Bai Chay is a large, beautiful, artificial beach, closed to the coast of Ha Long Bay about 100 km northeast of Hanoi. This 100-meter-wide-sandy beach attracts a huge crowd of beachgoers in the summertime. Every early in the morning or in the late afternoon, you will see thousands of people swimming, playing on this beach. It’s the closest beach to the iconic Ha Long Bay.
Coming here you will have a chance to take part in the most popular activities such as jet skiing, surfing and canoeing on the beach. There are also plenty of beach resorts and seafood restaurants around this place. Besides, there are some places for people who wish to sightsee such as several historical landmarks, market, caves in Ha Long. Especially, Halong Night Market opens every day from 18:00 until 22:30. You can find many stalls selling T-shirts, handicrafts and jewelry. Do not forget to bargain to get the best price of the stuff that you like.
There are many legends associated with the name Bai Chay. According to one legend, when the fleet carrying food for the Yuan-Mongolian invaders led by Truong Van Ho came there, the Vietnamese troops and locals under the leadership of Tran Khanh Du set fire to it. The whole fleet was engulfed in fire. Meanwhile, the northeast wind blew hard and further added fuel to it. The fire was so fierce it burned down the forest on the western side of Cua Luc. Hence the name Bai Chay.
Another legend has it that the western side of Cua Luc 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 Hon Gai and other neighboring places, people always see a blaze from there, so they called it Bai Chay.
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