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Lan island & Bai Tu Long National Park
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Quan Lan island &
Bai Tu Long National Park
Bay is known to the World of its beauty,
we suggest that you spend some extra days here
to cruise further to Bai Tu Long Bay and National
Park and for those who are beach lovers can find
it there a paradise of white sandy beaches.
Quan Lan island belongs to Bai
Tu Long Bay, a part of an island range on the
outside of the Ton Kin Gulf. It has an area of
about 11 sq. km, and features eight populated
hamlets. Quan Lan Island stretch toward East –
West from the foot of Vân Ðon Range
to the Gót Mount with many high mountains
to the east barring waves and winds, protect the
villages. The island is situated on an important
navigation route that connects China, Japan, Thailand
and Philippines to Vietnam. Along two sides of
the island are tens kilometres of sand beaches.
This is the endless resource for glass making
which the sea gives to man and it is also the
extremely interesting tourism.
Since the 11th century, Quan
Lan had been one of the centres of the ancient
commercial port of Vân Don, which was animated
and prosperous at the time. Today, there are still
many vestiges linked to the ancient commercial
port. This also explains why the island, lying
deep in the sea, has the large pagodas and archaeological
sites seen today.
On the island there is the Quan
Lan Communal House built in the 18th century;
exceedingly beautiful and almost entirely preserved.
Next to it is Quan Lan Pagoda (Linh Quang Tu),
which is dedicated to Buddha and God Liêu
Hanh. The pagoda also worships the statue of old
Hau, a local person who made lots of contributions
to the construction of the pagoda. The statue
features a gentle and cheerful old woman, which
adds an original character to the pagoda. Beside
Quan Lan Pagoda lies Nghe Quan Lan (Duc Ong) Shrine,
which is dedicated to Pham Cong Chinh, a local
people who participated in the historical Van
Don battle against the Yuan invaders. He was later
honored as a god. Quan Lan has many valuable sea
products such as octopuses, butterfish, mackerel,
holothurian, shrimp and others...
Bai Tu Long National
Park, in the northern province of Quang
Ninh, was set up by the Government in 2001. The
park covers the islands of Ba Mun, Tra Ngo Lon,
Tra Ngo Nho, Sau Dong, the Sau Nam islands and
another 20 smaller karst islands.
The park has 494 different plant
species, 37 animals, 96 bird species, 15 amphibian
species, 22 species of reptiles and 391 marine
animals, according to a biodiversity study by
British NGO Frontier Viet Nam.
One of the most endangered animals
in the park is the dugong, also known as a sea
cow. Listed in Viet Nam’s Red Book, the
dugong is a large whale-like sea mammal that is
in fact, more closely related to the elephant
than the whale. Minh Chau fishermen found a 500kg
dugong in park waters last December.
Safeguarding the park’s
ecosystem is difficult because the area’s
main communes of Minh Chau, Quan Lan, Ban Sen,
Van Yen and Ha Long are far apart, spread across
several islands, chief park ranger Pham Van Sy
Tours to get to Quan Lan Island
and Bai Tu Long: Not of many ones know about this
very new island and national park thus there are
not yet group tours, for those who love to explore
this lovely beach island and national park, will
need to get an expert advise from SMILE, custom
made and escorted tours are available here with
Thank you and see you here to
explore the brand new Quan Lan beaches and Bai
Tu Long National Park.