Discover the unspoiled beauty of Lan Ha bay
Lan Ha Bay is like a bridge connecting Cat Ba Island and Ha Long Bay. With many incentives that nature offers, blue sea to the bottom, rich biological systems, Lan Ha Bay will be a promising destination for travelers who love wild beauty to explore.
- GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION
Lan Ha Bay is located off the beautiful coastal city of Hai Phong and about 30 km from the city center. The bay is located on the east of Cat Ba Island and is an adjacent bridge between Cat Ba Island and the world wonder of Ha Long Bay. From the pier of Cat Ba Island, it takes about 30 minutes to take the train to Lan Ha Bay. Lan Ha Bay is compared with a lovely silk strip that is woven by clear blue sea to the bottom and lush green vegetation. The area of the bay is over 7,000 ha, but of which more than 5,400 ha is under the management of UNESCO-recognized biosphere reserve – Cat Ba National Park.
Lan Ha Bay is shaped like an arc, surrounded by more than 400 islands, large and small, covered with vegetation creating a huge natural painting depicting the scene.
- DISCOVER BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL AND FULL INTEREST OF LAN HA
The name “Lan Ha” sounds so soft, feminine, and lovely, making us reminiscent of an orchid that was brought down to earth to beautify life. When the sunset falls, the bay is no longer innocent as a young girl, but also has the beauty and mystery of a charming woman. True to the meaning of the name, Lan Ha Bay is endowed by nature to beautify life. Those who have contemplated the Lan Ha sky and sky will surely agree with this somewhat exaggerated statement.
Ha Long Bay is recognized as a world wonder, but in terms of pristine beauty, Lan Ha Bay is actually not inferior, even Lan Ha Bay has its own unique and attractive features. Although it is not “crowded” in the number of surrounding islands such as Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay has the highlight that there are 139 small, pure sand beaches surrounding it. With sandy beaches interspersed between two massifs of mountains, the gentle slopes of sand and clear blue seawater to the bottom like the “green straits” will be safe and extremely ideal beaches for passionate travelers. go to the beach. You can freely wander in the blue water or lie on the sand to sunbathe with beaches such as Ang Vem, Cat Dua Beach, Cat Co Beach, Ben Beo Beach, Co Tien Beach, Van Boi, Van Ha …
Besides bathing in pristine but peaceful beaches, visitors can freely admire the colorful beaches. The waves here are very quiet, the sea is very smooth, so you can be completely assured when you drop your soul to admire the beautiful scenery of the sea and dazzle to watch the brilliant coral reefs on the beaches of Sen Island, Cu Island, Monkey Island … You also have to Satisfy your passion for photography with stunning photos here.
Coming to Lan Ha Bay, you not only swim, watch the coral but also enjoy the most beautiful thing of Cat Ba Island. On both sides of the road to the bay, you will discover majestic mountains. These small mountains stand out on a stunningly clear blue sea! There are hundreds of mountains here with different names but when listening to the name, visitors will be comfortable to satisfy their imagination such as Hon Guoc (like a clog), Hon Bat (like a bat in progress). wings) … The density of limestone mountains here is quite thick, still very wild, dividing the sea surface into small fields and coves. A lot of interesting things in the bays and caves have not been discovered yet. A beauty that makes people just want to discover right away! By small boat, visitors can wriggle the small mountains to explore stalactite caves here such as Ham Rong, De Cung, Ca cave, Tung Gau cave …
Continuing your journey by boat, visit Cat Pineapple Island or Monkey Island with white sand sparkling in the sun, formed by coral debris. This place is famous for a “specialty” but not for eating, it’s Monkey. The monkeys here are very intelligent, hyperactive, and very lovely. They are willing to respond by teasing visitors who make fun of them. However, if you want to “meet” these lovely monkeys, you should visit when it is not sunny because the monkeys here are very shy, they will immediately hide in the cave if it is sunny. In addition, on Monkey Island, there are facilities to raise oysters for pearls, this is an attractive destination for tourists who want to learn this interesting village.
Want to find a new feeling, visit Turtle Island is located next to Monkey Island. This is a newly built eco-tourism area so it is still quite simple and pristine. On the island, only a few stilt houses have been built for tourists. But not because of that simplicity, Turtle Island is less attractive. In return, nature here is extremely beautiful, very worthy of the name “charming aquatic paint, young blue water”. Many tourists visiting Lan Ha Bay stay here for a long time to swim, watch the coral reefs as well as a kayak to explore nature or enjoy the night view. Turtle Island Similar to the two fronts surrounded by long sandy beaches and wild pineapple bushes, surrounded by mountains, forming an enclosed pool. At night, when the sea recedes, you can easily catch the sea cucumber, very rare and valuable seafood but abundant in this area.
