Unlike other destinations in Vietnam, Halong stretches a massive 1,553 km2 in the Gulf of Tonkin and home to almost 2000 separate islets. Ban Chan, an unspoiled beach is one of the many hidden gem that haven’t been popular among travelers, and even locals.
Ban Chan Beach is located in an extension part of Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay. It takes approximately 2.5 hours by boat from Hon Gai Marina, Halong City.
The name Ban Chan (meaning “Foot” in English) comes from local beliefs that the beach is so unspoiled that there are rarely any human footprints at all.
The beach is surrounded by massive limestones and several islets, giving the impression that the entire area is attempting to hide from the busy flock of tourists. From above, Ban Chan look like a colorful painting, with varied colors ranging from the green of flora and sauna to the azure of emerald sea in front of it.
At the end of the day, sunset arrive and adds a beautiful yellow to the ambiance, transforming Ban Chan Beach into a natural masterpiece that would definitely amaze you.
Thanks to its remote location, Ban Chan Beach is a perfect place to take a leave away from the modern life. There is no wifi or internet on the beach, a very definition of “untouched.”
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The only way to get to this pristine beach is by private boat or canoe. You can hire a private boat or canoe to take you to Ban Chan Beach from Hon Gai Marina in Halong City. A private boat roundtrip with tickets should cost around 45 – 50 USD/ 6 hours.
Time to visit
The best months to visit Ban Chan Beach in terms of scenery should be October and November. The weather is slightly chilly (~26°C) during that time period, but the surrounding at its most beautiful with clear sky and very little rain.
If you’re a fan of water playing, then May to July are the months for you. The weather is pretty hot by then (average more than 30°C), perfect time to dive in the crystal clear water of the beach.
No matter which months you plan to visit Ban Chan Beach, make sure to get there in the day time. Since it’s take 2.5 hours to get there, the boat won’t wait for you but come back to the Hon Gai before the night comes.