One of the most enjoyable things to do in Ha Long is visiting the city’s beaches.
Bai Chay is a large artificial beach with 500m long and 1000m wide lying within a range of hill and covered by a thin pine forest. In summer, this beach welcomes thousand visitors (most of them is domestic) each day.
There are many hotels with different type of architecture in the opposite site of the beach across a main road. Right beside the beach is International Royal Park, which covers an area of 10 hectic from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf to the door of the Ha Long Night Market. The park includes restaurants, water puppetry, ethnic music and dance, museums, art house, etc.
There are numerous stories to explain for the name “Bai Chay”. The most popular legend is that, when the ship carrying food for Yuan-Mongolian aggressor came there, the Vietnamese army and locals under the direction of General Tran Khanh Du set fire to it. The entire ship was inundated in flame. At the same time, the northeast wind blew hard and further added fuel to it. Flame was so savage that it torched the woodland in the western side of Cua Luc. This place was named “Bai Chay” thereafter since Bai Chay means “fire beach”.