Opposite Rua Giong Island is a small, lovely island. On the island, there is a beach called Van Boi, which is the center of Cat Ba biosphere reserve, one of our country’s 4 biosphere reserves recognized by UNESCO.
When visiting Lan Ha Bay, you should visit Cat Ba National Forest to learn about the habitat of rare and precious animal species, some of which have been recorded in Vietnam’s red book including langurs. Rare whiteheads and coniferous forest.
Leaving the chaos in the busy city and enjoying relaxing moments in the green forest, sniffing the fresh air is really a great thing, isn’t it?
It will be incomplete if in the journey to discover Lan Ha, you do not try a day as a fisherman with activities immersed in the life of fishermen. Tossing, trawling, squid fishing, catching ha, leaving all electronic devices to carefree living with the song, and dance with the people of the sea.
In addition, you can explore the unique cuisine here with sea specialties such as green mussel, to comedy, cobia, crab, crab … Many rafts raising fish on the bay are just a place to visit. is a place to provide fresh fish, shrimp according to the daily culinary needs of customers.
- SOME EXPERIENCE FOR TRAVELERS WHEN VISITING LAN HA
– If you are interested in visiting Monkey Island, you should go a little early or a little late when it is not sunny, because if it is too sunny, the monkey will go into the cave, you will be hard to see them.
– Ticket price to visit Lan Ha Bay is about 180,000 VND / person (only visit Lan Ha Bay and Monkey Island, visit the fortress about 60,000 VND / person).
– When going to Monkey Island, visitors can use the service of renting buoys, kayaking, or bathing with freshwater … There is also a roof restaurant that serves you drinks and if you sit at the table, you must pay about 25 thousand VND / person. You should use sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, swimming goggles, swimwear …
– Normally, most tourists coming to Cat Ba Island often rent a boat to visit Lan Ha Bay for about 1 hour, then return to Monkey Beach (Cat Pin Island) for bathing. The overall time is about 3 hours. If you go with a group of 15 or more people, you go like that, you have a general view of Lan Ha Bay with beautiful small islands, with small sandy beaches, fish rafts, crawfish, oysters … and have a bath at Monkey Island beach. The cost of this tour usually costs 100,000 VND / person, the ticket to visit Lan Ha Bay is 30 thousand VND / person including bath tickets at Monkey Island.
– If you want to explore all of Lan Ha Bay, you should follow the 1-day tour program. After passing Cai Beo fishing village, take a boat down to Nam Cat and Bai Boi islands to swim to Van Boi Con Island. Next, you can visit the Navy fish rafts (there is a lot of big fish, raised by soldiers in the bay). After visiting the raft, the boat will take you to Ba Trai Dao area to kayak, take photos …
Next, the boat goes about 20 minutes to Van Gia floating village. This is a village in the middle of the sea with hundreds of years of history with hundreds of households living. The 6-year-old student here rowed at a school on a raft. Here you can use a kayak to visit the floating village, then you can kayak to visit the dark cave (if the low sea level does not hide the door of the cave) and the light cave (like a lake surrounded by mountains).
You should rent a motorbike to visit Viet Hai village, on the way you will go through a cave about 30 m with extremely cool air, you will admire the original mangrove forest, the roots of the tree-like peanuts. into another world. You will visit Viet Hai village with the ancient mud-walled houses in a quiet space of immense green rice fields.
After visiting Viet Hai village, you continue to return to the boat to go back to the beach at Monkey Island beach. You can climb the mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of Lan Ha Bay. Some tourists choose to take a rest at Monkey Island Resort on the island to experience life close to nature, with the fresh air of the sea.
– You should visit Lan Ha Bay in the fall because the air is very pleasant in the autumn but the sun is not too strong, it will give you a better view and the sea will be more peaceful.
Once in Lan Ha, early in the morning awoke to watch the sunrise, starting a new day when the sunlight through the foliage illuminated the reefs and coral reefs. In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll on the beach to watch the sunset like red flames gradually hiding in the sea. In the evening, you can walk and listen to the murmuring waves without any noise in the city. A day living in the middle of nature, away from the bustle, hustle, and modern media sees life as poetic and peaceful in the soul.
Admin – Green Bamboo Forest Hotel