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Halong Bay Cruise Holiday On Bai Tho Junk For 3 Days

 

Bai Tho Junk is designed with traditional style, it’s not only small enough for secret and private space but also large enough for comfortable and convenient space. This is the best choice for visitor to discover Halong…

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: 3-Day Halong Bay Cruise Holiday on Bai Tho Junk: Hanoi – Halong

7.30 – 8am: Pick you at Hotel lobby then transfer to Halong 11:30 – 12:15: Arriving at Hon Gai harbor 12:15 – 12:30: Transfer to your junk. Welcome drink – Cruise briefing, safety instructions, check-in cabins – Depart for Halong Bay 13:00 – 14:30: Enjoy local sea food lunch while the junk sails to Ha Long Bay passing by Oan Lagoon,Mat Quy Islet(Monster head) and Am Tich Islets (Teapot) 15:00 – 16:00 Visit Sung Sot Cave – Explore the most famous grotto in entire Halong Bay 16:30 – 17.30: Visit Titop Island – It’s time for relaxing, swimming or climbing to the top of the mountain for fantastic views and photo opportunities 18:00: Overnight anchorage at Titop area and enjoy sunset 19:30 – 21:00: Savor a Set-dinner in dinning room 21:00 – 23:00: Activities: Relax on deck, drink service, singing karaoke or fishing. Overnight on junk

Meals: Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Bai Tho Junk

 Day 2: 3-Day Halong Bay Cruise Holiday on Bai Tho Junk: Halong Discovery

06:30: Enjoy sunrise over the Bay 07:00: Have breakfast 08:00 – 09:30: Transfer to day boat and cruise through Ha long Bay,come to visit Soisim beach and climb the mountain ,discover the charming beauty of the beach. 09:30 – 12:00: It’s time for relaxing and swimming or kayaking weather and tide permitted 12:00 – 13h30: Return to the junk and enjoy the sea food lunch. Continue cruising through the bay 13:30 – 16:30: Come to visit Dark Cave & Light Cave, swimming or kayaking in here. 17:00: Back to the junk, Anchorage for overnight 19:30 – 21:00: Savor a Set-dinner in dinning room

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Bai Tho Junk

 Day 3: 3-Day Halong Bay Cruise Holiday on Bai Tho Junk: Halong – Hanoi

06:30: Enjoy sunrise over the Bay 07:00: Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in dining room 08:00 – 08:30: Cruise through Ha long Bay and contemplate Man’s head islet, Tortoise islet 8:30 – 09:30: Arrive at Luon Cave(Hang Luồn) – explore most famous grotto in the entire Halong bay by local rowing boat 09:30: Check-out cabins and settle bills – Luggage collection 10:00: Having international buffet brunch served while cruising through Indochina movie studio, Bai Tho mountain and Ha Long market. 11:00: Arriving at pier. Time to say goodbye

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Include :

Accommodation on twin cabin ( lockable )on traditional junk (Cabin with A/C, private bathroom , hot and cold water)

Boat cruise with meals

All Meals

Welcome drink on arrival;

Fresh fruit, free tea and coffee

Entrance to Halong bay

English speaking local guide 

Exclude :

Round trip transfer Hanoi to Halong Bay & Back to Hanoi

Pre/post trip arrangement

Travel insurance

Drink other than the above

Other personal expenses 

Poem Mountain Hike (Bai Tho Mountain)

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We thought that the best way to see Halong Bay was by taking a cruise, but believe it or not, we were wrong. Hiking to the top of Poem Mountain, or Bai Tho Mountain as it is locally known, and seeing the cliffs from above was one of the most insane views we have ever seen. Read on to find out exactly how to get this view for yourself!

Seeing the incredible landscape of Halong Bay is usually top of most travellers’ bucket lists when they come to Vietnam. Thousands of towering limestone cliffs rise out of the water and create one of the most unique and spectacular landscapes we have ever seen. There is a hike up Hang Mua Cave in Ninh Binh that offers similar spectacular views and is known as Ha Long Bay on land.

Check out our full guide on a cruise around Bai Tu Long Bay to find out more: BEST BAI TU LONG BAY CRUISE

Witnessing the natural beauty of this landscape from above was absolutely next level. We are used to seeing places from the sky with our drone, but nothing can beat seeing somewhere with your own eyes. The cliffs extend out into the ocean for miles and the sheer number and size of these mini mountains blew us away. We did some great hikes in Vietnam and we’ve done some amazing hikes around the world and this ranks up there with the best of them.

