Bai Tu Long Bay – Fishing villages and aquaculture areas you need to explore

Bai Tu Long Bay – Fishing villages and aquaculture areas you need to explore

There are so many activities and aquaculture areas in Bai Tu Long Bay to explore such as watching oyster farming in Cong Nua, experience a day as a fisherman in Cong Dam village… If you want to try unique experiences, Here are some activities for you to explore.

1. Discover the oyster farming area in Cong Nua, Bai Tu Long Bay

Visiting Cong Nua on Ban Sen Island, Bai Tu Long Bay, you will be able to personally discover more than 1,000 oyster rafts here with a total area of ​​about 5 square kilometers.

After a successful nursery, the oysters are brought into strings to drop into the sea. The woven seed will be carried under bamboo rafts in clean water, rich in natural food sources.

Oysters are hung from natural racks made of bamboo. The farming process takes place naturally in 6 months. Oyster’s food is seaweed.

When the oysters reach a certain size, the shell length is over 7cm, the depth of the trunk is about 5cm, which is considered to meet the harvest standard.

Oysters are harvested and preliminarily processed in rafts, then washed ashore, bubbled with ozone disinfection before being processed.

After being harvested, the oysters will be sold to traders or seafood restaurants. The dishes made from oysters are extremely attractive and good for health such as fried oysters with eggs, grilled oysters, oyster porridge, …

When visiting Cong Nua area on Bai Tu Long Bay, you will have the opportunity to discover how farming and processing oysters of the people here.

2. Explore white sea cucumber (Hai Sam) farming area in Bai Tu Long National Park

Previously, white sea cucumber appeared a lot on Bai Tu Long Bay, especially in the waters of Minh Chau commune and Ngoc Vung island, Ban Sen, Quan Lan island,… However, due to the overexploitation of the people, this species has been exhausted.

For that reason, Bai Tu Long National Park’s Management has tried to raise white sea cucumber and so far it has achieved very good results.

The leftovers and manure of shrimp which pollute pond bottoms now become a source of food for sea cucumber.

The economic value of white sea cucumbers depends on the size of the trade item. The price of whole white sea cucumbers is 140,000 – 190,000 VND/kg (fresh, type 5-7 oysters/kg); semi-processed white sea cucumber 220,000 – 250,000 VND / kg (fresh); dried sea cucumber costs about 1.5 to 2.5 million VND/kg.

The food made from white sea cucumbers helps regulate blood lipids, regulate blood sugar, and prevent the aging process, eliminate fatigue, improve immunity,…so especially good for middle-aged and elderly people.

The dishes made from sea cucumber include: Chicken and sea cucumber soup, Sea cucumber cooked with mushrooms, Sea cucumber stewed with red apple, Sea cucumber stewed with goat meat,…In addition, there is a lot of delicious and nutritious dishes that you must try when visiting Bai Tu Long Bay.

3. “Floating Village” on Ong Cu island, Bai Tu Long Bay

Ong Cu Island is located about 4 km from Vung Duc, Bai Tu Long Bay. It is a model of cages for aquaculture and economic development associated with protecting the marine environment in Cam Pha city, Quang Ninh.

The rafts are built, fully equipped and convenient for fishermen to live here. If you visit this area it will be very surprising because moving between floating houses is easy, like traveling by car on land.

Especially, the Banded grouper here has high value and very rare, with a fast growth rate. It is sold with prices from 800,000 VND to 1,000,000 VND per kilogram.

The households living on Ong Cu Island are longtime fishermen clinging to the sea. Coming here, you will see how the fishermen raise fish in floating fish cages, very interesting, right?

4. Visit Banh Sua Island – the famous Lutraria Geoduck farming area of ​​Quang Ninh

Banh Sua Island is not famous as other tourist areas such as Co To archipelago, Quan Lan island … because this place is still very pristine with an area of ​​less than 1 square kilometer.

Rhododendron lives in warm, salty environments and has coral reefs. They feed on algae and plankton in seawater.

