Ba Trai Dao Beach: Unspoiled beauty inside Lan Ha Bay

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Ba Trai Dao Beach

Ba Trai Dao Beach is located in Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam. It is known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and stunning scenery, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The name “Ba Trai Dao” translates to “Three Peaches,” which refers to the three small islands that resemble peaches and are found near the beach.

In this article, let’s explore the beauty of this magnificent attractions. 




Ba Trai Dao Beach is one of the most stunning attractions in the Lan Ha Bay area, which is an extension of the famed Halong Bay, Vietnam. It’s only around 20.1 kilometers from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf in Quang Ninh Province and 10.7 kilometers from Cat Ba Island in Hai Phong City. Because of its convenient location, visitors may reach this pristine beach from either Hai Phong or Ha long City. The beach can only be reached by boat, adding to its exclusivity and seclusion.

halong bay aerival view
Ba Trai Dao Beach is a part of Lan Ha Bay & Ha Long Bay – Source: Internet


The beauty of Ba Trai Dao Beach


Ba Trai Dao in English means Three Peaches. The beach gets its name from the three rocky islets located near it that resemble three peaches. But is it just that simple? Of course not, there’s an interesting legend lying behind it. 

According to local legend, there is a lovely fairy who fell in love with a poor fisherman. Their love is so intense that the fairy stole three peaches from the heaven and give it to the fisherman, wishing he would live an eternal life after eating them. Knowing this, the Jade Emperor became so enraged that he decided to turn the peaches into three massive islets, separating the fairy and the fishermen.

three massive islets in front of the beach
Three “Peaches” that keep the beach unspoiled – Source: Internet

When you arrive, you’ll notice three massive islets, each about 23 meters high, that appear to be attempting to protect a peaceful beach from the throngs. Once you’ve passed it, a world of delights will open up before your eyes, complete with pristine coasts and crystal-clear oceans.

Today, Ba Trai Dao Beach continues to enchant visitors with its natural beauty and stunning surroundings. It is a retreat for individuals seeking refuge in the midst of Halong Bay’s breathtaking scenery. The beach’s historical significance and natural charm make it a must-see for visitors seeing Vietnam’s attractions.


Best time to visit Ba Trai Dao Beach


Ba Trai Dao have a year-round beauty and you could visit at any time. Summer (May to Sep) could be a good option if you’re into water activities. During these months, the weather is generally hot with less rainfall and more sunshine, allowing for a more enjoyable beach experience. However, it’s better to check the weather in advance cause there’re quite a few storms coming during these months, especially on July and August. 

The peak tourist season falls between December and February when the weather is cooler, making it an ideal time to visit if you’d prefer scenery rather than swimming or kayaking. 

The beach is only exposed for 3 hours during the day, while the rest of the time the tide rises and engulfs the entire area. As a results, making sure to confirm with your tour agent before planning.

How to get there


As the beach located between Hai Phong City and Ha Long City, you could get there from any of these cities. Here are the different ways to get there:

On your Own


From Hai Phong

  • Start your journey from Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, by bus or limousine.
  • Take the National Highway 5B heading east towards Hai Phong City.
  • Once you reach Hai Phong City, continue on the road until you reach Dinh Vu – Cat Hai Ferry Terminal.
  • At the ferry terminal, board a ferry to Cat Ba Island. The ferry ride offers picturesque views of the surrounding waters and islands.
  • Upon reaching Cat Ba Island, make your way to Cat Ba Town, where you’ll find the main pier for boat transfers.
  • From Cat Ba Town, take a boat or speedboat to Ba Trai Dao Beach. The journey along the way is also stunning.
Bai Chay Wharf
Bai Chay Wharf in Halong City

From Halong City

  • Take bus/limousine to Halong City, Bai Chay Wharf
  • From Bai Chay Wharf, you’ll have to get a private canoe to get to Ba Trai Dao Beach. Discuss with the canoe owner in advance to make sure the beach is available by the time you arrive. 

By Cruise

This is the most common and convenient way to visit Ba Trai Dao Beach.

Many tour operators in Hanoi offer Lan ha Bay cruises which included the beach in their schedules . These cruises typically include transportation from Hanoi to Halong City, cruises, meals, and guided activities. However, most of the cruises offer a visit to this beach only on their 3 days 2 night itinerary.

It’s important to note that the exact routes and modes of transportation may vary depending on the tour or transportation service you choose. It’s advisable to plan your journey in advance, book your transportation and accommodations, and confirm the schedules and availability to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip to Ba Trai Dao Beach.

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