Bai Chay is an artificial beach which is located in Halong Bay, Quang Ninh province. It is one of the most well-known beaches in Ha Long with 500 meters long,100 meters wide, and a myriad of nearby resorts, hotels, and restaurants.
Stretching along the coastline, Bai Chay beach sets its location right in Ha Long city center, about 100 kilometers to the Northeast of Hanoi. It is the main tourist attraction on the mainland of Halong Bay.
Bai Chay beach
There are two stories told by the local inhabitants about the origin of the name.
The first story was in the Tran Dynasty, the Yuan-Mongolians from the North invaded VietNam by the sea. When the military’s food cargo ships passed the Bai Chay coast, Vietnamese soldiers used fired arrows to attack. Simultaneously, the Northeast wind blew hard and added fuel to the fire. The fire burnt the whole forest in the Western side of Cua Luc and the residents called it Bai Chay.
The second story was about the harbor of western Cua Luc. There is an undersea creature called Barnacles that strongly attached to the sides of the boats. These creatures are harmful to the quality of the ship so the fishermen burnt them by using casuarina leaves. Residents from other islands saw the blaze from the island and called it Bai Chay.
Swimming has always been an indispensable activity when tourists think about a beach vacation. With the long sandbank, Bai Chay beach attracts a huge number of visitors at the same time. Coming here, they will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the cool, emerald, and crystal clear water of Halong Bay.
In terms of water-based things to do in Bai Chay, the beach provides various interesting activities such as surfing, jet skiing, and canoeing. These much-hyped activities are perfect for the adventurous mind and highly recommended for small groups.
Tourists also have opportunities to rent a local ship in order to experience the daily work of a real fisherman. There are two types of fishing: fish-catching and squid-catching. Catching fish is available at all times but squid-catching only available at nighttime.
A squid-catching ship could easily be recognized by a huge scaffold of giant light bulbs on both sides of the ship. This is due to the unique feature of the squids that only move at midnight. They would totally be charmed by the strong light from the giant light bulbs and then follow nearby the ship.
While going on a small cruise on the fishing boat, visitors could not take a magnificent photo of the landscape in the dark but they can take a real deep breath of air and wind from the ocean. The tools that visitors would use are a long, thin, bamboo stick with a plastic cord and hang a small shrimp puppet with a hook. The puppets are covered with a light-flexing material to catch the squid's attention.
All that tourists are supposed to do is quite simple: just keep on lifting the stick up and down constantly in order to make the puppet move and acting like a real shrimp. Squids that are caught by the travelers could instantly be cooked on the ship. Nighttime is the best time for fishing because that is the real-time when the local fishermen start pushing off and also due to the reasonable price for ship rental.
There are so many ways for tourists to transfer to Bai Chay Beach with reasonable prices and good service.
From Hanoi and other nearby provinces in northern Vietnam, shuttle bus and luxury bus is among the most common ways to travel to Bai Chay. There are various bus operators offering high-quality services and economical prices (around 8 – 10 USD) for tourists.
Trains are also a great option to travel like a local to Bai Chay, Halong. From Hanoi, you can take a train at 7:00 am (only one train per day) to Halong train station (about 5 km far from Bai Chay). The train ride will take you 7 hours and cost only 4 USD.
For the best convenience, travelers can take a cab or hire a rental car to Bai Chay, Halong from Hanoi. Recently, the highway which directly connects Hanoi and Hai Phong has been fully-constructed so that tourists could follow this route to save travel time.
Apart from the highlight destinations of the Halong Bay cruise itinerary, Bai Chay Beach is a great attraction that should not be missed. If you have not come to Bai Chay Beach yet, you must give it a try and would not be disappointed with your decision.
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