Bai Tho Mountain - View Ha Long Bay from above

Bai Tho Mountain - View Ha Long Bay from above
In Ha Long Bay, people often think about Halong Bay – one of the world’s natural wonders full of white sand beach and delicious seafood, travelers can kayak, travel by bamboo boats or cruise ships to explore the beauty of the islands, caves and unspoiled beaches, yet to have a panoramic view of this world heritage site, one should not miss Bai Tho Mountain (Poem Mountain)
Bai Tho Mountain is a hill. The path leading to the only 200-metre-high mount is located in Hang Noi Street of Ha Long City. The trek, which may take half an hour, is pretty easy.

Bai Tho Mountain (Halong Bay)
All You Need to Know BEFORE You Climb Bai Tho Mountain


On reaching the top, the scenic view of Ha Long City and the bay are breathtaking. One sees small islands dotting the bay. Rocks come in a range of shapes and sizes, some looking like dragons descending to the bay. A resident told me that it is from here that one understands why this bay was named Ha Long (Descending Dragon).

"There are not many places where we can take such a good panoramic view of the whole of Ha Long city like this. This is one of the beautiful and attractive scenes, the destination for those who prefer a little bit adventure and exploring the Halong city by the bay from a very different vision, to admire the fullest immense majestic beauty of Halong Bay"

While Bai Tho Mountain attracts travelers for its scenic view, its name also reveals interesting stories.

Bai Tho (Poem) Mountain was once named Roi Den (Illuminating) or Truyen Dang (Light Transmitting Mountain). It is said that in old times, when the guards on the mountain saw enemies nearing, they would burn a torch to signal the royal palace - hence the name Truyen Dang.

In 1468, when King Le Thanh Tong led a patrol in the northeastern region, they stopped at the foot of the mountain to have a rest and discuss literature and poems. Moved by the poetic scenery, the king carved a poem in a mountain rock to praise the beauty of this area.

The carving is now faded, yet it was fortunate that the poem was recorded in old books and subsequently gave the mountain the current name, "Poem Mountain".

To get there, one catches a bus to the crossroad of Cao Xanh and Loong Toong streets near Bai Chay Bridge and takes a taxi or motorbike taxi to the foot of Bai Tho Mountain

The path leading up starts at 104A Le Thanh Tong Street and is open from 5.30am to 7pm. One can also trek to the top by a path on Long Tien Street, near Long Tien Pagoda.

How to climb Bai Tho Mountain?

Conquering Bai Tho Mountain is not so hard as many people think. Bai Tho Mountain is only about 200 meters high, you will only take about 30 minutes to be able to set foot on the mountain.
From the city center post office, visitors can easily find a way to climb the mountain.
  • Go straight to Le Thanh Tong Street to Hang Noi Street when you see the sea of Nam Phong.
  • Turn to the opposite road. The road to Bai Tho Mountain has to go into the small alley and pass through the house here. Ask the people here they will enthusiastically show you the way.
  • The foot of a middle-aged family is in charge of this area, if the gate is locked, you can call him open the gate. You can send the car right at the head of the lane or take the car to Halong market.

Best Time To Climb Bai Tho Mountain?

The ideal time to get here is early morning and evening. If you intend to catch the dawn, you climb from about 4:30 am and 16:00 if you want to catch the sunset. Ha Long City is at its best in the dawn or twilight that color the city.

What month is best to climb Bai Tho Mountain?

Best Trekking Months. There are two distinct trekking seasons which constitute the best time to climb Bai Tho Mountain. They are January-March and June-October. January-March is generally colder than June-October.
A small note if the sky is the best mist must not climb mountains (January-March). You may experience rain without shelter. Also, when it’s dark, the visibility is very limited, so climbing up to where you can hardly see the scenery below.

Admire the whole scene of Ha Long from above

After you climb to the top of Bai Tho Mountain, you will easily observe the Bai Chay Bridge where the building is equipped with LED lighting systems and discolored water in the distance is the Cai Lan port .Tran Quoc Nghien road bustling with traffic on the left Fairy Mountain. The houses in Hong Hai Ward also suddenly become smaller with the roof undulating.

The higher one climbs, the more Halong City tiny hidden behind the limestone cliffs and tangled vines. Just climbing just feel the scent and sea breeze will help you go somewhat less tired. If you are lucky, you can also meet mountain goats that are covered in freedom here are extremely lovely and interesting.

How to take the best photos in Bai Tho Mountain?


If you have the opportunity to climb Bai Tho Mountain, you can see the whole landscape of Halong city and the front of Halong Bay. You can also see the entire Ha Long Bay to take hundreds of beautiful photos scene of Halong Bay.

A breathtaking view of Ha Long Bay at sunrise: Floating above the waters of Halong Bay right before sunrise, This photos take before sunrise on a quiet morning and shows the serene of Halong Bay.

A breathtaking view of Halong Bay at sunset: When the last sunlight of a day light up through rocky mountains, Ha Long flashes up its surprisingly pretty. The beautiful yellow sunlight does not spread like the summer sun, but  playing hide and seek, slowly spreading colors on the waves, on the hulls and cliffs as if gilding on them.

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