Geoduck grows all year round, especially in the summer when the autumn Geoduck grows very fast. It takes about 15 months to raise one Lutraria Geoduck to make a commercial product (about 0.7 taels/head).

The dish from Geoduck is popular because of its delicious taste, sweetness, very rich in nutrients, especially good for men’s health.

Coming to Banh Sua Island, you can not only discover how to cultivate Geoduck but also have the opportunity to explore Quan cave, which is only about 30 minutes by boat.

Quan cave was used as a military base during the destructive war of the US in the North. There are stalactites with many shapes and equally beautiful caves in Halong Bay.

5. Experience a day as a fisherman at the fishing village of Cong Dam

Located on the peaceful Bai Tu Long Bay, the area of ​​Cong Dam is known for its majestic and poetic natural beauty of an outdoor geological museum.

Cong Dam is an area where lots of terraces, coral reefs, underground lakes in limestone mountains and underwater caves are located. This is also an area with many large and small beaches with small, white sand and clear water.

Coming here, tourists also have a great opportunity to visit Cong Dam fishing village – a small ancient fishing village with a population of about 120 people.

Located quite far from the mainland and completely isolated from bustling tourist routes, the village’s scenery still retains many pristine features and a very clean sea environment.

In addition to participating in interesting activities such as kayaking and fishing with fishermen, you can also participate in planting mangroves to protect the environment.

Best 3 ways to get to Bai Tu Long Bay from Hanoi

Best 3 ways to get to Bai Tu Long Bay from Hanoi

There are so many ways to get to Bat Tu Long Bay from Hanoi. You can hire a bike or choose Emperor Cruise‘s Limousine for a unique experience. This article will help you find your best means of transportation to move to Bai Tu Long Bay. Let’s check it out!

1. Transfer from Hanoi to Bai Tu Long Bay by bus

This is the most economical way to travel from Hanoi to Cam Pha, Quang Ninh from there to Bai Tu Long Bay. However, if you only have 1 day to travel, this is not the best option.

Here are some buses from Hanoi to Cam Pha, Quang Ninh that you can refer to:

a. Dai Phat coach (1 trip/day)

dai phat coach

Schedule: Gia Lam Bus Station (20:50′) -> Zone 1, Gieng Day Ward, City. Ha Long (00:50’) -> Central Bus Station of Cam Pha Town, Quang Ninh (01:20′)

Total travel time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Phone: 0438 641 637 or 0983 651 722
Ticket price: 170,000 VND (Updated on 04/02/2020)
Utilities: Car sleeper 40 seats, with drinking water and air conditioning.

b. Duc Phuc coach (20 trips/day)

Schedule: My Dinh Bus Station (5:15 ‘) -> Que Vo, Bac Ninh (6h30’) -> Pha Lai, Hai Duong (7:00 ‘) -> East Star Bus Station, Red Star (7:20 ‘) -> Dong Trieu Bus Station, Quang Ninh (7:50’) -> Mao Khe, Dong Trieu, Quang Ninh (8:10 ‘) -> Uong Bi Bus Station (8:50’) -> Bai Chay Bus Station (9:50 ‘) – > Hon Gai Bus Station (10:10 ‘) -> Central Bus Station of Cam Pha Town (11:05’)

Total travel time: 4 hours 12 minutes
Phone: 02033 741 879 or 01232 288 389
Ticket price: 100,000 VND (Updated on 04/02/2020)
Utilities: Drinking water and air conditioning.

c. Van Don Xanh coach (15 trips/day)

Schedule: Cau Giay (6h) -> Uong Bi Bus Station (8h) -> TP. Ha Long (9h) -> Cam Pha, Quang Ninh (10h) -> Back gate of Cai Rong market, Cai Rap town, Van Don, Quang Ninh (10h30)

Total travel time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Phone: 0964 24 240 or 02033 991 991
Ticket price: 220,000 VND (Updated on 04/02/2020)
Utilities: VIP Limousine, with drinking water and air conditioning.

d. Emperor Cruise’s Limousine

We offer a door-to-door pick-up and drop-off service by D’Car Limousine, priced at only 45 USD per person for a round trip between Hanoi and Bai Tu Long Bay. The van features a luxurious leather interior with all the necessary facilities and modern conveniences.

