Tra Bau area of Lan Ha Bay: All you need to know

Lan Ha Bay is an extension of Vietnam’s famous Ha Long Bay. Despite being usually overshadowed by its neighbor, Lan Ha Bay has recently gained travelers’ attention due to its tranquil atmosphere, stunning scenery, and less touristy compared to the other. The bay also has several magnificent attractions such as as Cat Ba Island, Viet Hai Village, and Dark & Bright Cave.

Tra Bau area is one among them. Due to its unique position and available activities, the area is a favorite tourist destination and is frequently chosen by Lan Ha Bay cruises as the location to anchor overnight.

In this post, will take you on the journey to Tra Bau, a harmonious blend of spectacular natural beauty and lively cultural life.

Where is Tra Bau area ?


Tra Bau is located near to Cat Ba Island in Lan Ha Bay, Hai Phong City, about 25 minutes by ferry from Tuan Chau Marina. It’s closed to plenty others attractions of Lan Ha Bay such as Ao Ech area, Viet Hai Village or Trung Trang Cave.


The beauty of Tra Bau area


The entire area is bounded by a system of massive limestone islets dotted with large green woods, giving Tra Bau the feeling of a green valley in the middle of the sea. Because of its unique location, the area has remained relatively untouched by crowds of tourists.

Tra Bau is exceptionally peaceful and serene since it is protected from strong winds by limestone fences.

That is why all Lan Ha Bay cruises seek to anchor overnight to ensure their guests have a good night’s rest At night, lights from the cruise ships illuminate the entire area, adding to the Tra Bau’s one-of-a-kind splendor.

Tra Bau area
Tra Bau area is a mixture of natural and vibrant life – Source: Internet

Tra Bau is more than just natural beauty; it is also the home of a local community. Long ago, fishermen used the advantage of this location as a storm shelter, and it eventually grew into a floating village, which was later named “Tra Bau fishing village.”

The locals are truly warm and inviting to guests. They will gladly invite travelers to their home to learn about their everyday lives and how they managed to live in the water.

Tra Bau area, with its magnificent natural surroundings and vibrant cultural life, is quickly becoming one of Lan Ha Bay’s most popular tourist destinations.


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What to Do


When visiting Tra Bau, there are plenty of things to do. Here are a few interesting activities that you should try: 


Being a pirate


No, you did not hear it wrong. Trying to be a pirate is a one-of-a-kind activity in Tra Bau. You will get the opportunity to participate in a cosplay game as a pirate and live their sea-life for a day.

The game will help you discover and understand more about the area’s history and culture. And, of course, plenty of entertaining Instagram photos too!


pirate activity in Tra Bau
Cosplay like a private should be an activity you should not missed in Tra Bau! – Source:

Kayaking and bamboo boat


Another activity is kayaking/bamboo boating to explore the hidden lagoon and cave. These caves are so small and concealed that the large cruise ships cannot enter.

Kayaking around the limestone karst and breathtaking surroundings of Tra Bau area will undoubtedly be a memorable experience for visitors.


Fishing with locals


Fishing is the main means of income for local people in Tra Bau area. Visiting there, you will have a chance to join the natives in their fishing, trying to catch some fish and learning about their fishing technique and how they conserved the resources.


Trying out seafood


After long day of fishing, you could sit down and enjoy results. Your fish may now be converted into delicious dishes by the hands of an experienced local chef. Additionally, try some other fresh seafood such as oysters, shrimp, lobsters, and more.


Best Time to Visit


The entire area is stunning all the year. However, the best time to visit Tra Bau area is from March to June or October to November. Both periods have little rainfall and pleasant weather with lots of sunny days.

People who enjoy activities will enjoy the months of March to June. The weather is quite hot and humid at that time, ideal for water-based activities such as kayaking, swimming, or fishing. However, because it is peak season for domestic tourism, the area is somewhat crowded.

Tra Bau Lan Ha Bay from above
October to November are best month to see the truth beauty of Tra Bau – Source: Internet

Tra Bau, on the other hand, has the best scenery in October and November. The sky is clear and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 19 to 27 degrees Celsius. It might get a little chilly at night, so bring some light jacket.


How to Get to there


Tra Bau area is located just next to Cat Ba Island in Lan Ha Bay, making it easy to get to. First, read our detailed advice on how to go from Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island.

After getting to Cat Ba Island, you can rent a boat at Beo Pier, which takes about 10 minutes to Tra Bau.

 If you’re coming from Halong Bay, you could also rent a canoe from Tuan Chau Marina to the area. A roundtrip ticket costs around $100 USD, which includes both the rental charge and the entrance fee.

Furthermore, Tra Bau area is included in the itinerary of most of Lan Ha Bay Cruises. So, if you want to go explore not just Tra Bau but also the other attractions of the bay, taking a cruise is a good option.

Lan Ha Bay Cruise
Many cruises in Lan Ha Bay included the area in their itinerary – Source: Internet




Tra Bau area is a hidden gem in Vietnam’s Lan Ha Bay. The area is well-known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty. Visitors can enjoy the area’s beautiful scenery and outdoor activities, as well as learn about its culture and try wonderful local cuisine.

We hope that this detailed guide has given you information about Tra Bau’s unique culture and scenery. We strongly advise visiting Tra Bau area and taking in all that this gorgeous area has to offer.

If you need any further information about Tra Bau or Lan Ha Bay, do not hesitate to contact us!

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