Is Poem Mountain Open to Climb?

Updated December 2019 – It appears that authorities have once again closed Bai Tho Mountain to the public. This has happened many times in the past and the locals have always found a way to provide access to Poem Mountain for a fee. We are hopeful that access will be re-opened soon and we will try to update on here as soon as we know anything. Please let us know if you have any updated information.

Short answer – Yes! Legally, it appears the answer is no, but who ever let something like that stop them anyway?

Getting to Bai Tho Mountain

The Poem Mountain hike can be found in Halong City and we have pinned it below on the map to show you exactly where it is. Most people will be coming from Hanoi where there are daily busses to Halong City. The cheapest and easiest way to get here is by booking a bus with Bookaway. We booked all of our transport in Vietnam with them as they always seem to offer the best rates. You can book a ticket from Hanoi to Halong City here.

If you don’t fancy riding a scooter here, another great option is to take a Grab (popular app for ride-hailing similar to Uber). From the main touristy area of Bai Chay, it is a 15-minute drive to the base of the mountain.

Finding the Entrance

The entrance to the hike is located on Hang Noi street. We had read a few blogs and reviews about the mountain before we went and many of them said how difficult the entrance was to find. To access the entrance to the mountain, you first have to walk up through the house of a local lady. It is the entrance to this house that can be tricky to find.

You really do have to walk right through somebody’s house to reach the base of the mountain. We passed a couple of puppies, headed up the stairs and passed the kitchen and living room and came out into the backyard amongst the chickens.

This is where we finally met the infamous lady who owns the house with access to the mountain.

Entrance Fee

There is no set entrance fee to Poem Mountain. The lady will charge you whatever she feels like and it varies from person to person. We were charged 50,000VND ($2.15 USD) each after trying and failing to barter with her. The couple behind us paid 100,000VND each and we met another couple on our way up who only paid 25,000VND each.

You can try your best to haggle with her, but even if you have to pay 100,000VND per person it is still totally worth it. Plus, we didn’t feel like we had a lot of buying power when she is providing access to the mountain entrance.

Once you have negotiated an entrance fee, it’s time to break into the mountain. Having read numerous reviews, we saw that some people had to climb over barbed wire while others climbed through a hole underneath the main gate. At the time of hiking (June 2019), the authorities had closed both of these access points.

Now you have to scale a 10-foot rock wall and climb underneath the fence. They have literally carved away part of the mountain to allow tourists to gain access. It is a bit of a sketchy climb but the lady will help guide you up by showing you where to place your feet.

Poem Mountain Hike

Depending on your level of fitness, the hike to the top can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour. It took us around 30 minutes to reach the peak. It is not a particularly long hike, but it is straight up and steep the whole way. So although it is quite a short hike, it is fairly difficult. We had to stop every few minutes to catch our breath and drink some water. We went for sunset and even that late in the day the heat and humidity were still a killer.

The first two-thirds of the hike are up cement stairs that are still in very good condition. As it is officially closed, there are several sections where the trees and bushes are overgrown and you have to duck down low and shuffle underneath the greenery to get by. The last part of the climb is along mud and rocks and involves a bit more scrambling, but nothing too crazy.

The Summit

At the top there is plenty of space to hang out and a few different vantage points to enjoy. There were just 4 other people at the summit when we arrived for sunset. It was so peaceful and we love when we only have to share such an awesome place with just a few others.

Best Photo Spots

There is a green hut perched on the edge of the peak that you can climb on to. It looks kind of sketchy but it felt pretty secure to us. We went to the edge of the roof and enjoyed uninterrupted views of the bay. It is a wicked spot to take some seriously cool photos.

Just above this green roof is a rock that protrudes out of the mountain which we clambered to the top of to take some more photos, and again to enjoy the view.

Hike Down

Shortly before the sun set we started to make our way back down. We wouldn’t recommend climbing back down again in the dark as the top part of the mountain has a couple of slippery sections that were tricky to navigate down.

Travel Tips to Know Before You Go

Catch a Grab or rent a scooter – These are both cheap and easy options to reach the entrance to the mountain.

