Dragon Eye Island - Extremely hot new destinations 2018

(Updated: 2/5/2018 12:09:01 AM)

Located in the South of Halong Bay, Bai Dong is a island adjacent to Bai Tu Long Bay. Here, natural white sand beach stretches 300 to 400 meters, and especially it has the unique aqueous valley between the mountains. That is the reason why Bai Dong Island is called as Dragon Eye Island. Ha Long Bay is considered one of northern Vietnam’s most famous tourist attractions. One can leisurely cruise through the thousands of islands here, big and small, feast on the fantastic scenery or take a dip in the crystal clear cool water. Most of the islands in the bay are already well-known among local and foreign tourists.

Dragon Eye Island has an area of approximately 30 hectares, while keeping primitive. The first impression when coming here is the peacefule green space. Setting your foot on Bai Dong island, you will feel the smooth of sands and mellow cool sea. Bai Dong island has gently sloping, blue water with gentle waves.

The waves and the sand in Dragon Eye Island.

However, what makes Bai Dong island become more difference between thousands of beautiful islands in the World Natural Heritage area ?  It's exactly: Dragon Eye is unique.  Inside the island,  there is a blue water which contains an ecosystem considered as the most plentiful on the gulf of Tonkin

Want to get into Dragon Eye Islands water, you have to walk along the ladder system to the summit and then walk down.

Guests admire panoramic of Dragon Eye Island.
The unique aqueous valley as a landmark in the heart of the mountains, attracts who likes to kayak & explore the diverse ecosystems inside the island.

Bai Dong has been identified as a tour destinations on Halong Bay and it lies in the detailed planning of conservation of Halong Bay. But this place is only known as self-sufficiency travel style. To the Bai Dong Island, from Bai Chau or Ben Doan Port, only about 2h - 2h30 minutes by train and prices also not high, only 30,000 VND / person.

Currently, works to serve the needs of accommodation has been invested under construction but not yet put into operation. The biggest difficulty is freshwater for serving tourists. On April 2016 or expected in May, the island will provide services such as kayaking, canoe flying, life jackets, the seafood, barbecue picnic ...

When visiting, you have to bring food, water and cleaning yourself out. If you are finding a private space for the holiday weekend, Dragon Eye Island is a great choice ...

Transportation when traveling Halong.

Motorcycle / Car
Roadmap from Hanoi old quarter to Haong - Bac Ninh - Ha Long: 155 km. This is the shortest route from Hanoi to Ha Long tour and it takes every 3 hours to reach.

Guests can take the major car service concentrated in Luong Yen bus station or My Dinh bus station, the first trip departs at 6h00 am and the last trip at 17:00 pm (journey takes between 3-4 hours). These Separate buses for 5 to 15 minutes to the bus station from Bai Chay bus station. Ticket prices range from 100,000 VND/ pax/ seat to 200,000 VND / 1 person / 1bed.

Trains from Hanoi to Halong
Guests can take the HALONG EXPRESS tourist train departing at Gia Lam station. Boats depart at 7h05 in the morning, take about 5 hours to Halong. Ticket price is 15USD / way / person (for foreigners).

Currently, in addition to the usual transportation, Ha Long Bay tourist from Hanoi has a new choice for modern seaplane and luxury of Seagull Airlines.  Aircraft with 2 pilots seats, 12-seat passenger and spacious windows, not only helps travelers saving time, but also help you comfortably watch the beauty of the flight, as well as recording memorable moments from a height of between 150 and 3,000 meters above sea level.

To book a seaplane airline tickets, please do let us know at sales@sailsofindochina.com

However, those seeking adventure always manage to find new spots in Indochine Junkthe bay and have recently discovered an island called Bai Dong (also known as Mat Rong or Dragon Eye Island), which is located on the southern edge of Ha Long Bay. The island, untouched by humans, is far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Although we were just a group of inexperienced backpackers, we were, however, as curious and excited on hearing about a new place. Having had a great time on the Bai Chay beach, without any hesitation, we picked up our bags and set off to explore Mat Rong Island.

Mat Rong is a small island, shaped like an octopus with a big head and long tentacles that twist and turn. There is a lake, round like an eyeball, in the middle of the island that resembles an octopus head. The island is named Mat Rong because of its location in Ha Long Bay (which means Descending Dragon in Vietnamese).

From Cam Pha, we headed to the Vung Duc harbor, asking locals who had travelled to every corner of Ha Long Bay, such as Bai Tu Long and Lan Ha Bay, about Mat Rong, but no one had heard of this island.

I then recalled the description of Mat Rong on the Internet and burst into laughter; although they had never heard the name, the place I was referring to was just 20km from the harbor and about an hour on a wooden boat.

After a 30 minute high-speed boat ride, we finally arrived at the crescent-shaped area. Except for a 30m sandy shore during low tide, we were surrounded by rocky mountains. This paradise island with its 300-400m natural white sand beach impressed and excited us with its pristine magnificent beauty.

Since there was no fresh water, tourist services nor even cellphone signal on the island, we decided to spend the day bathing and enjoying the island, and later return to the mainland instead of camping overnight on Mat Rong. We pitched a small tent on the beach to rest.

“Why don’t we hang our three hammocks?” my brother Nguyen Tuan Son suggested.

After we had settled, we set off to explore the island through the bushy mountain pass, behind which was a whole new world. In the middle of the island, as we had expected, was a round lake that looked like a giant well, about 100m in diameter and surrounded by rocky hills. Surrounding the water was the foliage hanging from the rocky cliffs. The landscape was absolutely stunning, not to mention the mystical blue shade of the water. This was salt water despite its paler shade, probably because the lake is connected to the sea through a deep cave system. Around the edge of the lake, I noticed peculiar varieties of kelp and seaweed that I hadn’t seen in the sea or in any fresh water marsh.

“If only we had some kayaks to sail, that would have been fantastic!” I thought to myself.

Millions of years ago, this island was probably a lush limestone mountain. Time, rain, wind and the waves had eroded it completely, and now, there was no soil left on the island. The limestone inside the rocks had also worn away, leaving behind the core that consisted of slates of black rocks with sharp edges stacked on top of each other.

The trees were hard as steel with their strong roots going deep through the cracks of the rocks. Along the foothills was a small sandy shore, only visible when the tide was low.

We lay on our hammocks hung between the huge tree trunks, instead of resting inside the tent. The sun was shining bright and the breeze from the water cooled us. The water was unusually still. It was an amazing experience to lie down under the lustrous forest cover and enjoy the beautiful orchestra of the birds of different species here. Crows and hawks hovered above our heads.

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