Lan Ha Bay Vietnam – the forgotten paradise

Lan Ha Bay Vietnam is located in in the north of Ha Long Bay and Northwest of Cat Ba Island. It spans an area of 70 km2, contains 300 small islands in various shapes and sizes.

Similar to Ha Long Bay, almost every island here is covered by lush green foliage.

Lan Ha Bay Vietnam

Area:‎70 km²
Location:‎Hai Phong
National administrative area:‎Cat Ba island district
Total number of islands:300 Island
Lan Hạ Bay Vietnam Flycam

Lan Ha Bay flycam view

Best time of the year to visit Lan Ha Bay Vietnam

The weather is pleasant all year round so the best time to visit is...anytime. Each season in offers visitors plenty of reasons to visit.

Early fall offers crisp breezes, bright sun and comfortable temperatures while late fall and winter is perfect for extreme activities since you won’t be dripping with sweat and heat but still feel invigorated and refreshed.

However, from April to October domestic travellers visit the Bay at highest rate since it is summer vacation and from December to March is the time international travellers visit Lan Ha Bay Vietnam the most.

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Things to Lan Ha Bay know

1. Kayaking paradise

Lan Ha bay Vietnam has hundreds of small sandy beaches and hundreds of small islets around, it is the paradise for those tourists want to kayak in a calm and clean water to discover the wild nature of Cat Ba islands.

Some famous places for kayaking here is Cai Beo floating village, Van Boi center area in the middle of the bay, Ba Trai Dao area or Monkey Island area...

Kayaking Lan Ha Bay Vietnam

Kayaking Lan Ha Bay Vietnam

2. Swimming

There are many small beaches in Lan Ha bay Vietnam for you to come to swim and it is lovely to swim at Monkey Island or Van Boi Con island.

Swimming Lan Ha Bay

Swimming Lan Ha Bay Vietnam

3. Rock climbing

Catba has an international Rock climbing center and you can book a half or full-day rock climbing trip at Monkey Island Resort booking office.

Rock climbing in Lan Ha bay

Rock climbing in Lan Ha bay Vietnam

4. Visit Viet Hai fishing village

From Lan Ha bay Vietnam, you can come to Viet Hai harbor and then take motorbike or bicycle to come 6 km to visit Viet Hai fishing village in the Cat Ba National Park.

Visit Viet Hai fishing village

Visit Viet Hai fishing village

5. Visit floating village

You can come to visit Cai Beo floating village where people have to stay in floating houses, children go to school by boat.

Visit floating village Lan Ha Bay Vietnam

Visit floating village

6. Play and stay at a private beach

There are some private beach which has bungalows for you to stay overnight. You can book a package tour or just book a room here and you have alot of time for activities in those bungalows like kayaking, swimming, playing beach volleyball, beach football...

Play and stay at a private beach

Play and stay at a private beach

7. Jumping in the Bay

You can be allowed to jump into the water from the ship/ cruise in Lan Ha Bay, while this activity is banned in Ha Long Bay & Bai Tu Long Bay.

You can choose to swim anywhere in Lan Ha (better with local security/instructor), while you can not do that in Bai Tu Long. You can swim in an allowed area in Ha Long Bay only.

Jumping in the Bay

How to get to Lan Ha Bay Vietnam

How to get to the bay from Hanoi, you can book the ticket of Cat Ba Express online or in the office to reach the island.

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If you are in Cat Ba already, You can get to Beo port from the town of Cat Ba, buy the entrance ticket and book a ship to cruise Lan Ha Bay.

If you plan not to go too far from the shore, a canoe rented from the locals will be more convenient for the journey.

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Some must-go attractions in Lan Ha Bay Vietnam

1. Luồn Passage

Kayaking in Lan Ha Bay

Luon passageway under the mountain range on Bo Hon island

Luồn Passage is found in Bo Hon Island, right behind the Con Rua (Turtle) Islet, left to Cong Troi (Heaven’s Gate).

The precipitous cliffs stand in the calm dreamy bosom of the water carrying you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.

Like any other unique sculptures of nature in Lan Ha Bay Vietnam, the cave surprises visitors by their curiously-shpaed pinnacles which associate with many legend stories.

2. Cai Beo ancient fishing village

Cai Beo village

Cai Beo Village

It was a quiet storybook hamlet, totally opposite to the hustle and bustle in the center of Cat Ba Town.

There are boats available to take you around the floating fishing village and indulge yourself in the peace of the area, surrounded by lush turquoise water.

If you travel in a group, you can rent the whole boat to go with each other.

The helmsmen with their tender boats will ferry you around the village and tell you about legends of the region and so many more other interesting stories about living on the water.

You can also stay with a fisher family and see how their lives in such a special condition.

3. Monkey Island

Monkey Island

Monkey Island (Cat Dua Island)

To reach Monkey Island, visitors usually take a boat in around 10 minutes across fishing village and several small islands.

Monkey island used to be named Cat Dua (Sand – Pineapple) due to a large amount of wild pineapple trees with juicy look but inedible.

Many years ago, the rangers of Cat Ba National Park brought about 20 monkeys from the archipelago to there.

They gradually get familiar with visitors and usually come closer to the visitors. You can feed them with bananas, apples, kumquats, candies, etc.

Overtime people called the island Monkey Island which recently became the official name for it.

4. Dark Cave And Bright Cave

Dark and Bright Cave is one of the largest and the most beautiful caves on Halong - Lan Ha Bay.

Nothing is more enjoyable than free kayaking on the crystal blue water and then find yourself under the low roof of the cave.

Dark and Bright Cave is located where Lan Ha Bay Vietnam meets Halong Bay and it belongs to Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve. It is usually likened to Surprise Cave (Hang Sửng Sốt).

They are both spacious and have stunning limestone structure except that Dark and Bright Cave is a sea cave which mostly is under water.

Dark Cave And Bright Cave

5. Ba Trai Dao Beach erea

The local residents of Lan Ha Bay Vietnam now still tell the old story about the origination of Ba Trai Dao Islet.

Story has it that the youngest daughter of the God fell in love with a poor fisherman.

As she wanted him to be immortal to be with her forever, she stole three peaches in the heaven for him. The God noticed and was very angry.

He turned three peaches into three stone mountains on the sea. Therefore, the locals named the islet as “Ba Trai Dao” Islet (Three Peaches Islet).

 Ba Trai Dao Beach erea

6. Van Boi Beach

Van Boi beach

Van Boi Beach. Photo: Blake Beyea

This is an ideal place for kayaking and swimming because the water here is crystal clear and so calm that when you plunge your hands into it, all you feel is caress.

The surrounding trees and cliffs will give you a gust of desire to immerse into nature and tell the world the glories of your journey.

7. Rua Islet

rua islet

Rua Islet. Photo: Bui Hong Thang

It is a small islet situated in Lan Ha Bay Vietnam with the shape of a swimming turtle. You can see it on the way from Beo port to Viet Hai village.

8. Chuong Islet

chuong islet

Chuong Islet. Photo: Thanh Son HP

Chuong Islet is also known as But (Pen), Nen (Candle), Bap Chuoi (Banana flower spike). You can see it on the way from the town of Cat Ba to Cua Van fishing village.

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