Emperor Cruise's Limousine

2. Transfer from Hanoi to Bai Tu Long Bay by motorbike

From the center of Hanoi to Sai Dong, Long Bien -> go along Road 5 -> Highway 17 (passing Dau Pagoda, Bac Ninh) -> Highway 18 -> Pha Lai -> Chi Linh -> Sao Do -> Follow route 326 -> Van Don -> Cai Rong Port.

motor bike to bai tu long

The total route from Hanoi – Cai Rong Port is about 194km. Total travel time about 4 hours (Depends on speed).

The advantage of going on your own by motorbike is that you will have more experience in residential areas, places along the way. In addition, when having a motorbike along, you will not have to spend time renting a car to go to the island.

The downside is that for unprofessional drivers it will be dangerous, on the way if you are not careful to obey the traffic rules, it is also susceptible to penalty/shoot speed.

In addition, going long distances will make you tired, at the time of arrival, there will be an additional fee to take the motorbike to the ship to the Bay,…

3. Rent a car from Hanoi to Bai Tu Long Bay

a. Sunny Gold car rental service

4 seater car:
Rental cars: Altis, Vios, Mazda 3, i10, …
Price: 1,600,000 VND (1 day) or 2,500,000 VND (2 days 1 night))

Model: Innova G
Price: 2,000,000 VND (1 day) or 3,000,000 (2 days 1 night)
Note: Prices include driver salaries, fuel, ferries, yards; Price does not include 10% VAT, BOT highway, driver’s sleep and food if traveling more than 1 day.

Address: No. 97, Quan Hoa, Cau Giay, Hanoi.
Phone number: 0989 567 299

b. Minh Duc car rental service

4 seater car:
Rental cars: Toyota Camry, Vios, Altis, Civic, Daewoo Lacetti, Mazda 3S, …
Price: 1,400,000 VND (1 day) or contact the dealer directly for a longer time.

7 seater car rental:
Models: Toyota Innova G, Ford Everest, Isuzu HiLander, …
Price: 1,700,000 VND (1 day) or contact the dealer directly for a longer time.

Address: No. 9 Lane 1/267 Ho Tung Mau Street – Cau Dien – Nam Tu Liem District – Hanoi
Phone number: 0966 678 983

This is an easy way to move for families who carry lots of luggage, want private space or groups of friends who want to sit down, watch the scenery or people on business trips and need to focus on their work.

However, traveling by rented car will cost more than other means, so you need to consider it.

4. Move from Hanoi to Bai Tu Long Bay by train

The Halong Express train departs from Gia Lam (Hanoi) to Ha Long (Quang Ninh) with 6 cars, each with 62 soft seats and 1 car also serving passengers, including bars and trolley Eating.

train bai tu long

Total travel time: 5 hours
Ticket price: 110,000 VND / person
Departure time: 07h05 ‘- Arrival time: 12h00’

Advantages: This is a way to help you save costs than other means of transportation. In addition, taking the train also helps you to enjoy sightseeing and relaxation. Coaches do not move around during the day and the doors are quite tight, so it is difficult to see the scenery. In contrast, the train runs from the early morning, wide and clear glass doors, through the train window, you can watch the whole scenery along the way. Another plus is that you can carry up to 20kg of luggage on board.

Disadvantages: From the train station, you will have to spend more time and cost to catch the car to the Port. In addition, the train’s schedule and beginning time are often unstable, so you should consider not to miss the train to the island. Luggage is protected by the passengers themselves, so you have to take the initiative in this, to avoid being stolen.