Wear trainers – The top section is difficult enough that you should wear trainers for this hike. Flip flops are not recommended.

Bring water – It is a short but tough climb so you will need to carry some water with you. There are several shops near the entrance where you can buy water before and after the hike.

Take some cash – You will need to pay the owner of the house to reach the entrance. Take a few hundred thousand Vietnamese dong with you just in case she feels like increasing the price that day.

Plan to take 2 hours – To climb to the top, enjoy the views at the summit and make your way back down again, we suggest taking at least two hours. The best time to enjoy the view is at sunset so make sure you time it right so you are not walking back down in the dark.

Pack your camera – Like we mentioned, the views at the top are unreal. Pack your camera so you can take some epic photos to remember your trip. They should look especially good at sunset.

Avoid after heavy rain – As some of the trail is unpaved and muddy, it would be dangerous after heavy rain.

It is moderately difficult – Even though it is short, the constant uphill climb makes this a tough little hike. Prepare to rest every few minutes on the way up.

Where to Stay

We looked at doing the hike on the same day as arriving from Hanoi and setting out for our our cruise around Halong Bay, but we just couldn’t squeeze it all in. It’s worth staying for at least one night in Halong City either before or after a Halong Bay cruise. Even if you weren’t planning on a cruise, it is worth the bus journey out here just for this hike.

Budget: Ha Long Bay Fancy Hostel – We stayed in a double room with A/C which cost 300,000VND ($12.93 USD) per night and included breakfast. The room had a private bathroom and was very comfortable. It is also in a great location right in the Bai Chay area. There are plenty of good places to eat nearby. We recommend the restaurant next to the hostel as it was super cheap and some of the better food we had in Vietnam.

Mid-range: The Bay, Ha Long Homestay – Great value for what you get. The homestay is super clean, well-decorated, with a cute garden patio to relax while still being right in the city centre. The owner and staff are also super helpful with all your tour booking needs.

Luxury: Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long – With a private beach area, swimming pool, tennis court and fitness centre, this resort is the epitome of luxury. Not to mention, it is located on its own private island just off the Bai Chay shoreline.

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Halong Bay Cruise Recommendation

As most people will do this hike as well as do a cruise, we thought we would offer up our recommendation. We went with Cristina Diamond Cruise and could not have been happier with this decision. Our stay was not sponsored – we paid full price. We just really enjoyed our stay, our guide, Lucky, was fantastic and every expectation was exceeded. We cannot recommend them enough.

This cruise actually visits Bai Tu Long Bay instead of Halong Bay. The landscape is the same, but there are fewer boats here which we thought was fantastic. We did a two-day, one-night trip but would have loved to stay an extra day.

Check out rates and availability for Cristina Diamond Cruise.

Final Thoughts

I’m not sure we can really put into words how awesome the Poem Mountain hike was. Most places we visit are pretty cool and get a couple of thumbs up from us, but this really was next level. I would definitely say it was the single best thing we saw in Vietnam and it’s one of the better views we’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing anywhere in the world.

Most people head straight from Hanoi to do their cruise around Halong Bay and then go straight back again. You’d be mad to miss out on this experience and you should stay at least one night in Halong City so you can do this hike. As it is just starting to grow in popularity, it still doesn’t attract too many tourists.

This is the hidden gem of Vietnam but it may not stay that way for long.

Have you hiked Bai Tho mountain recently? Let us know your experience!

Planning a trip to Vietnam? Check out our other blog posts on the area:

*Please note, prices are a reflection of our experiences while traveling Vietnam in June 2019 and are subject to change. Prices quoted in local currency (VND) were the exact prices we paid and USD conversions are listed for your convenience.

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Loi Bai Tho Me Tom (To Huu)

Toi lai ve que me nuoi xua Mot buoi trua, nang dai bai cat Gio long xon xao, song bien du dua Mat ruoi long ta ngan nga tieng hat…

Muoi chin nam roi. Hom nay lai buoc Doan duong xua, cat bong lung doi. Oi co phai song boi them bai truoc Hay bien dau xua rut nuoc xa roi?

Hon Net ta oi! Mang ve chua do Co nhieu khong con nuc con thu? Chao nhung buom nau thuyen cau Diem Pho! Nho nhau chang, hoi Hanh Cat, Hanh Cu?

