Banh Sua Island in Bai Tu Long Bay – Vietnam Off-The-Beaten-Track Destination
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Banh Sua Island (or Dao Banh Sua in Vietnamese) belongs to “Golden Circle” of the wonderful Bai Tu Long Bay, which is famous for absolute peace, pristine beauty, and yummy fresh seafood. The island itself is also named “Tu Hai” – the delicious seafood Geo-Duck or the scientific name is Lutraria philippinarum which have been raised by the island owner since years. The vacation to Banh Sua Island is different, refreshing, and memorable.

How to Get to Banh Sua Island

Banh Sua Island is located in Van Don District, Quang Ninh Province. Though Banh Sua Island might sound unfamiliar to you and other tourists, some young backpackers do come and enjoy the charm of this destination, mainly via the do-it-yourself trip. They check the ways to the island and begin the journey to find peace and cherish the natural scenery. Before you go, understand that this pristine spot has no luxurious resort or commercial center or something like that. Instead, this is the untouched and gorgeous island where to relax, rest, and contemplate Nature, and eat scrumptious seafood.

Now, here is how to get to Banh Sua Island: From Hanoi, it is easy to take a coach or bus at My Dinh, Gia Lam, or Luong Yen Station. Get your coach tickets to Cam Pha City, Quang Ninh. The distance is about 220km, and the boat trip takes 2 hours. Upon your arrival at Cam Pha City, take a bus, taxi, or motorbike taxi to Cai Rong Port of Van Don District. And when you are at Cai Rong Port, embark the boat that runs the route between Van Don and Ngoc Vung Island; this boat has a stop at Banh Sua Island (or you can try calling it ‘Dao Banh Sua” in Vietnamese).

Cai Rong Port - Where to get boat to Banh Sua Island

Cai Rong Port – Where to get boat to Banh Sua Island

What to Enjoy on Banh Sua Island in One Day

With no long white-sand beaches, no upscale hotels, and no bustling tourist center, Banh Sua Island is different. One day on this destination can help you regain the lost energy. Several Vietnam Tour Agencies offer 2-day and 3-day tour package to Banh Sua Ialnd in Bai Tu Long Bay.

In the early morning, at 5:00 AM, when the tide is at the lowest level, it is ideal for you to try catching sea cucumber, together with local fishermen. The large rocks surrounding the island are home to many large sea cucumbers that encourage people to find and hunt. Besides, swimming in the cool water and playing with the rising tide water make you all excited and free from stress. Also, going on the wooden bridge to reach the floating farm is interesting. At that time, life becomes happier than ever.

Kayaking from the island to floating farms

Kayaking from the island to floating farms

After breakfast, be ready for the boat trip toward Quan Grotto, about 30 minutes. This Grotto used to be the military base during American War in Northern Vietnam. Take your time sightseeing the exotic, interesting-shaped, and long-lasting stalagmites and stalactites inside the cave which are somehow on par with the ones of the celebrated Halong Bay Vietnam. The boat trip amidst the marvelous seascape makes you a part of Nature. That is when time flies peacefully.

Boat trip to discover nearby the island

Boat trip to discover nearby the island

In the afternoon, it is for visiting the floating houses. While the local families are very friendly and hospitable, the seafood is extremely fresh and delicious. Buy some kilograms of seafood there, and bring them back to Banh Sua Island for lunch. The meal including your favorable seafood makes belly pleased and full. At this moment, drink a glass of beer, eat crabs, and listen to the rhythm of the waves; all is fantastic.

Fresh seafood at Banh Sua Island

Fresh seafood at Banh Sua Island

The Captivating View of Bai Tu Long Bay from Banh Sua Island

With an area of nearly 1 square kilometer, Banh Sua Island does not have the long white-sand beaches like others but the 200 meters golden sand beach is enough for a small tourist group. Rather, its highlights are the green forest, transparent and cool water, catching sea cucumber activities, fresh seafood, etc., and the amazing view of Bai Tu Long Bay from the mountain. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the top of the mountain, which seems to be the best place to view sunrise, sunset, and panorama of the whole Bai Tu Long Bay. The art of twilight illuminates the unbeatable charm of this Bay from afar that makes your effort to climb worthy and memorable.

For those that are fond of photography and sunset sightseeing, time at Banh Sua Island can satisfy them. Standing on the top of the mountain, raise your camera up and take the great shots! Perhaps, the fabulous scenery can awake the artists in you. There appear various rocks at the different and inspiring shapes for you to photograph and imagine. In general, the best time to view the faraway Bai Tu Long Bay from the top of Banh Sua Island is the sunset. Again, the art of twilight never fails to enchant you.

Eat the seafood Geo-Duck on Banh Sua Island

“Tu Hai” – The seafood geo-duck is precious, nutrient, and delectable. It’s hard to forget the taste of the dishes made from “Tu Hai”. The simplest way to cook this seafood is by steaming, but it brings the great taste. Each one will be cleaned and spiced well with onions, pepper, and seasonings. Then, the ingredients should be steamed for approximately 12 or 15 minutes. The fresh seafood is the ideal appetizer, with the different sweet and fragrant taste. In fact, many restaurants in Van Don District serves the ‘steamed Tu Hai’ as the appetizer which can’t be missed on their menus. After the actual “Tu Hai” tasting, many visitors do give a nod of assent, and some even say that no place has the better Tu Hai seafood than Bai Tu Long Bay. So, touring to Banh Sua Island, make it a point to eat this nutrient seafood.

Eat the seafood Geo-Duck on Banh Sua Island

Eat the seafood Geo-Duck on Banh Sua Island

Schedule your trip to Banh Sua Island of Bai Tu Long Bay and begin the journey of distinction and relaxation! The haven helps you steer clear of the city pressure so that you come to know how you are, what you have, and what to aim for. If seeing that you need time and place to review your life and meditate, then think of vacationing at the pristine, peaceful, and stunning island, and Banh Sua is the praiseworthy one to consider.

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