Bai Tu Long Bay must try dish

Bai Tu Long Bay – 8 dishes that you have to try

Referring to Bai Tu Long, everyone immediately thinks that it is an extremely popular tourist destination in Vietnam with hundreds of wonderful islands and beautiful natural scenery. However, Bai Tu Long tourism is not only to enjoy the scenery but also many special culinary specialties, dishes, cuisine, food.

Here are some specialties that visitors cannot ignore when traveling here:

1. Oysters – Best dish in Bai Tu Long Bay

Favored by nature for weather conditions and water sources, Ban Sen island commune (Van Don district) is an ideal place to raise Pacific oysters. Dubbed the “kingdom” of oysters, because it focuses on many large-scale farming facilities. In particular, there are oyster farming areas that stretching for kilometers with over 1,000 rafts in the Cong Nua area and Bai Tu Long Bay.

Here oysters are processed into many different attractive dishes such as:

a. Grilled oysters with onion

Oysters in Bai Tu Long Bay

Oysters after being peeled on one side will be baked. When the oysters are almost ripe, they will coat a layer of onion fat to make the oysters sweeter and smell better. When you remove the oysters from the kitchen, add onions and some peanuts.

When eating, you will feel the sweet but still coolness of the oysters, blended with the aromatic smell of roasted peanuts and fried onions.

b. Oysters in tomato sauce

Oysters in Bai Tu Long Bay soup-tomato

Only with simple ingredients: oysters, tomatoes, dry onions, scallions, dill, and a little spice, created a very tasty and extremely attractive dish.

Stir-fried finely chopped shallots with tomatoes. Then, put the cleaned oysters on the same. Seasoning with a little fish sauce, the main noodles add flavor. When the oyster infused spices, add scallions and cumin to smell up. This is the favorite food of many people in Bai Tu Long Bay, especially the children.

2. Cha Muc – Squid Sausage

Meticulous is the essential requirement of this dish. Squid is cleaned and cut into small pieces pounding in stone mortars. The pounded squid is a little tangled enough to create a sticky level to have a medium bristle texture, not too tough or too friable.

a. Xoi Cha Muc – Squid sausage with sticky rice

xoi cha muc bai tu long

To eat Squid Sausage at Bai Tu Long Bay, the right taste is often served with white sticky rice.

Quang Ninh white sticky rice has a unique flavor. This is the taste of the sea and the unique feature of Bai Tu Long Bay tourist destination. Once enjoying Squid Sausage with sticky rice, surely you will not forget the taste of this dish.

Currently in Bai Tu Long Bay each white sticky rice yield from VND 35,000 to VND 50,000. As a traditional dish of a place, a tourist center, this price is not considered too expensive.

b. Banh Cuon Cha Muc – Squid sausage with rolled rice pancake

banh cuon cha muc bai tu long

This is a dish with a combination of 3 elements: squid sausage, rolled rice pancake, and dipping sauce. These 3 elements must ensure good quality and quality to create harmony for the dish and the delicious taste.

To have a delicious flavor that attracts customers, you must make sure that the dipping sauce is the best. The sauce has enough ingredients including fish sauce, chili, sugar, lemon juice, … With a sweet and sour taste and the combination with the hot-rolled pancake, shrimp and each piece of squid slices to create a delicious taste right after touching the lips.

3. Sa Sung – Sipunculus nudus

Sa Sung is a type of mollusk, shaped like a worm, living in the coastal sandy beaches but not everywhere. Sa Sung is one of the best specialties in Bai Tu Long Bay that every traveler must try

a. Fried sweet and sour Sa Sung

Lots of flavors we can enjoy from this dish, the sourness of lemon, the sweetness of sugar and pungency, the spiciness of chili, the richness of fish sauce. Along with the crunchy, fried sweet and sour Sa Sung will surely bring you and your family a great meal in Bai Tu Long Bay.

b. Sa Sung Soup

Sa Sung is cooked with garlic, dry onions, a little bit of fish sauce, and seasoning seeds to create a strong flavor. Sa Sung soup is usually cooked with tomatoes and when almost cooked, it is added to guise leaves. The broth has a slightly sour taste, very good for the body, especially those who are tired or just recovered.

