With the crystal blue sea and the picturesque scenery of limestone isles in various shapes and sizes, emerging from the sea, Ba Lua is often regarded as the southern Halong Bay of Viet Nam.
The islands in Ba Lua archipelago are named after its shapes and legends by local people, such as: Pig Island, Goad Island, Ngang Island, Mangrove Island, etc. The most famous islands are Pig Island and the Three Hon Dam (Dam Duong Island, Duoc Island and Gieng Island) of which, Hon Gieng is a large island with high population and a quiet and pristine beach. The special about the Three Hon Dam is that the distance among the islands is very close, thus tourists can swim from one island to another without the need of any boat.
Discover Ba Lua
Ba Lua archipelago is currently a popular tourism destination for youngsters who love to explore the unspoiled and wild natural life. It is also regarded as the perfect location to witness sunrise and sunset on the sea.
For cuisine lovers, Ba Lua offers fresh and delicious seafood with a variety of fishes, prawns, squids, and so on. However, if you are looking for proper restaurants, you will be disappointed due to the lack of modern facilities on the islands. Instead, you can make orders with locals and ask them to prepare the food for you.
Camping overnight is another option that many visitors fancy. You can also hold BBQ parties on the beach, however visitors are strictly asked to clean up after your outdoor activities to protect the environment and nature of the archipelago.
How to get to Ba Lua
From Sai Gon, you can take overnight coaches to Ha Tien. The journey normally takes 8 hours. Remember to ask the driver to drop you at Ba Hon (approx. 22 km from Ha Tien). From here, you can go to Pig Island by taking a boat, which departs at 11am and arrives at 11:40am daily. If you have a little of time before boarding, don’t forget to visit Cave pagoda (Hai Son Pagoda), a 300 year-old attraction of Kien Giang.