Tuan Chau Beach
Some 8 km away from the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf, Tuan Chau is a sandy artificial beach which stretches over 3 km. Heading to the holiday resort in Tuan Chau Island Resort, besides swimming, tourists can enjoy such fascinating extras as sightseeing, entertainment, and sports activities, including climbing or camping in the eco-tourism zone.
One can go to Tuan Chau Island via the 2-km cement road from the mainland. Investments have been poured into the island to turn it into a modern tourist resort. It includes such fascinating extras as the dolphin, sea lion, and seal-performing club, animal circus club, golf court, cultural-sports center, beach, rural market, ornamental fish lake, villas in Hill 1 and Hill 2, guesthouses, five 80-room villas by the beach. The ensemble of five restaurants and one round house built in the pagoda motif can serve up to 500 guests at the same time.
Situated 14 km south-east of Bai Chay Tourist Wharf lies the small Ti Top Beach, which takes the shape of a crescent encompassing the island. Small though it might be, it wins kudos for its quiet and airy atmosphere, its clean and clear waters, as well as its alluring landscape.
On 22 November 1962, President Ho Chi Minh and the Russian astronaut
Germane Ti Top came to this beach.To perpetuate the remembrance of their visit, Ho Chi Minh renamed the place Ti Top Island . At present, there has been a bar in the island, which also provides swimming costumes, floats, and lukewarm shower. Fresh water was carried to the island from inland. The Ti Top Beach has become a popular tourist destination.
Bai Chay Beach
Bai Chay is a large, beautiful, artificial beach, closed to the coast of Ha Long Bay. The 100-meter-wide-sandy beach spans over 500 m. Early in the morning or in late afternoon, thousands of people liven up the atmosphere here.
The asphalt road winds its way through the white sandy beach and luxuriant
casuarinas. The Bai Chay tourist site is fast changing into one of the most
captivating of this kind in Ha Long City. It comprises restaurants, water puppet and traditional music theatres, water-skiing, and sea motorcycling. The Hoang Gia Park lines along the Ha Long road leading from the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf to the gate of the Ha Long Night Market.
There are many legends associated with the name Bai Chay. According to one legend, the western side of Cua Luc mouth used to be a wharf for seagoing boats. Acorn-barnacles firmly attached to these boats' sides and underneath, and might wreck the boats. The local population had to use casuarinas leaves to burn acorn-barnacles. From Ḥn Gai and other neighboring places, people always see a blaze from there, so they called it Bai Chay (Burning Town).