Bai Chay Beach

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Bai Chay Beach
Bai Chay Beach

Bai Chay beach is a beach resort in Vietnam. The town of Bai Chay, along with Hong Gai together are officially referred to as Ha Long City, though few locals use this term for Bai Chay. The centre of tourism in Hạ Long Bay is Bai Chay beach.

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Bai Chay is an artificial sandy beach located along the Ha Long Bay with a length of more than 500 metres (550 yd) and a width of 500 metres (550 yd). Topographic feature is a low elevation range of hills sloping gently toward the sea.

Bai Chay beach is a beach resort in Vietnam.
Bai Chay beach is a beach resort in Vietnam.

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 Khánh Duset 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