Located in the east of Cat Ba Island, the northern city of Hai
Phong, Lan Ha Bay has become a tourist magnet thanks to its unique beauty.
Although not many people know about it, Lan Ha is one Vietnam’s most beautiful
bays. Autumn is the best time to visit Lan Ha Bay because the weather at this
time is extremely beautiful with pleasant sunshine, cool breezes, and blue sky
Linking Ha Long Bay of Quang Ninh province with Cat Ba archipelago, Lan Ha Bay
is like a silk ribbon made from green mountains, blue sea and diverse fauna and
flora. It is a tranquil, curved body of water featuring about 400 islands.
Unlike Ha Long Bay, all 400 islets in Lan Ha are covered with vegetation with
unique values, especially landscape values.
Lan Ha Bay spreads more than 7,000 hectares, including 5,400 hectares under the
management of Cat Ba National Park.
Aside from beautiful beaches, its attractiveness also lies in limestone mountain
ranges that divide the sea into smaller bays, lagoons and caves, many of which
There are hundreds of limestone mountains in the shape of things such as clogs
or bats which also give the islets their names.
Stalactite caves and caverns can also be seen in Lan Ha. Some outstanding ones
are Ham Rong Cave, Do Cung Cave and Ca Cave.
Lan Ha Bay boasts 139 small and quiet sandbanks, many of which are located
between two rocky mountains – a feature bringing peace and ripples, making these
sandbanks ideal bathing beaches.
Under the clean and blue water are colourful coral reefs such as Van Boi and Van
Ha reefs, good for diving.
Calm sea areas like those off Sen Island, Cu Island and Khi Island are also
places vacationers can swim and dive to see coral. Some rocky islets with
favourable natural conditions have also been used to develop leisure tourism
To fully enjoy the beauties of limestone islets as well as the landscapes of Lan
Ha Bay, tourists should travel by kayak. By the means of transport, they can
explore new experiences that cannot be felt on cruise ships. Snaking through
islets and small caves, kayaks can access the foot of rocky mountains, giving
tourists a view of the world under the blue water.
Visitors will be astonished at the nature in Lan Ha Bay and feel at peace while
Cat Dua Island, also known as Khi (Money) Island, is a must-visit destination in
Lan Ha Bay. Many leisure tourism activities have been offered on this island,
luring many foreign holidaymakers in recent years. The waters around Cat Dua
harbour pearl farms are also interesting places to see.
A typical tourism product in Lan Ha Bay is small fishing villages and those that
farm local specialties such as Asian green mussel, clam, cobia, crab, abalone
and grouper. Many of such aquaculture farms supply fresh seafood for tourists
when they set foot in the bay.
Two places of interest many travel companies introduce to visitors are Van Gia
fishing village, which is more than 100 years old, and Viet Hai fishing village,
which is almost entirely isolated from modern life.
Bay ecotourism recently is focused on investment. Only taking 5 minutes to
travel from Beo wharf toward the north to reach Cat Dua Island with many tourism
services are being exploited. This tourism form is attracting a lot of foreign
tourists to arrive for resting.
Thanks to those advantages, tourism activities are flourishing in Lan Ha Bay,
satisfying domestic and foreign visitors’ growing demand to discover the bay in
the north of Vietnam.