If you’re looking to combine a visit to Vietnam’s Halong Bay with some coastal bliss, add the sun-kissed Bai Chay Beach in northern Vietnam to your itinerary!
Planning Your Visit
Close to the famed Halong Bay, Bai Chay is around 150 km from Hanoi and can be reached by train (Halong Express), bus or taxi. That said, it’s more convenient to visit if you’re based in Halong; vacation rentals can be found near this attraction such as Citadines Marina Halong, within easy reach of the harbour for cruises as well.
What to Expect
While this beach is artificial, you can expect the same picture-perfect, clean white shores and lovely ocean waters that one dreams of holidaying at! It’s a popular draw, especially during the summer and its long stretch of sand is perfect for sunbathing, fun family playtime or romantic barefoot strolls amidst a magical sunset.
Activities on Offer
For more active pursuits, there are several water sports on offer at Bai Chay Beach. Apart from enjoying swimming, you can find operators offering such activities as jet-skiing and canoeing while depending on the season, you can try surfing. For some pedal-powered exploration, cycle rentals can be found near the beach too.
As part of your trip to Bai Chay Beach, you can also head to the nearby Ha Long Night Market; this lively market offers clothing, souvenirs, handicrafts and a delectable array of local dishes including seafood. For family thrills, visit Sun World Ha Long Park which is a captivating amusement park, while don’t forget to view and photograph Bai Chay Bridge.