a smart traveler, don’t mind the famous Halong bay or Bai Tu Long Bay “brand” but truly care about the experience, Lan Ha Bay is definitely suited you.
Far away from the boat crush in Halong Bay center and Bai Tu Long bay, Lan Ha is now just like a “sleeping beauty”, reserves a pristine scenery with many lagoons, beaches and caves are waiting to be discovered. Everything is just getting started in this destination.
Let imagine, between a beach with tons of people and a beach where only you and your travel mates set foot on, which one will you choose? A private beach is right for you in Lan Ha Bay. Another amazing thing only exists in Lan Ha Bay is that with about 1,200,000 VND – 1,500,000 VND / private wooden boat together with the entrance fee of 30,000VND / person you can rent a small boat to explore the bay by yourself within some hours. This is will be a real adventure.
If there is a place to be called as “Kayaking Paradise”, it definitely is Lan Ha Bay. Taking an overnight cruise on luxury Perla Dawn Sails cruise and spend time to go kayaking in Tra Bau area, Ba Ham lake are where you can be free to paddle around, enjoy the great nature and feel an inner peace.
If you have more time, don’t miss out Cat Ba island. Extending a day or more on this island, you will have so much fun with outdoor activities. You can try out some trekking in Cat Ba national park, deep water bouldering or climb to the top of mountains.
Each bay has its own characteristics and highlights so if the time and budget accept, I strongly recommend you to take a visit to all of them. If not, take time to consider what you are looking for in a cruise to make the best decision on choosing the most ideally destination for your vacation! If you are an adventurous traveler, for some information above, Lan Ha Bay is an ideal place for you.