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Lan Ha Bay: Northern Vietnam’s newest backpacker paradise

Friday, July 15, 2022, 14:12 GMT+7
Lan Ha Bay: Northern Vietnam’s newest backpacker paradise
A panoramic view of Lan Ha Bay in Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Lan Ha Bay is one of Vietnam’s newest hotspots for tourists looking to immerse themselves in breathtaking views of clear blue skies, seas, and mountains that appear to have been plucked from the silver screen.

Although it is not so famous as Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province, Lan Ha Bay is becoming quite a big hit amongst tourists.

Lan Ha Bay is a part of Hai Phong City, located to the east of Cat Ba Island and to the south of Ha Long Bay.

Visitors can explore Lan Ha Bay by kayak. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Visitors can explore Lan Ha Bay by kayak. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

The bay is spread across 7,000 hectares, featuring 400 small and large islands as well as numerous untouched, tranquil, and unexploited destinations.

Lan Ha Bay has a distinctive beauty that is imbued with a touch of primitivism and mystique, allowing travelers to experience a variety of landscapes.

The majority of the islands in Lan Ha Bay are covered in greenery. Each island boasts unique myths associated with its shape.

Lan Ha Bay is home to hundreds of towns, including the 100-year-old Van Gia fishing village. Lan Ha Bay fishermen make a living by fishing, aquaculture, and tourism. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Lan Ha Bay is home to hundreds of towns, including the 100-year-old Van Gia fishing village. Lan Ha Bay fishermen make a living by fishing, aquaculture, and tourism. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Some islands look like a gigantic turtle, others resemble fairy peaches, and the rest form brilliant turquoise lakes.

Lan Ha Bay is also known for its diverse flora and fauna. Much of the bay is managed and protected by Cat Ba National Park.

To get to Lan Ha Bay, visitors must travel to Cat Ba Island and come to Beo Wharf to buy tickets to visit and rent a boat to travel the bay.

Hon Rua (Turtle Islet), a small islet shaped like a giant turtle swimming in the ocean, is located near the path connecting Beo Wharf and Viet Hai Village. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Hon Rua (Turtle Islet), a small islet shaped like a giant turtle swimming in the ocean, is located near the path connecting Beo Wharf and Viet Hai Village. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

A bird’s-eye view of Hon May (May Islet) in Lan Ha Bay, Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

A bird’s-eye view of Hon May (May Islet) in Lan Ha Bay, Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

A bird’s-eye view of Hon May (May Islet) in Lan Ha Bay, Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

A bird’s-eye view of Hon May (May Islet) in Lan Ha Bay, Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Visitors must not miss Ba Trai Dao Island (Three Peaches Island), a popular tourist attraction due to its stunning natural environment and a dramatic love legend. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Visitors must not miss Ba Trai Dao Island (Three Peaches Island), a popular tourist attraction with a stunning natural environment and a dramatic love legend. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Visitors kayak in Lan Ha Bay, Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Visitors kayak in Lan Ha Bay, Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

A panorama view of Hon Duc Cai (Male-Female Islet) in Lan Ha Bay, Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

A panoramic view of Hon Duc Cai (Male-Female Islet) in Lan Ha Bay, Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Ang Tham, a rare blue salt lake in the midst of Lan Ha Bay, should definitely not to be missed. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Ang Tham, a rare blue salt lake in the midst of Lan Ha Bay, should definitely not be missed. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Ang Tham is around 2 kilometers from Cat Co beach; nonetheless, few people are aware of this destination. This location is still relatively pristine and serves as a refuge for fisherman during strong storms at sea. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Ang Tham is around two kilometers from Cat Co Beach; nonetheless, few people are aware of this destination. This location is still relatively pristine and serves as a refuge for fishermen during fierce storms at sea. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

The island of Ang Tham is distinctive due to its circular shape. It has only one entrance. Inside is a vast lake measuring 245 meters long and 145 meters wide. The water has a jade-green hue that distinguishes it from the surrounding sea. This area is complete wilderness, thus it is recommended that visitors should bring life jackets, food, water, and safety equipment if they plan to explore. The entrance is quite slick, and the thousands of oysters on the ground can cut visitors’ feet. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

The island of Ang Tham is distinctive due to its circular shape. It has only one entrance. Inside is a vast lake measuring 245 meters long and 145 meters wide. The water has a jade-green hue that distinguishes it from the surrounding sea. This area is complete wilderness, thus it is recommended that visitors should bring life jackets, food, water, and safety equipment if they plan to explore the place. The entrance is quite slick but the thousands of oysters on the ground can cut visitors’ feet. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Cai Beo fishing village, the oldest fishing village in Vietnam, dating back to prehistoric times, from above. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Cai Beo fishing village, the oldest fishing village in Vietnam, dating back to prehistoric times, from above. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An / Tuoi Tre

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