Bai Chay is a large,
beautiful, artificial beach, closed to the coast of
Long Bay. The 100-meter-wide-sandy beach spans over 500
m. Early in the morning or in late afternoon, thousands
of people liven up the atmosphere here.
The asphalt road winds its way through the white sandy
beach and luxuriant casuarinas. The Hoang Gia Tourism
Company has invested in diverse services for tourists.
The Bai Chay tourist site is fast changing into one of
the most captivating of this kind in
Ha Long City. It
comprises restaurants, water puppet and traditional
music theatres, Hoang Gia Park, water-skiing, and sea
motorcycling. The Hoang Gia Park lines along the Ha Long
road leading from the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf to the gate
of the Ha Long Night Market.
There are many legends associated with the name
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. Fire was so
fierce it burned down the forest in 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.