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Nhu dua con di, biet xom lang Nua doi bong nho bong que huong Nho leu rom uot suong khuya som Bai vang diu hiu lac dau duong…

Con da ve day, oi me Tom Hoi nguoi me kho da danh com Cho con, cho Dang ngay xua ay Khong so tu gong, chap sung guom

Nha ai moi nhi, tuong voi trang Thom nuc mui tom nang may nong Ngon ngon san phoi khoai dat nang Gieng vuon ai vay, nuoc khoi trong?

Ngo ngac trong quanh, la may lan Hoi tham co gai ma bo quan Mai dau toc xoa xanh ben gieng – Vang dung nha em, bac nghi chan

– O kia, co be noi hay sao! Nha cua toi, ai lai hoi chao Nhu the khach duong xa gac lai Bo di dau, him, me dau nao? Nhieu day u em, may tuoi roi? – Hai muoi – O nhi, thang nam troi Song boi them bai, thuyen them ben Gio long duong khoi, rong dat troi! – Ong mat nam nao, ngay doc lap Buom cao do song bong co sao Ba “ve” nam doi, lang treo luoi Bien dong: Hon Me, giac ban vao…

Bang khuang chuyen cu: Mot chieu thu Muoi chin nam xua, may ban tu Vuot nguc, bang rung, tim moi Dang Duyen may, day noi, dat Hanh Cu.

Dau thon, con vang, tup leu rom; To am chim ve. Co me Tom Hai dua trai ngay di cup dao Noi khoai som toi lot thay com.

Thuong nguoi cong san, cam Tay – Nhat Buong Me – buong tim – giau chung con Dem dem cho sua… Lang ben dong? Bong Me ngoi canh lan bong con…

Cho xa, Me ganh mo rau xanh Them bo truyen don goi dau tranh Bai cat vang thau in bong Me Chieu ve… Hon Ne… Bien reo quanh…

Song hay gam len, gio thet len! Trieu dang. Cheo manh, thuyen oi thuyen! Vui chang, hoi Me, doi vui do: Co do ta lay dong moi mien!

Nhung mot dem mua, uot bai con Linh ve, linh troi ca hai con Mau con do cat duong thon lanh Bong me ngoi trong, vong nuoc non!

Oi bong nguoi xua, da khuat roi Tron doi nam dat trang chan doi. Song trong cat, chet vui trong cat Nhung trai tim nhu ngoc sang ngoi!

Dot nen huong thom, mat da Nguoi Hay ve vui chut me Tom oi! Nang tuoi xom ngoi, tuong voi moi Phap phoi buom dong, nang bien khoi…

Croisière Avec La Jonque Bai Tho (Poème)

Option 1: Tour 2 jours Option 2: Tour 3 jours

Itinéraire 2 jours: Jour 1: Hanoi – Baie d’Ha Long – Nuit à bord Accueil à 8h00 de votre hôtel de pour le quai de vers 12h30. Bienvenue à bord de Bai Tho Junk et mis les voiles à travers la baie, tandis que le déjeuner est servi. Passage dans la magique baie, où des milliers d’îles de calcaire sculptés augmentation des vagues comme des dragons “des dents. Après le déjeuner, nous avons de croisière à l’intérieur du paysage magique de l’île Dinh Huong, l’île Ga Choi, l’île du chien, la montagne Binh Phong, la grotte Sung Sot, ronde sur Titov Beach. Profitez de coucher de soleil sur le sommet de la montagne Titov ou vous prenez un bateau de ligne de bambou pour découvrir un tunnel d’eau avec de nombreux récifs de corail dans une lagune scénique. Retour à bord , profiter de dîner sur le bateau. Repas: (déjeuner, dîner) Jour 2: Baie d’Ha Long – Hanoi Rise, au son de l’océan venant à la vie pour une autre belle journée. Avant le petit déjeuner, vous mai ont l’occasion de voir le lever de soleil sur la baie. Après le petit déjeuner, nous avons de croisière à la montagne Bai Tho dans l’autre belle baie de Bai Tu Long, et nous de croisière à la Halong quai. Déjeuner sur le bateau avant de la caisse est à 11h45. Bateau port de parvenir à 12:00. Temps libre pour le shopping ,12 H45 prendre le bus pour retourner à Hanoi .. Vous déposer à votre hôtel Repas: (Petit-déjeuner, déjeuner)