4. Sam Bien – Horseshoe crab

Sam Bien (Horseshoe crab) has a strange shape, hard shell, round body, swim very slowly and crawl like a crab. Female sam weighs about a kilogram, male sam smaller, weighs only half the female.

sam bien bai tu longSam Bien legs and thighs after being cut off will be soaked in hot water to remove fishy, ​​will be marinated with galangal, lemongrass, chili and spices and sautéed in a hot pan.

In addition to the familiar spices, it is indispensable for tamarind juice to wake up the aroma and natural sour taste for the dish. Guise leaf is added last to create the characteristic aroma of this dish.

Sam’s legs are sweeter and more fragrant than crab meat. Vietnamese people (especially people in the coastal areas) consider it a favorite when drinking with friends.

5. Oc Mong Tay – Solenidae

With a two-piece structure, about the size of a finger, the intestine is milky white, the shell is slightly yellow-brown. The taste of it is fleshy and chewy so it is used as a raw material to make many delicious dishes in coastal areas of Vietnam.

oc mong tay dish bai tu long

The popular dish of Oc Mong Tay is tamarind-fried. To make tamarind-fried Oc Mong Tay, people often combine familiar ingredients in the kitchen every day such as garlic, chili, tamarind, peanuts and laksa leaves – a spice that reduces the smell of fishy and flavor enhancement for the dish.

The solenidae after being washed will be cooked with tamarind. The sweet and sour fried solenidae with tamarind is a nutritious food, suitable for many people’s taste, especially used as a snack on cool, rainy days

6. Bai Tu Long Cu Ky – Stone crab

Cu Ky is a type of sea crab with two very large pincers, hairy legs, firm meat and very fragrant. This crab has become a specialty dish in Quang Ninh (Bai Tu Long, Ha Long and Mong Cai).

cu ki bai tu long

Cu Ky lives in rocky ravines, wood chips along coastal cliffs and mangroves, as well as in aquaculture farms, rafts and breakwaters. They can grow to large sizes (width up to 12 cm), feeding on small planktonic.

Cu Ky’s meat is only found in their two pincers. Their body is porous and almost no meat. The exotic is also processed in many different ways such as noodles, steaming, roasting with tamarind or grilling over charcoal.crustacean species.

7. Hai Sam – Sea cucumber

This is a nutritious delicacy, does not contain too much grease, more fiber good for health. Sea cucumbers are cut into bite-sized pieces combined with shiitake mushrooms, spoon vegetables and a few spices for a tasty dish. When eating sea cucumber crispy and soft taste in the mouth. Sea cucumber is useful for health, preventing kidney stones, body weakness.

8. Nhim Bien – Sea-urchin

a. Grilled sea-urchin

For those who love grilling dishes, sea-urchin grilled with onion is an attractive dish that you cannot ignore. This dish is made quickly but gives you a delicious and refreshing feeling.

The sea-urchin after being cleaned will be cut in half, put in some onion oil and baked on charcoal until the meat turns yellow.
When eating, adding a pinch of lemon pepper to the top of them then using a spoon to put into the mouth to swallow slowly is the best way to try the food.

b. Sea-​​urchin porridge

In addition to grilled sea-urchin, you should not forget to enjoy the delicious sea-urchin porridge.

To make delicious porridge, one must use fresh sea urchin. For a more flavorful taste, the chef will marinate the meat with spices like pepper and onions. Then, the ingredients will be fried through to add flavor and blend together. Finally, just pour all into the pot of boiling porridge, stir well and scoop out the bowl quickly when it’s still hot.

Above is a summary of some typical dishes on Bai Tu Long Bay. Hopefully, the above information will help you have a great experience with Vietnamese cuisine.