The name Bai Tu Long Bay literally means “The bay of Dragon children”. Legend has it that the country was invaded, so the Jade Emperor sent the Dragon Mother and her children to help people. In middle of battle, dragons appeared from the sky raining down fierce fire. It was thanks to them that the country was brought to peace once again. Appreciating the scenic beauty of the country, the dragons decided not to return. As a way of showing their gratitude to the saviours, local people named the bay where the Dragon Mother descended as “Halong” and where dragon children landed as “Bai Tu Long”.
There are many sites to visit the pristine natural landscape in Bai Tu Long Bay. Popular sites are Vung Vieng fishing village, Thien Canh Son Cave and Hon Co Beach. Some more remote sites are Co To Island, Quan Lan Island or Ngoc Vung Island.
The ecosystem within the bay sees the development of many precious species. A national park named after Bai Tu Long Bay was established to preserve them. The eco-cruise into the forest within the national park will be an experience of a lifetime.
In the clear waters and on the white sandy beaches of the bay, there are the variety of activities tourists can do including kayaking, sightseeing on a bamboo boat and a visit to the local fisherman and their floating village.
Life on Bai Tu Long Bay
Children rowing boat on Bai Tu Long Bay
Bamboo boat on Bai Tu Long Bay