Voir le bateau Bai Tho Junk Tour prix comprend: – Cabine double partagée sur la jonque traditionnelle (cabine avec A / C, salle de bain privée, eau chaude et froide) Jour 1: Hanoi – Halong (L / D) Nuit sur Bai tho junk Accueil à votre hôtel à Hanoi à 8 h00 h pour une période de quatre heures de route à travers le delta du fleuve Rouge à Ha Long Ville. À son arrivée dans la ville d’Halong, nous transférer à un voile en bois rénové indésirable pour une croisière à travers les falaises de calcaire et les eaux émeraude de la baie d’Halong. 12h30: Arrivée à l’enregistrement à faire sur la jonque 13h00: Déjeuner de bienvenue avec vin. 14h00: Une fantastique croisière dans la baie de Ha Long 15h00. Visite de la grotte Thien Cung, Dau Go grotte, de forme ronde sur l’île Tuan Chau, ou grotte Sungsot Avoir une s wim à belles plages. Un thé avec des pâtisseries fternoon sur la terrasse ou dans le restaurant et la boisson avant le dîner 18h00: Junk Ankor croisière par la lagune 19h00: Profitez de 4 plats dîner et nuit sur Junk. Jour 2: Baie d’Halong Croisière (B / L / D) 08 h00: Appréciez le petit-déjeuner tout en croisière 09h00: libre à des loisirs pour la natation. 10h00: Une autre merveilleuse croisière pour visiter l’île de tortue, la tête de l’île de Man, Bo nau grotte, Luon grotte. 12h30: Profitez de 4 cours du déjeuner de fruits de mer frais. 14h00: Visite du lac Ba Ham, ont une baignade à la plage Trois pêches 16h00 Gratuit pour la pêche de loisirs et de boire 18n00 Dîner et nuit à bord. Bai tho Junks cabine Jour 3: Baie d’Halong Croisière (B / L ) Rise, au son de l’océan, en se félicitant d’une autre belle journée. Nous petit-déjeuner sur le lever du soleil: 07 h30: Junk bateau met les voiles une nouvelle fois l’écart à couper le souffle grâce à la baie d’Halong 08h00: Prenez le petit déjeuner tout en croisière 9h00: Visite de Bai Tu Long Bay, île de Teapot, île Chopstiks, Bai tho montagne. 11h00: Retour à la ville d’Halong et déjeuner à bord. 11h45: Retour au quai d’Halong et débarquer. Temps libre pour le shopping ,12 H45 Mise en bus pour le transfert de retour à Hanoi. Arrivée à Hanoi en 16h30. Retour à votre hôtel. Le voyage se termine à Hanoi. – Croisière avec repas – Repas – 4 repas (2 déjeuners, 1 dîner et 1 petit-déjeuner) – Un verre de bienvenue à l’arrivée; – Fruits frais, thé et café gratuits – Le transfert aller-retour par AC partage des bus (si vous avez besoin d’une voiture privée ou en bus, s’il vous plaît nous dire de payer un supplément pour votre demande de renseignements) – Entrée de la baie d’Halong – Guide local francophone. Tour de prix ne comprend pas: – Pré / post voyage arrangement – Assurance Voyage – Autres que la boisson au-dessus de – Autres dépenses personnelles Voyage de 2 jours avec Bai tho traditionnels Junks sur la baie d’Halong Itinéraire 3 jours:

Voir le bateau Bai Tho Junk Le prix de tour comprend: – Cabine double partagée sur la jonque traditionnelle (cabine avec A / C, salle de bain privée, eau chaude et froide) – Croisière avec repas – Repas – 7 repas (3 déjeuners, 2diners et 2 petit-déjeuner) – Un verre de bienvenue à l’arrivée; – Fruits frais, thé et café gratuits – Le transfert aller-retour par le partage AC Bus (si vous avez besoin d’une voiture privée ou en bus, s’il vous plaît nous dire de payer un supplément pour votre demande de renseignements) – Entrée de la baie d’Halong – Guide local francophone. Le prix de tour ne comprend pas: – Pré / post voyage arrangement – Assurance Voyage – Autres que la boisson au-dessus de – Autres dépenses personnelles