The islands of Ba Lua archipelago are still wild with blue sky and water, so they become ideal places for short vacation.
Kien Giang has many tourist attractions attraxting visitors such as Phu Quoc island, Nam Du archipelago, Ha Tien and many other large and small scattered islands in the Gulf of Thailand. In particular, Ba Lua archipelago (also known as Binh Tri) has more than 40 large and small islands in the waters of Kien Luong District, Kien Giang. Ba Lua archipelago is relatively unspoiled with many tourists, what is more, it lies in waters with little winds and large waves; therefore, recently, many visitors have come to discover, experience on this island.
By bus/ coach
From Ho Chi Minh City, you should catch night buses with bed seats, the route from Western Bus Station to Rach Gia, then the bus of Rach Gia – Ha Tien route. On the way, you ask the driver to let you get off in Ba Hon (about 22 km from Ha Tien).
You buy train tickets to go to Hon Heo, the ships depart at 11 am and arrive in Hon Heo in 11:40 am. Ticket price is 35,000 VND / person.
From Ho Chi Minh City, you can take the following options:
– Take Highway 1 through the My Thuan bridge then ride straight along Highway 80 to Rach Ba then to Ba Hon Dam (from here, you catch ships to reach Ba Lua Islands).
– Take Highway 1 to An Huu intersection then turn right heading to Cao Lanh, Hong Ngu and Tan Chau, Chau Doc, Tinh Bien, Ha Tien, Ba Hon…
Travelers should visit Ba Hon Dam combined with some other attractions in An Giang. You can spend 2 days in An Giang, then 2 days on Ba Hon Dam and then go back to HCMC.
On Ba Hon, you can leave your motorcycles in Ba Hon General Hospital behind the business center, parking prices are from 5,000 to 15,000 VND/ day.
Coming to Ba Lua Islands, you can choose to stay on some following islands, all the islands have te owners who are responsible for eating and relaxing services, renting cars from Hon Heo:
– Dam Duoc island is planted with mangrove trees, so it is more convinient for picking tourists. You should stay in house of Mr. Tai, who has two thatched roofs houses whse rental price is VND 250,000 / night ( the number of people in a room maybe may be up to 5 people). Some other expenses include money for freshwater bathing: VND 10,000 / person, hot water: VND 10,000 / kettle, rice: 40,000 VND / kg of cooked rice. Campfire, boiling clams, grilling snails: Free.
– On Dam Duong island (where there are many poplars), you can contact Ms. Tuyet Mai (01655 911129) who is island owner, cooks delicious food, funny, but she doesn’t offer warm place to sleep, and no boat to pick-up visitors either. You have to go by fishing boats, which is cheap but not for those who scare waves.
You can also carry tents, hammocks and go camping on the island because the island has many beautiful beaches, spacious and cool camping terrain. Apart from flashlights, lighters, knives, mineral water, personal prophylaxis and little noodle are also essential.
Places to visit
Ba Lua archipelago has many islands, so it is very hard to visit all the islands, instead, you should only choose a few beautiful islands to see. Ba Hon Dam (including Dam Duong island, Duoc (mangrove) islands Gieng Island) is where many people have explored. It offers beautiful beaches, many types of fresh seafood such as fish, crabs, squid, pinch, snails…
Ba Hon Dam attracts many visitors to explore because of the near distance among the three islands creating a “pond rammer” in the middle of the vast ocean. Tourists can swim from one island to another without using boats.
Sunrise and sunset are the most beautiful moments of nature on Ba Lua archipelago. You will see the sun rising and setting into the sea with gorgeous pink. Hundreds of fishing boats moor in the bay to avoid the wind and to relax in the afternoon, there is also some boats floating on the immense sky and sea.
If you’re lucky, on a journey across the sea, you can see the herd of dolphins, also known as “Mr. Nuoc” race swimming, playing and tumbling under the ship. People say that, dolphins and Dugong usually appear in waters of Ba Lua – Hon Nghe – Phu Quoc.