In Quang Ninh tourism
portfolio and Halong bay complex,
Bai Tho mountain is one of
famous sights. Almost everybody hears about Bai Tho mountain
though some don't know where it is. Apparently the name Bai
Tho is very appealing to visitors, however if you have a
chance to visit it you would regret a neglected landscape.
Bai Tho mountain is a famous place but very hard to find.
There is no clear address and we had to ask the way,
actually few people know where it is, and when the mountain
imposingly appeared in front of us we don't know where to
find the road up to the mountain. Continued for a long time
asking passers-by, taxi drivers and shop owners and a few
times going around the foot of the mountain at last we found
the way, a dark and narrow lane, squeezed between two little
houses in the street, it was really difficult to see it.
We were very surprised, it was unbelievable that the way up
to famous Bai Tho mountain is just a small path, there were
no signs except a few words "Road to Bai Tho mountain"
written on a dirty advertising panel of a shop located on
the sidewalk. We parked the motorbikes at a shop beside the
lane, we advanced to the "entrance", dark, wet and smelly.
We were not happy with the first impressions however we kept
going as we were more interested in the scenery and wanted
to view the beauty of Halong Bay on high.
The alley was pretty short and there were only a few houses,
leads to an old and rusty iron door, behind the door was a
small courtyard and a low roofed house. Seeing strangers,
the young goats stood close to the alley, a chained dog was
barking wildly. Hear the barking of dogs, a middle-aged man
came running from a skinny house nearby, he made a look at
us with backpacks he realized we were travelers
- Where are you going? he asked
- We are looking for the way to Bai Tho mountain, is this
the way? I said
He answered very quickly "that's it, entrance fees 1 usd".
Now we understood this man was a security guard or some
certain role. We paid the tickets and followed his guidance,
through the smelly alley full of goat dung, he chased the
goats and clear the way for us, it seemed the goats were not
of his own, perhaps the goats were raised by a family in
this place, at the end of the alley he told us to keep
walking straight on.
There were many things worth mentioning about Bai Tho
mountain, from the foot to halfway up the hill, the path are
built with steps by concrete and easy to climb, when we
arrived halfway uphill the steps were smaller and gradually
replaced by stones and rocks, the spacious path became
narrower and hard to walk. Throughout the path was goat dung
couple with some rotted fruit on the ground, all combined
and made an unbearable smell. The higher we climbed the
harder the path became and we had to squeeze our way between
sharp rocks and trees, we became disappointed with the
famous mountain with a beautiful name.
Perhaps the only consolation for those who labor their
effort and patience to climb to the top of the mountain is
the view of the bay from high. At an altitude of about 200
meters, visitors can have a panorama view of the legendary
Halong bay with all
islands and sea, the morning scene of
sea and sky with small islands looming behind the thin
silvery mist, some tiny boats cruising on water. Only
standing on Bai Tho summit overlooking the bay one would
understand how valuable it is and feel and extremely regret
for a scenic landscape of which the values are forgotten.
We descended the mountain and felt disappointed with this
famed mountain. Bai Tho (Poem) mountain, a very beautiful
and suggestive name and we are sure every tourist must have
heard of this place. We came here with hopes and curiosity
and felt the deep disappointment. Some photos were taken as
It seemed to me that there are not many people visiting this
place, even people living in Halong don't come, the evidence
was that when we asked for directions to the Bai Tho
Mountain and road up to it they didn't know where to show
To be fair, Bai Tho Mountain is a scenic, very valuable
tourist spot, and can be used for tourism, especially this
is the highest peak to have a panorama view of Halong bay.
The view from it is extremely beautiful. It is difficult to
understand that Halong Bay, recognized as a world heritage
and one of the seven New World wonder where a beautiful and
scenic value was neglected, sorry for such a beautiful
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